Seville, Flamenco, and Mantones

After spending two glorious days in Barcelona we headed toward the south of Spain…Andalusia…the home of Flamenco. My big purchase for this trip was decided on before leaving Chicago. I am enamored with the art of Flamenco, so  with the help of a Facebook friend, Kris…. a resident of Spain and a font of knowledge regarding all things Spain….. I was directed to Juan Foronda. … Continue reading Seville, Flamenco, and Mantones

St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.   Our adorable Russian tour guide, Uta (pronounced Utah),  is seen in the lower right-hand corner…at least top of her head is visible.   The Gold Peacock Clock from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.  It is truly amazing.  There is a video below to show this beautifully crafted piece in action.   FABERGE! The Faberge … Continue reading St. Petersburg, Russia

Lisbon, Paris, & Amsterdam

Scenes from Amsterdam On my grand adventure exploring Europe I have collected so many fine memories.   Above are a few pictures of Amsterdam…the city of canals!  This was my first time in Amsterdam and I succumbed to its charms.  It enchants you with its colorful gabled houses and elm lined canals.  With 90 islands connected by 1,500 hundred bridges it is a joy to … Continue reading Lisbon, Paris, & Amsterdam


Greetings from Spain!   I am currently out of the country and touring Europe on the Viking Sky cruise ship.   Our first stop was gorgeous Barcelona.  It is my favorite city.  This picture was taken in the harbor just outside of Cadiz, Spain…one of the oldest cities in Europe! From Cadiz I took a tour to Seville where I found the most gorgeous embroidered … Continue reading SPAIN

Check Please!

Check Please!   Checking in with this almost-off-the-shoulder check top.  The black, white, and grey check pattern wraps around the shoulders in a generous shawl-collar  and then criss-crosses at the center.  A black peplum-like shape emerges from under the check collar and flairs out at the hem.   The black knit portion seems to have some stretch and skims without feeling restrictive.  I found this top at … Continue reading Check Please!

A New Cape for Spring

Today’s post features my new black scalloped hem cape. This black cape will be traveling with me to Europe in Spring.  I first saw this piece on the very stylish Jamie Lewinger a few months back on her blog, More Than Turquoise, I loved the scalloped hem and overall design of this piece.  Jamie described the fabric as lighter weight appropriate for New Mexico winter weather … Continue reading A New Cape for Spring