ta da! the thank-you-for-buying-a-copy-wherever-you-are-in-the-world video is Here.


we couldn’t resist. 

we just HAD to make a video to celebrate the virtual tour of the book in its first 30 days of sales to say Thank You To Everyone for buying one.

may we also say sorry to those who held up copies and sent us delicious pictures but didn’t make the Final Cut?


we had So much great material that we couldn’t use it all but we really REALLY are most grateful for all your sightings and hashtag applications thereupon (#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld just in case you’d forgotten – if that were at all possible).

ready for the Viewing?

you are so very sweet.



1. goodhousekeeping.co.uk
2. VickieLester.com
3. hayhouse.com
4. Milan: www.elisabettaferrari.com/
5. South Africa: http://rookiewino.wordpress.com/
6. L.A: http://georgesnyder.org/
7. NZ: http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/
8. The Marguerite, Whitstable: http://instagram.com/sophieandthebeachhut
9. Austria: http://www.herzpiratin.wordpress.com/
10. Berlin: http://threetimesyes.wordpress.com/
11. Korea: http://seoulflaneur.wordpress.com/
12. Switzerland: http://instagram.com/ein_blicke
13. Essex St Pleasure Gardens: http://instagram.com/wg1969
14. sophie (bella in manhattan)
15. dad (toby in portugal) :-)
16. http://instagram.com/rhaydenla (diego in west hollywood)
17. olga (victoria)
18. http://instagram.com/ms_debb (marlo)


isn’t life completely delicious?

joining the evening commute to #malibu and a note arrives from @BklynQly


when we had finished our Tasks for the Day we decided to head to the Ocean because it was promising to be Such a lovely evening and we wanted sand-between-our-toes and salt-on-our-skin.

and so we did.

because we can.

which is completely Extraordinary.


this is what the evening commute looks like on the Pacific Coast HighwayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this is where they are all heading with those surfboards.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the evening light was transporting, truly.

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 9.28.11 AM Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 9.28.28 AMoh look!

the article DID come out as we hoped it would….

and then who-we-are-in-RL got a delightful Request via email (so Modern as William would say)

Hi Sophia

I’m one of the founding editors of a new online magazine, The Brooklyn Quarterly.  For one of the short stories we plan to run in our preview issue (launching next week), we have been scouting for potential images to pair with the story, and the author sent us a link to one of your photos of the Chandelier Tree.
We’d love to use this on our website, with your permission and full attribution, plus a link to your website.  If you could let me know whether this works for you, we’d really appreciate it — we have a week to the issue release and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks and all best,
gloria nimbus <teamgloria@teamgloria.com>
9:27 AM (14 minutes ago)

to Tristan
Dear Tristan

What a charming request!
And how exciting to hear of your new launch.
Yes. Do.
The credit line: “teamgloria pictures” please and a link to http://teamgloria.com
Do let me know when it’s live and I’ll write about it.
Best of luck for the launch!
Warmest regards from sunny southern california
it’s not EXACTLY the Times, of London, writing a letter (requesting use of an excerpt from Nancy Mitford’s The Blessing), that goes in the Diplomatic Pouch to the British Embassy in Paris and then someone sends a young person on a bicycle to her apartment and she opens the door and invites the Young Person in for tea while she finds some decent writing paper and an ink nib (the last one just broke) and pens a Response.
but it felt awfully close.
just for a moment.
and we’re so Tickled Pink that it was the chandelier tree that caught the fancy of the Editors at the Brooklyn Quarterly.
isn’t the interweb delicious?
Brooklyn Quarterly?
do you think they might be using our chandelier tree to talk about Serious Things like the downfall of the frivolous Rich?
carry on.
we’re delighted with the Exposure to a new crowd – especially such a serious crowd in probably nice scarves and the sort of overcoat that Truman Capote wore to the Library.
we do think like that.
all the time.
sometimes it’s exhausting.
but today’s it is Most delightful.

this Just IN!


Loving the world today.

Aren’t you?

reporting in from Los Angeles: 0600 hours, darlings.

we slept beautifully. a small “where are we” at 3AM and then returned to the land of dreams again until the alarm went off just now (oh-six-hundred-hours as they used to say in war-time spy movies as they shrugged their heavy Russian wool great coats over their shoulders and grabbed the magic spy pen/camera and walked into the just-before-dawn of pre-boom eastern europe).

here are a few photographs from yesterday. as we are here on Business for the Day Job, we can’t share any details so the captions are, by necessity, rather obscure yet, we hope, still illuminating.

after a morning of meetings, we headed to a lovely location to have a splendid business lunch and – as the americans call it – “brainstorm” for two hours (it always feel vaguely unpleasant when that term is mentioned and we feel a distinct buzzing in our head as a result). however this lunch/brainstorm was Utterly Delightful and we feel that we have made a new friend (which is always so rare and beautiful in business so thank you if you’re reading this;-)

not sure if you can see the sign on the parking spot here – but this is (drum roll please) JOE ROTH’S PORCHE. Yes – that Joe Roth, Hollywood Producer. (did you notice how we didn’t include his number plate – we are Respectful of Talent – even when it’s a suit.)

and here’s the view from a deep sofa when we stopped a while, between meetings, to pick up email – isn’t it a tranquil spot? see how cool and quiet it is here and then the very bright sunshine of almost-at-the-pacific-ocean burning through the french windows.

couldn’t resist snapping this as we walked by doing a quick “wake up!” brisk walk before heading to another meeting – the jet lag had started to descend in earnest.

oh dear. we did have a very brief and rather dramatic Romantic Entanglement, but we fear we have forgotten the question……answers on a postcard please (as they used to say at the end of BBC programmes before the arrival of email and the short messaging service of telephones portable).

then we dropped by to visit our friends at Uncle Sisu – a small (but mighty) design studio.

and they took us to a mighty strange and wonderfully random Japanese tea-joint called Royal/T – we were almost lost for words (which, as you know, is rather rare) to describe it so here’s what they say on their own web site:

Royal/T is a playful collision of spaces—café/shop/art space—presented in stunning fusion. An eclectic mix of retail and contemporary art reimagined in the surrounds of LA’s first Japanese-style cosplay café.

you see – genius! do visit.

where next? ah, yes, lots of driving…..

bliss. driving.

if you were following us on instagram you’d see a rather delicious and almost medieval epistolary sense of flirtation between us and another around this – and other pictures – it’s curious in its level of literary references and yet sly moments of reveal – we can say no more – tis precious and fleeting as all good encounters between lovers of words and images and once-fallen nations that have risen again while others teeter on the brink of becoming Rome should be…..

do you recall that we shared the what some might call embarrassing (we don’t, clearly) fact that we are totally obsessed by reading our horoscope?

well here it is for today.

wouldn’t you be Rather Excited?

darling, of course we’re Pisces.

what else would we be?

[Ed’s note: although gloria was born on April 9th which makes her an Aries]

details, details, love.

we must fly!

off to a Breakfast Meeting. and then to one of the Hollywood Studios (too glam!)…….more pictures later, or possibly tomorrow, as we’re going to be out late (stop it. not for that reason. and we wouldn’t tell you even if it were for that reason – we have Our Limits ;-)

isn’t life delicious?