Blog Photo

Monday, February 29, 2016

An Elegant Routine





We all have routines. I have a routine for Monday thru Friday then I have a different routine for Saturday and Sunday. During my work week I get up around 5:45 and put on my exercise clothes and do a brisk walk on my treadmill for 45 minutes. I then stretch, use my arm weights and then check the blog and post my entry for the day (which is only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).

I run my bath water, read my bible and pray. I love this morning routine. No one is awake. I finish getting ready and then wake up my daughter. I head to work, spend the day working at the office and then come home to make dinner (I have a dinner rotation list). I check my daughter's homework, review home notes, sign her agenda, then eat dinner.


I always set my table with dishes (see my entry here for my table setting). No paper plates here. I clean up then it's bath-time for my daughter and piano practicing for me. She finishes bathing, gets ready for bed and we say prayers. I then get ready for bed (see my post here about dressing for bed) and watch a little of the Barefoot Contessa or Martha Stewart.




This is my routine. Nothing fancy but I love it! It works for my family. I read this recently.. Life's fretfulness is transcended. The different and the novel are sweet, but regularity and repetition are also teachers.... And if you have no ceremony, no habits, which may be opulent or may be simple but are exact and rigorous and familiar, how can you reach toward the actuality of faith, or even a moral life, except vaguely? The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us. Our battles with our habits speak of dreams yet to become real. -Mary Oliver

I adore this quote. Sometimes I get teased for being so routine but they are necessary. Because I have set the tone in our home my daughter is obedient to the routine. She knows to get clothes ready for school the night before. She knows to floss and brush her teeth. She even knows that mommy is going to the grocery store every weekend with her list and I will be picking up fresh flowers for our home and my office.





But as I said, I love it. Create a routine for your life that is beautiful and fitting. I believe that with elegance there is also order. Routines can be elegant. Just make sure it is....




(photos via Pinterest)

Friday, February 26, 2016

Cinnamon Apple French Toast


I saw this decadent recipe on Southern Lady magazine. I must try it soon!!! No, no asap!!!



Looks heavenly



Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 1⁄2 cup half-and-half
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 4 tablespoons butter
  8. 8 slices Texas toast
  9. Cinnamon Apple Topping (recipe follows)
  10. Garnish: chopped toasted pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine cream, half-and-half, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla; whisk to combine well.
  3. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-low heat. Dip bread into cream mixture, allowing excess to drain. Cook bread for 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and bread. Keep each batch warm in oven. Serve with Cinnamon Apple Topping. Garnish with pecans, if desired.


Cinnamon Apple Topping
Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 3⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  3. 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 3 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring to combine. Add apples, stirring to coat. Cover, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup is slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.






(photo and recipe via Southern Lady.com)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lionel Richie Home Collection



Well, I was surprised when I was on House Beautiful.com and saw this article about Lionel Richie's New Home Line Collection.

Richie stated that he created this collection from spending so much time in hotels. So once his collection was complete he replaced all of this items that he owned with this new collection.

Fantastic right? Here are a few of my fav pieces....


































(photos via Google)
















Monday, February 22, 2016

Outlet Mall Shopping


A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took a small trip to our outlet mall here in Indianapolis. It is called Edinburgh Premium Outlets. We have some great stores here. Of course I have my few favorites. I love going to Ralph Lauren, Ninewest, Loft, Coach and Banana Republic. 

I try to live what I believe, be elegant everyday and outlet malls help me to accomplish that without ruining my budget. The first store that we stop at was Ralph Lauren. I purchased some shirts for my husband and I picked up these Polo Equestrian scarves. 






You can find the same scarves here but they are hard to locate. I could not locate my Ninewest heels. Sorry.... the other item that I purchased was this lovely Coach wallet. I found a close option here. The last item in this photo is the Loft lace tank top. 




The next item I purchased was this Coach pink umbrella. There are a lot to chose from see here but I only paid $25 for it which was a steal!! I purchased 2 bottles of perfume. One is called Lolita Lempicka and I have been wearing it for years! It is a very crisp floral fragrance. Everyone gives me compliments on it and the other is Banana Republic Wildbloom Vert. This is another floral fragrance with notes of violet leaf, pear, and gardenia. 




Here is another photo of the Wildbloom. Incredibly chic isn't it? I hope you enjoyed this post and take advantage of your outdoor malls. Finding deals is being chic also!

Enjoy!




(all photos via AHFE) 





Friday, February 19, 2016

Shoelery



Finding wonderful shoes is always a good thing but finding wonderful shoe accessories is quite another. I was looking around my favorite store Von Maur and spotted these cute shoe clip-ons! It is called Shoelery.

It's jewelry for your shoes! I love how versatile they are and how they change the look of your shoe completely. I will be heading to the mall for more very soon!















I purchased the floral double bow clip-ons. They look great!





(photos via Von Maur and AHFE)



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Speaking Well ~Polish Your Poise





I am still reading Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. Her books are always wonderful reads! The section that I want to share today is Ways to Practice Good Diction.

Jennifer gives 11 ways to clean up your language and to speak with clarity and intelligence. I have been on a quest to become an elegant bearing woman and in today's society it is NOT easy.

Rude people are everywhere and always want to challenge "your elegance". But we must remain strong and continue on the right path.

Here are her tips:

1) Become an avid reader

2) Read classic literature

3) Learn a new word each day and use it in your speech

4) Listen to yourself when you speak

5) Eliminate vulgarities

6) Avoid excessive use of "like" and "um"

7) Avoid slang in most social situations but sill remain au courant with the culture

8) Pause (and think!) before you speak

9) Become okay with silence

10) Listen to audiobooks and be inspired by the eloquent readers

11) If you're feeling nervous in a social setting, choose silence over mindless babbling 

I love these tips and would encourage everyone to include them in your thinking. It's a rude world out there let's try to overcome it!











(photos via Google, text author Jennifer L. Scott)









Monday, February 15, 2016

Chic Stationary


I am always on the look out for beautiful things. While flipping through the pages of House Beautiful magazine I saw these beautiful and chic stationary sets from Paperless Post








This is called Birch Monarch Suite and it is my favorite. 




Now you can order these blank or have them customized. 








Here is another chic option it is called Mandarin Grove











I just wrote a post last month about hand written notes (see here). I would encourage any one to make beautiful stationary apart of your beautiful life. 









(photos via Paperless Post.com)






Friday, February 12, 2016

California Chateau



What a dream home! This beautiful California chateau is so inspiring and brimming with simple beauty.








The curving iron staircase makes a striking impression in the entrance.







The wing sculptures are from Galen Lowe Art and Antiques








Custom sofas in a Great Plains fabric, pillows in a Fortuny fabric. 






The dining room was designed for intimacy. The chairs are in Holly Hunt leather and fortuny fabric. The 18th century Russian chandelier is from Dennis & Leen. 






The lion's head fountain and tiles are by Ann Sacks. 










(all photos and text via Veranda.com)






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Fantastic Beach Villa



Time for another home tour!!! These homes have just been so inspiring lately. Every time I open one of my favorite magazines I just smiled. Such inspiration! This 1920's Palm Beach villa just beems with beauty.



A mirrored cabinet glitters in the dining room.






Beautiful slip-covers on the chairs and a printed tablecloth.






Chinese vases on the floor are from Gerald Bland. 












The living room offers multiple seating areas for gathering small and large. The floor lamps are from Formations, table lamps Mrs. MacDougall and the sisal rug is from Stark. 





Oh my gosh I adore this bedroom!! The curtains and matching canopy are in Fortuny fabric. The screen is from John Rosselli Antiques. The 18th century French bench is fantastic! 















(all photos and text via Veranda.com)





Monday, February 8, 2016

Ohh, Miles Redd



Interior designer Miles Redd is becoming one of my favorite decorators yet! Just recently he had his most challenging job ~ re-decorating his mother's home! And I must say from the photos below that he has accomplished that job greatly!




His mother's office. I love the desk!






The double lamp design was inspired by the libraries in New York. 

















Cozy family room








The wallpaper is divine!!













Miles, and his family. From left, his sister, Sarah McCain and parents, Buddy and Sue Redd. 








Also, tag along with Miles and Susanna Salk as they do some stylish shopping.







(photos via House Beautiful and video via Quintessence)






Friday, February 5, 2016

Rose Uniacke London Home


I love home tours! I can't get enough of them. I don't recall how I stumbled on this home tour but I am glad I did. It is absolutely stunning! The interiors that Rose designs are clean and so simple.

It is utterly amazing how she creates these spaces. I admire her ability to create simple yet elegant rooms and how your heart just sings when you see it.














































Here is the home tour of Rose Uniacke, enjoy....






(all photos via Rose Uniacke.com)