Archive for November, 2008

Friday Lament #2

November 21, 2008

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My house is a complete sty, and all I want to do is nap with my pretty little head resting on this pillow. Yet something tells me that today won't be the day that the cat starts doing the dishes…

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Friday Lament #2

November 21, 2008

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My house is a complete sty, and all I want to do is nap with my pretty little head resting on this pillow. Yet something tells me that today won't be the day that the cat starts doing the dishes…

Friday Lament #1

November 21, 2008

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My bank account has been declared a federal disaster zone, and all I want to do is splurge on this dress and these shoes.

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Does it count that they're on sale? No? I didn't think so…le sigh.

Friday Lament #1

November 21, 2008

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My bank account has been declared a federal disaster zone, and all I want to do is splurge on this dress and these shoes.

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Does it count that they're on sale? No? I didn't think so…le sigh.

Blogger Book Love: Molly from My Favorite Things

November 21, 2008

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Yay! It's Friday! And what better way to celebrate than with another installment in our Blogger Book Love series? I'm so thrilled to bring you five favourite books from Molly from My Favorite Things! Molly's blog is a daily compendium of all that is blissful and beautiful in the world; from the best Etsy finds to the tastiest sweets, everything she shares is just spot-on awesome. When Molly and I first got in touch regarding the series, she told me, "I la la love to read!" So it's no surprise that her list of faves is a diverse and compelling selection of books. Without further ado, I bring you…

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These is My Words (Nancy Turner)—It
only took a few pages for this book to draw me in.  It is a
fictionalized diary of Sarah Prine, who begins her story at the age of
18.  She is uneducated and consequently, it shows in her writing [love
that aspect].  It is truth, hardship, love, and loss all tied together
for a deeply moving read.  I came away grateful for the ease in which I
live and grateful for those who have gone before.

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The Mother in Me (Kathryn Lynard Soper)This is a collection of writings.  As a young mom of two young
boys, it was quite nice to reflect and connect with their words.  It
gave me a gentle reminder that although I am not perfect, I am doing my
absolute best and learning along the way.  Motherhood is a mixture of
happiness, joy, craziness and exhaustion; all combined together.
 Although some days you have a bit more exhaustion thrown in there then
you would like.  It is nice to know I am not alone.

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The Last Lecture(Randy Pausch)—This book really made me take a look at my life and realize I make my
own happiness and dreams come true.  Even in the face of adversity
happiness can bloom and thrive.

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Domino : The Book of Decorating(Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello, Dara Caponigro)—Every time I pick this up I want to switch things up in my house. Lovely, lovely book!

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Harry Potter(J.K. Rowling)—Yes, I'll admit it.  I jumped on the bandwagon and fell in love with Harry Potter.  Just couldn't help myself.
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Thanks so much to Molly for the recommendations. I'm especially intrigued by that first one—I've been a huge historical fiction buff since the days of my American Girl obsession…and I can sympathize with riding the Harry Potter bandwagon as the huz and I were fiftieth in line at Barnes and Noble NYC to get the final book in the series.

I hope everyone is enjoying Blogger Book Love! There's lots more in store for next week, and if you're just tuning in, catch up with our previous installments from Jo at A Cup of Jo, Becky from Harmony and Home, and Jora from Domestic Reflections!

Image Credits: 1. Gemma Comas 2. Banner courtesy of Molly at My Favorite Things

Rock the Casbah: Marvelous Morrocan Interiors

November 20, 2008

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Phew! It's been a rough week! I've been pulling 14 hour days and there's no end in sight.  Even my posts have been a bit all over the map today—everything from platypus pillows to Gwyneth's GOOP—and I think it's the result of all the frenzied, frazzled activity. From the sounds of it, everyone else is balls to the wall lately too! So let's take a breather with these gorgeous Moroccan inspired interiors. Sit back, nibble some sugared dates, and enjoy!

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Who needs furniture when you have a gazillion pillows at your disposal?
I can even forgive this woman her pink ankle socks. And can't you just taste
the sweet, rich Turkish coffee that they'd serve you when you sat down in
this shadowed warren of screens and benches?

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Leather. Mustard yellow. Two of my favourite things melded into a stunning floor cushion?
Heaven on earth! And I love the basket as coffee table concept here!

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The sunny, citrusy palette here is so pleasing. Poufs are a staple in this approach to decorating,
and I adore the contrasting yellow stitching on this one. I can't tell if that backdrop is textile or wood…whatever it is, I like it!

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As much as I love all the color of Middle Eastern style, I can't get enough
of this cool, serene take on the look. The greys and blues have an almost
Scandinavian iciness to them, but the layered textures say 'pass the hookah'.
(Don't smoke kids.)

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A great contrast here between the sumputous bed linens and prolific pillows, and the
single spare crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Love the lone lily next to the bed!

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Morrocan style isn't just about the pillows (though I do love the pillows!). It's about the handpainted tiles, the gorgeous glasswares and ceramics, the rich bounty of vibrant color and lush, vivid details.

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What a charming vignette! The broad, rustic plank table, the antique tribal headpieces, the glowing tumble of roses, the gilded mirror in the background. What exquisite parties must be held here!

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And finally, doesn't this collection of silver teapots make you want to travel to faraway lands?
Or at least do some shopping to make it look like you've travelled to faraway lands? Well then
you're in luck…stay tuned for a 'Get the Look' shopping guide coming tomorrow, as well as
another installment in our Blogger Book Love series!

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And in the meantime, slow down and smile—it's almost the weekend!

Image Credits: 1. Finola Inger 2. Finola Inger 3. Mark Roper 4. Twig Hutchison 5. Katie Sellers 6. VT Wonen 7. Carlu Seaver 8. Finola Inger 9. Carlu Seaver 10. Twig Hutchison

Rock the Casbah: Marvelous Morrocan Interiors

November 20, 2008

Finolainger2

Phew! It's been a rough week! I've been pulling 14 hour days and there's no end in sight.  Even my posts have been a bit all over the map today—everything from platypus pillows to Gwyneth's GOOP—and I think it's the result of all the frenzied, frazzled activity. From the sounds of it, everyone else is balls to the wall lately too! So let's take a breather with these gorgeous Moroccan inspired interiors. Sit back, nibble some sugared dates, and enjoy!

Finolainger3

Who needs furniture when you have a gazillion pillows at your disposal?
I can even forgive this woman her pink ankle socks. And can't you just taste
the sweet, rich Turkish coffee that they'd serve you when you sat down in
this shadowed warren of screens and benches?

Roper8

Leather. Mustard yellow. Two of my favourite things melded into a stunning floor cushion?
Heaven on earth! And I love the basket as coffee table concept here!

Twig81

The sunny, citrusy palette here is so pleasing. Poufs are a staple in this approach to decorating,
and I adore the contrasting yellow stitching on this one. I can't tell if that backdrop is textile or wood…whatever it is, I like it!

Katie sellers

As much as I love all the color of Middle Eastern style, I can't get enough
of this cool, serene take on the look. The greys and blues have an almost
Scandinavian iciness to them, but the layered textures say 'pass the hookah'.
(Don't smoke kids.)

Http--www.vtwonen.nl-NR-rdonlyres-D081D590-304C-41B9-91C9-F679624C2D74-0-groot

A great contrast here between the sumputous bed linens and prolific pillows, and the
single spare crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Love the lone lily next to the bed!

Carlu2

Morrocan style isn't just about the pillows (though I do love the pillows!). It's about the handpainted tiles, the gorgeous glasswares and ceramics, the rich bounty of vibrant color and lush, vivid details.

Finola3

What a charming vignette! The broad, rustic plank table, the antique tribal headpieces, the glowing tumble of roses, the gilded mirror in the background. What exquisite parties must be held here!

Http--www.lizardmanagement.com-stylists-carluseaver-img-carluseaver_interiors_14lg

And finally, doesn't this collection of silver teapots make you want to travel to faraway lands?
Or at least do some shopping to make it look like you've travelled to faraway lands? Well then
you're in luck…stay tuned for a 'Get the Look' shopping guide coming tomorrow, as well as
another installment in our Blogger Book Love series!

Twig8

And in the meantime, slow down and smile—it's almost the weekend!

Image Credits: 1. Finola Inger 2. Finola Inger 3. Mark Roper 4. Twig Hutchison 5. Katie Sellers 6. VT Wonen 7. Carlu Seaver 8. Finola Inger 9. Carlu Seaver 10. Twig Hutchison

Totally Impressed…Or Not?

November 20, 2008

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…with The Gwyneth's latest GOOP newsletter. It's a smorgasbord of yummy looking Thanksgiving recipes and is MUCH more accessible than her fashion tips, which usually feature items way beyond my price range. I've had mixed thoughts on GOOP since Gwynnie started this new endeavour, but right now I'm kinda liking it. Though can I picture the willowy Miss Paltrow stuffing her face with Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie? No, no I cannot.

Do you subscribe to GOOP? What do you think of it so far? Discuss!

Just Bought: Egg-A-Go-Go Onesie

November 19, 2008

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My husband's co-worker just welcomed his new son into the world. Not only am I happy
because babies are sheer magic, but now I have an excuse to shop the adorable baby gear
circulating throughout Blogland! So when I saw this the other day on Making It Lovely,
I snapped it up. So cute, right!?

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The onesie comes complements of Etsy seller Sarah of Egg-A-Go-Go. She has
the most charming selection of lovelies featuring her signature illustrations.
The above print would look adorable framed on the wall of a nursery! And poor
Kanga just wants everyone to get along…

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A visit to Sarah's website has me cooing over this little platypus. That blue bill is priceless!

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I'm sensing a monotreme theme here! This tiny echidna has stolen my heart…

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The last two items seem to be past projects and aren't currently available on Etsy…perhaps a petition is in order to bring them back? And in the meantime Sarah has tons more to oggle at
Egg-A-Go-Go!

Just Bought: Egg-A-Go-Go Onesie

November 19, 2008

Il_430xN.38017726

My husband's co-worker just welcomed his new son into the world. Not only am I happy
because babies are sheer magic, but now I have an excuse to shop the adorable baby gear
circulating throughout Blogland! So when I saw this the other day on Making It Lovely,
I snapped it up. So cute, right!?

Il_430xN.30183526

The onesie comes complements of Etsy seller Sarah of Egg-A-Go-Go. She has
the most charming selection of lovelies featuring her signature illustrations.
The above print would look adorable framed on the wall of a nursery! And poor
Kanga just wants everyone to get along…

Il_fullxfull.38021364

A visit to Sarah's website has me cooing over this little platypus. That blue bill is priceless!

Egg a go go

I'm sensing a monotreme theme here! This tiny echidna has stolen my heart…

Egg2

The last two items seem to be past projects and aren't currently available on Etsy…perhaps a petition is in order to bring them back? And in the meantime Sarah has tons more to oggle at
Egg-A-Go-Go!