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Mary McDonald

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Maid in China fashion shoot.

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Painting by Kathe Fraga

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Wartski brooch, c. 1930

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Via: Beth Connelly at Chinoisere Chic

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The jewellery designer Ward Kelvin has created an interesting collection called American Chinoise.

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Lovely August

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Dreaming of fall.

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Vignette of the day.

 

Fabulous style of the day. Photo taken at Place Vendome, Paris, last week. Isn't she marvelous!

Fabulous style of the day. Photo taken at Place Vendome, Paris, last week. Isn’t she marvelous?

 

 

 

 

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Just too cool!

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Umbrella hat

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Elegant updated bedroom.

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Gardens of Grass

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Lovely summer garden.

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Colors of the “DIOR” palate.

Press Your Restart Button

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Georges Hobeika

Be inspired to start something new…Every once in a while we all need to press the restart button. Make today that day. You are always deserving of a second chance, so start now at being a better wife, a better mother, a better person. Make today the first day that you do something to follow your dreams. Find your bliss and dive in!

Much love, Kaki

 

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Mark Karnes Interior with Sugar Bowl, 2000. Acrylic on board.

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Sugar and Spice – A Fairy Tale Life

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Hey boys – you can keep your puppy dog tails; we girls are made of fantastic stuff!

Everybody knows that girls posses an inexplicable gift for the power of nurture, compassion, and virtue. It’s certainly no secret that her sweetness is beyond compare. Her spice is what shapes her spirit, as well as ignites her endearing drive to hold fast to hope, even against seemingly impossible odds.  Most people believe that these qualities alone are enough to render her an irresistibly charming creature, who merits nothing less than devoted love.  But, a true scholar on the subject would argue that a girl’s most bewitching characteristic, whether she is 4 or 104, lies in her beguiling ability to harness the magic of the Fairy-Tale Life. Maneuvering through dreamscapes of far away lands, braving enchanted forests and defeating fire breathing dragons is her most basic instinct.  She is not afraid of wild imagination. She embraces immeasurable possibility. She vows always to make believe. And, she holds steadfast to the notion that a little magic can save the day. Certainly, you too have seen the evidence… fairies among the shadows? Bits of forgotten pixie dust strewn about her room? Perhaps, magic wands? Glittering crowns? Unexplained skeleton keys? Unicorn sightings where she has come and gone?  Heed, take a second look- for I assure you it is there. It’s fantastic stuff, something to cherish – the magic of her Fairy-Tale Life.

With love, Kaki

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Toby Troll lives in a tree in Charlavoix, Michigan.

Toby Troll lives in a tree in Charlavoix, Michigan.

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Return to Versailles – A Party With An 18th c. French Theme

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Paper mask of Marie Antoinette made by artist Kaki Valerius Smith.

Paper mask of Marie Antoinette made by artist, Kaki Valerius Smith.

I apologize to my readers. The Keeper of the Little Red Diary has been taking a break while serving as a consultant for the Carnival season in Memphis, Tennessee. Below you will find photos of Memphis’ oldest Carnival crew, Memphi, who celebrated the season in style by raising their glasses to this year’s theme “Return to Versailles.” It was such a delight to come up with ideas for this fabulous group of revelers. Here are some of the highlights and ideas for you to use when planning your own Marie Antoinette party.

invitations

Invitations

Party guests dress for the occasion.

Party guests dress for the occasion.

Gifts of vintage Voltaire for the guests.

Gifts of vintage Voltaire books for the guests.

"The Pouf"-Marie Anoinette party hair.

“The Pouf”-Marie Anoinette party hair.

The Party.

The Party.

Party shoes.

Party shoes.

Actors with the Chairman.

Actors with the Chairman.

Croquembouches added interest to  tables laden with pink flower arrangements.

Croquembouches added interest to tables laden with pink flower arrangements.

More masks.More masks.

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Louis XVI paper mask by artist, Kaki Valerius Smith.

Louis XVI paper mask by artist, Kaki Valerius Smith.

Mask by Kaki Valerius Smith.

Mask by Kaki Valerius Smith.

Paper mask by Kaki Valerius Smith.

Paper mask by Kaki Valerius Smith.

Favorite Marie Antoinette Party Ideas:

1. Serve the cake first, at a seated dinner.

2. Chocolate snails make escargot that everyone can enjoy and they look clever on the table.

3. Encourage guests to create their own versions of the Marie Antoinette “Pouf” hairstyle.

4. Use sachets of lavender as favors (available online in bulk)

8. Encourage guests to decorate shoes similar to those worn by Marie Antoinette.

9. Dont forget the cheese course.

10. Candlelight, silver, and ribbon.

11.  Valets costumed in 18th century livery are great for parking cars and opening doors.

12. Pick up porcelain figurines of 18th century gentlemen and ladies in antique malls and shops. Those made in “Occupied Japan” can be purchased for just a few dollars, and mimic Meissen figurines of the 18th century period. No one will know the difference and  they work well as place card holders.

13. Wine, Champagne, Crepes, Macaroons!

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