Wednesday, January 22, 2020


EBAY HANDLE:  splenderosa2010

If you are at all interested in art, in fashion, in design
and/or "what's happening now."

please watch this Runway Show from beginning to end.
about 15 minutes.

the music is mesmerizing
BUT, the entire collection is an artform.
the video shows close-ups of all the garments,
the detail, the handbags,
& the ENORMOUS shoulder-duster EARRINGS,
seemingly made of feathers.

let me know what you think please.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Every Element Is Perfect !

maybe you've noticed I've changed the name of my blog?

splenderosa was the name of a jewelry line I created more than a decade ago
and, somehow, the name no longer sounded "right" to me.

gracenotes sounds right.

& "gracenotes" is a term in music, so I didn't just make it up because my name is Grace,
because, as you know, it's now.
however, my beloved grandmother, whom I called Mom-Mom, was named GRACE

so this new chapter is dedicated to her beautiful memory, 
and starts off a NEW decade for me.


imagine walking into a party given in this lovely home,

piano playing smooth jazz

cocktails handed to as you walk into the door

happy people conversing everywhere


I've also added music back to the blog...I really hope you enjoy
listening; I choose very carefully, which means
I spend a good amount of time creating all this.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fashion, Or Lack Thereof

hi everyone, well by now people have probably stopped talking about Ricky Gervais and
his hosting the Golden Globes.  It WAS funny, right?

but, please forgive me, I do not think I have EVER in all my years seen such a
collection of UGLY gowns on the stars.


from Selma Hayek's bosom's up to her chin
Scarlette J duct taped bodice
JLo's gift-wrapped Valentino
Kerry Washington's bondage outfit
Gwenyth Paltrow's "see-thru" outfit (worst of all!)

WHO is dressing these women?

or do THEY THEMSELVES choose the outfits?

I emailed Rachel Zoe asking her to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go back to
"styling the stars" ASAP

Pryanka's dress, styled by Mimi Cuttrell, was too tight for her.
Mimi also styles the Hadid sisters, but they are TALL & 
 & Pryanka cannot wear the SAME styles they can.

Jennifer Anniston's dress was fine, but HER HAIR !!!  I realize her hair is like her signature but, for God's sake, can we see it styled differently every now and then?
Her Rachel-Hair was beautiful, but the tossled mess is not.
And, she is no longer the ingenue, is she?

Cate Blanchett ALWAYS looks beyond perfect, 
but this time the dress
eclipsed HER.  I did not like the bandage top, she is too elegant for that look,
and a less complicated bodice would have made the beautiful sleeve treatment look
like the angel wings they were meant to be.

Taylor Swift in the huge DAISY print outfit .  NO !   
For a garden party or later in the season
but in JANUARY !!!


I'm not a designer of couture, nor am I a TV or Movie Star, nor am I YOUNG.

But, I think my critique is valid, still.

I am thrilled BRAD PITT won the award for 
Best Supporting Actor.  
That movie was SO over-the-top, 
the character he played had many facets, from side-kick, friend,
mentor, servant, stunt-double, to fierce and vengeful opponent, that he should have won.
He WAS awesome.

Onward & Upward, my friends

life is a cabaret.....

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Little Girls Dress

We have over-bought this dress, which is GREAT for all of you

we have multiples of every size from 18mo - 7T

$ 10 each
plus $5.00 shipping

clickable icon on left sidebar

all IN STOCK NOW, ready to ship today

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Parties

don't we all look forward to being invited, 
or TO invite, 
to a beautiful holiday party?

especially, when invited by a wonderful, handsome,
oh-so-much-younger gentleman?

“ Schiaparelli Fall 2015 Couture

and, just BTW, our Progressive Cocktail Buffet Holiday Party 
last Sunday was 
A M A Z I N G !!!

but, moving on to the next party:

cocktail party given at her homeby one of the 
hospital administrators in Houston.

I think I'm invited by this gentleman because I'm never
at a loss for words, and do enjoy a lively conversation.

I already have an "unworn" outfit which is perfect for
the occasion.

black & gold
quite extravagant, but elegant at the same time.

SO happy !!

details to follow, along with photos 

xx's my friends

Monday, December 23, 2019

Merry Merry Christmas

christmas, tree, and heart image

Please remember the animals who need care & love.
They are warm-blooded animals, just like us.

Say a prayer for our neighbors, and our friends & families.

Take time out to appreciate America for all the good there is within our borders.

Also, take time to pray we do not become more divided, basically over PROPAGANDA,
as a country, The United States of America.

As I see it, from my advanced age & experience, this is the closest we have been in my
lifetime to civil war.

If you see things differently than I see them. please take time
to look at the other side, and make up your own minds.
Don't listen to ANY MEDIA outlet.

THINK for yourselves.  We were all taught this in
General Science classes in 8th grade.

a house divided....

I'm coming back to blogging more in 2020,
I have a lot to say.

& I'm gonna say it.

love to all who read this !!!!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Elderly Woman Needs Our Help

We Did It !

yes, thank you to everyone who contributed
to this lovely woman.
she will, indeed, have a very

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hello friends,

today I'm reaching out to you for some 
emergency assistance to a beautiful
older woman, 85 years old, who lives in my building.

we have just discovered that she is behind on her maintenance fees, which are about $600 a month.

she owns her apartment, the maintenance fee pays all utilities, and the usual extras.
she receives her Social Security as she was an Interior Designer
& worked all her life.

her husband is in a nursing home, 
which his Social Security pays for,
where she visits 3 times a day, so she can
share breakfast, lunch and dinner with him.
isn't this the sweetest thing!

no children.

in the spirit of giving at Christmas would you guys consider
a contribution towards her late fees?

it seems she is about 7 months behind.
those of us in the building who know her are trying to help her get caught up.  I, myself, have paid 2 months for her.

of course, we all know someone who needs special help,
especially during Christmas, but if your pocketbook
allows I think this is an excellent cause.  we know exactly where the money is going in this case.

after she is caught up, and wouldn't this be the BEST
gift she could receive, those of us in the building who can
contribute to her maintenance on a monthly basis will do so.

you can send any contribution you like to my email
via Zelle with your bank, or to my PayPal

thank you in advance for your assistance
& prayers for her husband and for her, please
her name is Katherine and his name is Bill

LaLaLand Apparel is still ON SALE, NOW 60% OFF.

+ I have a NEW shipment of those luscious blanket scarves,
in many new colors, I'll post ASAP.

love to you all.

just me,

Thursday, December 12, 2019


don't forget to click on the links within the header to shop
ladies accessories, make for wonderful gifts, all in stock in Houston
+ LaLaLand Toddler Apparel is now 60% off, icon to left


Not entirely certain I know exactly what this means,
but if it means seeing a man once, having him tell me that
it's the best day of his life, and then NEVER hearing from
him again...then I'VE BEEN GHOSTED.

I don't really care.
But, I don't get it at all.

I mean, what's the point?
Why would someone tell you that and then disappear?


anyway, that was a couple of years ago and I suddenly thought of it again today.  my daughter and I were talking and she said "gaslighted."  not certain I know what that is either.

The internet has caused young people to cut short all of our
congratulations is now congrats
adorable is now adorbs
& on & on

& I'm not at all sure I like it.
plus, does it sound silly for someone my age to say "adorbs!"

Life, my life, that a mess right now.
I've met a new guy. 
don't know what to make of it yet.
and, God forbid, he tells me "it's the best day of my life."

ZigZagging through the holidays.
there are 5 of us in my condo building who are hostesssing
a progressive cocktail buffet party coming up soon.
WE are having lots of fun planning the menu, drinks, decorations, etc.  
It's only for a few residents here + our friends outside the building, so it should be fun.

My Maltese, Bono, is not going to like staying in the bedroom
while the fun is going on !!!

Merry Christmas, girlfriends.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Waddesdon Manor in Holiday Time

don't forget to click on the links within the header to shop
ladies accessories, make for wonderful gifts, all in stock in Houston
+ LaLaLand Toddler Apparel is now 50% off, icon to left

a Rothschild House & Gardens
in Aylesbury, UK

be swept away by the majesty of thisNational Trust property

open to the public on specific days
for hire for weddings & events

can you even imagine?

please click here to see all information on this magnificent

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Retiring ......

from work, that is !!!
definitely not from LIFE...

closing LaLaLand Apparel for Toddler Girls
so now everything in the shop is 50% OFF, the entire store.
clickable link to the left sidebar.

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Above, you will see a couple of links to the Lush Scarves, the Silk Scarves, and he BIG BEAUTIFUL BLANKET SCARVES available from me.

These are all in stock and will ship to you within 10 days, dependent upon how many orders
we receive.

payment link is at top left sidebar.

if you cannot find payment for item you want
please call
or email

we accept all credit cards as well as PayPal.

I'm tired, my friends.  I hate to admit it, but it's true.
I want to garden, travel, have lunch with my friends, and take care of little animals.

does that sound like retirement?
does that sound whimsical?