Thursday, July 28, 2016

Life Stories

special note
the Shop ICON on the left is not working as we are upgrading our entire boutique,
as well as changing the name.
if you need anything please email
all of the new bags are still available, but don't wait too long !!!!


thank you to everyone who sent me comments of sympathy
 about my Poodle, FiFi...
it really helps.
Bono & I spent the entire day in mourning, 
comforting each other.
he never left my side and seems as distraught as I am.

thank you so much !!!

“ Meeting of the Day

hug everyone you love TODAY

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Beautiful FiFi....

there are only a few moments in your life when you think you simply cannot survive.

today was one of those moments.

I thought I was OK.

when we awoke this morning I saw that my beloved little Poodle was failing.

failing in a way where nothing would work.

she ended her life in the most elegant way.
perfect for the most elegant puppy girl one could imagine.
she travelled with us around the world, she went to funerals & weddings,
she slept on a down pillow right next to me,
she was my best & closest friend,
&, Ned, my deceased husband, loved her more than I do.

I thought I would be OK, knowing I had had her (a rescue doggie) for almost 16 years.
I knew everything has it's time on Earth.
I had thought seriously about it.

But, I wasn't OK.
as we walked into the vet's office I thought I would faint.
walking down the hall I thought I would throw up.

but I held onto her, I loved her, I kissed her beautiful little nose
& I didn't let her know I was afraid, because I didn't want her to be afraid.

she passed elegantly and peacefully into the hands of our Lord at 4:30pm today.

a perfect girl, a perfect dog, a perfect friend who will be missed as long as I live.


What Is It About Designer Handbags?

the yellow above is Dolce&Gabbana,
the gun-barrel hinges are a hallmark

The thing about bags is that they're kind of a no-brainer. 
There are no issues with fit, 
like there are with clothing,  and even shoes and accessories.

 A nice bag can elevate what is otherwise an inexpensive and utilitarian outfit. 
And most bags are utilitarian to some extent. 

I need to carry a bag around anyway, why not make it something I like?

So, this is where I start...with the idea that women need a receptacle in which to carry stuff.

But, WHO carries a designer bag & WHY do they carry it?

This is a seriously serious conversation, ladies.

  •  You can carry the same bag for years and rarely would anyone question your wardrobe. Clothing and shoes are assumed to be changed occasionally or seasonally. 
  • Second, bags are body-type-bias-free. No matter what your size is, there will always be a bag for you.
  • Third, bags are lower-maintenance. Of course there are certain guidelines you should follow to maintain your Chanel flap or Celine luggage but it's nowhere near a couple of hundreds each time dry cleaning a LV coat made of fur + cashmere + sequin altogether (Vogue September 2009)
  • Fourth, status symbol. Even when the bag you carry is not a household name, the leather quality that shines says it all.

When it comes to fashion most women will buy anything if they think the quality, aesthetic appeal, and (in this case) implied-status are worth the price 

(...and let's remember that men aren't exempt from this kind of mentality either, they just tend to go for the kind of consumer goods that appeal to testosterone, like cars and watches). 

The current ideas of quality, artistry, status, and a reasonable price for such are defined by the fashion industry.

 A beast which by its artistic, elitist nature is very insular, selective, and in possession of an extraordinary amount of influence over the images and "norms" we're exposed to every day. 

When something gets popular in the fashion world there's never usually an equally fashionable counter-option, and the thing kind of takes off and takes over. 

The industry is a strange mix of innovation and herd-mentality. 

What the fashion industry does the celebrities embrace, shortly followed by the socialites, fashionistas, and wannabes. And when all those people get on the bandwagon the general female populace soon hops on too since by that point it has become, for all intents and purposes, the standard (unless you want to be, *shudder* unfashionable).  

It's like any luxury good.
 Do you really need that flashy car when a Honda Civic will serve you just as well?  Why is one white rock (say a diamond) so much more valuable than another (like cubic zirconia) even though they're functionally the same? 

It's all silly consumerism, shaping people's beliefs about what's desirable and normal, and inventing a monetary value for it that they can get away with.

The moment any girl, of any age, of any appearance and clothing choice 
picks up a designer handbag, she has achieved important "status."

& with our apparel, or way of dressing, becoming so casual,
one is immediately elevated by a designer, or really any excellent-quality,

“ justthedesign:
“ Just The Design: Felicia Akerstrom is wearing a H&M top with Topshop jeans and wedges from NLY
” | Fashion Tumblr, Street Wear & Outfits
& a Chloe Drew Bag

can you imagine dressing as our younger counter-parts do when we were their ages?

goodness, our Mothers and Grandmothers would have been shocked.
we were all perfectly turned out.
now, perfectly turned out is designer sweats, athletic apparel,

in fact, I often wonder if it makes me "look" older when I'm seriously well-dressed?

your turn now,
what do you think?

for me, I have a few designer bags, all gifts, all a few years old,
all still in perfect condition.

the handbags I sell are reminiscent of the designer bags,
being so well-crafted, but definitely NOT the designer prices,
& I think the ladies who rush to purchase them are very happy with
their own little piece of heaven.

albeit, I was gifting one of my girlfriends this past Christmas with a
beautiful Dolce&Gabbana black bag...I opted to carry it with me to
a party I was attending prior to Christmas...
you will not believe how many compliments I received about this bag.

voila !!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Al Fresco Dining, Flowers & Shells


Really Wonderful.....

as I share this lovely recipe with you I cannot resist saying how 

it is unbearable!   & these are the dog days of summer when one wants to be 

it's predicted to be 99f, however, that temperature with our high humidity makes it feel like
a wet sauna/steam bath the moment you are outdoors.

speaking of dogs, keep them all inside, even their little feet burn on the hot pavement.
I take mine out after the late news just so they can roll around in the cooler grass and act like "dogs" for a few minutes.

& should SEE my hair !!!!

Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata - You won't believe how quick and simple this is with ingredients you already have on hand! Serve with pasta and you're set!

Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata - You won't believe how quick and simple this is with ingredients you already have on hand! Serve with pasta and you're set!
recipe courtesy of DamnDelicious here
know what, I could NOT RESIST these photographs !!!
I wasn't even looking for a recipe, especially not a pasta recipe
(cause I have all of them, I think),
but the pics are simply irresistible so I just had to
check out the recipe, which is below.

it might say it's easy, and that's true, but the list of ingredients were not things I always have in my kitchen,
that's the only beware....

on Friday night past one of my friends and I shared a dish
almost like this one, and it was yummy divine,
my friend even asked for more "piccata" sauce.




You won’t believe how quick and simple this is with ingredients you already have on hand! Serve with pasta and you’re set!


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine*
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Add garlic and shallots, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in chicken broth, wine and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  6. Gradually whisk in heavy cream until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in capers.
  7. Serve immediately with pasta and chicken, garnished with parsley, if desired.
*Additional chicken broth can be used for white wine as a non-alcoholic s

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Soft Leather Tote Bag....


#1 Blue

genuine leather
braided top-handles & shoulder strap
14 1/3" x 11 3/4" 
snap closure

this is such a great look for anytime of the year,
large enough, but NOT over-the-top BIG
has a portable traveler 
& a detachable phone holder

(offered elsewhere for $395.00)
email or call to order, we have ordered ONLY 2 each color so don't wait,
you won't find a better price, promise.

#2 Tan/Khaki





OK, I've just received the COLOR-BLOCKED BAGS, see post
we have ONE Orange/Navy Bag left,
if you want it email me right away !!

to see something beautiful, a Bergdorf Goodman tabletop 


Monday, July 18, 2016

Must Have.....


#1 Blue

genuine leather
braided top-handles & shoulder strap
14 1/3" x 11 3/4" 
snap closure

this is such a great look for anytime of the year,
large enough, but NOT over-the-top BIG
has a portable traveler 
& a detachable phone holder

(offered elsewhere for $395.00)
email or call to order, we have ordered ONLY 2 each color so don't wait,
you won't find a better price, promise.

#2 Tan/Khaki





to see something beautiful, a Bergdorf Goodman tabletop 


Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Way We Were....

“  Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for The Taming of the Shrew directed by Franco Zeffirelli, 1967

Elizabeth Taylor in The Taming of the Shrew, 
with Richard Burton

maybe she was at her most beautiful at this time ?
beautiful she was.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sak's 5th Avenue, the NEW Houston Flagship Store.....

WOW !!!
showing exterior of  building, with valet parking entrance,
the canopy covering the entryway leads one down a serene, citified atmosphere,
this is touted to be the MOST extravagant Sak's in the USA,
don't know, but it's certainly impressive.
200,000 sf of luxury

walking in, the shoe salon is on your right, the designer handbags on the left, as you walk into the front door.
the Shoe Salon seems as long as a football field, with ONLY top designer names available,
which leaves a lot of us OUT.

Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016

the store.
well, it's on 2 levels, and it is gigantic.
all the accessories are on the 1st floor, along with the Men's Department, also large.

the curving stairway is the home of a real bar, with real bar stools, and a TV,
I guess for the guys who are with the lady shoppers.
it's very inviting I must say.
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016

up the escalator, not the stairs, we went...
 to the 2nd floor which houses the women's apparel.
the designers are all in their own vignettes or boutique-like settings,
reminding me of Bergdorf-Goodman (the ultimate store on Earth),
and it is beautiful to behold.  nothing is hanging close to it's neighbor, there's lots of space
between hangers, which makes the merchandise seem even more exclusive and beautiful.

& then there is this:

Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016

a shot of the Reception Area of the 5th Avenue Club,
my former home...
 taken from the back wall of Reception through the sliding wall, viewing into one of
the designer areas.

it's so much larger than it appears in the photo, and it's luxury X10 !!
makes me want to go back to work there.  seriously.

of course, being normal, there is ONE big complaint I have....
at the top of the escalator, getting off on the 2nd floor, they've located the "Bridge" price point
merchandise:  Milly, Vince, Alice&Olivia, etc. etc. etc.

it's so close to the off-ramp of the escalator it's confining to the clients...
& it reminds me of Macy's.
that's not a good thing !!!

all of this same merchandise can be found almost everywhere else in town,
who doesn't have Lafayette?
who doesn't have Vince?
who doesn't have Joie?

But. the store is beautiful, exciting and has to be seen to be believed.
the restaurat is full-service and even has a private party room...

Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016

however, the luxury of space on the 1st Floor of the store 
makes party-giving delightful & elegant at the same time.

now, for the reason I went, as this is a good Texas story:

one of my best girlfriends, Tish Jett was her houseguest when she was in Houston, 
is good friends with a woman of substantial means.
my friend recently sold the other woman's home in River Oaks for full price.
needless to say, the woman was thrilled.

so, to show her appreciation (in addition to the 3% commission she received),
the woman proceeded to GIFT her.
or should I say, OVERGIFT HER !!

we are talking about designer handbags, many many many of them,
designer nightgowns/robes, 4-5 sets,
& on & on & on.

my friend wanted to keep some of the most beautiful handbags,
but simply did not have a use for so many of them.
+ the nightgowns/robes were all too large...

my assistance was needed so we could return these items without the buyer EVER knowing.
the purchaser bought everything online, and my friend had all the gift receipts,
+ the hangtags were all still attached.

in the end, my friend had received $9300 in Store Credit,
and we still have a Nancy Gonzales Crocodile Bag to return.

+ there is merchandise from Neiman-Marcus.....

now, don't go on & on about the use of her money,
as the giver was brought up with this wealth, and was the sole beneficiary of her parents...
she has 3-4 adult kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and the family has a
charitable foundation to handle all the money they give away.

I think what I'm saying is that she spent this money as I would spend $20 per gift,
she loves my girlfriend as a sister, and it makes her feel good to give great gifts.

I think she also gave her a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture of poppies, now in my friend's breakfast room,
as she discovered, upon moving into her new home, that she didn't have the proper place for it.

as I said, it's a Texas story !!!

Penelope, I know you won't laugh, but you should.