Friday, November 18, 2016

That’s Just the Way She Is

I have nothing against honesty.  All things being equal, it is usually the best policy. 

But when someone says, “May I be completely honest with you?” do both of you a favor and say politely, “No, thank you,” because what follows will probably be rudeness masquerading as honesty.  In fact, the mask of honesty is worn by a whole host of miscreants these days, the most insidious of whom are those who have deluded themselves into thinking they’re actually doing or saying this or that “for your own good.”  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It’s Finally Sweater Weather – Yeah!!

Tempers may still be hot following an incredibly contentious election season, but the weather has cooled down considerably.  It’s time to pull out those warm, woolly sweaters neatly folded away in your dresser drawer. 

Courtesy of Rocaille Blogspot

I did a quick inventory of mine and then headed for my local Talbots where they were having a terrific sale that I just could NOT pass up. 

Here are some of the little gems I came home with. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Special Guest Blogger for You Today

It’s been a busy few weeks.  All good.  In fact, great! 

Dinner at Gabriel's Restaurant off Columbus Circle in Manhattan
Cousin Hélène is on my left and her two children, Juliette and Augustin, are on my right.
Family visiting from France, dinners with friends, operas, exhibits, writing an article for a local magazine and, in general, lots of running hither, thither and yon.  I never quite know where you actually end up after running “hither, thither and yon” (I suspect back where you started), but my British Grandmum used to say it, and I always loved the sound of it.  And, as Mme Mère used to say, tout cela pour dire (all of which means) that I’m a bit tired, so I’ve handed my Blog over to a very special Guest Blogger today. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Toto, I Think We’re in Paris!

I have a special treat for you today – an interview with a young American in Paris. 

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

In an era in which most young American women don’t even own a dress or a pair of high heels, a Kansan transplant to Paris has given me some much-needed hope.  Let’s just say that the future of style and class is in very capable, tiny hands. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Curtain Up on a New Season – Part II

In Part I we were back in our seats in the Grand Tier as the curtain went up on our new season at the Metropolitan Opera.  The opera was Mozart’s Don Giovanni (for a synopsis of the story, see Part I). 

It was a good news/bad news sort of day.  The good news was that it was a good (not great) performance.  The bad news was that the well-dressed operagoer is fast becoming an endangered species.  The good news is that there are still a few shining examples of how to dress for the opera, even on a dismal, drizzly day in New York. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Curtain Up on a New Season – Part I

The curtain went up on our new season at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoon.  It was a good news/bad news sort of day. 

It’s always good news to start the season with Mozart, particularly one of my favorite Mozart operas, Don Giovanni (a/k/a the notorious love ‘em and leave ‘em Don Juan). 

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