Monday, June 8, 2015

New York Mad Tea party honoring DrossintoGold and Style Crone!

If you read my last post, I talked about attending an amazing tea party honoring my dear friend Jean from DrossintoGold and Judith from Style Crone (pictured above). The tea party minus the tea ;) was cp-hosted by artist and designer Carol Markel of Femme et Fleur and Debra Raporport.

These are some pictures from the afternoon with the backdrop of Carol and her husband Richard's beautiful apartment which is a work of art in itself! Thank you Carol for making everything edible and visual so beautiful!

If you don't know these ladies I recommend checking them out! You will be in awe looking through their blogs and seeing their magical outfits! They are all a part of a growing movement of women over 40 that have truly mastered the art of self expression through personal style. You may recognize them from the blog/documentary Advanced Style run by Ari Seth Cohen. I had a blast being around such amazing ladies and I left feeling so inspired!

Left to Right: Jean and Judith in their gorgeous outfits!

I consider Jean a soul friend getting to know her over the last year or so. We instantly clicked when we met and have so many similarities (She has been on the blog before here :) She is so GENUINE, kind and a breath of fresh air. She has such unique taste for mixing prints with layers of jewelry, usually toping it off with an amazing hat! What makes her even cooler is that she makes and up cycles so much of her clothing. It doesn't get more personal than that!

Judith and I met on instagram and her fabulous blog Style Crone. Meeting her in person was wonderful. You can tell Judith has a lot of fun with her clothing. It is extravagant, whimsical and classic all at once. She is famous for her gorgeous and unique hats that she pairs with her outfits!

LtoRight: Fashionista Anne Balcer, Jeff (Judiths partner) getting treats from the beautiful food table.  Some close ups of the table details below.

Along with running her lifestyle blog, Carol designs hats and now clothing. It was so nice to see her artist space full of her inspiration. Real life pinterest hehe. Her style is colorful, geometric and whimsical and so is her space! It's also extremely organized which I envy (inspired to get organized!).

Artist Elke Kuhn and her fabulous red hat!

Carol's home decor was so colorful! Loved it all! Below is her closet full of her handmade hat art!

Stan Satlin trying on a Carol Markel creation.

I loveee this one!!

Judith trying her hat out on top of one of Carol's hats.

Anne Balcer with artist Richard Cramer (Carol's husband). He showed me some of his recent work featuring birds and places he has been shown below that had me in awe! I really enjoyed hearing about his life as an artist and teacher at the Tyler School of Art in Philly. Check out his amazing artwork here: RichardCramer

Richard and Carol both having such amazing style and they've been featured on Advanced Style many times. I recommend reading about them here and here.

Left to right: Carol Markel, Marsha Carlin, Jean Barrett. Obsessed with Marsha's necklace mixup. My favorite colors. 

More of the fashionable crew!
Left to Right: Marsha Carlin, Jean Barrett, Carol Markel, guest, Debra Rapoport, Judith

Loved getting to know Debra Rapoport who has taught workshops on turning trash into wearable art! Most of the accessories above are made out of waste, believe it or not. Her hat is made out of paper towels! I really want her to come to Boston and teach a workshop. Check out her website and blog here. She's also a regular over on Advanced Style, read about her here and on Styleliku here.

Debra explaining to the ladies how she created this necklace!

Also loved meeting the elegant Joyce Carpati. I just love her braids and class, I was honored to be complimented on my outfit by her because I love her style. She's also a regular on Advanced Style. You can see more of her glamourous outfits here and here! 

Had the pleasure of meeting the Jean and Valerie (L to Right) of the duo Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. They were 2013's most stylish new yorkers and run their amazing fashion blog. All I can say is WOW! Loved their style and personalities, fun and down to earth. We were all gifted Frida socks by Jean that I had to put on right away!

Frida was in the air!

Jean's amazing shoes!

Hope you enjoyed! If you missed it, I shared the outfit I was wearing in my previous blogpost here. Seeing women be themselves and being around women that love to express through clothing just as much as I do was really surreal. Very grateful to have had this experience!

Much love,


  1. Your stunning photography captured the afternoon beautifully my dear! Thank you for sharing such a magical gathering! I am in awe of such a group!


    1. Thanks Tamera! So much to see visually it was hard to capture and absorb all at once. I am in awe as well!

  2. It was an afternoon of art, conversation, and discovery, and your pictures are glorious! So glad you were there. You looked gorgeous in your carefully selected creations, and your kindness radiated, touching everyone there. So happy to have shared it with you. XXOO

    1. Thanks Jean! Such a great backdrop for pictures with all the visual amazingness!! Thank you for being YOU and for inviting me to experience such love and style! Love you!! XO

  3. Simply amazing! It's like looking at a brilliant artistic patchwork! Thank you for sharing, Feda!

  4. Feda,
    Thank you for the beautiful photos. It's a celebration of life by creative people who have been lucky to find each other.
    Love, Carol

  5. Feda, your photos are just beautiful! That's a party I would have loved to attend; I miss spending time with those fabulous women, and it would have been so nice to finally meet you and Jean in person....some day!

  6. Your photos and commentary perfectly captured the essence of a magical and festive event! So many wonderful and creative people! I'm very grateful and happy to have met you and to have experienced your beauty, talent and warmth.

  7. loved the photos! please give a workshop? there are plenty of us who would like to explore the creative possibilities of repurposing!

  8. LOVE Debra! She and I met last year. Hopefully I can get back out to NYC this year and meet the rest of the crew.

  9. Feda, you really captured how truly fun an afternoon it was! Thanks so much for your gorgeous photographs and witty commentary!
    Jean & Valerie

  10. What a fabulous tea party! I've seen all these ladies through Advanced Style, they are all so beautiful and stylish (I can only I hope I am that cool when I'm their age). Carol's apartment looks fabulous, especially all of her hats- I particularly love that felt cap! Lally

  11. Gorgeous women all gorgeously photographed.!!! Love your blog darling Feda!



  12. What an amazing event it was! I really love the way everyone dressed up for this event. Hey, I have heard that a similar event is going to be held at some local party halls in Boston MA. Is that true?


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