Monday, December 17, 2012

"Happy Times"by Lee Radziwill-Part One

First I would like to thank each of you who entered the Arteriors giveaway! I just wish I had a vase for each of you since you are all such dynamic women and awesome bloggers! However only one winner could be pulled and that was-Julie of Belle Vivir!! Please send me an email with Shipping address to! Thanks everyone!!

I spent 2 and 1/2 days in New York this weekend as my mother underwent spinal surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery. Unfortunately she was not released for a few days due to some minor set backs, but I am glad to report is home now and recovering. During the days I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at the apartment of my sister's wonderful mother in law and the original Interior designer who started our firm Town & Country. It was here that I perused her bookshelves for inspiration for I could no longer watch the news as it seemed that the world was falling apart! So much heartache occurred since Friday that I needed something to distract me.  I found just the book, "Happy Times", Lee Radziwill! I have always admired Lee's style, grace and ability to overcome tragedy ...and we all know she had her share!
I thought Lee Radziwill said it best in the introduction and I thought I would share this with you in hopes that we can all look back on Happier Times!
Over a number of years, friends have urged me to write an autobiography. I had the opportunity, but after some thought I decided it would involve me in too many other lives.
I wanted to do something much lighter, which would touch only on the good times. I also felt that so much had already been said about my family and the people I was close to, that is would be more enjoyable to only remember the best times with them.
Happy times were a better choice for me. I am always aware that I’ve had a special and privileged life, yet it has been balanced by tragedy as it has been for so many others.
I believe that without memories there is no life, and that our memories should be of happy times.
That’s my Choice.-Lee Radziwill
Here are some beautiful images of Lee and those who filled her life during the Happy Times.-- Part One! This is a long one, there were too many fabulous images that I just couldn't help myself!! Stay tuned tomorrow for her fabulous interior style!

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A definite animal lover, here with Thomas!

One of my favorite images!!

Tina and Anthony resting in that fabulous Moroccan inspired room!

Her husband Stas and Oleg Cassini-1963

Lee was intrigued with Andy Warhol or was it the other way around!As Andy did a n artistic interview of Lee!

Andy on vacation with Lee and family!

Lee and Truman Capote.

An artistic collage of Lee and Truman.

Life is good with Mick and Bianca.

Such an endearing photo of Jackie.

Afternoon Tea by Jacqueline Duheme of Lee and Jackie in India.

Lee and Jackie in India- Udaipur Palace.

Christening of Tina with proud godfather JFK !

I absolutely love the expressions on John Jr. and Anthony's faces here!

Christmas Time at the Whitehouse!

Both families .. Holiday time at Turville.

The family opening gifts at Christmas time..seemed appropriate at this holiday time!

Lee Radziwll a remarkable woman and icon.


  1. Wishing the best to your mom.
    I've never seen this book before, but it looks very interesting.

  2. My wishes for your mom!! Love this post! Always been fascinated be these poeple, although my fave will always be CBK, Lee had style as well. Love Caroline

  3. Karolyn,

    Yupi! I'm so happy to have won. Thank you so much for letting me know. I can't wait until I have my present at home.

    Merry Christmas!


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