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.