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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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.

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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!

Life’s a Banquet

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http://a-l-ancien-regime.tumblr.com/archiveWhenever I begin an image search for my “lovely library” I am always amazed at the copious amounts of masterful art and design material that man has created over the centuries.  There once was a time when one must travel to Spain to view a finely embroidered flamenco skirt, or Provence, to observe the vibrant shade of blue that is created by rubbing woad on a farm-house shutter. From the elaborately designed pagodas of the Far East, to the sleek minimalism of a Karl Springer cocktail table, the world has become my oyster. And it can be just that without my having to leave my livingroom. The internet has opened more than just doors for me.  It has given me the opportunity to become a backseat Auntie Mame. In the words of my favorite Broadway character, “Life’s a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.”  Not me…I have Wifi !http://whatchathinkaboutthat.tumblr.com/archivehttp://a-l-ancien-regime.tumblr.com/archivehttp://a-l-ancien-regime.tumblr.com/archivehttp://whatchathinkaboutthat.tumblr.com/archivehttp://whatchathinkaboutthat.tumblr.com/archivetumblr_mjvjpnuMmX1qa3061o1_500

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Lovely and Delicious

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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.

Photographs by Kaki Valerius Smith
Photograph by Kaki Valerius Smith

Photograph by Kaki Valerius Smith

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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!

Glamorous Recommendations:

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If you love the Little Red Diary, you will love these recommendations!

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Glamorous Fiction:  Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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A wonderfully written autobiography by one of America’s original “It Girls”.  The story tells how a  young girl transformed herself from virtual obscurity to one of the glamorous jet set in the 50’s and 60’s.

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Antiquing Down the Dixie Highway

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Our friend Allie joins the jaunt, prepared to shop.

Our friend Allie joins the jaunt, prepared to shop.

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.

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

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.

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

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Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

Cote Jardin Antiques

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After a lot of window shopping and weaving in and out of shops we happened upon Lars Bolander’s Design firm. What a treat to be able to view his newest shipment. I have always been a fan of his work.DSC_2706

At Lars Bolander Ltd.

At Lars Bolander Ltd.

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At  Christa's South Antiques and Seashells

At Christa’s South Antiques and Seashells

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Crista's best seller. Masks created from shells.

Crista’s best seller. Masks created from shells.

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.

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Mecox Home Antiques and Design

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 Roots of a Bonsai Tree at Mecox Design

Roots of a Bonsai Tree at Mecox Design

A Design from Mecox

A Design from Mecox

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Continuing Along Worth Avenue… and Two of our Favorite Shops.

IMG_0069As 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.IMG_0048

Allie making a purchase from Ozan.

Designer Duygu Ozdemir from Istanbul.

Designer Duygu Ozdemir from Istanbul.

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.

Fabulous bejeweled tunics at D.Dream Atelier.

Fabulous bejeweled tunics at D.Dream Atelier.

Wonderful bracelets by D. Dream Atelier.

Wonderful bracelets by D. Dream Atelier.

D.Dream earrings to die for.

D.Dream earrings to die for.

Mary in D. Dream Atelier.

Mary in D. Dream Atelier.

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!

Earrings designed by Ozan's wife Duygu.

Earrings designed by Ozan’s wife Duygu.

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I love the bracelets.

I love the bracelets.

Silver with 22K vermeil.

Silver with 22K vermeil.

One of a kind necklaces.

One of a kind necklaces.

Wow!

Wow!

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!

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The Tesorone brothers.

The Tesorone brothers.

A neopolitan craftsman works on a pair of sandals in the shop.

A neopolitan craftsman works on a pair of sandals in the shop.

Allie tries on a pair.Allie tries on a pair.

Sandals from il Sandalo.

Sandals from il Sandalo.

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Mary and Allie having drinks at the Brazilian Court Hotel.

Mary and Allie having drinks at the Brazilian Court Hotel.

The lobby of the Brazilian Court.

The lobby of the Brazilian Court.

Dinner courtyard at Renato's.

Dinner courtyard at Renato’s.

“The Little Red” Goes Pink and Green in Palm Beach – a scrapbook

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My son's Val and Bridger, getting ready for the flight.

My sons Val and Bridger, getting ready for the flight.

My friend Mary boarding her jet.

Our lovely hostess for the week, my friend, Mary, ready to board.

My youngest son Val watching air speed.

Val watching as air speed reaches just short of mach 1.

First stop Mary's fabulous house.

First stop, Mary’s fabulous house designed by Lee Pruitt Interiors.

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The gatherings of friends and family begin. The gatherings of friends and family begin.

Off to explore.

Off to explore.

I love the high private hedges along the streets of Palm Beach.

I love the high private hedges along the streets of Palm Beach.

Fabulous front doors.

Fabulous front doors of Palm Beach residences.

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Pretty windows.

Pretty windows.

Lush landscape.

Lush landscape.

Orchids growing on trees.

Orchids growing on trees.

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The Girls Go Shopping on Worth

 Everyone is chic in Palm Beach!

Everyone is chic in Palm Beach!

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Mary in D. Dream Atelier.

Mary in D. Dream Atelier.

Jewels for all at Richter's.

Jewels for all at Richter’s.

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More…More…More

Butterflies adorn the ceiling at Neiman Marcus.

Butterflies adorn the ceiling at Neiman Marcus.

Coming in next post: “Two of our FAVORITE shops on Worth” and “Antiquing Down the Dixie Highway”

Thanks for the Nomination

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liebster-blog-awardThis evening, as I checked my blog comments, I saw that Diamonds and Dirt  nominated me for the Liebster Award. Hmmm, My first nomination – this is exciting!!! So I’m going to give it a whirl.

Here are the rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Answer each question that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people who you have nominated to answer.

3.Choose 11 nominees and link them to your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them

5. No tag backs!

I was asked by Diamond and Dirt to list 11 things that no one would know about me even if they read my blog. So, here goes…

1. I am a breast cancer (and chemo) survivor.

2. In 1988 I worked on an archaeological dig (on site) in Caesarea, Israel digging up 2,000 year old artifacts.

3. Every Monday I volunteer as the Art teacher at an Outreach School in one of my cities most dangerous neighborhoods.

4. If I could be anybody, I’d most want to be a novelist.

5. In Jane Austen’s world, I prefer Mr. Knightly.

6. I love to forage junk shops for hidden treasure.

7. I am a graduate of the University of Alabama – The most fun four years of my life!

8. As girly as my blog is, my life is anything but! I live with a husband, two sons, and a male dog! I am the only Princess!

9. My real name is not Kaki.

10. My friends don’t know that I have a blog!

11. I am trained as a milliner (hat maker).

I am going to ask my nominees to re-post their favorite 11 images of all time.

Here are my nominees:

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La Pouyette

The Style Schedule

My Secret Agent Lover Man

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Two Girls on a Whirlwind Trip

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Emily Evans Eerdmans

A Bloomsbury Life

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