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Love List: Things I Am Currently Loving 

Today I thought I would shine a light on a few things that are top of my list these days... better known as a "Love List".  It's been a long time since I put a collection together - so, I thought I would give it a go today. 

{flowers ~ peonies}

{beauty spot ~ lovely displays of beauty supplies.} 

{gatherings ~ huge casual dinner parties with family & friends.}

{blogger books ~ i love when one of my favorite bloggers publishes a book.}

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor and Sweet Paul Eat Make by Paul Lowe

{beaded boys ~ do I really need a reason?}

So, what are YOU in love with these days? 


Picture of the Day: Happy Heart Day! 

Source: Avi_Abrams


So, This Happened..... 

So, last week a pretty big milestone happened for me & this blog.  I hit 40,000 followers on my Pinterest.  I don't know about you - but, that's a pretty big thing for me. I am thrilled that between this blog & that account, I have been able to grow my little place on the internet.  

So, in honor of all 40K of you that follow me & the precious audience that visits this blog I wanted to put together a collection of my all-time favorite pins.  These pins pretty much reflect my style & esthetic.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find something that you don't already have in your own collection.  

** Side Note: the very first image of the camera was the initial "design" idea I had for this blog.  When I was putting together a mood board of things I love & imagery I would want to feature - this image was the first one I ever picked.  I still love it that much!.  

**Side Note: The quote is one of my very favorites and by Albert Camus (The Stranger)  

**Side Note - I have promised myself that I would get a blackbird wrist tattoo before I die.  

**Side Note --- if someone wants to buy me this amazing lake cabin, I would be EVER so grateful.  XO 

**Side Note --- My very large feet will never fit into a pair of Pink Sparkly Christian Louboutins.  So, I have to pin them instead. 

**Side Note - Julia Child is my cooking hero.  I love her more than boeuf bourguignon

Sources: All image can be found via my Pinterest Account.  


Style Portrait: Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge 

In honor of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's (Kate to the rest of us) birthday - I wanted to put together a collection of the reasons I think she is a natural style icon.  From casual walks in the woods to the most fancy state affairs, Kate has shown herself to be stylish, modern and sophisticated.  Truthfully, she hasn't put a foot wrong.  

As someone who was a huge fan of Diana, The Princess of Wales and followed her life & style - I have a soft spot in my heart for the royals.  When William & Kate announced their engagement the real frenzy began.  Is there a women on earth more photographed? I don't think so.  And, just as her late mother-in-law each & every style move she makes is photographed & analyzed.  

There aren't many people that can pull off the woods & wellies look as effortlessly as Kate.  

Casual Kate is just as put together as you might see her for a formal occasion.  Including her ability to rock a cowboy hat as she did during the royal couples trip to Canada. 

Kate's style is flawless in her "work wardrobe".  Whether she's visiting charity, royal events or the wedding of friends - Kate has the dress / hat thing down to perfection.  The most amazing things is The Duchess is regularly snapped recycling her favourite looks for public events. And she doesn't care how long it's been since she was last photographed in an ensemble, she's been known to re-wear clothes just days after they were first seen. Thifty Thrifty! 

Bring on the fascinators!

Kate was properly recognised for her ability to rock headwear - trilbys, fascinators, pillboxes, you name it Kate can wear it - by being named as Hat Person of the Year 2012. 

Great sonnets could be written about the lustrous wonder of Kate's hair, but I'm  going to summarise my feelings for this style icon's locks in one word: exquisite. 

We squealed with joy when we got our first glimpse of Kate in her utterly divine Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. It was an image seen by billions and she did us proud. With the dress, Kate wore a Cartier tiara, which she borrowed from the Queen, made by the top jewelers in 1936. Perfection. 

 Nobody does a red-carpet event like The Duchess.  She can rock bright colors, sparkles, lace .... anything! 

"Kate Middleton has been brilliant for British fashion and great for the whole economy. She is a breath of fresh air and has encouraged people to experiment and combine high fashion with high street fashion. There is no one else who has an effect like Kate. It has really brought British fashion to the forefront again. She's a really nice girl as well." - Alice Temperley {renowed British Fashion Designer & favorite of Kate's} 


But, at the end of the day --- what's really important is that these two appear to be incredibly happy together.  The addition of Baby George only adds to The Duchesses beauty & style.  



New Year: Happy Trails 2013 

So, it's the end of the year. Time to reflect & take stock.... 

2013 has been a really difficult year for me.  Maybe one of the worst of my life.  I have battled health issues which bled over into my work life.  Not a whole lot has gone right.  So, as I wrap up 2013 I can't say I am sad to see it leave.  More like, "don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out..."

But, the thing about life is that tomorrow is always a new day & happily, Wednesday is a NEW YEAR

I have high hopes for 2014.  Not just because I have no where to go but up ---- but, because I'm slowly on the mend (actually, doing much better) and I have some job things brewing.  As I look forward, I think I might try and drop some of the dark cloud & really find some positivity.  

Now, I am not one for resolutions..... I never keep them.  But, I am all for a clean slate & wanting to make some changes. 

via the atelier

I found this graphic & really liked a lot of what it was saying.  And, while they are not necessarily "resolutions" it's something to strive for.  Something to achieve.  

Now, I am not a party girl.  I never go out on NYE.  This year is no exception -- I have been dead sick with a cold for 5 days and it's still kicking my butt.  BUT, if you are - I hope you are safe & have a blast. 

So - make sure you have your best dress & sparkly shoes all ready. 

Have a sip of bubbly for me (I'm allergic to alcohol). 


But, the most important thing is that I wish you all a healthy, wealthy & wise 2014.  

See you on the flip side!!!