Audrey Tautou, the French Riviera and Priceless

Loved this movie…

Not Too Late, 2008

© Gainsborough Pictures

“I’ve no regrets. I’ve been everywhere and done everything. I’ve eaten caviar at Cannes, sausage rolls at the dogs. I’ve played baccarat at Biarritz and darts with the rural dean. What is there left for me but marriage?” ~Iris Henderson in The Lady Vanishes (1938)

As we approach Thanksgiving and the […]

Film Interiors

Uptown Girls screen capture by me but film copyright held by MGM (2003)

I love Alicia’s post about top movies she watches repeatedly just to see the inside of the character’s house. I have my own list (some of which I’ve spoken about already):

Amelie Uptown Girls (Molly’s apartment) Practical Magic The Station Agent […]

L’Occitane Verbena Products and Praise for the Lemon

One of the wonderful details from our recent stay at the Huntington Hotel was the L’Occitane Verbena toiletries. I have never been tempted by those other hotel toiletries with their strangely flat and tiny soaps and smelly shampoos… but these were different and irresistible. The packaging was nice, the size was right for a […]

Things I’m Loving Right Now

Mad Men (season 1) – Who knew life was so awful in 1960? This AMC television drama is highly watchable, despite beating you over the head with the fact that in the past people smoked, were sexist, were racist, had affairs, drove without seatbelts, drank during the day, and were generally depressed. Uh, did […]

Spreading A Little Link Love

The new issue of Victoria magazine is calling to me from the living room, so I’m going to make this post brief. I’ll do a little link love and share some recent/not so recent finds with you.

Pomegranate Paradise from Jamba Juice – I don’t know if these things are actually “healthy” but it […]

Sneek Peek of Romantic Film Locations

Thought you might like a sneek peek at my new project… Romantic Film Locations. It’s a travel guide (armchair or otherwise) to the beautiful locations featured in romantic films like Atonement, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Amelie. I’m a bit slow in getting it updated, but feel free to have a look around and email […]

Thomas Crown and art crime

In 1999, Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo starred in a lively remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. The film was not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but it was entertaining enough. As was my habit in those days, I became quite obsessed with Russo’s character Catherine Banning who was supposed to […]

Tea at the Plaza

(apologies for the lame photo this time)

For those of you who love stately old hotels, The Plaza in NYC has recently re-started its afternoon tea service in the Palm Court. The hotel has undergone major renovations over the past couple of years and last time I was in Manhattan, it was closed to […]

Valentine’s Day

Yes it’s early for me to be talking about it, yes it’s a commercial holiday, yes it puts too much pressure on couples, yes it’s fattening, and yet…

What woman doesn’t get a thrill from a thoughtful little token of esteem on the 14th of February? Here are some ideas for inspiration:

Domaine Carneros […]