Friday, January 30, 2015

Giving Back: Shabby Apple

When I'm in the mood for something with a little retro vibe for my closet; my first stop is always Shabby Apple.  I love their vintage inspired styles and nod to the past designs that hold true with my mothering mantra of three girls:  "Keep it classy". :)

I also love their generous spirit; like this new promotion that gives a dress to a woman in need for each dress purchased.  Here are a few of my current favorites… a classic wrap dress that always makes me feel good and is flattering on everyone…. and, well, that floor-length gingham number… I'm busy trying to dream up a scenario that has me wearing that one… J'adore!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Note:  Although it might sound like it; this is not intended to be a promotion as I have had absolutely no contact with Shabby Apple other than my shopping cart. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

#TBT: Paris

…. This time last month; my guy and I took the express train to Paris (on the prompting of his Aunt and Uncle who were visiting and treasure time spent with the girls sans those pesky parents around) :).  Thanks Jeff & Phyllis!

Having been to Paris before and having seen the "main attractions"; this time around we did what we like to do best…. stroll thru the streets, window shop and linger in cafes….

I can't put my finger on it; but like a nice hearty soup that has been simmering on the stove all day; there is something quite enticing about the melding of history, art, architecture, food and culture that creates a certain magic here...

"Paris is always a good idea" - Audrey Hepburn  

Speaking of great escapes; this weekend tote….

… a cute reminder to plan your next getaway... be it to Paris or just down the road to a cute hotel for a night. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eat Cake for Breakfast….

… so says Kate Spade; and I tend to agree (in moderation, of course) :) 

I'm blaming my wonderful baker of a mother who introduced me to all variety of delicious sweet breads, muffins and pound cakes growing up…. along with the grey skies and cold weather... for the inordinate amount of baking I've been doing lately; tempting me to warm up the house with a hot oven and delicious smells…. trying out new recipes to add to the existing repertoire…

these two definitely made the cut...

Chocolate Banana Bread

Baked anything good lately?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fresh Picked...

Maybe it is the sight of those pineapples tempting me to dream of bare feet, warm breezes and a fruity drink in my hand…. it seems this time each year Anthropologie catches my attention with some piece of (what I like to call) 'wearable art'…..

… paired with blue jeans, coral nail polish, sandals and a favorite pair of sunnies… an instant vacation (mentality at least); no passport needed. :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Well Read...

It's been a while since I've read a book that really moved me and made me think hard…. until this book came along...

… a 369 page roller coaster of emotion… I finished it over a month ago and yet it still lingers...