Tuesday, December 30, 2014

squealishly good today: 13 lbs. of ruby red grapefruit and west elm belgian linen

There are not many things that could prompt a squeal of joy from me on a day where our high temperature is forecast to be 1°, but a 13 lb. box of Texas Ruby Reds at Wally World for $3.50 and the new Belgian Linen at West Elm, induced two squeals!
It is a known fact that I think a Master Bedroom should be simple, sexy and serene.  Simple; not a lot of pattern.  Sexy; texture, texture, texture.  Serene; soft color.  The new Belgian Linen Bedding from West Elm provides all of the above.  The 100% linen from Belgian flax has a color-washed look and gets softer with every wash.  Seriously, is there anything sexier than bedding that looks lived in?  Stuffy, stiff comforters and bedspreads, eh, not so much...
These are my favorite colors:
Natural Flax


Pale Harbor

This new line consists of Duvet Covers and Shams (including Euro), as well as Quilts (my choice for summer) and Quilted Shams.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas ornaments

My tree is alive, well technically it is faux, but it is alive with memories, love and history. I have been the lucky receiver of ornaments since I was a child, I have also contributed to my vast collection over the years as well. Some whimsical, some sweet, some pretty, all are special to me. 
This is hands down my favorite and most special. I collected owls when I was younger. Mom was the primary Claus for my brother and I, but this special present came from PaPa. This is our first Christmas without this amazing man, so this ornament is my most cherished. 
This cute elf joined our family in the 70's when we lived in San Jose. Mom worked at Santa Clara University and the bookstore there had fantastic goodies. Elf has two other friends that still live with Mom. 
My sweet childhood friend Michelle gave me a group of handmade ornaments that included this angel and Snoopy and Woodstock, another fave. 
I'm not sure how long Pinochio has been around, a long time. This guy is a miniature version of an actual wooden Pinochio I had as a child. 

Now the history...the following ornaments I acquired from my Grandparents. Most are older than me, all still radiate love. 

Thank you to my assistant, Bella, for helping with this post. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

fab finds at the denver flea

We are fortunate that The Denver Flea came into existence this year of 2014.  A plethora of creative  Colorado vendors, cold Colorado brews, and tasty food truck bites.  While there were many fabulous vendors within the cool digs, below you will find my faves...


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

my gaudy christmas sweatshirt, diy

I am attending my first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this month, but I have never owned an ugly Christmas sweater, I have a phobia for ugly.  My Christmas season sweater is Grinch green and striped, I love it, but it is not ugly. I also have a phobia of showing up in something the same as someone else, so I decided to head to the Dollar Tree and load the glue gun!

Total cost, around $10, with tax; sweatshirt from WallyWorld $6 and Dollar Tree embellishment's $3.

Friday, November 21, 2014

holiday party style board inspired by chairish!

In case you didnt' know, Chairish not only has amazing vintage furniture and furnishings, it also has a stunning vintage collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, handbags, scarves, and much more!
I chose the statement necklace of all statement necklaces for the inspiration for my holiday party style board.  Since this is a bold contemporary piece, the rest of the ensemble needed not to be dainty.  The simple black Cape Sleeved Dress from Zara is the perfect backdrop for the Sachin + Babi Statement Necklace.  Add a sculptural vintage Sterling Los Ballesteros Cuff, a Clare V Leopard Clutch, and a bold Casadei Open Toe Bootie, and voilĂ ! 

I just wanted to show antoher image of the dress from Zara, I love the cape!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

retro romance: 1950's interior insperation, Vertigo

 One of my favorite Hitchcock movies, Vertigo from 1958:  Old San Francisco, awesome plot, 50's fashion (Edith Head) and 50's interior design (production designer Henry Bumstead).  My plan is to provide Interior insperation from Midge's apartment and Scotties apartment, but my bleeping computer is beyond difficult, so we'll just focus on Scotties bedroom light today...
this classic brass 2 arm arc floor lamp, is so classic in fact that it doesn't exist anymore!  Please forgive me for the quality of photo, I've resorted to taking my own stills for this Retro Romance feature. The scale of this lamp is perfect for a bedside light or a reading light for an accent chair.  A velvet covered slipper chair would be fantastic!

#1  The closest lamp I was able to find was this beauty from 1stdibs .  It is authentic, classic and vintage.

#2  While the shade of this lamp from HD Buttercup, as well as lamps #1 & #2, is a little more angular than the original movie light, the scale and arc are right on.

#3  I really dig the style of this lamp from Mitchell Gold& Bob Williams, while it doesn't have as soft of lines as the original, it would definitely do with the right bed.

#4  This lamp from Inside Ave. is about as close as it gets.  It's not brass, but it is shiny with a rounded shade and arc.


Friday, November 7, 2014

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

retro romance: fall fashion inspired by bardot

The search for a Nordic/Scandinavian/Eastern European/Folkish/Bohemian Embroidered Fur Trim Vest was not easy, so I improvised. Etsy does have some great retro sewing patterns available and Ebay has a few vests that could work, but I went HIGH with a beautiful Etro vest and LOW with a faux fur vest from H & M.  Each vest has a day to night look which could be accessorized with long pendants (Anthro has some amazing ones) and a smokey eye, but I kept the looks simple to capture the easy Bohemian spirit that Ms. Bardot personified and owned.

vest H&M Day:  sweater J Crew jeans Gap booties Piperlime bag Piperlime Night:  sweater Mango jeans Gap booties Piperlime

 vest Net-A-Porter Day:  sweater J Crew jeans Gap booties Piperlime bag Piperlime sweater J Crew jeans Gap boots Piperlime