a sunday spring clean with monsieur proust.

darlings

some spring cleaning was in Order.

newtgbackgroundspring2014a new background for teamgloria.com

(and some Tweaking on the “parent navigation bar” shade-wise, a removal of some no-longer-needed-objects therein as well).

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re-folding and applying lavender scented drops on the drawer liners in the linen closet (or “airing cupboard” for our British friends).

a moment of pause to take in a little Proust:

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

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taking photographs of the new decorated mini match-boxes (not by us, they’re available at many small shops and special grocery stores in the vicinity of sunset boulevard or just off bundy in brentwood if you’re in Town) before placing them (carefully) around the house nearby (but not too near) the Scented candles.

a drive to the Beach to see some friends very early this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthinking once again of Monsieur Proust:

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
― Marcel ProustSwann’s Way

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flowers and a Reverie make You think of Proust, aussi?

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
― Marcel Proust

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“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
― Marcel Proust

and now, to end, perhaps a little Brahms – for Clarinet?

we have remembered why we came here (very nearly three years ago).

it was to celebrate glorious people, places and things.

*exhale*

and to That – well – we shall return.

starting with today.

the last word, quite naturally and Properly, belongs to Proust:

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
― Marcel ProustTime Regained

*deep_curtsey*

*cheery_wave_to_camera_1*

see you as Monday approaches, or fades, depending on the plans of who-we-are-in-RL………

quotes, poems and playlists entwined amongst moments of reverie over vision board creation on a dark winter’s night.

darlings

a few choice moments for you from our grazing-of-popular (and some most classical) Culture.

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”
Somerset Maugham.

 

 

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.

some music to do the washing up to and plan a long Voyage to France (yes, the accordions said thus)

 

Then is it scentless, weightless, strengthless, wholly
Untruthful? Try whispering it slowly.
No, it means you. Or, since you’re past and gone,
It means what we feel now about you then:
How beautiful you were, and near, and young….
– Philip Larkin

 

 

just in case you need to wake up and get in the car and d r i v e into the morning (as opposed to slip into a warm bubble bath fragrant with lavender) – here’s a good mix (we’re Loving this 8tracks site – it appears to be full of 20 somethings filled with angst and Vinyl and homework-to-do and fantasy television evenings with friends sharing beautiful playlists with each other across continents and other worlds.)

 

need a giggle?

look No Further!

and now let’s w i n d down c o m p l e t e l y.

pull that blanket closer and gaze into the tea light flame on the mantlepiece.

ready?

e x h a l e

and we made a tiny satin-covered vision board because we just wrote about doing so for Good Housekeeping (the British one) for their March Issue *shiverswithdelight* and wanted to have a few up-to-date shots to send The Picture Editor (who is very nice).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis is the back if you hadn’t guessed – do you recognize those pins?

we bought them the day George took us to the flower mart. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

did you spot the oil burner?

delicious fragrance of lavender oil throughout the apartment here at teamgloria towers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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and here’s the finished piece!

yes.

it’s tiny.

and there’s a lot of bejewelledness. 
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which goes very well with the early morning sunrises…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this was the sky over Beverly Hills as we drove back from meeting friends for coffee by the beach – Santa flying between the buildings.

how very los angeles.

in a really Very good way.

words by Miss. Nancy Mitford, pictures by teamgloria and a labyrinth.

darlings

a few pictures (by us)

and words by Miss. Nancy Mitford.

happy sunday.

*smilingviatheinterweb*

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“Twice in her life she had mistaken something else for it; it was like seeing somebody in the street who you think is a friend, you whistle and wave and run after him, and it is not only not the friend, but not even very like him. A few minutes later the real friend appears in view, and then you can’t imagine how you ever mistook that other person for him. Linda was now looking upon the authentic face of love, and she knew it, but it frightened her. That it should come so casually, so much by a series of accidents, was frightening.”

~ Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

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“Mother, of course, takes a lot of exercise, walks and so on. And every morning she puts on a pair of black silk drawers and a sweater and makes indelicate gestures on the lawn. That’s called Building the Body Beautiful. She’s mad about it.”

― Nancy MitfordChristmas Pudding

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“Sun, silence, and happiness.”

― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love

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“Spring came late, but when it came it was hand-in-hand with summer, and almost at once everything was baking and warm, and in the villages the people danced every night on concrete dancing floors under the plane trees…”

― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

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yes, you’re right.

that *is* a labyrinth.

and we walked it.

when?

why, yesterday evening.

because That’s the Sort Of Thing one does in Malibu on a saturday after Tea.

just so you know.

what’s that?

oh we’re Sure Miss. Nancy Mitford would have adored a labyrinth (but only in the sort of shoes one wears to Garden and wearing a headscarf in suitably muted shades, of course).

kindness quotes, a piece of the Berlin Wall and a moment at Downton Abbey, darlings – just another day at team gloria.

oh! darlings – this just in:

isn’t it beautiful?*

it was sent by a lovely man to someone who is hurting…….and we asked permission to share it (no names, no illnesses, no confidence-breaking) because it was The Kindest moment we witnessed all day.

some people are just wonderful.

and we are glad that such Splendid people find each other.

on another note – someone gave us a piece of the Berlin Wall today.

we know! read that bit again……!

here it is:

isn’t that Wild?!

we gave a super-secret-breakfast-presentation to a group of business men (ok, there were 2 ladies) and this was a thank you gift. a most excellent one. gosh.

a piece of history – in our office.

and #occupywallstreet making history not far away ;-)

*if it made you cry too, that’s great – let it all flow. you’re not serving anyone being strong. it’s time to lean on a friendly shoulder and have a Good Sob. and then watch Downton, darlings. yeah, you guessed it, that’s what We Did last night. the throat aches like a bad joke today.