Monday, March 18, 2019

The Month of February in Review

February has come and gone taking with it my month-long birthday celebration. 

A short month it may be, but every year I pack it full of fun – laughter-filled lunches, delicious dinners, successful shopping trips, lots of Prosecco and Champagne and presents, presents, presents from friends, friends, friends!!  Can an old gal get any more gâtée (spoiled) than that?  I think not. 

A Favorite Birthday Card

As soon as I got an email about their Spring Collection and SALES!! SALES!! SALES!!, I headed straight to White House Black Market to max out my White House Black Market Gift Certificate from le husband, the CEO in Charge of Spoiling Me Rotten.  That IS his official title.  Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?  Anyway, I snagged some great pieces -- two day dresses that can be dressed up for the opera, two beautiful black lace tops, some really fun accessories and a lovely skirt. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Don’t Be Boring !!

It’s my birthday month.  As you all know by now, since February is the shortest month of the year, I reserve the right to celebrate my birthday all month long, and I do.  It’s only fair, n’est-ce pas?  What isn’t fair is that I am now officially in my late sixties and, yes, age has left its calling card, but I have not yet invited him in. 

But It Should Look Effortless!!
I am, however, unable to prevent the inundation via email of ads for walk-in baths, hearing aids, retirement communities, Depends and Silver Singles.  No matter how young I still feel, the marketing industry has clearly targeted me for creeping decrepitude, to which I say “Hah! Hah! Hah! And Hah!”  Want to sell me those things?  You have to catch me first. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blame it on the Croats

Did you know that last month was National Necktie Month?  Do you care?  Well, a lot of men once did and some still do. 

According to Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the most famous dandy of his day, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”  I know I would never have taken a young man seriously had he shown up at my door for a dinner date without one.   So who gets the credit or the blame, depending on your point of view, for the modern necktie? 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lipstick Love

The older I get…………the older I get.  What?  You were expecting maybe something witty and wise?  Well, how about something practical instead? 

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of never leaving the house without lipstick.  In fact, I wear it even when I don’t leave the house.  It makes me feel sooo much better when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and nothing lifts my spirits better when I’m getting ready for a night out on the town than putting on that perfect shade of red lipstick. 

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor

And, so, I intend to kick start the New Year in a great black dress and a “kick-ass red lipstick,” to quote Gwyneth Paltrow, who is not someone I normally associate with red lipstick, but you never really know about us women and what catches our fancy, now do you?  They’ve yet to invent a reliable algorithm for that one. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Little Boy on the Landing

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  It was just the three of us again this year – Dan and I and the Ghost of Thanksgivings Past.  The latter has become a welcome guest -- very discrete, never intrudes on the present, says little, eats nothing and serves up a feast of delicious memories.  

Every year my opera-singer brother would arrive from New York a few days before with a freshly killed turkey and a huge bag of chestnuts.  The prep for Thanksgiving dinner would begin right away.  Paul was the only person I could ever work with comfortably in my kitchen.  Somehow, we never seemed to get in each other’s way.  The smell of roasting chestnuts would fill the house as he worked on his special chestnut and sausage stuffing. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Messages in Metal Etched with Love

Periodically, I get emails from manufacturers who want me to write a post sponsoring their products.  I don’t follow up on most of them, particularly if the email looks like a mass mailing to bloggers (“Hello , I love your blog….etc…..”) or if the product is not something that interests me nor, probably, my readers. 

But not long ago, I got an adorable email from a woman named Hallie that started this way: 

“Bonjour Marie-Therese,

That is officially the first time I've used four years of French in high school...  :)

My name is Hallie Schumaker and I work for a company, Messages in Metal.”  

She then proceeded to tell me a little bit about her Company and what they do, and I was interested enough to respond. 


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