Parasols & Summer Sun

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 in All Blog Posts, Calendar, Fashion, Seasons

Parasols & Summer Sun

Ah, the ubiquitous umbrella – from British Bumbershoot to Parisian Parasol – one shelters from the rain; one shields from the sun. We reviewed their rainy day renditions in April Showers. It’s now time for the sunny side of summer with its plethora of parasols. Rather than ducking and dodging sleet and showers, we flirt and flutter with carousels of color. Just being in the sun evokes smiles and happiness. A parasol seems less of a shield, and more of a sidekick, protecting us while joining in the fun. The Latin word umbra means “shade” and historians claim the cooling canopy formed by...

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Emilio Pucci – the Prince of Prints

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 in All Blog Posts, Calendar, Fashion, Seasons

Emilio Pucci – the Prince of Prints

        When the swinging 60’s ushered in a world of psychedelic graphics, one artist’s images stood head and shoulders above the rest – Emilio Pucci. It’s not surprising, however, since Pucci’s dazzling originality predated the Summer of Love  by two decades. His seminal ideas and epochal images were forever ahead of convention, and stand today as timeless classics. “Color directly influences the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art     1969 2015 worn by Kendall Jenner   Born Marquis Emilio Pucci di Barsento to an aristocratic family in Florence, Italy,...

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Summer of Love

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 in All Blog Posts, Calendar, Seasons

Summer of Love

Every generation has their own “coming of age” decade. The 1940’s were dominated by Hitler, the Holocaust and Hiroshima. A break from combat involved dancing to the tunes of Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, and Harry James, as couples held each other tight for whatever time they had together. The 1950’s heralded Peace, Prosperity and Possibilities. Kids cut loose to rock n’ roll in safe, serene suburbs. The 1960’s ushered in the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Wall, and escalation of the Vietnam War. It’s no surprise that kids who experienced “duck and cover” air raids with regularity in...

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Tally Ho

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Animals, Seasons, Sports

Tally Ho

Riding to the Hounds In years past, November signaled the start of hunting season when skilled horsemen and trained hounds teamed to hunt a clever and equally skilled fox.  In these glorious fall handkerchiefs, a pack of hounds is used to track a wild stag.  Perfectly framed, the artist achieves maximum impact with minimal color, foreshadowing the colorless coming of winter.   Again, the artist renders the hunt solely via shadow and silhouette. This stag chase may have commenced at chilly daybreak, or equally plausible, the hunt could be shrouded in the evening mists at dusk. The...

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Sea Creatures

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Seasons

Sea Creatures

  “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” Dave Barry Methinks the aforementioned master of mirth has a point, so let’s dive and delve beneath the briny deep to greet some of nature’s fascinating creatures, like those pictured above hiding in the kelp. The enchanting and engaging seahorse is featured in countless...

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Camping & Cookouts

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Seasons, Sports

Camping & Cookouts

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James It’s time to fire up the grill, swing at the shuttlecock, laze in the hammock, and commune with nature.  Grown men finally have a valid excuse to play with fire, as they showcase their skills with spatulas and shish kebobs.  From Top Chef to Hell’s Kitchen, inspired fledglings step up to the plate (pun intended) to flex their culinary muscles. This jaunty juggler skillfully shuffles the entire pantry in a dashing display of showman ship. Great fun!   One...

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Tulip Mania

Posted on May 8, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Floral, Seasons

Tulip Mania

“It’s spring fever.  And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  Mark Twain This gaggle of giggling sprites sprinkling sunshine and happiness from corner to corner remind us to rejoice for spring has sprung.   Even when trees remain lifeless and bare, the happy border of crocus and daffodils confirm spring is on its way. “A tree can be tempted out of its winter dormancy by a few hours of southerly sun— the readiness to believe in spring is stronger than sleep or sanity.”...

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Skiing – from Sun Valley to Snowmass

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Seasons, Sports

Skiing – from Sun Valley to Snowmass

Slaloming, Shredding, Schussing down the slopes … superb, sublime, splendiferous! This sport of champions didn’t always showcase spandex.  Back in the day, the swells wore hand knit sweaters from Austria, wool knickers, and billed caps.  At day’s end, zipping back to the lodge for an après ski toddy, one might spy the likes of (L to R) Mrs. Gary Cooper, Jack Hemingway, (Ernest’s eldest son), Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper and Clark Gable. When dressing for dinner ladies might sport a remembrance of their day in the form of a handkerchief tucked in a breast pocket or looped over a belt. This...

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Autumn Leaves

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Seasons

Autumn Leaves

“Fall has always been my favorite season.  The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither  Unlike the languorous sun drenched days of summer which seem to roll on forever, the brief daylight hours of autumn remind us to pay attention, as time indeed, is all too short.  We shuffle in swirls of crimson leaves, while showers of their counterparts slowly descend to their inevitable finale.  Glowing shades of burnished copper and sharp citrus sing “snap to” “step lively” “time is fleeting.”   It’s a...

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Harvest Moon

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Calendar, Seasons

Harvest Moon

    “The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain.  Alone.  Cratered by imperfections.”  Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me     To enhance your viewing, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Watch this video on YouTube This is the season of the Harvest Moon which marks the official start of autumn.  With many crops ripening in late...

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Life’s a Beach

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Seasons

Life’s a Beach

Could there be a better hankie to declare “It’s Summer?” The clever use of crisp stripes, repeated in angles, curves and parallel ribbons on the sailboat, beach ball and chaise lounge feel fresh, flirty and fabulous. Check out the cat eye 1950’s shades (see 50 Shades) with their flirty fashion tassels, as well as the the oh-so-hip graphic employed to depict the wind behind the sails. Terrific. Even the starfish bends and dips to do a little dance. The candy pink border underscores the lighthearted impression that indeed, Life’s A Beach! Hot Days….Cool Drinks The first requirement for a...

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