well, Bonne Anniversaire, to who we are In Real Life.


is it that time of Year already?

March 9th (we won’t make her blush by saying the year) is the day that who-we-are-in-real-life celebrates her you know – Birthday.

of course it’s not Our Birthday (because we celebrate April 9th which is when we were allowed to start writing, publicly, here, on teamgloria.com) but we Do Indulge her because she gets Rather Excited about today on account of increasing years to become what’s she’s always wanted to be since the age of 9:

“femme d’un certain age”

she’s not There quite yet (mainly because Catherine Deneuve is the gold standard in this respect and she keeps increasing the upper limit, refusing Point Blank, to be anything Other than Still Glamorous and feisty and eyebrow-raising-irony French).

while she got all excited and sipped coffee and responded to lovely (how modern) text messages next door, we did Some Research.

it appears that there are Other people born on March 9th too!

and they all have something of a deeply creative and big eyed fringed with dark lashes (mascara or not in the case of John Cale) Appeal, it seems.


Kim Tae-yeon from Korea #weadorethewondergirls – watch this!

and then from La belle France – Juliette Binoche – and there are many beautiful heart-rending movies made by La Binoche but we love Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) most of all. url-3

John Cale was also born today (in a Welsh mining town – such a long way from there to Here.)


and then, of course, of course, there’s VITA.

so there you go.

a Deeply Creative Bunch born today.  viewer-1

William sent a Marvel(l)ous Card. viewerwe’re going to lounge here just for a while – it’s only 0746AM in Los Angeles, darlings – we shall amuse ourselves with the Letters of Truman Capote, slip into the dark embrace of caffeine and perhaps nibble on (just) half a grapefruit.

there are plans ahead for the day – we’ll tag along and take photographs just to keep her amused and indulged.

although we’d Like to Point Out that Last Year we were in PARIS.


as we recall – we ordered Room Service (yes, we were at Le Bristol – with the Day Job and being all secretive and Still Anonymous) and just “happened” to confess it was our “anniversaire”……..the door was discretely tapped on again a few moments later and VOILA! Un Gateau!


but naturally we’re Tickled Pink that we’re in Tinseltown.

plus half a grapefruit for breakfast rather than Un Gateau is probably more suitable for (almost) un femme d’un certain age.

but there will be Milkshakes later.

we’ve been Promised.


as who we are in RL is Increasing in age, as teamgloria, n’est ce pas, we’re Perpetually 28, naturellement, so we can afford to be Gracious ;-)

jet lag (movie), jet lag (reality) and a stopped clock always tells the right time twice a day


the bedside clock battery failed.

and our internal clock is still re-adjusting from jetlag.

which we watched last night, actually.

but we Made it in on time (ED: just, darling).

and spent a few moments letting the caffeine kick in while writing in the moleskine (#132, just in case you’re keeping count, darlings)

inspiration double page spread in moleskine #132: gilt, bronze, cherubs, tiles, blue, peonies, staircases, chandeliers, paneled gorgeousness and Vita Sackville-West (the 1 subway to midtown was much improved as a result).

we’ve been a Little bit behind all day – due to the failing of the clock battery, we think – but as you know…

Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day

*you knew this was coming, right? ;-)

roll on end-of-jet-lag

(just in time for us to leave again end June…….#forEngland)

and now off for a cup of tea (ahem – Very Important Meeting) with someone splendid.

is the cold weather more romantic in Paris than manhattan?

It is very cold in NYC tonight.

But romantic.

We took this en route from the back of a cab as the traffic stalled outside the Plaza. Can you see the fountains? Divine.

Reminded us of Paris.

As did the toile on the walls of the ladies’ powder room at the Yale Club (Very intellectual Lunch, darlings)

So when we got home (post acupuncture to relieve the Synthroid effect after surgery), we watched Paris, the movie.

Have you seen it?


Juliette Binoche is high strung and richly sensuously female. Romain is agonizingly triste as the man who finds his life is sadly coupe/curtailed. And there’s an Enormous amount of unrequited love and talk About Love and lots of straggly yet unkempt and lusciously appealing long hair being tossed as scarves are unwound upon entree au cafe. Delicious.

We shall be in Paris in March.

Juliette Binoche celebrates her birthday on march 9th. The same day as someone Very close to teamgloria (ah, non, we cannot say who).