Friday, April 18, 2014

Have An Egg-celent Weekend!

Happy Friday, all, and happy Easter weekend! Anything special planned? We are going out with my parents on Sunday, but having friends over for dinner tonight, so I thought I'd bring a little Easter Bunny style to our table.

A little something sweet, gift tag place cards made from a Blue Willow egg illustration from a few years back, some Easter (wheat) grass meets Herend for the the centerpiece, plus bright yellow daffodils and a few other touches here and there... it all makes me hippity-hoppity happy.

Hope your weekend is egg-ceptional! (Don't eat too much candy!) XOXO

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Catching A Show: Magnolia Matinée

The most-watched show around here this spring hasn't been Scandal, House of Cards, The Good Wife or the return of The Mindy Project. Seeing the magnolias unfold out the breakfast nook window has been a favorite form of entertainment as spring wakes up and winter sulks away.  

From bare branches and tightly closed buds...

To a hint of pink against gray and blue skies...


Suddenly a troop of Degas ballerinas are dancing in my backyard.

Even now as green takes center stage and the remaining blooms have an air about them of drunken guests who have stayed too long at the ball, the tree still holds my attention - a dropping petal catches my eye, like a young starlet carelessly tossing a couture gown onto the floor after a circuit of Oscar parties.

What are you watching this spring?

Happy Monday! XO

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eat, Play and Discover: Penelope and Paloma's Guide to Paris

My friends Bobby and Sophia (nine-going-on-10-year-old twins) are headed to Paris for the first time. Pretty exciting! Their mom has been asking for some thoughts on where they should eat and what they should do. For a start, I sent them this:

But I have a feeling that the best City of Light scoop will come from their friends, sisters Penelope (11) and Paloma (3) who, you may recall, are seasoned experts at the Paris game. What would they recommend?

TRY EVERYTHING: Bobby and Sophia are pretty adventurous eaters, so probably will be game to at least give most things a taste. In terms of "kid-friendly, not-too-expensive" spots, soufflés at Le Cigale Récamier, Little Breizh for crêpes and Cocottes de Christian Constant come to mind.

DINE ALFRESCO: Paris is made for picnics and the Tuileries is a perfect spot to enjoy lunch in the sun. Other great spots to dejeuner sur l'herbe? Canal St. Martin, along the Seine, the Place des Vosges or the Esplanade des Invalides.

TO MARKET TO MARKET: Bobby is a bit of a gourmand so shouldn't miss one of the many marchés about town. Marché Raspail, Rue Cler, Marché Monge and Marché Maubert are favorites.

TAKE A WALK: The Metro makes it easy on smaller feet, but walking is also a must in Paris - the best discoveries can be just right around the corner, so get ready to go explore a bit.

SEE THE SIGHTS: There's so much to see in Paris! Why not make a game of it? How many monuments can you count? A game of Paris landmark bingo, perhaps?

PLAY IN THE GARDEN: Reserve a sunny morning or afternoon to hang out in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Sail a boat in the grand bassin, ride a pony or carousel horse, hit the giant playground (Le Poussin Vert), take in a puppet show.

TAKE A BREAK: You've seen the sights and played the day away. Find a sidewalk café and relax. Hot chocolate or citron pressé for you, a glass of wine or champagne for Mom and Dad - plus some of the best people watching the city has to offer.

TAKE PLENTY OF PICTURES: Of course we'll all want to live vicariously, so get lots of snaps, s'il vous plaît!

What tips would you add to Penelope and Paloma's Paris Guide?

Photos from Heidi Diaz and I Dream Of

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Je Vois La Vie En Rose

Do you get color cravings? Every January without fail the urge for pink hits hard. An antidote from the tired holiday reds and greens? A desire for spring? For Valentine's candy? To coordinate with the cherry blossoms? Whatever the reason, there's a hunger for rosy hues until the last peonies vanish from the flower stand and suddenly aqua and blue take center stage. So it's been lovely to see so much glorious pink on the pages of interior mags, on the runways and (of course) in nature of late...

A little pink is just what springtime ordered... even if head to toe isn't your thing, it pairs beautifully with nudes and white, or is perfectly matched with faded denim to dial down the girly girl factor...

Even if like Maggie Prescott you "wouldn't be caught dead," a new pink lipstick or a bit of polish on your toes could be just the thing to lift the spirits. There's just something about wearing the color of a kiss, a blush, of a glass of rosé on a warm spring afternoon...

Everyone needs touch of la vie en rose now and then, don't you think?

Interior Images from Domino. Fashion Images from Vogue and WhoWhatWear. Floral Images from I Dream Of

Monday, April 7, 2014

Words From The Weekend: The Wild Places

Did you have a wonderful weekend? Mine took me out of the city and into the woods, for some time to think, reflect and connect with other women, breathing deep and gaining strength, thinking about how to live better and more beautifully.

Across Elliot Bay from Seattle is Bainbridge Island. Just 30 minutes by ferry, but somehow a world away...

Reconnecting with the wilder places can restore the spirit like nothing else. A visit to IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor education center on the Island designed to provide exceptional learning experiences, is a retreat to a sacred space. A place to stop and remember to look at the world with wonder and be grateful for your place within it.

The highlight of our Circle of Friends Weekend in the Woods was keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of New York Times Bestseller Wild. A true and honest story about pain, healing, fear and hope, Strayed's description of her 1,100 mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail is one of those reads that inspires you to think about your own journey, and how to find your way to the best places within yourself.

Since I'm not quite ready to return from woods, why don't we start the week with a few words from Cheryl that I managed to scribble down: 

"Do the unreasonable. Don't listen to the voice of reason." 

"You are not required to measure your success by other people's standards."

"You have to try to offer up the very best thing you have to give." 

"Find a way to be grateful for lessons learned." 

"Fill the holes in your life with beauty, not ugliness." 

Happy Monday, all. I hope you have time this week to find a way to connect with some of the world's wilder places - if only through your breath and your in mind.  XOXO


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