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A glimpse at Pour Porter’s inspired fall collection

In Fashion on September 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Yesterday, I did a photo shoot for a friend’s online fashion boutique called Pour Porter. (Check out the photos here.) Noel and I actually hadn’t met until yesterday, even though we’ve been emailing for months, but I’m happy to say we got along like wildfire. (i.e. I have a rack of clothes all in your size, will you wear them for me? Um, YES!)

Every once in a while, someone comes along that shows you a new definition of beauty. I love, love, love when this happens. In college I was friends with an artist who gave me a gigantic black and white poster that was an up-close, out-of-focus image of water. I had never before considered something so simple, so beautiful. Years later, I realize how powerfully she influenced my sense of space, color and design.

Noel is one of these people. She absolutely blew my socks off! A true visionary with an exquisite, unique point of view, her eye for fashion and design is immediately refreshing and outside the box. From the framed and mounted antler-like epiphyte growing on her living room wall, to the grapefruit vodka gimlets she and her husband served after the shoot — the whole experience was totally inspiring!

Some of the pieces I fell in love with were a pair of black sheepskin fingerless gloves so fluffy I felt like purring, a buttery, black leather skirt cinched and gathered around waist and made to look like the bottom of a man’s dress shirt (below), and a bright, oversized plaid scarf that zips up the front.

Noel’s fall collection of up and coming designers includes hand printed silks, jaw-dropping patterns from Ghana, vintage brooches swaddled in black netting, home grown gourd necklaces — yes, gourd — handbags made out of stilettos, unisex wool capes complete with dramatic fringe, sleeves, and a built-in backpack, to name a few. I mean, really, you’d have to be asleep not to appreciate these!

Fashion feeds me on so many levels, meeting Noel and wearing her pieces yesterday felt like a long-awaited feast. I’m already looking forward to her Spring collection! If you haven’t done so, do yourself a favor and check out Pour Porter’s blog and boutique.

Happy fashion week!

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The Queen

In Art, Jewelry on May 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I once dubbed my mom’s friend Linda as “The Queen of All Things Beautiful.” And it’s true. She is.

Linda owns Christine Marguerite Designs in Boulder on the Pearl Street Mall. Here are some of her recent creations from the “Artist Series.”

Enjoy.

“I have studied paintings by many artists, and started to fabricate necklaces that capture the details as precisely as possible. I lay the strands out, and pixel by pixel, gem by gem, recreate the feeling of the original. They are all tributes to the artists, and when I fabricate each one, I get this tremendous insight into the artist’s mind as they were creating their work of art. Anyone can order from me an ‘Original’ and I never copy the same painting twice. You own the only one. You can actually wear your favorite work of art!”
The following jewelry images are copyrighted by Linda Kozloff-Turner and Christine Marguerite Designs Inc.

‘Tribute to Monet’s Oat and Poppy Field’ 5 strands of freshwater multicolored pearls, chalcedony, and carved coral flowers describe this painting’s mood and palette.

‘Tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers’ A thick twist of lemon opal, large citrine pear shaped drops, and a thin line of iolilte create a collar of gemstones about the neck.

Tibute to Georgia ‘O’Keefe’. It is obvious the design relationship between this necklace and the depiction of her Calla Lillies, sexy, bold and unrepentant. This piece of Karn Hill Tribe silver lent itself well to hang on the triple strand of freshwater pearls. I dared to put that dynamic drop of CZ right where it matters.

‘Tribute to Monet’s Nymphae’ This was a painting I had never seen of his, very rich with color and more dark than his traditional paintings. Freshwater pearls, carved coral flowere, and prehnite unfold about the neck. The nymphae were a type of water lilly.

History of shoes: A love story

In Fashion, Shoes on April 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I think my love of shoes began in 8th grade, when my mom gave me her old Frye boots (above). I was going through a “hippie” phase, which was thoroughly entertaining to her, I’m sure. The boots were too big for me, so I had to wear them with thick wool socks, and at an awkward 5’9″ and 90 pounds, the two and a half-inch stacked heel made me look like a newborn gazelle learning how to walk. But I wore them anyway, with my thrift store bell bottoms and broom skirts. I adored, and still do, the square-shaped, embroidered toes.

Two other gems in my closet–a girl can never have too many boots–are a pair of black Campers (above) I bought when I was living on a farm in Italy years ago and a pair of motorcycle/cowgirl boots from Sundance (below) that I treated myself to when I finished grad school. What I love most about both of them is that they will never go out of style. (Or, at least this is what I tell myself when I drop a lot of cash on “timeless” pieces.)

But perhaps my love of shoes began earlier than 8th grade, when I set my sights on a pair of pink Strawberry Shortcake velcro sneakers. Don’t worry, I was six. And it was the 80s. What made these shoes so special, the real kicker  (if you’ll forgive me) was the Strawberry Shortcake full-color decal on the bottom of the soles. I so loved the illustration that I refused to walk in the shoes for fear of scuffing it off. To remedy the situation, my devoted mother shellacked the bottom of my shoes with three coats of clear, glossy finish. (Did I mention I’m an only child?) Thank you, Mom!

My mom will be glad to know that age has softened my strict rule of spotless soles, and I have acquired more realistic expectations of my shoes. Recently, I’ve been appreciative of one pair in particular (below). They were a gift from a friend 10 years ago, and I wear them almost every day. The brand is CYDWOQ (pronounced “sidewalk.” Yeah, that took me awhile.) and they are truly remarkable. The funny thing is, I wore them for years without really noticing them. Poor, unappreciated shoes! Then, one day, it dawned on me that they had perfectly formed to my foot, the leather had gotten better with age, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not find a better “every day” pair of shoes. Then, I fell in love. This was no accident, I realized, after learning more about CYDWOQ. The secret is that they are exquisitely handmade. The founder is a Middle-Eastern shoe designer/ artisan whose dream was to make shoes that feel like being barefoot. And they have a really cool blog (again, forgive me) to boot!

But the best shoe love story happened to me a couple summers ago, when I was out for a walk with a girlfriend. Instead of taking years to build a solid relationship, this was love at first sight. While boots are my primary shoe weakness, I’m also a fan of heels. It’s just that heels don’t fall under the “timeless” category for me, and I don’t wear them often enough to justify splurging. A broke grad student living in a studio apartment in Capitol Hill, I could not have been more more thrilled when I stumbled upon a yard sale with a dozen pairs of designer heels spread out on a blanket for $2 each, ALL in my size. PRADA $2 heels! I’m not kidding. I don’t know what I did to deserve such luck, but the shoe gods smiled on me that summer afternoon, and I’ll never forget it.

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