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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ilona by The Sea

Ilona moderating a drawing class in Provincetown
Ilona waving to neighbors from her seaside balcony
Lina shooting some footage for the Advanced Style Documentary
At 91 everything Ilona Royce Smithkin does is accompanied by a great sense of freedom. She lives in the present and enjoys every moment as it comes.When it comes to thinking about the future Ilona says," I just don't buy green bananas anymore, and I only buy small tubes of tooth paste." Ilona is very inspired by the sea, from her turquoise jewelry which reminds her of moving water, to her mermaid paintings which you can see in the video below.

17 comments:

Sandy Joe said...

Never buying green bananas! Those are words to live by. I love her colour palette!

x The Pretty Secrets

maria said...

Oh make me longing for vacation at the seaside.
Sinds i found your blog i am a big fan and i am also i big fan of Ilona now, i love her optimistic and colorful spirit.She is also a very talented artist.
Give her the greetings from
Me from the Netherlands
Hugs
Maria

sacramento said...

How fabulos:" I just don't buy green bananas anymore.
I think nobody should. It is like taking life for granted...
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Lauren said...

Great outfits. I want both of those tops!

The Styleseer
http://styleseer.blogspot.com

maria said...

Ilona looks fantastic. I especially like the portraits of the two of you in the previous post. Lina is doing a great job.

Maria, Budapest

Gloria said...

I love that about the green bananas, great idea:) I'm going to have to share this video of this exciting woman sometime this week on my blog. I'll be sure to link it back to your blog when I do share it. Absolutely wonderful. I love this blog!

mir said...

your blog is amazing! these women are icons!

Rikke said...

Entries like these, about people like Ilona, are what makes me love your blog so much. It's so inspirational and life-affirming to see and read about the older generation. We can truly learn so much from them, their optimism and their outlook on life. They have lived it all, seen so much and are now just enjoying life as it is. Day by day, no expectations, no dissapointment. Just living in and loving the presence. I wanna be like Ilona, when I grow old. Like she says about one of her mermaids: "She's peaceful, that's what I have sort of become. Peaceful within myself and content and happy." I hope to truly achieve this someday! Thanks so much for writing this blog, it often brightens up my day so, so much. Can't wait for the book and documentary!

xoxo Rikke
http://stickysweetdanish.blogspot.com

Lise said...

Hi Ari
I've fallen in love with Ilona she is such a beautiful delight. Is she still selling her beautiful drawings of mermaids I would love to have one. I'm in Australia. Cheers Lisa xx

Maryam Maquillage said...

I love this woman! She's an inspiration :)

Livia said...

What a pretty lady is Ilona...So sweet and so strong...I love her! lot a kisses from São Paulo, Brasil.

Carlota del Río said...

¡¡¡I love your blog!!!
Be Happy.
Style under the skin.

Ari said...

She is selling them, send me an email!

Jennifer said...

What a graceful photo (the first in the post)! Ilona is a gem of a person.

duckalicious said...

what an awesome lady. I'd love to have coffee with her on her seaside balcony.

womens clothing said...

Hey bold woman.....Ilona really you are great and you look so pretty in your costume...I think she ll be the inspiration for most of us....

Greta MaCabre said...

Is she pisces? :)


Ilona is definitely my favourite!

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