Friday, April 18, 2014

The Lord is MY Shepherd

Free watercolor Easter printable
free from

both images via midnight in paris/tumblr

& I think these are perfection X10,
real works of art.
& I even love the undyed white shells.
craftberry bush on pinterest

I am still decorating Easter Eggs, however, mine don't equal the ones here.
they are "different."

there will be 12 of us for Easter Brunch,
I've finally decided the menu, which ranges from guacamole 
to beef tenderloin...a varied table...but something for everyone.

have  a lovely weekend , my friends,
and don't forget

the Lord is our shepherd in all things....


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oh, but Paris isn’t for changing planes, 
it’s… it’s for changing your outlook, 
for… for throwing open the windows 
and letting in… 
letting in la vie en rose.
Audrey as Sabrina

 Lanvin 2014
(SO me!)

I hadn't made a comment about Gwyneth before, about anything.
And this is, of course, a bit late.
However, I am not at all surprised by the end of their marriage.
Adoring Chris Martin's music as I do, and knowing of his more low-keyed outlook on life,
it didn't seem possible that they had too much in common anyway.

When the infidelities starting coming to light, and now that they are definite,
do you think this will hurt her career as it has done to so many other female actresses of note?

I have been overcome with the joy of creating beautiful Easter Eggs
for the grandchildren.  The light is perfect today to paint on them, bedazzle them,
tie-die them, and ModgePodge beautiful butterflies & high-heeled shoes on them.

creativity rocks, doesn't it !!!

to see more beautifully decorated eggs please head over to Elizabeth's place,
Pinecones & Acorns


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


this is the work of 
Andrew Smith
of Cuba Gallery in New Zealand
find some of his tutorials here

I really really love this piece & which I could have a HUGE size of this image.


Monday, April 14, 2014

A Few of My Friends !


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Happy Monday to my other ones !!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

What's THE Newest?

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lime green

orange red

pale gray green

rose red

darker green

pale yellow

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Yes, yes, a thousand times yes - at The Met.


~~Tulipa By Mandy Di Beautiful gorgeous pretty flowers


DELPOZO spring/summer 2014


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bedroom Love

Master Bedroom
via Atlanta Homes & Gardens

Luxury Lifestyle

via weheartit

Pretty but needs some color somewhere. Something vibrant like a plant at least
via pinterest
the pinner thought it needed color,
I don't.  I love the serenity, the ease on the eyes with these soft colors, and
all monochromatic.

Mediterranean style Olive Mill Residence in California
to see this beautiful home in it's entirety please go HERE
it's in Montecito, California
& it is dreamy X10!

I was visiting one of my girlfriends at her home the other day and she took me back
to her bedroom to show me something.
I noticed she was opening her mail in her cozy chair, located next to a skirted
round table, her exercise bike was by the TV in the corner, and she had
piles of books on her bedside table.
I suddenly realized she "lived" in her bedroom, which is completely off-limits
to most visitors.
her home is a show place, always perfectly attended and ready for company.

for me, this wouldn't work.
I use my entire home, but when I finish something messy I put it up or out-of-sight,
fluff up the pillows, and the room is ready to use again.

I also realized that for me my bedroom needs to be serene,
uncluttered, a private refuge from all the world's commotion.
my closet is entirely separate from my bedroom and I make certain
all my clothes go in there even when I don't hang them up ( !! ).

so when I turn the bed back and settle down with whatever book or magazine
I'm reading, it's a completely relaxing time, the time before I finally fall asleep...
with Bono & FiFi both on the bed with me.  
& no TV is in the room.  I've just never been a fan of bedroom TV viewing.
it's OK to  have one in the bathroom or dressing area so one can keep up with the news,
but not in the bedroom.

does any of this make sense?

going to dinner tonight with one of my recently divorced girlfriends.
she & her husband of 17 years were the perfect perfect couple...
except, it seems, they weren't.
and, total coincidence, one of my long-time guy friends, who tragically lost his wife 3 years
ago in an automobile accident,  had asked her
out for cocktails, so he'll be there too.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Travelling Anywhere 9-Midnight Wardrobe

this is a reprise of a post I did in March 2013,
I looked, and decided it was still the same wardrobe I would use today,
or recommend using.

& just last week for our monthly
By Invitation Only post we
talked about the TOP 10 things we would take with us on a cruise.

now, we talking about real life
& if you have time to real all this you will be amazed at how
little you need to be beautifully attired all the time.

but, just one thing important one thing:
Audrey Friedman 

of "My American French Life" here
is a member of BY INVITATION ONLY and somehow she missed
being linked in with us last week.
she travels often, and has a great post up which we all need to see,
practical & witty.  
please stop in & say hi.


when I worked in the Fashion Office of  Sak's 5th Avenue we were often asked to
create a travel warbrobe for certain clients, which meant knowing what they already owned
& adding new pieces so they would be completely updated.
 using Polyvore I have pulled together the pieces below which should
suffice for any woman who could be attending any function anywhere. 

once you look through
the pieces I'll explain below why I think they work together,
and why I don't think you need to pack other pieces.

well, if you're attending a ball perhaps you do need a couple of other things :)'s

"Perfect Travel Wardrobe" by splenderosa on Polyvore


1 fabulous blazer/jacket (non wrinkle, lint repelling)
3 tee shirt tops (wash by hand, hang up)
2 dressier tops
1 pair longer shorts like Bermudas
2 pants
1 casual long skirt
1 dressier long skirt
1 cardigan (if you need one)

12 PIECES of apparel
= multitudes of outfits,
the scarves make even basic black look spiffy & fashionable

bunches of underwear, socks if you wear them, hosiery if you wear
(roll all of it, put inside other items)

3 Handbags

huge one for the plane, car, etc.
2 small, black & red

OK, let's face it...we gotta be comfortable
1 tennies (I love the high tops)
1 sandal
1 flats
1 low-heeled bootie
1 high heels
notice the colors of the shoes, black with red/turquoise/white

2 (or more) long scarves
the long ones can do double duty by tying around your head
on a bad hair day, or draping your shoulders in a cool restaurant,
or just adding spice hanging around your neck, along with your long necklaces
red/black, turquoise/black
1 pashmina (black/white circles)

1 silk flower lapel pin

if you don't want the flower, feel it's too frou-frou,
add a big brooch, or a couple of brooches, to the lapel or top.
seriously, no one is going to think you're over-the-top if they don't know you!
this is where you can shine.
  jewelry can make any outfit important.

3-4 Bracelets
 cause they are hugely important now
wrap bracelets are such a big rage now, put several one at the same time.
coordinating earrings, of your choice

a couple of necklaces, fashionable ones
1 necklace to wear all the time, a darling, dainty one.


truly, I cannot be without jewelry, it makes
the simplest outfit seem important

now, let's see

1. the sequined top, with the long split skirt, blazer, silk flower,
high-heeled booties, fabulous earrings...
go to dinner at the finest restaurant,
even Anna Wintour would approve.

2.  the beautiful tie-front blouse left outside, the other long skirt, or the black dressy pant,
add the striped cardigan or the blazer if you need a bit of cover,
the stripes go with the dots on the pashmina too.

3.  the cardigan & the long sleeved striped tee will look excellent together,
worn with the white Bermudas or a pair of slacks, you're totally happening fashion-wise.
& think how cute you'll be with the black/white ballerina shoes.

4. wear the tie front blouse open over one of the plain tees,
add the long dangling necklaces & you're dressed for whatever comes up,
but yet you're casual too.
the turquoise sandals would work here.

5.  I am a true believer in high-top shoes, I think they rock, they certainly
don't look "old" and they're comfortable.

6.  even if you're travelling with a group you won't be wearing the same thing
every other day. there are enough pieces to mix it up.

7. try to pack everything completely flat, put plastic bags between items
(like those from the dry cleaner)
totally eliminates wrinkling and they weigh nothing.
if you don't have a fold-over bag lay all the clothing out, on top of
a big plastic bag, then layer everything, roll it all up and put into
a duffle or carryon.  believe me, this works and saves so much time later on.

8. use every square inch of empty space to pack small items,
like jewelry inside shoes, etc. + they don't rattle around when packed this way.
I roll up underwear & stuff into shoes, cause I CANNOT skimp on panties.

9. I don't travel with jeans.  ever.
there are so many beautiful things available I don't want to wear jeans.

final word:   the fabulous pashmina 
never go anywhere without one,
if it's in the way, tie it around your bag. 

other women have said it...
don't take too much.
there are no Sherpas.
unless you have a driver who picks you up at each
airport immediately after you retrieve your luggage,
you will be schlepping quite a lot on your own.
I absolutely did not like learning this new fact of life.

the main thing is to have a wonderful time !

now, tell me...what is the ONE item of clothing you always take with you?