Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ooooooo I absolutely love The Plaza!

"I am Eloise.
I am six.
I am a city child.
I live at The Plaza."

With those opening lines, I fell in love with Eloise. If you dont know this little girl, you need to. Kay Thompson was said to have created her as a mix of herself as a child and of Liza Minnelli (Kay's goddaughter) who was often left at The Plaza while her mother was away.

I wanted to be Eloise. I loved her. I loved h
er for wearing Kleenex boxes as hats and toe shoes on her ears to lunch.

I loved that she had her run of The Plaza and that her mothe
r knew the owner. I liked her imagination and I liked that she was bad, bad, bad! I liked that she slithered, slomped and sklonked her away around. She was mischievous, cute, and, at the age of 6- an international traveller.

"Sometimes I throw a temper fit...but not very often."

I really loved Nanny. I got the habit of repeating things 3 times from reading
Nanny so much.

"Nanny is my nurse. She wears tissue paper in her dress and you can hear it. She is English and has 8 hairpins made out of bones.
She says that's all she needs in this life for Lord's sake."
"Nanny says she would rawther I didn't talk talk talk all the time.
She always says everything 3 times like Eloise you cawn't cawn't cawn't. Sometimes I hit her on the ankle with a tassel. She is my mostly companion. "

Some of my most used sayings come from Eloise. I got a lot out of these books growing up.
It is just recently that I'm appreciating a whole new thing about the series...the fashion! Oh my Lord. This little girl had a specially made Dior dress! And, her mother knows Coco Chanel!

And he really did work with the illustrator and design an Eloise dress! It is in the picture below on the right. The left is Eloise's spy outfit from her trip to Moscow, of course!
We "always travel incognito" ;)

Some more beautiful Art (by Illustrator Hilary Knight, who, btw, now works at Vanity Fair) showing Nanny and Eloise at some fabulous stores in Eloise in Paris :



"Oh my Lord
There's so much to do
Tomorrow I think I'll pour a pitcher of water down the mail chute.

...Ooooooo I absolutely love The Plaza!"


  1. Yes- Eloise is awesome! And I love the quote at the end... Super fun post!

  2. Awww haha these illustrations are amazing. And I think we all kind of wish we had her life! Oh, and you officially down on the project list dear :)

  3. How adorable! I want her life right now. Lol. I never read her books growing up...for some reason it just wasn't that popular when I was a kid (80s). Too bad. But she sounds quite fab!

  4. What a FABULOUS post!!! I love Eloise... this was wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. What's not to love about Eloise!? Even her name is great!

  6. Oh how cute!! Loving the illustrations too.

  7. Congrats, I've given you an award because i think your blog is awesome!

  8. How cute is she?!? I never grew up with her unfortunately...lovely illustrations! And I do love her name....oooh, do you watch LOST? I think last season they introduced a character named Eloise...

  9. You know in my 19 years of life, I don't ever remember reading an Eloise book. Lol. I'm seriously going to go to the library and check it out! I feel like I'm missing out on an important part


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