The devil is in the details.




LEVITY seven TRUNK SHOW @ Vintage Inspired

This Friday and Saturday I’m part of a TRUNK SHOW at VINTAGE INSPIRED in Burlington, Vermont with 6 very talented women. We call ourselves, “LEVITY seven”. We meet every few weeks over coffee in one of our studios or homes and talk about the issues of running small businesses.  Sometimes we stay on topic and often we talk about what’s happening in our creative lives.

“Without some occasional levity,

the working environment is not better than a sweatshop.”

What an amazing group of women to spend time with and learn from their collective experience. Having LEVITY in our group name reflects that we don’t want to pile more pressure on each other to do more than we already are, but rather reflects our level of encouragement and collaboration…with a healthy dose of humor.

Our group includes mostly Germans…two women are jewelers, one a fused glass artist and a garden designer. There are also a few very talented American women—a contemporary painter and the owner of CB Sacks—a Burlington company that makes beautiful bags out of coffee sacks from around the world.

Here’s what I’m preparing for the TRUNK SHOW…bracelets, pendants, a few paintings, hand-painted shoes and a few paintings.  I’m not a terribly skilled salesperson.  It just doesn’t come very naturally to me—so if you come to our TRUNK SHOW I’ll be the one showing the merits and creativity of my friend’s work.

Please stop by if you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area.

Vintage Inspired • Friday May 1st, 5-8pm, Saturday noon-5pm • 180 Flynn Ave

Here are links to see their work: (Ina Deane/jewelry designer) (Jane Frank/master goldsmith) (Kara Greenblott/bag designer/upcycled coffee sacks) (Lynne Reed/contemporary painter) (Gabrielle Baumann/fused glass artist) (Silvia Jope/garden designer)



ADVANCED STYLE—burlington edition?

This week my friend and highly fashionable jewelry designer Ina Deane ( suggested that I watch the documentary “Advanced Style”. The documentary is about gorgeous, stylish New York City women over the age of 60 and it’s a blast.  (Available on Netflix, Google Chrome and Amazon for streaming). I remember seeing Ari Seth Cohen’s book a few years ago and just loving the spunk & style of these women.  So inspiring! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read about the most memorable fashion moments of my life.

MY FANTASY PROJECT: I want to do a Burlington, Vermont version of Advanced Style.


I would love to put together a gathering and maybe even hire Ari Seth Cohen to come speak in Burlington sometime.  Wouldn’t that be a blast?

If you know of fashion forward men and women in Vermont please get in touch with me.  E-mail is best:

About ARI SETH COHEN from Advanced Style blog


 “My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a

thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”


Ari-Seth-Cohen-collage Advanced-Style-Ari-Seth-Cohen-Dogwoof-Documentary-34 Karen-Walker-Eyewear-x-Advanced-Style-5  photos by Ari Seth Cohen

When I watched Advanced Style this week I was reminded of these two big Advanced Style moments in my own life.

1.  A few years ago while waiting in line to check-in at The Accessories Show at The Javits Center in NYC with Maggie Pace I got to talk briefly with Iris Apfel.  She was wearing the most beautiful pink driving mocs when I spoke to her. Perhaps they were PRADA.  It was one of those moments when I found myself so happy to even get to say hello to her. Iris has been quite an inspiration to a girl from South Dakota.  New York City was like going to the moon when I was growing up on the prairie.  I was twenty-one when I first had the privilege of seeing NYC and I never get to go there enough.

2. In October of 2004 I was in New York City for the wedding of my cousin.  My mother and I were walking up to the Jewish History Museum and we saw a women hail a cab.  This woman had a long, grey ponytail, stright dark jeans, a gorgeous neutral sweater, boots with the perfect heel, a scarf impeccably tied and lots of bracelets.  She looked so NYC cool and confident that the image of her is etched in my mind.

 Iris Apfel


I think my own style as I age will veer toward the aging silent film star.  Halloween 2014.


Today, I ended up a fashion photographer…

and what a great Vermont day it turned out to be. I was granted the pleasure of shooting the jewelry of Vermont jewelry designer Ina Deane. Here are a few of my favorite photos of the day.








Her work is stunning and truly for every woman. Her pieces are meant to be layered and worn for everyday and actually work with everything you have—contemporary, costume, vintage…Ina’s jewelry looks modern, laid-back, cool, dressed up, dressed down…these pieces work with everything. Ina gave me a necklace in June, that I haven’t taken off since she put it around my neck. I can swim wearing it. I can put on pearls. I can wear jeans or a dress—it works with everything. Our model for the gorgeous Vermont afternoon was…

Lindsay Sweet Gardner. She was so easy going and completely reflected the ease of wearing Ina’s jewelry. It was great for me just meeting Lindsay because it was easy to give direction and I also quickly knew that she had worked with other photographers. She was very very quick to take direction and knows how to move in front of the camera. We encountered some light problems late in the day and my battery ran out, but we got some beautiful Vermont shots on a stellar early September afternoon.

It was a great Vermont day indeed. I think Ina has some good shots to work with. Here are a few of my favorites.

Here is the link to eenadee’s facebook page. Contact her directly to purchase any jewelry.

If you are in Vermont and looking for specialized instruction…contact Lindsay. She will make you a strong superheroine in no time. Here’s the link:–sweet-yoga–.html

Morse Code “love you” necklace by eenadee

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Burlington jewelry designer Ina Deane/eenadee makes these incredible necklaces with Morse Code messages. This design says “love you”. What a remarkable way to have someone wear a personal message perhaps only known between the gifter and giftee. I think her work is so innovative & stunning. My instagram photo hardly does this piece justice, but I am so excited to share the design that I couldn’t wait to get another photo taken.

Ina is among the many remarkable German women living in Burlington, Vermont that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Contact Ina through FACEBOOK and LIKE her page so you can see the updated photos of latest designs.

These are a few of my favorite $50 things.

AO Glass, Burlington, Vermont
AO Glass, Burlington, VT mod vases Or, stop by their shop on College Street in Burlington, Vermont.

These vases are so modern and perfect in scale. Twelve degrees below zero is a great reason to have a bright, locally produced vase with a few buds adorning your table. Check out the AO glass story:

Eenadee Jewelry, Burlington, Vermont
Ina Deane earrings

Hammered silver nuggets are knotted on chocolate brown linen dangling at the end of a row of glimmering silver discs. $49

These unique earrings are made by local jewelery designer Ina Deane. Check out more of her stunning collection here:

If you’re looking for a gift or something nice for just you these hand-crafted goods offer a few interesting options. Artists always appreciate your comments even if you aren’t shopping. It’s what fuels us to keep creating—really it’s true!