YES . . . I said . . . YES

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and then he asked me

would I say yes

to say yes my mountain flower

and first I put my arms around him

yes

and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts

all perfume

yes

and his heart was going like mad and

yes

I said

yes

I will

Yes.

( excerpt from Molly Bloom’s soliloquy – Ulysses by James Joyce )

(inspired by Theadora  of  Paris –  PEOPLE PLACES AND BLING

(why I didn’t say yes to the Count – with his little house in Cap Ferret)

(and dedicated to Mel and Andrew..  Mel said yes, she said yes just a few hours ago)

THRIFT SHOP TREASURE HUNTING

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It’s rather like going down the rabbit hole – this Thrift Shop treasure hunting.  One simply jumps in and the fun begins.

Sharp eyes are required to ferret out the gold from the dross.

To find the  brand-new pink linen Max Mara jacket consorting with   black polyester jacket from Le Chateau.   It’s not my size but it would look fab on my dear-to-my-heart friend Amy.   How can I go wrong at four dollars.

When you’re in the rabbit hole it is a good idea to always look up.

Way way up on the top shelves.

To find the second treasure of the day.  Three gorgeous Panama straw hats dreaming  together and ignoring the gray clouds and rain.    Magenta, red, and black hats and just one dollar each.

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Panama hats are actually made in Ecuador from the pleated leaves of the toquilla straw plant.    Originally they were shipped first to the Isthmus of Panama and from there to the rest of the world.    Now you know why they call them Panama hats.       Glorified since the 19th century the Panama hat is considered the prince of straw hats,   or in this case the princess.

 

My beauties simply called out to be dolled up.  Spiffed up and tricked out to become the soigné of all Panamas.   I riffle my trunk  filled with ribbons and trims.  A red Panama will be crowned with an enormous red rose and trimmed with a little grograin ribbon.   A hat to wear on the beach at Cap Ferrat.

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A black Panama speaks of Paris  and late night supper.    I trimmed it simply with Chanel inspired ribbon.   A hat for Deuville should be able to go to the beach or to  the races.

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When a hat is pink it should speak of romance.  Of  lingering looks across a crowded room.  Of dancing on the beach  under the  stars .  Gray silk flowers the colour of moon light caress this hat of love.

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All you have to do is follow me down the rabbit hole.   Have tea with the Mad Hatter  and dance in the moonlight.  All it takes is a Panama Hat.

WHY I AM GIVING UP NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

 

 

 

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I gave up chocolates.

 

 

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I gave up espresso.

 

 

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I gave up the Flamenco dancer

and his rancho in Spain.

 

 

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I gave up Tim Horton’s crullers.

I gave up French Fries.

 

 

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I gave up the Count (that naughty man)

and his little house in Cap Ferret.

 

 

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I gave up scotch and cognac.

I gave up saying “never” and “always”.

I’ve giving up New Year’s Resolutions.