I was delighted to discover earlier this week that the style of my pair of bergères is a la reine. I've been looking at domestic interiors for inspiration this evening ("Empress Boudoir" is a wonderful start, as search terms go). Naturally, from there I ended up perusing Love and Conquest: Personal Correspondence of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin (and Catherine the Great: Love, Sex and Power, source for the following two quotes). Theirs was a great affair by any standard. Jealous and competitive, he could not reconcile himself with the fact that she had a past, to which she replied: 'The trouble is that my heart is loath to remain even one hour without love.' And my personal favorite: 'I think that the fever and the agitation of my blood come from the fact that for several evenings, I don't know why, I've been going to bed very late for me. It's always one o'clock. I'm used to going to bed at ten. Do me a favor and leave earlier in future.'
[Carine Gilson Silk Kimono in "Miel", $1,325 at Nancy Meyer]
Windowlicker - from the French for window shopping: faire du lèche-vitrine - often appears on Tuesday and Thursdays at 10am EST-ish.