Gertrude Bell March 31 2020, 0 Comments

Gertrude Bell

I have always been drawn to the story of Gertrude Bell. A woman who went against all odds, all forms of conformity. Driven by passion she found herself in the Middle East, learning Arabic and crossing the harsh deserts of Arabia by horse, accompanied solely by her trusted guardian Futouh.
She was completely absorbed and enamored by the Arab culture, their sense of hospitality, their Worldliness, their warmth and wisdom. Sheikhs whose paths she would cross on her voyages fell for her charm and appreciated her sense of adventure. They trusted her, discussed the turbulence of the region with her in detail and respected that she would listen, intently, not trying to control or persuade them with her own political agenda. She worked with them, and not against them. Or so she believed at the time.

People were in awe, confused and scared of her.  She had no fear.
‘A wonderful person, not very like a woman’, is apparently T.E Lawrence’s opinion of her. One of her best friend’s describes her as a mad creature whom she first came across in Constantinople, Bell had apparently arrived straight out of the desert with all her evening dresses, cutlery and napery she insisted she needed on her wanderings.
A peculiar and brave creature, marginalized by other influence- seekers, put aside and forgotten after her untimely and strange death. Buried in Baghdad, Gertrude managed to stay where her heartfelt content, in the Arabian Desert.


(Images courtesy of Penguin and Google Images) 

Season of the Witch October 22 2018, 0 Comments


Halloween is around the corner and I am thinking about all the elaborate costumes!  However, it always seems to be my go-to costume is a witch.  Thankfully there are a lot of witchy options online...



Bohemian Rhapsody July 09 2014, 0 Comments

As Ramadan has come in the midst of summer this year, it makes it easy to wear caftans on these warm nights.  There's something both easy and glamorous about a caftan.  Slipping on one immediately makes you feel luxurious as you channel your favorite bohemian chic muse in a second. 

Images from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in the late 1960's and early 1970's  embody this mood.  Beautiful models photographed in exotic locations, wearing wonderful caftans and accessorized to the max.   And when I head out to my next ghabaga in my favorite caftan, I will make sure to emulate one of these fabulous ladies.  


(Images courtesy of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue)

A Little More Juice April 15 2013, 1 Comment

If our behind the scenes photos from last week didn't quench your thirst, here's a little teaser video of 'When Life Gives You Lemons'.  Stay tuned for the full noon collection at the ecru Pop-Up Shop launching next week. 


Just A Squeeze Of Lemon April 10 2013, 0 Comments

Here’s a little sneak behind the scenes of the magical noon for ecru ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ shoot. Stay tuned for the final juice.


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