December 6, 1992 |
It would be sacrilege to say that Dorothy Parker could improve on the meaning of a phrase in the Bible, but in one case she actually did: Parker and Clare Booth Luce were engaged in a running feud. Meeting in a doorway one day, Luce stepped aside for Parker with the stinger, "Age before beauty." Parker's famous retort: "Pearls before swine."
May 15, 1988 |
Marilyn Mojahed remembers seeing her aunt and uncle run their clothing stores in the Imperial Valley. "The retail business was always very exciting to me," she recalled. "And I remember thinking, at age 15, someday I want to have a business." And now she does. The 49-year-old from San Diego runs Victori Ana, a gift shop in Glendale. During most of her career, she worked as a secretary for various unions. In 1975, she left secretarial work and went into real estate.
HOME & GARDEN
April 10, 1993 |
Gianna Majzler's world is filled with teapots, birdhouses, scented potpourris and seemingly anything with a Victorian or whimsical look. As the owner and creative director of Gianna Rose, a Fountain Valley-based company that specializes in everything from fabric designs to velvet pincushions to doorknob sachets, Majzler is surrounded each day by new designs and new items that she will incorporate into home decor items. "On a recent trip, I found these great cast iron tassels.
HOME & GARDEN
February 11, 1995 |
The figure lurking in the shadows at the top of the stairs or in the corner of the bedroom may be no more ominous than an antique dressmaker's form. It's another case of yesterday's necessity turning into today's conversation piece. "The old dress form has a different function today, as a decorative stand for jewelry, such as necklaces or brooches," says Nancy Lindenmeyer, editor of Victoria magazine.
December 14, 1990 |
Like pressed roses and old lace, designs by Gianna Rose have a sweet, old-fashioned quality that remind one of white-haired grandmothers and Victorian parlors. "I think I was Victorian in another life," says Gianna Majzler, designer of the Gianna Rose line. "It's hard for me to do anything contemporary." Her creations--clothing and accessories crafted in a way even grandma would approve of--have been turning up in gift shops and antique stores all over the country.
August 26, 1999 |
"Oh, thank you" she exclaims, clutching the bouquet of roses. "They're beautiful." And then she holds them out for you to smell. This is the problem, the smelling. This is the genesis of the uncomfortable little lie. Because, sniff as you will, you cannot smell a thing--certainly nothing more florally fragrant than your weed-filled yard. And you didn't pay $79 for the weeds. So you fib. "Mmmmm," you nod. "Smells nice."