The Fastest Boater

Will moves so fast that anyone watching from the shore would only see a blur when he glides by in his trusty canoe. He canoes early in the morning before others get on the lake so he can go as fast as he chooses to go. He is not interested in competitions; he just enjoys being…

The Jazz Age Style Alphabet

I completed a project that I feel pretty good about called the Jazz Age Style Alphabet. I completed an original watercolor painting and used a calligraphy letter for each one. I thought I might feel pressure or get bored with it, but I liked how much structure it provided in terms of selecting images to…

Jazzy Finds: Spring 2015

I survived the winter in New England…barely. I have not felt like doing much of anything except staying in the house, eating, and watching a disturbing amount of cooking shows (meals I will never attempt to make myself because I hate cooking). Well, I did read and write poetry, so I guess you could say…

Miss Fisher Take #2

The second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was just as fabulous as the first season.  Phryne Fisher wore the most spectacular clothes while going under cover as a fan dancer, keeping a séance under control, investigating the murder of a famed race car driver, helping an Aboriginal prize-fighter to clear his name, keeping her…

Jazzy Finds: Summer 2014

I decided to compile all of my great finds for the month for your perusing pleasure!  I included the pictures and the links (please let me know what you think if you check any of these out): Salmagundi http://salmagundiboston.com Salmagundi, a better name would probably be “hat nirvana”, is a wonderful little shop in Jamaica…

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014

I just spent some time pouring over pictures of this year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor’s Island in New York, and I have to say, I really hate that I missed this one!  Besides the lovely suits and dresses donned by participants, there were vintage vendors, picnicking on the lawns, and entertainment in the…

Rosecliff: Elegance Personified in Newport

I spent my birthday in Newport, Rhode Island, touring five of the opulent mansions.  I am glad that I chose not to visit all of them in one day because it would have been far too overwhelming.  I stayed overnight at a charming bed and breakfast in the neighborhood and took my time getting out and…

Dandyism: It’s About More Than Style

I recently finished reading “I Am Dandy”, a singular and exquisite chronicle of modern-day men who dress as gentlemen and live exactly as they choose regardless of the prevailing “norms” of their culture.  One of the men interviewed in the book, Mr. Victor Allen Crawford III, summed up the concept beautifully: “Contrary to conventional wisdom, the dandy…

Jazz Age Lawn Party – Governor’s Island

I have been drooling over videos and pictures from the Jazz Age Lawn Parties held on Governor’s Island in New York for years.  I must attend one of these parties (I am officially adding it to my bucket list)!  I hope you enjoy these videos featuring dances called the “Shag” and the “Charleston”:

Concours d’Elegance: My Dream Cars

I attended an antique car show on July 28, 2013, at Endicott College. I fell in love with a few of the cars, but the one that truly captured my heart was a red, black, and cream-colored model from the 1920s. I am horrible at remembering the makes and models of cars – I just know…

Women Jazz Musicians

I just finished watching a wonderful documentary called “The Girls in the Band”. It featured solo musicians, all women bands, and even women band leaders with incredible flair and smooth dance moves. Since I was a female drummer from the ages 8 to 18, I have an understanding of what it means to be one…

The Gatsby Suite at The Plaza NYC

This room just might make me shell out enough money to stay at The Plaza in New York! Check out this gorgeous room inspired by “The Great Gatsby”. Not only was The Plaza featured in the book, but F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were also frequent visitors in their day. Enjoy the pictures supplied by…