Archive for May, 2011

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

Gloria and Lillian

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Darling B,

You’re absolutely right, the Royal Wedding certainly had its share of inimitable hats.  But you know me, always glancing back, I couldn’t help but think about two of early Hollywood’s most intoxicating stars, each a dazzling, pioneering milliner’s dream:  Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish.

Wishing you well,


Silent film stars Gloria Swanson and Lillian Gish

Gish, early 1920's

One the screen's first provocateurs

i like them to think of them as an orchid and a rose



The adolescent years of moving pictures were stunning, weren't they?

Lillian Gish, October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993

A surge of divine. Gloria Swanson, March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983

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

The Royal Wedding

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

While there is no want for gush, B and I simply must congratulate the newlyweds on their nuptials and the stunning celebration that followed.  What bliss – despite lofty titles, billions of guests, and heaps of unimaginable responsibility, William and Kate remain a boy and girl in love on their wedding day.   To you both, we wish our very best.

The Royal Wedding, April 29, 2011