My View: New Mexico

I just got back from an amazing trip in New Mexico! It was my first time there and I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't expect to fall in love with it, and that's exactly what happened. I visited the Northern part - spending some time on a retreat in the Sandia Mountains followed by a visit to Santa Fe, Taos, Ojo Caliente, and Abiquiu. Here is a small sampling of the thousands of photos I took. Everywhere you look is amazing beauty!

Sunset hike in Ojo Caliente.

Sunset hike in Ojo Caliente.

Enjoying the hot springs.

Enjoying the hot springs.

After my retreat my husband joined me for a few days of exploration. We stayed at Ojo Caliente to enjoy the hot springs and relax. From there we did day trips and some amazing hikes! 

Taos Pueblo.

Taos Pueblo.

Shrine in Taos.

Shrine in Taos.

I've always wanted to visit a Pueblo since learning about them in grade school. I grew up in Maine and this type of village is completely foreign to anything I had ever seen. Finally, my dream came true. The Taos Pueblo is still inhabited by the Red Willow People and we met some of the nicest, most welcoming folks there! The city of Taos itself was also magical. Nestled in the southern tip of the Rockies and like everywhere in New Mexico, the mixture of cultures is evident. 

The courtyard entrance to Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio. 

The courtyard entrance to Georgia O'Keefe's home and studio. 

Beautiful landscaping at Georgia O'Keefe's home.

Beautiful landscaping at Georgia O'Keefe's home.

Abiquiu is the land of Georgia O'Keefe. I couldn't be so close and not visit her home / studio. In Santa Fe we also visited the Georgia O'Keefe museum, which was great, but the home is so very special. The views from her home were breathtaking as was the adobe structure itself. I can see why she was so drawn to this magical place. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but I certainly felt her presence there as we toured the interior. 

Wearing one of my favorite vintage dresses

Wearing one of my favorite vintage dresses

I have to say, I mostly wore my yoga clothes and sneakers the entire time. We spent a lot of time hiking in the dusty red dirt! It was so much fun! Here I am though in one of my favorite vintage dresses before dinner at the Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa. I had to get one shot in! 

The Land of Enchantment certainly enchanted me! I can't wait to return! 

xo,
Karen


Image credits: Karen LaPorte / Edward Taylor

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Fashionable History: My Favorite Old Hollywood Brides

It's #bridalweek on the shop Instagram this week, so I thought it fitting to focus on brides in this week's Fashionable History post. I'm always inspired by Old Hollywood and for the brides my taste runs from the traditional to the slightly off beat. Here are my favorites, in no particular order: 

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. 1951.

I love Ava's two tone dress she wore for her third marriage and to the love of her life, Frank. Their marriage was tumultuous but she never got over him. Designed by Italian house Fontana who also designed the costumes for many of her movies. The halter style was always so flattering on her! 

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier. 1959.

Hands down Brigitte is one of my top style idols and her pink gingham wedding dress makes me so happy! Yes, it's pink! I love her easy summer in Provence style. It can't be beat! 

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 1956.

Marilyn just looks so amazingly beautiful in the wedding photos from her marriage to Arthur Miller! A simple cream dress that fits her curves beautifully. I think her happiness over powers the dress, which is what truly makes a beautiful bride! 

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. 1964.

The first wedding for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was in 1964 in Montreal. This was Liz's 5th wedding! When Liz was with Richard, she really came into her own fashion wise and embraced the 60's. She wore a canary yellow chiffon dress designed by Cleopatra's costume designer Irene Sharaff. Hyacinths decorated her hair and a large Bulgari brooch topped off the look. Filming Cleopatra was where Liz and Dick met and became the most talked about celebrity couple. Liz is absolutely gorgeous in these photos! 

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Elizabeth Taylor. 1964.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

Grace Kelly. 1956.

You simply can't do a post on Old Hollywood brides and not include Grace Kelly. Her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956 is still the most iconic princess moment ever! Replicated over and over again but just can't be beat. Absolutely stunning!! Her dress was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose. MGM footed the bill for the dress and gained exclusive rights to film the wedding as part of Grace's contract with the studio. Today this dress would cost $63,000! 

Who is your favorite vintage bride? What are your favorite bridal looks? Princess or gingham? Tough choices I know! Would love to read about your inspirations in the comments below! 

xo,

Karen


Image credits: Ava= googleimages. Brigitte= Vogue. Marilyn= pinterest Liz Taylor= Brides. Grace= beyondgracekelly.com

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