My Selfie on Yay!

Hello! Every now and then I submit a photo to tomboyfemme. A super fabulous fashion inspiration tumblr. I fluctuate quite a bit from very very femme to tomboyfemme. Which is a place on the presentation spectrum I find to be very comfortable. This is the second photo they have posted of mine. Yay!

Anyways, I took a selfie of my first day of this semester and here it is. Thanks to tomboyfemme for posting it!




Danielle Spires, Photoshoot

I had the fabulous opportunity to model and style a shoot for the amazing Danielle Spires. She has a few series that I have been so thrilled to be a part of in the past. Recently she has been wrapping up a series titled “Girls Eating Food in My Kitchen”. I happened to be visiting L.A. at the perfect time and was able to spend an afternoon with her and her camera.

Here are some of my photos from the shoot. But be sure to check out the rest of the “Girls Eating Food in My Kitchen Series” along with all the rest of her crazy good work at 

Toto-47_r copy Toto-48_r copy Toto-58_r copy Toto-60_r copy Toto-63_r copy Toto-65_r copy Toto-69_r copy Toto-71_r copyThis shoot was so silly and really fun to be a part of.

A few things though: No, that’s not meat. It is spicy jackfruit. Yes, that is a stick of butter. Do you know that body shaming can be directed towards anyone? Including thin people? I can’t tell you how many times I have been told to eat a sandwich or eat a stick of butter because I am “too thin”. Also, that was one of the best butter croissants I have ever had.

Ciao Torrebelle

Gratitude tastes so good.

My friend J, the gal who recently got married from my post “the sweetest wedding ever” took me out to dinner as a thank you for all my hard work. I would have done it all three times over regardless of any sort of pay off. But, I have to say, this dinner was a really unexpected and amazing treat.

She took me to Olivea. The pastry chef there wins all sorts of national awards every year. Pastries!!! I am a bit of a pastry monster (much like the near cousin of the cookie variety). So I was thrilled when I heard about his accomplishments.

hungry eyes (for dessert!)

Dinner was really great. I had the Vegetarian special which was basically the fanciest version of falafel, hummus, and swiss chard I have ever had. It was super tasty.

one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth.

J’s super chocolatey heaven.

But the desserts stole the show once again. I had the almond torte, with lemon custard ice cream and fresh berry compote. This was quite possibly one of the best pieces of cake I have EVER had. I’m not kidding, at all. J had a caramel chocolate tart type thing with chocolate ice cream on the side. She said it was really good. I don’t like chocolate (I know, I’m crazy) so I’ll just have to take her word for it.

I wore a skirt that I got at forever 21 when I was probably 21. I’ll just leave it at that, I’ve had it a while. The pastel yellow button down is also new, from Anthropology. I really like its 1930’s silhouette. Pair with white sandals and white basket purse. ta da!

Thank you sooooo much J! It was great.

Ciao Torrebelle

One of the Sweetest Weddings ever.

One of my oldest friends, J married P on Friday. It was beautiful.

the cute DIY decor at the band shell.

the Boat House at Denver City Park.

Here comes the Bride!

J and her bridesmaids.

the happy couple.

their fabulous footwear.

J and I, and our friend Mr. Mojito.

the DJ, our friend S who always looks so dapper.

hair thingy I made for J that morning.

first dance

Rockabilly Baby, he loved the speakers!

the Rockabilly table, as I dubbed it.

yours truly!

shoe porn!

So much love!

I am so proud of this picture, except for that guy walking in the back. Otherwise, so hot, so sweet, so beautiful. I can hardly stand it 🙂

Where to begin?! The wedding day was a little hectic, but nothing I didn’t expect. I knew my time to primp was going to be limited and that I would be doing all sorts of lord know what throughout the day. I was carrying boxes, setting up tables and chairs, literally running around all day. So I was happy with my choice of cotton sun dress and my ever faithful black patent wedges. The dress was given to me once upon a time and I think it is from the 70’s. I quickly tossed my hair into the standard side ways dutch braid bun combo that I do on the regular. I just added a gray flowery head band to spiffy it up.

But really, who cares about me? Did you see how adorable the bride and groom were? J, the bride wore a super pretty sunny yellow dress. It is a new dress but has that great mid-century semi-formal feel. We tacked on the little ruched caps that morning (Did I mention it was a bit hectic). They chose yellow, gray, black and white as their colors. So she found some delicate gray satin kitten heals and also wore a gray bow in her hair that I hot glued that morning.  One of my favorite parts of J’s bridal outfit was the necklace that she made. She made it out of a glass heart that her Grandpa had made for her Grandma.  He made the heart during the war out of an airplane wind shield! We all teared up when that choice piece of nostalgia was shared. So sweet.

P looked dapper in a dark gray jacket, a lighter gray button down shirt, black jeans and gray chuck taylors. Actually the whole wedding party on the grooms side wore gray chucks. It looked great. The fellas also all wore little boutonnieres made out of tiny silver gears and red hearts (DIY alert).

The bridesmaids were mismatched in two really great retro inspired day dresses. L wore a sear sucker dress with yellow piping. She looked great. J, the brides sister wore a white dress that had a black floral print. Everything had a really fresh and romantic feel to it.

Obviously you gathered that gears were a theme for this wedding. All the table and venue decor was envisioned and executed by P, the groom. He is a great artist and designed their totally adorable invitations that featured little cartoon versions of the couple.

Fashion, fashion, fashion, Blah, blah, blah. . . Can we take a moment and talk about the dessert buffet?!!! J’s sister (the gal wearing the white and black floral dress) can cook/ bake like non other. She bakes so well that she teaches pie crust classes. PIE CRUST! Do you know how hard it is to make great pie crust?

Anyhoo, dessert buffet, amazing. I don’t think I can express with words how great it was.

I ate: pecan pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, berry pie, pineapple upside down cake, coconut cake, pound cake, cherry pie (homegrown cherries), vanilla malt ice cream and watermelon sorbet (from Sweet Action Ice Cream, Denver).

Whew! Don’t worry I danced it all off. Thanks to the awesome friends who DJ’d.

Thanks to the lovely couple for letting me partake in their special day. It was an honor to be present.

Ciao Torrebelle

Justice League of Street Food

Yay! Food, Drinks, Friends, Summer, Night Time Bike Rides! What a great way to spend an evening.

I was really excited about the Vegan Van!

I believe this was called “Cosmic Slop”. It was a vegan version of a pulled pork sandwich. Yum!!!

Not my best fashion moment. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

totes adorbs. That is all.

the Denver Design Center, home of the French Fry Statue (that’s what I’ve called it since I was little anyways).

Mmmm, french fries.

So, here in Denver there is a magical thing called the Justice League of Street Food. A group of food trucks that work together and throw summer gatherings all over town. There are probably 15 or so trucks, DJ’s and booze tents. This time around they held it at the Denver Design Center. Ever since I was little, I thought the statue was a rendition of a giant stack of french fries. It was perfect weather that night.

I was in a bit of a rush to get there. So I ended up throwing on my grey cotton shorts, an olive green v-neck tee (target) and my favorite pair of metallic sandals. I got them at the salvation army thrift store with the original tags still on them for only $1. It was a great find. I love that they have silver, gold and bronze colored leather, I can wear them with anything. I also wore my rainbow owl pendant.

I currently live super close to the Denver Design Center, so I hopped on my bike and stuffed my self on a vegan sandwich, popcorn, street tacos and sangria. It was great. I ran into quite a few friends and got in some great people watching.

Ciao, Torrebelle

Trivia, geeking out in hopes of winning free pints!

So I go to trivia with a few friends pretty much weekly. We dont always go to the same pub. Sometimes the Irish Rover, sometimes the Brittish Bulldog. Anyhoo, we get a bit competetive and when I say “we” I really mean G. It’s always loads of fun, even when we do really poorly.

my go-to black ballet flats

Hair is off my neck, that is key.

Super cute summer purse. Possibly 40’s or 50’s, I’m not really sure.

G, she takes this seriously 🙂

I wore one of my favorite summer dresses. It is a super breezy, light weight rayon/silk blend from the 1940’s. I am fairly sure I got it at Boss Unlimited in Denver. I really love the faceted pink plastic buttons.

This is just a quickie. I’ve got a lot going on right now. I found a new place to live (yay!) because my land lord decided to sell the duplex I live in 😦  Sad day. I love my place. But I am looking forward to my next chapter. I found a great room mate and we found a totally bitchin place in the Highlands. It is only three blocks away from my favorite sushi place in town, which could be trouble for my wallet.

I get to move there in mid August.

Well, I hope you are well in internet land.

Ciao Torrebelle

Super Mario Sweater Vest

Today was my day off. It was much needed. We woke up, had coffee and went to Starbucks to drink more coffee and use the free internet. Don’t ask me why we still don’t have internet at home. We both needed to do a ton of homework, so this is what a homework, errands kind of cold weather outfit looks like for me.

I wore my new jeans, a yellow polo (thrifted) a black cardigan from Ann Taylor, reddish chucks, and my totally awesome sweater vest that looks like it has little Nintendo flowers all over it. I freaked when I found this at a thrift store. It was a very proud moment in my thrifting career. I also wore a red plastic bracelet (thrifted) and a red bandana in my hair.

I am also going to start a little sewing project. Mondo gave out t-shirts last week at the Project Runway Allstars Viewing Party to use for a re-construction contest. I got two of the largest shirts I could find (more fabric to work with) and hope to make a cute Jackie-O inspired sheath dress. It is due this coming Thursday and the winner of the contest gets a pair of tickets to a fashion show event that is hosted by goodwill and Mondo. So it is just something fun that I signed up for. I’ll let you know how well it all turns out later this week.

I got two of these babies! thats a lot of yardage to work with, yay!

Hope you are all staying cheery during these dismal winter months.

ciao, Torrebelle

New Jeans

I got new jeans! I have not treated myself to new jeans in years. So this is very exciting for me and it should be for you as well. They were hiding out at buffalo exchange. The tag says MARTINI. They look vintage to me. High waist, straight legged with salvage edge and red, white and blue piping on the bum pockets. I would guess 60’s or 70’s but I’m really not sure.

I love how a high waist makes me look tall.

I wore my beat-to-hell converse high-tops, a red skinny belt, a blue crew neck vintage sweat shirt (with new screen-print) and a red head scarf. I also used another of my grandma’s purses.

pocket detail shot, for your viewing pleasure.

I wish this purse was a big tote. I would use it constantly.

Got the sweat shirt from a vendor at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show a few years ago.

Crazy smile

this is what happens when she does not want to take anymore pictures, but I insist.

My totally sweet argyle Fred Perry sweater vest looked so much better on Dandy that I let her have it.

We had the whole afternoon off together, a rarity, so we went to dinner and a movie. We ate at Watercourse Foods, a super great vegetarian restaurant here in Denver. Then we went to see the re-make of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I was sure it was not going to be as good as the originals and was mostly pleasantly surprised. Daniel Craig was great. His Blomvkist was much better that the original, I thought. The new Lizbeth was not near as good though. She was pretty and quite believable, but she was not near bad-ass enough. And, I’m gonna say it. I know everyone is thinking it if they read the books or saw the original. Why did they turn the bisexual relationship that Lizbeth was in, into a drug induced, random girl-on-girl hook up? And why no actual sex scene? Just a kiss, fade to black, wake up entwined. Really!? I’m disappointed. Not because I was so desperate to see a lesbian sex scene in a mainstream movie, but rather I knew the American version would edit that part. I totally called it before the movie and was unfortunately correct. Why did they feel the need to do this? Dandy said that maybe bisexuality is still too confusing to the American masses. I’m not sure. I still really enjoyed the film but recommend the originals.

What did you think, if you saw it?

Ciao, Torrebelle

Rockabilly Dance Night

My friend Tyler started teaching and hosting a Rockabilly/Jive night once a month. Yay! I used to go dancing all the time but got lazy somewhere along the way. So I went to his opening night on Friday. Another friend, DJ Big Mike, played some really great music for the evening. I forgot my camera, so all the pictures are from home, sorry. I’ll do better at next months event.

I wore a vintage 50’s cotton dress in black with a light blue pattern woven in. My shoes were my very basic black canvas mary janes that I got at the asian market (perfect for dancing in).

creepy self portrait. . . I thought you’d never ask.

See you next time. Come dance with me next month!

Ciao, Torrebelle

Mondo Viewing Party: Project Runway All Stars episodes 1 & 2

As many of you know I live in Denver. Mondo Guerra (totally awesome designer from project runway) is also from Denver. He hosts viewing parties at the Beauty Bar and takes donations for Colorado AIDS project. It is a really fun way to spend a Thursday evening. I get to get a bit dressed up, support a great cause and watch one of my favorite shows. Dandy and I do not own a television and usually just watch movies from netflix, via snail mail. So really I have to go. Either that or wait till next year when it is on dvd.

She keeps complaining about the bad shots I keep putting up of her. Yet, these are the faces she insists on using.

Anyhoo, last week was episode 1. I love how the crowd was cheering and booing like it was a sporting event. It was packed! Crazy packed!

My great grandma’s super cute penguin pins

I wore a grey crew neck sweater (target me thinks), my black cigarette pants from J Crew, red patent leather loafers from Cole Haan. My white plastic multi-strand necklace, Grey tweed 3/4 sleeve coat and yellow gloves are all vintage.

Sorry, she was asking for it and it was the only picture showing my purse and gloves.

Red Shoes = Power Shoes

Tea before bed

This week was episode 2 and the drama is beginning to unfold already. I love having Mondo offer his commentary during the commercial breaks. Because the episodes theme was “a night at the opera” they had a singer from the Central City Opera perform a number right before the episode started. Fun! They also gave out a ticket package for the opera, cocktails and a paranormal tour of a near by haunted mansion. No, I did not win opera tickets. But I did win a bitchin’ Team Mondo t-shirt!

Strike a pose

Right after the show Mondo gave a Q & A. One person asked him what trends he would like to see return and which trends he would like to see vanish. He said that here in Denver he would like to see the end of two fashion blunders. His two no no’s were flip-flops in winter and pajama pants in public. The crowd roared and I heard myself yell out an “AMEN”! I ask myself why people do these two things all the time. I have yet to come up with a satisfying answer. Mondo said that he would like to see a return of wide legged pants. I love wide legged pants, so long as they are structured. No flowy, skirt/pant gauzy things. I’m thinking jeans and sailor pants.

I love this purse. It was my Grandma’s

Tonight I wore a black 3/4 sleeve sweater (no idea where I got it), a vintage late 60’s pencil skirt in yellow with ivory lace over-lay. It has been really cold, so my wool black coat made another appearance as well as my black wool pill box hat.

I plan on going to as many of these evenings as possible. So, I’ll keep you posted.

Ciao, Torrebelle