Friday, August 19, 2016

I Love/Hate Shopping!!

How hot is it?  It’s so hot I could cuddle up with a Popsicle.  That’s the bad news.  

Illustration by Claudi Kessels

The good news is that the cool breezes of fall will soon be wafting my way bringing with them everything I love about the season – the crisp air on my cheeks, the comforting warmth of a wool sweater and the heavenly smell of sausage and apples simmering on the stove. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Like a "Poisson" Out of Water

I spent many years teaching French to adults and teaching American executives awaiting transfer to France how to cope with the cultural differences they would face.  One question always popped up more than any other – “Do you think of yourself as more American or more French?” 

It’s a natural question to ask someone who is bilingual, bicultural and bi-national.  In fact, it’s a question Yvan Jayne gets asked a lot. 



In 1998, the 16-year-old Marseillais came to the United States to finish his studies and fulfill his dream of becoming a champion Rodeo bareback-rider.  


Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Brief History of the Humble Chemise

Lately, it seems as though I’m living in the heart of the Rain Forest.  Daily, heavy thunderstorms only add to the sauna-like humidity, while temperatures reach energy-sapping heights. 

Have the Pool Boy Bring my Cocktail in 10 Minutes When I’ve Finished my Nap.

When I was a kid and the thermometer on the back porch shot past 90˚F, my British grandmother would say, “It’s hot enough to make a girl want to sit around in her shimmy.”  Sitting around in one’s shimmy was not something a well-brought-up young lady did in my grandmother’s day, no matter how hot it got. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

You're Invited to my Perfect Picnic

The following post appeared three years ago, but bears reposting as I share some of my foolproof picnic tips.  Everything is included for that perfect déjeuner ou dîner sur l'herbe, except the naked models.  You'll have to supply those yourselves. 


Déjeuner sur l'Herbe by Edouard Manet
For the last few weeks, skies have been sunny and the humidity close to nil; in other words -- perfect picnic weather. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Stripe Up the Band This Summer

It’s time to Stripe Up the Band and add some sassy stripes to your summer wardrobe. 


A Cornhusker Marching Band Color Guard - Photo by Rose Johnson

There’s something so summery fun about stripes, and I’ve got some great picks I think you’ll like. 

Three Things to keep in mind when choosing your stripes.  


Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Touch of Gingham for Summer

Do you remember your first blue and white gingham dress?  I do. 

Little Miss Maddie in a Dress Made by Her Mom
I remember the crisp feel, the faint rustle it made when I ran and the way it always reminded me of the blue and white checked tablecloth Mme Mère used for summer picnics.  Not too surprising, really, since she made both from the same bolt of fabric. 


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