Friday, June 12, 2009


Hello there!

When I first thought to write this post, I was planning to tell you about Bernard. It's really Brave-as-a-Bear Bernard, because that's what the name means, from the German. This little bunny has been dubbed as such because of his intrepid personality. He's also a fearless world traveler.

Here's the scoop: Whenever we girls go on vacation, we take Mr. B. with us. He's the bunny with whom to pose for a picture in front of la Tour Eiffel, if you please.

I was so charmed when I saw the June 2009 Vogue show real-life newlywed Russian model Sasha Pivovarova and her husband Igor Vishnyakov. The pictures by Arthur Elgort are a re-enactment of their wedding. And, that's not all--Sasha poses in a pink dress with a "Bernard" of her own! And why not?

As fascinating as Bernard is (his origin and stories are legendary), I decided to tell you about Tony Spumoni, instead. For your information, Tony Spumoni is a baby doll.

Tony's origin is not spectacular: he was a kind of holiday stocking stuffer special at a toy store--he's only about four inches tall. Pure plastic, he also came with a blue (to match his eyes) plastic bathtub for all the bathing that he's meant to do.

So, it happened that we used to play pageant with Tony, putting him against the babies from a vintage paper doll set that also belonged to us. As cunning as the other babies always were, Tony always came out on top. "Why?" you ask. Well, it's because he has the advantage of being three-dimensional!

I can't help it, for some reason, the Russian beauty and her entourage remind me of paper dolls (you could just cut them out!) in their fashions, and of babies--the wedding party do have a certain sweetness, don't they? Still, if we were to play pageant again, I believe that Autumn would be the undisputed champ!

Autumn's ensemble has a fun dress-up quality. I love the exciting pink dress with the sleek black patent purse. Autumn shows a playfulness with her flowery hair adornments (think Lovely Lady Locks) and in-love pink heart glasses. Fun fun fun!


Cafe Pasadena said...

I tried to follow along your twists & turns here. But, agree with your destination: Autumn wood win the pageant. However, don't make me decide if you both were competing!

Amber said...
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Amber said...

That bunny is not that fearless to some persons, except when it comes to travel. That face does not look like it even has a grrrr!

Laurie said...

Love this! And yes, Autumn wins -- no question.

When I was younger I had a stuffed dog that went everywhere with me. Wouldn't you know it -- I ended up leaving him on a plane!

grannybabs said...

Ah, Lady Lovely Locks - we still have her gallant steed in the toy box!!

Love the hot pink!!

Vash said...

Tony Spumoni(in pure plastic), Bernard the brave, the Russian beauties, I love them all but the cutest by far is Autumn in hot pink heart shades and Bernard.

Laurie said...

Ashley, I was thinking about your wonderful photo stories here. You and your extremely photogenic models should do a noir/deco shoot at Union Station... I'd love to see your take on it.

Also, I watched the film Funny Face recently and the high style stuff with Audrey Hepburn reminded me of your shots here.

Ashley said...

Thank you, everybody! Your encouraging comments are much appreciated!