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allo! how’s your wednesday going?


i’m taking a tech break to go through some images before getting back to working on an excel sheet.

i never get tired of poring over these engravings from the past and thought i’d share them with you today. i hope you get a kick out of them.


not sure what it was about the summer of ’77…the summer of 1777 that is…


i think we romanticize 18th century life, the delicate clothing, detail and traditions…


but what never ceases to amaze me is the imagination that this generation had, how they made it up as they went along and seemed to have, in a very dark time, found a way to enjoy life by being playful with their appearance, and in today’s case, specifically, their hair.


lord knows what i would do without my curling iron, i’d be a hot mess pretty much every single day.


thank god for the patience of hairdressers.

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anyway at a point it becomes hard to tell if these women were really spending this much time on their hair or these are exaggerations.

1780 hair

when i go to the salon it takes awhile even in this day and age.

18th Century Hats

how were they achieving these great heights?

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as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated


and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.


so finding the satire engravings was the piece de resistance on this little image adventure.



even the men weren’t immune to either the trends or being targets to parody the style


young and old, they were all on the big hair bandwagon.

Caricature on French women's hairstyles of the 18th Century

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such silly fun!


well i gotta run, hope you enjoyed this little diversion. have a bonne journee!

August 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , . 1700s, Fashion, France, Marie Antoinette. 11 comments.

a passion for fashion

Hoedenindustrie, damesmode. Hoedenmaakster beschildert met olieverf de door haar gemaakte hoeden. Elk ontwerp is exclusief waardoor elke hoed uniek is. Kensington, Engeland, 1919.

good morning dear friends


another brand new day with all the hope for the future.


there was another horrifying incident in france that i can’t seem to shake and just wanted to be here and share some beauty


also wanted to say thanks to everyone’s comments the other day about the chairs.


your feedback was really helpful and i’m taking all of it to heart.

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so what’s today about?


well i just fished into my pool of pics to see what popped up.


well, the one on my desktop was from the night i searched antique boutiques.


seems shopping never goes out of style…


i’ve been saving my pics using the google search now so it’s easy to keep track, maybe even easier than pinterest albeit not nearly as much fun


in any case i’m going to stick with the shopping theme considering i have to catch a plane in less than an hour.

1955: Pamela Parks, who runs a successful millinery business in Newark at the age of just 16. (Photo by Ken Harding/BIPs/Getty Images)

i’m heading back to NC to meet with a furniture manufacturer, a wonderful man i met almost 10 years ago. i’ve been waiting till just the right time to collaborate and the time has come!


and i didn’t forget the giveaway…the random number for the book is. #3…liz from san diego!


please let me know you addy and i’ll send it out on friday.


well, that’s about it for me today,


hope you enjoyed a trip back in time to do a little shopping.


better run, don’t want to miss my ride!


ps here’s a link if you’d like a little more: have a great day!


July 27, 2016. Boutique, France, Paris. 5 comments.

peuple français reconnaît l’etre suprême et l’immortalité de l’âme


bonjour cheres amis, it’s taken me a few days to process what’s happened in nice on bastille day. the incomprehensible and heartbreaking reality have been almost too much to bear. but face it we must. i’m getting strength from my undying love for france, its people, strength and unity. in fact it’s caused me to look into the history of france and what the country stands for. it’s been yet another fascinating and enlightening dimension to understanding the resilience of these great people. one of their most important mottos is the above: god, people, law. so simple.


even for those who don’t believe in god, there’s an innate understanding that something greater than man is truly reigns and that the only way to rule is through the laws of reason and righteousness.


reading through their documents from 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, remember that our ancestors have faced so much in the past to get us here today, perhaps in the sweetest spot in all of eternity to date. so many brilliant minds were doing great things while fighting oppression, even in a time they called ‘the reign of terror’.  still the focus was on ‘liberty, equality and brotherhood’.


like most of us i want to see this horror end. i pray that we can live in peace and brotherhood. i often wonder what causes anyone to get up one day and decide to do horrible things. from history we know that there will always be struggle between men to dominate each other for whatever reason, it seems to be built into the human condition. all we can do is nurture each other and continue to bestow love and good will on ALL those whose paths we cross. we can’t change everyone but we can treat each other with dignity and kindness, and hope that our actions will ripple to the point where one day, everyone on earth will know what it is to love and be loved. sending prayers to our friends in france.

‘Any man aspires to liberty, to equality, but he can not achieve it without the assistance of other men, without fraternity.’


July 16, 2016. France, Nice. 3 comments.

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