Date Archives January 2013

Vintage Glamour

I spend a lot of my time looking at vintage fashion photography, old movies and advertisements. I have appreciated vintage glamor ever since the first day my grandmother showed me pictures from her old scrapbooks. My eyes were always drawn to the wonderful hats and gloves worn by all the seemingly elegant individuals. The other day 80-year-old Joyce Carpati brought out some of the hats that she has kept for over 50 years. Joyce has been wearing her hair in a braid for a number of years, so it was fun to see her try on these wonderful hats and create an entirely new look. While taking photos of Joyce, I remembered a quote from my dear friend Mimi Weddell, “The only romantic thing left in life is a hat.” What do you think of Joyce’s hat makeover?


so it was wonderful to see her


I met Maureen last year during my exhibition in Geneva. She happened to be shopping for a hat in the neighborhood near the gallery and noticed me crossing the street. Maureen and I looked at one another as if we knew each other and suddenly she announced my name.  I didn’t know anyone in Switzerland so I was surprised that she knew who I was. It turns out that she had been following the blog for some time and read I would be coming to Geneva. It was a great coincidence that we met on the street like we did and I was happy to make a new friend. Maureen is in New York for a few months visiting her family. It was great to catch up  with her over lunch and a trip to Off Broadway Boutique.

Out West

Debra and I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesen West, on our trip to Phoenix. If you happen to be in the area, a side trip this magnificent residence is well worth it. Debra can especially related to how Wright and his team of architects used local desert rock in the construction of the various buildings. Her own outfit is a combination of things she has either made from recycled or household items or things that have been “upcycled” and gifted to her. Debra’s statement necklace is  made up of a collection of bobbins and she crafted her wonderful hat from Viva paper towels.