Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas around the world: Paris

I miss our Vicarious Vacations. Do you? I do love to research new places and although it was hours of work, I miss that feeling of discovery. So…I thought I would start a new little series celebrating the holidays. These journeys won’t be as thorough as the VV’s, but I couldn’t resist hunting down beautiful images of places around the world and how they look at this special time of the year.

I asked Grace which city I should begin with and of course she said, “Paris!” Together we perused Flickr, finding the prettiest pictures of Paris during Christmas.

Here’s what we found…

The City of Lights certainly doesn’t disappoint. It would be truly magical to stroll the Parisian street during Christmas. Maybe one day we will…

Want more? Check out this video tour…featuring some of the elaborate window displays on show this season…

What is your favorite city at during the holidays?

Hope you have a lovely Monday.

xo,

Photos via Flickr 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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I heart Canvas

Just discovered a new home design store named Canvas, that opened in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Their goods are stunning. Simple, modern and timeless.

Here’s the big plus – their items are sustainable, ethically sourced and many are created by artisans in developing countries.  Canvas’ founder, Andrew Corrie, sits on the Aid to Artisans Board  – an amazing non-profit organization leading a handmade revolution, while supporting artists and strengthening communities around the world! You gotta love that.

Check out the eye candy…

I need this chair. Seriously, I do.

So beautiful, right? And good for the planet! It’s a win-win!

Have a fabulous Friday.

xo,

all images via canvashomestore.com

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All wrapped up…

To be honest, I’m not the best at wrapping gifts.

In fact, I usually let my super perfectionist hubby do it. He has a way with paper and creases…me…not so much. I end up squashing down the ends, slapping some tape on and calling it good.

However – I am a newly evolved, crafty, inspired person compared to the Ivy of Christmas past, SO this year I’m going to really try. Really.

I went on the hunt for inspiration and finding it via this down-under mag comes as no surprise – Aussies are geniuses after all! Look at all the pretties!

Gorgeous right? I can only hope to achieve such results. But hoping is good…

How do you like to wrap up your goodies? Any tricks or tips to share? Trust me I need em’.

xo,

All images via homelife.com.au

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