Thursday, February 27, 2020

YOU'RE INVITED: CLASSIC, ELEGANT ENTERTAINING


YOU'RE INVITED:
CLASSIC, ELEGANT ENTERTAINING
by Stephanie Booth Shafran 
Photography by The Ingalls
Foreword by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Rizzoli, $50.00
February 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


This beautiful book, You're Invited: Classic Elegant Entertaining, by the hostess extraordinaire Stephanie Booth Shafran, has now made it to the top shelf of my bookcase. After a few hours of poring over each of the 240 pages, 175 of those pages beautiful color images, I have to say the this is a must have for anyone interested in decor and entertaining. This is one of my favorite go to books!

This book is laden with tips and instructions on creating stunning tablescapes with china, silver, linens, flowers, menus with recipes, and pages of ideas on entertaining. There are eight parties showcased here, and there is nothing left out, including the lovely decor, decorated by the uber talented Jeffrey Bilhuber, so you are also in for a huge treat on the decor end.  You will love room after room of decorating heaven. 

Below are several images that you will love.  Imagine 175 of these beauties included in the book.  ENJOY!  








ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie was names as The Salonniere's"100 Best Party Hosts in the United States."
She serves on the board of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and is a member of Colleagues, support group of CII, Children's Institute, Inc. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

JANICE JEAN THE SWIMMING SWINE BY LISA LARSON GORUM



Janice Jean the Swimming Swine
by Lisa Larson Gorum
Newman Springs Publishing, $24.95
January 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


I was thrilled to learn that Lisa Larson Gorum has written a children’s book, Janice Jean the Swimming Swine, and could not wait to get one in my hands! I was not disappointed!  

Not only is the book filled with lovely and colorful illustrations, but the story is also one that you will love reading to children. It is one of love, apprehension, motivation, self-confidence, and a life lesson to never give up! 

The main character, Janice Jean, is a pig that was lucky enough to be adopted by a loving family that spent much of their free time at the lake, but she couldn’t swim. Or could she?


I can’t say enough about this beautifully written book! Every child can learn a lesson from this heartwarming story. A story of courage and the belief that you can do anything you set your mind to.  A must-have for your children's library, friends!

JANICE JEAN

I can’t wait to read Lisa’s next book, Jean the Homecoming Queen. This Southern writer is well on her way to winning our hearts and the hearts of children everywhere. 

About the Author 

Lisa is a Southern belle who is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of four. In her spare time, she is an artist, bee keeper, gourmet cook that loves to entertain, and now a writer!  

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

JOHN RICHARDSON: AT HOME


JOHN RICHARDSON | AT HOME
by John Richardson 
Photography by Francois Halard
Foreword by James Reginato 
Vendome, $60.00
October 2018
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass



I requested this book for review because I find the work of Sir John Richardson stunning and opulent. The British historian and Picasso biographer created this book for us to study. We lost him in March of this year.  

Richardson ran the New York office of Christies for 9 years.  He also consulted on a mutual fund that specialized in works of art, which I find quite interesting and also wrote about one of my favorite artists, Pablo Picasso.

Below you will find several images that I have chosen for you to ENJOY! 








Sir John Richardson 1924-2019


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

BEDTIME: INSPIRATIONAL BEDS, BEDROOMS, AND BOUDOIRS


BEDTIME:
Inspirational Beds, Bedrooms,
& BOUDOIRS
by Celia Forner
Foreword by Gianluca Longo
Vendome, $60.00
November 2019
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


If you love cuddling up in the bed, ordering out, and binge watching your favorite movies,  time in the bedroom is one of your favorite luxuries . Every now and then we just need to escape for a couple of days. 

The bedrooms in this beautiful book will give you the ideas you need to create your favorite haven. See the rooms of celebrities, movie sets such as Marie Antoinette and Gone With the Wind, and designers. There is something for everyone inside. 

Celia Forner, former Ford’s Supermodel of the Year, is an art collector, jewelry designer, curator of the Portable Art exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, and CEO of ALLEVEN. She is married with two children and decides her time between London, New York, and Mallorca.

Below are several of the lovely images in the book. ENJOY!







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Monday, November 11, 2019

NEAR & FAR: INTERIORS I LOVE



NEAR & FAR:
INTERIORS I LOVE
by Lisa Fine
Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Foreword by Deborah Needleman
Vendome, $60.00
October 2019
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass



Oh my goodness, Lisa Fine, you have created one beautiful book! Color, texture, art, embroidery, silver, crystal, china, rugs, wood, and all things beautiful are everywhere in this book. Lisa draws inspiration from many friends and clients in many countries. The perfect package here is Lisa and photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna. Wow!

 Lisa specializes in hand-printed linens, providing 16 showrooms with these beautiful pieces. She now resides in New York and Dallas, traveling frequently to India. While living in Paris, Lisa was contributing editor for Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She is currently contributing editor for Town & Country.

Miguel has been an editor, writer, and photographer for over twenty years. His photography is showcased in Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Vogue, Cabana, and Town & Country.

Thank you to Deborah Needleman, former editor in chief of T: The New York Times, style Magazine,  the WSJ Magazine, and Domino Magazine for writing the foreword. She is now editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar.

ENJOY the images below!









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Friday, November 8, 2019

BALLERINA: FASHION'S MODERN MUSE




BALLERINA: 
FASHION'S MODERN MUSE
by Patricia Mears, Laura Jacobs, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, and Joel Lobenthal
Photography by Matthew Mead 
and Michael Hunter
Foreword by India Hicks
Vendome, $60.00
October 2019
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass



When this book arrived, I was thrilled!  I spent the rest of the day poring over every page. Not only do I love ballet, I have spent my life in tights, not because I am a ballerina, because I’m not close, but because the clothes are chic and comfortable! 

When I arrived on the pages with Degas’ work, I melted. He is one of my favorites, and I admire his work. There are numerous paintings of ballerinas throughout, and numerous photographs of designs created by the best fashion designers. Just think about a stroll through the 19th and 20th centuries. That is what you get here. 

This book is written by Patricia Mears, Laura Jacob, Jane Pritchard, Rosemary Harden, and Joel Lobenthal. These five have shared their knowledge of the influence fashion has had on the fashion industry. It is beautifully put together, and I hope that you ENJOY!




 



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Thursday, November 7, 2019

A WANDERING EYE: TRAVELS WITH MY PHONE




A WANDERING EYE: 
TRAVELS WITH MY PHONE
by Miguel Flores-Vianna
Vendome, $45.00
October 2019
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield

Author, Splendid Sass




I will begin by saying that I have always been stunned by the work of Miguel Flores-Vianna. He photographs not only through the lens but his heart, and his images transform simple shadows, peeling paint, and rocks into art. He sees things that most artists see, and he captures the beauty in everything. I wish I could share more images from the book, because there are 250 breathtaking works in this lovely book. 

These photographs were taken in 14 countries. The emotion and beauty is shared in every click of his camera. 

Miguel has been a photographer, writer, and editor for over 20 years. He is the one of the most sought after photographers in the world, and his work is published in Architectural Digest and Cabana. He calls London his home. 









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