Old clothes, poetry, music and the beauty of the natural world inspire me to be present and yet transcend time at the same time. Every day in each moment we have the opportunity to create magic in myriad ways and for me clothing is such a deep part of that. What character do I feel today? What am I going to make and give to the world? An outfit in itself can be a work of art...I guess that is what is meant by style...how we collage together clothes out of how we feel emotionally and physically. It is magic really, the creation of a beautiful illusion that we present to the world that affects those around us. The ability to create is one of the greatest gifts we have as human beings, so in my small way I hope by offering wonderful clothes and old goods I can inspire those who come across my shop to dream their dreams and create their own magic.

Monday, May 31, 2010



Channeling the Inner Goddess

Every woman is a goddess whether she is aware of this or not. There are many days where I wake up and need to channel the goddess within and so I go to the part of my closet where all of the goddess dresses are hanging. I kid you not~ Sometimes I want to channel the simple beauty of ancient greece and the strength of Aphrodite or Artemis or Athena, sometimes it is the women of magic such as Circe or a very modern Anita Pallenberg and sometimes it is a goddess of the silver screen such as Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield. All woman have their own innate magic and that comes through not only in the clothes they wear but the way they move and the way they choose to personally adorn themselves. The goddess within also gives us the power to create and live out our dreams and fantasies. Maybe we can all choose one day a week to be the goddess within, to let her out whoever she may be and allow her the space to follow her dreams~

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Springtime in Eldora, Colorado

My sweet Max and I went up to Eldora, Colorado yesterday to visit one of his close friends' since childhood, Dechen Hawk. Dechen just moved to the sweetest little cabin up there to get away from the hustle and bustle so he could concentrate on his sweet soul music. Eldora has a nearby ski resort in the winter, but now the town is a cluster of cabins in the wilderness without any store or business of any kind whatsoever. It is the place you go to "get away" for sure! I had two dresses for the shop to photograph that were just so perfect for this kind of setting, so we had a wonderful day of visiting with dear friends, hiking and a little business thrown in as well.

Dechen's Cabin with the hilarious name "Woodpecker".
Red Bandana DAISY MAE Sun Dress~
Gunne Sax Folk Dream~
A noble Cat Poot~
The View up in Eldora~
Max and Dechen on the rocks above Boulder Creek~
The snow melt coming down Boulder Creek~
On the creek~
Max in the Creek~

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Beauty, Style and Music of Jamaica~

These new pieces in the shop want to make me get on a plane and fly straight to Jamaica! The island's beauty, warmth, culture, style, music and spirituality is an inspiration to us all and has influenced the world in so many ways, for one, to stand up for the rights of all oppressed people and cultures and see through the distorted lens of the west and its agenda of power and money. The fact that this tiny island in the Caribbean has had such a direct cultural and political influence on the entire world show the enormity of it's heart and spirit. Thanks to Jamaica..it's people and culture!
The I Threes~
One of the all time best movies and the style of the men in it takes 1st prize in my world~
Rockers let's roll~
The 1st lady of Jamaican music , Marcia Griffith~
The Heptones!
The Amazing Desmond Decker~
Toots and The Maytalls Funky Kingston~
The always stylish and romantic Gregory Isaacs~
The beautiful and life changing Wailers~
Spinning the sounds of Jamaica~
The Beautiful and Dangerous Jimmy Cliff~
Back in the beginning were the Skatalites~

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Inimitable Hanna Shygulla****

I was inspired to do a blog on the wonderful German actress Hanna Shygulla after I came across a Suit that reminded me of the stars of the German screen(see my first posts Grand Opening). Hanna is one of my absolutely favorite actresses, along with having had a tremendous influence on my own style as well. She was a leading icon of the German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, mainly known for appearing in 23 of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films including his first feature, "Love is Colder than Death". She is most remembered for her roles in the Fassbinder films, "The Marriage of Maria Braun", "Lili Marlene" and his masterpiece "Berlin Alexanderplatz". She is sometimes compared to Marlene Dietrich, but for me she has a much more human quality than Dietrich, an earthiness underneath the cool, unobtainable blonde. One feels that you could actually talk to her and maybe even become friends. (hahahaha) There seems to be a light emanating from her that makes everything and everyone around her recede into the background and she is all that exist for the moment that she is onscreen and one simply cannot take one's eyes off of her. Everything seems to come so naturally for her and for me she is the ideal women, the women I too want to be. Effortless and present, yet distant and dreamy at the same time. She is human and ethereal and more of what I want my screen goddesses to be. Definitely more than any modern actress or for that matter, American actress. It is also an interesting note that Fassbinder treated her with much kindness and tenderness , when he was notorious for terrorizing, manipulating and sleeping with almost all of his other leading actors. It speaks volumes to me of the kind of respect and love this woman demands and deserves. Here's to you Hanna Shygulla, with love~
Katzelmacher 1969~
An actress creating character~
The amazing style of this woman named Hanna~
The Marriage of Maria Braun 1979~
Truly a Goddess~
Love is Colder Than Death 1969 with Ulli Lommel and Fassbinder~
Berlin Alexanderplatz 1980
Lili Marleen 1981~
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1972
Effi Briest 1974~
That amazing Light~
The Beautiful Miss Shygulla today~