now That was Acting. wow.

darlings

did you see it?

august-osage-county-title-movie-logo august-osage-county-trailer-05102013-094815now we KNEW Ms. Meryl Streep was a genius in the acting profession world.

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and MAGNIFICENT!

quick(ish) review?

we can’t really.

there were squabbles and fights and some Very Rude Language and a-n-g-e-r (expressed and/or otherwise corroding the stomach lining) and Family Trauma and slightly (ok) Tremendously Twisted Relations, slammed doors and funerals and Lots of lying in bed – with or without one’s beloved or with someone else’s beloved who was about-to-leave and yet – and yet…………it was compelling.

couldn’t take our eyes away from the Screen.

we felt the overbearing HEAT from the air-conditioned coolness of the cinema seat just pour sweat (a “glow” for the Ladies) down the audience’s back as we tried to crunch back in the seat to avoid the blows between the familial frights.

oh.

by the way.

the Props were stupendous.

especially the choice and placement of the (affectingly ordinary – J&J?) shampoo bottles on the windowsill as Big Pharma got flushed (you have to see it, the juxtaposition was genius – sort of fragile and oh-so-ordinary-yet-devilish).

the *only* bit we were confused by is why Sherlock was there when he wasn’t solving anything or being Julian Assange and shaming large corporations into revealing their ill-gotten gains but we digress.

bravo, Ms. J. Roberts.

MAGNIFICENT.

and in other news:

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is that the Time?

we have to dash.

picture explanations to follow inside 2, possibly three articles to follow in the next week or so – we promise.

btw (as the young people say) – you Do look well?

what’s that?

ah.

you’re doing a “cleanse”?

*painedlooktocamera*

it appears everyone is (apart from us).

we Do miss the days when a cleanse meant with a little Olay.

vintage treasures discovered on road trips

darlings

as you know we always take the long way round whenever possible because life is just too short to miss anything along the way when one is on a road trip.

for instance – when we found ourselves on some interstate highway *sighsvaguely* not absolutely sure which one – we suddenly *gasped* at a sign for a place called “Lake Elsinore”.

because one adores Hamlet (Shakespeare, not the cigar brand)

so we scooted over several lanes of traffic, quite deftly, actually, and took the road we had not yet taken before.

now.

Lake Elsinore (they added the Lake bit in the 1970s probably as part of a group Marketing exercise to draw attention to their – yes – Lake) is twinned with the original Danish town of (you guessed it) Elsinore which is considerably older than the one in America (as so much of Europe appears to be).

What is it famous for? apart from the Lake of which they are justifiably proud and where the Olympic Hopefuls trained in the 1920s – (can’t you just picture their dashing outfits? pre-Spandex of course, but ever so s l e e k no doubt)

let’s see: we saw a Lot of antique sort of bric-a-brac shops of the sort you really have to root around to find something and not mind the dust (of which there was, sadly, lots).

it’s also famous as the former dwelling place of the fervently-fervent Aimee Semple and the lugubrious and sharp-fanged Mr. Bela Lugosi.

neither of which were much featured in the bric-a-brac shops (we did look) but what we did find was this marvel(l)ous pamphlet which was designed to help the Americans “decode” the British while Stationed on those fair Albion shores.

do read on.

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isn’t it splendid (and we’d actually forgotten some of those curious Differences between the two nations)?

so that was that for Elsinore.

we continued on the journey to San Diego as who-we-are-in-RL had a Business Lunch to attend (we went to the spa of course).

but after the Business was completed, we took a drive into the sunset over the Bridge and down onto Coronado Island and the next day (for we stayed the night at a charming hostelry) we visited the Friends of Coronado Library!

and what did we find there?

a glorious stack of vintage Victoria magazines from the late 90s!

now Victoria (in the late 90s) was edited by the very fine Nancy Lindemeyer and was a deeply elegant glossy pleasure chest full of Quotes from English lady novelists, chandeliers and tiny-shops-in-Paris and the palest of organza dresses.

if you’ve spent any time here at all, you’ll know that we *swooned* at seeing such a stack.

we had some time to spend well (one never kills time over here darlings, it’s rude and wrong) before our next appointment and so we sat in the sunshine, on a park bench, actually, and tore out all the bits we wanted to keep, to read later, to send cards to certain female entrepreneurs and shop-keepers (yes, some in Paris) about the book as well as – you are already ahead of us on this one, we can feel you mouthing the words as we t y p e:
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yes.

to DECOUPAGE!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAisn’t it pretty?

so nice to have treasures from the Road…………..

now…

*peersintentlyintotheinterweb*

it was monday today.

not always an easy day.

how did you do?

do. tell.

melancholia mixed with deliciousness.

darlings

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such an ODD feeling back in Manhattan and the sheer irony of drawing back the shades this morning – or finding the button that denoted “morning” which electronically opened the blackout shades and then another button that said “open shears” which we worked out meant net curtains and not gardening implements to deadhead roses and seeing Our Former Employer’s Skyscraper bold as you like, slap bang in the middle of our View.

how we giggled.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe had a sense of deja Vu about this trip (as surprisingly last minute-and-fleeting-of-a-business-glam-experience as it was) and also a deep melancholia at what-had-happened-before and what happens next (whatever That Is).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAluckily we have friends in KOREA who can explain it to us (because we’re Terribly International) as this feeling came over us at just about Twilight (Manhattan does a very good moody almost-winter late evening silky dusk you see that somehow tears the heart strings)b88676ac351f11e3a3ff22000a1fb762_8here’s what lovely heej_lee left as a virtual note on our picture post on Instagram (so Modern as William would say)>>>>>

“We have this phrase in Korean, 시원섭섭, which means you’re glad in part but you’re also nostalgic/missing the old days in part. Hope the trip down memory lane is a pleasant one. :)”

isn’t that just perfect?

and so better summed up thus – 시원섭섭 – than in English characters or a Western Idiom.

yes, that’s EXACTLY how it feels being back here – until tomorrow night – so, alas fleeting, and we have been working Non-Stop so cannot see anyone for social occasions This Time (forgive!

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6a0a1042351511e39f2e22000a1fb37d_8manhattan does a dark wood tavern very well – luckily they had refreshingly sparklingly italian mineral water because we needed that after jet-lag-work-experience (although the work was Glam and very exciting and we WISH we could tell you who it was – you’ll have to wait until January – can you believe that? but it’s worth the w a i t, darlings).

so we checked out of the hotel suite (with chandelier) and took the subway here and there and over to that platform and now to Here – and then, as we sit here writing to you, freshly showered and mascara all removed and well-fed (but not overly so) and quietly winding down……..a small furry creature awaits our presence.

Look!

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*sighsHappily*

goodnight, darlings – from the East Coast.

Ta dah! Finished!

Darlings

Writing for HOURS today.

And it’s done.

First draft of The House On Church Row.

All 82,000 words and ideas and strange magical-goings-on-of it.

Beyond tired.

But so happy.

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Must have been that walk in the late sunlight we took earlier and the strong cappucino at a wondrous outdoor terrace and the many-chandeliers spotted en route.

Everything helps….

But mostly it’s knowing You are there.

1st picture sale!

darlings

we are So terribly Excited.

we made Our First Sale on the teamgloria picture shop nestled in among the other fine Artists at the Redbubble place!!

*VastSmiles*

and then we got to write in an email missive “we will stand by for the Foreign Desk” which is something we’ve Always wanted to say (it felt Very Mitford in Paris).

it’s 07:27AM in Los Angeles (are you having a delicious hour further on in the day wherever you are?) and we really Must get ready but just wanted to share a few pictures with you from the early morning light over Here before we get washed and brushed up.

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isn’t that lovely.

we adore being the sort of virtual character that one would send chandelier pictures to, for sustenance and relish-ment-ness.

*sighs*

do you have a “thing” (keep it clean) that people like to send you?

we once knew someone who liked pictures of tigers.

and another young person received gifts of wooden hedgehogs (ours is not to reason why, it was a charming collection) – another had Snow Globes all over their grown-up office.

and you?

*peersthroughtheinterweb*

what do people send you?

nothing naughty please – *giggles* – we know about That sort of picture exchange *blush* ;-)

 

taxes and chandeliers: sic transit gloria

have you done yours yet?

you know.

Taxes.

gulp.

we went today.

but They weren’t there.

at the place we said we would be – at 9AM – holding a (very small) bran muffin and a (not-so-small) coffee.

so we went somewhere else (thank goodness for national Chains of Accountancy Firms) and tried not to get cross or frustrated or realized we were now Late for something else by the time it was Done and *sighs* with a Parking Ticket (grrrrrrr).

but now it’s done.

for another year.

and in a way it was saying goodbye to 2012 and new york and other stuff that we don’t really like to go into here.

thank goodness for roses and chandeliers and tea and airmail-letters-from-berlin-with-butterfly-cut-outs-inside.

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so I saw this sign downtown that said “Use Your Inside Voice Outside” – so very L.A ;-)

actually I heard a better one the other day.

really? do. tell.

“Use Your Spa Voice”.

oh. that Is Good.

and that’s what we’ll be doing at 6PM – using our Spa Voice – because we’ll be at The Spa – the taxes and the 2012 goodbyes and Everything have made us Terribly Tense.

but the roses and the tea and the chandeliers and the airmail-from-berlin-with-cutout-butterflies Truly Helped.

thank you.

btw (as the Young people say) – we have Definitely started something with the #weadoreachandelier – most of the ones below have been either taken by yours Truly or tagged with @teamgloria so we can visit it and get deliciously excited and tag it #weadoreachandelier – BUT – recently – we’ve Noticed that some people are tagging Their chandeliers independently *raisedeyebrow* – it’s ALIVE.

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yes! That Sam McKnight……#blimey.

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*sighs*

who cares about financial stresses when one can gaze into the twinkling splendo(u)r of a chandelier.

and get to use one’s Spa Voice too.

shoes and chandeliers. #madrid

Not Doctor’s Orders to do three night-time-day-job-engagements so we fulfilled our commitments today (two speeches, both went Very Well, we thought Modestly) and showed Up to the fiesta this evening (long black dress, ballet shoes, sleek hair, pearls, pashmina – black one tonight, scarlet went down Rather splendidly Last Night) albeit Briefly.

and then took a little walk back to the hotel for an Early night, following a Light supper.

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The hotel is lovely.

And we did enjoy a chandelier supported by a more Modern lighting rig ;)

Oh! Forgot to share……..our lady colleagues wore quite Delicious shoes – we took a few snaps…….

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Impressive, non?

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roaming the hotel hallways taking pictures of chandeliers

It’s late.

In a few time zones.

And we’re flying back tomorrow.

But we can’t sleep.

So we went for a wander.

To take a last look at European decadence and sit on the stairs looking up at the chandeliers while the guests downstairs bid a fond farewell to each other and drifted into the night or entwined betwixt and between the night and the hours to come.

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One last look at Italian crystals twinkling and sparkling in the sumptuous surroundings.

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Such Divine opulence.

#sigh

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hotel rooms: roses, linens, chandeliers and Nina Simone.

we just slipped away from tonight’s event – a little face time, smiles, a few bon mots, tiny bit of intelligensia and a Lot of satin gowns (yes, we wore a little satin bias cut ourselves and carried a clutch ;) just on the odd occasion and yes we Do feel odd doing it….

And now we’re back in the hotel room to rest and catch our breath and slip into a more tranquil mood – satin, linens, roses, chandeliers and listening to Nina Simone – divine And delicious.

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This from earlier in the lobby of George V, we don’t have an original Sargent in our room, darlings.

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This was dawn seen with the shutters wide open…..

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we held the iTouch into the glimmering light while playing La Vie En Rose.

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Before the work day started, we swam (oh yes, curves are taming nicely) and had to stand by the locked doors with a gentle pleading look as the staff smiled in shock that a guest Waited at such an ungodly Heure of 0635 but there’s So much to Do. And took a lovely walk in the Very cold air before attending a breakfast and being attentive and solicitous as Required.

Slight awkward moment.

One of our colleagues from eastern lands had chosen Quentin as his English name.

Quentin Crisp! We said. And went into paroxysms of deliciousness over lilac hair and subsisting on canapé anecdotes. There was a tense moment. We bit into a pain au chocolat (oops) as our guest said Tarantino and turned to the left.

Oh. Not That Kind of Quentin.

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We drifted off to hang out with the powder puff of a cat at the mini Dior salon in the Bristol.

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A long day. But a beautiful one.

And the party must be over soon downstairs. Shall we slip out into the night for a walk in the misty rain?

Or just stay in and admire the chandelier?

Hooray for Hollywood, darlings.

our day is just So much more Delicious with a trip to a Hollywood Studio in it.

Thank you Gym, darling.

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And Lots of Tea.

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However this is Coffee.

And we’ve been drinking Rather Too Much of it recently ;)

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It can make us a little Nuts.

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So we are calmed by beauteous chandeliers nestling between branches.

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And soothed by sunsets.

So there’s our secret in one fell swoop……jacked up on caffeine, soothed by sunsets; high on hollywood, gentle breakfasts bring us down to earth (or as near as we care to hang out near Reality).

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We have yet to find a suitable antidote to Flirting.

Maybe we don’t need one yet.

Maybe we do.

Maybe we don’t care.

What do you think?

What soothes your fevered, hot and bothered and a tiny bit naughty brow?

Sunsets? Hotel terraces and English breakfast tea?

Do Tell.