Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's Your Favorite Fragance ?

mine is Cartier So Pretty,
it's always with me,

but I do love Valentino's Rock N Rose

J'adore by Dior

Dior - J

amazingly, it's said that this particular segment (fragrance) of the market generates
$31 Billion in annual revenue
& is expected to continue to grow.

the top 5 are

Chanel #5 by Chanel
Joy by Jean Patou
Shalimar by Guerlain
Opium by Yves St Laurent
L'air du Temps by Nina Ricci

I do wear Opium in the winter 
and I used to wear L'air du Temps all the time.

so, now it's your turn...
do you change from season to season?
or do you have a signature fragrance?


Monday, September 29, 2014

My New Outfit

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I won't be wearing those simple shoes I can assure you.
something a bit more edgy, like a little sandal bootie for our weather,
or a real bootie if I'm travelling.

loving these two colors together,
and I'm such an outfit person this ensemble just called my name.

you like?
or not like?


Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sunday Afternoon Dress

well, it just could not get any more wonderful than this !
I felt like I was watching my friend's wedding, you know?

her outfit is Giambattista Valli Spring '14 Couture
(he's Italian, of course)

now here are some shots taken from the runway of this beautiful dress
as I know you wanna see the details just like I did.
Amal actually looked more beautiful than the model.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Something New

Fashion fans will want to see Wintour's complete ensemble. We're happy to oblige.

Anna Wintour departing for the Clooney wedding.
now we KNOW what to wear !!



Multi-Strand Bracelets
made with faceted round stones
18k Gold over Brass metal
7" long (adjustable)

(pendants are 18mm X 10mm)

$ 125 each

Faceted Round Blue Chalcedony




Green Onyx & Ruby
24mm X 50mm

do I see this happening at holiday time?
yes, I do !

18k Gold over Brass
3" Long Stem Dangles
with Crystals & Ruby Briolette

see the Chalcedony pair here

Amethyst & Rose Quartz
18k Gold over Brass
2" Long

Chalcedony with Bezel-Set Labradorite
approx 2" dangle
18k Gold over Brass

this merchandise is on order & will be the studio within 10 days.
to reserve a piece email us the information


we will send you a PayPal invoice.


the past posting of our 4th Annual


exceeded all our expectations with a very high readership and almost a 100% participation
of our VIP membership.



Stairway Heaven

Shadow Valley residence, Little Rock, AR.
Tobi Fairley Interior Design

is this wonderful or what ? !


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reprise of a 2010 Post I Loved.....

We've all been to places we simply cannot forget,
and I'm about to tell you of one such place,
visited many years ago, which has suddenly been brought to mind.

I was a guest at this splendid old home in the French Quarter of
New Orleans, complete with a greenhouse roof, like the one above,
but their roof retracted!!   

Will you please come play with me....
Imagine this room as it is and the floor-to-ceiling
glass wall on the right leads out to a beautiful interior courtyard
filled with flowers and tropical plants

and on the far wall, facing the dining room is the most exquisite
wall-mounted fountain, it's water creating lovely sparkles

and for one night only  we are having a
 beautiful dinner party with a few of our beautiful-people friends
who will all be dressed formally.

All us girls are interested in making an exquisite table,
complete with our finest china, crystal, & silver,
along with beautiful flowers, music & conversation.
So I thought it would be fun to imagine our party,
set the table and decorate the room
for everyone to see.

The room looks too bare to me, so I think installing this
huge canvas opposite the opening to the courtyard
would be perfect...

I love the glass table, but for tonight I'm thinking:

  these chairs slip-covered in gray/silver shimmering silk
I love the not for tonight's dinner...I think
we need a more intimate & cozy look...because it's a formal 
dinner party...

the flowers, hi-lo arrangements with many column candles of
various heights marching down the table

and now for the china....

1st, this Arte
which I happen to own in beautiful inlaid silver

I dreamed of these so much that my husband's daughter & son
gave 8 of them to me for Christmas many years ago.

with this beautiful Versace Arabesque Dinner Plate

& the William Yeoward Avington Magenta Salad Plate

the magenta plate will fit exactly inside the gold border of the

Of course, we will need beautiful crystal wine glasses

Varga Raspberry Red Wine

& William "Orleans" Water Goblet

Dessert Plate with be this Butterfly Gold,
brought to the table on the same crystal charger...
one can recognize

and this is the dessert
a ribbon-wrapped 2-tiered cake covered entirely with fresh flowers...
see the little green chrysanthemums

so we shall all celebrate

with a lovely champagne
(has anyone tried Coppola's "Sofia" - it's very nice)
served off a silver tray
in various vintage crystal stems

and the hostess wore this nice little
New Orleans-appropriate
Oscar de la Renta gown 



beautifully-wrapped in pink,  favors for all the girls,
from Sandi at A Gift Wrapped Life

and I would like you to meet the gentleman
who will be accompanying me to this wonderful
dinner party.

...oh well, let's just go ahead
celebrate George & Amal's wedding!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Room & An Outfit + A Friend, They ALL Look Beautiful Together, Don't They?

this lovely woman (via unknown)
wearing Balmain jacket, scarf, fur fling
& those tortoise shell sunnies...
looks amazing.

wish I knew who what when where

& this guy?
he looked like he belonged in that room !!


King of Beasts | Photographer


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello Fall....We Love You

"raindrops on roses"

as the temps in Houston edge down into the 80's, and we have rain almost
everyday we know Fall is here, this is the signal of a change in season in our
part of the world.

of course, we need the rain.  we won't complain.

however, for one who has hair like mine
it is havoc X10.

I love the outfits above, all of them,
I love the changing of the leaves, even if they all seem to drop right into the pool,
and I love having a fire in the fireplace.