Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bottle Shock

My daughter recommended the movie, Bottle Shock to me and a good one it was. Dating back to the early 70's, I recall California wines to include Mad Dog (Mogen David) 20-20, Manischewitz, Boone's Farm Strawberry flavored vino...gag me with a spoon. Then it was on to the Italian wines, such as Lambrusco that came in attractively shaped, swollen, green-glassed bottles. Drink fast and insert a candle which dripped multi-colored wax down its sides. Moving on, to follow were the wine coolers that were so sweet and syrupy, a glass of water to follow was necessary. The Judgement of Paris changed all that, and thank goodness for it.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Love in an earlier time

When my Mother passed away awhile back, I stumbled upon these beautiful and fragile Valentines that my Grandmother had collected.

Many are three dimensional, though too delicate to fiddle with now, even for a photo op.
Click on each photo for an enlarged version to see the detail!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Presentations closing

Carolyne Roehm announces today that she will no longer be devoting time and efforts to her website, Presentations. Ms. Roehm states that she will be contributing to a column in Veranda, designing a clothing line for Best &Company (owned by FAO Schwarz) as well as working on an upcoming book.

A gem of a movie

The cutting and faceting of diamonds during the opening of this movie is intriguing.
Note the costume selection and hair styling.
Attention to detail: a blotter is used following the use of a fountain pen.
A unexpected message of generosity completes the movie.