Since Africa and Peter Beard have been on my mind this week, Christine, owner of Florida's C. Bell, shared with me a few treasured books displayed in her stylish shop: Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits, Osa Johnson's I Married Adventure and D.V. by Diana Vreeland.
She says, "Osa was undaunted...she and Martin led the most extraordinary lives. Her ability to go forward in the most outrageous of circumstances is an inspiration. Life can be an adventure -- I love it. I keep [Osa's book] with my Diana V books...Isn't this cover portrait of Peter Beard a show stopper. That's allure."
Above, on a quick visit to Portobello Road, Christine found this vintage Miao Chinese dragon robe, believed to be early-to-mid-20th-century. She says it has perfectly embroidered silk dragons on chocolate-brown fabric, and is lined with fine muslin.
That's Christine above. C. Bell is located on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.