Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankful

"All that we behold is full of blessings." - William Wordsworth


Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I hope you'll be with the ones you love tomorrow. For years, Thanksgiving for me has meant my family home, my Grandmother's beautiful china, and my Mother's pumpkin pie. This year, things will be quite different. The china is packed away and how I will miss that pie. But the important thing is I'll still share the day with my Mom and Dad and Mr. H... Location and dishware don't really matter. And the memories last. 

So tomorrow morning, I'll drink my espresso from one of my Grandmother's tea cups and be thankful both for the past, but mostly for the moment, and all my many blessings. 

You are definitely on that list! Thanks for following along, for the comments and connections. Here's to a lovely Thanksgiving for all, whether it's served up on heirloom china or paper plates! XO

Monday, November 25, 2013

Style Shot: Pilgrim Chic

In case you're still debating what to wear over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house:

Valentino Leather Trim Wool Dress //Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Earrings//Euginia Kim Portrait Hat//Martha Stewart Berry Little Cocktail//Martha Stewart Brown Butter Apple Pie//Roger Vivier Suede Clutch//Roger Vivier Belle de Nuit Patent Leather Pumps// Valentino Wool and Silk Cape
 

Happy Monday, all! Do you wear your holiday best for Thanksgiving or pull out the elastic waist paints?

PS: The Roger Vivier pumps would still look smashing with elastic waist pants! 


Friday, November 22, 2013

Falling Fast

"Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and cold, the wintry light. But you knew there would always be spring..." -Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast


And doesn't it seem that in the blink of an eye we've gone from this... 


...to this? 

Only a few brave leaves hanging in there as we near the last week of November. This time of year is notoriously damp and dreary in the Pacific Northwest, but suddenly we've been blessed with bluebird skies and crisp, clear sunny days that should stretch into the weekend. Perfect weather for savoring what's left of fall.

Whether the sky overhead is gray or blue, I hope your weekend is full late autumn joys-- crackling fires, warm cashmere sweaters, candlelight, hot tea, that last little bit of Halloween candy. Whatever makes your life sweet!

What will you miss most about fall when the last leaf drifts to the ground?  XO

Monday, November 18, 2013

What's New?

"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." -Louisa May Alcott


Hi all, happy Monday. I'm still not 100% but wanted to pop back in and say hello! What's new with you? I've been filling the time I would typically spend online thinking about gratitude and abundance and trying to pay as close attention to the natural world as I normally would the technological one. You know what? It's beautiful out there.


I hope you have some time this week to notice the abundance around you. Take a moment to marvel in the multitude of colors in a pile of leaves on the ground, or the miracle of a hothouse peony in the middle of November.

What's beautiful in your world?

Have a lovely week! XO 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Disconnecting


Happy Monday, all. Hope your week is off to a lovely start.

I've managed to get myself into a spot of bother - a little neck-shoulder-back thing that seems to get worse every time I connect to some sort of device with a screen. So I'm putting myself on a little technology restriction in hopes that I can mend quickly and be back in touch soon.  (Stepping away from the email, the iPad, the iPhone, etc., is harder than giving up chocolate!)

Take a care and hopefully we'll chat soon.

XOXO


Friday, November 8, 2013

Paris in 24

"A walk around Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of Life." -Thomas Jefferson


My chic friend Deniz is planning a quick stop in Paris between a work trip to London and visiting family in Turkey. Lucky girl! She's been to Paris before, but never to the flea markets, so I suggested the Puces de Vanves over Les Puces de Sainte-Ouen. Smaller, easier to navigate, and most of what you can buy there will easily fit in your suitcase--I found most of my collection of café au lait bowls there. They cheer up my kitchen and remind me of Paris every day.

After a morning of treasure hunting, there will be plenty of time left for some other adventure in her 24-hour whirlwind visit.

I'm curious, if you had just one day in Paris, how would you spend it?

Bonne Weekend, everyone! XO

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy In Bhutan: Flowers

"It is better to plant flowers than to build monuments." - The Bhutanese Guide to Happiness


We've been home from our Bhutan adventures for over a month now, but I still tend to escape to the Kingdom of the Clouds whenever I have moment to day dream.


I'm a sucker for a formal garden. How lovely to get lost wandering around the parterres of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte or the Chateau de Villandry marveling at the perfection, the symmetry.



But in Bhutan, the gardens are decidedly informal. No imposing order over nature there. Even in the most ornate temples and fortresses, flowers are allowed to mostly just hang out and do their thing. 




Something else about the flowers in Bhutan - they're everywhere. From the most revered holy places to the humblest farm home, in remote villages and the capitol city. Bright and cheerful and, well, happy.









So what lesson do the flowers of Bhutan have to teach us about happiness? Perhaps that we don't need to constantly prune ourselves to perfection, or be so worried about symmetry. We're beautiful enough just as we are?



Or maybe that we just should go plant some flowers.

It's hard to be unhappy with them around.

Hope your Wednesday is blooming beautifully! XO

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Golden Feast

"Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world." John Evelyn 
 

The first weekend of November came roaring in, with trees bending to the wind and the leaves swirling in a frantic ballet, skittering across the pavement. The storm outside made it a perfect night to savor the comforts of home and stay warm in the glow of friendship.


The gilded pumpkins I mentioned last week turned out to be the perfect way to reflect that glow. With the addition of a hand-painted place tag, they helped welcome our guests to the table.



And what are sure to be the last dahlias of the season, found by chance at the corner grocery, added their own golden grace note. Paired with orange spray roses they matched the flame of the candlelight.









On the menu? The citrusy zing from seared scallops in a orange tarragon butter balanced by a celery root purée made slightly sweet withe the addition of golden apples, and the earthy flavor of wild chanterelles.  My friend Laura brought a pair of perfect fall appetizers - butternut squash and ricotta bruchetta and endive leaves with gorgonzola and spiced pecans. A lighter-than-air cake from friends Katherine and Alessio finished off the evening on just the right note. Lots of wine, lots of laughs. A perfect night and fall feast to remember.

November might not be such a cold and dreary month after all! 

Happy Monday, friends. Hope your November is off to a golden start. XO

Friday, November 1, 2013

Gilding the Pumpkins

"The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of." - Henry David Thoreau


Happy Friday! How was your Halloween? Can you believe we've flipped the calendar to November? All the Jack o Lanterns in the neighborhood look a little forlorn this morning - like they lived it up a bit too much last night.


Most of the pumpkins at our house hang out through Thanksgiving, but this year, they're getting a makeover. Admittedly, I'm way more artsy than crafty, but became obsessed with the gilded pumpkins from Cupcakes and Cashmere and decided to go for the gold. It was a bit of a disaster at first - gold leaf everywhere, my hands looked like I had strangled C-3PO. But in the end the little guys aren't half bad all dressed up. 


We're having a harvest dinner this weekend, and I think they'll make perfect place cards. More on that Monday!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend.  XO

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