Friday, March 27, 2015

Grand, but Cozy....

when I saw this image my heart just fluttered,
everything about this appeals to me, including the paint color in the foreground.

it's grand, but completedy cozy and inviting, isn't it?

as I followed the trail back to the original post,
I discovered a wonderful woman named Lynda who has a lovely blog called

you will find her icon on my side bar, I think it would be great if you popped over
to see her.

Yvonne Pratt @ StoneGable
will become one of her biggest supporters, I just know it.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

No Words....

I have some friends who will appreciate this.
it's for you, ladies.


Every Breath You Take.

Every Move You Make

OK, we all know the song...
but last night on AMERICAN IDOL
we heard a rendition never heard before.

sung by Clark Beckham at the piano.

he is going to be the next American Idol.

there are so many talented kids this season, but we all know there is a stand-out in every group,
and he is the stand-out.

Qaasim is so talented too,
however, he is a stage performer,
you almost have to see him to enjoy him.

anyway, now you know what I do on a Wednesday night.


it's definitely SPRING in Houston,

& I don't have a thing to wear.  seriously, don't you say this too?
especially after a long, wet winter.
suddenly, we want color!

we want NEW !!

what's a girl to do?

head to Sak's 5th Avenue is what I do.
there are a couple of Escada outfits I am hoping to fit into.

you guys have heard me say time and again how much I LOVE ESCADA!
there are many styles that are a little over the top for me (at this age),
but their fabrics, their tailoring, their enduring beauty,
the total wearability of their apparel, is what always brings me back.

when you leave your home to go on a vacation, flying hither, thither & yon,
you will always look perfect when you arrive if you are wearing Escada.

it is so worth the cost.
the blacks stay black,
the fabrics are totally resistant to lint (my worst nightmare),
they stay unwrinkled no matter how long you are sitting,
they don't bag, buckle, sag or shrink.

trust me on this.

buy Escada online | All Styles | Dress Dirika
go HERE to see the Spring Lookbook

& just for fun, click over to see Oscar de la Renta's "Event" Collection


I had many many many people view my
Travel Wardrobe post, but hardly any comments.

does this mean the majority of viewers/readers already know all this?
or does it mean it's boring?

I have a real need to know.

more Amalfi Coast posts coming up....


Monday, March 23, 2015

Perfect Travel Wardrobe

Perfect Travel Wardrobe by splenderosa on Polyvore featuring Misumi, Topshop, Proenza Schouler, American Vintage, rag & bone, Warehouse, Rick Owens Lilies, Donna Karan, MANGO and AG Adriano Goldschmied 
you know when someone asks your opinion it's flattering, isn't it?

that's exactly the reason for this post.
one of my reader's sent an email asking me for a list of things to pack for a week in Italy.

I originally posted this last year and looking at it again I wouldn't change a thing.

go HERE to see original post with detailed information on styling this wardrobe

a 9-Midnight ANYWHERE (except the beach, perhaps) wardrobe.

my reader told me she was only using a carry-on piece of luggage,
no checked luggage.
I'm not certain I could do this :)'s,
however, my reader could pare down this assemblage so that it's a fit for her lifestyle
& her luggage, I think.

as most of you know, I am not a jeans person at all.
I have jeans, of course, but I don't take any of them with me when I travel.
my favorites are a muted blue/green flower print from Escada, because they
stretch, and another pale gray from Chico's, also because they have a little give
& don't bag at the knees. both are narrow legged.

(short aside:  I was shocked yesterday to see one of my co-workers,
who is really talented, show up for work in jeans ((blue bluejeans)) that were literally shredded
all the way down both legs. & a hideous blouson black short-sleeved blouse.  
 we are in the FASHION business !!!
hello? )

the suggestions above appeal to me because they are timeless classics 
which impart an elegance of style 
which is understated, but with a touch of whimsy.

we need whimsy in fashion, most definitely!
it's a beautiful day in Houston,
one of my guy friends and I went out to dinner last Thursday,
from my building!

there is a new development on Post Oak Boulevard
@ San Felipe where the newest Whole Foods is located, as well
as some amazing new-concept restaurants.
we went to one called
NORTH Italia.

it was packed inside & out,
& my guy friend said, "Wow, there's a $Million worth of cars out here,
& there are only 2 of them."

anyway, for my Houston readers, the place is great, lots of Tanglewood residents there,
not a young group at all, just looked like a great new neighborhood place.
& we walked there, remember?

love love love to all of you 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Welcome Spring & Middleton Place


with the arrival of Spring I thought you would love to know a little (or a lot)  about a garden.

situated on 65 of the most beautifully landscaped acres in the USA,
Middleton Place is near Charleston, South Carolina.

the gardens, which Henry Middleton envisioned & began to create in 1741,
reflect the grand classic style of that period in England & Europe.

The property has miraculously remained under the same family 
stewardship for some 320 years,
 and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy.
for me, being considered a Southerner,
places like this are so important to our history & heritage.

wouldn't it be wonderful to visit this historical landmark?
well, perhaps when the Charleston Home Tour begins in the Fall.

please click here to be taken to their home page
where you will find all the information on this
still-alive living, breathing estate.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

An Update Via Blog Post

ok, guys, the 2nd shipment of these little bags has been received.
woo-hoo !!

however, the GRAY is on back order,
so they are not here yet.

they will be shipped out by Monday to those of you who
are included in this order.

we have more to come in about 2 weeks.

have a lovely day, my friends.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Woman Still Has IT !!

maybe some of you realize that I'm a music nut,
I love all types of music (well, almost all types), 
and it got me to thinking the other day that if in fashion we are seeing a reprise of the '70's,
why not bring back my favorites:
The BeeGees

I know, I know....

but, there is something new that you need to know about...


her singing has never sounded better,
in fact, she sounds a bit like Karen Carpenter, who had a heaven-sent voice.

I am clueless about embedding a YouTube video into the blog,
but if you click  here & it will take you to the music.
if you can spare 4 minutes 
(imagine we are still young and MUST hear this track),
please listen.


From Oscar de la Renta

the color story being that
will always be beautiful & correct.



Sunday, March 15, 2015

At Home

does this just knock your socks off?
yes, it does.

Kitchen and barbeque cooking patio.

the past 2 days in Houston have been perfect, cool & sunny, clear blue skies....

our gift from Mother Nature after 1 week of drizzle & foggy skies.

every nursery and super market has plants stacked up to ceilings, all in full bloom,
ready to be put in the backs of our cars.

beautiful hibiscus topiary trees, giant green fern hanging baskets, and even
tomato plants.

the dogs & I have been outside as much as possible and, like me, they love
visiting with all the other people taking in the sun.

the new state-of-the-art Whole Foods is 1 block away,
a Fresh Market across the street from Whole Foods,
so the antipasto platters have been beautiful.

I had a glass of wine and some of those goodies with a neighbor,
a woman I just met as I'm so new in the building.

she is an avid learner and reader who travels almost constantly,
and it was fun to compare notes with her.

I watched "The Judge" on TV,
if you haven't seen it please sit yourself down and spend a couple of hours
with Robert Downey, Jr. & the cast.  
it is simply splendid.

lots of new jewelry has arrived and will be on my website this coming week,
including this lovely necklace

have a wonderful week, my friends !


True Love

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