Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's in the Bag ...

you know how every so often we all need some advice from our friends?

as I am near the end of ordering Fall/Holiday merchandise for the web shop,
I thought it would be a good idea to get input from my readers,
who are also my clients.

it's about the  luxury Italian leather handbags.

what size do you favor for your "go to" handbag?

small, medium, large?

& if it's large, like in inches?

& what shape?

& if it's a tote, do you like double straps or a single  shoulder strap?

this input will be excellent for me to have as there as just so many styles out there.

the luxury bags are selling quite well, and I'm so gratified that you guys like them
and trust me to give you a great style & a great price.

it's almost AUGUST, can you believe?


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Hibiscus...

this stunning plate-sized beauty is beginning to flower again,

isn't this the most gorgeous blossom ever !!!!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Study in Softness

with perfect composition


Saturday, July 26, 2014

So Happy....Wild & Free

tribal necklace ideas.

anyone like?

we have access to some amazing beads from around the world, including these
stackable ones.

I would string them on 49-strand Beadalon and then attach a suede
cord with a sterling silver toggle clasp.

this style, except a much more intricate one, like the ones from Bali or an
antique piece from the Turkish tribal areas.

let me know if you would wear this style for Fall.

would love to hear what you have to say.



Friday, July 25, 2014

The Newest Genuine Leather Bags


   hi everyone, we are back in Houston after Anita's lovely holiday in Europe,
and have this lovely new bag to show you.

we only have 4 of each color

     $ 149.00

+ S/H to USA & Canada only

to order email
we will send you a PayPal invoice.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Castles, Crowns & Cottages, The Tales of European Holidays

while I certainly cannot wax as poetically as Anita, 
nor write as brilliantly as Vicki Archer,
or create art as beautiful as Jeanne...
something lovely comes over me when I think or talk about Italy,
 which is where I'm taking you today.

what is your 1st thought when you think of Italy?

tomatoes caprese?
or a big plate of pasta at a sidewalk cafe?
or a glass of the local wine?

for me, it's the vast vistas across the waters of Italy,
be it the lake country in the North, or the Mediterranean Sea
 or the waters & the  Adriatic Sea of Venice.

all beautiful, but in very different ways.

I'm drawn to the water.
in any location I travel I want to see water.

to me this is the perfect place to spend the rest of my life.
sitting right here overlooking the Mediterranean Sea,
hanging out with my family & friends,
listening to loud music, drinking the wines of the region, some of which must be diluted
with aqua minerale as the locals do.

going to the market to buy fresh!
fresh fresh fresh everything!
piling the fruits & veggies high on a big wooden table,
encouraging everyone to partake.

Vicki Archer described the difference between France & Italy a few weeks ago in the most
wonderful way, and I think she got it entirely right.

& maybe that says a lot about me also.
there isn't any country I dislike, even the ones in the Middle East,
however, the one I LOVE is Italy above all.

the warmth of the people, the extreme generosity of spirit, the spirit of life which imbues all of the Italians fills me too.  I feel like I AM Italian when I'm there!

we drove the coastline from Monte Carlo down to Portofino
on our honeymoon.  of course, we couldn't find the hotel right away (it was already dark
because my husband never got anywhere on time), and as he asked directions
out the window of the car he literally shouted "PORT-0-FINO" as if
being louder made the people understand him better.  :)'s

Belmond Hotel Splendido

everywhere you walk there will be a tiny view of the sea...
always the sea.



Chanel couture Fall 2014

Neoclassical Villa Sorrento.

imagine this beautiful villa.
perched atop the high bluffs of Sorrento, 
overlooking the sea.

our hotel was just to the left of this magnificent place & I wondered every single day who lived there.
what did they do, how long had this home been in their family?
& if this was just completely "normal" for them?

& this fabulously opulent gown from the Italian Valentino seems
to be perfect for attending a dinner party in this villa, doesn't it?


Maartje Verhoef for Valentino, Resort 2015

this is what I love about the Italians, they embrace opulent.
they created opulent.

but the "opulent" they do is perfection in a world filled with
the "over-done."

I am opulent, but I am never "too much" or "gaudy,"  know what I mean?

& yes, I would wear this outfit with those little sandals
 (even though the sandals are Chanel, not Italian). 

 & I would wear those earrings too!
& carry that little green bag, made from ONLY Italian leather.

thank you to our hostess, the delightful, warm & wonderful, Anita
of Castles, Crowns & Cottages for putting this little party together.
there are about 50 participants so please take the time to hop over to her place
& take a look.   HERE

Castles Crowns and Cottages

a little update on 7/23 Wednesday,
we have added many new earring styles to our
Designer Earring 
page on the website reachable via clicking on the icon at top right or


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Room & An Outfit...

every single thing about the room makes me happy,
the high beamed ceilings, the lovely chandelier (so understated),
to monochromatic color scheme,  always my favorite.
I would probably done flowers a bit differently, 
you know my Italian would have to come out somewhere, right?

& the oh-so-beautiful '40's-inspired dress.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Notes From The Amalfi Coast

I will be joining Anita @ Castles, Crowns & Cottages,
linkable icon at top right,
for her European Blog Party,
this year it's not only France, but ANY country in Europe.

you already know which one I have chosen.

all images via tumblr


Sunday, July 13, 2014


some other NEW pieces in our
Designer Bracelet Collection

4-Strands of Semi-Precious Stones
on 18k Gold Overlaid on Brass



Dyed Blue Onyx

these pieces are so feminine, with lots of movement.
we think you guys will snap them up for Christmas gifts,
or girlfriend gifts.

offered to our readers (not on our website yet)

$89.00 each

+ $4.90 S/H

email us

if you order we will send you a PayPal invoice,
& we accept all major credit cards.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Notes From Abroad....

while I'm on vacation, and supposed to be AWAY from the computer...

the studio told me we had just received these items & I wanted you guys 
to see them before they went up on the website:

Brass Plated with 18k Gold,
Bezel Set Lapis, Chalcedony, Rose Quartz
18" long

Bezel Set Chalcedony & Green Amethyst


Bezel Set Purple Turquoise & Amethyst

each $95.00

36" Long Rope
Bezel-Set Rose Quartz & Chalcedony
18k Gold Over Brass

2" Long Delicate Curving Stems
18k Gold Over Brass
Pave Set Crystals
Chalcedony Drops

email us

we will send you a PayPal invoice for the merchandise + $4.90 S/H

we only have 4 of each design so don't delay if you like them.