Cara is an illustrator currently based in Houston, Texas. She graduated with honors in English and Visual Art from the University of Texas at Austin and created Saint Delphine shortly after as a way to file all her characters and their stories into one cohesive place. She likes for every piece she creates to have a narrative purpose and Saint Delphine has become that purpose.
She loves topiaries, model homes, nineties platforms, and outer space. The Socialite's Science Fiction is her brand of everything. Saint Delphine is where her characters live, Socialite Science Fiction is how they live. By combining feminine, design-oriented elements with retro sci-fi themes, she shares a visually spectacular Versailles-living, hair-and-makeup-loving take on the genre—something she tends to miss in everyday space chatter. It's astronauts in glitter spacesuits and heads of state planning interplanetary dinner parties over jasmine tea in pink living rooms. It's Barbarella meets Cher Horowitz.
YOU FOUND ME! I am Scheherazade Joséphine Keith—pronounced shuh-here-uh-zad—journalist, socialite, and all around muse to the carbon space stars. I'm quite sociable and I must have a trustworthy face because everyone tells me everything. That's how I chronicle each spectacle and drama queen in Saint Delphine with such tragic accuracy. So tragic. A little about me—I was born to Russian parents on vacay in Miami, grew up between Saint-Tropez, Palm Beach, and Rome, and I truly believe with everything I am that I was Cleopatra in a past life. Or at the very least, Liz when she wore the blue eyeshadow. We have one of her needles in Alexandria Park, Cleo’s not Liz’s (I wish), but they’ve called it Hatshepsut. I don’t feel a soul connection with that one.
Anyway, I live in the extraordinary Saint Delphine with all the astronauts and space scientists and regal divas du monde. Saint Delphine is very hush hush. Very few people outside Linsendorf have heard of us. It’s better that way. But those in the know see it for what it is—a safe haven for space travelers and extra terrestrials and researchers alike. The only one on Earth atm. We’re a small island city off the northern coast of Linsendorf—our mainland—between Iceland and Nova Scotia in the North Atlantic. Linsendorf itself has fewer people than Saint Delphine. It’s mostly weekend homes and observatories. If you scroll down, you’ll find a map to show you around and I’ve caught you up on each neighborhood and important resident (a.k.a the 'players' in our Socialite Science Fiction sagas) in case you’re ever to visit.
P.S. Socialite SciFi? Color me yes. I'm the girl to ask so FAQ me, darling. But make no mistake. Ain't nothin' fiction or faux fur or false eyelash about it.
Separated from Bostwick Crescent by Dione Avenue—the main thoroughfare constructed to connect IFAOS to the Palace of Kronos—is Preston Hill, the intellectuals’ residence. Clemens Astor lives off Tutu park. Home to permanent IFAOS employees and third generation Saint Delphinians only. And Cece Frieda. She’s divine. Lately I’m only ever in the area when she’s having people over.
The first neighborhood seen when coming to Saint Delphine from Linsendorf via the Van Cleef (aka Charlemagne’s) Bridge. The most important landmarks here are the Imperial Observatory, IFAOS, and Saint Delphine Day School. The residential homes here are reserved mostly for visiting IFAOS employees and seasonal researchers.
Saint Delphine’s chicest, greenest, trustfundiest neighborhood after Breganza. Think Dior in the fifties. The park, the Cleo needle, and the Belmont Hôtel are its best features. Daphne and Cosima live here, and Pâtisserie George is on Prytania Street. I buy my holiday pies there. It’s dog and byow friendly.
If East Baumgarten is Alexandria Park’s sweet step sister, Baumgarten is Holly Golightly at the library. Less residential, it’s kind of a spillover of Baumgarten’s to do’s. There's the Sedgwick Orpheum, the post office, the actual library, the fire station, and the zoo. Vegan friendly. It’s really more of a yoga retreat (with facials) for sanctuary animals. No nerves, no pores.
Alexandria Park’s friendlier Gucci wearing, crystal displaying, beach waved sister. This is where the bohemians live. And by bohemians I mean residents who prefer green squares to green parks and going for walks to staying inside with the curtains closed and the tv on. There are also a number of fruitarians here. There aren't any in the Park. Must sees are Antoinette’s house—everything is lavender—la Musée of Art, the Opera House, and Rameses Park.
The royal’s borough. Here you'll find the Palace of Kronos, home to Saint Delphine’s royal family. The princess is married to an alien from Cygnus’s Great Wall. They have a summer house on the southern coast of Linsendorf and their own chateau in Denmark. The residential neighborhood near the palace is reserved for visiting dignitaries, palace guards, ambassadors, and, until recently, the IFAOS Administrator. Now the administrator lives in Preston Hill with everyone else. It’s caused some drama. Also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Gorgeous for a mid-morning sun hat bike ride along the River Seti.
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WHAT IS THE SOCIALITE'S SCIENCE FICTION?
It has a little to do with the Milky Way, a lot to do with alien velour space boots, and everything to do with Barbarella hair. It's for the smart, worldly, Martian princess who has a masters in political science and vacations on Santorini. For those of us who love Star Trek but also need AbFab and live to see Patsy rock a beehive on the Moon. For the socialite with the Architectural Digest subscription in all of us.
WHO IS INTERESTED IN SSF?
Anyone and everyone.
WHERE EXACTLY IS SAINT DELPHINE?
It's a small island city off the northern coast of Linsendorf. And Linsendorf is halfway between Europe and the United States, far north. Find my helpful map here. The mainland isn't anything really. Some country estates, weekend homes, and the prison which is really more like a day spa in stripes. Saint Delphine is more populated than Linsendorf. It's a treasure chest of astronauts, day drinkers, and alien royalty.
WHO LIVES THERE?
Besides drunk dancers and space queens, a lot of aeronautical engineers, astrophysicists—employees of IFAOS, Saint Delphine's privately owned space agency—and normal people like opera singers, nutritionists, and landscapers. My darling, you can click here to meet some for yourself. The residents you read about above are just a fraction, but they're important and interesting so I talk about them a lot. Saint Delphine is a neutral area in the world. All backgrounds have come together to create a diverse, unified community whose foundation lies in the stars. But the only way in is through IFAOS. It's too dangerous to advertise our location, the rest of the world isn't ready to invite extra terrestrials over for cocktails yet.
IS IT TRUE GRACE KELLY OWNED A TOWNHOUSE THERE FROM 1972-1976?
Yes, off Argonaux Place in Breganza.
IF SAINT DELPHINE WERE A PLANET, WHICH PLANET WOULD IT BE?
Neptune. We're a water people. Poseidon's everywhere here.
WOULD SCHEHERAZADE EVER DO A REALITY SHOW?
I'm ready to go. I've already figured out who should be on the first season of the Real Housewives of Saint Delphine.
HOW DO I KEEP UP WITH SAINT DELPHINE DRAMA?
Follow me on Instagram—@scheherazade_keith—I post regular updates about our residents and their goings on, as well as inspo visuals from pretty scifi histories that represent the general sensibility of the fabulous world of Saint Delphine.
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