Tuesday, April 17, 2012

To a summer's day...

If I must bump into someone iconic on the streets of New York, let it be the Honorable Daphne.

The cheekbones, the attitude...the wit make her style all the more marvelous.

Perhaps she'll be decked out in one of Isabella's hats.

She is 'more lovely and more temperate'!

xxx elle

Monday, April 16, 2012

stripped bare

Not everyone appreciates the new Restoration Hardware deconstructed range.

To some they smack of inauthentic pretension.

I love them for their quiet presence, stripped bare and unadorned.

And yes, we'd all prefer a chair denuded by time instead of folly but these make endearing surrogates for the real thing.

I'd like one naked in my living room right now!

xxx elle

Pass the passport!

Only another South African knows the twists and turns in the tale of two visas.

Trying to gain access to distant lands is more difficult a negotiation then a marriage contract.

I've known couples who got married knowing less about one another then the border agencies seem to need to know before they'll let me in!

They want a full background check that includes everything you own, earn, believe and love!

And fill those forms in at your peril; every mistake seems to render them null and void.

Just a medical degree ago, Skye was able to spend a year working in the UK, as a waitress at Belgo's. The gift of the commonwealth. But one too many arrivals at Heathrow, bearing a passport with a photo of the opposite gender, and another racial group to the traveler put paid to that!

So 'we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past'.

See you in Central Park then.


xxx elle