Queen Bee

Queen Bee

An  edited version of  The Song of the Queen Bee by E.B. White published in The New Yorker Magazine 1945.

“The breeding of the bee,” says a United States Department of Agriculture bulletin on artificial insemination, has always been handicapped by the fact that the queen mates in the air with whatever drone she encounters.”

 The Song of the Queen Bee 

When the air is wine and the wind is free

and the morning sits on the lovely lea

and sunlight ripples on every tree

Then love-in-air is the thing for me

I’m a bee,

I’m a ravishing, rollicking, young queen bee,

That’s me.

I wish to state that I think it’s great,

Oh, it’s simply rare in the upper air,

It’s the place to pair

With a bee.

Let old geneticists plot and plan,

They’re stuffy people, to a man;

Let gossips whisper behind their fan.

(Oh, she does?

Buzz, buzz, buzz!)

My nuptial flight is sheer delight;

I’m a giddy girl who likes to swirl,

To fly and soar

And fly some more,

I’m a bee.

For I am a queen and I am a bee,

I’m devil-may-care and I’m fancy-free,

I am a bee and I simply love it,

I am a bee and I’m darn glad of it,

I am a bee, I know about love:

Love-in-air is the thing for me,

Oh, it’s simply rare

In the beautiful air,

And I wish to state

That I’ll always mate

With whatever drone I encounter.

Image: Queen Bee by DCT


Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is nearly here and already inundating us with the glamour of flapper-era fashion. I have made no secret of my love for Chanel and her contribution to change in women’s fashion. As she said, “A girl should be two things; Classy and fabulous.” I also recently divulged my adoration for the cloche. Needless to say the 20s is my era.

So what is it about the spirit of the roaring twenties, jazz age, or as the French say “années folles (crazy years) that beckons me, you ask?

Well simply put “girl power”. It was an era of women rebelling against social constraints; freeing their restrained corseted figures from bondage, ditching the high necklines for free flowing styles and a casual ease, and cutting their hair. All this while still maintaining a sense of femininity and glamour. Come on! Women earned the right to vote. What’s not to love?

Elsa Schiaparelli wrote the ancient Greeks “gave to their goddesses… the serenity of perfection and the fabulous appearance of freedom.” I believe that is what the 20’s did, freed woman from the constraints of dress yet still let the goddess below radiate.

It was an artistic time teeming with jazz music, flapper styles, dancing, gin, speakeasies and Art Deco. Even Mickey Mouse was born in the 20s.

Now I do think an argument could be made drawing a parallel between the roaring twenties and the story of Sodom & Gomorrah. A thesis written on a time of great excess leading to divine judgment (Wall Street Crash of 1929) and then subsequent era of the Great Depression (God’s Wrath). But I leave that to the theologians and scholars to suss out on their own.

For me this is the historical period to which I would return if given a chance. So in that vein I present you with Louise. In all her simple elegant ease.

and a little something Extra~ a Great article on how to wear hats in case you’re inspired.

Year of the Snake

So last Chinese New Year I posted this image documenting the move from the year of the rabbit into the year of the dragon. Even though this year’s holiday is long past and we are well on our way, slithering through the year, I figured it wasn’t too late to share the image I drew hearkening in the year of the snake.

Year of snake

On a side note I was born in the year of the rat. Now apparently Chinese astrology says we are more or less compatible with the snake. I don’t see how that can possibly be true; considering we are more or less snake food.

Lunchtime Doodles update

80ee32283adf590e9266d7b651254fc2 (1)I have been doing doodles occasionally and posting the quick sketches to my Pinterest Board. This is the latest inspired by JC Crew’s Liberty toothpick jean in Tresco Floral. The best part was being able to utilize all the highlighters in my desk.

I also fleshed out and colored my first lunchtime doodle P.S. I Love You and posted it to my etsy store as a Print. I think she turned out pretty good.