“What is GRACE? an individual, inspiring and virtuous impulse, that streams the spirit with life! An elegance and divinity of one’s beauty!”
― Angie karan
“The most pleasant and alluring curve on a woman is the smile”
― Treasure Stitches
“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“Elegance is refusal.”
― Coco Chanel
“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.”
― Habeeb Akande
“Elegance is an attitude”
Elegance is being charitable. Elegance is helping others, even if you don’t seem to receive anything in return. (This includes a tax write-off!) Elegance is being the caring, understanding human being inside us.
Elegance is timeless, and so will you be in these gorgeous gowns from Ever An’ Angel. They are exclusives at the 10th Annual Clothing Fair benefitting Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. The jewelry that delicately adorns my neck in the first two photos, so perfect for an evening of slow dancing, drawing the eye to the hollow of a feminine neck… it’s by Semi-Precious, also at the Clothing Fair. (Though this particular set is only at the main shop…) Everything in both their stores at the clothing fair – everything – is a 100% donation to the American Cancer Society. Display your inner elegance by supporting this wonderful cause, while purchasing exceedingly fashionable items that will help adorn your outer elegance. It’s going on now!
Just a couple notes: While I was taking photos in the atrium of the Hotel Adlon (the first two photographs), I got “busted” by the hotel’s groundskeeper, a nice gentleman by the name of Arnulf Adler. He didn’t question me about my Amazonian-sized avatar, though, but wished me a good day and went about painting things that needed painting. Things I love about these places!
And about the mural I’m standing in front of in the court dresses (from the notecard):
The image used as background for the view from this porch is an actual 18th century panoramic painting, “A View of the Bay of Naples, Looking Southwest from the Pizzofalcone Toward Capo di Posilippo” which was painted around 1791 by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Luisieri (1755-1821). It is currently owned by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. USA
The view represented in the painting is probably from the home of the British ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples, Sir William Hamilton. It is believed that Luisieri utilized a camera obscura in order to accurately capture the dimensions, perspective and details of the scene.
Luisieri moved to Naples in 1782 to become the court painter for the King of Naples. Not surprisingly he developed close relations with Sir William Hamilton and through Hamilton, Lord Elgin. Luisieri oversaw the project of removing the sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens for Lord Elgin, and their shipment to the British Museum in London. He died in Athens, apparently feeling some regret that his work for Lord Elgin kept him from doing more painting in the latter part of his life.
Didn’t think you’d wind up learning something in a fashion blog, did you?
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