The Manifesto…


When Analiese contacted me today asking if she could share my Neo-Trad Manifesto I realized I’d never formally shared it here (though it can always be found the column to your right)!  So, on the chance you missed it, voilà…  What do you think?  Can you relate?  What would you add???

UPDATE: Anyone else who wants to share this with their readers may of course do so! I’d be flattered—spread the love! XO


We believe in being glass-half-full sorts of girls.

We believe that often times, granny is chic.

We believe in pedaling vintage Schwinns with flower baskets.

We believe in poetry, picnics, and piñatas.

We believe one is never too old to keep a diary, the secrets only grow more scandalous.

We believe in arranging fresh flowers unruly like an English garden.

We believe in adventure and traveling the globe, be it to Marrakech or Malibu.

We believe in mixing lucite with oriental rugs. Thrift store finds with heirlooms.

We believe in handwritten thank you notes, better late than never.

We believe in needlepoint, letterpress, decoupage and forgiving Martha Stewart.

We believe in piggy banks and cookie jars.

We believe in book clubs full of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Austen and Woolf.

We believe station wagons are hopelessly chic.

We believe in recycling our Grandmothers’ names. Eloise, Jackie, Faye…

We believe in collecting: stamps, shells, books, big glittering diamonds…

We believe in marrying the boy that writes us the best love letters.

We believe in highly competitive board games—Chess, Scrabble, Chutes & Ladders.

We believe in spontaneous road trips and charming, chintzy bed & breakfasts.

We believe there’s something to fortune cookies, wishbones and 4 leaf clovers.

We believe in classics, shaken and stirred.

(image for miss dior cherie)

27 comments on “The Manifesto…

  1. Stevi

    This is so great!!!! I am in love with this whole list. I haven’t read it before. Once again Kate, you are amazing.

  2. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Stevi — Oh I’m so glad I posted it then! I didn’t want to annoy people, but I figured a lot of you hadn’t found it over there on the sidebar : ) Thank you—you’re such a sweetheart! XOXOXOXO

    My Fav — Of course you can share it!!! It was so much fun to write. Spread the love!!!! XO

  3. Brandi

    Love this so very much. It was one of the first things I read when I first came to your site, and it instantly confirmed in my book how awesome you are. That’s only been continuously reinforced by all of your posts and wonderful projects.

  4. Amanda

    I read this when I first visited your blog (“back in the day” – haha) and it was one of the things that told me you were a kindred spirit! It’s so awesome! XOXO

  5. jordan

    i’ve read this several times, and every single time i feel like my heart smiles. too many of them ring COMPLETELY true of me. my personal faves…
    -granny = chic. doilies will probably FOREVER be 1 of my favorite things in life!
    -station wagons. yum.
    -martha stewart {i’ll never forget how much trouble i got in in my college speech class for wearing a “free martha” shirt on a day that i presenting. classic.}

  6. Kate Paradis

    I so agree with these comments, I read it on one of my first visits and knew I’d found a kindred spirit! I love it more every time I read it :)

  7. Karen

    I believe! One of your many (stylish) neo-trad minions ;)

    Must admit that I earned the nickname Martha (after MS) in college b/c of my design and domestic tendencies…

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