Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I am off to NYC to look in windows and be inspired after a long season.  I spent some of my childhood in the city and love walking the streets, soaking up the this great town.  But I have chosen the country as my home-base and nothing is more inspirational than nature.


Spring is really the most exciting month for me.  This beautiful garden in Japan is just magical.

Summer in Vermont is full of happy Sunflowers.  MW and I  grow many varieties with help from the Chipmunks.

I would miss Fall but then I would miss stick season too.

And then the monochromatic beauty of winter.  It is snowing right now so I am going to enjoy the moment.  XXX

It is all about the hair!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is the most personal decision a bride will make for her wedding.  It is important to feel special but not so different your fiancé is not happy.  Hair up, down, to the side, messy or tight…Question, who am I on this day and will he like it.?

Of course you then have the power of the dress.  It has found you and has a strong voice about hair, makeup and accessories too.  So much pressure!


Carolina Herrara showed this beautiful headband with her collection.  I think both headbands work and are a lovely addition especially with no veil.

And then you have the extreme Chanel messy looks.  And this winner up-do is perfect with it’s soft and romantic curls- even he will like this.



Oh, this is one of my favorite Candice Bergen images.  This up-do is copied and modified over and over again. Just perfection. Blake Lively looks wonderful with this version.

Then how can you leave out having your hair long!  The beautiful Kate shows us exactly how to do it and many brides now opt for the groom pleasing style.

Ballet and the Wedding Dress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I love ballet especially George Balanchine.  Ballet and wedding dress designers are connected through style and function.  Each dress/costume tells a story which includes hair and make-up.  Additionally,  they must work!


A ballet has all the ingredients of a wedding!  So my brides are the ballerinas of the day.  Even their posture and movement becomes a beautiful dance.

Oscar de la Renta’s lace treatment this year is magical.  I think this dress would be as beautiful in all white.  I just love the textures.  Clearly these two masters, Balanchine and de la Renta,  see eye to eye.

I am sure Elie Saab took inspiration from the Ballet Master.  Look at the hair and make-up.

Marchesa’s dresses are so feminine and bold.  This is a tutu!  J’adore.

So Degas……….and so Vera.

Lovely, edgy.  Ralph Lauren.

This is my favorite Balanchine look, simple, powerful, clean.  Ralph Lauren has the perfect long version.

When I saw this Gaultier dress at the de Young Museum in SF I immediately thought of ballet and how we always had layers of wool on our bodies.  I love the idea of a knitted jacket over a wedding dress.


So, let the dancer come through when planning your wedding…the designers do!


Gaultier and the Muse

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The second day at the de Young I was able to notice some of those details Gaultier clearly loved and wanted to include in his exhibition.

The photo of model, dancer, gymnast Elena Sudakova is exquisite and the dress is well….Gaultier!

Gaultier Surprise

Monday, June 4th, 2012

What joy, my trip to San Francisco started when my sister surprised me with a visit to the de Young Museum and the Gaultier exhibit.

It was so remarkable,  so we went back the next day!

The 30 animated mannequins are projections that talk and sing in playful and poetic vignettes with the appearance of interacting with you, even flirting.

Then there were the clothes.  I will focus right now on the French sailor period because that was a hard room to leave.

More details soon…..sigh

From High Fashion to Wedding?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

How beautifully  this  captures past and present.  It reminds me of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress in High Society…a favorite!  I just loved the Christian Dior Couture show.

And here the great Elie Saab takes my breath away


I think this is the most amazing mixture of fabric and texture by Oscar de la Renta. Love it the heavy lace.  So Spanish.

What can you say about this… beautiful in all ways.  Charles James, 1953

Theater and Events

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I have been so fortunate to be able to work with Bill Castellino, director, choreographer, and a brilliant creative mind.  One of our small but exciting collaborations was at the glorious Wheatleigh in the Berkshires.  Using the White House model, Bill and his team created the most inventive and amusing night celebrating our guest of honor’s many interests.  Needless to say, there was laughter, tears and great applause.

Wheatleigh was beautifully appointed for the holidays and Lindsay Norris Floral Design added the extras along with Grace Connell’s calligraphy.  As always, the linens were provided by Table Toppers and they were perfect!  Thank you Barrie Fisher Photography.

Our guest of honor loves good food and fine wines.  It was Broadway in the Berkshires!  Let’s do it again…

Today’s Manners!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I remember my mother instructing me on table etiquette when we were out in the world.  I remember one time it was about placement of my soup spoon.  It seemed so ridiculous, but is it?  Are there reasons for the rules and are there some that we may or may not ignore?   Are people looking at how you handle yourself socially and judging you?

I personally believe in politeness, kindness and common courtesy, but knowing some rules are helpful and if you reject them…your choice.

What are my rules that are worth keeping in today’s world?

  1. When introduced to someone, look at them!  In the eyes!
  2. Excuse yourself if you need to text or accept a call.
  3. Men should always open the door for a lady, even when the lady does not act like a lady.
  4. Be polite to a waiter no matter what or solve the issue privately with someone in who can fix the problem.  Do not ruin the evening
  5. Being late is not polite.
  6. At a dinner party it is your responsibility to speak to the person on your right and left even if the person on the right is heavenly and the left not so much.
  7. Don’t talk with your mouth full.
  8. Always try to introduce those around you.  Remembering names can be difficult so figure out a plan.  If I am with someone whom I will have to introduce, I will ask them to jump the gun and introduce themselves before I have to admit my bad memory!
  9. Thank you notes are lovely.  I must admit with good friends I sometimes use email but it’s not the same and just not as nice.
  10. Surprisingly this was a huge topic: where do you place the napkin when you excuse yourself to get up from the table?  Officially, it goes on the chair.  I do not like this because chairs are dirty. Is it ok to place on the table neatly?  Mother says no!  I still don’t want my napkin on the chair.  I will not listen to Mother on this one.

The perfect elegance of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy

We are so lucky to have the Post family continue to help us figure out how to have manners and common courtesies in 2012.

The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele…sigh

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Dearest Millie and Jenn,

Have you seen this beautiful new book The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at New York’s Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  It is a treasure of style and beauty. Fashion inspires everything don’t you think………

Cristóbal Balenciaga dress detail, 1953

Balloon evening dress in silk taffeta. This gathered gown is a classic example of Balenciaga’s play on volume.

Roberto Capucci dress, 1956

Silk taffeta evening gown with ten skirts. Though he later gravitated to more abstract shapes, this early Capucci design is an example of haute couture as art.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, 1959

Armide tulle short evening dress with silver sequins. Audrey Hepburn immortalized this dress in a 1959 fashion shoot by Richard Avedon in Paris.

Christian Dior, 1947

Silk jacket, wool skirt. This Bar Suit was the most famous look in Dior’s influential 1947 collection.  I love the fit that flatters a woman’s body

John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture, 2000

Tulle gown and hand-painted pink and ecru silk taffeta.

Emilio Pucci, 1967

Pucci has always been a favorite.  My Mother’s hung in her closet and we would pick out which color she would wear that day or night.

The Power of Light for Events

Monday, January 16th, 2012

As I sit down to start the visual journey with a couple, light or lighting is always on my mind. There is no theater without lighting; no diamond was ever bought without great lighting. This is far from my Bride and Groom’s mind but never far from mine.

There is behind the scene lighting – spots, up lighting, template lighting. But then there is the design lighting – a great chandelier, an abundance of candles or an amusing bar that draws a crowd. Both are needed and both have a voice in my head.

Ahhh, let there be light…

Great design by Flowers in Season and Dark Star Lighting.  Everyone working as a team.

This was accomplished by the incomparable Dark Star Lighting. The midnight sky was magical and everything was perfectly lighted. The ugly ceiling is now beautiful.

This is one of my very favorite couples, and lighting only enhanced their love.

This is an excellent example of focused pin spotting on the table and great lighting for the backdrop.

Spectacular use of mood and style lighting. The ribbon tree provided a perfect focus for the center of the bar.

More is better!

I love the ceiling becoming the atmospheric design.

With Flowers in Season we created these chandeliers of whimsy.  Nighttime was magical!

Just a great detail having the pillar candles on the rafters.