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I'm Eloise, I'm Six

"Hi, I am Eloise.  I am six.  I am a city child.  I live at the Plaza," said my daughter Zooey twirling around the room. Zooey recently told her grandmother that she's changing her name to Eloise. When I asked her why, she said it's because she rawther likes the sort of fun that Eloise has...throwing parties at the Plaza, ordering room service, having tea in the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel and learning French.

I think I'd like to change my name to Eloise too! If life could be as simple is pretending you're sick so you can play, ordering room service so you don't have to cook dinner and saying ,"charge it please!" Let me try!

Hi, I'm Eloise and I'm thirty-six. I am a mom and a teacher. I like to play dress-up and wear fancy shoes and drink tea everyday...not bad, I would try on Eloise's Mary Janes any day!

Oh, to be a kid again...not just any squirmy, wiggly six year old, but a kid who has a love for the finer things in life (circa 1950s), the color pink and rooms on tippy-top floors. Oui, I am that thirty-six year old kid at heart and my daughter could easily be six-year-old Eloise.

Eloise was created when the author (also actress, singer and dancer), Kay Thompson, showed up for dance rehearsal ten minutes late. MGM's dance instructor, Rober Alton asked Thompson, “Who do you think you are?” Thompson responded in a little girl voice, “I am Eloise. I am six.”

Kay Thompson created one of the most cherished children’s books of all time that follows the adventures of spunky Eloise who does whatever she wants and gets away with it. You may have read Eloise books as a child or have seen the movies inspired by the books. It's easy to love Eloise. Her "enfant terrible" character as an overprivileged six-year-old, the terror of the Hotel Plaza in New York is hilarious.

I rawther love that Eloise is never bored! Think about all the good things that come with being the age of six...the world is still a playground. While Eloise's mother knows Coco Chanel, my little Eloise (my daughter) has a grandmother named Coco...not too far off. My grandmother, who we call Gigi, reminds me of Eloise too. She's sassy and always up for a party. Even at eighty-years-old, she has that enfant terrible personality. That's the essence of Eloise, there's never a dull moment.
My grandmother Gigi who is so much like Eloise
Eloise has a great big imagination and confidence to match. I love her free-spirit and the way she makes my daughter laugh. Eloise is one of those classic books that is still enjoyed by ALL ages.
I can hear Eloise reciting the poem that my dad had my brother and sister and I say when we turned six:

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six
now and forever

Be like Eloise, keep your days busy and never be bored! Now go and read the book, watch the movies and charge it please, thank you very much!

My little Eloise

Five Fun Fab ways to free yourself for fall part deux

Wear: Imagine a pile of rose petals falling like leaves...that's what Tom Ford's Cafe Rose smells like, mixed with spices, Turkish rose oil and coffee. When the leaves are whirling, scents are more intense and so are the colors. Chanel's Vertigo nail color is fall in a bottle and Bobbi Brown's sparkle eye shadow makes autumn eyes shine like glitter. 

Inspire: When I was in the first grade, I played the Little Red Hen in the class play. I always loved the hen's spirit! "Who will help me cut the wheat?" Be like the Little Red Hen and bake your own bread. These French inspired hens will help give you the right attitude. You know these Three French Hens (in a print by Will Bullas) don't mess around with any lazy dogs, sleepy cats or noisy yellow ducks and of course they all wear berets. The red beret on the JCrew sweater is my favorite. 

Dress Up: Halloween is a holiday you either love or hate. I love it! I especially love dressing up my children. We talk about costumes year round. For three years in a row, my children complimented each other...Elmo and Abby Cadabby, Raggedy Ann and Andy and Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. This year, because my daughter is missing SEVEN teeth, she's going to be the tooth fairy! Halloween is so much fun! My favorite place to find Halloween costumes is Chasing Fireflies.

Watch: For all those hopeless romantics, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is coming to theatres this fall! I bet I've seen the 1939 Wuthering Heights starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier a hundered times. I think it is the most romantic story and I can't wait to fall in love with characters Cathy and Heathcliff all over again in the new Wuthering Heights this fall.  Another intense love story coming this fall is Anna Karenina. Fall is the season for romance.

Eat, Drink and be Merry: It's pumpkin time! Who knows how to bring in fall better than Bobby Flay? His throwdown pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon maple whipped cream will make you passionate for pumpkins! Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite thing to make in the fall. The Pioneer Woman's recipe is by far the most moist and delicious ever! Nobody does cocktails better than Sandra Lee. Now is the time to stock up on pumpkin puree for not only pie and muffins...but pumpkin pie martinis too!  

If you missed "Five Fun Fab Ways to Free Yourself for Fall" part one look here.

Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer

I'm going to France today...sort of!

À quelque chose malheur est bon. Every cloud has a silver lining...if you can't go to France, bring France to your home.
Wear: Something French and fabulous! If I had on one of these French inspired outfits, my day would surely be wonderful! Kate Spade has a French flair with a great sense of humor...especially this season. I love the Pardon My French and Joie de Vivre shirts. Anything striped seems French to me...bien sur! Stripes never go out of style. I love the color contrast on the Madewell shirt and the simplicity of the striped dress.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel

Use: Paper that makes you smile. Wouldn't you love to receive one of these merci or global greeting cards in your mailbox. The cities calendar will be a treat to use for the coming new year.
Tout arrive en France. (Everything happens in France) ~François de La Rochefoucauld
Read: When I need an escape, I tell my friends and family, "I'm going to France!" I do go to France...through books! These books make me happy: At My French Table, French Essence and Lunch in Paris.

Toute chose appartient à qui sait en jouir. (Everything belongs to those who can appreciate it) ~André Gide
Listen: To French Cafe Radio on Pandora and hear music from Pink Martini, Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux...jazzy artists that will have you imagining you're in France as you clean your house.
Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory. ~Claude Debussy
Buy: It's the little things in life that make us smile! I love a rainy day when I can carry my red Merde il Pleut umbrella. The merde pillow is a happy little accent to any chair. Who wouldn't love to open this box of colorful macaroons?

Shit always sounds better in French!
Pardon my French :)

Five Fun Fab Ways to Free Yourself For Fall

fWhen you're busy, it's essential to find the time to do what makes you happy.

Call a good friend, find your downward chien, make a plan to do something that excites you.

Work, dinner, children, laundry, cleaning, bills, relationships, exercise...all need tending to.  Take it as it comes and when you have a window, here are some suggestions on how you can find comfort and fun in a snap.

Sip: hot tea. Tea is comforting and soothing to the soul. I find that most things can be solved with a nice cuppa. Try Mariage Freres De Stress green tea. 

Do: yoga. Practicing yoga can help to center and inspire you to be the best mom, wife and worker. Namaste! Find a yoga class near you here.

Eat: comfort food. Chicken Pot Pie is my go to comfort food and Ina's recipe just can't be beat.  I like to deglaze my vegetables with a German beer. Eating comfort food makes you happy from the inside out. Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite things to make in the fall.

Wear: whatever makes you sing, "I feel pretty!" Feeling feminine in wearing pretty clothes does wonders for your confidence and it seems to add zip and pep to your step. You could always wear the ever so feminine Austrian dirndl to your local Oktoberfest and feel like Leisl in the Sound of Music singing Sixteen Going on Seventeen...sounds like fun to me! 

Plan: something fun to do that you can look forward to. Fall Football games, concerts, Oktoberfest... Dr. Suess said, "Fun is good." It's is simple as that, you just can't beat it. My husband and I recently went to the Alabama/Michigan game and had the best time. We both graduated from the University of Alabama and were in our element surrounded by Bama fans. Fall football is fun...simple as that! Beer goes so well with football, why not sample some German beer at your local Oktoberfest? Make fun a priority! Prost!