Monday, February 14, 2011

Your Tango Shoes Under My Bench

Pink monogram plate: V & A
Caroline gave me these for my birthday HERE

When Alberto and I met, it was through the tango. I was a new dancer, and he was quite a few steps ahead of me. We met in July and we were a couple by October. I left my home in New York to move in with Alberto in California. I left behind an apartment, a beach house, a design business, and many, many friends.

I was sick at the time, wrung out and damaged. The tango gave me solace and strength, and Alberto gave me back my life.

To this day we are part of an urban myth in the tango world, the fancy New York woman getting the prize of the Argentine tango man. Many said it would not stand the test of time, that I would have my little tango fling, and get back to New York and my "real" life.

Sixteen years later I am deep into my life with Alberto. I never looked back, but always looked ahead to what we have between us, and what we continue to build upon.

Ours is not a romance of youth, but one started in middle age, and growing into our golden age.
Much comes with the territory that you never think about when you are younger. You never think you'll make it to be the age of grandparents, much less have the romance of your lifetime happening.

Alberto is a romantic. And so this morning he sweetly and shyly asked me to be his Valentine ~ again. And I accepted ~ again. He said I saved his heart, so he he is giving it to me.

Our long time friend Michael Pelkey sent this perfect Valentine

The tango is the back drop to the love affair of Alberto and me. Sharing our dance with one another is still thrilling, and touching, and magical.

Recently I have been updating our at home dance studio HERE
My friend Jack made a gift of the same green silk drapes I have in the living room. We both did out drapes at the same time two years ago, and he is changing his and passed them onto me. This prompted me to spruce things up. I painted some mirrors white, re-hung some art, re-purposed our old dining room chandelier and painted it orange, and added some seating HERE

White patent leather chair at perch.

The last piece for the studio is a bench I covered in white patent leather. I was inspired by the white patent leather chairs at perch. I saw over three years ago. I borrowed a pair for a photo shoot then, but never purchased them HERE

Wishing all of you love and Valentines, today and everyday.

The tango shoes of Alberto Paz and Valorie Hart


Irene said...

This is the loveliest post ever. I'm all teary eyed. thank you for sharing your romance with us.

beki said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Valorie! I I love hering about your love story. Much love to you both :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a sweet valentine gift. I really liked hearing more about your love affair. That white patent leather bench is fantastico! Love the legs on it and the shoes under it.

vicki archer said...

Happy, happy Valentine's Day Valorie....xv

a Broad said...

What a lovely lovely post !
Happy Valentines to you and your Albert..

besos, C

Tammy@InStitches said...

What a sweet story, Happy Valentine's Day to you both !

pve design said...

you both melt my heart!
how sweet~

diana said...

so lovingly written... I loved it... happy happy day to you both.

Gerry said...

So glad you two found each other. Happy Valentine's Day to you Valorie. Thank you for sharing.

24 Corners said...

Romance is alive and New Orleans, in Tango...and in yours and Alberto's hearts! This is the sweetest-sweetest post...♥
xo J~

Bonnie said...

What a sweet Valentine post...I love the patent leather bench with your shoes; says it all!

Velvet and Linen said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your Alberto.
Your friend Michael Pelkey captured your love perfectly in his card.
May you and Alberto have many more romantic Valentine's Days together!


my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

that is just about the sweetest thing i have ever seen..that little note and heart pendant.
hugs and kisses to you both on this romantical day.

Linda in AZ * said...

* That was sooooo lovely, Valorie... so beautifully sweet... you two are truly blessed, and "ain't it grand?!?!"...

Linda in AZ *

Luz said...

Amo el tango estoy aprendiendo a bailar en mi país es muy popular esta danza!

Anonymous said...

lovely! m


Kwana said...

This is just the sweetest Valentine post and makes me so happy to see such a strong love. Much love to you both!

Karena said...


A most wonderful Valentines story and your gifts of love, delightful.

Adore all you are doing in your redecorating!

Art by Karena

Jessica Wrasman said...

Love the title!

Anonymous said...

I believe your stories.

VictoriaArt said...

Oh you darling sweethearts!
I am so happy you are together and your hearts belong to each other! many more lovely years of live and TANGO!
Ocho = forever!


Reyna said...

Wow. This is so lovely and touching. I'm so happy for the both of you. Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day Valorie and Alberto!

Renae Moore said...

So sweet Valorie....
loves to both of you!