Tuesday, March 19, 2013

46 Hours in Denver, Colorado - Part Two

 The Party.....

Judith, aka The Style Crone, knows how to throw a fabulous party.  All the right elements came together - perfect weather, an interesting mix of people of different ages, delicious food and beverage, music for dancing, crowd-pleasing entertainment, and a hostess who was dressed to the nines, and having a wonderful time.

Who wouldn't want to attend a party hosted by this woman?

Not this woman!   I had brought a fancy dress to wear, but the 75 degree temperatures (that's 22 to us Canadians) prompted a change in wardrobe plans.  A loose dress, comfy shoes, and a spectacular hat borrowed from the Judith collection, and I was party ready.

Melinda, a local artist and friend of Judith's, created this funky sculpture that was installed in the foyer of the house for the party.  The wire form is covered with colour film negative strips of photos of Judith and her friends.

I met a number of creative women that night who were working their own cool style - case in point,  MaryAnn, pictured above.  We ran into each other coming around a corner and both started talking at once about how we loved each other's look.

I was in awe of her fiery fauxhawk

leather, lace and a fedora = fierce party style

Rachel (left) and Brittni, who had assisted Judith in organizing her home, greeted guests in the Vintage Studio in the basement.  The Studio offered a large selection of vintage clothing and accessories culled from Judith's wardrobe at great prices.  Needless to say, I came home with more in my suitcase than what I arrived with, including the hat I was wearing.

These woman paused their browsing long enough for a photo.  The woman on the right designed the skirt she's wearing - you can see her line of organic yoga clothing here

A number of women were wearing Asian-inspired jackets and tunics - this grey and gold one was my favourite

The man on the right made the shirt he's wearing, and the "Dream" coat worn by his partner

Oozing with sass and style in front of the scarf wall

Judith and her lovely daughter Camille

This woman's vest and pantaloons are made from vintage fabric

no, I had not had anything to drink....

It was a wonderful night, and one of the most enjoyable parties I had ever attended.  Everyone, including the birthday girl, seemed to be having a great time, no one got stupid, and nothing got broken.  Definitely a 46-hour adventure to remember!

My heartfelt thanks to my lovely hostess, who despite having to deal with a million and one details involved in organizing a party, still found the time to make me feel welcome.  Judith will be posting more about the party on her blog in the days to come.


  1. What a party! In your mighty sail of a red hat, you are ready to conquer the new world. You look amazing, Shelley. Everyone you have featured here is beautiful. I look forward to seeing what other goodies you picked up!

  2. Wow! I'm lost for words! What a glorious and inspiringly dressed bunch of glamour pusses and guys. I love your hat, Shelly, you look like a Napoleonic figurehead! xxx

  3. Wow! I love Maryann's hair! Spectacular party!

  4. You look fantastic and the fashion is all soooo fierce!!! The read faux-hawk is probably my favorite. I love that she had a shop the closet section-- I bet that was a dream :) Can't wait to see what you picked!
    So awesome,

  5. 70th birthday? Surely not - she looks incredible! Not that these are mutually exclusive of course. And what a stylish home and well dressed guests. I have 34 years to prepare myself for hosting an event of similar fabulousness!

    Your hat is amazing by the way!

  6. I have to come to the next one, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  7. Ooooh, I's green with envy! What a great party, and how I would have loved to come!! Thanks for taking the photos so we can share in the festivities.

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

  8. It looks like a wonderful time, and what a fabulously stylish group of guests!

  9. That hat is so cool. Looks like a fun party

  10. How fun! Everyone's outfits are so inspiring but I bet the conversations were even more satisfying. I need to get out more!

  11. This is why I have become addicted to reading these blogs! I get a glimpse of fabulousness inside a gorgeous house, and I am inspired!

  12. Now that looks like a friggin party! You along with all these other women look amazing. That hat is fierce on you! So much unique style under one roof, why I bet the neighbors were bummed if they weren't invited! I would have loved an evening like this. Judith looks like she pulled out all the stops with this one. Thanks for sharing!

  13. wouu, such a fabulous party and such fabulous ladies!!, thanks for sharing it, it's great!!

  14. Great party overview Shelley! Thank you for the photos, helping with the prep of the Vintage Studio, and last minute details. And for wearing the red hat with such amazing style!

  15. So many amazing outfits! I can see why you and that first lady gravitated towards each other. Your hat is magnificent, a real work of art. I dream of it being 22 degrees again! Xxx

  16. Oh! that was a great party! all those stylish and interesting people to meet!
    Lucky girl you were
    Judith is so exquisite and so pleased to see her lovely daughter
    You look pretty funky there Shelley!
    Love your spunk and your crazyness girl!


  17. I have been thinking of Judith's party... thank you so much for sharing photos of such an inspiring time! I can only imagine what a magical party it must have been with such a presence of creativity!

  18. I love the first dress !!! So cool!!! Come and see mě and maybe Se we can follow each other ?:)
    Let mě kňow.


  19. O!!!! Wow, Shelley, what an adventure indeed!!!
    I'm rather crushing on Mary Ann...
    I've enjoyed these two posts, what a splendid event and how bloody FABULARSE you went all the way to Denver for it!!!
    Rock the hell ON, Mama, you are my kind of gal!!!
    I love your hat, incidentally, and I can assure you that I would have done a lot more than simply hold that lovely leg up!

  20. That hat is so cool. So cool !

  21. OMG!!!!! How gorgeous you all look! I can't believe you got to meet Judith! AAAAAAAAh.....and now I am calm. What a freaking great dream come true this would be for me. What a great party you've joined.

  22. That looks like such a fun party.