We are more than enamored of Thomas Jefferson. What girl can resist that smirk. OK, he was seriously on the wrong side of that slave issue, but we believe that if he had been born several decades later he would have made an honest woman of Sally Hemmings. What he did do was make her brother, James, the first French chef in America. And you thought Julia Child introduced French cuisine to these shores.
We love fashion! However, in practical terms, I believe that dressing for a formal occasion is accomplished by changing out of the canvas Chuck and slipping into the leather Chucks. Recently, while out shopping I inadvertently answered a request to "facetime" on my phone and realized that I was a dead ringer for the Unabomber. No wonder I got my coffee so quickly... but I digress. One of my favorite fashion icons is Diana Vreeland. What the world needed was a really good biography of Vreeland and now we have one.
I used to read copious amounts of novels. At some point I realized that fiction counld not do justice to real life. Case in point -- Elsa Maxwell. If you wrote a novel about a homely little spark plug of a girl who leaves a dreary middle-class life in California to become an instigator of social frenzy in New York and other points on the globe it would be rejected as totally implausible. In real life, Elsa Maxwell dictated New York society, threw wild parties, acted in movies and fell madly in love with Maria Callas. You can't make that up.