“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. . .”

In his poem Mending Walls, Robert Frost queried the necessity of separating individual purpose.  Why not crossover?  Surely there is virtue in sharing each other’s space?  This is not easy, states his neighbor, or so he was taught by his father’s generation.  “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”

And so the poet laureate laments . . .

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down. . .”

How apt … Read more


When my sister and I were young, we used to scour my mother’s jewelry box, designating possession of each piece of her personal collection to be bestowed upon us after she was gone.  Seems a bit coldhearted, but apparently normal behavior for little girls whose naivety prevented us from any real grasp on the proprietary meaning of such precious baubles.  Our intent was merely the realm of imagination, a stealth journey into the future where wearing sophisticated gemstones would mark us as the princesses we aspired to be.  My personal target was a large purple amethyst brooch framed in a delicate silver filigree pattern whose simplicity of design belied the visible impact it could have on any everyday attire.  I would stare into the facets of that square cut pin … Read more


Japanese Bridal Beauty

By Margaret Shrum

This summer, I was fortunate to spend two weeks traveling throughout Japan. It was a feast for the senses; temporal beauty was reflected in the architecture, art, cuisine and of course the fashion. This was evident while visiting Kyoto, where I stumbled upon two completely different, yet traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies; each one clearly defined by very different kimono designs.

Both ceremonies, held outside in a Shinto temple, were attended by the female miko, or shrine maidens, whose formal costumes were also elaborate and spectacular. The miko’s traditional clothing is either a pair of long, red, divided trousers or a long, red, slightly pleated skirt tied with a bow. She wears a white kimono jacket and some white or red hair ribbons.

In the first wedding … Read more


Once and awhile I come upon a marketing idea that hits a particular merchandising nerve.  This is just what happened with the Sybaris Lingerie brand, high-end intimates from France, whose gorgeous underpinnings I have admired for some time, but could not figure out how to integrate into the American specialty store milieu.   But last week, while I was reviewing the current assortment, I had an “A Ha” moment.  This is an old world family owned business still working from a custom atelier in Paris.  In truth, they function more like a lingerie tailor than a volume driven company focused on production minimums etc.  Interested as I am at the emergence of the Bridal market as a burgeoning classification in the Intimates market, I realized that Sybaris, who willingly invites … Read more


Intimate Honeymoon Desserts

By Aimee Guthinger

Temptations from your own custom lingerie dessert cart

It’s a matter of fact that Brides visiting my lingerie boutique on Cape Cod will often find themselves talking about their wedding plans.  As a former wedding planner, I think I’ll never lose my curiosity about the next big event!  So, when I found myself chatting with a bride earlier this summer about her menu, I was delighted to hear something that, to me, was very original! This bride was not talking about her wedding reception dinner menu, but her honeymoon dessert cart menu and, the ingredients were lingerie!

You may be aware of the popular pairing of lingerie and desserts at bridal showers, but this is the first time I have ever heard of a bride selecting her … Read more


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