Friday, September 4, 2015



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we have some lovely new members to share with you,
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Romance of Joie


the Minerala Paisley Dress as pictured in the photo above.  seriously, what's not to love?
wonderful length for Fall,
great with boots or pumps 
(don't like the sandal pictured, would prefer a closed toe pump to give length to the leg)

& we have this vest, 'BRINLEY' at
suede, shearling, zip front, sweater knit back

& I do love this piece also,
boucle wool-blend "Orin" Soft Joie

it's a super price, as well
just so cushy & cuddly

bracing myself to work Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday
so I can be off when my daughter comes to visit the weekend after Labor Day.
she is needed to help me organize my apartment in the highrise, as I have been
underwater this entire time and cannot seem to find the time to
WORK instead of going out to dinner or watching a movie.

note to clients, handbags on order are expected in any day now.
however, because of the holiday we will have a 3-day period of non-working
custom's people, who must check everything in arriving internationally.
& I cannot complain about this at all.
we need to be safe.



As Most Of You Know....

I have been staunchly on the side of Tom Brady & the New England Patriots
in the deflatgate mess.

the JUDGE has just thrown out the NFL's suspension of Brady.


big congrats for prevailing.


lest you misunderstand,

I believe it was very important that ROGER GOODELL'S decision be looked at carefully.
No where in any rule book does it say someone can be convicted when there was
virtually NO EVIDENCE that Tom Brady did anything.

my problem with all of this is bigger.

no one person should stand in judgment of what someone else does,
especially when the punishment which can be levied is far outweighing the offense.

we are the United States of America,
where everyone has the right to a trial by jury.
a jury of many people, not ONE person.

I think you will get what I'm talking about.

oh yes, it's just a football game.  1 football game.

but, it is so much more.
a sports hero's reputation being tarnished beyond repair,
which would have followed him forever.
when he has a STERLING REPUTATION in everything he does.
he has won Super Bowl's in the past.
he plays fairly.
he team-mates love him, the owner of the team loves him, his coach loves him,
the fans love him.

he's human.
maybe someone doesn't love him?

but, love him or not, the 4-Game Suspension was RIDICULOUS & EXCESSIVE.
it punished the ENTIRE TEAM!
Mr. Kraft, the owner, already paid the NFL $1 Million Fine.
they fired the ball people.
that should have been enough.

Roger Goodell isn't God.
but, I think he thinks he is.

I'm hoping all the other owners will take a long hard look at the scandal that's
been carried out for months, and maybe limit Mr. Goodell's powers.

the following is the statement just issued by the NFL Player's Association

The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL’s choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.
This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed.
We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans. This court’s decision to overturn the NFL Commissioner again should signal to every NFL owner that collective bargaining is better than legal losses. Collective bargaining is a much better process that will lead to far better results.

now, let the games begin !!!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Impossible

I wanted you guys to be the 2nd to know about this !!!
CL has launched LIPSTICKS
in 3 textures.

100's of shades it seems.

beautiful tube also.

but $90 a tube ?
seriously ? !!

please tell me if you would spend $90 on a new lipstick?

for awhile the only people who will have this will be the "jet set, actresses, singers, models"
all of whom have been GIVEN a sample or two.

I am definitely NOT sold.


Americans in Paris

well, I'm certain that Vicki Archer and Tish Jett already KNOW this
as they are hours ahead of us Texans...

but there is "news" for us fashionistas.

Time to update your New York Fashion Week calendar: The Row is moving its hot-ticket Spring 2016 presentation to Paris this season. 

While this isn’t the first time Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have decamped to the City of Light for Fashion Week—they moved their Spring 2011 affair to Paris after samples didn’t deliver to New York in time—it’s still a notable decision for the brand, which recently picked up the CFDA Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. 

The sisters’ off-piste presentation was a big draw on the New York schedule, routinely held at posh, high-profile locations like Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram Building and Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle hotel. While no further details of their plans are known at this time, it’s a safe bet that the affair will be every bit as chic as what they’ve done in New York.
(all from vogue runway)

I have long thought that The Row, Marc Jacobs & Tom Ford
are the most relevant designers on the planet right now.

all Americans.

Monday, August 31, 2015


I was looking through seemingly 1000's of photographs over the weekend,
my late husband was never without a camera, so we have pics of EVERYTHING !!!

when we were first married I discovered there was no way I would be able to use
the closet in the master as he had it completely taken over with his things.

the easiest, quickest, most practical way to make my own space was to take a small bedroom upstairs which was basically junk storage anyway, and build a closet.
I thought of everything.
below is one section which shows floor to ceiling shoe storage & suiting.

I always used shoulder covers on my good garments while they were waiting for their next wearing.
this protects the apparel from almost everything.

Part of My Closet
there was a window in the room, so I had built-in drawers built underneath the window
for my jewelry, sorta like the ones below.
this created a ledge or countertop where I could display other items and where I would place a lamp.
I had tract lights on a dimmer installed so I wouldn't have bright lights shining on the apparel unless I
specifically wanted it that way.

These are all so beautiful! I wouldn't be able to fill them though! Time to go shopping?!!
there was a small closet already in the room, so I made it into this type of storage.
The Very Helpful Shelving Unit  This comes in handy if youre not sure where to begin your organization process.
pretty cool idea for jewelry storage,
however, never hang your nice/good/fine jewelry.
lay it flat so the chain/stringing material, etc. is not stressed.
walk in closet-master bathroom , my guest bedroom turn into a walk in closet. Cust...
Standard clothes measurements and storage space requirements for your closet design (via Organized Living)
&, of course, since I had an empty room to work with I was able to built it out specifically for my trouser lengths, etc., like the diagram above, except I knew I would hang my pants, not fold
them over a clothes hanger.  
& I did have storage above for my luggage, it could just lay flat on the top shelves
& be pulled right out for packing.
I think you already know I have always used a rolling-rack for initial packing ideas...
pull out as much as you want, accessorize it, and then start eliminating.

I also had a dead bolt on my closet door and only my housekeeper had another key.
too many inquiring minds (the adult kids of my husband) coming & going, & I thought
the room was mine, personally, and shouldn't be invaded.

 I've just discovered there an app for organizing your clothes !!!
stylebookcloset app for IPhone where you can use your own clothes, like Polyvore,
to create different outfits.

Stylebook, a closet manager for the iPhone. Take pictures of your own clothes and build outfits!
I have NO idea why anyone would need this, unless you're loaning things to someone else,
which none of us would do, right?

& the image shows LOOK # 646  !!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

There is No Doubt....

the Jolie lips on daughter, Shiloh, who is now 9.

that girl had no chance to be anything but beautiful, did she?

looking forward to a cooler week in Houston, kids are back in school,
except for the college students, mom's are back shopping,
and Labor Day looms, marking the REAL end of summer for all of us.

I just watched the trailer for "By The Sea" the movie starring
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Pitt (as she is now known),
the movie is going to knock our socks off, I think.
the trailer's titles are even great!

in other movie news, I watched "Some Kind of Beautiful"
with Pearce Brosnan & Salma Hayak over the weekend.
something there for all of us so if you get a chance to catch it on pay for view please do yourself a favor and watch.



Friday, August 28, 2015

The Most Romantic Wedding Venue

Looking for your dream wedding destination?

 We've found it.

I wish I could make the photo larger as this is just so beautiful.

Is This the Most Romantic Wedding Venue in the World?

this place began as a sugar mill long long ago.
it was abandoned and almost went back to the wild,
when a woman came along and had to restore it.

she could see it as it should be.

her vision was brought to life in the most beautiful way imaginable.

go here to read the entire article,

and you can find eved more photos on pinterest.
just look for HAIKU MILL, MAUI


Thursday, August 27, 2015

People Change....

those of you who've been reading my blog for awhile already know that my 
preference in interiors (mine) lean toward the very sleek, ultra sophisticated looks.

however, lately the images below have captured me.

I think it's because they are SO completely livable and comfortable,
made for creature comfort, without pretense.  
you know?

and I think I've relaxing a bit as I've fallen under the influence of
Penelope Bianchi and The Contessa, Elizabeth.
2 women of immense talent and
boundless charm.

I've also decided it's OK for the dogs to get on the furniture, albeit they always did
but with much worry on my part.

now, I won't worry.
they are a part of my life, a big part!

& then there're the grandchildren,
aged 7.5 to newborn.

there can be no pretentious with them around !!!

have a wonderful day, my friends.

I'm almost back in the land of the living,
temps have dropped considerably meaning Fall is not too far away.

& yes, Helen, there is a huge difference between 100f & 90f.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three's Company !!!

these red outfits make me smile,
bring on the holidays !!!

the 70's vibe is such a happy, casual way to dress.
any of these outfits 
make a perfect winter's day dressing in Houston.

 Grabbing all attention and turning heads as beauty's
Sanne Vloet, Larissa Hofmann & Melina Gesto 
take a stroll through the city as David Bellemere captures the models 
in the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Hermes & Bottega Veneta,
 styled together by Marina Gallo 
for the september issue of Vogue Spain.