Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Holiday Window Dressing, Lambertville, NJ

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brunch at Full Moon, Lambertville, NJ

You would hardly know just two days ago we had a White Christmas.  As the sun was shining a crisp 41 degrees, so what better day to head out to the arts colonies of Lambertville/New Hope.  Actually, we had this BOGO coupon from Full Moon that expired on December 31st, so being the Holiday weekend my friend Gene and I decided on one of those FABulous brunches that Full Moon does so well.  If ever in the area, be sure to stop in for breakfast/lunch, be aware that dinner is only served on the eve of the full moon (hence, the name).  This is always a favorite spot whenever I'm antiquing or hitting the Michener museums in New Hope/Doylestown.

Oh yes, lest I very first personal style post.  For the younger bloggers out there, be kind, I'm still new at this.  Photo taken by Gene.  Working head to toe:

wool felt hat, Arlin, (gift) circa 1990s
sunglasses, yard sale
red wood pulp chain choker, circa 1980s
teal/turq/red tweed cardigan, D.D. Sloane, circa 1980s
shawl, from my best friend Bevy in England, circa 1980s
cocoa brown pants, Style & Co., circa 1990s 
belted boots, Nine West, 2008
tote, Sydney Love, 2004

NOTE:  expect to see me in all shades of brown, my favorite color.  I rarely do black.  I also don't own a pair of jeans as I've yet to find a pair I like.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Reflections on Christmas Evening

Outside, the winds subtly blow, the pinging of icy raindrops hitting the windows.  Christmas is winding down. I am snuggled in bed with my netbook and a freshly brewed Paris tea, perusing fashion blogs while Rebecca Ebony Princess lays at my feet.

I am totally amazed at the level of creativity and diversity in fashion blogging, not to mention the multitude of expressive writing styles.  It's almost intimidating for a rookie blogger like myself, but then again, having to learn new things at age 56 is
what keeps life interesting.  Not quite sure how to handle photographing my personal style, but I can't think of better motivation for staying in shape and continuing with the closet overhaul.  I find it pleasantly surprising to see how many bloggers are into vintage and high/low cross-generational style mixes.  Reminds me of the fun we had back in the 1960s when Biba ruled.  What goes around does indeed come back around, but it's certainly more interesting on the recurring trips down memory lane!

Tradition is deeply rooted in Christmas, when even the trendiest Fashionista feels the tugging at their heart to reconnect with the familiar, whether that be family, distant friends, or the nostalgia of old homesteads.  As you enter your 50s you become painfully aware of time, its passing and the realization that there is a finite amount left for you to leave your fingerprint on the world.  I always use the Holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year's, to reflect back on what I've managed to achieve, goals I've rewritten, and those abandoned for lack of relevance to the person I've become.
I also hold dear memories of loved ones now gone.  The display above is one of many throughout my home.  Frames of gold, silver, and all manner of glitz, acquired throughout the year, for there are still so many photos yet to display.  These photos celebrate Holidays past:  the wonder of new grandchildren, the dinners which took days to prepare (and can still be tasted), the countless smiles that were themselves presents.  Our numbers have decreased by four this year, leaving my mother the last of her family and my father the last of six brothers.  While they may no longer share a physical place at the table, they will always celebrate the Holidays in our hearts.

Rebecca is getting tired.  Guess it's time to call it a night.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Available at The Cottage Couturière on Etsy

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Early New Year's Resolution

" To blog more frequently, and completely "

Been renovating...pulling rugs, painting, et al, as well as creating prototypes to grow the business. I must have at least half a dozen drafts to finish and post. Nice end-of-year project, especially with nasty weather fast approaching.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

An Evening with Tord Boontje

Attended a marvelous lecture last night with Dutch design innovator Tord Boontje as part of the exhibition Lace in Translation at Philadelphia University. It was a fabulous opportunity to *get inside his head* and learn in-depth about his creative process.

Lace in Translation features the collaborative work of Tord Boontje, Dutch design studio Demakersvan, and Canadian artist Cal Lane. Their respective lace interpretations celebrate Quaker Lace and Philadelphia’s critical contribution to American textile design. For more information, please visit the exhibition website. The exhibit runs through April 2010.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Style All Her Own

The vanity plate on her scooter says it all.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fashion's Night Out - Recap

Five hours simply wasn't enough!

So many attractions, so much positivity, such FUN crowds, young and old. much FASHION! If I could have one, make that two, wishes, it would be to have this as an annual event, extended over the weekend. I had a wonderful time!


Having my portrait done by designer/illustrator Bruno Grizzo...what a treat! Will treasure this memento forever!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fashion's Night Out - September 10, 2009

Join fellow Fashionistas for glamorous festivities the world over as we jump-start the Fall Fashion Season and sneak-peek Spring 2010. Shake out your wallets, buy a T-shirt, or a new wardrobe, and feel good that you supported the September 11th Memorial and Museum with your purchases. Let's put the *fun* back in fashion.

Click the logo below to start planning your itinerary of retailers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Fashion From The Inside Out", Isabel Toledo at F.I.T

Finally had an opportunity to catch this wonderful exhibit, a sort of mid-career retrospective on Isabel Toledo's remarkable design work. And yes, included was the lemongrass ensemble worn by Michelle Obama for the Presidential Inauguration of her husband Barack. But it was the other treasures that awaited in the downstairs exhibition space that made it well worth the effort to squeeze in a trek over to F.I.T. between the Indigo and Printsource trade events.

I've been an admirer of Isabel's work for many years, having heard of her quiet genius via the fashion grapevine, although finding photos of her masterful pieces has been challenging. As yet, neither she nor her husband Ruben have a website or a blog. Hopefully, with her new-found notoriety that will change. In the meantime, I will definitely purchase her newest book based on this exhibit.

If you were not able to attend, here is a video tour from New York Magazine.

Friday, June 5, 2009

RIP Koko Taylor

They don't make Blues women like this anymore. Koko singing her hit "Wang Dang Doodle" at age 79.

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Etsy Shop is Now Open!

I'm very excited to have a new avenue for my designs and vintage merchandise, and invite everyone to stop by and check out my latest offerings.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kutztown, PA - College Town for the 21st Century

In her most recent trend seminar Li Edelkoort, one of the fashion industries most prolific and respected forecasters, told of a return to a simplified lifestyle, extolling the virtues of The Farm and The Country aesthetic, translating to pure forms and honest, built-to-last design.

Nestled among the eclectic boutiques and eateries of Main Street, a healthy stroll up the hill, you'll find Kutztown University, and
what better place to seek out the creative visionaries of tomorrow than among the populace of a college town.

I personally find my seasonal visits to Kutztown and the surrounding Bucks County area a welcome escape from the more hectic life I lead in the suburbanopolis of Central New Jersey.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Extravaganza, Kutztown, PA

Three times a year dealers, vendors and collectors descend upon this countrified haven to forage, haggle, indulge their obsessions and quench their thirst for the "thrill of the hunt." Finally, after several wet and soggy seasons, this glorious weekend yielded the promise of sunshine and the aroma of fresh funnel cake.

In addition to the usual estate castoffs, country primitives and handcrafts, there were notable emerging trends in an increase of Mid-Century as well as several booths of tribal art. Color was more pronounced, leaning towards mid-tone brights and eclectic blues.

People-watching has always been interesting at these events, and you just never know what delightful surprises will show up.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Vintage Yellow, Lambertville, NJ

Nestled along the banks of the Delaware River is a vintage haven of wonderful fashions called Mill Crest Vintage Clothing. The decor reflects the discerning color eye of proprietor Paula Cooperman and offers a fine selection of vintage and Mid Century apparel and accessories. In addition, their textile archives are a major resource for fashion and interior designers. Be sure to mark this a must see on your next trip to the Bucks County region!