8 Apr 2018

Turtle Soup and Cheeky Friends, 1914

Turtle Soup and Cheeky Friends, 1914

January 29, 1914 Tonight I accompanied Fred to the annual Metal Trades and Founders Association Banquet at the Hotel Pfister. I wore a new dress, silk like watery jade, and the emu-feathered hat from Christmas.  I’ve always adored the Hotel Pfister.  It’s so grand, as magnificent as the hotels we stayed in on our last […]

22 Mar 2018

Beauty in the Back of the House

Beauty in the Back of the House

Donna is enchanted by all the secluded places in this hotel. She finds the most beauty in backstory and in the back of the house.  Her Pfister hidden gems are the places no one else pays attention to, and she relishes sharing why each of these spots is extraordinary and deserves to be noticed. She […]

15 Mar 2018

What Landur Gives

What Landur Gives

If you’ve been in the Lobby Lounge on an evening, and a man with a smile slow and sweet has asked if he could light your tabletop candle and refill your snack mix, you’ve met Landur. Landur is the lobby porter. This means he bustles around caring for all the details that make everyone else […]

7 Mar 2018

Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride: One Lovely Choice After Another

Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride: One Lovely Choice After Another

I planned our wedding seven years ago, before the flood of beauty, inspiration and comparison that are Pinterest and Instagram. Back then, wedding blogs were the main way to see what was out there in the realm of weddings, and I devoured so many of them that I killed my laptop. The brides I met […]

22 Feb 2018

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

I adore chandeliers. I maintain that they belong in campers and bathrooms, nurseries and libraries. I don’t believe a chandelier can ever be “too much”. I extol their sparkle, their glamour, their unabashed opulence. I love being fancy for no good reason. Today was “Chandelier Cleaning Day” at the Pfister. I have no idea how […]

15 Feb 2018

The Things They Wore

The Things They Wore

A pair of skinny jeans on a pair of skinny legs, a rolled up comic book crammed in the front pocket. A white mustache, impeccably trimmed. A hard-sided rolling bag the color of bubblegum with a furry neck pillow buttoned around the handle. A red wool sheath dress with nude pumps, accessorized with a flute […]