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Sunday, March 6, 2016


Almost five years ago, in this post, I wrote about my dear friend, cherished role model and beautiful human being, Laura.

At 104, Laura is presently transitioning to the next life, and in love, gratitude and honor, I finally made the quilted garnet silk vest I wanted to remember her by.

Laura taught me so much, by example, by her everpresent interest and fierce support in whatever
I might be doing, by the way she dressed, and by the love which she carried within her that was unmistakeable and available to all.

I bought this quilted velvet 5 years ago and made another Vogue 1453.

I'm also introducing my new hat, a gray felt handmade '40's type hat, made by 
UnaHats and sold on Etsy.

Maggie and David were up last weekend and lots of cooking and hanging out took place. Lovely as always! I have a new cookbook, Gjelina, named after a much beloved restaurant in Venice (CA) that Maggie took me to several years ago. I dipped my spoon into the waters with
Roasted Beet Salad with Avocado, Oranges, Toasted Hazelnuts and Sherry

Vinegar, recipe here.   YUMMM! It was particularly wonderful because the baby beets were from the farmstand next door to me, which recently reopened after a few months off for the winter. Their baby spinach is to die for, too...

And last night I made Roasted Mustard Chicken by The Barefoot Contessa...

which we will have tonight, also, along with a bottle of champagne, to toast 
the last (sob) episode of Downton Abbey.

I'm sliding in under the wire at the beautiful Style Crone Judith's Hat Attack...
come see who's wearing what!



  1. Beautiful Very nice vest.

  2. Beautiful vest and love your colors, as always. We're sobbing as well for DA's last episode. Cheers.

  3. What a lovely tribute to Laura, Margy! I am sorry for your loss, but she sounds like an amazing person. Your vest is gorgeous and so rich! I love it!

  4. A lovely tribute indeed! Also sad over last episode of DA. Karen

  5. That is a really great vest you made to remember Laura. From the way you described her, she would heartily approve.

  6. I know Laura has meant a lot to you. How perfect to craft something in her memory. I wonder about the details of the vest and how they might relate to Laura. Though, I'd guess that could be personal. I just got thinking about how crafting something, detail by detail with someone we love in mind, seems such a valuable way to remember them and our love

  7. As always, you live your life with style and panache...as well as commemorating your friend in such a lovely way.
    We watched Downton Abbey tonight also-so sad it is over.

  8. Gorgeous vest! I have to admit that I'm coveting the top you're wearing. Is it one of yours? I'd love to get the same fabric.

    1. Judie, the fabric for the top was from B&J Fabrics years ago...no longer on the website...

  9. what a beautiful vest, i love the color, and the tribute heartwarming :)
    Gjelina is a fun place to dine in LA, your salad looks divine!

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  11. 2nd time a charm: Great to see your hat by UnaHats worn with such elan! My mom has been going on about Gjelina and how I should try their cookbook. Neither of us have eaten there as we live in other states!

  12. How wonderful to have had someone like Laura in your life. And what better tribute than to create something beautiful. Thank you for sharing this - simply lovely.

  13. A wonderful tribute to a dear and cherished friend.

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  15. Hi, How lucky you are to have such a wonderful woman in your life. The vest is gorgeous. I am so honored that you wore the hat in this post. You are absolutely beautiful. -xoUna

  16. Your vest is a wonderful tribute to your beautiful friend. And that hat! Spectacular. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

  17. What a wonderful way to remember your friend. The fabric is as beautiful as she is.

  18. It is a lovely way to remember your friend. I think that when I find a way to honor my mother's memory, although she is not dead but only lost, I might feel better. And, the next time I go to SB, which might be the last, I am going to try to set it up so I can stop and visit you. I could use some of your spirit.