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The Lost Art of Dress and Aunt Laura
Yesterday my lovely 98 year old Aunt Laura died.  She is the last of the "American Mitfords" as I called my grandmother and her five sisters.  All were elegant and knew how to live.  Their modest homes were filled with well-chosen furnishings, inexpensive g...
Yesterday my lovely 98 year old Aunt Laura died.  She is the last of the "American Mitfords" as I called my grandmother and her five sisters.  All were elegant and knew how to live.  Their modest homes were filled with well-c...
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Nothing to Wear
I lost seven sweaters to moths this year.  I read I should have sanded down my cedar blocks to refresh and reactivate their repellant properties.  Sadly, the sweaters were cashmere and in colors that made them perfect for spring transitional dressing - when...
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Safe Harbor
In my field, we are in the middle of tax season.  The best news we give to a client is that their money is in Safe Harbor, a special place where part of their investment is recoverable and not taxed.  It doesn't happen often, but it's a welcome place financ...
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Of Moonlight and Roses
Recently I read a teenage novel on the recommendation of a friend.  It was her favorite high school read and it was lovely, set in the 1950's.  It had lots of the domestic details I adore - cakes, living rooms, curtain descriptions.  The story was a coming ...
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All Things Ballet
I took my first ballet lesson at age three.  I loved my black leather ballet slippers - the wrinkled toes  tightened with thin grosgrain ties intrigued me.  I liked the stretchy short sleeved leotard too and the pink tights.  The ballet studio was in a litt...
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The Caring Hour
Victoria Magazine called the time before bed, The Caring Hour - this interval devoted to beauty routines and rituals, was a tranquilizing time for pampering oneself and doing all those little niceties that there was never enough time for during the day.  I'...
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The Novel of a Wardrobe
The Novel of a Wardrobe is the title of a lovely Parisian exhibit that just closed.  It was housed in the Musée Carnavalet, the museum of Paris history.  From 1902 through the 1920's, Alice Alleaume worked as the vendeuse for several French fashion houses. ...
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The Power of Lipstick
My first foray into lipstick was the night I stole a tube of lipstick from my mother's dresser and created a work of art on my sister's face.  A Kodak moment to be sure, but there was more to it than that.  Lipstick is the quintessential female cosmetic and...
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On Handbags...
My mother worries because she says my handbag is always open.  I guess she's right.  It's just so easy to have an open bag on the seat in the car so I can reach in for change or my phone if it rings.  The problem is that it topples over a lot and I lose thi...
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The February House
"China
tea, the scent of hyacinths, wood fires and bowls of violets - that is my
mental picture of an agreeable February afternoon." ~ Constance Spry I would add a
ticking clock to Miss Spry’s requirements for the February Home although one
day in 2003, my ...
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