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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Sometimes, the explosion of Easter chocolate in the shops, makes me quite giddy with excitement. Every year my dad would buy me the "Something Special" egg for "Someone Special" I can't tell you  how important that egg would make me feel, it was huge and expensive, and sat on top of the piano for 6 weeks,  I would spend Lent boring my eyes into its shiny purple shell,  it no longer exists and sadly neither does my Dad - life is  beautiful but it's also an agonising lesson  about becoming acquainted with loss.






Sometimes,  when I eye graze through Net a Porter's weekly 'what's new' list, I get the sneaky suspicion that some of you are leading quite the interesting lives.







(a bit tacky? yes but I love it!)



Sometimes, I wonder what a bag named after me would look like.
Whoever just said 'old' stay behind after class, it's  a thrashing with my  brown leather fork tongued tawse for you.
(my old Latin/Greek teacher draped his over his shoulder and under his black  gown for every lesson, oh yes,  I remember it well.



I still think that Dior's Lady Dior bag, named after Princess Diana is a travesty against quilted leather.
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I've invested in a new pension fund: skimlinks which means if each and everyone of you clicks on a link and  buys an item, I'll have enough to retire at the age of 85 to spend my last six weeks in Uganda.
Consider yourselves disclosed and invited to my  bijoux one bedroom toxic slum. B.Y.O.B.
PS.  Put that twitchy forefinger down, I know it's not called Uganda anymore.

48 comments:

  1. A bag named after you would be the classiest and sassiest bag ever.

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  2. That rabbit ears/veil thing looks intriguing... But wtf.... £260 for a bloody headband? Lunacy.

    The Tabitha bag. Hmmm I reckon very understated but lined in some beautiful, sumptuous fabric with a subtle bling clasp. Probably a clutch bag...

    My Latin master at school used to throw chalk. A bit more humanitarian than yours? But I went to school Down South, so perhaps that's why (soft Southerners and all)

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  3. Easter candy... still can't resist marshmallow Peeps, and they're now available at all seasons in seasonal colors. Now that's a travesty.

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  4. A bag named after you would not only be stylish and classy but also have a witty attitude which just couldn't keep itself tucked into the pockets!!

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    1. DB: Charm will get you everywhere.
      Ruth : I had forgotten all about chalk throwing, I'd often be staring out of the window and get thunked on the head with a piece - the things they got away with then!

      Fred: I'll have to look them up.
      Glamour Drops: I don't think it would sell well!

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  5. How many extremely useful Jimmy Choo coffee cup holders would I need to buy? And, those rabbit ears are so versatile - you could wear them anywhere, any season! Oh, and that Dior bag is rather unfortunate, agreed.

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  6. I love you all the more for using the word bijoux, my all time favorite word!Your first picture made me happy! So pretty and shiney, but more so with what's underneath. I'm a hopeless chocolatoholic.

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  7. Your sentiment about your Dad is special! We have Easter baskets here filled with candy, stuffed animals, and other presents.

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  8. I for one would love to see a photo of someone, anyone, wearing that bunny ears headband! Too funny. A Tabitha bag would become an instant sensation and sell out in days. Would be worn by the rich and famous, and you could retire to Uganda as soon as you wish! Happy Easter Tabs xxx

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    1. Knit Yarns: If I was more profligate I would treat myself to that, a King Midas coffee cup holder would be the bees knees.

      Mistress Maddie: I wanted their outfits, silver lame with a feather boa tail.

      Farrah: Baskets filled with presents? You see everything is bigger and better in the US.

      Patricia: I have a feeling they'd be naked but for 5 inch heels - not sure you want to see that!

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  9. Interesting choice of items to kick off the new pension fund scheme!
    A Tabitha bag? Colour of bourbon and prone to giving a bit of lip.
    Did that dear little bunny go home with you?
    Happy Easter!

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  10. I imagine a Tabitha bag would look elegant and classy on the outside, with lots of witty details hidden inside. Happy Easter! I never used to celebrate it but for my husband's family, it is a major occasion and I have come to look forward it - it's a major feast and the kids are sure to get a mountain of chocolates and candies. I would send you a Semla bun if I could!

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  11. That Jimmy Choo coffee cup holder and the rabbit ear headband - thank you for alerting me to their presence. Have been looking for just these very items for ages. Will now go and fill the gap in my life. Prepare for your move to Uganda.
    Was the Special Egg one of those giant decorated hard candy eggs that used to have something secret rattling in the middle? Otherwise I'm mystified as to what it was, and would love to be enlightened. xx

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  12. Love those shiny wrapped bunnies! I have quite a line of bunny decor on my sideboard, and this year I got it all displayed well before Good Friday, for a change.

    While I dearly love chocolate, my particular Easter-related weakness is jelly beans, especially the spiced variety. But since determining to lose my menopausal weight, two years ago, I have strictly regulated myself to one bag per season, some of which goes into the girls' Easter baskets. Although I then pick the beans out of their baskets, except the orange ones.....

    The special harbinger of Spring in my house growing up, though, was the appearance of hot cross buns in the stores. My mother hated winter and couldn't wait for Spring, so it was a happy day when we got the first hot cross buns. I still buy them in her honor, although nobody else in my family likes them.

    ---Jill Ann

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    1. Claire: yes I really have my business head on don't I?

      Louise - is it like a hot cross bun? I love them.

      Heidi : I can see you getting a lot of use out of both as you watch all of the renovations going on.
      It was the biggest egg that Cadbury's made, it came in a huge purple box and because it had the 'for someone special' copy on the front, it made me feel like a princess. I googled for it but it seems lost in the mists of time. It was a regular Easter egg, two hard shells which opened to reveal chocolates that sat in a little tray.


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    2. JIll Ann: the buns are the best bit of this weekend, we always have them for breakfast on Easter Sunday.

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  13. The Tabitha bag will be the next must-have item!

    I cannot resist mini-eggs. Love love love.

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  14. Oh Tabitha, you're much too rich a character for stitched leather. We should summon Tennessee or Wilde from the grave to really do you justice. I am presently listening to a simulcast of Lyric Opera's opening night of Streetcar Named Desire and like Blanche you can "depend on the kindness of strangers".

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  15. I'm coming out the closet for this - but I love the Lady Dior bag. I like its "quilted" leather and sweet little proportions. I hate its size to price ratio.

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    1. I quite like it too. It's just the name is so awful

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  16. Sign me up for the bag as I wouldn't have to see it first . Love your style and a classic Tabitha would fit the bill.
    Thanks for making me pause to remember my Dad.It's being a year since he passed and right up until the end he would hide eggs for our kids .Snow on the ground no problem as it was better for hiding them. Dad discovered plastic eggs and would tuck the chocolate inside.

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    1. LR: MIni eggs and golden Lindt bunnies are the best, both small and beautifully formed.

      GSL: I have always loved that line and so few ever get it right.

      Cybill: I was stunned to read how expensive it is nowadays, it's not that bad it just seems so redolent of the 80's to me.

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  17. I think that the Tabitha bag would come with its own shagreen flask.

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  18. The bunnies are cute but I cannot fathom so much chocolate, I'd have a sugar hangover for certain.

    Your bag ... I think lush and rich brown like your hair, elegant with a touch of cheekiness. Yes as Merry Wife suggests, with a little flask for your bourbon.

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  19. Dinners ready Tabitha!

    Put that silver bunny down and go shave those hands in pic two before you sit at the table dear!

    Happy Easter darling. X

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    1. Merry Wife: Oh I am loving this new bag!

      Tiffany: I've never had a sugar rush, I'm almost tempted to try for one. This bag sounds fab, I might have to try making it out of fuzzy felts.

      Paul: I am in hysterics! My secret is out.

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  20. I didn't know about the lady dior, it is hideous, but I am not sure about most Dior bags, was never keen on that odd saddle shaped one.
    Yours would be be very sleek, paired down and smooth on the outside and and riot of colour and gadgets and randomness on the inside.

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  21. I would love to see more product options for your postmodern pension fund!

    Bourbon and pearls as a bag? Hard one...still thinking - will get back to you.

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  22. Bags shmags...what car did you get Tabs?
    Car choice and colour is much more telling about a personality.

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    1. I hope not - ours is charcoal!

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    2. Curator - don't I know it, nothing yet but mine has gasped its last breath.

      Sulky - I think charcoal is a beautiful colour for a car. I don't understand the vogue for white cars just now, they look like Star Wars stormtroopers to me. Gasping at the nun story!


      Find Boutique - no, I don't think I've ever liked a Dior bag either come to think of it.

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  23. Love the little foil wrapped, fluffy-tailed bunnies. I was once taught by a nun who used to sidle up alongside us (the naughty ones)and without warning, shove us into the wall. Nobody shares God's love quite like a psychotic Catholic nun.

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    1. As a Protestant (technically) in a very Catholic neighborhood, I heard, and was horrified by, many stories of the knuckle-rapping nuns at our local Catholic school. I figure a lot of the stories probably weren't true, but they sure were interesting!

      ---Jill Ann

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  24. Love the bunnies and you have reminded me is time to get off my bottom and get ready for the bunny!

    I think the Tabs bag would have to be a fine sandy pebbled leather with some blue piping and should be called the Tabitha Malibu bag, symbolic of sun and sea, lined in gorgeouse heavyweight green silk in your palm fronds print. Really, I should put it into production now as everyone will want one!

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  25. Haha i am so with you on the lady dior! love the story of your easter egg - i forget it is even easter - just days off! Am off to fortnums on saturday and i will get myself a fig dipped in dark chocolate - that can be my easter treat - as opposed to my i was getting it anyway treat! Have a very good weekend xxx

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. WMM: You really do know mw inside out.

      Fashion & Frank: aaargh, so envious, will you make it through all the snow down south?

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  26. Such a wonderful and touching memory of your father. From everything you've ever written about him, he obviously adored you and treated you as something special, something to be treasured. I think that's such an important thing for a woman, to have had a father like that. xo

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  27. I will have to buy at least ten of the Jimmy Choo coffee cup holders. To replace every other day that I carelessly threw into the trash with the paper cup...I suppose my friends will be trailing behind me.

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  28. At the moment they are even cleaning our children literature to political correctness, too - think of it: Pippi Langstrumpf by Astrid Lindgren! - and although I normally see the point for it, here it is a bit like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
    After Lent I'm looking forward to wonderful chocolate, mmh.
    It is possible that we might be forced to search for them in the snow --- well, hare's feet will show the way :-)

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  30. Ah Easter, in Australia the eggs seem to have been in the supermarkets since Christmas and hot cross buns are sold all year in many of the bakerys.

    You mentioning eating the hot cross buns on Easter Sunday morning reminded me of my late mother who would save them to eat on that day.

    Lady Dior is a pretty awful name I think, Im positive the great CD wouldnt approve

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  31. HOP TO IT Tabs, after the sugar rush comes the crash, avoid. Next time I see Cadbury's purple swathe in store down street from me will think a good thought for your Dad. We'll have a transatlantic hot cross bun moment on Sunday then. Don't get me started on THE bag.

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  32. I'm thinking you equate some of your Easter memories with your Dad and you miss him. I remember hand made Easter dresses with white lacy socks and new white shoes (not to be worn when picking mulberries, oops!) and I miss my Mom. A hand bag named after you would be soft leather, lined with velvet and would slip away at night for outrageous good times. Have you read the dress stories on Dress a Day blog? http://www.dressaday.com/ She had stories where dresses made commentaries that read like 1950s drama stories...they are published in a book now and no longer on her blog, but her pattern stories are still brilliant!

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  33. Tabitha, I'm sorry for your loss. As they say, the Lord giveth and taketh away--or for those shockingly godless among us (comme moi), Life does the same and seems no less targeted and painful for the agency shift.

    When I was 9 or 10 I was given a Godiva chocolate bunny this time of year, wrapped in a beautiful many-colored foil. I think I nibbled at it for a full month, lost in the straits of scrumptiousness v. too beautiful to eat. It felt not a little like manna from heaven, as my parents were usually quite strict about sweets.

    I'm curious what exactly so irks you about the Lady Dior bag. Is it the odd, too-precious daintiness of the size? True it does clash with the quilting.

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    1. magpie - I think it's just its air of 80's ugliness!

      Shelley - that's such a lovely memory, did your mum make the dresses for you?

      Get Fresh - I used to have a great pudding recipe that was topped off with hot cross buns, I've been pulling out every drawer looking for it.

      smr: Really? That's crazy, there needs to be a law against that sort of thing!

      Kathy - oh I was a real Daddy's girl, he has been gone for such a long time, he's fading now which is so incomprehensible.



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    2. Yes, she was a brilliant seamstress and artist. She taught me my numbers by putting hats and shoes on them and making them characters (seven has a Snidely Whiplash moustache; nine wears cowboy hat and boots; an eight is a zero wearing a tight white apron). She used to make fashion sketches as we 'designed' dresses together. She sewed me organza Easter dresses, straight cotton shifts for primary school from my aunts' old circle skirts, two wedding dresses (long white velvet and short mauve crepe), countless dance dresses - long and short - with matching accessories. I wish I'd spent more time sewing with her and learning her skills...

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  34. You can buy your bunny ears at a dollar store and file a report. Way more fun than chocolate-smeared fingers but maybe not suitable reading for younger readers.

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