Archives for April 2014

JCrew = Jimmy Choo Ummmm No Thanks

Hello All,
Just need to have vent a little – Have you noticed that our little @J.Crew’s prices have crept up & up?  I just saw a few items that are just stopping me in my tracks…..
Below note the:  Penelope Pumps by Sophia Webster – Cost… $595 

Pardon me but isn’t J.Crew supposed to be clothes for “the people”  accessible to almost all?  Isn’t that why our First lady is such a big fan……  everyone sang her praises because she shopped there and not designers?  I am very disappointed with this trend from #Jcrew.  Next sunglasses:  A.R. TRAPP 3489 SUNGLASSES $450.00
The list could go on and on….. yes still some items affordable but I think everything is creeping up slowly but surely.

 I really used to admire Jcrew for having quality items at reasonable prices – not designer ones…..  Don’t fall for it people – we are being HAD.  To top it off – I stopped in to the two locations located at Tyson’s Galleria in VA.  When I entered the Mens Shop for Jcrew the staff did not even say one word to me.  And I was in the mood to shop!!!!!  I have 3 boys and a husband.  My oldest works in Historic Alexandria and wanted to get him some casual office wear – thanks for the help…. NOT.  When I entered the women’s shop it was not much better…. Just saying……  Than to top that off with this huge increase in prices.  I don’t think I will be back for quite some time. 
It seems I am not the only one questioning J.Crew and their direction these days:  HAS J.CREW GONE TOO FAR??????

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Earth Day! Be Good To Your Face Too!

Try and incorporate some Natual skin care products into your daily routine – every little bit helps!

Nude Skincare
One of the first natural skincare brands to hit the market – and founded by Ali Hewson, wife to U2 singer and song writer Bono, along with Bryan Meehan, founder of Fresh & Wild – Nude Skincare delivers the skin a diet of omegas, minerals and antioxidants for high-performance nutrition.
The new Advanced Renewal Moisturizer with Omega 6 is a must-have that positively transforms your skin and creates a soft and creamy barrier you can both see and feel immediately.

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar
Honor Mother Earth and scale down your beauty regimen. Laszlo’s iconic and luxurious black bar, cleans deeply without stripping skin’s natural oils. Infused with essential minerals from the Dead Sea, the Sea Mud Soap leaves skin glowing by gently exfoliating, refining, and softening skin texture.
Tata Harper

Manufactured in small batches in a Vermont lab using “environmentally sustainable business practices” as well as 100 percent natural ingredients, Tata Harper skin care includes moisturizers, anti-agers, cleansers, and more with high concentrations of active ingredients.
My favorite products: Hydrating Floral Essence, an antioxidant-rich toning facial mist; Be Fierce lip treatment, a pampering, silky lip balm; and Natural Regenerating Cleanser, which is so good that I have witnessed actual fights break out in the Allure offices over samples.

Kora Organics
An Australian brand (created—and actually used—by supermodelMiranda Kerr), these skin-care products are formulated using certified-organic ingredients, with no sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, glycols, silicones, PEGs, or formaldehyde.
My favorite products: Luxurious Rosehip Oil, a lightweight moisturizer that brightens and protects skin from free radicals; and Daily Hand Cream, an intensely hydrating balm that softens cracked skin without leaving a greasy residue.

And there is always the DIY treatments – my favorite – the brewed coffee ground maskck out post from 2013) at-home-exfoliate.  Next try Epsom salt w/baking soda in your bath & soak for 30 min. draws out toxins ( add lavender oil at night and sleep like a baby ) and my eggwhite mask – (see video on my FB page too funny) Egg On Face – Video – Funny – Don’t have clue on how to video myself – but the mask is great!


Decorating Tips Using Color

Hi All,
Now that I am IN my NEW HOME (Whoa ) and getting situated  (No matter how well I thought I planned we still have to wait for things to be delivered) I have been “taking the house in”.  Seeing how & where the light comes in.  How it changes the color of the walls every few hours.  I want add some color.  Make it POP!   With intention though.  So over time I have learned and used these basics to make it all flow and work together.  Plus little bursts of color won’t break the bank and can be changed up for the season and current trends!  Think Panatone color of the year.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you want to overcome a color-commitment phobia, think about what you like: Do you have a favorite hue? Are you drawn to a certain style or era? Let your personal choices–such as your wardrobe–influence your decorating decisions. Chances are, if you’ve never liked chartreuse, you really won’t like it on your bedroom walls.

TAKE BABY STEPS. Craving color, but not ready to cover all four walls in chocolate brown? Paint just one wall in your living room the shade you’re eyeing this season.

TREAT NEUTRALS AS EQUALS.  All hues (yep, that includes soft beiges and creamy whites) deserve a fair decorating chance. Not all transformations need to be bold and bright.

ACCESSORIZE WITH INTENTION. Sticking with white walls? Work color into the space with accessories such as bold geometric throw pillows, abstract artwork, and brightly patterned fabrics.

LOOK OUTSIDE. Flowers do have power. Enhance a tablescape with a low, tight arrangement of fresh blooms. If you don’t have a green thumb, stick with hard-to-kill houseplants, such as aloe or jade.

GO WILD (BUT NOT TOO WILD). Have fun playing with prints, but be sure balance the leopard with natural hues, such as chocolate brown and wheatgrass.

BREAK THE RULES. Who says turquoise and tangerine can’t live together? If you’re inspired by a certain combination, go for it. My favorite part about decorating is that you can always redecorate next season.

Turquoise “pop”

Love the bright pink here and there…
Great way to add color 

Calming color choices, subtle but not boring

Ciao Bellezze – Happy Decorating


Hi All,

Happy Easter – to you and yours!  Below are some great gift ideas I wanted to share.  Here are some that she will love, he will love and they will love as well!

Easter 2014

Jeans – Jeans – Jeans – when did it become so hard to find the right pair….

Hi Everyone,

A little delay in my posting – hectic here – just finally moved into our new home!!!! YEAH! But during this past hectic weekend – I did manage to stop by some of my favorite downtown shops – My first stop was Relish Decor

Will be newest addition to my “dish towel” collection
This is A Must – Says It All!!!!
Happily Ever After Pillow

Than I was off to Silk & Burlap – I went in to try on this super cute Rachel Zoe dress – but to my dismay – was not “super cute” on me.  The shoulder pads were very large on my petite frame – length & neckline perfect but those darn shoulder pads were not removable so I had to pass – it was like a bad trip back to the 80’s….. Boo Hoo Hoo ( thanks Jennifer for setting aside for me to try on though)

So I decided to switch gears and try on jeans – always looking for great new pair!  When you find them you know it.  They go well with a T-Shirt or Beautiful Blouse w/heels for a night out – or a just a simple Wife Beater Tank. 

But Man,  it has been really hard lately.  A lot of the new “skinny jeans” are too low rise & give me “pancake butt”  Not a fan – than others put too much bling on the back pockets – do wonders for my backside however no offense but I live on the the East Coast not in Nashville (love to all in Nashville just saying…)  

It’s like Goldie Locks of Jeans shopping.  So many choices – in the past I like the fit of my Joe’s Jeans had them for years.  Zara make a decent denim that doesn’t break the bank – I have a “skinny” pair and a “boyfriend” pair.  Only $49 – $59 ( not too bad).  This Saturday I bought James Jeans from a very patient Jennifer (tired on lots) they have a nice little lift not too much not too little.  They are a cute everyday jean with all the right proportions – I also found a FAB pair of Boot Cut Jeans – they are my favorite by far – my size was out so I am waiting for Jenny of Silk & Burlap to get them in for me.  I find at my age etc…. that I want stylish jeans but not too over the top.  Or Something that has a little stretch but won’t sag or stretch in the waist band and backside.  A pair I don’t have to constantly pull up… ya know what I mean?  Hudson Jeans are on my list to try this week down at Neiman Marcus – going to inlist my friend Egle to give honest opinion!  So stay tuned. Check out the link I found below with info on many body types and the jeans that flatter the best & why.

12 different body types and which jeans flatter the most.

Also a side note:  You have to try these pants – I got the SLOUNGE in black.  Most flattering yoga pants ever!!!!!! Freddy / US looks like they have jeans too will have to check it out.  I’ll take all the help I can get!


Michael Kors | Spring Summer 2014 Full Fashion Show | Exclusive

Words can’t say – how much I LOVE this collection – the white wrap dress – the tan/white summer flirty little number with the cut out open back & that dress with the white cropped fur jacket is KILLING me!  The tan leather mini with slight cropped navy sweater – really can go from runway to the street.  This is such a wearable collection –  I just have to have a few pieces –  Neiman’s here I come baby…..

This is a great way to start my Saturday along with inspiring me to get my butt to the gym!  Did you see those legs on the model from the Michael Kors show wearing the Khaki Short’s outfit – they went on for days…… Oh my little 5″3 frame can only dream……. I so appreciate the beautiful clothes, the beautiful models, the makeup, the music…..all of it!

Off to new house –  mattress being delivered – moving along – this has been relatively painless.  I am so happy we don’t have to rush out and I can take my time and still edit what I am bringing.  A lot of things I think I will donate and/or get rid of.  I am just having hard time parting with my magazines.  Some I have had for such a long time and still serve as inspiration.  Looking through and seeing which one’s I really want or just tearing out the articles and filing them in a binder.

I also am repainting the Master Bedroom – color was just toooooo purple.  Not at all what I thought so I went by our local store Patrick Street Interiors and got a couple samples of Farrow & Ball paints which I love.

Wish I could’ve done the whole house in this paint.  The bedroom will have to do for now.  Next week look for post about Lydia & her store Patrick St. Interiors as well as background info on Farrow & Ball.




I have a talent few know about to be able to find designer things at mere “mortals” cost.  I think it came from necessity when having much different taste than my means can sometime allow me…. (darn money$ thing) This includes but not limited to:  decor, cosmetics as well as fashion.  Below are just a few more examples.

I have been lusting over these Jimmy Choo’s since I saw them in March’s Lucky magazine this past Feb.  and stumbled across a much more affordable version #ZARA check it out                   However…. “NOTHING FITS LIKE A CHOO!

Now – unfortunately back to reality………
Next here is a cute little number I found – I normally wouldn’t get a “knock off” version of this – but this one @etsy is just too cute to pass up – so why not?

This one above is mine – that I just received – below a better photo from #ETSY

This weekend is a busy one – starting to move things into house – W/D delivered yesterday – new bed today – measured for blinds ($$$$$ gonna be a fortune- sorry honey) and also bridging the partnership between Silk & BurlapVelvet Lounge Aspire Boutique and one of our restaurants The Tasting Room – Frederick, MD for a Girls Night Out Downtown Frederick – Whew – I am tired already!  Actually I’m really excited all positive things and I feel so fortunate and blessed.  (my new meditation techniques are gonna come in handy I foresee).

Above are first little pieces delivered – Mikes chair in office and my “poof” in loft – every girl needs a poof – right?!?! Gotta run Chica’s.

Laundry Room Ideas

Hello Daaaahhhlings,

So with the new house I get to start over – what perfect timing for Spring!  I am moving into a normal size laundry room right off of the master-suite & kitchen which is going to hold some overflow storage – but I don’t want to “JUNK IT UP”.  I want everything to have its place – I am hoping to add a few more shelves & cubbies & better lighting.  I think the center picture is my favorite – even the track lighting – check out the butcher block counter over top – how great is that?Laundry Room Ideas

black-frame / Tiffany Blue laundry Room – Contemporary – laundry room – M. Frederick / Cottage – laundry room / Laundry Room Sliding Doors – Eclectic – laundry room – Bijou and…

This room may hold some larger kitchen things not used very often, maybe a sort of “MUD ROOM” because I don’t want the foyer closet to become the kick off point for every ones shoes – my old house it was a nightmare! Obviously laundry soaps etc. & ironing board/iron
laundry baskets…. so it’s really important to me to get a good foundation to organize myself and the house.  I can’t tell you how long I have waited to have a new house with Mike and want things “just right”.  I’m not going nutty – no OCD here more like ADD – LOL but I am really trying hard.  It does not come naturally to me – so being methodical is helping.  Any pointers would be really appreciated.

On side note – for my meditation past few nights I have written a gratitude list before bed…. very simple – grateful for my hot bath, my dinner, my show Veep is starting next week, my family etc… some are very meaningful and some are just simple.  It’s really been nice and FYI I have slept like a baby!


You Tube Organize Your Laundry Area

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