Thursday, December 6, 2012

Why Not?

It's beens years, literally. One of my favorite past times was forced into hibernation after I accepted the challenge of launching Tidbits in the Charlotte market. As Managing Editor of Charlotte Tidbits (all the while balancing my "day job") there was no extra time for personal blogging. Now, two years later, I've been warned. The Blogger Admin has threatened to shut me down. If I don't put pen to paper all will be lost. I'm not entirely sure I want to write publicly again, but I do know I'm not ready to let go of all the posts, musings and whims. So if blog I must, then blog I will... Stay tuned.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Scrimps

All I want to do this week is go Barefoot. With an eleven week old puppy at home I haven't had the time nor energy to cook recently. Take out, and unfortunately fast food, have been too much of a convenience. Despite the pile of unexplored Barefoot Contessa recipes on my counter I'm craving my old favorite more than anything else, Ina's linguine with shrimp scampi. The fresh parsley and lemon zest in this recipe taste like summer itself. I LOVE that something so simple can make me feel like a culinary genius.

Without Ina Garten's sense of adventure - she had no former food experience prior to buying the Barefoot Contessa store - I hate to think of where my cooking might be. May she inspire us all in the kitchen, and beyond...

Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Vegetable oil

Kosher salt

3/4 pound linguine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons minces garlic (4 cloves)

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

1/2 lemon, zest grated

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds

1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (always loving a "kick", I almost double this)

Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.

When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.

prep time: 20 minutes
serves 3 people

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy August 1st!

August has long been my favorite month of the year. As a child and teen I had the incredible good fortune of spending the month summering with my father's extended family on a small island off the coast of Maine. An hour's ferry boat ride, Vinalhaven is a true gem in the rough. Supplying the world with over 75% of the Maine lobsters caught annually, it is the red headed step-child to sister island North Haven, home of both yacht and golf clubs, and quite a few of America's royal families.

It was these very characteristics that made it so charming. Weathered paint, pot-holed roads resulting from too many torturous winters, a single street downtown, miles of unpicked road-side blueberry, raspberry and blackberry galore, an old granite quarry turned swimming hole, hours in front of a wood fire stove reading old P. G. Wodehouse novels on foggy days, long, lazy afternoon sails to no where in particular and cocktails every evening at a different relatives home. There was no other way worth spending the final days of summer.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bon Appetite

For years I was very wary of kitchens. My mother was a perfectionist and her kitchen was almost completely off limits to little hands making large messes. My step-mother badly needed a distraction for my father's high energy while she tried to prepare dinner. Together we stayed out of her way, intensely bent over the backgammon board for at least two pre-dinner bourbon on the rocks. In Kenya our cook Paul was intent on keeping "his" kitchen to himself. The only time I was actually welcome was after agreeing to teach him how to make popcorn with a bit of oil in a pot over the stove.

I have always loved to eat, and so I would cook (order out more than cook to be completely honest, but occasionally cook as well). But only recently have I discovered that the kitchen is first and foremost a place of creativity. Now I can't stop cooking. It goes without saying that I can't stop eating either. I'm like Julia Child's character in Julie & Julia, diving into whatever dish I've just made, each bite resulting in more enthusiasm than the last. Although I wasn't a huge fan of the movie (I was disappointed with Julie's character - she didn't seem to really enjoy the fruits of her labor) it has changed my life. Julia Child was so right on the money (and money she did make) when she decided butter is the secret to culinary bliss. I have never so completely agreed with someone on any matter. Unfortunately, besides making everything better, butter also makes something else bigger. So, my new found love affair also means a new membership at the "Y".

I recently made these dishes and they were absolutely scrumptious compliments to each other. Each recipe encompasses all that is wonderful about food and autumn to me. Sweaters and blankets, crisp, cool evenings, lazy Sunday afternoons (is that football I hear in the background?), and yummy, yummy eats. Thank you W.T. Harris for borrowing $1,500 in 1936 to open the very first Harris Teeter in my lovely adopted hometown of Charlotte, NC and for this delicious spaghetti squash recipe 73 years later (I snagged it from a recipe suggestion card in the produce section!). And thank you Chef Donald Bariskman of Charleston's Magnolias for years of birthdays and brunches, and this heavenly version of whipped potatoes.

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

1 (2-lb.) spaghetti squash, cut, seeded and steamed

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

pinch of salt

Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook onion until soft, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.

Scrape cooked strands from the squash into large bowl. Fluff with fork. Preheat broiler.

Add onions, basil, salt and pepper to squash strands. Toss well. Place mixture in a 1-quart oven-proof baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil 4 inches from heat for 2 minutes.

serves 6

Butter-Whipped Potatoes

6 cups large roughly cut peeled russet or boiling potatoes (I used red, and left the skin on)

6 cups cold water

2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fine sea salt

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup half-and-half

6 tbsp. butter

white pepper

Put the potatoes, water, and 2 tbsp. salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

Place the cream, half-and-half, and butter in a small saucepan and heat until the butter has melted. Reserve warm.

Drain the liquid off the potatoes and return the pan to the burner. Steam dry the potatoes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and put the potatoes through a food mill with a fine screen or a potato ricer.

Carefully blend the warm cream mixture into the potatoes. Season with the remaining salt and white pepper to taste. Using a whisk or a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip up the potatoes.

Makes 5 cups

Monday, October 12, 2009


I accidentally took a lengthy hiatus from writing. I think life requires them sometimes. In this case however, it was more than a break, it was more like a spiritual sabbatical. My soul very much needed time to refresh and rejuvenate, to just "be". I think it is very telling that I chose the quote in my last blog entry before signing off for a bit.

I am very appreciative for the now simple (and I stress "now" because this wasn't the easiest concept to grasp) understanding that I simply won't always understand. This wonderful, beautiful state of self understanding, acceptance and appreciation has been a direct result of the adventure life has created for me. Although sometimes filled with just as many "downs" as "ups", it is worth every beautiful breath.

I chose this picture by Abby Sharp because of nothing more complicated than the fact that I love it. If I could capture the feeling life inspires in me in an image, this is what it would look like. It makes me smile. It's how I feel on the inside. I am so grateful for who I am today, and am looking forward to becoming the person I will be tomorrow, ups, downs and everything in between.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

"The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become."
-Ben Herbster

Monday, March 23, 2009

Into The Deep Blue Sea

As a young girl, I often dreamed about being a mermaid. All grown up, I admit that sometimes the image of being free as can be, swimming under the deep blue sea, playing endlessly with other exotics is still an attractive alternative to the daily grind.

Although I made a resolution to be more economically minded, Roberto Cavalli’s silk halter dress can certainly remain an inspiration. At the beginning of May I will head south to Montego Bay to celebrate my step-bother’s wedding at the incredible Round Hill Resort. Don’t I wish I were packing this little number for one of the weekend’s dinners and dances

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Going To The Chapel

The blissfully happy couple.

Fresh, and simply elegant flowers: a key ingredient to
making sure your wedding isn't (gasp) overdone!

An outdoor seating lounge that I personally would enjoy
have at home.

I loved that most of the seating near the dance floor were
bar stool height, making it easy to chat and catch-up
with other wedding guests.

Hanging lanterns from the plantation's live oak trees
added a bit of extra magic to the evening.

Love is in the air. Although October is now famed to be more popular than the month of May to say "I do", wedding bells have already begun to ring. One of my oldest and, most certainly, dearest girlfriends just made a trip down the isle in Charleston, South Carolina. Spanish moss, the gorgeous grounds of Lowndes Grove plantation, and beautiful weather (despite sleet and chilly temperatures only days before), made for a truly perfect day.

If asked what the secret to such a wedding is, I feel certain the bride would answer her wedding planner. Kristin Newman, of Kristin Newman Designs, her right-hand lady in waiting, Morgan Young, and their entire crew were lovely. Always busy securing each exquisite detail in the background, but never making their presence fully felt, they are the epitome of true professionalism. Not one single worry was left for the bride, groom, their families, nor their friends.

Making a lifetime commitment to one man may be easier than sifting through all the event planning firms available today. If you happen to live in the south east, give Kristin a call. If she can't personally help you, I'm sure she would be more than delighted to suggest someone who can.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Colors Everywhere

I wish I could include a few of Sally King Benedict's paintings on my blog. So full of color, movement and energy, I have been pleasantly thinking about little else since browsing her work. A delight and inspiration, you too may find yourself moved. Frustrations of all frustrations -her website won't allow me to copy her paintings' images. I promise the effort & time is worth giving the visit:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I love to read. I love to get lost in an author's world, transported to a completely different place, all the while snuggled under a cozy blanket (or poolside under the warm, golden sun!). I constantly found myself in trouble as a child. Ditching whatever homework, or chore I was supposed to be doing, I would hide for hours with Nancy Drew, or some other mystery.

Today, if asked what my most prized possession is, I would reply that, other than my family photographs and heirlooms, my most favorite thing is my collection of books. Reading a book is like acquiring a friend. You are on a journey with the story, have spent hours getting to know the ins and outs and details of its existence. When the journey ends I have never been able to bare giving my new friend up. Over the years, as one might imagine, my collection of books has grown. One day I hope to have a room covered with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, so that all my "friends" may find comfort. This day has yet to come. In the meantime I think these turquoise Foo Dogs would do an excellent job of guarding my most prized collection, and make wonderful bookends while doing it. Available at Pearl River, they suggest a story all their own.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


My brother took me to Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow exhibit at the Nomadic Museum on my 28th birthday. The experience left me breathless. I keep the exhibit's program opened and pinned to this image at the very top of my inspiration board. If this photograph is any clue to what the rest of his video and photography exhibit have in store, you must go given the chance.

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

We can always count on designer Michelle Smith to brighten our day! Never have I needed it more than right now. With March 1st right around the corner and damp, cold rains threatening to turn to snow, Mother Nature seems to be snoozing on the job. I think my sanity would be instantly restored with just one palm tree - just one! Alas, no tropical foliage in sight (at least not until my trip to Charleston next weekend!).

Milly's cheery, bubble gum colored Carnival dress may just chase my case of the drearies away. It's no wonder Michelle was the first American to be sent from fashion house Hermes to intern in Paris.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Champagne Dreams

Normally, anything “marquise” gives me a strong case of the willies. Stephen Webster is so talented however, that he has taught this girlie a new trick. They can indeed be glamorous if incorporated into one of Webster’s edgy designs. His 18 carat champagne quartz marquise is over the top. Brilliantly set over mother-of-pearl, this pendant is so sexy I’m envisioning it with an unbuttoned safari-inspired silk button down and nothing else. Casual cool has never been so wickedly hot.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spring '09

With our new president, and new awareness has come a new era. Lifestyles of the American people are changing (and if they aren't, they certainly should be). Excess and unnecessary expense is not the desired path anymore (I know this statement is going to get me into trouble in some future blog post, but for now, I'm trying to make a point). And, as our First Lady has already demonstrated, one thing that shouldn't be effected - despite a more than turbulent economic time - is our sense of style as a nation.

This morning I found myself sitting under the dryer with enough tinfoil on my head to be mistaken for a U.F.O. communication devise, and a divinely thick (roughly eight inches if I had to say) stack of Hearst Publication's finest. Salon day has become my magazine catch-up day. With every turn of the page the same trend in accessories stared back at me; geometrics, geometrics, geometrics. While I won't be dedicating my entire spring to one style, I have fallen in love with this brass necklace from the Bombolulu Workshops in Kenya. Available from the uber socio-conscious website, Ten Thousand Villages, this necklace was created by blind and physically disabled artisans in Mombasa. It is so beautiful, I wish I had designed it myself.

Why Not?

I've been searching, and on the look out for an inspirational quote. Something that will keep me thinking, without the cheese factor (and one does have to be careful when displaying quotes - there is a very fine line with all the quote paraphernalia on the market these days). The reason for my quest being that I have a wall in my little house that is bare. Bare and just begging for something wonderful. Once I find my quote, why not get a bit creative and paint it in huge black letters, I thought? Well, one night while reading the NY Times online and procrastinating going to bed (one of my guiltiest pleasures), I found it. It doesn't matter what it is (I like the idea of it being a bit private, and my own personal inspiration despite the idea that I originally planned on having it out in the open, plastered across my largest wall, for all to see). What I ended up doing, out of lack of ginormous canvas & enough black and white oil paint to cover said ginormous canvas at three in the morning, was grabbing my favorite blood red nail polish (the one I don't have the cojones to wear) and painting my new found quote on the wide, floor length mirror in my bathroom. Mind you, to the outsider, it may look ridiculous, but to me it is perfect, and although I didn't know it, exactly what I had in mind. So, in the end, my self taught lesson is, why not step out of the box, color outside the lines, get creative and see where it leads us?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Spicing It Up

Autumn is here and with it, for me, comes this bizarrely intense desire to cook. Although I've progressed a long way from the days of old when my college boyfriend accused me of being incapable of boiling water, I'm by no means a Nigella Lawson (despite owning her cookbook, Domestic Goddess). So, all my guests come this fall, have full permission to reach for these beautiful little salt and pepper shakers without first giving the fruits of my labour a taste. All is forgiven in the name of design!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

" The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live."
- Leo F. Buscaglia

I really adore this quote. We are, after all, here to live out loud. And I think at some time or another, we could all use it's wisdom as a little reminder...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Best Things Come in Small Packages

Although I am a huge fan of statement pieces, sometimes I crave something sweet and simple. This little 14 kt vermeil peacock feather from Gorjana will do just the trick on days when wearing a light, flirty sundress. It is summer after all, and now more than ever, life should be taken not so seriously. Of course, that doesn't mean this little charmer can't stay in your jewelry box long after day light savings. Keep it around for Sunday morning coffee dates with girlfriends, accenting the deep-v in your favorite over sized cashmere sweater that looks anything but frumpy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sitting Pretty

The light, airiness of this room appeals to me. In a way it reminds me of the living room in the house we grew up in. My mother, perhaps one of my biggest style influences, missed her calling. I'm not saying she wasn't a truly fabulous fashion editor during her years at Vogue and Glamour magazines, but her true passion lay in interior design. In her version of this room, she effortlessly mixed antiques passed down through the generations of our family with modern, minimalist pieces she herself designed while living in Asia. Along the walls, she commissioned secret bookshelves, accessible only when pushed in the right spot, which she filled from floor to ceiling with issues of Vogue magazine! One of my favorite details was the white grand piano we had in the corner of our living room. The entire top was covered in 5" x 7" black and white photos of family. Included was one particularly sassy photograph of my maternal grandparents, walking arm in arm on their way down the dock to board a ship to embark on their honeymoon. In it, my grandmother looks the epitome of chic, wearing a floor length leopard fur coat, and my grandfather looking so handsome in a double-breasted pinstripe suit & a fedora, slanted ever so casually. Their era was the definition of fashion divinity.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
-Henry Ford

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Shady Behavior

The little guesthouse I have come to call home is perfect in every way. I especially love the open feeling possible only from the multiple french doors in every room. A favorite of mine since childhood when my mother had them installed in every possible wall of the house, they invite the outside world in. Each room's doors meet and open out onto two decks in my current residence. Although I love the sunlight that trickles in through the unusual surrounding bamboo and oak forest, I am aware that too much sun exposure is never a good thing. So, off I went, on the hunt for something to shield me from those dangerous rays. Et viola, the sun parasols from Pier 1! Like the handsome china in my last post, these blue & white umbrellas will go with ANYTHING. Put it on your deck, patio or beside each chair by the pool. They will beckon to you to come sit, relax, and pick up that book you've been meaning to begin...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's In The Bag...

Ahhh! I want! I need! And how could I not? Slouchy, yet sophisticated. Funky, yet classically fabulous. Bone, horn, and metallics. Three of my absolute favorite things. I don't care if I would lose my keys forever in it. Every second searching for them would be worth one of these babies!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mixing It Up

I have always been a fan of simple, yet elegant, white dinnerware. The main reason being it allows me the freedom to get as creative as I want with the rest of my table decorations when entertaining. Everything goes with white, and if I want a bit of pattern, I can add it with dessert or salad plates. If not, then I can glam it up with table linens. Although still an advocate of understated white, traditional blue china can also compliment many a dinner party theme. The above set, available at Neiman's and dare I say on sale, is a smart, eclectic take on a more conservative matchy-matchy pattern. Accessorize your table with canary yellow or peony pink napkins. If going for a more sophisticated, demure look, try a crimson red reminiscent of the shade used in China to celebrate the New Year. Your guests will no doubt raise their glass to toast in approval!

Monday, May 12, 2008

On the Eleventh Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

For the eleventh day of Mother's Day I thought I would reflect on what would make a celebration of motherhood perfect. I don't doubt that any one of the gift suggestions on the previous days wouldn't add to the joy a mother may feel on her special day, but more importantly are the things money simple can not, and never will be, able to buy. With so much to do, and most likely not enough time to do it in, the luxury of enjoying family for an entire day without interruptions is a truly beautiful thing. Even more beautiful, is of course, our mothers themselves.

On the Tenth Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

It is still some what of a mystery how my fashionista, NYC born and bred mother and intellectual, L.L.Bean "dungaree" wearing father decided to become a pair. Lord only knows just what my father's family thought when he first brought her home to New England. His sister's favorite memory of my mother probably sums it up. Apparently, while waiting in the Madrid airport to fly home to Bombay, where American Express had us living, my mother not knowing what to do with me (my nanny had gone off to the bathroom) tucked me into her large hobo. My aunt, appalled, protested the move by claiming you simply could not put a baby in a handbag. Without batting an eyelash, my mother casually replied, "Well, if Gucci isn't good enough for her, I don't know what is".

I have more than a few friends who currently have little miracles in the oven, or just welcomed them to their world. Although not available for me when my mother needed it most, Gucci now offers the best looking baby carrier by far. Whether on Mommy or Daddy, the classic double G logo has never looked better. And after all, it's never too early...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

On the Ninth Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

Anya Hindmarch's Laverne Leather in natural clutch! I'm thinking that if you receive this sexy number, you may want to stress that you need a night on the town to go along with it. I have a friend who keeps teasing us with a possible Mu-Mu themed party. Darling, I'll be the one in the corner with my all white, floor length vintage Oscar de le Renta, this divine little diddy and a martini to match. Mommy just might be out for the night!

Friday, May 9, 2008

On the Eighth Day of Mother's Day My Loved One's Gave to Me

Temple St. Clair's Blue Moonstone Ravenna Ring! I am not often speechless, ask those that know me well. It all began with my aunt unwrapping my uncle's gift this past Christmas morning. After oooing and ahhhing over the moonstone earrings I made a mental note to look into the pair's designer. When I finally googled TSC, I found myself completely stunned and transfixed by her collection, again something that does not happen often. Known for her signature use of moonstone, each piece is a magnificent work of art worthy of being the subject of a renaissance masterpiece. The richness of her jewelry is just breathtaking; her gold appears more luminous, her stones more radiant. I can hardly believe it, but I think I might be willing to give up my entire collection for one of her pieces (although I would prefer it if I didn't have to take such desperate measures!).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

On the Seventh Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

A weekend of luxurious pampering at the Boca Raton Resort in Florida! I fell in love with this place the moment I saw it's pink, Moorish exterior. The most expensive hotel ever built in it's time (1926), the BRR was intended to be the "greatest resort in the world". With it's intriguing history, eccentric visionary (Addison Mizner was known for greeting guests with his pet monkey in tow, hence the appropriately named, Mizner's Monkey Bar, located off the lobby), and 1920s, Mediterranean influenced interior, I knew I would never want to leave. The cool, crisp white lobby, lined with ornate palm inspired columns and Spanish-Gothic archways made me want to immediately re-decorate my house upon returning to Charlotte (my dream home will one day be a tribute to it's airy, tropical decor). One visit to their website and I guarantee you too will be wishing you were strolling it's lush, tropical grounds, sipping the resort's signature key limeade (you can hardly imagine how delectably delicious it is unless you've had a glass) after a lavishly decadent treatment from Spa Palazzo (inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, of course).

On the Sixth Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

These sensational diamond studs from Dana Rebecca Designs! Elegant enough for evening, yet subtle enough for day-to-day wear. Richly deserving of the praise she has so far received, Dana acquired her passion for designing as a third-generation jewelry artist. Influenced by her many travels to the far corners of the world, each piece is a dazzling interpretation of the places she has visited. One can especially see how Dana's time living in India has left an impressionable stamp on the designer.

Monday, May 5, 2008

On the Fifth Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

A room decorated with hand painted murals from Klutss Thompson Designs! Since I can remember, I have longed for an entrance hall adorned with lush tropical palms, flowers and exotic birds of paradise. While wall paper murals are a common site in homes today, hand painted murals bring to mind a time when artists learned their craft after long, grueling apprenticeships under the strict supervision of a master. I think of villas tucked into the hills of Tuscany, or overlooking the rocky shores of the Amalfi Coast. I can't imagine having anyone but Raines and Earle Thompson help bring this landscape, dream scape to reality. Raines' unusual background includes training at the Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy as well as studying Aboriginal art in Australia through the Rhode Island School of Design. The two met while at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and later studied in Italy together. The discovery that each one's talents complimented the other has resulted in such successes as the UNC Children's Hospital at Chapel Hill. If not a local to North Carolina, no need to fret. We already know they are more than willing to travel to the far corners of the earth for their art. As a side note, I can't help adding that since the beginning of KTD, Earle has married Raines' brother Bo, hence Thompson and Thompson!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

On the Fourth Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

A gold and pave diamond bracelet from Marco Bicego's Siviglia Collection! Brought up in the Veneto region of Italy, Marco developed his skills as a gold artisan in his father's workshop. Today he successfully combines old world Italian craftsmanship with exquisitely unique, modern designs. The result is a line that embodies the pure essence and beauty of a successful, cosmopolitan woman. This ideal accessory for casual summer dinners is also perfect when on the run. Leave your cuffs and bangles at home and wear his twenty strand, hand engraved, 18k gold bead and pave diamond bracelet with jeans and a plain white tee instead.

Friday, May 2, 2008

On the Third Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

A gift certificate to The Sitting Room, Charleston, South Carolina's newest furniture, design and gift boutique! Originally from L.A., Heather and Brady have transformed a charming 1950's farmhouse, with each room showcasing furniture, accessories, lighting, artwork, and gifts. The couple also offers design services for those that want to take full advantage of their cool, eclectic west coast style.

On the Second Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

The ultra-feminine 18k gold Kawung Round ring from John Hardy! Hand crafted in Bali, Indonesia, JH creates his chic organic jewelry on a Eco-friendly compound with "Sustainable Luxury" as his motto. Looking stylish now goes hand in hand with celebrating Mother Earth, the most important mother of all.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

On the First Day of Mother's Day My Loved Ones Gave to Me

The perfect spring tote from Candace Romeo! Candy is constantly striving to out do her own standards of perfection. Born with a natural flair for effortless style, she designs classic pieces with a slight side of sauciness. Never take life seriously, but make sure you look fabulous doing so, may as well be her mantra. Her line of handbags, clutches, totes and accessories are made in the United States, a refreshing thought with so much scandal constantly plaguing the sweatshops of foreign shores.

The Eleven Days Of Mother's Day

Not a mother myself, my sister and best friend proudly has six (yes, as in half a dozen) to call her own. She is the epitome of motherhood; constantly without sleep, forever racing here, there and everywhere, selflessly devoting her energies (I am completely aware that it would be traditionally spelled "energy", but this woman has so much, she has energies) to her crew, all the while radiating the purest of beauty, possible only because she truly loves her children with all her heart. I am forever in awe of her, and incredibly proud of her natural ability to do all of this so effortlessly. Although I think the world of her, I realize she is not the only Goddess of Motherhood. In fact, I am certain there are many. Otherwise the world would not be such a wonderous place.

Instead of the traditional one day celebration, I think our mothers deserve more. In fact, I think a count down is in order. Celebrate your mother, her mother, and their mothers before them. Celebrate The Eleven Days of Mother's Day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

True Blue

After an insane March of traveling back and forth between Charlotte and almost every where, I'm happy to be home once again! Unfortunately, the weather isn't reflecting the beautiful, deep blue skies and crystal clear sparkling aqua waters of the Florida Keys I left yesterday! Alas, what is a girl to do? To cheer myself up, I thought I would keep the Keys' spirit alive and celebrate the designs of E. M. Moore. My absolute favorite is his above Romanesque/Grecian cocktail ring. It brings to mind flowing empire waisted togas, sun kissed skin glowing from lounging all day long, and the joie de vivre of the Mediterranean.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I know, I know, we're too busy. There just isn't time. We barely have a free second to email our friends, let alone sit down and write a letter. Not to mention the fact that, unless we're fortunate enough to have a personal assistant, getting to the post office is possible only with the help of a miracle.

I just don't buy it. It's in this age of Internet that we desperately need to break away, sit down and put pen to paper! Of course, if we are going to allocate the three minutes it takes to communicate on paper, you know, the "old-fashioned" way, we may as well make sure it's done in style.

UNICEF has the most beautiful collection of cards (see the above images of mosques from around the world) and for only $10.00! And the proceeds go to UNICEF! What are you waiting for?!?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Passion For Pink

I found myself craving peonies yesterday. Their outrageously large size, layers and layers of lush petals, vibrant color, and fresh, sweet smell make me feel alive like no other flower. Sadly, they are out of season, and I found them no where (unless of course, I wanted to have them shipped in from New Zealand?)

Refusing to be totally robbed of the sensation they give, and that I was craving, I decided to take the inspiration they offered me and go with it! This is what I found...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Molto Malta

Miss Trish in Palm Beach

The Molta

With spring right around the corner, it's time to think about sandels again. Miss Trish of Capri has long been one of my favorite shoes divas. The Molta is at the top of my wish list. If you can't make it down to Palm Beach for a visit into her fabulous store, visit her online at

Monday, February 25, 2008

Is It March Yet?

A friend and her husband recently offered me the cute little bungalow-it's a guest house of sorts-on their property. Knowing that I'll be moving out of the townhouse I currently share with two others, and into my own abode has given me spring decorating fever. All I can think about is the furniture, and ridiculous collection of precious nick-knacks I was forced to leave behind in a storage unit when I relocated to Charlotte from Charleston.

On a recent trip into America's greatest one-stop-shop (need I even say I'm referring to Target?) I found the above pillows, all insanely low in price, and perfect for the white slip covered sofa I plan on bringing up from storage. The Pagoda pillow is available in an array of colors, perfect no matter what your color scheme at home!

The Big O

In honor of Oscar; the genious actors who allow us to dream, and more importantly, believe; the stunning threads that give us no choice, but to tune in, year after year, in order to watch as they flow down that infamous red carpet.

I thought who else, but Audrey? She effortlessly embodied it all. Cigarette pants, ballet flats, little black dresses, the list goes on. And are we ever so greatful to have her to thank. Dare I ask, where we would be without the eternally classic Ms. Hepburn?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Birds of Paradise

I just adore these little guys! I love to accessorize, and have been on the look out for good looking wine stoppers, to no avail. That is, until I stopped into Anthropologie yesterday. Classic, but with an air of, oh-so-important flirtatiousness (if it's not a word, it should be!), the ceramic stoppers will be a conversation point at your next Sunday afternoon wine and cheese get-together. Don't try choosing your favorite, bring home all three!