Just finished reading the biography Elsie De Wolfe: A Life in the High Style (The Elegant Life and Remarkable Career of Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl), the first professional interior decorator. She created for herself a charmed life in the Belle Epoque and many years thereafter in both France and the United States. The book regales with tales of a fabulous if sometimes frivolous life led by a woman with a bright mind and an exuberant will.
I found the book in a lovely bookstore in the truly enchanted city of Savannah called The Book Lady Bookstore - on our recent trip down south. The photo was taken in a quaint town just north of Savannah by the name of Beaufort. I’ve named it in honor of Elsie who concocted a cocktail sometime after the second world war that later became known as the Pink Lady. She could be compared with the bird in the photo – a tiny, striking figure perching prettily among pinks and creams, though one who also knew sorrow and the slow withering of time.