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Friday, September 29, 2017

Talbots ~ Fall 2017




Hi There and Happy Friday, I just received my Talbots 2017 Autumn catalog and I wanted to share what is on my goodie list.










































This is a small fortune but beautiful to look at!








I love it in grey!



And in another news, these particular Ann Taylor shoes were sold last year on the website and I could not get to them fast enough! I was so disappointed. But last week I was on Ebay just looking around and these popped up in my shopping suggestions. I couldn't believe it! They were the shoes I wanted brand new with the box! I was so excited! What a pleasant birthday present to me!







Ann Taylor Bess Haircalf Block Heel. 





So excited that I was able to get these!




(photos via Google)
















Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pure Simplicity ~ Bath & Body Works





A new beauty line has surfaced at Bath and Body Works. I stumbled on it this past weekend. It is called Pure Simplicity and it is lovely. The packaging alone will entice you to buy it.




This is the rosewater scent. I purchased the body milk cream and the face & body refresher.

It is very nice. 


The product line is alcohol-free and non-drying, our face & body mist instantly refreshes and conditions to leave skin feeling beautifully revitalized and lightly scented. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrolatum, artificial color & gluten, our promise is pure & simple: gentle and hypoallergenic products specially crafted for those who believe that less is more.





This fragrance is a light sweet scent. It is very nice.










Almond Milk 































The sample station







The oil roller-balls 


I believe this new line will be a big hit. It is free from chemicals. Great for people who are sensitive to scents and artificial color. The scents are light and fresh. You will enjoy them! 








(photos via Mrs. Shockley)













Monday, September 25, 2017

Sheer Beauty




This past weekend I was in the salon and was looking at my Traditional Home magazine July-August 2016 book and saw an article about acrylic furniture. Now I have never paid much attention to this kind of furniture but the pieces that were in this article were just so chic.

I took to Pinterest to find more inspiration and just wanted to share it.....





So beautiful. Love the wallpaper, it is called Blossom Fantasia by Nicolette Mayer through Stark






Wonderful....









Great end table










Jonathan Adler Lucite Bench









Do we see this trunk? Exquisite! 









Oh gosh, I definitely can see this in my home!











Love the table and chairs with it. So lovely.

I think I will be paying more attention to acrylic furniture. I think a few pieces around my home would look very fetching. 


Enjoy!!!! 







(photos via Pinterest)











Friday, September 22, 2017

My Silk Scarf Collection




I wanted to do a fun post of all of my favorite silk scarves. I love scarves and think there is such an elegance to them. They add class to any outfit....




Love this scarf found it at H & M. It is really great and so is the price!






The next three scarves are from Ralph Lauren. They are called the Equestrian scarves and the only place to find them is on Ebay or the Ralph Lauren outlet mall. 









In cream










In green 








This is Ralph Lauren too.










Here is what it looks like when open. (Sorry it is backwards)










Ann Taylor dragonfly scarf









Escada
I found this at a consignment store. 






Banana Republic (very old)
A consignment store find also.







Aldo






Hermes
Found this on Ebay









Hermes
A consignment store find in Washington, D.C.






Ann Taylor


I hope this post inspires you to take another look at scarves or inspires you to pull out your satin or silk scarves. As autumn approaches nothing could make you look more dressed up or polished than a silk scarf. 



Enjoy the hunt!!!




Also here is a fabulous video from You-tuber Audrey Coyne. I love her channel and her style!












(photos via Mrs. Shockley)













Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Overflow of Decor





I know that most of us love home decor. I know I do! I started my home decor shopping when I was in college. I went to a two-year community college here in my city and worked a full-time job. I was a legal assistant and had gotten hired on my 20th birthday! I will never forget it. Best gift ever because I knew at that moment that I could get my own place!!!


So over the years I have accumulated many decor items and have kept some of them. Once we got our first home I started buying organizing tubs to keep everything in. And now the collection just keeps growing....





Some of my curtains. I purchased these over 10 years ago. 





More linens





I have chair covers, table linens, tassels, pillow cases and the list just goes on and on. 





Pictures....








Picture frames







This I found recently. It is a Giorgio Armani velvet hat box that I paid only $10 for!
Wonderful! 










Beautiful blue and white vase that I took to my office









And these lovely pink blush pillows. 



I also have lamps and vintage rugs in my decor closet. It is hard to keep organized but I enjoy it. I love home decor and will continue to collect. I have been know to give away some of my items in my decor closet. I just believe that your home should be beautiful. Whatever that beauty is to you. Enjoy your home and collect!!!!







(photos via Mrs. Shockley)















Monday, September 18, 2017

A Paris All Your Own ~ New Book





I love reading and I am always excited about books that discuss European living. I dream of going overseas some day and I am pretty confident that the Lord will allow that dream to come to pass.

I was really excited about this book because it is complied of many different authors and each story gives their own personal experience of Paris living.

I was very surprised and pleased with their honesty. Some authors loved Paris and some didn't. Some were hoping to have the same experience as their grandmothers and some were expecting that Paris that they saw on television.

But when it came down to it, everyone was honest and that I really enjoyed. Although there were some stories I enjoyed more than others.




The first story that I loved was the very first one in the book. It is called "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a French Woman" by  J. Courtney Sullivan. In the first chapter she talks about her mother and grandmother. She said, "It begins, like all things, with my mother......she believes that, in her heart, she is French. She collects Quimper pottery, wears silk scarves with confidence of a native Parisian, and spritzes Chanel N*5 on the dog after a bath."

She goes on to say, "Her passion is inherited from her own mother, my grandmother, who to me seems every bit as glamorous as Catherine Deneuve. She subscribed to W, and when she's collected enough back issues, she bags them up and brings them over to our house. My grandmother is known for being the first person to jog in her neighborhood, long before there was such a thing as jogging attire- she did it in a trench coat." 

WOW!!! Talking about being elegant everyday! I was hooked on this story right away. 





The second story that I enjoyed and learned a lot from was "Paris is Your Mistress". The author Ellen Sussman talked about how she was so in love with Paris that she didn't see how it was blinding her to the fact that her marriage was failing. She mentioned how she got up each day with boundless energy once they moved there and how she wanted to roam the streets. She also said that she hardly knew or remember what her husband did or was doing. It was so interesting yet so honest. I loved her honesty. 






The third story that I enjoyed was "A Myth, A Museum, and a Man" by Susan Vreeland. This story was so full of substance and beauty. She said this, "Painting, sculpture, architecture, music, religious and social history- I was swept away with all of it, wanting to read more, to learn languages, to fill my mind with rich, glorious, long-established culture wrought by human desire, daring, and faith. And I wanted a cordial relationship with French people, one peppered with laughter and lively conversations about art and history over cafe creme in a sidewalk cafe.

"Impossible, Madame," I heard at the back of my mind. "The French are snobs, especially Parisians. A cordial relationship? It will never happen". 

Oh my goodness, do I feel the same way! But as I continue to read the story it turned out very well with lots of discussions about art and the people. Wonderful read. 



The last story that I read was called, "The Passion of Routine" by Jennifer L. Scott. I LOVED this story. I am such a creature of habit so this spoke to my heart. Jennifer shared about how she was living with a Parisian family during her studies in college. She lived with them for about a year and was talking about their living habits. She talked about how their apartment was when she first got there, "I found myself in a grand old apartment with high ceilings, walls painted a bold yellow, faded antique furniture, and aristocratic portraits adorning the hallway. It was all so much more formal than the carefree Parisian flat I had pictured in my imagination. 

She also talked about her first night there for dinner, "Monsieur Chic, the son and I waited in the living room until dinner was announced. Madame Chic then rolled out the food on a dinner cart from the kitchen. We sat at the dining room table, which was beautifully set with cloth napkins, blue and willow-patterned china, and delicately etched drinking glasses. 

And this family lived like this everyday. So inspiring....






I still have ten more short stories to read in this book so once I finished those I will come back with a part 2 to discuss those stories. I just wanted to share what I have read so far and how I have enjoyed them. 






Thanks for reading!!!!!





(photos via Pinterest)











Friday, September 15, 2017

Autumn Heels that I Want






Well hello, with autumn approaching and it cooler off here in Indiana (finally), I have been surfing the web for some fall inspired heels to wear for this season. I just wanted to share a few.




This is the Camerolona pump from DSW. I have been eyeing this shoe for weeks now!








The Nine West Whistles pump so chic and at a great price right now!





This are the Violetta Suede pump from Ann Taylor.






Love them in this color as well. 







These are super elegant! I just bought these a few weeks ago and adore them.
They are the Ashley Leopard Print Halfcalf heel from Ann Taylor!






I want them in emerald green too! So elegant!







These I just picked up yesterday. Red shoes have been hard for me to find but these were a good purchase and wonderful price. They are called the Jocelyn Bow Heel





These are just a few that I have on my wishlist. I am sure that it will expand soon. I have a $5 off for DSW so I maybe using that to buy the Camerolona pumps. Then I have a $30 off from Ann Taylor! Decisions, decisions. I hope that you enjoyed these suggestions for fall. Enjoy!





(photos via AnnTaylor.com and DSW.com)