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Charting the style of daily life...with the mouth of a sailor.


queen of fashion...

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Anyone that knows me well knows I have always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette.  A tragic and misunderstood figure, doomed to fail, Marie Antoinette had a most delightful fashion sense with a long lasting impact on style. I won't bore you with historical details since others have already blazed that trail leaps and bounds beyond what I could write here.  Book recommendations on the subject are:

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Frasier
Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber

I have a few Marie Antoinette related odds and ends I've collected over the years however my prized possession are eight dinner plates from the Queen's table, no doubt looted during the revolution.  They were purchased at auction by my great grandmother and were given to me while in high school.  I've had the good sense to securely stash them off site all these years...I just don't feel adult enough to house them at Chez Fox.

Behold the loveliness:

I am beyond excited for my upcoming trip to France so that I can finally visit Versailles...


"Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?”
- Marie Antoinette

treasured quotes on style...

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I have a list of treasured quotes and like to refer to it for inspiration (or reassurance, as the case may be) from time to time...below are some favorites regarding style...

"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!" - Dolly Parton (she has a surprising number of funny quotes throughout her career)

"Style is primarily a matter of instinct." - Bill Blass, Ft. Wayne native

"Fashions fade, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess." - Edna W. Chase

I can't close this out without including multiple quotes from Chanel...she has so many gems, I can't choose just one:

"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but someone." - Coco Chanel

"Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury." - Coco Chanel

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." - Coco Chanel

"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty.  It is not.  It is the opposite of vulgarity." - Coco Chanel