Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

The Tux

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I love everything about my Ralph Lauren Tux from the cut, to the feel of the velvet, to the beautiful ruby red lining. The play of male/female has intrigued many women and I get it!  Here are some of my favorites over the years.

I had to start with Fred because he always inspires me.

He is always perfect but never more so than in his top hat,white tie and tails!

Anne Hathaway at the 2010 Oscars in a Lanvin .   Brian Atwood FIONA pumps with hand applied Swarovski crystals. Oh my…….

Rihanna in her Dolce & Gabbana Tuxedo in 2008

Jean Paul Gaultier 2011

The ever line crosser Marlena Deutrch

And the amazing Diane Keaton looking particularly well put together.

Mary and Linda

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Darling B,

Jennifer is working away on a letter filled to the brim with adorable shots of a young Linda Ronstadt.  It wasn’t until she and I were going through them that it finally dawned on me . . . my goodness is she a ringer for the young Mary Pickford!  A set of searing, melancholic eyes, the tenderly set coiffure, those expressive pouty lips,  I cannot believe I’d missed it before  . . .

With love,


  • Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979):  Hollywood’s first ever film star, founding member of United Artists, the highest earning professional female the world had then seen, the pioneering, trendsetting Pickford will forever have cement under her delicately manicured fingers, care of the multi-billion dollar industry she laid many a brick for.
  • Linda Ronstadt (1946 – present):  Winner of 11 Grammy awards (and another 17 nominations), Broadway star, opera too, prolific recording artist and cover girl, at one time the highest paid pop star, Ronstadt has been carving her very own tier for the entirety of her lengthy career.  From dreamy ballads and stirring covers, to Trio, the Stone Poneys, even Gilbert and Sullivan, Ronstadt is without question one of the most admirable American singers.


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

Style and Inspiration

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Dear Jenn,

I think what initially drew you to me was your unique style.  I often ponder where style comes from and running across this photo of my Mother continues this train of thought.

As an event planner, I have to be a chameleon because I never want my style to be featured but that of my Bride and Grooms.  I often say, they are my inspiration and I get to guide it.

So when I saw this long forgotten photo of my Mother, which screams natural style, it made me think about all my influences and yours.  Clearly my love of Grace Kelly has maternal roots!

Write me soon!

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

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

Art Begetting Art

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Dearest B,

Recently you sent a few stunning photographs my way, pairing creator and muse.   Do you like?



Degas Dancer, Chanel Spring 2011

Le Bar des Folies-Bergère (1881-1882) by Edouard Manet, Carolina Herrera Spring Bridal 2010

Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates", 2005; Spiderman on Broadway, 2011

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