It's during the sleepover part that the martinis will come into play. And play is exactly what I need after a particularly looong week at the office. (It's hard to go back to work after a week's vacation! I'm ready for another one...)
Helga is one of the queens of cheeky quips. Her motto (borrowed from Mae West - or is it the other way around?) is...
"Better to be looked over than overlooked."
That sounds like something Dorothy Parker would have said.
Are you familiar with Mrs. Parker?
Witty Dorothy Parker (1895 - 1967) was a poet, short story writer, literary and theatre critic - and was the darling of the New York literary scene in the 1920's and 30's.
Parker was the best known female member of the Algonquin Round Table. Each day at a 44th Street Manhatten hotel a collection of journalists, actors, writers, and other artists gathered around this famed table.
"Algonquin Roundtable" cartoon by Al Hirschfeld
Dorothy Parker is perhaps most famous for her tart sayings and playful turns of phrase - like the drinking quote (...four, I'm under my host) above. She had a reputation during her lifetime as being one of the wittiest women in America.
"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom
were laid end to end,
I wouldn't be a bit surprised." - Dorothy Parker
I was first introduced to "Dottie" through the rather grim (warning!) but still fabulous 1994 film "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle."
The cast includes some of my favorites: Jennifer Jason Leigh (who won a Golden Globe for her performance), Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Andrew McCarthy, Jennifer Beals, Sam Robards, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
If you're intrigued with the arts and literary scene of the 1920's and 30's - and adore fashions from that era as much as I do, you'll enjoy this film. (Tip: the entire film is available in a series of 13 videos on YouTube!)
courtesy of Paikov
Here's more fun from Mrs. Parker...
photo courtesy of frogsmoke
"Brevity is the soul of lingerie." - D.P.
"Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." - D. P.
I would like to have seen Helga and Dorothy Parker sharing a table back in the 1920's. Better yet, add witty British bloggers Vix and Ivy Black to the mix. Now that would have been a hoot of a conversation to listen to.
Admittedly, I tend to be a bit on the prim and proper side sometimes. (My German Catholic upbringing, perhaps?) And I can always use a little help from martinis and such to loosen up a bit. So before I head over to meet my sisters today, I'm going to be channeling Dorothy Parker and all my lighthearted blogging friends to lift my spirits.
Here's to blogging, to friendship - and a drink that warms the soul!
As Dorothy Parker once said:
"I'd rather have a bottle in front me than a frontal lobotomy."