Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor

after elizabeth taylor passed away, i was struck by her beauty and her flare for all things f-a-ancy.  so i thought i would shout out to the gods and to the icon herself by designing a mood board that highlighted that fanciful-ness and gave props to her role as cleopatra.  this exercise in design stretched my brain to its limits, but here it is …   just so you know, i created this right after she passed away but i forgot to share it … probably because i couldn’t find curtains that made me happy. oh well. so this room has high-gloss black walls with gold, deep purple, and orange accent furniture. the accessories are crystal and gold and all around blingin’. the fabrics are rich and luxurious … they are all interesting and unique. the art on the wall is a reflection of her beauty.

and the curtains … well the curtains are the bane of my existence, but they would probably be custom-made to mimic something like this shawl.

velvet burnout. peacock. yum.

 i would probably, however,  make the white background black or deep gray or deep dark plum or gold and let the only white be the peacock feathers.

yep, that would make me happy.

oh, and don’t go expecting to know where all this stuff came from. i don’t remember.

like i said i created this in march. my brain doesn’t think that far back.

y’all have a good day.




Hip Hip Hooray


so far i’ve managed to keep my excitement under wraps, even to the point of chastising the media for their unrelenting, crazy coverage of all things royal wedding during the past month…s.  but the truth is, i love it. it’s a fairy tale, it’s history in the making and honestly, william and kate make me feel normal. you see, mr. p. and i were together for 8 years before we married and we lived together before we were married – in the south, as with the monarch, this is such a departure from what’s deemed appropriate. but today it’s not about me, it’s about THIS lovely couple …

my goodness do i love all this love! yay!!!!

and mr. j. said kate was quite ordinary and plain. i beg to differ. she is stunning. did you happen to see her face as she walked into the abbey? always a smiling kate, she looked nervous with eyes full of emotion … to me, it was a very sweet moment before her long track (holy crap 4 MINUTES!!!!) down the aisle. i also loved how william had his back to her until she arrived at the altar and then looked like a little boy giddy with excitement as he whispered to her, “you look beautiful.” and yes,  she did. did you hear she did her own hair and make-up?

pretty, pretty girl. just beautiful. i can’t imagine a prettier bride.

and so what if her dress is similar to that of the wedding dress worn by princess grace kelly.

what a compliment! dear catherine, duchess of cambridge, you too will epitomize beauty and style, poise, elegance, and grace. and you too will become an icon – an icon for our generation and for that of future generations to come. and prince william william, duke of cambridge, you’re not so bad yourself … a mirror of your beautiful mother.

a mother who would be so proud.

 may the love you have for one another at this very moment be the love you have for an entire lifetime.

congratulations william and kate!

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