Friday, May 8, 2015

Awake In Paris

We're here!

I can't believe we're all waking up in Paris!

Shipboard life on the Ile de France was fabulous!

and Doreen of House Honeys,

met all the girls in New York and helped us shop.

We bought sports shoes for daytime aboard ship…

sports clothes (don't you love the French

fisherman's shirt and the Basque beret?),

frocks for days on deck,

(I wonder who chose this Poppy dress?)

and shoes for dances…

--love those sparkly paillettes!

And dance gowns…

But now we're all in Paris,

our trunks are unpacked…

Wake up, ladies and get dressed!

Let's get my birthday party started!

[by Van Dongen]

No party would be complete without

my beautiful daughter

Christy is such a busy woman,

but I simply could not do Paris without her!

And I must wish my sweet mother

a Happy Mother's Day!

I love you, Mama!

[All illustrations were from my collection of Vogue magazines from the 1920s to 1931,
the era in Paris that I wanted to visit, or from a prized old book called Paris in the Twenties.]


  1. It was a lovely crossing, wasn't it? And now for Paris! Love these glimpses of the glamorous 20s.

  2. OH!!!
    I've never felt so stylishly elegant in my whole life!
    to spend your birthday in paris. perfection.
    i'm just so glad you brought us all along!
    happy birthday! and happy mother's day tomorrow. christy is a living doll!
    the apple falls close to the tree! XOXOXO♥

  3. It was great fun shopping for shoes and cruise wear in NYC with all the ladies! Glad you crossed the pond in great style, and arrived in Paris safely! Have a great birthday celebration, and Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Your daughter is beautiful Dewena, but I expected nothing less.

    What gorgeous clothes we picked up in NY, and the Poppy dress would indeed be perfect for Poppy. As for me, I've got my eye on those dance shoes ;).

  5. I just bust out laughing about half way through or when we got to Amy and Doreen. This whole series was a riot!! :) A lot of fun to view the pictures and so imaginative :) Happy Mother's Day, Birthday, and when you get your Visa bill after all of that shopping Happy Advil Day :)

    Your daughter is beautiful indeed as was your mama and YOU :)

  6. Have a wonderful wonderful time!

  7. What a wonderful place to wake up on Mother's Day! ;) Love all the old photos and your Mom and daughter are beautiful, Dewena! Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day. blessings ~ tanna

  8. Happy Mother's Day to you as well! Love seeing the photo of your daughter, and of your Mom! And, hope you have an amazing trip!

  9. Dewena, let's celebrate our mutual birthday together in Paris every year! Shopping in Manhatten was fabulous and I really must say that a girl can't have too many tea gowns, court shoes and long kid gloves. Here's to us (Insert clinking glasses here) another year, friendship and to
    Gay Paris! Bonne Fete and Happy Mothers' Day!

  10. Awww, I love your virtual birthday trip, Dewena! What a wonderful idea! Happy to be along! I don't think it was me who wore the poppy gown, though. :-o

  11. Delightful post...

    Oh sigh..... They knew how to live then, didn't they? At least the rich, did. ,-))))))

    And in the present day, your Daughter is beautiful...


  12. Oh what a delightful post, Dewena. And your daughter is gorgeous. The picture of your mama is a treasure, indeed. That one picture of the girls and their barets remind me of Nel and Jess, a brunette and a blonde. I am really enjoying my travel with you in Paris. These illustrations from the Vogue magazine are so charming.

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day doing all the things you love.


  13. Greetings from Toronto, Canada!

    Dewena, I hope you get this, as I've not been able to access my email to get into my Google Profile!

    How stylish, indeed, Amy and Doreen are - perfectly dressed for our arrival in Paris. Christy is always so beautiful and elegant, whatever the occasion. And, as Doreen mentioned, that poppy polka dotted dress definitely has my name on it!

    In the event that I may not be able to write tomorrow, ( I will be leaving for my brother's house in the city), I wish you the happiest of birthdays, surrounded by the love and comfort of your family, with plenty of good food and lots of cake!

    Joyeux Anniversaire, mon ami!


  14. Oh Dewena--thank-you for taking us with you to Paris! I so enjoy your imagination and the lovely illustrations. I'd thought for certain that I'd added your blog to my blogroll, but I couldn't find it there (!) so I added it today where it will stay for, like, forever. Thank-you much for your comments at my blog and for reading there! Blessings, Debra

  15. What a great post. LOVE the shoes and yes, I love the French fishermen's shirt. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Your daughter is lovely.
    Thank you for the graduation wishes. It's so special to be able to share these moments with our blogging friends who are always so supportive.

  16. I'm loving these Paris posts :)

    I would feel right at home in those sport clothes, but that dressing gown is something else!

    Your mama and daughter are beautiful :)


  17. Happy Birthday! What a fun post for us all! Enjoy your week sweet lady! Hugs, Diane