Greetings from Spain! I am currently out of the country and touring Europe on the Viking Sky cruise ship. Our first stop was gorgeous Barcelona. It is my favorite city. This picture was taken in the harbor just outside of Cadiz, Spain…one of the oldest cities in Europe! From Cadiz I took a tour to Seville where I found the most gorgeous embroidered Mantone (will post later). Thank you Kris for directing me to Juan Foronda in Seville! Most of this outfit has been constructed from Spanish items and/or with a Spanish theme in mind.
The embroidered floral dress is worn as a top. I found this at ZARA before I left on the cruise and it was love at first sight. The embroidered parrots and flowers had me at “HELLO” and the wide puffy sleeves where too adorable to pass up! It is cotton and lined. I separated the lining from the dress/tunic/top as I always manage to get myself tangled up between the lining and overlay piece when dressing if I leave them attached to each other.
The long cotton scarf was found in Barcelona. I was doing a bit of shopping while our rooms on the ship were being prepared for us. We arrived at 11:00 after a pair of flights and a l—o—n—g layover in NYC. We left Chicago at 8:00 in the morning on April 14th and arrived in Barcelona at 10:00 the following day (time jumps a bit ahead as well). I did not want to wait for our rooms to be ready as we were told that they would not be completed until 2:00. I had lunch on the ship, left my dear and very tired husband in a comfortable spot, then left for the city. Barcelona is an easy city! I went in and out of the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and greeted them like old friends. I saw this scarf in a shop window, but was told it was from a Scandinavian designer. However, it thought it would pair well with my new Zara top (which I was not wearing at the time as I was still in my in-flight outfit). I was right and the pairing is shown here when I put it all together for my tour of Seville.
I wanted a special piece that was made in Barcelona, Spain. During my walk around Barcelona, I found the Picasso Museum. I stood in line for a long time, but it was not moving and it would have been over an hour before I would be able to get in. I decided to do something else as I had to return to the ship soon and get ready for our evening tapas tour and Flamenco show (which were so fabulous). During my walk, I noticed a small corner shop displaying the most interesting jewelry. I noticed the couple inside and how the man was crafting his beautiful jewelry in the back of the shop. I went in and found the ring with the green semi-precious stone set high in a setting over three fresh water pearls. The setting is in sterling silver, but the ring portion that wraps around the finger are several steel rings fused together. The ring reminded me of a crown from the Medieval Period…like a crown for a queen.
I also have on my Rocki Gorman red coral necklace and pendant. I was in line to get into the Seville Cathedral where Christopher Columbus is entombed when a woman walked up to me and asked, “Your necklace is a Rocki Gorman piece, isn’t it?” I assured her it was. She was from Denver, Colorado and was very familiar with Rocki Gorman jewelry. We instantly bonded over our love of Rocki Gorman artisan jewelry….so beautiful…so Sante Fe!
I have paired my tunic dress with my black Eileen Fisher harem pants…which roll up and seem to spring out of suitcase unwrinkled and ready to go!