Stepping out of my comfort zone was a priority for me this past year. It started with getting this blog of mine up and running. I was drawn on so many levels to getting a Blog started. I do consider this a work in progress, a journey if you will, and with a little luck, it will only get better and better.
I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am by the Wonderful people I have met through Blogging this past year. I have been inspired by women who have demonstrated real artistry, kindness, and who have offered their talents and Hearts of Friendship so effortlessly. I marvel at the abundance of creativity that has multiplied in my World over the last few months. I am Indeed, Blessed.
It all started with this Kimono. These are incredibly Dramatic and Versatile wardrobe options. They are designed by a very talented young, beautiful woman, right here in San Diego. Jennafer Grace. You will see that I wear a lot of her designs. I’m a believer!
In the above Photo, I am wearing Contessa Pearls by Tamera Beardsley Designs.
This whole look took on a Special Life of its own.
It is truly Inspiring for me to follow such a Talented, Beautiful and Creative Blogger. I was so thrilled to be able to wear such a Wonderful Creation and then, later in the the year, to actually have Tamera sitting at my table sharing laughter and a meal, well, Pinch me!!!
More on WHO these pearls were named after later on in this post!
I went in search of my inner Gypsy this past year. I felt as though she had gone way too quiet for too long. Being a full time Wife and Mother meant that I had put aside a lot of who I am for the betterment of those around me. I felt an Undeniable Pull to bring that Young, free-Spirited Girl out from hiding! And guess what? I Found Her! And Boy, was she ready to come out and shake things up a bit!
I wish you could see this shawl in person! It is entirely handmade and has such a PERFECT weight and Balance!
I’m in love!
And it even looks AMAZING draped over the dining room Table!
This was a Wonderful design project I took on. With Appliqué and Embroidered patches Everywhere in Fashion these days, I wanted to see what I could come up with! Many of these patches I purchased from Le Bel Age in Mission Hills, San Diego. I believe this look came together in such a Special way. I’ve enjoyed wearing this jacket numerous times, in numerous ways. I’ve even gotten requests by family members to create for them! Now you know what I’ll be doing on the upcoming rainy days during my SoCal Winter.
The minute I saw this Kimono by JennaferGrace at Chateau Bel Age, I just knew it was for ME! There is just something about the Art Deco Peacock pattern here that spoke to me, and still does. This is ALL ABOUT effortless dressing with stellar results. Can you just imagine lounging by the fireplace, good book in hand, glass of wine waiting for you on a side table, looking and feeling, oh so Glam? The very special and Talented Woman responsible for so much of my own personal wardrobe Inspiration is Valerie Lee Ferrari. She is the Force behind two incredibly Amazing boutiques in Mission Hills, San Diego. Le Bel Age and Chateau Bel Age. When in San Diego, these are must see and do experiences!
Making new friends and experiencing new things was certainly my Mantra last year. While Valerie and I have been great friends for over a decade, it is through her sharing her World with so many that she has been able to bring so many of us together.
Here, we are all gathered at Chateau Bel Age for a Live Sketching Event. The artist at play on this Day was Dennis Nothdruft from the London Fashion and Textile Museum! To say I was absolutely pushing my boundaries to stand and model while he sketched me would be a direct UNDERSTATEMENT!!!
I can still feel how nervous I was on this occasion!
For me, this sketch is proof Positive that boundaries can be overcome and life can grow in the most serendipitous ways. I’m actually looking forward to Dennis’ return and to be able to do this all over again someday soon!
And here is where those Contessa Pearls come into play again! My family and I took a bit of a Summertime Road Trip. While in San Francisco, I posted to Instagram a picture of the exterior of the Britex Fabric store. Almost immediately, I received a request from this Beautiful Soul to
“Call her IMMEDIATELY “!
So I did!
And I made a Wonderful new Friend in Elizabeth. She has an Amazing blog at
and I do look forward to many more laughs shared with her, that is, if she will ride shotgun in my FIAT500 again!
I learned how to Crown myself this past year.
For me, that was realized by opening up the door to the Artistic, free-spirited Gypsy Woman that has always been a very big part of me. Her wings are still gathering strength and speed, but I think she is going to bring a lot of excitement and joy into everything she touches this coming year!
Come Fly With Me
So now when I end each of my posts with my description of La Zingara, you will have an idea of the Creativity, the Artists, the Women, and the World around me that I look to for Inspiration. It can be anywhere, anytime! I’m just remembering to stay OPEN to the Potentialities That Life Has for us ALL!