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. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

What’s In a Name – Maybe Much Ado About Nothing

The month of May at The Mews was rainy, alternating between a steady drizzle and torrential downpours. 

But, it was hard to dampen my spirits when I looked around and saw how eagerly the flowers drank it all in.

Photo Credit - Maureen Heacock, my Neighbor

The Mews is always beautiful in the spring, but this spring has been particularly splendid. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Story of Eileen’s Wedding Dress

Most little girls dream about their wedding day and the beautiful, princess gown they will wear, and as they pack it away after the big day, they dream about the day their daughter will walk down the aisle in that dress.  For Eileen Brell both dreams came true. 

This is Eileen’s vintage wedding gown on display at a May 20th fundraiser exhibit for District XI Pennsylvania Garden Clubs.  Now, let’s go back six decades to the beginning of the story of Eileen’s wedding dress. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How to Avoid "Flashback" on Your Big Day

Once upon a time, before mirrors were invented by Venetian glassblowers in the 18th Century, most people lived and died without ever knowing what they looked like.  I know, I know, there are mornings when that would be a blessing.  And then, in the 19th Century, Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre invented photography, and we ladies would never look upon ourselves in quite the same way again. 

Copyright by Mirella Patzer - History and Women

Getting your picture taken in those early days was a rare and wondrous event, for which you posed in your best clothes, jewelry and, above all else, your best hat. 

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