Wednesday, December 24, 2008

All the Diamonds, Rubies, and Sapphires in the World, Smeared

I'm in a flurry of guest preparations, so I'll let Diana Vreeland share her holiday wishes and suggestions with you. These are culled from her longtime column in Bazaar, "Why Don't You."

So, this holiday season, why don't you...

... give a satin-finished platinum box with all the diamonds, rubies sapphires in the world scooped together and smeared in a lovely design on the lid?

... shop at Woolworth's for little Scotch plaid sock arrangements called Hi-Jacks made to skip on your cold drink glasses to keep the table from spotting?

... wear violet velvet mittens with everything?

... wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?

... sweep into the drawing room on your first big night with an enormous red-fox muff with many skins?

... tie black tulle bows on your wrists?

... have boxes copied after Russian Easter eggs in dull enamel and jewels to keep on your afterdinner coffee tray for saccharine for all those who don't take sugar?

... tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child's bed on Christmas Eve?

Please note that all of those but the very last one were not holiday tips, but just general guides to everyday living. And I know I've posted the same photo of Ms. Vreeland before, but I couldn't help myself; it just looks so festive. Again, the decor was not for the holidays, just every single festive day.