I have always had a love for books, since they are such a simple, relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of my daily routine. That said, I rarely have the opportunity to read as much as I would like to; therefore, I have vowed that this summer I will take more time out to sit back and open up a book. I recently checked out these two books at my local library and cannot wait to get started. I grabbed two biographies and, of course, who can resist the new DIY Martha Stewart Weddings! Lots of my friends love the new reading technologies that allow us to take books anywhere and everywhere, but, for me, nothing can replace the feeling of turning each page.
Friday, June 3, 2011
With June in full swing, I am absolutely loving the pretty flowers in blossom. I recently took a trip to The Huntington Library and captured some of the beautiful flora and fauna. These flowers inspire the senses. I would have loved to pick one of these gorgeous flowers and place it in my hair; but, alas, no picking permitted at The Huntington. Sigh.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Two of my favorite things about summer are strawberries and lemonade. The refreshing taste of ice cold lemonade, using lemons from my mother's backyard, always makes a summer day complete. And, of course, the pure indulgence of strawberries on a warm, starry night are oh-so-sweet. So, what better combination for my June inspiration than strawberry lemonade? Just about everything in this picture is utterly drool-worthy. I plan on trying to incorporate quite a few strawberries and a lot of lemonade into my lazy, summer afternoons.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Memorial Day Weekend always seems to mark the beginning of summer, at least for me. Once the end of May is here, I start making my list of things I want to do this summer. It's kind of like a bucket-list for the summertime. While several items on my list are new, there are a few old faithfuls that seem to make an appearance every summer. I always make sure to leave room to add more as the summer goes on. Here is a glimpse of my list, what's on yours?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Today I'm excited because Valentine's Day has arrived and I can't wait to be surrounded by flowers, sweets and hearts galore. My house is filled with the smell of roses, irises and orchids, all in full bloom. Tonight I plan on making a spaghetti dinner with homemade marinara, homemade meatballs and a pear walnut salad. For dessert, pink and red cupcakes. Happy Love Day! <3
Friday, February 11, 2011
|Pretty heart doilies|
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
If I had to choose one iconic place to rule them all, it would be Tiffany & Co. The door is like the gateway to Camelot and something magical happens upon entering this enchanting place. I recently came across a print ad for Tiffany & Co, which inspired me to create this post. The ad was simple, clean and spoke a thousand words through one little blue box. Classic. I sense a room redesign in the near future.
Monday, February 7, 2011
|A pretty painting in the doorway|
Amidst a lazy stroll through Claremont, I stumbled upon a store that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The Little Dress Shop is a quaint boutique filled with handmade jewelry, cute little dress and unique accessories. I couldn't help but try on a few dresses while I browsed some pretty accessories, all made by local jewelry makers. My favorite finds include a stunning peacock cuff bracelet, some elaborate vintage-looking headbands and bracelets made of vintage buttons. I have a feeling gift shopping is going to be a cinch in 2011.
|Made from vintage buttons|
|Elaborate leather cuff|
|Simply stylish headbands|
|Sweet little angel|
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
One of my favorite pastimes is shopping second-hand stores. I love the act of looking for something unique, it's like my own little treasure hunt. I recently visited one of my favorite second-hand stores, where I came up on a cute green cake stand and a pretty glass platter. I have decided to pair them together in my presentations, mainly because I think they compliment each other so well. Later, I shopped another one of my favorite places, my Grandmother's house. A woman with a knack for shopping second-hand stores, her house is full of fun trinkets she has picked up over the years. I discovered a lovely two-tier tray, which would be perfect for holding tiny cakes or scones. I cannot wait to put these pieces to use, maybe at a springtime luncheon.
|Two-tier tray from my Grandmother's house.|
|Perfect for serving finger foods and teacakes.|
|A pretty pattern in the glass.|
|Cake stand with the serving plate displayed on top.|
Monday, January 24, 2011
|Glass canisters filled with fortune cookies and taffy|
|A perfect handbook|
|Dreaming of a tree filled with ribbons and bows|
|Love these Marie Antoinette notecards|
|A sweetheart-themed kitchen|
|Cute Valentine's stationary|
|A touch of Claremont|
|215 Yale Avenue, Claremont, Ca. 91711|
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Over the past weekend, my sister and ventured to the Rose Bowl Flea Market & Swap Meet on a mini-treasure hunt amongst antique heaven. I absolutely adore flea markets of this type because you never know what kind of unexpected hidden treasures can be found. The weather was slightly cool and perfect for casual browsing. The Rose Bowl Swap Meet is quickly becoming one of my favorite haunts simply because of the beautiful and interesting array of goodies. I was on a mission for a bookshelf for a future room re-design project. Although, I didn't find the right bookshelf, I came back with the cutest vintage dress and a small vintage jewelry box made of glass. I literally felt like a kid in a candy store and am still on the hunt for the perfect vintage bookshelf.