Thursday, August 27, 2015

People Change....

those of you who've been reading my blog for awhile already know that my 
preference in interiors (mine) lean toward the very sleek, ultra sophisticated looks.

however, lately the images below have captured me.

I think it's because they are SO completely livable and comfortable,
made for creature comfort, without pretense.  
you know?

and I think I've relaxing a bit as I've fallen under the influence of
Penelope Bianchi and The Contessa, Elizabeth.
2 women of immense talent and
boundless charm.

I've also decided it's OK for the dogs to get on the furniture, albeit they always did
but with much worry on my part.

now, I won't worry.
they are a part of my life, a big part!

& then there're the grandchildren,
aged 7.5 to newborn.

there can be no pretentious with them around !!!

have a wonderful day, my friends.

I'm almost back in the land of the living,
temps have dropped considerably meaning Fall is not too far away.

& yes, Helen, there is a huge difference between 100f & 90f.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three's Company !!!

these red outfits make me smile,
bring on the holidays !!!

the 70's vibe is such a happy, casual way to dress.
any of these outfits 
make a perfect winter's day dressing in Houston.

 Grabbing all attention and turning heads as beauty's
Sanne Vloet, Larissa Hofmann & Melina Gesto 
take a stroll through the city as David Bellemere captures the models 
in the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Hermes & Bottega Veneta,
 styled together by Marina Gallo 
for the september issue of Vogue Spain.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Another Texan



If you’re overdressed 
people will just assume 
you’re coming from somewhere better 
or going somewhere better.

Texan, Jerry Hall in the early years,
still beautiful & still witty.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Theory

(image of the Diana Fountain, Bayou Bend Gardens, Houston Museum of Fine Arts property,
open to the public)

transitional dressing.

here in Houston we're not certain exactly what this means as our climate
usually consists of 200 days of Summer, 20 days of Winter,
& the rest divided into Fall & Spring.

however, we do travel, thankfully.

for the rest of my readers, the ones who actually live in locations where we have 4 actual Seasons,
the little outfit above would be absolutely wonderful!

for any age, any size.

the Linella wool/cashmere blend funnel-neck sweater is beautiful in this silver gray color,
love the way it fits, it's design is flattering to everyone.

& that perfect leopard-print skirt, the Marvita A-Line shaped, would become a staple for me.
wood/nylon knit pull-on skirt, below the knee making it wonderful for our Fall shoes/boots.

& both from THEORY in a really great price point,
both pieces are very affordable.

please let me know what you think...would you wear this?

I know I would....and could wear it almost every single day during the season.
I especially love the fact that the pieces are not married.
either could go without the other, you know?


& this JOIE "Matricia" PONCHO ?
pop it on over the outfit above or wear it 100 other ways,
love the pattern, texture...and yes, even with the leopard print skirt.

wool/poly, under $300, you can find it here

& ummmmm what a wonderful Christmas gift for someone!!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jeff Leatham's Green Botanical Wedding Flowers

is there anything more beautiful than Jeff Leatham's flower designs?


below is an example of WHY he is so in demand.
wish they had said whose wedding and where it was.

a lovely Sunday to you guys...


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Avo Restaurant in Nashville

an avocado margarita?
yep, at Avo's

all this from Chalkboard Ezine
Okay, guys we tried to convince Nashville’s Avo Restaurant 
to share all the luscious, boozy details with us for their avocado margarita, 
but to no avail. 
Wisely, they’ve kept this dreamy cocktail recipe all to themselves, 
and now we’ve got plans for a Music City 
wellness weekend spinning in our heads!

 please go here for the entire story 
about the vegan tacos too

now, I seriously LOVE good tacos.
the real Tex-Mex ones, with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa & chopped fresh jalapenos
no cheese, no onions, in a crispy corn taco shell.
a complete meal for me.

but, I'll try these, maybe only once, but I'll try them...
& as for Avo's, just go see

raw tacos raw taco recipe

& the tacos above are HERE
vegan, gluten-free collard green tacos by Andrea Bemis


Promo The Voice(s) & Random Musings

ohhhh, Mama, these are certainly some cute kids!
especially Adam & Gwen,
especially GWEN!!

r  those "basketball" sequined shorts?

I actually watch American Idol once they get down to the top 20 or so,
cannot watch the entire process of elimination before that, even though some of it is cute,
and I will miss that show when it retires after this next season...
and just LOOK at the stars they created !!

finally, we are beginning to see the shift in seasons here in Texas.
we always have downpours with each season's change & that's what's happening now.
it's good ! we need the rain X10 !
& the letup of the HIGH HIGH temps is very welcome.

the ladies are beginning to shop for Fall fashions,
we're seeing girlfriends shopping together now that some of the schools have started again.

yesterday we had a plethora of them shopping.
just so much fun for them, and for me too.

tomorrow I have an interview with the owner of the "NEW SHOP" coming to Houston,
I will keep you posted on what happens.

my former manager at Sak's 5th Avenue is bringing the shop to Houston,
and working with her  again would be wonderful.  she's a pro & a whole lot of fun.
 she's in San Francisco now & will remain there,
but is head of all California & Texas operations for this company.
so it's all good.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It's Not A Wrap....

OMG, let me tell you about this little number !!!
Diane von Furstenberg Short Sleeved Multi-Patterned Silk Dress
Ruffled Tiered Hemline
(& no one needs that self-belt, which is included)
this dress is sassy, but not girly girly, is's edgy, not fluttering,
it's lovely and can go so many places.
the  striped tie at the neckline can be cut off and be just a part of the buttoned-up neckline,
or you can do a big pussy-cat bow, as shown
it's $ 498 at SOHO COUTURE in Houston
& then her
sheer silk chiffon pieces, the
at SOHO Couture also
or at Neiman Marcus here,
this is a sheer blouse like silk chiffon as is as soft as a flutter

or the MARIAH SPATTER PAINT silk blouse
is also lovely & so much fun.
at SOHO Couture in Houston 
or here

the little halter blouse is called Grecian Pania Dancing Explosion,
& explosion of flowers which look like handpainting on silk
we just received this group at SOHO COUTURE, Woodway & Voss in Houston.
this little halter top is lined so no worries about underpinnings.

call me if you would like to purchase
Marsha 713.679.1181

these are the kinds of things we need to transition into Fall
(IF that ever happens again !!!)
here in Houston we have such mild winters most of the time we can wear a poncho or ruana
and be warm enough for anything.

so these outfits definitely work, 
+ they do not SCREAM Diane Von Furstenburg either, do they?


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Little Self-Reward for FALL

Hi everyone !!
has school started in your area yet?

our temps have dropped to 95f from 100+f
so there's a sign of Fall around the corner, right?

I have just received the colors for the new iteration of 
THAT BAG, as follows...


$140.00 EACH





the single exception to the ordering of 6 pieces
because I'm in Texas, where the University of Texas Longhorn Football team resides,
their color is
& I already have a waiting list for this one.
around here one can NEVER have too much burnt orange 


we also have a few of the solid










I am going to try to be CLEAR.
These bags are NOT IN STOCK.
They are ON ORDER, expected in 4 weeks.
by the end of August or the 1st part of September

we are only ordering 6 of each color.
after those 6 are sold we WILL NOT RE-ORDER!
this is definite.

the bookkeeping & informing the clients is too difficult for us at this point.

no handbag will be reserved unless it is paid for in full, including shipping.

we are doing this because we DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO BE DISAPPOINTED.

these bags are GENUINE LEATHER.
however, they are NOT DESIGNER HANDBAGS,
nor do they have designer handbag prices.

they are a replica of the famous "Drew" Chloe Handbag in general,
but not a line-for-line copy, and DEFINITELY NOT COUNTERFEIT.

I would NEVER carry a counterfeit ANYTHING, NOR WOULD I SELL

These bags are a super good buy for women who prefer not to spend $$$ on
designer bags, but love the look.

& remember, every single design in the world originated SOMEWHERE,
most items are replicas or influenced by the original.

The solid colors are $140.00 + shipping.
The Snake Print is $150.00 + shipping.

these prices represent a substantial savings even if you COULD FIND THEM
somewhere else, which is doubtful.

eventually, I am going to try to add each color to my website,
but for now the only people who will see them are my
beloved readers & followers.

please understand how much time it takes to add even ONE item to the website...
about 15 minutes or so.  
so you can quickly see how much time it will take to add all of them.
& right now I do not have anyone to help me with this.

if you wish to pre-order a bag please send an email to

we are selling these bags at SOHO Couture for $240.00,
just fyi

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Transitional Dressing.....

I always know the social season will start up about the middle of September here in Houston,
and at that time of year it's still quite warm (read HOT), but we need
to be fashionable, don't we?

my girlfriend & I were having a very casual lunch at Neiman's the other day, 
& when we finished we had a few minutes to look around 
so when I spotted this outfit I knew it would find a home in my closet.  

the perfect transitional dress
also in BLACK
this color is CAPER, which I'm loving, 
and the short sleeve makes it possible to wear right now.

also, I'm loving the look of hosiery on the legs & wish more of the younger set
would embrace this, especially for Fall/Winter.

I was actually amazed to see so much of Lafayette that I quite like.
The company has broadened it's reach and the styling looks
 much edgier and more wonderful than it used to, as well as elegant.
& they're added a Petite line as well as Plus-Size line

I would probably add a necklace which would hang just at the neckline,
maybe some Mabe Pearls with the earrings. 
I like the idea of the Mabe's because they are not as staid as
normal pearls, but they bring instant light to your face.

the handbag I would want to see with this dress is a structured one,
like our Splenderosa Tri-Color Leather/Suede Bag

Bat Pack Leather Women Handbag Shoulder Bag

we just sold this color,
but have ONE only left in this beautiful blue

these are MEDIUM SIZED bags
with both a top handle and a shoulder strap.

Bat Pack Leather Women Handbag Shoulder Bag