Monday, October 20, 2014

#2's Favorite Things & 1 of Mine

Hello dear friends.  I am excited to have my #2 as my guest blogger today.  She agreed to do a post on some of her favorite things. 

Etsy is the new Forever 21. You need to go in/on with patience, diligence, and a strategy. Forever 21 is easily the most overwhelming store in the mall. Just walking past makes my blood pressure rise just a little. I'd say it's due to the hoards of clothes piled on every single surface. Etsy is similar, but it differs in that it sustains organized chaos. You are able to sift through your favorite store's "favorite items/shops," discovering your own as you hunt. I only navigate over to Etsy when I am in the right mindset. And when I have a semblance of an idea of what I am looking for. 

Kantha Throw, Indigo Blue , Made By Artisians Of India

In case you couldn't tell, the whole "blue-and-white" thing kinda runs in the family. It's safe to say it's graduated to an obsession. These are two "Kantha Quilts" that I found. Handmade in India and surprising well priced considering the color and detail. 

White Elephant Designs is a monogramming company that specializes in monogramming acrylic pieces. Great grad gift.

This is one of my personal favorite stores; it's called Mally Claire Jewelry. Mally is not only an incredible entreprenuer with an eye for color and design, but she is also a full-time college student. One more thing, she is also my childhood best friend. Could not be prouder of her.

I've been in love with this store for a long, long time. Ljc designs is a Bali-based company specializing in bright summer clothing and accessories. The bag on the left is actually an iPad case. Ljc also makes a ton of shorts and rompers, pictured right. 

Thank you, #2, for a great job.  The check is in the mail.

And now I would like to add one of my latest favorite things.

This is one of the best books that I have read this year.  The characters are believable and the plot is loaded with twists and turns.  It kept me enraptured until the very last word of the epilogue.  Many are comparing this book to Gone Girl.  I disagree.  I think it is better.

Hope your Monday feels like a Friday!

Guess which pooch loves the rain and which one doesn't.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A couple of Wonderful Days

Hello dear friends.  On Monday, I drove to Westport, Connecticut to meet one of my favorite readers, Dawn, and her darling daughter, Jordan for lunch.  It was a beautiful warm day.  I got there a little early so I took the liberty of taking some photos for your viewing pleasure.

I grew up in the area and have been to Main Street many times.  A lot has changed in twenty years.  At one time this street had many small, eclectic shops.  I bought my prom dress in a shop on this street.  My date told me that my dress looked like a table cloth.  I hate to admit it - he was right.

Now Main Street is the home of many upper end chain stores.  

This is a cute home accessories shop.

I met Dawn and Jordan at this quaint little restaurant.  The last time that I had lunch there was about thirty years ago.

I had so much fun meeting these beautiful ladies.  I wish I lived closer to them so we could do it all the time!

Little Miss Jordan is a girl after my own heart.  She even let me have a couple of bites!

A fabulous afternoon with two very special ladies!

That evening, Sista and I met in New York.  We had a few laughs at dinner and tried to contain our excitement for what was in store for us the next day.  

On Tuesday, Sista and I met some other lucky bloggers at this gorgeous home for the luncheon of a lifetime.  I'm sure that most of you recognize this magnificent estate as the home of Tina who writes The Enchanted Home.

The minute I drove in the entrance, my breath was taken away.  Sista and I got out of our cars and stood for a few minutes to soak in the magnificence. 
Even though I have seen Tina's home a million times on her blog, nothing compares to the real life moment of being there. 

Tina served the most delicious lunch that began with Bellinis and the best darn crostinis that have ever touched my lips.  Not only is Tina a decorator extraordinaire, she is also blessed with razor sharp culinary skills.  The table was set to perfection and Sista and I just oohed and aahed throughout the entire meal.  Tina utilizes a lot of accessories that are sold in her shop.  We made mental Christmas lists that would consist of practically everything in her shop.

It was also so wonderful to see all the other bloggers.  The last time we met was late July.  Sista said as we left,  "that is one impressive group of women."  I'll second that, Sista! 

You're probably saying... where are the pics?  Well, I didn't take any because I wanted to inhale every detail.  But I have good news,  you may see the specifics of this incredible afternoon on Tina's blog as well as Karolyn's blog, The Relished Roost.

When I look back and reminisce about  that warm Tuesday in October, I will remember it as the afternoon of enchantment.

Happy Thursday!

Lord Teddy, young master of
The Enchanted Home

I told Tina that in my next life, I want to come back as Teddy!
Gives a whole new meaning to the term
"Lucky Dog."