Archive for the ‘Jennifer’s Letters’ Category


Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Dear B,

Thank you for sharing that breathtaking photograph of your mother.  Mesmerized by her effortless beauty, I giddily turned towards my grandmother, only to find Millie smiling as a single tear wandered down her cheek.   There is a rare and timeless veracity candids portray, she said, and their popularity wanes in the age of retouching.  To be truthful, I originally thought I’d write about those whose style inspires me most (and, not surprisingly, Millie and I are penning those letters too), but after listening to my grandmother, I decided instead to hunt for candid photos of those icons, much like that lovely picture you wrote about.  Considering she was in part my inspiration, Millie suggested a few too of course . . .

Much love,


Catherine Deneuve

Linda Ronstadt

Joanna Newsom

Elizabeth Taylor

Kirsten Dunst

Dolly Parton

Sharon Tate

Kirsten in Couture

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Dearest B,

Charlotte does look like the princess she is, but did you happen to see Kirsten Dunst’s Chanel Haute Couture dress that evening?  One of the most stylish women in pictures, she’s nailed it once again!

Talk soon,


Kirsten Dunst

The Greenbrier too

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Dearest B,

I never cease to be amazed when I open a Belinda letter and out pours the most wonderful lessons in art, fashion, architecture, the list goes on and on.  Your recent note about The Greenbrier, West Virginia’s stunning 19th century estate turned resort, set my heart aflutter!  I simply must hear more about your event.  What were you and the crew doing in White Sulphur Springs?  Which rooms were you able to play in?  Do you have a favorite?  Most impressive chair?  Best gilded lamp?  I’d would just love to hear every detail.  I went photo hunting for inspiration myself and came across these . . . I do hope you enjoy them.

Can’t wait to hear about it,


Has a marriage of modernity and antiquity ever looked so inviting?

The aptly named, rightly admired Crystal Room

The Greenbrier's indoor pool

One of many ballrooms

The Victorian Writing Room (a personal favorite)

Rackham and Crane and Beardsley oh my

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Dearest B,

In prepping for another letter, I rediscovered 19th century illustrators Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), Walter Crane (1845-1915), and Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898).   It’s been dreadfully difficult selecting works to share, the output is exceptional and immense.  I do hope you enjoy the preview.

Much love,


Arthur Rackham

From Undine (1909), "soon she was lost to sight in the Danube"

early 20th century

Catskin, 1918

Walter Crane

Beauty and The Beast, 1874

Neptune's Horses, 1892

Nymph Between Two Satyrs, 1897

Aubrey Beardsley

The Mysterious Rose Garden, 1895

Isolde, 1895

Sir Lancelot and the Witch Hellawes, 1893

Grace Ormande

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

B Darling,

I was skimming Grace Ormand’s site today and low and behold my favorite wedding planner has been singled out! Congratulations Belinda, how thoroughly wonderful!

It’s richly deserved,


Jessica and Ori

Shaking it Up

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Dear Belinda,

Inspired by Waylande Gregory’s irresistible salt and pepper shakers I found a host of precious sets.  What better pairing than these for wedding favors?

Much love,


Waylande Gregory salt and pepper shakers

Aren't they divine?


Vintage Seahorses

Paperdoll Woodshop hand crafted set

Jonathan Adler Shoe set

Dear Stationery, I miss you

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dearest Belinda,

With the National Stationery Show having just passed, I can’t help but think on the days when that paper paradise was an annual staple.   Thank goodness I still have you to coo with.  Perhaps there’s a bride in your future that may be perfect for one of my favorite studios?

Much love,


Noveau Peonies from Hello!Lucky

Custom Set from Rifle Paper Co.

Custom Set from Hammerpress

Custom Set from Yellow Owl Workshop

Whale & Innards Print by Evan B. Harris

Gown today, here tomorrow

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Dearest B,

I simply cannot stop thinking about that Fred Astaire comment you made the other day.  That man, as you so truly claimed, wholeheartedly understood the power of the dress – and how to make it sing!  It set me to thinking about that fabulous dance picture he did with a young Joan Crawford, his first actually, Dancing Lady, yes that’s the one . . . well, that led me to thoughts of  Ms. Davis, Joan Fontaine, Princess Grace, and so I thought Jennifer and I could make a game of it!  I’ve chosen a favorite dress from some of my most cherished Hollywood starlets, and she’s pairing it with a more contemporary piece, inspired of course, by wonderful you.


Millie and Jennifer

Fred Astaire and Joan Crawford in Dancing Lady (1933), Jean Paul Gaultier robe, 2000

Grace Kelly in Edith Head's design for Rear Window (1954), Zac Posen Spring 2011

Joan Fontaine and Noel Stewart, Spring 2011

Bette Davis (early 30's), Nina Ricci, Fall 2010