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Two Kitchen Tables

“Tabletops are the daily canvases upon which we sketch,” writer/illustrator Leanne Shapton mused recently in her T Magazine blog column, We Three Things. She says: “A glance at someone’s coffee table, kitchen island or even computer desktop offers a revealing self-portrait: bookworm, neat freak, train wreck, mom.”It made me stop and look at my own […]

Color and Dust

Hello everyone, the new Anthropologie catalogue arrived in my mailbox today…. I love these colorful linens and black chalkboard walls (especially the drawn chandelier)…And these wild wingchairs…So now I’m daydreaming again about reupholstering my chairs…

The Virtues of Daydreaming

There’s a story in today’s New York Times’ science section that touts the creative benefits of daydreaming… “At long last, the doodling daydreamer is getting some respect,” writes John Tierney in the NYT. Researchers have found that daydreaming is “remarkably common — and often quite useful. A wandering mind can protect you from immediate perils […]

The Chanel Inspiration Collage

Karl Lagerfeld shot these photos for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010 catalogue and then used them to create a fantastic online collage. The photos were taken in ARGENTINA…With racks of frothy dresses…On a checkerboard stage:Tulle and sequins…With touches of green…And black boleros …I so love Chanel…

Blue Clouds

Everywhere you turn these days in and around Los Angeles, there are Jacaranda trees covered with purple-blue flowers… The plumes, balanced on poetically gnarled trunks, look like blue clouds in the late afternoon light…. Lovely blooms — always as many on the tress as on the ground — mark the city’s colorful transition from spring […]

Hot Milk Cake

The cake was a hit at our dinner yesterday! I wanted to share the recipe with you. It belonged to my grandmother on my dad’s side. Ingredients: 4 eggs2 cups sugar1 cup milk1 stick butterPinch of salt2 cups flour3 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon vanilla Beat eggs well, then add sugar a little at a time. […]

Happy Father’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day is on Sunday and it will be my first without my dad. I’m sort of dreading it, actually. I told my mom I would cook. I haven’t decided on the menu yet, but I would like to honor my dad’s memory by making his favorite dessert: hot milk cake. I think he’d like […]

Which Books Changed Your World?

I guess it’s officially books week on the English Muse…There’s a major trending topic sweeping Twitter at the moment: #booksthatchangedmyworld. It made me stop and think. The book that most changed my world was Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”, because I finally understood that it didn’t take a lot of money to live well. What about […]

More peonies…

…from the grocery store… I love the white ones with the yellow fringe, like ribbon…

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

We’ve swooned over clips of Ms. Hepburn singing Moon River, combed through the Internet for pictures of actress with her pet fawn and donned black dresses with four-strand pearls. Now there’s something new to add to the Audrey lure. Author Sam Wasson is out this week with a new book that presents the woman behind […]

What are you reading this summer?

Summer books are the best kind, I think. They’re meant to be read simply for the some decadent pleasure. Recently when I was reading the liner notes on my dad’s Fountains of Rome album, I noticed several quotes from a Bloomsbury Group writer, Elizabeth Bowen. In 1960 she published a book called “A Time in […]

The Summer Wind

I’ve been listening to selections from my father’s record collection and can’t stop playing one of his favorites, Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind.” Aside from the fact that it is a small masterpiece of classic American songbook phrasing — and no one could do that quite like Sinatra — it’s a wonderful memory of my father. […]

"The Yardstick of Celluloid Cool"

Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic film Breathless is newly restored and back in theaters this month for a limited engagement! Jean Seberg is the picture of 1960s Paris cool…I love the glasses and the hat…And, of course, the t-shirt…It’s so hot here today in Los Angeles. Two hours in a cool theatre watching a fantastic French movie […]

The peony or the rose?

Every spring in lovely Southern California, the Trader Joes markets sell bunches of peonies for $6.99. It’s a monumental occasion for us because, otherwise, the billowy flowers are almost impossible to find here. This year, they seemed larger and more vibrant than usual. I’ve always thought of myself as a rose girl, but maybe peonies […]

Sinatra and Strauss

Hello my dears, my mom on Friday gave me a box of my dad’s old records, a mix of classical music, big band and jazz. We spent the holiday weekend listening to them, drinking wine and reminiscing. The music reminded me again of how capacious my dad’s mind was. There were so many aspects of […]


Have a lovely weekend everyone! (Photo of Lola, our Pom puppy)


Lovely Liss of Daydream Lily has been nominated for the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female of the Year awards in the blogger category. I’m so excited for her. She’s not only a talented blogger and artist, she’s a kind and caring person, always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need. During my dad’s […]

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