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


a few pictures (by us)

and words by Miss. Nancy Mitford.

happy sunday.





“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


“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


“Sun, silence, and happiness.”

― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love


“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


yes, you’re right.

that *is* a labyrinth.

and we walked it.


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).

blonde curls, bubbles and rose petals.


a sweet little photographic shoot this morning with kate & millie


– lots of smiling and blowing bubbles OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and tossing-curls and giggling.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and winsomely examining roses-in-bloomOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and having a soft, quiet moment together.

isn’t life delicious?

you know we *did* take our motion-camera there too.


you would?

most kind!

doesn’t it feel all 1930s with floppy straw hats and sunbeams-on-eyelashes and cake-for-tea?

we thought so.



just a short note to say we shall return with the autumnal light and soft breezes of september.

in the meantime, have a totally delicious summer!

thought for the day, as they say on BBC Radio 4…..


you never know quite which letter will change the course of your Life.

so do write Lots of them and leave it up to whatever magical forces you delight in ;)

people we love: mittens.

we love this!

like a beautiful sultry day in the mediterranean…..all summer sun-kissed brown arms, a tall glass of lemonade and big slow sexy smiles.

we had tapas during our sojourn on the Continent with someone connected with the Mittens but we can’t tell you who…..it was a day job thing for both of us…..shhhh.  



toast and tove jansson and summer dreaming

good morning :-)

slept late after the emotional experience of seeing Beginners last night (do see it! it’s incredible) and read the 1971 inky-purple-repro edition of tove jansson’s moomin tales (the fab book team gloria spied at the jane st fair yesterday and already mentioned in these pages) over a lazy coffee.

then – don’t you love serendipitous surfing? – opened email and got the new digital catalogue from TOAST – it’s dreamy – have a look – and features……..drumroll please…..the summer book by – yes – tove jansson.

in the flow, people, i can feel it in my bones…..a glorious summer’s day ahead.

monocle mediterraneo: capri sandals at the ready, darlings.

– almost the season for a sandy beach*, swathed in an egyptian cotton wrap, capri sandals and large straw hat, with a copy of the glorious Monocle Mediterraneo (the resort newspaper from the terribly clever canadian chap, Tyler Brule) tucked under one’s arm.

you can order your copy here:

*actually team gloria doesn’t do sandy beaches. but we DO lounge (pre-brunch) by the pool in los angeles and will be posting from there first week of august, darlings.