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


Bitches who Brunch, Autostraddle style.

As I have mentioned before I love Autostraddle. I have told you about my excitement regarding A-Camp (lesbian/queer summer camp) that they have organized. Now I am here to tell you about another great Autostraddle event that recently took place.

It was International Autostaddle Brunch Day a couple of Sundays ago. I know, you are asking yourself  “what? why did I not know about this? why was I not invited?”. It is because you don’t read Autostraddle, yet. Get on it. Basically queer ladies all over the world amassed to eat breakfast food simultaneously.

I am totally nervous about going off to have brunch with strangers.

International Autostraddle Brunch Day (IABD) was too much fun, although a little nerve wracking for the shyish person that I am. But I was out to make more queer friends and that’s exactly what I did. I met up with about 15 total strangers who’s only connection was that we all lived in Colorado, we all read Autostraddle and we all like eating brunch foods. Who doesn’t though?

The first few to arrive, we met at the bar. I think it’s going to be okay.

Anyhoo, I met a bunch of really awesome, funny, pretty, interesting ladies and am soooo glad I built up enough courage to go. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always shy. Just at first, when I am trying to figure everyone out, trying to sit back and take all the newness in. I can be really quiet and that is often misread as bitchiness. But I think I did a fairly good job of being open.

We just sat down. All the ladies minus myself.

We ate a Lucielles. It is a Denver brunch favorite with lines out the door all the time. So I had never been, mainly because I was worried that I would not be able to find any veg friendly foods to eat at a New Orleans style breakfast joint.

so many tough menu decisions!

I was wrong! I had a really great veggie benny, a super tasty beignets and a few delicious greyhounds. MMMMMMMM, greyhounds. I love grapefruit. I didn’t have the room, but I found out that the amazing looking biscuits were also vegetarian, so, next time.

Food! Booze! Queerness! Can life get any better?

so darn good.


We laughed a lot, chatted a lot and all got on rather swimmingly. I even got a Florence and the Machine (at Red Rocks!!!) ticket! I am still in a bit of shock about that. The gal sitting next to me said she had a spare ticket and offered to me. For Free! Like I said, they were all soooo nice.

We even decided to do brunch monthly. So next month we are doing brunch at City’ O’ City.

What I wore: I chose my super bright 1950’s shirt dress. It is an amazing print of orange, pink and white stripes with scattered white block print flowers. I paired it with black and white accessories. Like my black head scarf that belonged to my Grandma, my black patent wedges and my white basket purse. I think I got the dress at Boss Unlimeted. Though I have had it so long I could be off on those details.

um, Pockets. need I say more?

my new homos.

Yay! Queer Brunch!

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

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

This is what happens when I go out by myself.

Uh, yeah, this is what I do with my free time and no one is watching. I find hunky-half-naked mens and we have photo shoots together. Actually they were modeling an underpants line called Maclovia Men at the last Mondo Viewing party I went to. This was the same night that I presented the t-shirt I turned into a dress. It was two xxxlarge mens t-shirts of Mondo’s designs that I had to re-purpose into something else. I decided to do a sort of  60’s shift. I think it turned out nice even though I do not have a serger. I didnt win the contest but I still had fun. The girls who won made really intricate hoodies that looked like something M.I.A. (who I love, love, love) would wear.

I look really uncomfortable but I’m not. I’m just trying not to laugh!

I wore my dress with magenta HUE tights from Macy’s,  a grey flowery head band that was a gift, my AMAZING 1940’s grey and white snakeskin peekaboo platforms (will get picture asap) and my bright yellow clutch that belonged to my grandma.

This is just a short one. Hope you are all well.

Ciao, Torrebelle

Homework and Volunteer Night

Okay, Okay, so everyday is homework night and once a week is always volunteer night, but I thought I’d share an outfit from one of those days. I volunteer as a receptionist for a few hours every week at the Center. It is Denver’s LGBTQ center.            check it!

It was important for me to find a way to give back to those who might not have the same kind of support that I have. It hit home when we had our weddings and I looked around and saw how lucky we were. We had so many supportive, loving friends and family and our guest list kept growing. Plus they all helped so much leading up to and the day of. That kind of support is priceless and it made me feel sad for all those couples out in cyber space that I read about that had no support. I felt really upset about all those young kids who feel like they can’t turn to their families (blood or chosen). So, here I am. I answer phones and greet the many visitors of the Center.

Dandy and I are finding that homework this semester is an everyday sort of thing. If we don’t do some portion every day, we start to slip behind. I am loving this semester thus far. My math teacher is a bit ancient but I like her sense of humor (I think I am the only one who finds her entertaining in the slightest bit). I am taking a theatre appreciation class as well, it is going well. Actually I wish I could drop everything and just take art, music and theatre classes but I suppose I will need the other skills I am learning.

Shoga gets really mouthy when we are sitting on the front porch, so I brought him out for a peek.

He doesn’t have the best eye sight, so when he comes out into the sun he just closes his eyes and sniffs. Cute!

taking a break from homework

I love the vintage buttons, the fun fabric print and the silk ribbon detail on the bolero.

the details, I love the details.

I wore a blue t-shirt, red HUE tights, my brown t-strap heals, a super soft 1950’s cashmere bolero cardigan and a skirt I sewed myself. I used vintage buttons from my grandma’s sewing supplies on the front of the skirt. Oh, and my little red bow headband that I think cost me a quarter.

Well it is not nearly so sunny now as I write this. We have about 2 feet of snow. I do have a short snowy blog on it’s way. Also I’d love to hear some of your stories about giving back to your community. Please tell me how you volunteer or donate and to whom or for what cause. Maybe it will inspire others to do the same!

Ciao Torrebelle

Dinner and a Show

I wore this outfit twice this week. Once for dinner at my lovely in-laws home and once out to a Mondo Guerra Project Runway Veiwing Party. I love love love my blue crocheted cardigan/blazer. Mostly because of all the hard work I put into it when I made it. But also because it is so classic and fitted. The nubby texture kind of reminds me of Chanel and price wise it is probably the closest I will ever come to Chanel. Unless of course the thrift store gods smile upon me.

this my go-to-hair-do! super easy and very 40’s looking.

The enamle flowe pin is vintage and awesome. I love it and have realized that I have a major leaning towards the red/white/blue color scheme. This is certainly not because I am overly patriotic. I just think the colors look great together, I love the mod target vibe it gives any outfit and it was so common during the 40’s (yes, I know this was because gals were big on patriotism back then). Anyhoo, this pin was most likely a thrift store find. They are always so expensive when you find them at vintage shops.

I wore the jacket with a red cotton tank and my super wide leg (almost sailor style) jeans. Then my brown t-straps, of course. this look is one I wear a lot. It is comfy, looks 40’s and is warm.  I hate being cold. The only problem with this outfit is the wide legs, but it’s only a problem when I am riding my bike. Which is at least 2 days a week. I’m going to get a post together of some of my favorite bike riding outfits. I love riding my bike, but I get frustrated by the limitations. So, a post might help me come up with some new options.

Hope you are all feeling marvelous!

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