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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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James and Mummy Part lll

Category: Mummy's Adventures  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, May 16, 2011

Dear Cate,

News of your travail in London has reached these shores. Your friends here have sworn off Indian food in solidarity with your great discomfort and I've personally stored away my mementos from that part of the world. I found them too painful to look at after considering you wedding spoiling misadventures. So close and yet so far, I do hope your recovery is complete.

While your mother is convalescing in the Cotswalds I've make haste to complete the floor plans for the Chicago apartment. And voila, they are done; and brilliant even by my standards. Heaven knows what my client, and your mother, will think of them but at least I have copies ready to review on her return. As directed, I've created pools of furniture scattered about all the public rooms. Perfect for entertaining in the manner for which she seems famous. I can see her now; floating from one animated group to the next, eyes flashing, diamonds blazing and cocktail firmly held in her left hand. She had me in stitches over drinks, before her departure, sharing with me in all earnest why a woman her age must hold a drink in her left hand. By so doing, I am told, she dominates any room she enters for she leads with her diamond ring. How right she is. I'll never forget her illustrating the point by waving her hand in the air.

Dealers the world over are thrilled to have someone paying attention at all to the back log of 18th century furniture clogging their inventories. Seems these jewels are out of fashion as everyone apes over mid-century this and that. Very shrewd are the clients prepared to buy up these show stoppers and no one is shrewder than your mother. She feels Chicago needs to be shaken from its contemporary malaise and a tour de force of chic, snappy and slightly sassy rooms littered with a collection of continental finery is her cure. I'll share pictures with you of the important pieces as well as my sketches for the upholstery. I'm evoking the spirits of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and their place in the South of France. It's all bound to cause a bit of a ripple down Lake Shore Drive!

Off to the Met now to see "Savage Beauty". How sad the world is without his genius blazing all those new trails. Thank heavens we can be inspired by what he left behind. I hope I don't cry.

When shall I see your smiling face?

James

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