March 31, 2008

When the dog bites, when the bee stings. . .

When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my FAVORITE THINGS. . . (and well, you know the rest).

Taking a hint from Mara at :: the simpler things :: I've compiled a list of some of my favorite things. These are supposed to be things I use regularly, so here goes. . . .

My husband bought this for me as a Valentine's gift and it has since become my favorite fragrance.

Here is yet another fragrance I use, but for the home. These have replaced the Glade plug-ins I used to swear by. They're prettier than the plug-ins, more energy-efficient and free up valuable outlet space. (Just have to add that I have my sister to thank for introducing these to me when she gave me one as a gift).

It was a sad day when I had to acknowledge my need for eye cream. But since I do have to use it, this is the one I have learned to love! Their Eye Alert is pretty cool, too.

Since I don't like that caked-on powder look that comes from touching up with a compact too often, this is a definite must, especially during the warmer months when we ladies tend to "glisten" more than usual.

This is my all-time favorite shampoo. It has a unique, fresh, clean scent and I love how it makes my scalp tingle!

I need my coffee fix every morning, so this is a lifesaver! Just program it the night before and your hot cuppa joe is waiting for you when you wake up.

As the family historian, this has been an indispensable instrument for capturing those special moments.

Post-it notes: always handy for a quick note to a family member or reminder to oneself! Of course, I prefer pretty ones like these to the typical yellow ones.

Taking a bath is my daily luxury! Some people have regularly scheduled massages and since that is something I cannot afford, I resort to soaking in the tub instead. It's nearly as good and is such a soothing de-stresser! (Note: this is not my bathroom. Don't I wish! Photo is from BHG.)

Last, but certainly not least, my favorite book of all time. I still love my NKJV which sits on my nightstand, but this is the one I've been carrying around.

And there you have it. Feel free to share some of your favorite things as well!

March 29, 2008

Disney Dreams Portfolio

Just for fun, since there are so many Disney fans out there, myself included, I thought I'd post these Disney character photos by Annie Leibovitz. These shots are so dreamy and magical! My favorite is Scarlett Johanssen as Cinderella.

Rachel Weisz as Snow White

Giselle Bundchen as Wendy, Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan

Jessica Biel as Pocahontas

Jennifer Lopez as Jasmine, Marc Anthony as Aladdin

Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie

Scarlett Johanssen as Cinderella

David Beckham as Prince Phillip

Beyonce as Alice, Lyle Lovett as the March Hare, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter

Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy, Abigail Breslin as Fira

Roger Federer as King Arthur

March 28, 2008

Room With A View - VII

Happy Weekend!

Las Balsas Hotel, Argentina
Courtesy of Conde Nast

March 27, 2008

Put Some Spring in Your Step

. . . with these floral footwear!

all shoes courtesy of Piperlime

March 26, 2008

Just Some Prettiness

photos by Natasha Milne

Let's Eat Out

The great weather in my neck of the woods has me longing for some alfresco dining! We were just at our neighborhood park this morning when I heard a young mother tell her little girl, "Time to go home. We're eating lunch in the backyard. Won't that be fun?!" Oh yes, sounds good to me! Any of these settings captivate you?

courtesy of BHG

courtesy of BHG

courtesy of BHG

photo by Debra McClinton

photo by Robin Stubbert

courtesy of Country Home

photo by Steven Randazzo

photo by Steven Randazzo

March 25, 2008

Pretty in Pink

Laugh at me all you want, but I've always been a closet Wellington admirer! I've come close to buying a pair many a time in the past, but finally took the plunge. Does it really matter that the rainy season is almost at a close? I'd wear these rain or shine, besides I still have April showers to look forward to!

March 24, 2008

Gustavian Design

In my younger, ignorant days my idea of Swedish furniture was limited to Scandinavian Designs. It was only later that I learned about the particular Swedish design called Gustavian. I immediately took to its combination of clean lines, gentle curves and delicate details. One day, I hope to incorporate a few choice pieces into my home.

photos by Steven Randazzo

March 21, 2008

Easter Bonnet

Happy Easter to you!

photo by Rodney Smith

I Can't Believe I Forgot

That yesterday was the first day of Spring! Click here for the post I forgot to post on March 20th.

Room With A View - VI

Hotel Los Juaninos in Mexico
courtesy of Conde Nast

Remember This?

Do you recall this romantic scene from the movie "The English Patient"? It's the one where Kip draws Hana out to view paintings on a high wall while suspended by rope.

He lures her with the loveliest idea--lighted candles nestled in seashells

Here is the lucky lady admiring the ancient paintings
from her lofty perch.

And to create your own magic moment. . .
from Wisteria

Secret Spaces

Isn't there something delightful about having a place that is partially hidden, somewhat secretive? It's like your very own private refuge unseen by the prying eyes of the world at large where you can take a deep breath, let down your guard and rest easy.

March 20, 2008

Officially Spring

Yes, today is the spring equinox, so spring is officially here! Hurray! I thought I'd share some of my old travel photos of spring greenery for some inspiration.

quaint flower shop in Arles

garden urns in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Versailles Garden

Versailles Garden