Friday, April 29, 2011

Dutchess of Cambridge

Nothing better to start your day with than a Royal Wedding. 
Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images
Pool / Reuters
It was gorgeous, romantic, traditional and modern all at the same time. What a success and well worth the four o'clock wake up time. The bride and groom were beyond story book status and the crowds were entertaining us with joyful fun.

Geoff Caddick / AFP - Getty Images
Kevin Coombs / Reuters
Nir Elias / Reuters

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Paper Ceilings

Last year I recreated Martha Stewart's Paper Hanging Globe for Cedric's surprise birthday party.


They were so sweet using white, pinks and peaches. Ok, so maybe they were more for me than for him. I could have used more masculine colors, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I went overboard ordering between 30 or 40 and stapled them together with a pretty cream ribbon running through the middle. I loved them. I wanted to surround myself with them. 

dahlia like pom poms
I'm really loving these pom poms that resemble dahlias. We're in search of a new home and I am unrealistically dreaming of having my own special room to fill with paper pretties. An overhead blooming garden of colors and textures.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TOAST

I look forward to these seasonal videos. I REALLY look forward to the arrival of the Toast catalogue on my doorstep. There is a smell to them; a feeling of quality weighted paper that makes for the ultimate catalogue experience. This may seem silly, but you must experience the dreamlike photographs of quality clothing that is both stylish and ladylike.








The warmth of sand underfoot, cool breeze off of the ocean, and lingering friends can transport us all into
our happy place.



















A sun filled moment surrounded by landscaped nature is surely the atmosphere to catapult us into a moment of daydreaming delight.









Take a few minutes and let yourself escape into the Spring~Summer 2011 line. It's like a little mini vacation, all wrapped into about five minutes of summer holiday ease and much needed R&R.


Film by Nick Seaton for Toast / Music by Joe Zeitlin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Corduroy

Let me introduce you to Jen Ray. Reading her bio is like closing my eyes and looking deep into my secret desires of reclaiming the simplistic lifestyle and beauty that the country can bring you all the while not being able to strip the city life from your existence.

She grew up in a log cabin. 

She is a traveler. 

She is crafty, artistic, and a renovator of barns. 

She could be my soul sister. 

I am an Island

I will bite the bad things

Her hand painted porcelain mugs and glasses are now a must in my life. One day I want a cupboard full of these to fit every mood imaginable.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Garden Expo

Quite a busy week of fun and work, and now finally pictures are being posted. My talented partner in life Cedric Smith created a beautiful painting for the Historic Savannah Foundation and the lovely Garden Expo Preview Party. We set up a tent on the beautiful grounds of the Trustees' Garden amongst chickens, and everything related to gardens. It was a delightful evening with old friends and new.

History Blooms in the South.
Cedric Smith Original

Boys and burlap. Two of my favorite things!

See me helping! 

The set up continues. 

Cedric and his good pal Jim Hunt.

Flowers, wine, water, friends, and art make for a beautiful evening. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Your Secret

Swiss and French video-artist Jean-S├ębastien Monzani has produced the most cheer filled, simplistic video that reminds us to take pause in our hectic, stress filled days. It drives us to refocus and to bring beautiful thoughts into the forefront of our minds.



Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.


Original Video © Jean S├ębastien Monzani / jsmonzani.com - reproduced with permission

Monday, April 11, 2011

Trench Bow Coat

Tibi has created my perfect day jacket. Ruffles and gathers and pleats, 
OH MY! 


Trench Bow Coat


There she is all buttoned up like a proper lil' lady

and the pretty frills continue on to the backside.....sigh.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Classy Dame

"Pragmatic romantic and classy dame" is how Elizabeth Novak describes herself. She recreates a time of an America when merit badges were cool, and everyone comes home with the blue ribbon. Her jewelry is fun, imaginative, and downright clever with a youthful vibe. 



Mom Rules Merit Badge
Perfect gift for Mommies Day next month!


April Showers Adjustable Ring
I have been umbrella crazed lately; perhaps,due to the intense storms Savannah produces. 
Hen Adjustable Ring
I love the vintage feel to it. 


She also has some really cool state rings. I am going to keep checking in with her, with the hopes of an Ohio ring making an appearance in her shop one day soon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kate Spade & Adeline Adeline



Several years a go Cedric surprised me with a bubble gum pink bicycle that had the most lovely wicker basket. It sits in my hallway and is kind enough to hold clothes for me. This video has me in the mood to inflate her tires, remove the clothing from her pretty basket and take her for a spin. It also serves as a reminder to try out my cookbook Babycakes that my bestest gal pal bought me.

I don't own a Kate Spade handbag. My birthday is in a month. I'm taking early birthday presents.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Anthropologie Obsessesd

Ever since Amelie first appeared in my existence, the combination of greens and reds have sent me in a whirlwind of plans and endless daydreams of creating my own "Amelie" like room all tied together with a pig lamp. This latest photograph from Anthropologie catapults me back into the frenzied need to make my nook a reality. Also, I'm loving this ensemble. I'm typically a skirt or dress kind of gal but this feminine top has me second guessing my wardrobe choices.


The Epitome of Ease.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bows

Bow ties make my tummy tingle. The geeky coolness and confidence that it takes a man to rock a bow tie and pocket square is beyond sexy. Pierrepont Hicks has some wonderful finds and their philosphy is as follows:


PH is both explorer + city-gent.
He’s an angler, a storyteller, a student + a teacher. 


He’s attentive, assured, discerning. 

He is tough to read, easy to remember.
PH prefers dusk to dawn, books to television, 
dunes to the bay, rowboats to motors, woodfiregrills to charcoal, trout to tuna, listening to talking.


He lives life in the presence of good manners. 

He holds the door, rises for a lady and tips his hat. 

PH was once overheard saying: 
“The prettiest thing in the world, is a ship at the end of a street.” 
The Pierrepont Hicks man  is a modern classic. He’s ageless. 

And he always takes a running leap off the dock.


Buzzy Bow