a hat from Spain and a twinkling chandelier.

our friend J is visiting NYC from Spain and came for coffee downtown with his good friend M.

and brought us a HAT.

we adore a hat.

Isn’t it divine?




And you know how much we Adore a chandelier……..there were lots at brunch.


and velvet chairs and fluffy pillows.

and odd lamps (is it just us or does that look like a Muppet to you?)



And a string of lights like Versailles.


Autumn has definitely arrived in NYC.


But we are heading to the Other Coast in the morning!!!

our synthroid blues are subsiding and we feel as pert and as pretty as an English novel.

Like this one: Cold Comfort Farm.


and we are packing the hat.

LA is ready for a hat from a vintage hat shop in the plaza mayor in Madrid.

And our scar is Ever So Excited about seeing the Other Coast ;)

jet lag: new york city style.

we fell asleep (after cooking for the first time in, gosh, months – we knew it felt weird….)

and then – whaddyaknow – wide AWAKE again at 1AM.

hello, jet lag.

welcome back.

ok: team gloria recipe (RX for our american friends is the usual terminology and if one is terribly old-fashioned “receipt” for recipe – yes, we know it’s strange, but that’s what they used to call them) for new york city style jet lag:

1. watch LA Story: best line: “it’s a place where they’ve taken a desert and turned it into their dreams” (#bighugesigh)

2. turn on the tweets (gosh we MISSED twitter in CHINA – all those conversations and bon mots flying around and we couldn’t catch them….) – oh dear though, it’s a TERRIBLE opportunity to “catch up” on people that one used to have a crush on without them knowing (eek).

3. coffee pot gurgling sound soothing us, windows open and the sounds of SoHo revelers/party-goers heading into the small hours

4. btw, victoria tennant’s character is an early prototype for team gloria (british, the hat, the questionable driving, the engaging naivety and clever-clogs writer)! we only just noticed….

5. it’s entirely possible that we should (horrid word) do a little work for the day job – MAIS NON.

6. because we did an astonishing amount of ordering on amazon before we left for abroad which meant we came back to LOTS of yummy packages – like these:

book #1: gully wells: the house in france

book #2: 1938 edition: irene kuhn, assigned to adventure (a RIPPING tale of a female journalist/girl-reporter)

I wanted to write and I wanted to travel.

we love it already.

ok. it’s now 2.55 AM and the heat is unbearably intense in nyc right now. back to the cool sheets and the blast of air-con/AC unit to read……..

night, darlings.

in case you want to read on there’s more jet lag stories here:

a. jet lag: italian style

b. jet lag in madrid, spain

c. walking off the jet lag in london, england

d. nihao, 3AM (beijing, china)

e. enfin, Paris on less than five hours sleep