An enchanting afternoon

Thinking about the joys of spring yesterday and the sudden upturn in the weather, I tripped out with my good friend Mr B for a sojourn around Kensington Palace. Public transport aside! (sadly my jolly chauffeur Mark does not work on Saturdays), Mr B and I met at the gates of the Enchanted Palace exhibition and enchanted it certainly was. Fanciful goings on are definitely going on there, with an awe inspiring set of installations within the palace rooms set parallel with a clutter of builders paraphernalia (i guess they were getting on with things behind the plastic).

We were warned upon entry that no photography was allowed (otherwise burly security men would be dispatched to wrestle us to the ground! I lived in hope and opened my shutter wide)! That aside, we were beguiled by what we saw. Some of my old mates (I spied Violetta) appeared in the Boudicca room, twirling from the chandeliers, making beautifully choreographed shadows like a fantastic video projected on the madly patterned and gilded walls.

Dame Viv had run up a stunning frock for a rebel princess (that’s me!) back-dropped against a spooky staircase (I loved the black lace drapes over the lanterns – so Pearl Lowe). To be honest, I was a bit over the knitted throne, having only got to Holly Golightly level in knitting classes perhaps I was just not appreciating it properly. There was a fabulous dress on wheels by Echo Moran – the wheels could be a great asset for a girl! and a cabinet and a half of curiosities. Loved the tiny shoes presented in glass domes (yes I know glass domes are definitely having their moment aren’t they) and the story about the feral boy kept in the palace as a pet! Imagine!!.

The Gallery of Shadows was beyond gorgeous; I danced along its entire length with the attending actors as we watched our shadows prancing across the ceiling … I loved every minute of it. You simply must go and see this exhibition soon, why not take Mr B along with you .. he’s dying to get back there to try and find those burly security men … I wonder what happened to them?

Anyway, I’m off for a well-earned rest back at the showroom, before the customers start flooding in again tomorrow, looking me over and tweaking my hem!!!

Introducing Miss Mannequin

Okay people ..... you thought i had packed my bags and gone to live at Barneys didn't you? It's a tempting thought (i do so adore Simon Doonan)!
Well, i'm still here, been a bit busy with my vast social life .... so may i start by introducing myself.

My name is Miss Mannequin .... (oh it's her you are thinking). Yes it's me, my dears. You've seen me around town - posing in all the best windows, gracing the top fashion events, loitering next to the rails in those uber prestigious stores and boutiques. I'm everywhere that you would ever need to be and more!

Welcome to my little blogette ..... where i shall take you along with me on my fanciful outings, visiting places only the very priviledged get to see and taking a peek behind the window backs of all the best stores in town. I can't wait - you're going to be captivated by what you see
until our first trip then
ta ta xx

Milk Glass Love

Each time I visit the Carribbean, I stand in awe of the vibrant, yet peaceful colors God has painted upon our earth. My recent vacation wasn't any different. My mission, upon returning home, turned to thoughts of creating vignettes of this beautiful calm. Sand provides soothing ground for inspiration with shades of white and lots of texture. My collection of white milk glass started singing to me before I had even set down my suitcase.  

Milk glass is found in many shapes, sizes and yes, even colors.  Just like grains of sand it can be opaque or translucent, and comes in various shades of white.   

Milk glass was first produced over 100 years ago, but was reproduced in the 1980's. Never pay a large amount for a piece of milkglass, unless you are very sure of it's origin. It is very hard to tell the real antique pieces from the reproductions. In my opinion, the newer pieces are just as desirable.  

Milk glass isn't just for great grandma anymore. The calm, chic look has achieved a new level in decorating and is showing up on shelves, in cupboards, and even in wedding decorations.

(wedding decor from fetefanatic.blogspot.com)

Next time you are at your local thrift store and see milk glass, close your eyes for a moment and visualize yourself walking barefoot in warm white sand. I promise, if you didn't like milkglass before, you will now.

(photo credit from theflyingbeeblog.blogspot.com

Blessings to you!
Ele