Friday, March 6, 2015

The Hermes Scarf, Again

I saw a post on Hermes blankets last night on one my favorite blogs which lead to the Hermes web site, which lead to the scarves. They are ridiculously expensive like everything with an H attached to it but oh how I love them all.  I bought my first scarf in the mid 1990's in St. Barts for less than $200.  Those were the days. The scarves have such a history about them and some even collect them, but I wear them.

There are some sites out there that are fun to peruse and one is You can search by designer, color, size, material, and create a wishlist.  I love seeing the old ones and all of them are for sale. Here are some that I adore:

Jumping by Philippe Ledoux
Dark olive border and bronze background with details in taupe, grey, brown, dusty rose and yellow.
This is an original vintage issue. Care tag attached. Excellent condition.
Size: 90cm (35.5")
Condition: Used
Material: Silk twill
€ 300.-
$ 390.-

See it here.

Soiree de Gala by Jean-Louis Clerc
Smoky lilac background with details in burgundy, terra cotta, white, and vivid blue.
Excellent condition with care tag. Very faint S stamp on the back.
Size: 90cm (35.5")
Condition: Used
Material: Silk twill
€ 300.-
$ 390.-
 See it here.

If you saw the post about the Paddock Scarf you'll remember the designer of that scarf was Jean-Louis Clerc, the same designer who created the scarf above.  See the similarities?  I like this one too.

Hunt, The by Philippe Ledoux
Navy blue border and off-white background with grey and multicolor details.
Rare design. Original 1963 issue. Overall condition is excellent. There is some faint yellowing along the fold lines. This has a vintage S stamp which is just a tiny black s in one corner which slightly bleeds through to the front.
Size: 90cm (35.5")
Condition: Used
Material: Silk twill
€ 390.-
$ 507.-

The old ones are more expensive than the brand new ones in many cases.  These scarves don't lose their value much.  Here is one of the new ones that I am loving:

 And if you have not seen the book, it's a wonderful addition to your library and will make a great gift.
Beware Ebay sellers though as there are many fakes out there. Only buy from a trusted seller. Happy Friday!  TGIF!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There's Lots to Love in Lexington

Virginia, that is.  That's a small corner in the town near where I live.  The store is very cute, full of fun frocks and stuff you never knew you needed, until now.

Virginia magazine recently profiled the sleepy little town and makes seem far more artsy than it is, IMHO, but our restaurants are improving with the addition recently of Haywood and Taps and two newly renovated hotels. We are in dire need of more cute shops, a nice ladies clothing store that caters to those over 20 and under 50 and of course, a needlepoint store.  And that cute little chestnut mare in the photo, Alfie and I show against that one frequently.

You can see the article here.  Come for a visit!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sweet Briar College to Close

Stunned is the only word I know to describe my feelings when I read the headlines a few hours ago.  Sweet Briar College is not a household word but for someone who attended a similar school (all women) and received a wonderful liberal arts education, my heart simply breaks for the women who won't ever have this opportunity or who will have to scramble to find some sort of replacement when the school school shuts its doors later this year.  Liberal Arts is dying a slow painful death, sadly, but for someone graduated with a degree in Classics (yes), went on to earn a Master's Degree with honors from a well known school (in finance), who is a published author, and has been able to earn a good living for many years, well it must have served me well.

Our higher education costs are spiraling out of control and there are so many reasons for this but for those out there in academia who believe that the status quo is acceptable, maybe this will be a wake up call.  You can read the article here.  Sweet Briar RIP.  You will be missed here in the Virginia Hunt Country.

Sail to Sable Picks

Desperately keep thinking that it's spring.  Maybe if I close my eyes, click my heels together three times, and say "there's no season like spring" enough, it will appear.  Do you think?  Well, I'd love to be wearing some new frocks right now and these are lovely indeed.  This navy dress is just adorable.

If this doesn't channel your inner preppy, then I am not sure what will.....

This pink dress is very Palm Beach.  Wish I was wearing it right about now!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gien of France Equestrian China

The china fetish continues unabated.  You can see the collection here.

The Cavaliers equestrian collection is by artist Joel Blanc. Born in Toulon, France 1946. Graduated from the fine arts school "Ecole des Beaux-Arts" and "Academie Jullian". Painter and sculptor he regularly exhibits at the International Cannes Film Festival.

There is a similar series for horse racing enthusiasts....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Needlepoint Herend Horses

If you liked the Bunnies on the Brain post a few days ago then you'll like this one too.  I was reminded, by the lady who handpaints these wonderful needlepoint canvases, that she creates horses too.  (And I am not being compensated in any way to promote her wares, just for the record). I just happen to love her work.

 I am considering stitching this one for my newly decorated living room (much more to come on that later).  This would be a great pillow for the sofa or a chair, or on a stool.

 You can stitch these in many colors and I love the way this one finished. And I do not know who did this, I found it on Pinterest.

 This black one is to die for and I'd finish it in a background color that is wild like a hot pink, deep emerald green, bright blue, yellow, even something metallic.
 See how good this one looks...

You can see all of the horses here and any needlepoint store can order them for you...Stitch away until spring arrives, if it ever does......TGIF

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tuff Rider Neon Brights

George Morris will be throwing a tantrum when he sees the neon colors adopted for these riding breeches made by Tuff Rider. The breeches come in five neon brights for those bold enough to add bling and bold to their riding attire.  I'm not sure Alfie could handle it. The green is my favorite and at $79.95 they are reasonably priced for riding attire. 

 You can glow in the dark while you ride.  See them here.
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