I actually considered titling this something witty like Hot Coco (too pageant-ish) or Sweet Coco (misleading because she was know to be quite cold) and I finally decided just upon 'My Friend Gabrielle.' Not many people know that the iconic Coco Chanel's real name was Gabrielle (and a very pretty name I think too.) I could get into the whole history of her growing up in a convent then being a stage singer, then seamstress etc. etc. but you could just rent one of the the marvelous movies about her life (see Coco Before Chanel or Coco Chanel (TV)) Anyway, dear Gabrielle holds a special place in my heart, not only for being the creator of one of my absolute favorite fashion lines, but as the stars would have it; we have the same birthday: August 19.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
New obsession: Etsy. This online store-sight features some of the best vintage and hand-made items ever, if you know where to look. One of the places you must look is a little wonder called Capricious Traveler. When sifting through, I saw that it has a wonderful mix of vintage pieces that I can just see old-fashioned travelers walking along Venetian canals in.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
I tried to find a really swell picture for you all, I swear I did, but they all looked like phonies. So this is all I got:
Origin and creator of pic unknown
I just ordered the only other book in my library by Salinger, entitled Franny and Zooey; we'll see how this goes. Maybe I'll tell you about it, maybe not, because you know; you shouldn't 'tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.'
This is for everyone who has wondered where the other sock went to in the wash, or what place the remote and keys visited on their trip away.
Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney
I must say that my mom always finds the best Easter desserts. This year Lauren and I both got "Chocolate Flame Eggs"; a large hollow egg filled with truffles, one of which is wrapped in red. Then the egg is wrapped in gold foil and then wrapped in golden, metallic, paper. She also gave us chocolate truffle eggs; which are gorgeous. and a Crunchy Bar! I was so excited to see that I can buy these delights at the Tecumseh's British Pantry (a great little British-theme tea house). Ever since going to Northern Ireland I have loved Cadbury's chocolate-covered honeycomb bars. (but even better is honeycomb ice cream, but i don't see much chance of it being shipped here.)
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore
There was a wonderful sunset the other day. I loved how the light played on the woods behind our house, I was lucky to catch a picture because it only lasted a few seconds, the bottom picture is after the light had gone.
Friday, April 2, 2010
It's official: I have a new favorite musician. His name is Charlie Winston. He's British and brilliant. I haven't heard a song of his that I don't like. I've put one of my favorites below, but you must see "kick the bucket" and "In your hands" it's all just radical in an old-fashioned kind of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfQbvn2ACzc
Thursday, April 1, 2010
If you have not seen the movie The Color Purple, then I suggest you see it very soon. It's a wonderful tale with very powerful acting, and some amazing singing. I cannot get past Tata Vega's voice, so I included one of my favorite songs here, but If you like what you hear and have a bit of time; check out the scene where she sings Speak Lord here.