Playlist: Stormy Weather

Some things I’m loving this week…
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Spring is such a transformational time of year and it’s a juxtaposition in extremes – on the one hand full of color and flowers and new life but on the other hand it also brings with it a darker side.  Living in Texas, Spring brings with it storms of a fierceness that is both beautiful and frightening.  This week’s playlist was inspired by just that.

I’ve been obsessing over this polish for what seems like forever.  NARS Stormbird is a gorgeous grey with a blue undertone that was part of their Fall 2012 collection.  Scrangie described it in the bottle as “a thunderstorm brewing inside it”.  I actually own a “dupe” of this color, but I’m still hearing the siren song of Stormbird calling me.

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Eric and I recently spent three days watching back to back episodes of the first three seasons of Game of Thrones on On Demand.  I had to talk him into watching it, but after the first few episodes, he was hooked.  Of course, almost every episode we watched included a trailer for Season 4 that was starting that weekend, and the song HBO used was a brilliant choice.  I fell in love with the haunting tune, Chelsea Wolfe’s Feral Love.

 

We both were so glad we managed to get through all three seasons and enjoyed every bit of it.  I’m inspired to conquer reading book 2 now.  And in a strange coincidence, I received an email from one of the ladies in my guild pointing out Michele Carragher’s website.  She is a costume embroiderer who has worked on the costumes for Game of Thrones.  And I love this photo of her.
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I am absolutely amazed at the detail and talent in her amazing pieces.  I’m absolutely enthralled with her work.  I am going to make myself a goal to learn stumpwork and goldwork so I can add them to my needlework repertoire.

In an effort to finish up some of the decorating we’ve been doing at the house, I’ve been spending a bit of time on Houzz, which is a great site for ideas and inspiration, as well as sourcing pieces for home decor.  I was looking through dramatic rooms, specifically those with dark walls and came across this living room.

Of course I love the black walls, but what really struck me was the artwork.  The framed pieces flanking the fireplace are mesmerizing.  Skimming the comments told me that the artist is Todd Murphy.  I believe both of these pieces, the straw goose and the straw dress, were both available through Restoration Hardware at one point.  I loved that the images were floating on a black background, and when hung on a black accent wall the effect is striking.  So, then I went on my own “goose chase” so to speak and found a number of Murphy’s other pieces that I fell in love with.

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What a statement piece for a room!  I especially love this one…

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I’m wishing I could add one of these to my own decor.

What’s on your playlist this week?

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Things I Love Thursday

Been awhile since I’ve done a Things I Love Thursday post, so I thought I’d share some things that have been catching my eye lately.

I’m so in love with Sarah Jessica Parker. But after seeing this video, I may love her home more.

Gray Malin‘s photographs from Antarctica. I’ve been following him on Instagram and watching his snapshots from the shoot was just incredible.

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I’ve been trying to catch up on some of my DVR’d shows, including The Carrie Diaries.  Saw this Elizabeth and James Raincloud sweater on a recent one and fell in love.

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And today I stumbled on this amazing powder room redo…gasp…that wallpaper!!!!

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Which, of course, reminded me that I recently ran across another fabulous wallpaper install on Instagram by 101 Things I Love.

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So many lovely wallpaper options these days.

And finally – this song kills me every time I hear it.  #sofunny


Here’s to a great rest of the week!  #almost Friday

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January in Photos

January 2014 in Photos

January was mostly full of preparing for my Paris trip.  Eric gave me a gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag (my first camera bag!) for Christmas.  I had a few shopping trips to pick up shoes, PJs, etc.  I even bought a gorgeous tangerine trench to wear!  I made sure to keep up with my cardio at the gym to prep for all that walking we’d be doing.  I even picked the perfect polish to wear.

I finished reading the last of the Stieg Larsson books (so good) and started a new to me series.

Eric made a fabulous King cake to enjoy for Epiphany.

I’m absolutely enamored with the Dracula tv series, and the sets are stunning.  I look forward to this show every week and it never disappoints.

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July in Photos

July in Photos

This summer is just zooming by like nobody’s business.  Frankly, July was a rough month.  Started out fine but then it took a nosedive.  My crazy work schedule took over again and a lot of late nights left me feeling overwhelmed and stressed.  Near the end of the month I made some adjustments in my attitude and did my best to start looking at things from a place of gratitude and abundance.  Amazing what a difference that makes.  Two things that have really helped me are the IG posts from @tarotandtea, particularly her daily tarot advice, and Katie O’Keefe’s blog and IG.  I’m loving watching her moving through #intentionalaugust and #mth (making things happen).  Both are two roads to the same destination, a destination of re-engaging with myself and what means most to me.  All a work in progress, but I’m feeling a lot better equipped to deal with the “stuff” that’s going on in my life right now.

So, what adventures did I get up to in July?  It was so nice to have a long weekend for 4th of July, and you can see I celebrated with a fun mani.  I spent a day with some girlfriends over that weekend too – I even baked cookies!  Eric and I opted to not go out to see fireworks, but instead we enjoyed the evening at home and watched some of the specials on tv.

We had lots of rain in July and it actually made for a much cooler summer than we’re used to in Texas.  I love it when it rains, so it’s always a little bonus.

As part of my attitude adjustment, I spent some extra time on myself – nails (of course), some new makeup (eyeliner and powder), dug out my favorite summertime heels (don’t those cherries kill you?), and some summery statement necklaces like my starfish that jingle!  I even went through all the lipstick I have hoarded in my purse.  Amazing what you find in there.

I had a little bit of relaxation time that I spent working on a gift for my Goddaughter (a summery yellow quilt) and catching up on my DVR’d shows, namely the red carpet from the Oscars.  Yes, it was in February.

Eric and I also did something for ourselves, we finally ordered our frame for the photo we printed from our honeymoon so we could hang it over our bed.  The frame is perfect and goes beautifully with the warm tones of the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.  Apologies for the reflection/glare in the photo…but trust me it looks wonderful.  And it allowed us to mark our bedroom as complete on our home improvement list.

So that was July, and we’re already halfway through August so I’d better start thinking about my August in Photos post!

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Things I Love Thursday: Catching My Eye

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Today’s TILT post is going to be rather a mishmash of things that are making my heart beat a little faster this week. Last night the photo above of the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills stopped me in my tracks. I’m so completely in love with the hummingbird painting/print above the bed – such an amazing statement piece.  And the pendants on either side of the bed are beautiful as well.  They actually remind me of the lamp I have next to my bed.  Anyway, Eric and I have been working on some changes around the house and desperately need a focal piece over our bed.  I think we’ve settled on one of the photos he took in Rome, but now we need the perfect frame.

I’ve also been looking for a new wallet.  Mine is starting to look a little worse for wear.  I’m loving this patent LV – bringing a little bit of sexy back to my purse.

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I’ve been looking at the pave link bracelet trend that I’m seeing everywhere.  Especially fun in colors like pink, teal, emerald!  Lately I’m finding myself drawn to wearing bracelets, so I’m thinking I may need to add a little sparkle into the mix too.

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I’m obsessed with Moroccan style, as you know, particularly the dramatic rugs.  This one from West Elm was recently featured in Bri Emery’s office makeover.  I just love this rug so much.

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And, per usual, I am way behind on my DVRed shows (still need to watch the Oscars, in fact).  I’ve had a couple of evenings at home and I’ve been catching up on The Carrie Diaries.  Have you seen this show?  Of course, Sex and the City was always near and dear to my heart – particularly as a single girl.  I was skeptical about Carrie Diaries (and still mourning the ending of Gossip Girl), but I’ve been pleasantly surprised!  It’s fun, it’s young, and OMG it’s taking me right back to highschool.  The music, the clothes, my subscription to Interview magazine…so much win.

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If you haven’t been watching, you should definitely check it out.

So, that’s just a quick little look into what I’m loving this week.  I’m glad that tomorrow’s Friday and I’m hoping to get some time this weekend to make a little progress on a few projects I’m working on around the house.  I still need to blog about some of the design changes that have been going on at the house too – we’re nearing completion on most of the rooms in the house, which is really satisfying.  So, more to come on that.  Until next time, what’s catching your eye lately?

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First Days of Spring

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With the first day of Spring this week, my thoughts turn to clear sunny days and soft colors.  Although this morning is full of thunderstorms and chilly winds.  But, I can indulge in my little piece of Spring right here!  Lately I’ve been catching up on my DVR’d shows, which includes several hours of Red Carpet watching.  Seems the days are gone when I can actually watch things live.  But, what surprised me about this year’s Oscar Red Carpet was the overall softness of the colors.  There were very few bright colors, particularly the emerald green I was expecting to see everywhere.   But there was no lack of gorgeous dresses to choose from, as you can see above.  One of my favorites was Jessica Chastain in that amazing coppery beaded Armani Prive gown.  So many subtle shades.

And Chanel has released their lovely Spring collection of nail lacquers, Printemps Precieux.  You know I normally go in for the dark, vampy colors like Accessoire, but I’m really drawn to Emprise, which is a rosy beige.  Perfect almost nude nail that would go perfectly with a brighter wardobe.  And Fracas, who can resist a pretty, bright pink?  This one will most definitely transition into the summer months.

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Even Starbucks is celebrating Spring in Japan with their new Sakura line. It even includes cherry blossom macarons (which you know I can’t resist).  It’s too bad that this lovely pink deliciousness won’t be available in the States, but from what I hear the taste (not cherry at all) might not translate to the American palate.  But what fun a pink latte would be (as long as it’s not strawberry, since I’m allergic!).

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And I saw a photo on Instagram the other day of the new Coach handbags in Mint.  I can’t resist, such a gorgeous color for Spring.  Too too tempting. Alas, I am on a new handbag hiatus, so no Coach bag for me. But look at those fun tassels too.  Gah!

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I did have to indulge in my own version of that luxurious mint color though. How do you like my Essie Mint Candy Apple mani this week?  Perfect, huh?  Such a fun color.  I’ve really enjoyed wearing it.

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And how can I resist anything in a bright pretty yellow?  (I can’t) Of course, the J Crew bubble necklaces are almost everywhere these days, but I just love it in yellow.  A fun bright pop of color against a subtle colored top?  Love.  It.

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What’s bringing thoughts of Spring to you this week?

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Things I Love Thursday: The Little Things

I’ve been remiss in my TILT posts, and of course, this one is late too – but better late than never!  I’ve been focusing lately on the little things that make me happy, and finding joy in the small stuff.  So this week, I thought I’d just share a little bit of what’s making me happy.

★  The book I’m reading

★  A three-day weekend (and the following four-day work week!)

★  Starting to put the finishing touches on our living room

★  Fashion Week

★  My Blue Moon Mani in honor of the blue moon last Friday

★  Watching Jurassic Park on tv

★  Rediscovering some things from my old apartment and looking through them

★  New collars for the kittens (who are now quite big!)

★  Thutmose standing on his hind legs in the kitchen window watching the birds

★  A harvest moon Saturday night

★  Refreshing my hair color

★  Friends that give me Day of the Dead skulls for my birthday

★  Setting up the DVR for the new fall shows

★  Learning how to make star bullets!

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Things I Love Thursday: The Olympic Edition

Thursday has snuck up on me again!  And now it’s AUGUST!  How does this happen?  Anyway, it’s been almost a week since the 2012 Olympics began and I thought I’d spend this TILT post writing about that.  As you know, I’m way behind on my tv watching, so needless to say Eric and I did not watch the Opening Ceremony for the Olympics on Friday, when it happened.  We finally got it all watched last night.  (And by the way, I did finally finish watching the Oscars too!)

I really enjoyed the Opening Ceremony and it brought to mind all those things I love about the Olympics.  Watching the Olympics reminds me of when I was growing up.  It was a huge event for my family to sit down and watch the games.  It was always so inspiring, and more than anything I loved that we all watched it together.  And I suppose that with my dad gone now, those kinds of memories are even more precious.  Watching the Olympics is important to me.  It’s something I truly love and I don’t want to miss out on.

There were a lot of cool things about the ceremony, but my favorite was the lighting of the cauldron from the torches.  So very awe-inspiring.

I love that the world comes together, not only to participate in the games, but also to watch the games.  It’s a shared experience, and one that I very much appreciate being a part of.  I do hope that I am able to see more of the games themselves, now that I’ve watched the Opening Ceremony.  And hey, I have to be grateful that we’re watching them only days late instead of years late, like we did with the Beijing Olympics!

And seeing the Opening Ceremony in London has reminded me that I still need to go back and watch the Diamond Jubilee celebration as well!  One of these days I’ll get caught up, maybe!

So, since it’s Thursday, time to recap what I’m grateful for this week:

  • Exciting redecorating going on at my house
  • A great dinner out with my husband (it felt like old times!)
  • An unexpected offer of an entertainment center from a friend
  • Having my family over to visit and introduce them to the kittens
  • Pizza!
  • Getting to watch the Opening Ceremony (of course!)
  • new polish arriving from butter London
  • Finally having a hard talk I’ve been dreading
  • Eric ordering the Lana del Rey CD for me

And there’s one last thing…

 

Hello, Mr. Beckham!

 

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Club Dead

I got a little behind with my book reviews, so here’s another one right on the heels of my last.  I finished this one over the weekend while waiting for my hair appointment (I’m desperately trying to keep myself on a schedule to have my hair trimmed, the past few years it’s been hit or miss…but, I digress).  After reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – I needed a quick and easy, entertaining read.  Sookie #3 to the rescue.  Like I said, this series is quick, enjoyable, entertaining and a perfect “palate cleanser” between denser books.

As far as I can tell, this book is pretty much what the third season of True Blood covers.  Now, granted, there’s a lot going on in True Blood that wasn’t in the book – but, perhaps it’s in later books?  Anyway, I think I enjoy the books themselves a lot more than the series, although with the series you do get Alex Skarsgard.  mmm….wait, where was I?  Oh yeah, True Blood.  The other thing I love about the series that you don’t really get in the books is Pam.  I love Pam in True Blood.  I particularly like her dialog.  For instance…

Pam: I don’t know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember I can rip your throat out if I need to. And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago.

Pam: You picking up what I’m putting down?
Lafayette: Yes.
Pam: Good, I’ll be back tomorrow for the money.

Love it.  But, back to the books – well worth the read.  I always enjoy taking a little foray into Bon Temps, when I get the chance.

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Shooting Without a Tripod (or How I Spent My 4th of July)

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Every so often I make a food request to Eric, and one of the things I love about him is that he always comes through for me. For dinner on the 4th, he grilled hot dogs, made baked beans and coleslaw and bought me root beer. So yummy!

Although the night before it rained something fierce, the 4th was sunny and clear, so we were good to go out and see the fireworks. Eric looks forward to the fireworks every year and he was really disappointed by our fireworks experience last year in Miami. Suffice it to say that last year we pulled the car over to the side of the road and watched the ten minutes of fireworks through the back window of the car. Not ideal. But, this year, Eric got some amazing photos of the fireworks. Mine…notsomuch. I think they would have been pretty good if I’d taken Eric’s advice and used the tripod he brought for me.

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Since I am stubborn and thought that surely I could take great handheld photos, you can see my results. My fireworks look a bit more like silly string than fireworks. Not quite as impressive as I’d hoped.

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Ah well. It was a great night though, and I was happy with my Sonic Campfire Blast that Eric bought me on the way home (and a Banana Shake for himself).

No work on Monday the 5th, so we continued our weekend long movie marathon. It’s been so long since we’ve watched movies that we thought it was a good time to get caught up. We finished up Season 2 of True Blood, caught some of the Star Wars marathon and also watched Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Ghost Rider, Wanted, American Pie: Beta House and finally rounded it off with the new Star Trek. It was so much fun to just sit and watch movies together. I loved it!

And Eric surprised me with two new variations of grilled pizza for dinner last night.

Chicken Fajita Pizza…

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And Chicken Pesto Pizza…

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They were both sooooo delicious! I can’t decide which one was my favorite. I hope he makes these again.

And Eric’s mom just got back from visiting Grandma and she came by yesterday to bring us these Italian cookies she brought back for us. We had some of the three-color cookies and they were fantastic. I can’t wait to try the others.

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All in all an excellent 4th of July weekend. And maybe next year I’ll use a tripod.

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