Friday, April 29, 2016


Hadleigh's were 245./now 122.50, 172./86., 132./66.

It's that time of year once again. We've chosen some exciting items to put on our Sale racks and at 50% off they are a real bargain !

orange short was 100/now 50, floral was120./ 60., linen 85/42.50

I'm posting just a few of the many adorable clothes that you can nab (if you are quick enough) but don't delay because they go fast.

was 257. now 128.50

 There are smocked dresses and beautiful party dresses, both from Italy.....

was 356. now 178.

There is an outfit for little brother from La Stupenderia.....
was 206. now 103.

and for big brother, a crisp cotton pinpoint shirt paired with white linen shorts.

shirt was 92. now 46. short was 95. now 47.50

This multi-floral cotton frock from Rachel Riley is available in several sizes.....

was 150. now 75.

while there is only one left of the outfit that Prince George made famous.

was 181. now 90.50

A fabulous navy brocade dress perfect for Dance Class !!

was 367. now 183.50

This is one of our classic styles that we have many in many fabrics. It is our go-to monogram dress !

was 180. now 90.

Pretty in pink dress, also a wonderful choice for Dance Class, or a party extraordinaire !

was 300. now 150.

And now for Mommy......a great steal, Sybaretic Shagreen textured placemats.

were 4 for 340. now 4 for 170.

Terrific cosmetic purse kits with a special slot on the back for a tissue cute Palm Beach colors.

was 135. now 67.50

You'll find assorted bath accessories from Casafina .....

soap dish was 30. now 15., cup was 35. now 17.50, lotion was 40. now 20

and great little gift items like eyeglass cases and catch-alls for purse or travel.

eyeglass case was 26. now 13., pouch was 28. now 14.

A really great find are these Fleur Candles at half price. Stock up for gift giving with Vintage Gardenia and Fig scents.

3-wick was 116. now 58. ,1-wick was 46. now 23.,sticks was 65. now 37.50

 Last, but definitely not least, are these hard placemats in botanical or seaside themes.

were 2 for 37.50 now 2 for 18.75

Stop on by to see what else we have to offer. If you have flown the coop already, just call or email Betty and she can help you long distance.


Monday, April 25, 2016


I've mentioned our Palio ceramic ware before, but I thought you'd be interested to know a little history behind this unique and ever-so-cheerful glaze ware.

The Palio di Siena is a horse race (commemorating the Virgin Mary) that takes place twice a year around the Piazza del Campo in the little Italian town of Siena.  It has been a tradition since Medieval times and undergone many variations, although the basic concept remains the same. Originally, the riders were on bison, then on donkeys and ever since 1656, on horseback.

Rival wards (or districts) of the city prepare all year for these competitive races. The winning ward has its name inscribed on a silver platter and it is awarded a large, elongated silk banner to display in their district until the next year's competition. 

There are a total of 17 wards in Siena and 10 of them participate in the bareback horse race each year.  The race consists of three times around the Piazza in approximately 90 seconds. 

Every ward has its own heraldry with an animal or icon and particular colors and designs associated with it.



Most of our collectors opt to buy a mixture of all the designs, but some want only one favorite design on their table.  Whatever way you choose, these plates, bowls and serving pieces are sure to make you smile every time you use them.

The service consists of Dinner Plates, Salad Plates, Dessert Plates, 2 sizes of Bowls for soup, pasta (or of course your Ben & Jerry's), Tea Cup and Saucer, Tea Pot, Mug, Espresso cups, Serving Bowls, Platters, Salt & Pepper set, Oil & Vinegar set, and the most adorable Biscotti Jars you have ever seen!

The pieces sell individually, so you can buy just a mug or a whole service. The Dinner Plates sell for $132., the Salads for $118., Desserts plates are $96., Cereal Bowls $ 84. and Mugs $57.  We always keep a Large and a Small Biscotti Jar on hand and they sell for $238. and $162. Any of the other items we can order for you from Italy. They usually take a month to receive.

If you would like to start your collection today, call Betty at the Boutique. Until next time,
Ciao, bella !


Sunday, April 17, 2016


In 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty borrowed some money to buy one half of 218a Regent Street in London with the dream of opening a shopping emporium with the flair of an Eastern market. His vision was so successful and his collection of fabrics and art objects so popular than within eighteen months the loan had been repaid and plans were in play to purchase the second half of the building and even expand into other properties on the street. Carpets and furniture were added to the mix and celebrated artists of the day were commissioned to design fabrics for the ever expanding brand.

The most celebrated of Liberty's fabrics was, and is, Tana Lawn. It is an ultra-fine, long-staple cotton made without the use of chemicals or allergens and named after Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton used in its production was grown.

There are over 43,000 Tana Lawn patterns today and 120 new designs released each year. I think I love every one of them. Because of the silky feel, crisp prints and lightweight charm of this fabric, it has always been perfect for children's clothing. In fact, every time I am lured to order a dress with an adorable Liberty-looking design, I am disappointed when it arrives and I feel the coarser and heavier weave of a less refined cotton. That is why I say, "Give me Liberty !!"

Currently, we have several dresses in Liberty fabrics. Some are smocked and some have a pleated waist.

One of the smocked dresses has a dainty lace collar...

Marquise de LaBorde supplies us with Liberty-trimmed hooded towels,

Terry-lined bibs,

and onesies with Liberty collars

We have a super cute romper with matching booties that Paticia Smith of London whipped up for us this year.

Very recently, we had one of our lovely clients order custom rompers in 12 different Liberty fabrics.   

She was so please with the ones we had made for her granddaughter last year, that she is now ordering more in size 2 and 3. We are making them with white pique collars and cuffs. Some will be exactly the same as the Ric Rac trimmed version she had before....

And some will have a simpler wavy collar.

Half of them will have the pleated bodice of the sample romper and the other half will be smocked. Oh, I can't wait to see them !!

We will also be having some rompers, shorts and Liberty-trimmed blouses made for our seasonal stock. For this project, two brand new designs, "Queue for the Zoo" and "Gallymoggers" (from Alice in Wonderland) were chosen. Put your order in now as the fabric supply is limited.

Many styles of dresses, shorts, shirts, bloomers and rompers can be made-to-order in Liberty fabric. Up until now, we have only ordered children's clothing in Liberty, but this year we are also taking a leap into women's blouses. Remember the old McMullen blouses that we wore back in the day (50's and 60's)?? Well, we have sent in an order for a few of these to be made  in Liberty florals and if they are as cute as I expect them to be, we will be ready to take your orders too !

Liberty has found its way into our Home Furnishing Department as well. We have made Liberty-trimmed shams and sheets and bed coverlet . We have appliqu├ęd monograms in Liberty and this year, plan to order a Liberty Duvet and Euro Shams that will coordinate with your Porthault bedlinens !! You will think you died and went to heaven.


This summer I will be picking out some Liberty designs to trim adorable wavy edged linen napkins by Julian Mejia. They will be in stock by October, but not to worry, if you need them sooner, just pick a color you might like and Betty will email you pictures of print choices that might be perfect for you.

In stock now, dinner napkins in Liberty blue pattern

A modern look...Liberty trimmed napkin

This style napkin will be trimmed in Liberty

I'm hoping that by next season, I will hear many more of you shouting from the rooftops, "Give ME Liberty !!"