Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Getting Ready for Bayreuth

This is crunch week for me – the last full week before we leave for our Bayreuth adventure (See “The Hunt for the Perfect Special Occasion Shoe”). 

Amalia Materna, the first Bayreuth Brünnhilde with Cocotte, the first Bayreuth Grane

My Bulletin Board is full of things to do and I’m waaaaaay behind.  Contrary to popular belief among my friends and family, I’m not always as on top of things as they think, and I do daily battle with that little voice in my head that insists there’s no need to do today what can be put off until tomorrow.  I blame my parents for this internal, eternal struggle. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chapeau to the Lovely Bride

Despite the odds against “happily ever after,” every year thousands of young couples all over the world gaze into each other’s eyes and swear eternal love and devotion; and summer is High Season in the wedding business.

While the image of the demure, blushing bride has changed considerably since I was a blushing bride almost 40 years ago, call me old-fashioned and/or hopelessly out of touch, but I truly believe that when little girls dream about their wedding day, they still dream of looking like a story book princess.  Of course, it’s worth asking what a story book princess bride looks like these days.