Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holiday Cheer and a Big Merci Beaucoup!

This Blog post will be a bit chatty, but you can breathe a sigh of relief; it will NOT be “listy,” as in those dreaded New Year’s resolutions.  They are a waste of time to put together and an even bigger waste of time to read.   Spare me!!  Spare you!! 

I would, however, like to start off the New Year with a big Merci Beaucoup to all of you who have faithfully followed my Blog over the years and taken time from your busy lives to leave so many delightful comments.   Believe me, they are the best reward a Blogger can get. 

Now to the chatty part. 

This year I decided to get a jump on Christmas gifts for two of my closest friends, Linda and Earline, by sending each of them a L’Occitane beauty Advent Calendar.  I was reminded of the whole beauty Advent Calendar thing by my blogger friend Debra Turner of The Savvy Shopper, a wonderful lifestyle Blog full of clever and useful information about clever and useful things that are actually..….clever and useful. 

Beauty Advent calendars are a great way to give friends and loved ones a treat a day for 25 days, and who doesn’t love that!!  Merci Beaucoup, Debra, for the perfect seasonal reminder. 

For over half of 2019 my friend Linda has been dealing with serious medical issues that involved four hospitalizations and two major surgeries.  She was home recuperating from her second surgery when the Advent Calendar arrived.  It was just what the doctor (Dr. M-T) ordered. 

My friend Earline is one of those terrific, selfless people who spends her time running around doing things for everyone else in her life and rarely takes any time for herself.  So, it was time for some much-deserved pampering. 

December whizzed by in a haze of dinners, trop de Christmas cookies, cocktail parties and lots of liquid good cheer. 

Earline stopped by on Christmas Eve with “Little Doodles,” as she calls them.  This year they included a traditional Cuban rum cake, a recipe from her Cuban husband’s family, and an adorable card that opened to display a fold-out gingerbread house.  The cake was delicious!!!  And the gingerbread house looked good enough to eat. 

l to r:  Linda, M-T and Anna (Photo by Linda's Husband, John)
I rang in the New Year at Tavistock Country Club with Linda, now fully recovered and looking radiant, and Anna, my beautiful Hungarian friend, and our husbands. 

l to r Anna, M-T, Dan and Linda (Photo by Linda's Husband, John)

Tavistock always does a fabulous job on New Year’s Eve.  There were events for children and their families upstairs in the ballroom, and the adults partied, ate, drank and danced downstairs.  We had the choice of an à la carte menu or a prix fixe menu, a three-course dinner and all the champagne you could drink for only $40.  Seriously?  O.K., what do you think we chose?  Do the glasses of champagne in our hands give you a clue?  Anna and I, by ourselves, probably drank more than $40 worth of champagne.  We do LOVE our bubbly!!

Photo by Linda's Husband, John

Naturally, with all that champagne, I made a few visits to the Powder Room.  What is it about ladies and the Ladies Room?  Men don’t acknowledge each other’s presence when they’re in the Men’s Room.  They’re in and out in a flash, eyes down, looking neither to the right nor the left.  We, on the other hand, leave ten minutes later knowing each other’s life stories. 

There was no one in there when I first went in, but as I was washing my hands, a lady in her seventies, I’d guess, walked in with a cane and beaded bag in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other.  “I’m not going anywhere without THIS tonight,” she laughed as she raised her glass and wished me a Happy New Year.  She was wearing a beautiful outfit in a warm shade of beige with a beaded top and kitten heels.  The color complemented her golden blonde hair.  She was stunning.  But what really caught my eye was her cane, which was wrapped in a shiny beige patent leather that perfectly matched her outfit.  When I remarked on how well her cane went with her outfit, she replied, “I have one in every color to match all my outfits.  I treat them like an accessory.” 

One by one, ladies trickled in with their glasses of champagne and we chatted away.  When Anna walked in, she said, “Oh!  A party!  What fun!”  Our husbands had long since given up looking for us. 

The following weekend we were in New York for one of my favorite operas, Der Rosenkavalier.  But, all about that in my next Post.  Stay tuned. 

Ooops!  Almost forgot.  In case you are interested, my top and brocade skirt are from White House Black Market, the gold belt I've had for decades and the shoes were one of my designs from the late, much lamented, sadly missed Shoes of Prey (See "Figuring Out the Consumer.").  Those gorgeous gold shoes Anna is wearing were also her design from Shoes of Prey. 

Photo by Linda's Husband, John

Wishing You All a Happy, Healthy and Fabulous New Year!!

Je tiens à vous souhaiter, à vous et tous ceux qui vous sont chers, une excellente année.  Que de petits et grands bonheurs viennent embellir votre quotidien et que la plupart de vos désirs soient comblés en 2020. 


  1. What a fun post to read! Happy New Year to you and yours!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. Glad you enjoyed the post. Happy New Year to you and all those who are dear to you. Always love when you stop by.

      Cheers, M-T

  2. You look lovely and lively, as always. This post is a joyous start to the new year of your blog. Thank you.

    1. So sweet of you to comment on how I looked. There are those nights when everything comes together as it should. This was one of them. I think you only get a few a year LOL. It was, indeed, a great start to the new year.

      Cheers, M-T

  3. Comment sent to me by Anna:

    "A beauty advent calendar is perfect as a gift. Maybe I will get one for myself next year. We did look great I must admit. And definitely drank more than our share of champagne. It was a great party and that includes the one in the ladies' room. As you said, we ladies are more friendly to others there, maybe because we hang out longer, correcting makeup and fixing hair.
    See you soon,"

    1. They really are a wonderful gift, either for yourself or someone special. Just make sure you order them early as they only make a limited amount every year.

      Didn't we have fun? The Ladies Room party was especially fun.

      See you soon.

      Love, M-T

  4. What great fun! I'm a fairly recent blog follower, and I'm really enjoying them. I love your elegant style and attitude. Looking forward to the next one!

    1. I am so delighted to count you among my Blog followers. Welcome! I look forward to your wonderful comments and will do my best to merit them.

      Cheers and Happy New Year, M-T

  5. Happy New Year Marie-Thérèse!

    I'm touched by your kind words and praise about my blog! It's music to a blogger's ears when somebody finds a tip or something you write useful. For sure, we blog because we enjoy connecting and communicating with other people (and many times behind our keyboards, we wonder if we are doing so). So I appreciate the nod, my friend! What a thrill to know you got the beauty advent calendars for your closest friends. They can pamper themselves for the rest of the winter!!

    I love the lovely rose, poinsettia, and table tree too. Elegant and classic. Looks like you had a great Christmas and New Year's celebration. Everyone pictured is wearing a beautiful dress (except Dan, of course). We'll excuse him for not wearing one.:) Yours will never go out of style! The champagne was a must, and the rum cake sounds delicious.

    Here's to the decade ahead … a good one, we hope! 2020!!

  6. Happy New Year to you, too, Debra. Nothing makes me happier than to acknowledge a wonderful tip from a fellow blogger. As you say, we bloggers love to connect and communicate w/each other as well as our followers. The beauty Advent Calendars were a HUGE hit w/my friends.

    Hope 2020 is your best year yet.

    Cheers, M-T

  7. Dearest Marie-Thérése,
    That is a very 'bubbly' start for 2020! May it continue to be bubbly and lively for you both and for your immediate friends.
    Good for getting together the way you did.
    Sending you hugs and wishing you a prosperous and healthy year ahead.

  8. Ma chère Mariette,

    We did have a bubbly beginning to 2020 and thank you so much for your good wishes for the new year.

    Sending you all my good wishes and warm hugs to you and Pieter for a happy, healthy and wonderful new year.

    Gros bisous, M-T

    1. Thank you and you got a reply on my post: ❤️

  9. Comment sent to me by my friend Earline:

    "You are so dear, M-T! Where do you find the time to be so kind and generous with your praise, gifts, advice? You are adorable and your Blog reflects the 'pretty is as pretty does' philosophy, one of my Mother’s favorite sayings.

    I love all the personal care treats from your Advent Calendar. Beautifully delivered each day. Feel doubly blessed and thankful for you.

    Loved the last photo of you heralding in the New Year! You look marvelous!!!"

  10. I love your Christmas gift ideas. Celebrating the New Year with special friends and family is always done with optimism and love in our hearts - a special time. Let us hope that 2020 is kind to everyone and also the Earth on which we stand. Our village in France is experiencing a mild winter without the usual snowfalls and freezing temperatures and our home in Australia has been effected by the horrific bushfire that have been burning across the State - unfortunately a worrying start for 2020. xxx

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