I am throwing the adage that you can’t wear white after labor day right out of the window.
After all, what is more refreshing than a white pallet? It pops in nature and on you. For me, the chicest dressing is in neutrals; a great example is Aurela-Fashionista.
As I have gotten older, I have started to play and be more confident with color, but In the end, I always go back to my roots. Neutrals are the backbone of every well-edited wardrobe, and white is the key to adding crispness and light into any ensamble. Of course, keeping it pristine is challenging while I am in Montana for the summers. But if my sister can take them on Safari, we can manage in our daily lives.
I am throwing the adage that you can’t wear white after labor day right out of the window.
In my home here in Montana I have a lot of acreages a gorgeous home and a huge lake to play in. But up the road about 25 minutes there is a lovely little town called Whitefish. It has a pristine ski area quaint shopping and great restaurants; though I love the privacy and space in my neck of the woods, I feel fortunate to have this little town up the road. Just enough, not too much.
WHERE TO EAT:
Great for lunch, this quaint bed and breakfast pulls out all of the stops on cuteness! The family-run farm to table Inn & Cafe offers three rooms that you can rent nightly and a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients.
The Peerman Family has poured so much love into this space; you can taste it. They have left no detail out, all the way down to the hand made bath products that they sell in their gift shop.
The Cafe offers light and delicious meals while you’re touring the town of Whitefish or on your way to Glacier National Park. They are now serving breakfast and lunch.
The Whitefish Lake Golf Course is a public golf course with surprisingly delicious food. Watch the golfers tee off and cool off the summers day with a refreshing Stigler and smoked trout appetizer.
Cafe Kandahar has distinguished itself as the premier dining destination in Northwest Montana. Be prepared for an unparalleled dining experience, located inside Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Check their website for their hours and specifics as they are open in the summer and winter seasons only.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a Four Star Luxury Resort that offers year-round family adventures such as skiing, boating and hiking. Inspired by the grand lodges of the past, with all the conveniences of the present, The Lodge has returned a sense of leisure and grace to the Montana travel experience. Surrounded by mountains with the pristine waters of Whitefish Lake, the Lodge has all the amenities of a full-service resort hotel.
The Firebrand Hotel brings urban sophistication and service combined with the atmosphere and adventurous style of Northwest Montana’s rugged landscapes. The Firebrand’s premier location in downtown Whitefish positions you steps away from world-class dining and nightlife options and within easy access to golfing, Whitefish Lake, trails and skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Hop in a car, and you’ll shortly arrive at the gateway to Glacier National Park.
WHERE TO SHOP:
Explore distinctive jewelry and one-of-a-kind furnishings crafted by artisans from around the world at Saparri. This eclectic bohemian market is filled with housewares, exotic accessories gift and clothing. There is a little something for everyone here.
The Dick Idol Signature Gallery in downtown Whitefish blends the rustic spirit of Old World Western art with Contemporary Spirit. The gallery is run by the contemporary western artist, and son of Dick Idol, Colt and his wife, Jen. We have several pieces from this gallery, and I love Colt’s vibrant use of color and the size of his pieces.
Harlette carries a mix of classic looks with a playful edge. Great jeans, flirty dresses, cool tee shirts, fun jewelry, is the esthetic at Harlette. You’ll find current and upcoming brands and designers like for Love of Lemons, Band of Gypsys, Zadig & Voltaire, to name a few.
Explore their market of thoughtfully curated products that inspire a life well-lived. Enjoy fresh coffee and pastries from the Boudoir Bar as you shop their unique selection of women’s and children’s clothing, beauty & home products, giftables, and more.
Recently I had the opportunity to meet and support friends at a competitive sport new to me: Ballroom dancing. I never realized how rewarding and physical it could be. Not only do you have to remember all the steps, learn to coordinate, and have excellent lung capacity, you have to do it all at once!
When Net-A-Porter AND The Fine Magazine both have articles on dancing, you know you’re on the right track.
In the Net-A-Porter article “The Happiness Swerve,” there is a section titled “Learn to Dance”. It talks about a Harvard medical study that shows learning a new skill fundamentally improves your brain health. According to the study, any form of dancing that requires coordination can improve mental sharpness and (even more fascinating) can help protect the brain against the early onset of dementia.
What more motivation would we need to get out there and shake our tail feathers!
I met people in their 80’s and beyond enjoying the camaraderie that comes from music and dancing. Here are just a few of my stars in action.
Approximately two years ago, Victoria started competitive ballroom dancing. Here she is performing her winning Paso Doble.
Virginia is 91 and still going strong! I mean, look at the size of that trophy!
Anita is a 99-year-old winner of the dance competition.
Murrey is in his 80’s and as happy as can be.
My Dear Friend Victoria! The Paso Doble and All Round Winner! Victoria took up dancing to relieve stress. Not only is she an incredibly successful businesswoman, she knows that relieving stress is one of the most important things you can do for long and healthy life. She gives her stress reduction 100%, just like everything she does. It shows in her work, her hobbies and her friends. She is an excellent example for all of us.
Well, a flirt at any age is a joy!
To sum up my trip, I met lovely people of all ages with a joie de vivre, which is sadly lacking at times. When we get stuck in our ways and reclusive, it could be hard to get out of that rut. The first step is not allowing ourselves to get there, but if you are, let a friend take you out and experience a new adventure. Say yes to life, and that could be at your closest dance studio. Just remember everyone has a left foot. 🤪
When I think of timeless silhouettes that are effortless, relaxed and always just right I think of Ala Von Auersperg. You may remember AvA from our post in April featuring an incredible ruffle sleeve kaftan perfect for a Spring/Summer wedding. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Dressing up a kaftan has been a trick up my sleeve since my hippie days and the Francoise Kaftan in this beautiful rose print is no exception.
The prints are an organic extension of my life and my work as an artist… When she moves, so does the print and she becomes the work of art. That’s why we say: Wear AvA and become your own masterpiece.
~ Ala Von Auersperg
While I was Vegas last week I went full Grecian Goddess and piled on decedent gold jewelry and my vintage Dior monogram mule sandals. I couldn’t make it through the lobby without ecstatic raves about this look!
This boldly feminine rose print is inspired by Ala’s Hamptons home.
AvA’s collection also encompasses casual day wear that can be worn for any occasion. I love that she uses the same soft airy knit mesh fabric throughout the collection. This fabric is great for layering or on their own as a coverup like I have styled here.
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This post was sponsored by Hologic.
Don’t wait until Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to prioritize your breast health.
Preventative screening is our best tool in the fight against breast cancer, a disease that affects one in eight women. I was thrilled to know that modern day breast screening technology like the Hologic Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam can deliver a much more comprehensive breast image allowing the doctor to achieve more accurate breast cancer detection, compared to traditional 2D mammography. [i]
Now with the Hologic SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system which utilizes a curved compression surface, the comfort level has increased tremendously.[ii] I tried it last week and was amazed at how much more pleasant the experience was for me.
North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, MT
I scheduled my annual mammogram right away by using the zip code locator and was thrilled that there was a hospital providing this technology directly in my back yard; the North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, MT was listed as a provider of the Genius exam and the SmartCurve system, and my procrastination was finally over!
I tested it for all of us and can tell you without a doubt that the comfort level was incredible. I did a little video while I was there so you can see it firsthand. Honestly, I am glad I took the time to put my health first and get my Genius exam, and I encourage You to stop putting it off too!
Pass the locator link, www.Genius3DNearMe.com, and info to all the ladies you know. They will thank you for it!
The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam (also known as the Genius™ exam) is only available on a Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system. It consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. There are more than 6,000 Hologic 3D Mammography™ systems in use in the U.S. alone, so women have convenient access to the Genius exam. To learn more about the Genius exam, visit http://www.Genius3DNearMe.com.
[i] U.S. Food & Drug Administration Premarket Approval (PMA). FDA.gov https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfpma/pma.cfm?id=P080003S005 accessed June 5, 2017.
[ii] Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00119 Rev 001 (2017).