Mentally and physically exhausted would be an understatement, as the
double duty photo shoot of my home (2008 Spring issue and 2008
Christmas issue) has come to what we think is a successful completion.
I can't remember the last time that I took a 2 hour nap unless I was sick
or had a migraine, but I could not stop myself from indulging in such a
The Fufu and Fifi shoot went pretty much as scheduled, and has been
an incredible learning experience and utter joy for me in so many ways.
First, the fabulous Fifi O'Neill is every bit what you might imagine her to
be! She is a petite darling, a wisp of a free spirit that has boundless
energy and a style unlike anyone that I have known in my years on the
planet. I thoroughly enjoyed our time chatting about decorating,
business, people, upcoming projects to work on, and our respective life
experiences. Fifi's sister Sylvie is equally as petite, with her personal
style reflecting the tailored elegance that you often see in the cafe's in
Paris~although Sylvie resides in Provence. She is a charming woman
who quietly spent the days creating her lovely needlework pieces while
sitting by my pool, relaxing and trying to stay out of the way of the hustle
bustle. It was a pleasure to meet photographer Dan Mayers and his
quirky assistant, who were the consumate professionals and whose
work I have long admired. He was gracious enough to teach me a few
photo tips when time permitted, for which I am extremely grateful.
Although our visit was brief, Claudia Strasser of the chic website, blog
and book The Paris Apartment met us for coffee this morning. Another
petite doll with apparent over the top boundless energy that is awe
inspiring! Claudia is what we Floridian's would affectionately call "a
snowbird"~wintering in Miami, and hopefully we can get together again
Other than stating that my colors are white, pink and aqua....I am somewhat sworn to
secrecy about the shoot as far as photos go,
so hang on and see what Fifi has in store for Romantic Country
magazine with the upcoming issue and those ahead. Enjoy the
photos......I will post more photos soon as time permits........until later~
~ XO~ Janet
Fifi and Dan going over countless and endless details. They are both perfectionists to the max and work together like a finely tuned auto! Mr. Shabbyfufu is trying to garner a few pointers in the background:-)
Moi, and sweet Fifi......
The tiny waif makes me (at 5'6") look Amazonian in comparison, but I forgive her:-)
The elegant Sylvie having a smoke outside.....(aka"making a phone call":-)
The camera equipment takes up an entire room!
My tired self, Claudia and Fifi.......three chatty divas (excuse the poor lighting)