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Sunday, December 11, 2016


More time has passed that I had anticipated...but the memories of the Paris
trip are still warming my heart!

photo by Shams

 This was at the large flea market at Clignancourt, which Shams and I visited to test our Metro skills before the Tilton Tour began. A lotta red!

One of the thrills for me was the evening boat trip on the Seine, in the rain. In all my trips to Paris, I had never done this, and it was magical!

We had a few days of rain on the trip, but not pouring, and for this California
girl, the rain was welcome! Here are the beautiful clouds after a storm.

 The cool weather made dishes like this bouillabaisse all the more welcome...

 Here I am at Cafe Strada for a quick lunch with Shams...

 photo by Shams

I amused myself by taking a "Shamsian" shadow portrait...

and this is a photo of me at the Musée Galliera...

There's that sillhouette again!


I was pretty happy with my choices for the travel wardrobe; I took more clothes than usual, mainly because we were staying in the same room in the same hotel for a little over two weeks. Not having to continually re-pack and schlep a suitcase from place to place was a 
true luxury.

I wore everything I took except for the last-minute red pants. I preferred wearing jeans and I had red jeans in the suitcase, added after this storyboard was made, which were better suited for the weather. 

I also wore the Minoru Coat, the inspiration for the wardrobe, only once. Again, the other jackets and raincoat were better suited to the weather.

I LOVED my raincoat and wore it often.

I wore all the tops a lot; the silver shirt jacket not so much. Again, turtlenecks plus vest plus jacket or coat was more suited to the weather.

I wore all the vests (except for the "Keith Haring" one, which I pulled out at the last moment), and didn't wear the poncho. I find ponchos a little fussy at the best of times, and it just didn't suit the occasion and the weather.

I wore all my boots/shoes (bought 4 more in Paris, of course!), both hats (bought some hats,

too!)and both bags. I carried the Professional Tote as my plane carry-on, coming and returning, and used it several times in Paris. I need to add a strap to it so that I can wear it

So, I'm pleased with the wardrobe; again, I wouldn't take quite as much if I was traveling from place-to-place.I took just the right amount of jewelry and scarves, and the only reason I had
to buy a new suitcase was because of the shopping I did!

I cannot emphasize strongly enough the joy that I experienced on this trip...Marcy and Katherine are the perfect leaders, sensitive to the needs and desires of the group, extremely knowledgeable about where to go in Paris, and a heck of a lot of fun to be with! DO IT!

I made a very good potato recipe last night...Crispy Parmesan Potato Stacks... I halved the

recipe and we're having the other half tonight! Highly recommended!

Books? I just finished reading My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I haven't been spending much time in the studio, so the Audible book I'm listening to, Moonglow, by Michael Chabon, is still being listened to. It's good, so far!

Teddy is growing and thriving...he turns 7 months on the 20th. Here he is in my office...

and this is our usual view of him in the kitchen while we are cooking dinner...

I probably won't post again till after the holidays...we are having a quiet Christmas, and leave for Iowa on the 29th to attend our oldest grandson's wedding on New Year's Eve. I am watching the weather reports to make sure I take enough warm clothing.

A very happy holiday to those of you who celebrate, and to those who don't...

from Margy, Dave, Teddy and Micmac

I will be hanging out over at Patti's Visible Mondays; come on over and say hi!



  1. Great selections for your Paris trip! And that picture of La Tour Eiffel is spectacular. Safe travels and a most happy holiday to you and yours, xox


  2. Happy Holidays, Margy! A lovely Christmas photo of the 4 of you!

  3. How satisfying - now I feel fully caught up. What a trip!! Holy cow! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time, in a group and with little gatherings. I'm glad you got good use from most of your travel picks. I love the poncho, but, yes, I can see how it would not be the most practical. And of course I drool over your food once again. Great to Dave, plus Teddy and Micmac. Happy holidays to you. xo

    1. Great to "see" Dave... typing mistake. Although I wish them greatness in general as well.

  4. Hi, I love your style and thoroughly enjoy your blog. All the best to you and yours over the holidays and safe travels. Abbey

  5. Happy Holidays and a good time for you and the family.
    I like your Blog so much!

  6. Such a striking wardrobe. And pics. I love Paris!! Always enjoyed looking at what people were wearing - just a great vibe, interesting styles. Your trip on the Seine looks magical - sometimes a little rain or snow (I've had snow in Paris!) are just perfect. Congrats to your grandson, and I hope you and your family enjoy a safe, loving holiday and wedding celebration.

  7. Beautiful wardrobe! As a frequent traveller I'm always so interested to see what others pack. Like you, I find that ponchos are stylish but usually don't get worn. Not surprised that you bought some Tripins. Karen

  8. Read every word....enjoyed your wardrobe review....I'm usually in black and grey, think I'll add some red....our pup is EXACTLY the same age, her name is Gracie and is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Get some Smart Wool socks for Iowa. Happy New Year, Laura

  9. Happy holidays to you too! Paris does look so much fun! and it was fun for me to watch along on Instagram.

  10. Thanks Margy for sharing Paris with us all, hope you have a great holiday even if quiet, and enjoy your Grandsons wedding very exciting I am sure, another outfit???
    Lyn - Australia

  11. Happy Holidays to you and yours Margy!

  12. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us. I just know you had a jolly group. Margy do you remember the name of the store where you got your hat? My husband and I will be there in the Spring and I must get a hat.
    Thanks & Happy Holidays.

  13. Thanks for the memories-------

    Great photos and you always look "chic and dashing." Miss you!! Have fun in Iowa, my home state.

  14. Love your Paris trip and your wardrobe choices. Like you I found tunics difficult to layer in cold climates and you are right about ponchos. They look nice, but are kind of fussy especially when you are layering things. I am interested to know a little bit more about that red cross body bag with all the zippers you took. It looked pretty light and for one with neck and back problems, that would work for me. Can you tell us a little about that purse?

  15. I find Micmac's name interesting. It's a name that used to be the name referred to by those of us in eastern Canada, a First Nations people indigenous to Canada's Maritime Provinces and Quebec. It is now properly prounced Mi'kmaq and their language and culture is now celebrated in in our area - a total departure from sewing!

  16. I find Micmac's name interesting. It's a name that used to be the name referred to by those of us in eastern Canada, a First Nations people indigenous to Canada's Maritime Provinces and Quebec. It is now properly prounced Mi'kmaq and their language and culture is now celebrated in in our area - a total departure from sewing!