You simply don't, when born 99 years ago

In memory of my mother, Evlin, who died peacefully this week after a full and stylish 99 years of life.

Advice from Evlin
  • Cross your legs at the knee
Though at some point this was amended to "except with a Manhattan in your hand."
  • Smoke in public
She did quit- but when she smoked, never on the street and in a car only if in the middle of hell's half acre.
  • Forget to bring, on arrival at someone's home, a small gift; the gift should be homemade
"Don't show up with one arm as long as the other."
  • Pierce your ears
"Harlot! Gypsy!"
  • Carry Kleenex
"Why, when I bought you those beautiful hankies?"
  • Wear a suede jacket without putting a scarf between the collar and your neck
  • Wear too much lipstick...
"If you can blot it, it's too much."
  • ...BUT don't let your lipstick wear off!
(Tell me how they managed this.)
  • Be caught in houseclothes or loungewear when your husband comes home
"Wear a nice afternoon dress. he doesn't want to see you like that."
  • Comment about whose designs you're wearing or (the absolute worst) the price
"Those who know, know; those who don't know, don't need to know."

Have you heard? It's in the stars,
Next July we collide with Mars!
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!

What a swella-gent, elegant party this is!


Susan B said…
I'm sorry for your loss. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother, who was born in 1900, and lived to be 93.
Dear Duchesse, I am so very sorry. Your mother sounds like she was quite the style guru. I am sure we could all have learned a lot from her. Thanks for sharing some of her wisdom.
Sending a big hug to you.
Anonymous said…
My deepest sympathies to you, along with my thanks for this wonderful tribute.
Duchesse said…
Thank you for your kindness, I so appreciate your notes.

The posts with the most