Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tote your laptop in style

With these cute bags found here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Espying Elegance

A gorgeous home so tastefully decorated! This entryway is gorgeous with its lanterns and dark wood moulding.

The bedroom is done in a warm grey and blue that adds such calmness. The headboard is different and fun.

An expansive kitchen. I think you could cook just about anything in this kitchen.

And my personal favorite, the CLOSET. It is bright and airy. I love the lampshade. All the many drawers and shelves...I love it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Adding dramatic flair: Shopbando

A cozy den

Love the dark wood walls and the coffered ceiling. Notice the carefully wrapped and placed books on the shelf.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A whimsical castle stairway...

The time and craftmanship it must have taken to build such a structure is amazing to me.

Espying Elegance---hotel style

This would be a most pleasant place to escape to for a weekend getaway! The Hotel Healdsburg in California. It is comfortable and chic with simplistic, non-fussy rooms that echo a feeling of relaxation. And a nighttime dip in that gorgeous pool is calling my name!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A lovely ensemble I put together that I think would be so much fun to wear to the theatre!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I just loved this pretty gate leading into a place I imagine is very beautiful. I wish I could take a peek!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A diamond in the rough

This home has so much potential for elegance! The chandeliers are breathtaking and the rooms are bright! It just needs a warm touch of classy decor and it would be a gem!
Click on the picture to see a larger view.

The holidays approach...

and the question on my mind is always, "so what will I wear?" I guess that also extends to Mr. C. of whom I ask a similar question ("so what will he wear?") :)

Personally, I think Mr. C would look dazzling in any of these fine suits.

You can find these here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Perfect symmetry

Designed by Shon Parker, this bathroom is almost too perfect! I would be afraid to touch anything. But it is gorgeous!

Inspired by: red

1. Decadimento, 2. paris-1, 3. medieval porcelain necklace 2, 4. Blood simple.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Isn't this the sweetest desk you have seen? A dark brown/black in color that folds out oh so nicely. I would pen many a letter here! And the accents around the desk, such as the gorgeous mirror and old lantern add to the charm. There are even fresh flowers atop it! What a dream!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Exposing Etsy

An elegant Etsy shop! Oh the designs and creativity of Bonzie just blow me away! They have shrugs and collar detailing that add a dramatic flair to anything. My favorite has to be the first shrug below...beyond gorgeous. Yes please!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I have tried lately, through my countless searchings for homes, decor, and fashion, to stop and look at the details. Particulary because sometimes I may not be in love with the whole picture of a room but I can find details that I find to be stunning. So in the next few pictures I tried to pick out such minutiae :)

1. The gilded ivory mirror. The detail makes it hard to pull your eyes away.
2. The light blue paint. Adds a calmness to the room while also allowing other colors to pop.

1. The built in shelves/cases over the window. Brilliant use of space and a great way to display items you don't need on a daily basis.
2. The overhead lights. What a charming detail. It gives the room a more rustic even (in my opinion) nautical look.
3. The tiny windows above the long windows/french doors. The more panes, the better!

This room makes me smile.
1. The dark wood floors and wide planks. Scrumptious.
2. The dark wood bookcase that is jammed with books.
3. The windows, which you will notice have a latch that allows you to open it up outwards.

1. The reddish paint color. Bold but set off nicely with the white bedspread and white moulding.
2. The beaded side table. Just so sweet and adds an antique feel to a more modern bed.


Not just any coat. An OPERA coat. I've never been to an actual opera but put me in this coat and I may just start singing myself.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Espying Elegance

This gothic style home is elegant but also eclectic with its mixture of old and new. But by far what caught my eye about this abode is its BEDS. Oh they are simply amazing. Jaw-drop worthy indeed. Enjoy! (and don't salivate on your keyboard too much :)
I love the old world charm and antiquity!
In this room there is great warmth that pervades. The dark wood paneled wall and great fireplace just begs for coziness!
The first of the grand beds. This room is filled with what looks to be antiques but the main piece of the room is definately the bed!
This room looks extremely cozy but you can tell it is of a different era than some of the other rooms.

A more Oriental feel in this room and even a modern touch with the sleek four poster bed.

I adore many-paned windows. Another weak-knee thing of mine.

This bed, to me, is the crown jewel. I stared at this bed forever when I first saw it. The dark, intricately carved wood; the paneled canopy: ultimate luxury. This is a yes please (pretty please).

Monday, November 10, 2008

Exposing Etsy

Vie Moderne is a lovely Etsy shop with lovely hair accessories. I am just very into spicing up your hair-do lately. Make sure to check out Vie Moderne's other beauts when you get the chance. But here are some of my faves!

Enjoying both of these scrumptious outfits from designer Akris.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Good...and the good...


On Wednesday night, for the first time ever, I cleared a low jump while riding a horse. It was the first time I had ever jumped and it was a success! Needless to say I was overjoyed at this new development. I even did a second jump. It was the most exciting thing I have ever accomplished.

(the picture above is of course not me (I wish) but I cleared a jump as high as the lowest pole in the picture)

The Not so Fantastic news:

As I attempted to do a third and final jump my horse decided that she didn't want to and swerved sharply to the left of the jump. I was crouched in as good a 2-point position as I could, ready to jump, but the sharp swerve threw me hard to the left and I crashed to the ground, landing on my back/left side. It was raining hard and yet I laid there, on the sand, for a good 15 minutes before I could move any part of my lower body. I was twisted oddly and my trainer said that I had hit my head extremely hard (thank goodness for helmets) and she thought at first that was why I was not moving. It took another 15 minutes to stand and then I couldn't stay standing for more than 2 minutes without fainting.

Long story short (too late!) I somehow got myself home (I think I was a bit in shock) and have been in tons of pain. I can hardly walk and even sitting is uncomfortable. But it could have been worse. I have never fallen off a horse so I suppose it was high time that I did ;) My trainer assured me it was nothing that I did wrong--my horse just got stubborn and refused to jump. I am actually more anxious to get back on because I want to continue the great streak I was having until the fall. And I am not going to let it scare me. All riders fall off occasionally and I am just hoping to now count myself in with a more experienced crowd ;)

(note: neither picture is of me but I wanted to give some images to aid in my descriptions)