Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Perfect Picnic

For the last few weeks, skies have been sunny and the humidity close to nil; in other words -- perfect picnic weather. 

Yves Saint Laurent and Marian McEvoy, future editor of Elle Decor, in Marrakesh (1977).  Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent/Guy Marineau
Whether you choose to lounge on a bright blanket and eat from colorful, woven baskets, à la YSL or….

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Pillow Talk Pillow

Can we talk?  It's time for some serious pillow talk, by which I mean a serious talk about pillows!  Any discussion of pillows must be approached with great delicacy, because the word itself is fraught with sexual tension.  Do I exaggerate?  I think not.  Pillows represent one of the great divides between man and woman.  Allow me to explain.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Digital Detox and Happiness Bytes

A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of working with two lovely ladies “of a certain age.”  I spent a delightful afternoon putting together outfits for Dorothy and Mary, two sisters-in-law, for a trip to London, the centerpiece of which was to be a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Both ladies are huge horticulture enthusiasts.  Dorothy owned the most charming flower shop in the center of town until she retired.  She now donates her expertise to the local Catholic Church, and every Sunday at Mass, and especially at Easter and Christmas, I say a silent prayer of thanks to the Good Lord for Dorothy’s beautiful flowers.  Not having a green thumb, myself, I am always in awe of those who do. 

At 4:00pm, precisely, we stopped for a well-deserved cup of tea served in Dorothy’s best china cups, and as I sipped my Earl Grey I felt warm and satisfied in the knowledge that this had, indeed, been a productive and enjoyable afternoon.  And the best part was – there were no cell phone interruptions!!  Quelle joie!  Over the last few years, the frequency of cell phone interruptions has made working with clients increasingly difficult, often stressful, for them and for me.