Archives for the month of: April, 2011

OK, I admit it I have wedding fever and yes, I do plan to get up in the middle of the night to watch just as I did in 1981. Heather Clawson had a very interesting post about this particular royal affair that I thought I would share with you in case you missed it.

A Royal Bridesmaid

  

India Hicks Hello Magazine

The coverage of the Royal Wedding is starting to become a bit much but I am enjoying the coverage by India Hicks.  For those of you who don’t know, not only is India the daughter of the late interior design legend David Hicks but also the goddaughter and second cousin of Prince Charles.  It was Charles who asked the young India to be a bridesmaid at his wedding to Diana Spencer in 1981.  It’s definitely more fun to hear stories from someone who was actually there instead of an American talk show host.  I especially love when India and her mother Lady Pamela Hicks compare bridesmaid stories and dresses.  The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten was one of Queen Elizabeth’s bridesmaids when the Queen married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947. Both India and her mother were not only royal bridesmaids but both still have their dresses as they discussed on The Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid on TLC.  To be a part of history as they have is pretty special.

 

India Hicks, second from the left with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth in blue at the Royal Wedding in 1981.

But that certainly isn’t the end of the story.  India Hicks has led a full and interesting life.  She spent much of her life modeling before creating a series of gorgeous homes on Harbour Islandin the Bahamas with her partner David Flint Wood, as well as writing books and developing products for Crabtree & Evelyn.  I was lucky enough to meet India and David in New York last month and can tell you that they are both as nice as they are talented.  India was in town to unveil her new India Hicks Jewelry collection.  The Initial collection is based on designs by David Hicks and the Island Life pieces are inspired by the sea.  It’s so lovely that both India and her brother Ashley carry on their father’s design legacy but this post wouldn’t be complete without a look at some actual  David Hicks designs. The Grove in Oxfordshire, England was the last home he lived in and the one that Lady Pamela Hicks resides in to this day.  India was photographed in it for Hello magazine and for a Tods campaign and it still looks as good today as it did when it was designed.  Kind of like those bridesmaid dresses.

 

 Lady Pamela Hicks

 

The Royal Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten in 1947 in which Lady Pamela Mountbatten was a bridesmaid.

 

David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks

 

The wedding of the Lady Pamela Mountbatten to David Nightingale Hicks in 1960.

Thanks Heather. Who knew? To see the full post go to Heather’s blog: Habitually Chic.

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I did indeed drop off  the blogging planet but with good reason; I have been working ’round the clock on one of our many new adventures and am thrilled to announce that the first few prototypes of the Cindy Barganier Home Collection are on the market. Better news than that is the response they have received. The factory is busy! We are in the process of carefully selecting a few stores to showcase them so if you think you might know just the right match let us know!

We haven’t even had the official photoshoot yet but here’s a sneak preview of the first delivery. Check back in a few weeks for more pictures.

 

 

The JenniferChair shown in cotton print by Cindy Barganier for Duralee Fabrics

 

 The Stan

The Jennifer in red

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