Archive for November, 2010

Date: Nov 26 2010

Filed Under: Fashion

Are you all out braving the shops?  I generally don’t partake in the after Thanksgiving sales in stores, but will happily browse the internet for marked down finds.  I think I’d like to acheive this look.  So charming.

I also have a question for my Mommas.  We’re considering a fake tree (gasp!) this year considering Lilly’s curious nature.  Any thoughts or suggestions?  I have some scented pinecones and also some fresh tree trimmings in a vase which are helping to keep my home smelling festive.


Comments: 8

Date: Nov 24 2010

Filed Under: Fashion

I’m signing off for a few days to spend some time with my family over the holiday.  But I can’t leave you all without giving every last one of you a big big big hug!!  I’m thankful for so many things in my life, including all of you.  I started up this blog less than 3 months ago and had no idea how much it would mean to me.  Your support, daily visits, comments, and emails brighten my day.   For that, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart.  I also have to give it up to my fellow bloggers who have supported my humble site and welcomed me into the community.  I’ll forever be thankful for your link-overs, guest posts, and reading list additions.  

My plan for the next few days is to eat without abandon and catch up with some family that I don’t see nearly as often as I would like.  I’ll also have my 10 year high school reunion thrown in the mix, too. 

Enjoy the week my friends.  XO.

PS.  I’m participating in another one of Pretty Mommy’s recipe exchanges.  This one focuses on yummy holiday inspired dishes.  Be sure to check out Torrie’s turkey gumbo recipe and Michelle’s cranberry bread.  Perfect for those thanksgiving leftovers.


Comments: 5

Date: Nov 23 2010

Filed Under: Fashion

We’ve hit the jackpot today, my Loves.  The gorgeous Christine from everyone’s new favorite design blog, Bijou and Boheme, is visiting to share her favorite things in her home.  She’s only been blogging for a couple of months but has already taken the blogosphere by storm with her amazing finds and even more amazing style.  I soak up every little bit that Christine shares, and this post is no different.  By now you all know the routine: I asked Christine to share what she has looked at, lingered over, and loved enough to put in her own home.  Let’s just say that she has delivered with drool-worthy beauty including art, furniture, and wallpaper!!  I’ll let Christine take it from here…

Thank you so much for inviting me to share a few of my favourite things.

This is my first official guest post so I’m a little giddy and nervous.
Anyhow…thank you Chassity for asking me and I hope your readers like this little montage.
I capped the selection at 7 and found even that difficult…blogging has helped cement the notion that I could never be an editor.
I like 7 though- definitely my lucky number so here it goes.
Hope you enjoy xo
This is the first piece of furniture I truly had to have.
It was love at first sight and I couldn’t be happier that it’s mine.
 The settee was purchased from a seller in LA on Etsy and shipped to NY, where my husband went and picked it up.
I remember the moment it came into my house like I remember seeing Santa for the first time.
Pure bliss!
I am a big art lover. 
Each piece has meaning and sentiment.
The Nama Rococo wallpaper panels were again, something I saw and absolutely fell in love with…I really feel as though they set the tone for the whole room and I adore their Parisian funky style.
The pink number is a DIY.
The black and white drawing is a vintage newspaper ad from Holt Renfrew, circa 1980…turns out my husband was friends with the artist so voila, we now own a fabulous original fashion illustration.
The landscape oil painting was a gift to me from my great aunt and is by an artist named Thomas Garside.  I love the deep turquoise of the sky and the kelly green of the grass.  I also love that it reminds me of one of the most charismatic and strong woman I’ve ever known (coincidentally, the same lady who gifted me the spectacularly fabulous leopard coat that you may have seen in our hallway.)
The little painting is the first artwork we bought for my daughter’s room before she was born.  There are actually two of them and they picture flying pigs- so whimsical and sweet…the fact that they are mostly pink doesn’t hurt their case either.
 This is a vintage rosewood credenza from the 70’s  I love how the touch of Scandinavian modern helps balance out some of the more feminine/ornate pieces we have in the room.
The wood is book matched so that when you slide the two doors towards the center, the grain actually matches up- it truly is stunning.
It also hides all of our electronics and every toy that manages to migrate up from the playroom.
The sideboard belonged to my late mother-in-law, who I admired more than I can say and it’s a piece we’ll treasure forever.
This vintage Knoll Platner chair is a fairly new addition to our home.
I had been looking for a modern sculptural piece for some time and when I saw this on Ebay, it was like the heavens opened up.
It was shipped on Greyhound and I love its architectural lines.
Owning a piece of design history feels wonderfully good.
 This gallery wall is something that I had always wanted to do.
We procrastinated for years though, thinking it would be like a root canal as far as instillation was concerned.
Happily, it was obviously meant to be and went up without a plan on a sunny Saturday afternoon…each picture seemed to quietly speak to the next one as to where it should be placed.
 I love how each time I carry a child up or down the stairs, they point to the pictures with Cheshire cat smiles and name all the people they see.
This wall of pictures makes our house feel like a home.
 The two Schonbek chandeliers were the first big purchase we made for the home.
Our wedding took place in a barn that I made over with crystal chandeliers that hung from ship rope over the tables.  I loved the juxtaposition of the hard and worn barn with the delicately ornate chandeliers.
When we purchased our home, this was the one thing I knew that I wanted.
We bought a large harvest table and hung the big chandelier over the table and the smaller one over the island.
They will always be one of my favourite things because they remind me of our family’s first beginnings together.
This wallpaper represents me as a wannabe designer.
The motif and colour truly make my heart sing and the whimsical birds with their heads in the sand are just too perfect not to love.
Like the settee, this wallpaper is a perfect representation of my design sense and style.
Thank you again to Chassity for having me.
I hope I didn’t bore you all to death with my ‘I love my home’ diatribe.
Bore us, Christine?  I’m ready to hop a flight to Canada to come see it all in person!  You may call yourself a wannabe designer, but not in my books! 
Thank you so much to Christine for sharing with us.  Be sure to head over to her blog Bijou and Boheme.  You can see more of Christine’s home in her post here.


Comments: 24

Date: Nov 22 2010

Filed Under: Fashion

Have you ever wondered about the J.Crew Shoe of the Month Club?  If you’re a serious shoe addict like me then you probably have.  In fact, I will go as far as to say that if you read my blog you probably have.  When I began researching the club last year, I could find NOTHING.  Seriously, it was like an exclusive secret society that was kept under wraps.  So, of course I joined.  Every month when that specially chosen pair arrived on my doorstep it was like pure bliss.  And I’m here today to throw back the curtain and reveal my year worth of shoes.  Delight.   

I chose to receive all heels, but you can also choose all flats or a mixture of both.

January: Soleil Nubuck Platform Heels.  $225

February: Dani Neon Leather Heels.  $235 (Arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day)

March: Lilly Peeptoe Heels.  $ 228

April: Caden Suede Cork Wedges.  $150

May: Julienne Suede Heels.  $198

June: Sardinia Wedge Espadrille Heels.  $118

July: Demetra Heels.  $198

August: Langford Leather High Heel Oxfords.  $275

September: Bronson Suede Booties.  $250

October: Miller High Heel Motorcycle Boots.  $298

November: Archer Peep-Toe Ankle Boots.  $250

December: Gibson Suede Lace-up Platform Sandal.  $275

*EDIT*  I’ve added December’s shoe.

You may be wondering why I’m including the prices.  This is so you can see that you really do get a deal on all of these shoes by joining the club.

My Reveiw = Best club ever!  While I love to shop (you all know this by now) it was also thrilling to have J.Crew’s stylists surprise me every month with a new gorgeous pair. 

All images via J.Crew


Comments: 13

Date: Nov 21 2010

Filed Under: Entertaining

If there is one regret I have regarding my wedding registry (yes, 4 years ago) it’s that I only registered for one china pattern.  Why oh why didn’t I mix 2 or even more patterns that coordinate?  I know many of you have read through House Beautiful’s 101 Party Do’s & Dont’s.  One tidbit that stuck out was what Eddie Ross contributed: “Don’t set the table with a single pattern of china or silver, as though you just unearthed your bridal registry.  Mix it up, get creative.”  I’m breaking out the LOL on that one.

So I went looking for some inspiration, and it didn’t take me long to find some.  Look at how well the Weddingbee’s set looks!

So I want to know, did you/will you register for a few different coordinating china patterns?


Comments: 6

Date: Nov 20 2010

Filed Under: Fashion

I’m getting ready for a date night to the new restaurant Husk that James Beard Award winner Sean Brock opened this month.  I just need to decide between these two shoes…

So we all agree… the creamy, strappy heels!  Have a fun Saturday night, my Loves!


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