My Bucket List:
49. Dine in the palace of a Maharaja, as his personal guest.
Of course, I know that this wish is not likely to come to fruition. But, if you can’t be a guest at the Maharaja’s palace, it’s surely a close second to have his jeweler as a guest at yours!
This week it was my pleasure to host Sudi Singhvi, the youngest descendant of a very long and prestigious dynasty of jewelers to the Maharajas of India. For five generations, the patriarchs of Sudi’s family have been trading stones with the Maharajas and creating decadent, new confections to satisfy their royal appetite for sparkle and extravagance. The Singhvis are natural virtuosos of splendor and allure and after 165 years, these gifts have become virtually woven into their DNA.
In 1989 Sudi decided to expand the business by capitalizing on the strong relationships that he had formed with American jet-setters, who had purchased his sumptuous creations in New Delhi. A few well-placed telephone calls later, Sudi’s bags were packed and he began meeting in private American homes with small groups of hand-picked clientele. His jewels are a staple for the Grande Dames of the states. He is much too shy and humble to mention names, but those who know-know!
Recently, Sudi added works in semi precious stones to update the collection. He also added a website so that his customers can purchase jewelry without having to wait for his annual visit. Shhhhhh! It’s: www.singhvijewels.com.
If you are lucky enough to be invited to one of these gatherings, you should consider it an honor. Just talking with Sudi is a thrill. I love hearing about the history of his famous family and anecdotes from all the places that he’s been. He really is charming…so, so charming! I am privileged to call him a new friend.
The October sky is so beautiful. Everything outdoors seems to glimmer in shades of gold. I just love the depth and richness of autumn light.
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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
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.
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!
When antiquing down the Dixie Highway, we stopped at a lovely little diner to grab a bite to eat. Howley’s IS lovely, and that’s due to much more than their delicious dishes. If you want to experience a true bit of the West Palm Beach culture, stop in and enjoy the crowd as well as the eclectic atmosphere. Howley’s is located at 4700 Dixie Highway.
The menu includes such delectable delights as Belgian Waffles with a scoop of ice cream, a Portobello Sandwich topped with blue cheese, roasted peppers, grilled onions and pesto, and Fried Green Tomatoes served with a BBQ remoulade. It was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!
Our first stop was a romantic little shop that smelled like the lavender fields of Provence. Cote Jardin Antiques had just what the Countess ordered for a lazy afternoon in the garden.
With locations in both Washington D.C. and West Palm Beach, as well as a base in Provence, they have just the collection needed to set you up in a “maison secondaire” of your own. Through contacts in Paris and the South of France, Cote Jardin Antiques acquires unique French decorative pieces from all periods in history. Everything that we saw was delightfully charming, and the staff was warm and welcoming.
Lastly, we discovered “The Garden of Eden” at Mecox Home, Antiques and Design. I was astounded at the floral design work that abounds here. Taking beautiful photographs was easy when the composition had been so thoughtfully preplanned.
As the girls and I shopped along Worth Avenue we happened upon a charming little alcove, where we fell in love with ALL that was inside. D. Dream Altalier, tucked neatly behind Worth on Via Minzer is a treasure trove of fabulous finds. Ozan Ozdemir meets us at the door of his charming shop where he sells designs by his lovely wife Duygu.
Enthusiastic about his wife’s creations, Ozan offered that anything in the shop could be made to order. So, I indulged by ordering two tunics made especially for summer cocktails by the pool.
Of course, all three of us purchased copious amounts of the lovely jewelry. Now that I am home, I am tempted to buy more online!
Out along Worth Avenue we happenend upon Il Sandalo, where the Teserone brothers have been making sandals by hand for decades. We bought six pair!
Allie tries on a pair.