Monthly Archives: January 2011

Off to New Mexico

Hello Friends!

Hope your Monday has been bearable. Mine has consisted of running errands, doing laundry and packing but I can’t complain because we are preparing to leave for New Mexico tomorrow morning.

Grace is very excited! We will be visiting my Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle who I haven’t seen in forever! We are hoping to explore many of the artistic communities there, as well as the Gila National Park. I have my camera packed so I’m hoping to capture some lovely shots to share. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with some beautiful images from New Mexico!

I will try and pop in and do some posting but I’m not sure of the internet connection…so we’ll see! We will be back the first week of February!

Have a wonderful week!!

xo,

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Escape to : Provence

As promised, I’ve got a little Friday escape for us. Ready?

So, I’ve always wanted to go to the south of France…I mean, who doesn’t?  Rolling fields of lavender, fabulous French cuisine, fantastic wine and the warm, golden light of the countryside. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

So today, that’s where we are headed. I found us a tranquil estate just outside the little town of Cucuron.

Welcome to  the Le Pavillon de Galon –  a beautifully restored 18th century hunting pavilion, turned B & B, surrounded by vines, orchards, cherry and olive trees. Ahhh…do you smell all that lavender?

The gardens are simply superb…look at this field of irises!

Let’s head inside and check out our room…there are only two guest rooms on the property so you feel like you own the place!

Lovely…let’s go check out the kitchen!

You know very, very good things come out of a kitchen like this! The owners have regular cooking and wine tasting classes held here. Let’s grab some fresh, warm bread, a platter of cheese and a bottle of wine and dine al fresco…

Ahh…the perfect spot. Let’s picnic under these beautiful trees and enjoy the fragrant breeze. Oh. That rhymes…hee hee.

After our tummies are full we can take a little stroll into Cucuron to explore…. (click on photos for their links)

Cucuron © Valérie Loubet
Cucuron, la Place et la Grande Fontaine, August 2010
Coin de Cucuron
Cucuron street
Cat in CucuronHow charming is this blue door? So pretty!

Cucuron MarketIn the center of town there is this pond (Bassin de l’etang) that dates back to the 14th century. It was used to supply water to a mill but now is the backdrop for many of the villages’ events including a regular Market held every Tuesday morning.

Okay, well…we better head back for some R & R before dinner…I think a nap by the pool would do nicely. Yes, there’s even an infinity pool at this place.

That concludes our little Friday escape to Provence. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for coming along.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

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Let’s Bring Back…

Hello friends. I hope your week has been good to you. Just a quick post today…I just found this book and I’m thoroughly intrigued and delighted…

The whole concept of bringing back things like tea time, typewriters, fountain pens, calling cards and white gloves seems so romantic. I’m a sucker for nostalgia. There was such a sense of decorum and etiquette in the past. Now it sometimes seems there are no rules that can’t be broken, lines that won’t be crossed. Sometimes our world is just a little too extreme for me. I can’t help but dream of days gone by when there was a proper way to do everything. A ritual to follow and a clear part to play. When gentlemen opened doors and asked permission to court you. I know that there were some negatives too, of course. But still…there is something nice about tradition.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek into this book’s playful and whimsical pages, honoring the best of the past…

It’s published by Chronicle Books. Click here to buy your own copy. I just got one! Here’s to the three martini lunch!

xo,

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Shopping Trip: Ruche

Yesterday, by way of Facebook, (those little ads on the side that I never click on) I discovered the online store, Ruche. I was immediately in love! It’s Anthropologie inspired, J-Crew elegant and Forever 21 affordable – what’s not to love??

Unfortunately for me, I am rather stuck in a jeans, cowboy boots, sweater phase of my life…I believe it has something to do with motherhood and living in a climate where rain prevails but regardless, I still have visions of myself in vintage dresses, feminine tops and sweet shoes. Now, I just need the courage to dress more like that! Maybe, Ruche will help me break me out of my “safe” attire.

Here are some of the lovely outfits and pretty treasures that caught my eye…

I love those gray boots!!

So pretty right? Go check them out here. I also love that they support many Indie artists and have several eco-friendly products.

Treat yourself to something pretty. You deserve it!

xo,

These may need to come home with me…

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Pep Talk

Blah. Do you ever just feel kinda blah? I’m probably just low on Vitamin D but I can’t seem to get out of my yoga pants today. After much moping and procrastination, I decided I needed a little pep talk. Isn’t it fabulous when just reading a few words brightens your day? Even if it’s just a teeny tiny bit. I read these quotes (via my Pinterest board) and that happened. Like a small crack of light, seeping into my gray mood, I perked up and wanted more. You may or may not need some words of encouragement today but I thought I would share them with you, just in case.

If you don’t need them…pass them on to someone who does.

Hope this helped. I feel better but I still think I should go buy myself flowers. Yes. Definitely.

xo,

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Monday Mood Board : Pink & Gray

If you haven’t already enjoyed the beautiful mood boards created by Lovely Clusters and Creature Comforts, you’ve been missing out and I encourage you to go take a peek. I find them so inspiring, I thought I’d try my own.

While I adore gray by itself, you can’t help but love it even more when it is paired with soft pink.

What color combos make you swoon?

Have a beautiful Monday.

xo,

Images via 1. 2. 3. 4.

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