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Lani and Ann are the Weaver sisters!

Lani's household consists of Steve, the long-suffering coding genius and computer security guru; Jim, Lani's tall, red-headed and handsome son, currently finishing his second year of college; Hunter, Jasmine, Himari, Chenault, the miraculous Onyx and the even more miraculous Resk, undisputed feline rulers of the house; and Jesse, the man-hating green-cheeked conure.

Ann's household consists of Don, who is not just a computer genius but a pilot, a builder, and a damn good father; their son Steve, the marathon-running, college-bound, funniest teenager I know; and wonder dog Tater.

Other family members are Laurie, Lani's beautiful daughter who teaches at elementary levels; her handsome son Alex, aka Alexander the Great; Mary and Bo, a/k/a Mom and Dad, and Bud and Ann, Steve's patient and wonderful parents.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Lots of pictures (posted by Ann)

So hold on, here it comes! First a few pictures of the lovely place I stayed outside London. I have a few gardening ideas after this visit, look at how they use vines. Pyracanthea, ivy, and others that I'm not familiar with.

Then a picture of Tylney Hall across the pond, and a picture of how I'd love my front door to look.

And now for Paris - first thing I did was the Musee d'Orsay, which was fabulous. Just fabulous. I've seen the impressionist exhibits in the states, and they'll have 40 - 50 paintings to look at. The d'Orsay has about 500. It is unbelievable. My favorite painting of all time (up until yesterday) is by Tolouse-Latrec, and I didn't know when I got there but it was in the d'Orsay. Bad picture - it's behind glass and in dim light, since it's a pastel.

But I think I found new favorites. I can't decide between these two - I love the Far East feel of this one, and the geese.

And now, for my fashion picture of the day. As seen in the d'Orsay - I don't think I'll be trying it!

Then I took a boat trip down the Seine for a lovely sunset over Paris, and went to the Eiffel tower where I was too hungry to wait 45 minutes in line. So I found a cafe for a dinner of steak frites, and made my way back to the hotel to sleep for 12 hours.

So, here are a few tips on what I'd need to do to look French and then I'm off to the Louvre and shopping.

1) Lose 20 pounds
2) Look in the mirror, sigh, and lose 10 more pounds
3) Wear a straight skirt, cashmere sweater, patterned opaque hose, flats or boots, and always always a scarf (fave combos seen - black leather skirt, diamond patterned opaque hose, black flat loafers, cream cashmere sweater, red/black/gold long scarf or plaid skirt with gold/red/black, black opaque hose, black flat boots, red v-neck cashmere sweater, and a scarf wound tightly around the neck.
4) No heavy makeup, especially no black eyeliner
5) Always lipstick
6) No sport shoes, always leather, but to my surprise flats are fine
7) Minimal jewelry
8) Must have a fabulous bag
9) Hair is short, or in a ponytail/clip, never hanging long

I won't be passing today!


At 2:31 PM, Blogger Lani said...

The pics of Tylney Hall are good, the pic of the Eiffel Tower is good, but that picture of your boat ride down the Seine ... wow. When even Steve goes "Wow, that's really a beautiful sight", you know you got it. As for your favorite paintings, personally, I'm loving the geese. The fashion statement in the d'Orsay ... meh, whatever works for her but I wouldn't do it. And your checklist for what you need to do to look French is hysterical. The Sartorialist was in Paris not long ago and the first thing I thought when I saw his pictures was "Damn, I need to lose 20 pounds before I go there". The second thing I thought was "WHERE do they get those fantastic bags???" Because yep. Every woman in every picture he took had a fabulous bag.

Can't wait for more pictures!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Third Sister said...

I thought for a second the woman in red was you! I did wonder when you decided a cocktail dress was just the thing to wear with jeans. I'm so jealous! Lani better get a tour bus for the European trip because I am coming with or without an invitation. :)

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Third Sister said...

And by the way, you DO have a fabulous bag--a CAT Bag that is so exclusive, not everyone does. Soon, Lani will have one,too. Love y'all!!!

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Ann said...

But now you're going to make me admit that it's the lose 30 pounds and the shoes that put me out of running!

I should have taken a picture of the CAT bag in Paris. Just think, it'll be like that lawn gnome that traveled the world - CAT bag tours. . .

I'm ready for the bus tour. Mom? Are you up for it?


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