Toti and Nell Gifford started Giffords Circus in 2000. Their vision was of a miniature village green circus, packed, rowdy, glamorous - birds and horses and motorbikes bursting from a fluttering white tent - a show for rural families, farmers and film stars. Since 2000 the Giffords Circus company of painted wagons has toured the rural Southwest, moving every week, and entertained over 250,000 people. Giffords Circus has become synonymous for the inspiring musicality that each show is filled with. You can listen to snippets of music from their previous shows by going to their website and linking to The Music Box.
If you want more, watch the fabulous slide show of Giffords Circus at The Guardian.
~The image of the three amazing women in fabulous green dresses was found ten or eleven years ago in the magazine Departures (put out by American Express). I'm still enamored and remain under it's spell. The designer is Italian. Do you have any idea who it could be?
~The text is from the book Evergreen by: Belva Plain. Isn't it ironic how we can so easily misinterpret people?
Above, wonderful details from two antique Italian parasols, purchased at a garage sale.
And make glorious light fixtures!
Using an upside down parasol for a chandelier, can masquerade an ugly light fixture. It casts a beautiful light, and is reminiscent of Fortuny lamps. For more info. about how to make one....email me, or simply buy one at the Luna bazaar.
Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs capturing the Art Deco period.
His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable.
His ideas and art have influenced fashion into the 21st century.
Besides illustration, Erté worked throughout his life designing revues, ballets and operas. He had a major rejuvenation and much lauded interest in his career during the 1960s with the art deco revival.
A Quote about Attitude:
"A resourceful woman who is plain, can achieve the
reputation of a beauty simply by announcing to everybody she meets, that
she is one." Erté
There is no other artist in my book who fuses art with fashion with the exquisite touch of Erté!
No matter what the era, pearls make a statement of elegance.
Pearls can be worn in a variety of ways.......
and always make a woman look polished.
Here is a Pearly Queensitting on the streets of downtown San Francisco in the 1960's. An English woman that was a friend of my fathers. We called her the "Pearly Lady". She once made me a risqué doll. What a funny memory!
Lastly, even Ms. Mona L. looks good in a strand of pearls and a pair of white gloves, don't you think? Now, what about you? Are you a Pearly or Glittery Lady?