Autumn Leaves

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Seasons

Autumn Leaves

“Fall has always been my favorite season.  The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither  Unlike the languorous sun drenched days of summer which seem to roll on forever, the brief daylight hours of autumn remind us to pay attention, as time indeed, is all too short.  We shuffle in swirls of crimson leaves, while showers of their counterparts slowly descend to their inevitable finale.  Glowing shades of burnished copper and sharp citrus sing “snap to” “step lively” “time is fleeting.”   It’s a...

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Botanical Beauty

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Botanical

Botanical Beauty

The season of growth and reawakening has arrived. A time when the sun warms both the earth and our spirits, and drops us at the doorstep of restoration. Gardens have for centuries nourished and sustained, inspired and enriched our spirit. They provide both playground and classroom for endless learning. From Buitchart to Boboli to Shalimar Bagan, from Versailles to Villa D’Este, from Giverny to Exbury and beyond. We’ll focus less on the manicured masterpieces of world renown, and instead spotlight the simple pleasures we can all enjoy.   As far back as 450 B.C. the book of Ecclesiastes...

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Hats Off to Sally Victor

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Fashion

Hats Off to Sally Victor

What do Queen Elizabeth II, First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, and Mamie Eisenhower, Hollywood’s Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, Broadway’s Helen Hayes, and even the Gabor sisters all have in common?  They all were crowned in hats designed by Sally Victor.  That’s quite an entourage to count among your stable of admirers. Included among luminaries Lilly Daché and Mr. John, as one of America’s leading millinery designers, The New Yorker magazine (1954) described Victor as “a magnificent sculptress of straws and felts.”  She was actually credited with reviving the Ecuadorean...

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Harvest Moon

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Calendar, Seasons

Harvest Moon

    “The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain.  Alone.  Cratered by imperfections.”  Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me     To enhance your viewing, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Watch this video on YouTube This is the season of the Harvest Moon which marks the official start of autumn.  With many crops ripening in late...

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