poetic license over beirut coffee then fun and spangles with anita loos.


oh we do love writing a weekly column.

and sometimes it’s adorable to re-read and realize that one Can get Rather poetic over a cup of strongly aromatic Beirut coffee.


indulge us. 


of course we haven’t actually eaten anything as sweet as the Outhmaliyyè since we went to rest awhile at Pi On Sunset due to the (gulp) stats provided by our new doctor *coughs* but there you go – fiction is sweet – and we did get to have a Lovely Nap after eating there.


talking of fiction (moving swiftly on) – we Happened to find ourselves between appointments at the Academy of Motion Pictures Margaret Herrick Library yesterday – as one does.


we adore a library.

especially one that has Actual paper clippings in Manilla Envelopes and is Very Strict about only bringing in pencils (and it has been Years since we swooned over the sound of an electric pencil sharpener darlings) and no digital-devices (bliss).

we poured over the Envelopes that we requested and thought we’d share a few Quotes with you here.

yes – quite naturally we spent Some Time lingering over the Anita Loos cuttings (as we know, we adore Ms. Loos)

(The Fun and the Spangles, July 10th 1974, New York Post, Eugenia Sheppard interviews Anita Loos)

“When I see today’s movies with sordid plots and much less pretty girls, I remember the fun and the spangles.”

“Most of the stars just read their own lines to find out what kind of clothes they were going to wear.”

(on the occasion of Ms. Loos’ 80th birthday: April 26th, 1973)

“She wouldn’t stay in bed,” Miss Loos said, sipping coffee at the Russian Tea Room. “She’d be up hustling, getting to a job in some public relations organization.”

(talking about a modern Lorelei Lee)

“I can’t wait to get to my desk each morning. As soon as I found out there was money in ink, I dropped acting and stocked up on ink.”

and we thought our friend The Perfumed Dandy would enjoy these moments-in-beauteous-words from our friend Lorelei herself, helped by Ms. Loos of course, from Harper’s BAZAAR April 1964.

Perfume and what it means to girls like I 
by Lorelei Lee

“But if, on entering a taxi, a girl fails to inspire the Driver with a compliment about your perfumery, I always feel the trip is a failure from the start and she really ought to go back home and consult her perfume bottles.”

“For I always find that the perfume most adored by a Taxi Driver of distinction will also intreege (sic) the more affluent types of gentlemen on Wall Street.”


what fragrance are you wearing right now?

and are you impressing a Taxi Driver or a gentlemen on Wall Street at the same time?


you are clever.


and deeply glamorous.

12 thoughts on “poetic license over beirut coffee then fun and spangles with anita loos.

  1. Ambre sultan by Serge Lutens. From his shop in the Palais Royal. There’s something about amber that evokes the most interesting response from people … even the occasional cab driver.
    Loving you to pieces, on my way to the airport, off to a trip to America – the slightly scary part between L.A. and N.Y. XXXX

  2. Hello, Teamgloria. Sorry to intrude on this thread; I’m George K from Beguiling Hollywood, I’d like to thank you for your kind and funny comment. The glorious Vickie L tells me that you linked to my little story, I’m extremely honoured!
    As your weblog clearly illuminates, you’re an incredible, woman and I’m beyond-pleased that you like my little scribbles (as I am with the incomparable Ms Lester) ;) Gee, I’m an effusive cove, ain’t I? It’s quite embarrassing really!

  3. Dearest Gloria
    The Dandy is most heartily flattered by the name check and left feeling light as air by these wonderful quotes.
    I couldn’t agree more that the most meaningful compliments come from the most unlikely places.
    A taxi drier recently complimented me on Shalimar Eau de Parfum and another around Christmas on, most appropriately Caron’s Nuit de Noel.
    On both occasions I feel I may have over indulged!!
    This very early morning I am freshly bathed and ready for bed and so recline in Guerlain’s Laurier Reglisse…
    Last word. I do wish we had libraries without electronic devices. They infest The British Library like electronic locusts!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy
    Post Script
    In my rush I forgot to mention that I have just fished some Loos of my shelf and shall commence with a little reading after breakfast!

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