Hollywood ahoy! tea with Vickie Lester (then later with #FrancesHa)


a Most splendid afternoon was had at the house of a certain Ms. Vickie Lester!

we took tea (and calcium-enriched california salads) and talked about Life and Literature and England and Los Angeles

now as Many of you know – Ms. Vickie Lester’s “beat” (as it would be called if she was a lady-reporter on a 1920s Newspaper Downtown with a metal desk and a phone and stacks of spare nylons and Notepads in the drawer) is Hollywood and there was Much to talk about there – and Mr. Lester (not his real-name) was There Too and also has a Hollywood “beat” which was fabulous and oh! oh! we had the Loveliest Time.

bien sur there are pictures!


we took a small gift…..

…..we were going to take white roses – we adore white roses – but we knew that Vickie Lester has a beauteous garden and that would be taking coals to newcastle


is there any American equivalent to that saying?

perhaps “citrus fruits to california”?


the garden was lovely – lush and mellow and sun-kissed (or rather sun-embraced-with-a-vast-bear-hug)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the heat is gorgeous on That side of town

*saidvaguely* (we used the Perfectly Prius global positioning system to get there but it didn’t know that Zoo Drive was closed for repairs or that one of the Freeway On-Ramps (could it have been I-134? we think it might have been) was Also Closed (shock) and so we were a tiny bit late (we hate being late)

but Vickie was gracious and the tea awaited us with a cool glass of water in a lovely rich shade of crimson glass. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

quelle succulents (very California) set off gorgeously with blue shards of glass.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a simple fleur set off with the oil jar – very Grecian. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and rich blooms Everywhere.


silky shadows and falling jacaranda. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and soft breezes through linens and cottons drifting through half-closed windows as if beautiful eyes were lowering their lashes in modesty-ness.

while we were admiring the soft linens there was the simply glorious sound of a piano being played.

yes – yes – it was a Perfectly delicious afternoon.

there will be Many More!

and a book launch (of which we shall speak of when Allowed to do so by Ms. Vickie Lester Herself).

and now to our Evening activity:

Frances_Ha_5the light was still bright as we drove back West into Hollywood-adjacent-by-sunset-boulevard to see the movie Frances Ha.

this was a Charming (and elegantly shot in B&W – very Truffaut and not just the bit set in Paris) look at how Young People live in Manhattan – their hopes, dreams, leather jackets, dancing-to-Bowie (Modern Love and much of it was Very Modern Love in the Script itself), getting by and not getting enough, Modern Dance, Day Jobs, awful jobs, jobs-that-take-people-away and jobs-that-are-only-possible-with-rich-parents as well as Art (and what that takes to keep alive) and apartments and a place of your own to dream and make art and possibly, maybe, find Love.

but mostly it was about love itself.

between friends.

the nicest sort of love.

and after the Movie there was a Q&A (we adore a post-movie Q&A, as you know) with Greta Gerwig not just the Star of the movie but also the co-screenwriter.




and the audience was packed with people in their late 20s who Identified (as the Americans say) with the movie and asked Intense questions about Motivation and goals and dreams and hopes and Why-did-That-Happen and what-will-the-characters-do-next and Why Paris?


that was a question.

Why Paris.

gosh, we wanted to say:

Paris doesn’t need a reason.

and nor do tea parties with lovely authors and conversations about Hollywood and roses and books and designs and citrus fruits and Plans for the future.

no reason required.

because they are both glorious.

16 thoughts on “Hollywood ahoy! tea with Vickie Lester (then later with #FrancesHa)

  1. I can speak from personal experience…An afternoon with Miss Lester is indeed a treasure to be remembered always. I took her white roses! Being a native Californian, we all are raised knowing you can never be too charming, too tan or have too many flowers.

    Oh by the way I remembered the name of that great Mexican restaurant on Sunset! Barragans! 1538 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles (Silver Lake ~ Echo Park)

  2. Gloria many thanks for your presence – divine and scintillating – and your photographs where extreme beauty is in the detail. And, did I mention fun? And, lovely laughs? Mwah! V

  3. Oh, teamgloria, taking tea with the luminous Vickie, you art truly blessed by divine providence! (and she blessed to have you as a friend of course ;)) Is it not *beyond wonderful* to see her about to voyage into the world of the published?! Parfait.
    Your descriptions! Those *pictures*! Too, too achingly lovely. Ah, the fleurs, the linens, ah, ah, the bee-yoo-ti-ful piano… That was sublime.

    And later you danced to Bowie’s Modern Love elsewhere… *Perfect* day! You are tres fortunate. :)

  4. Tea with Vickie Lester. My goodness. In a rich sumptious garden no less. Funny as I imagine Vickie living in a black and white world, a bit like Frances Ha…looking forward to hearing more about her book.
    Bon Dimanche ma belle…

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