Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mendocino, the Music Festival, the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

more stops along the way on our holiday 
to the West Coast of the US & Canada

the charm alone is enough to take one to Mendocino, 

North of San Francisco, almost to the Oregon border...
but when one adds the iconic Music Festival, 
which this year runs from  July11-25
it makes it downright impossible not to put this historic little town on your must-see list.
the weather is perfect.  & I do mean perfect. cool & sunny, the Pacific right in front of you,
rolling in the bluest waves imaginable.
the little town sits on a high bluff, and has tiny coffee & wine bars, little cafes & shops
sprinkled all around.

the photo I'm showing you below is of a large symphonic orchestra,
but the festival encompasses many genres of music.

you can find darling little B&B's and 2 very small upper tier hotels,
there is no Ritz-Carlton, no FourSeasons,
everything is very quaint, very old New England in feel,
& that's exactly what it should be for it's locale.

let me know if you decide to go, or have gone.

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th Outfit, Dressy & Casual

Happy Birthday to America !!

July 4, 2015

I couldn't resist this delightful dress & thought it
would make a great outfit for the celebration of
America's Birthday.

created on Polyvore by me
for you to enjoy.
the left side is dressy,
the right side is casual.

4th Outfit, Dressy & Casual

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, America !!! Independence Day Party Outfit for ANY Party

created by me on 

Happy Birthday, America !!! by splenderosa on Polyvore featuring WearAll, White Stuff, Dolce&Gabbana, Kate Spade and Uniqlo
2 days ONLY
to our readers only.
email us at
to place your order


please take time to give thanks for our founders, who had wisdom beyond their years.
John Adams & Thomas Jefferson both died July 4, 1826,
just an amazing coincidence.

the following from the Boston Globe,
which I read every single day (because of Tom Brady):
by Nik DeCosta-Klipa
@NikDeCosta-Klipa staff/July 2, 2015

Why fireworks on the Fourth of July? 

John Adams, that’s why

Planning on enjoying fireworks this Fourth of July? Thank America’s first veep: John Adams.
The Boston-born Founding Father, who would later serve as the country’s second president, was the one who spurred the idea to light up the skies each Independence Day.
A day after the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776—yes, July 2 —Adams wrote a letter from Philadelphia to his wife back home in Boston commemorating the day.
His letter to Abigail Adam, dated July 3, 1776, read in part:
But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
The Declaration of Independence was transposed on the next day, which we now celebreate (it would take weeks for all the delegates to sign it).
Adams’ wish took effect the next year, with illuminatory celebrations in Boston and Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, according to American University professor James Heintze, who compiled a massive historical account of the Fourth of July.
To commerorate the country’s first birthday, Col. Thomas Crafts—one of the Sons of Liberty and a Tea Partier before it was coollit off fireworks and shells over Boston Common.
Meanwhile in the nation’s then-capital Philadelphia, the celebration beganwith ships parading down the Delaware River, firing their cannons thirteen times in honor of the original Thirteen Colonies.
After an “elegant dinner” prepared for members of Congress, in which “each toasts [sic] was followed by a discharge of artillery and small arms, and a suitable piece of music,” the night ended with the ringing of bells and “a grand exhibition of fireworks.”
Heintze quoted a local newspaper that reported, “the face of joy and gladness was universal.”
In 1783, Boston became the first city or town to designate the Fourth of July an official holiday.
Needless to say, Adams’ wishes for pomp, parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations have been satisfied ever since.

do you think our kids know this?  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Question & A Beautiful New Blouse

hello everyone,
I'm in a bit of a dilemma with regards to putting links up when I show fashion items.

as most of you know,
I have been in luxury retail most of my adult career life,
at the highest levels, 
I might add.

so, actually, I know a thing or two about fashion, trending,
styling, wardrobing, all that good stuff.

& because of my grandmother, Mom-Mom, I was taught elegance & refinement
from birth, but because I'm a Texan whose grandmother married an Italian
gentleman, I have a bit of excessive, impulsive, whimsical, fanciful & maybe even
a little over-the-top included in the mix.

but, you get it...I've got a WHOLE lot of experience in this field.

OK, here's a beautiful blouse from HauteHippie which just arrived at
SOHO Couture, where I'm working part-time.
the blouse is edgy but elegant.
in other words, MY KIND OF BLOUSE/SHIRT

it's $325,  pure silk, will take you almost anywhere
(except church)
& actually you will wear it for many years to come.
so, a good buy, I think.

my dilemma?
should I just go ahead and tell you it's available at

or would you prefer that I link to those sites, thereby driving revenue to myself,
and allowing ease of 1-click shopping for my readers?

for me, this is difficult because I already sell Italian leather handbags &
semi-precious jewelry...
you see?


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pretty in Pink....

ladies, this is the most wonderful color for summer I've ever seen !
very user-friendly
big, but not TOO big, you know?

Croc Double Bag Tote - D0190 FU
Croc Double Bag Tote - D0190 FU
croc-embossed faux leather tote
Top magnetic snap closure
Removable zipper pouch-
Single top handle-
Removable shoulder strap
Size - 12.5" X 11" X 7"
(pouch - 10" x 8" x 3.5")

only have 2


email us to order, they are in-stock now


Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Whites with a Little Black

for a special occasion,
nothing more beautiful than white lace, is there?


Sunday, June 28, 2015


an outfit
to me, this is the look.
the look for now.
pulled together, 
but somehow still casual, still pretty, still fun.

from the skirt length
the pop-over top
the bag
& then we have THE shoe.
& you know, this shoe could be any style, it would still be great.
even tennies, saffron-colored tennies.
I really don't know who this is, but she's got it going on X10.

what do you think, my friends?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Only 1 Of Each

Snake Print Black/White

only 1 in stock

we can special order

only 1 in stock

"CHELSEA" Yellow

we still have IN STOCK

Made of 100% genuine cowhide 
Measurements: 8"(20.5cm) L, 2.55"(6.5cm) W, 7.5"(19cm) H, 
One big pouch inside  
Closure: flap and lock 
Hardware Color: gold color

$150.00 each

email us to order
or phone 713.679.1181
with all pertinent information

thank you, my friends, for continuing to support my web shop and blog.

these prices are for my readers/followers ONLY.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Candy-Colored For Fall

from Oscar de la Renta

ohhhhh la la 

for my blog readers only


check with us to see if what you want is still available


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Oregon Coast + Remember the 50% Off Sale

isn't this beautiful?
I love this jagged coastline.