Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

 The Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden 
being escorted by her Father, King Carl Gustaf. 
... and she married a Commoner, well then it must be real love.
(that sounded sarcastic, but really it's not) We are suckers for that kind of story though.  Cinderella has her day, and all that. Cinder-fella in this case. Ahhh love! But.....  
 .... you know what I zoomed in on? The tiara! 
I am an accessories fiend after all.... 
I dove into Google to find some information and images. 
Their seems to be lots of rumors and stories about the crown
but it looks like it is commonly known as ....
The Empress Josephine's Cameo Tiara.

Princess Desiree of Sweden wore it on her wedding day in 1964
Crown Princess Margaret 


Queen Silvia 
at the Annual Nobel Prize Dinner

This tiara is one of those accessories that would really distract me? Anyone have this issue?  When I see a ring, a necklace, a hat, a scarf that is fab, I become transfixed.  Sparkly things have been the cause of more than one embarrassing moment for me. (Laughing hysterically... you had to be there) 

Really Ree!

One of my favorite blogs is doing a 
great giveaway

Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect: In theory, the flutter of a butterfly's wings in China could effect weather patterns in New York City.  

This beauty paid me a visit last week. All of the sudden..... it was there, manically fluttering against the screen. I grabbed my camera, got a few quick snaps and then released it back into the wilds of urban Philadelphia.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Acid Betty

.... having lunch in front of my computer (terrible way to eat, I know), catching up on my favorite blogs and tweeters, and what do I spy? 
"The Queens (TheQueensofDrag) is now following your tweets on Twitter" 
I've got to check this out! Browsed through their twitter page right to the The Queens of Drag: NYC Blog  and voila! One of my favorite drag queens Acid Betty! Remember her? Project Runway 2008? 
Love twitter, don't you?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris

Joshua Allen Harris, you are amazing!

from New York Magazine
One day when my Honey comes home, a breeze will blow in the window and the curtains will take the form of a Butterfly.  He won't even flinch, he's seen so many of my crazy projects.  LOL

Work of Art

 Ooooh Kay! This may be my new favorite show!  
I know a lot of artist... and if you want drama, 
put them in a room together! 

 My favorites, after one episode are Abdi, Miles, and Trong!

Friday, June 11, 2010

John Wind at Parkleigh!

John Wind of Maximal Art is taking one of his all-time favorite 'retired' pieces to the Parkleigh trunk show tomorrow. This "Flea Market Charm Necklace" from the premier John Wind Signature Collection Fall, 2004 is his homage to the world's great flea markets,...... and was featured in Vogue magazine!  


John Wind Trunk Show: 

June 12th, 11am - 4pm 

Parkleigh 215 Park Ave. Rochester NY 

800 -333-0627 

Rhonda Ryan PR - Maximal Art

Fashion Friday Pic of the week, June 10th, 2010

Lanvin Spring 2010!  
Modern Goddess. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jabar's Eclectic Adventure!

My regular readers know that 
I love to shop, and I love Accessories!
Etsy! Ebay! 1,000 Markets! Facebook Shops! Ruby Lane!
You name it! I'm on it!
Sooo.... I want to share this Facebook Shop that I LOVE!  

I started following the proprietor Darleen Lynde on twitter (DarDarA1) when she posted this vintage Maximal Art collage pin. Tweet tweet tweet tweet, like birds singing. One tweet after the next announces some amazing little treasure, that made me think, .... Ohhhh, I really need that? 
 From rhinestone necklaces to a rooster pewter chocolate mold, I'm intrigued by it all. You have to move quickly though, as soon as it post on twitter, ebay, or facebook, it's snatched up! So if you like it, ya gotta buy it, it won't be there tomorrow! 
 When asked about how she chooses/buys those treasures for her store.....

"Truthfully, it's not a very scientific method! LOL! I was lucky enough to buy out three different houses and one attic, here in the Berkshires. I was allowed to come in before anyone else and purchase whatever I wanted, since these were acquaintances of mine and they trusted me to treat them fairly. The moral of this story is that I have a HUGE inventory, with every kind of antique or collectible imaginable, so I just go shopping in my cupboards or attic, and list whatever strikes me at that moment. Gotta say I'm kind of spoiled in that respect! I've been in the business with my guy for years, selling folk art, weathervanes, and antiques in general. I do this as a sideline, so I get to do pretty much what I want. Also, while I have enough inventory to probably last me the rest of my life, I can't resist shopping for more (that's the realllllly fun part!), so sometimes I'm so enthralled with something that I've just purchased and it takes precedence over existing items."

  Darlene was lucky enough to buy out THREE different houses AND an attic in the Berkshires! LOL And she calls that kind of spoiled! Well... I guess that is KIND of spoiled. (smile)

Special For the Style Shepherd Followers:
This weeks Giveaway is a custom wired wrapped pendant from Etsy shop Intercalary Intervals.   To win, you must be a follower of Style Shepherd and a follower of Jabar's Eclectic Adventure on facebook, then leave a link to your favorite Etsy or facebook shop. All comments must be posted by Wednesday June 16, 2010 11:59PM. The winner will be announced Thursday June 17. Comment as many times as you like (no translation yet, comments must be in English). Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I go out to dinner with fingers crossed, hoping that the restaurant will have at least one vegetarian option.  You can imagine my excitement when I read (on facebook) that Meritage is having a four course vegan tasting! 
Sign me up!  
 So fortunate, to be able to bring along my favorite foodie. She's the type that wonders how the sauce was made, ..... touches her forehead in deep thought, and says aloud, "What am I tasting here? There's  a little bit of ... mushroom?  Hmmm."  It's really a lot of fun to eat with a person like that. It takes dinner to a whole other level.  Higher than my exclamation of Deeee - lish!!
And it really was Deeee -lish!  My favorite dish is definitely the grilled eggplant and potato ..... with the rhubarb soup in a very close second, .... All together now,  Deee - lish! 

*** Side Note - Since it was going to be a nice low key dinner, I decided to wear a light paisley and floral tunic, a vintage cuff (originally owned by a great-aunt, I think.), layer on a few John Wind chunky bracelets and large link earrings, a cameo necklace from 
Designs in Blue Light, jeans, flats, chocolate hobo bag and tortoiseshell sunglasses.  Just in case you were wondering, how I do it for a vegan dinner.  LOL Bohemian chic!***
 Rhonda Ryan PR-MaximalArt

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


You know I'm gaga for Gaga!  .... missing her a little bit in this video though. It's very Madonna does Janet Jackson.  LOL Let me reword that, it's very Madonna pays tribute to Janet Jackson while poking fun at Catholicism.  Love you Lady Gaga, but this video doesn't feel like you. I'd still give it three stars!

from Lady Gaga Vevo

Monday, June 7, 2010

Drexel Fashion!

I will go to the ends of the earth to see a model stomp onto a runway, but I never thought I would bounce into the Philadelphia Naval Yard in an Old City Taxi, marveling at a set of mighty US Navy ships standing guard to my right and stately officers quarters to my left.  The Taxi went by way to quickly, my BFF and I were pointing and craning our necks like kids on a Disney ride.  This was my first trip to the Naval Yard, ... it's certainly not my last.  We pull up to the Urban Outfitters Corporate offices, throw money at the driver (so rude), check our watches,.... we have time to look around! We walk from one end of the parking lot, pulling each other by the arm.... "Look at this! Oh my God the color on these bricks! Are those tracks!  An anchor that's taller than me!".  We take our snapshots and boogie back into a communal space where the Drexel University Student fashion show will take place.  
As we walk in, following train tracks embedded into the floor (right into the floor!), to our right is a hanging garden, and to the left a bright floral floor to ceiling mural, ........ a cluster of chains that looked as if it had been dropped from the sky, and because it looked so cool, they just left it there..... my eyes bugged out, for a 9 foot tall vase in a crocheted cozy.  Super cool. 

On to the show!  I want to use my favorite word .... Fabulous! ... but as much as it was fabulous, more importantly, it was really interesting.  I was so impressed with the range of different looks.  Usually, a student show, is very closely knit, the students are around the same age, influenced by the same music/art riding the same wave of creativity.  

This show had diversity, see through candy colored vinyl, chiffon trains, rubber molded into gun shaped handbags, black and white tweeds mixed with houndstooth, a sparkly children's collection that was beyond cute!

Great Venue, and great designs.... what more could you ask for! 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Maki House

Mmmmmm... I had the most amazing, vegetable dumplings and vegetable soup in a mushroom broth at Maki House on South Street.  It's a cozy little Sushi Bar on South Street betwen 2nd and 3rd, and we go there when we want really good food in a casual environment.  Sometimes it's nice to throw on a tee and flats and relax on a Friday night.  LOL The older I get, the more I'm into the relaxed evening.  We also love Maki House because it has more than one substantial meal on the menu for a vegetarian (me) and a carnivore (my Honey).  Check them out the next time you're on South Street.

240 South Street
215 - 351- 0868