Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mackenzie Childs Trio

I love this trio of jars from Mackenzie Childs. I put them in my online shopping chart, and my finger is just itching to push the "complete order" button. I am going to think about it, though, because although I love them, do I really need them and have a perfect spot for them? I will let you know what I do!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Good Night

No pictures with this post...gasp!!! Tonight we had friends over for dinner. They have been our friends for a long time. My husband was friends with them before he and I met, and then the four of us became friends. The wife and I have never been BEST friends. I have tried. I don't know if it is the age difference or that she and I are just different people. The husband was my husband's best man. Another girlfriend of mine was my maid of honor. The wife hosted my baby shower with my maid of honor (five years after the wedding for those curious minds!). The husband and wife are my son's god parents. We actually have not seen a lot of them in the last two or three years and they live in the same neighborhood. They have two children who both became engaged this summer, so I sent them both gifts. I also offered to host engagement parties or anything else that they would like us to do. We were with them and two other couples two weekends ago at a function at our country club. Tonight they came over for dinner. I always get my hopes up that the closeness will continue. I am keeping my fingers crossed...

Have you had this experience?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dior Lemon Balm Polish

Dior Lemon Balm Nail Polish is a new color that is sold exclusively at Nordstrom's. I purchased it last week, and I would anticipate it being sold out very soon. I finally had the chance to paint my nails with it yesterday, and I love the color! It is hard to describe the shade, but it is a smokey shimmery brown with a tiny hint of plum. It has put me in the mood for Fall!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hostess Blog-Feather Tree Centerpieces

Do you read the Hostess Blog? You should!!! She has the most amazing ideas for parties, and she tells you how to duplicate what she has done. Her pictures are so bright and colorful. She makes me want to throw a party everyday!!!

Guest Bath

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This is the guest bath. I used a beach theme with turquoise and sea blue walls. The colors are them combined for the ceiling. Crabtree and Evelyn’s La Source and India Hicks are the bath products use in this bath. Beach Cottage Studio sells the bottle on the windowsill and the covered electrical plate.

Guest Room

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This is one of the guest rooms in our house. I wanted the room to be bright and welcoming to our guests. The prints above the bed and the framed print on the nightstand are from Annechovie. The paintings above the chest are from Karen Fields. The queen bee and fleur de lis paintings are from L. Young Studio. Beach Cottage Studio made the martini glass that holds Gliteratti candy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Photoshop

Okay, I know that EVERY picture of every celebrity that is taken profesionally (with their permission) and appears in a publication is photoshopped. Does there come a point when enough is enough? Kelly Clarkson looks fine before the photoshopping. Is she a size 0? No. Is that okay? Yes. She is certainly not obese. What is the message that we send our youth when this much photoshopping is done?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pesto


I plant basil every spring, and I have tons of basil all summer. My husband loves mozzarella caprese salad, and I make that often. I grow tomatoes in pots, and I get enough for salads but not enough for canning. This morning I decided to make some pesto. I will use some of it tonight or tomorrow on grilled chicken or pasta, and I will freeze the rest. The other thing I do with basil is to grind just basil and olive oil in the food processor. I freeze it in ice cube trays. Then in the winter, I add a cube to spaghetti sauce, soup, or a dish that I am making that could use some basil.

This is the pesto recipe that I use:

2 cups of fresh basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. It's delicious!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The winners of my giveaway are........

1. Sweet Tea in Seattle
2. Beach Cottage Studio
3. Southern Living Preppy Style


Ladies, please leave a comment (which I will not publish) with your address. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A little nip here, a little tuck there...

I want to send a BIG thank you to Danielle from Girls Night Out Custom Blog Designs for my face lift!!! She was AWESOME to work with! She really understood what I wanted and asked the right questions. Plus, she is the sweetest thing ever. Period. Oh, and her prices are great, and her turnaround time is fast, fast, fast!

Just love her!!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kate Spade for Lenox





I was raised in a Lenox household. My parents had Lenox china, and I remember that my dad would buy my mom a decorative piece of Lenox-a vase, candy dish, bowl-for every holiday. When I bought my first house I started to purchase Lenox, and my dad started to give me a piece of Lenox every Christmas. My mom still has A LOT of Lenox, and my dad passed away last year, so neither of us is getting anymore special pieces from Dad. I remember him driving over to the gift shop near my parents' house to choose gifts. It is such a special memory. My china is Lenox, and unfortunately I don't use it often. It's not that I am afraid it will break. I am a firm believer that you should use all of your good china and crystal and truly enjoy it. It's just that I don't prepare a lot of formal meals where we sit in the dining room-maybe twice a year. I am glad, though, that I have a beautiful set of Lenox china. I saw these advertisements for Kate Spade's collection, and I think her pieces are beautiful. I want to visit a store soon and see the collection.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Land of Lulu





Anne Keenan Higgins makes a line of stationary called Land of Lulu. I have used a variety of her cards over the years. I normally have at least three sets of different Lulu cards at any time. I always get my envelopes printed with my return address so that the cards look more personalized. I used the cards with the lady and the baby carriage for my thank you notes when my son was born. That alone gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, but I really do like these cards.
Oh, I nearly forgot...my checks are Land of Lulu also!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cupcake liners












Who doesn't love cupcakes? This website has a huge selection of liners that make the cupcakes more fun!



Is sagging a problem...with your LV Neverfull?






I have the LV Neverfull GM. I highly recommend purchasing a base for the bag from Ebay. The base prevents the bag from sagging, and the bag looks better with it. The base is made for the MM also.


Magenta Nails for Fall

I love everything about the summer, but right about now I am ready for the fall. When I see nail polish colors like these, it puts me in the mood to buy fall clothing and make-up.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Why would you take a $1,400 bag to the pool?

I was looking at some bags tonight on line, and I saw this Louis Vuitton Galliera GM. I started to laugh because it brought back a funny memory. We were staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach recently, and THREE women took this bag to the pool and used it as their handbag/pool tote. Kids were splashing, there was sunscreen and margaritas, and these $1,400 bags were just thrown on the ground and treated no better than a burlap bag. I love my handbags, and I am proud to carry them, but when I am on vacation at a beach resort I always pack a tote bag to take to the beach and pool.

The Macbeth Collection-SALE!



The Macbeth Collection has the coolest metal bins, tubs, and vases that are covered in beautiful designs. You can monogram them also. They can look casual or formal depending on their use. They are having a summer sale. Use code SUMMER at checkout. You can purchase their items here.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Now I've seen everything...

I was getting my hair done this afternoon and was flipping through some magazines. I saw this new sandwich bag featured. It looks like it has mold, so no one will steal your lunch! You can buy it here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tory Burch Scroll Tote


I am loving my Tory Burch Scroll Tote. It is huge, has two enormous zippered pockets on the inside and two pockets on the outside. It is sold out in stores, but you can buy one here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Baltimore

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I spent Friday in Baltimore with my friend Cris. We went to Harbor East which is part of the Inner Harbor. There are great shops and restaurants. When I take my son to Baltimore we visit the Baltimore Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. There is so much to do with children in Baltimore. We live close to Baltimore, so it is a quick trip. My son was not with me, so I did not go to our usual spots.

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We stopped at Williams-Sonoma, and I bought lots of things there…as usual! I love their dish towels, and they had the pink and green towels on sale, so I bought many sets of those. I will probably pair a set of towels with something Lilly for a hostess gift. I also bought the pocket pie molds in the star and the heart. I think that is something fun for my son and I to make together. Don’t they look delicious in the picture?!

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After Williams-Sonoma, Cris and I went to Belvedere Square. It is another shopping and restaurant area. They have an awesome Italian Market called Ceriello Fine Foods. They sell fresh meats, cheeses, and prepared dishes along with frozen pastas and sauces, and dry goods. I purchased a lot of items to take home. There is a wine bar attached to the market called Grand Cru. You can purchase food in the market and take it with you to Grand Cru where you can sit at a table and order glasses of wine off of the menu or purchase bottles from the cases. We shared a bottle of Conundrum. Our friend Robert visited us at Grand Cru, and it was so much fun to eat a delicious sandwich and enjoy some wine. The best part, though, was taking home some delicious prepared food that I did not have to make from scratch!