A witty woman is a treasure; a witty Beauty is a power.

“We shall then set a price on the ‘unusual combination.’ A witty woman is a treasure; a witty Beauty is a power. Has she actual beauty, actual wit? –not simply a tidal material beauty that passes current any pretty flippancy or staggering pretentiousness? Grant the combination, she will appear a veritable queen of her period, fit for homage; at least meriting a disposition to believe the best of her in the teeth of foul rumor; because the well of true wit is truth itself, the gathering of the precious drops of right reason, wisdom’s lightning; and no soul possessing and dispensing it can justly be a target for the world however well-armed the world confronting her.”
-George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways 

Life., Quotes

we could and we did. and we love it.

“They found us vandals. In our dining-room, as in all the other rooms of our house, we have fine, deeply recessed windows. We lined the sides and the tops of the recesses with sheets of mirror. The effect, I mean to us, is lovely; the orchard lies beyond the dining-room, and its trees seem to stand up in the mirrors at the sides, and its boughs and leaves look down from the mirrors at the top. But this was regarded as desecration. ‘Those old windows,’ they cried. ‘Oh, how could you?’ Well, we could and we did. And we love it.”

Excerpt from Destructive Decoration, by Dorothy Parker

Life., Stuff I Like

dinner parties are…

my most recent obsession! I stumbled upon (not using StumbleUpon) a fantastic thing called Kinfolk, a growing community of artists with ashared interest in small gatherings.

Their materials are a fantastic guide for small gatherings, which includes a magazine and online journal. You can check them out at: http://www.kinfolkmag.com.

“Kinfolk is a collaborative effort to encourage a more natural approach to entertaining. It’s the marriage of our appreciation for artand our love for spending time with family and friends.”

“We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.”