NYT: Poolside Gossip Reunion

Slim Aarons Poolside Gossip 45 Years Later | photo by Kelly Golightly + Fred Moser for the NYT

You may have noticed a little something in the New York Times today. And by little, I mean epic. Welcome, NYT readers!

Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons | Kelly Golightly

I’ve always said it was my life goal to live in a Slim Aarons photo — I just can’t believe it actually happened. Yes, that’s me in the top photo above, serendipitously strolling by the pool, photographed by Fred Baby.

That desire was in no small part due to Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur (left, in white) and Nelda Linsk (right, in yellow) and the spirit and lifestyle that they embodied in Poolside Gossip. The original photo was taken 45 years ago by Slim Aarons, nearly to the day.

The Ladies from Poolside Gossip: Nelda Linsk + Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur with Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly | photo by Fred Moser

While I look forward to sharing much more of this story and the unbelievable honor it was for Fred Baby and me to be invited by Modernism Week to photograph the reunion of these icons at the Kaufmann House on the 45th anniversary of the legendary Slim Aarons photo Poolside Gossip, I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude and recent developments that I’ve been rendered speechless. Which, from a writer, is saying a lot.

Photographer Fred Moser aka Fred Baby | Poolside Gossip reunion

But I look forward to sharing more soon.

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You can also see a few more photos from that day here.

Poolside Gossip Poolside Reunion | photo by Fred Moser of Kelly Golightly, Nelda Linsk and Helen Kaptur at the Kaufamnn House in Palm Sprrings #slimaarons

Until then, toasting and sending love and gratitude to Slim and these inspiring ladies, hugs to Helen’s family and friends, and enormous thanks to Chris Mobley and Gary Johns. And a very happy 9th anniversary to Fred Baby, with whom none of this would be possible or nearly as much fun.

Photos 1,3,4 by Fred Moser | Photo 2 by Slim Aarons | Photo 5 by Kelly Lee 

*If you are an editor or outlet who would like to know more, please contact me at kelly@kellygolightly.com.

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14 thoughts on “NYT: Poolside Gossip Reunion

    1. Kelly Post author

      These women are the epitome of chic and I always looked to them as style icons, wanting the life they had. I still can’t believe I was lucky to meet them and have this extraordinary opportunity.

  1. Aline

    Congratulations Kelly! I am so glad for you and your husband, it is a fantastic opportunity and you truly deserve it.
    I have been reading your blog for a few months now (and following you on Instagram), but never commented. I instantly fell in love with the old school glamorous lifestyle you are cultivating. Your blog feels so fresh and has a distinctive style!

    Keep up the good work!

    Aline (from Switzerland… I saw you visited Morges this past summer!)


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