Wednesday, February 29, 2012


"If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea". – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

As In Music...

"As in music, so in life" of my favorite quotes that used to be printed at the bottom of the menu of my favorite Mexican restaurant. Chips, salsa, and profoundness. As for the music, I'm in love with this beautiful song this morning...

As for life, I'm feeling a bit like Marilyn Monroe in this picture.  It was shot by Ed Feingersh, who followed Marilyn for days while in NY, capturing a very real side of her.  His photos were discovered in a warehouse in 1987 and they are some of the ones I love the most of her.  You can read more here.  


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Trading Downton

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, you'll find these trading cards an absolute hoot!  You really must read about each one here.  Who else is already counting down to season three?! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rustic Cakes

I absolutely love the rustic, nature-inspired, homemade look of these cakes all from Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy.  And truly, her photographs are so wonderful that she makes even oatmeal look special.      

Friday, February 17, 2012

Queen Lip Tar

I'm a red lipstick kind of girl.  But ever since Laura Mercier discontinued Pink Grape {as worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in A Perfect Murder} years ago, I've yet to find another perfect shade.  In all honesty, I haven't even tried.  I love the shade used below on J Crew's models, Queen by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.  I rarely buy things over the Internet that I can't test drive but the sound of this "lip tar" sounds intriguing...

Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish.

I've never put anything in my cart and purchased fast enough!  Do you wear red?  Have you found THE perfect one? 


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bla Bla Pillows

Ooooh, how am I just now realizing that Bla Bla has pillows now?  Too the clouds...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

"I want a Sunday kind of love" - Etta James

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward were married for 50 years
after having connected on the film, A Long Hot Summer.   
Sounds like a Sunday kind of love to me.

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Random Weekend Thoughts

A little bit of lately captured on my iphone...

I hand-stitched gingham hearts onto Stella's sleeves.

Thought these heart-shaped steaks were funny...

Enjoyed the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art with my sister and Stella. Dallas is only one of three North American cities, along with Montreal and San Francisco, that have the honor of hosting the French designer's work.

I spotted honeycomb at Empire Bakery and
plan on picking this up the next time I need to bring
something to somebody's home.

Prepping Valentines.  I had a helper.  Where did she go?

Oh, there she is...
hiding under the table putting on make-up.
Such a girly girl.

Have a sweet week!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Buried Treasure

This past weekend Stella was playing in the yard while Jeff mowed the grass.  When she came back into the house, she showed me three tiny plastic dinosaurs she had dug up.  Our guess is that the little girl who lived in the house before us buried them.  Isn't that just a child's dream come true?  To find buried treasure!  Jeff told me she had found 1 dinosaur in that spot before so she continued her archaeological dig to find more.  So that the fun continues, we are going to buy and bury more, a few at a time.  If you have a patch of dirt that you can spare for a dig, this is so much fun for the kids!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Les Indiennes

This image has stayed with me ever since I saw it. 
I want these chairs so badly! 

It's by Les Indiennes and you can order on-line here. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

In a Manner of Speaking

Upon searching for this song, In a Manner of Speaking by Nouvelle Vague, I came across this video set to the scenes from An Education. It's so perfectly suited for this film and with Valentine's Day around the corner, I'm sure we all have love on the mind.  Even if unrequited. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I was chatting with a fellow mom yesterday who told me she hates those moms who sends their child to school with a valentines that have "things like their picture in a heart or a monogrammed sticker".  There was lots of eye-rolling.  She said it felt like a competition. I nodded in agreement knowing full well that I had just placed an order for the most precious personalized stickers for Stella's valentine favors.  Don't get me wrong...I do find drugstore valentines so charming; that's what we grew up on.  But when I found ARMOMMY's envelopes with sticker labels last year, I was in love.  It's such a no-brainer for a busy mom and Rae is such a delight to work with.  I placed my order yesterday so I bet there is still time for you to do so, too.  I chose the tent design that reads "I think your're tops" and since it's a circus theme, I'm going to fill it with a mix of popcorn and pink and red M&Ms.  

She also has some DIY printables that could be a fun project to do with your child.

So what is your school favor strategy?  Do you find pleasure in thinking and executing or do you find yourself at CVS the evening before, hoping they aren't sold out?