Thursday, January 2, 2014


I am a true believer that committing one’s goals to writing and sharing them with at least one other person, or in this case publicly, helps to propel them to success.  My informal, empirical research suggests that keeping your goals a secret may actually hinder your efforts.  Consider the act of looking for a new job or place to live; by sharing your intentions with others, they can provide assistance as well as keep you on track.  With that said, I would like to share my hopes for the New Year with all of you -

**Be bold! Vanquish that other “B” word - boring.

**Live! Or rather, be more spontaneous.  I believe my husband will benefit the most from this one.  I’m rather rigid and fixed in my plans and do not like to deviate from them with regularity. Here’s to a new year of impulsive movie nights and impromptu cocktail parties!

**Speak! I want to learn a new language in 2014.  In the far reaches of my brain lives some German and even less French which have gone relatively unused in about 20 years.  Perhaps I will return to French or start fresh with Italian...

**Be kind! Have you ever noticed the change in someone’s face when you call them by their first name?  Bank teller, the teenager cashing you out at the market or even the unsung heroes of customer service who deal with irate individuals on the phone every day - they all brighten when someone is considerate enough to use their name.  Best applied after two underused words, “thank you”. 

**Bite the bullet! Forget what the Chinese may say, 2014 is the year of the house.  After renting for my entire adult life, which has worked to my advantage as my career has taken me from the Midwest to Los Angeles back to the Midwest to New York and eventually the Washington, D.C. area, I’m now keen to put down some roots.  

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Have a remarkable celebration as we say goodbye to 2013 and ring in 2014.  Here's to living boldly in the new year and never losing your curiosity of the world around you.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Married to a Peacock

This image is the perfect illustration of my life with Bow Tie Guy.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

"Life is a banquet...

...and most poor suckers are starving to death."
Auntie Mame

Wiser words have never been uttered.  My one and only resolution for 2013 was to LIVE and I consider Mame Dennis my personal life coach.  

This gentlemen doesn't need to be reminded to live with abandon.  We should all take a cue from him. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ain't She Sweet

Wasn't Dame Maggie Smith dazzling?  I'd argue she still is!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bridesdress Revisited

I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later. 
Diana Vreeland, D.V.
BTG and I had an expedited engagement.  While both of us were incredibly fond of throwing a large celebration in honor of our union, we chose an intimate ceremony only four months following the proposal for rather unromantic reasons involving shared health care coverage. Despite this sprint to the altar, we are still planning a fĂȘte next fall for our family and friends who were unable to attend our nuptials. 

Photo by Modern Traditionalist

The event will be held at the Great House on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  The house lends itself to a Gatsby or Gosford Park feel, does it not?

Photo by Modern Traditionalist

Photo by Modern Traditionalist
I want our guests to feel as if they’ve been invited out to our country estate for an elegant dinner, dancing and parlour games.  My mother, who due to our earlier haste was unable to fashion a wedding gown, will be tasked with the vital assignment of outfitting me for this affair.  Since I’m already wed, I’m not seeking a wedding gown.  Instead, I want to embody another time and place.

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

This Jenny Packham dress has been in my files since the day BTG proposed.  

But then I thought, maybe a little color would do me some good.  Blue?

Kate Hudson, Harper's Bazaar, September 2007
Or the green that captured everyone’s attention in Atonement.

But then I saw this champagne number on Drew and I gasped for breath.

Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens Premiere
I’d love to hear your thoughts!