Fashion in Motion

July 18, 2010

photo courtesy of http://www.dancesite.com

I don’t dare title myself a “Dancer” by any professional standard.

But…I am professionally at home on stage and in motion. Being frequently surrounded by fantastic dancers, I get to immerse myself in their talents and become part of THE DANCE. It amazes me that their bodies can reach incredible heights of power in action and inspire even greater heights of emotion.

photo of Royal Swedish Opera dancers

Gathering images of dancers,

photo courtesy of http://www.dance.net

and the people who emulate them,

I feel like grabbing their garb

photo courtesy of http://www.shopbop.com

…and living life spinning on pointe!

photo of dancer Nastia Liukin for a Max Azria campaign

In jeans, sweats, lycra or chiffon…

I see whirling visions of stylish expression!

Despite our limitations, we move to live.

We walk.

photo of dancer Sara Mearns by Sarah Silver

We sway.

dancer Kathryn Morgan as Juliet

We reach.

And, if we BREATHE

…We DANCE!

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Go Granny

July 3, 2010

With images of cardigans, doilies, crochet, pearls, caps and furs swirling in my head…

photo courtesy of Country Living

I thought that I’d coined a fabulous new phrase…”Granny Chic!!!!”  Then I searched the words to see what kind of images would surface…and I realized that my phrase is widely popularized in defining one of the hottest new trends in home decor

…and fashion.

And why wouldn’t it be?

It’s a way of looking at our lives today,

…and the lives of the people we love who lived before us.

It’s seemingly synonymous with “vintage,” but the difference lies in the juxtaposition of old and new.

photo courtesy of http://www.antique-arts.com

Remember, our Grannies hit their height of style in days past, then grew older hanging on to the things they liked while incorporating the progressive elements of trends that they could subscribe to.

To make it chic, we live in The Now, and incorporate treasuries of style passed down to us by the history of the people we love.

Whether Whippersnapper

…or Aged and Dapper

…if you live in the present with a love for the past, you can ponder your own inner Granny Chic

photo courtesy of Country Living

…and define it however you like.

Plumes and Panache

April 16, 2010


Pa*nache n.

1. a dashing manner; style; swagger
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a feathered plume on a helmet

[via French from Old Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnāculum feather, from Latin pinnafeather; compare Latin pinnāculumpinnacle]

I’m pretty sure I wore the word incarnate at a wedding recently.

It was a lovely Conservative wedding in the Puritan midwest, far from my free spirited comfort zone, but my confidence soared.

Scott Wilson headdress

Helmeted with a wraparound braid (firmly secured to my head so as not to scatter and frizz on the dance floor) and adorned by faux flora and true feather, I strode into battle, a fierce defender of individuality, bravado and fun.

That’s me on the right.

Notice the gently sprouting plumage.

Ignore the handsome gentlemen on the left.

He’s taken.

Birds fly and flaunt…

chirp and sing….

Why should we be gilded and chained?

vintage feather necklace

Why not dream of taking wing!

by designer Miss KK & available at www.BonaDrag.com

…and launch a stylish flight of fancy…

design by Laura Kranitz

“…birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why, can’t I…”

-E.Y. Harburg

Style Whisperer….shhhh

February 19, 2010

Don’t tell.

We all have guilty pleasures.

One of mine is watching ABC Studios’ The Ghost Whisperer…whenever I come across it….wherever I land in the episode.

My husband cringes, and I invariably find myself defending my adoration of the show!  I realized that EVERY time I gave my diatribe about why it’s “OK” for a discriminating actress to watch this fluffy piece of…fluff, I would end with my insatiable desire for the wardrobe of the lead character, Melinda Gordon (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt).

So there it is.

She is adorable.

Her wardrobe is adorable.

Her Victorian inspired HOME and all it’s vintage-eclectic decor is adorable.

And I love her hair and make-up, too.

I did a little research to find out where her pieces come from and sadly…so many of them are original vintage pieces.  But, thankfully, there is a resurgence of vintage inspired labels and boutiques!  Last week I highlighted a dear friend’s vintage inspired boutique, www.shopmadisonbelle.com, which is a phenomenal place to find unique housewares, gifts and fashion accessories.  I spent almost an hour (which we all know is hard to come by) browsing the gorgeous pieces on www.freepeople.com , and all us girls with any bit of ethereal flower child in us are die hard www.anthropologie.com fans!  These sites have some eye-popping and affordable accessories that speak to some of the greatest trends in fashion history, and individually create a stylish statement.  Wear one of these cute little trinkets with a basic cardigan, blazer or button down shirt and a pretty scarf or belt, and you’re transformed!

Most of the ensembles that Miss Melinda G. displays include a mix of modern items and vintage finds, including pieces from Cosabella, Willow, and Citizens of Humanity .  So, I know all you fun and fashion loving ladies (and gentlemen, too) can find a way to put your own spin on a combination of past and present threads.  Scour your thrift stores and treat yourself to a whimsical piece or two that will inspire a heavenly ensemble ala Melinda Gordon

…The Ghost Whisperer.