Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pretty Potpourri

 Hi everyone,

I received a muuuch needed camera for Christmas since my old one broke and was horrendous to deal with anyway.  So, I am trying to learn how to properly use all of its awesome functions and features.  I hope to be able to begin posts from it very very soon.

This photo was one of the last few I took with camera so-glad-it-died-so-I-could-get-a-real-one.  Although, I do appreciate the one year of service it provided.  It did its best.

This is Noel potpourri from my favorite bath and body store, Crabtree and Evelyn.  I can spend an entire day in that store--at one shelving display!  I find the quality of their products to be excellent.

The scent of this potpourri is luscious, and the ingredient arrangement is gorgeous.  It is a true forest aroma with hints of musky spices.  It is light and deep at the same time.  The throw is mild so it lingers nicely without overpowering a room or area, and in fact I use candles with it and there is no competing or interference.  The appeal of the scent and the ingredients can go from early autumn to mid spring.

Plus, it is beautiful on display.  I put it in a vintage colander and used it as a centerpiece on my kitchen table.

There is enough in a bag to fill a couple of dishes to spread around.  They sell the bottles of home fragrance oil to sprinkle on the potpourri to maintain the scent.  I also use the oils in my heating vents-only because I have metal vents and can place a drop or two near the top of the vent grate.  I do not pour the oil down into any vent of any kind.  When the heat blows, it lifts the scent into the room.  Just lovely.  And easy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Magenta Cashmere

I say the heck with diamonds, bring me the cashmere.  I cannot get enough of this luxurious stuff.  All winter I want to be surrounded in it.  However, the price keeps me at bay or else I would literally storm the stores and overload my closet.  Cashmere stops my gaze in its tracks.  I can be eyeing shelves and racks and what pops out is that softly brushed woven loveliness which snuggles up and melts on your body.  Gloves, hats, socks, scarves, sweaters…whatever.  I don't have to layer it to be warm or comfortable.  Cashmere is a girl's true best friend.

Sweater: Lands End, Scarf: Talbots, Skirt: Lands End, Boots: Aerosoles, Belt: Ann Taylor, Jacket: Lands End

Friday, December 6, 2013

Comfort Is….


plus this


This, plus

These equals

Warmth for inside and out.

Beef Stew with Garlic pull apart bread and wool socks.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Button Down Buttoned Up

Personally, I like button downs to do just that.  Button all the way down.  It is a nice change from a fanned or flipped collar having it fixed in place.  No, I do not feel as though I am choking, or that it is too stuffy looking.  Rather, I think it looks neat, crisp and classy, even for a basic plaid flannel shirt.  To each his or her own, but I say give it a try if you haven't already.  You can always undo it with a pop of  a button.

Shirt: Old Navy, Sweater: JCP, Skirt: Lands End, Boots: Lands End

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pink Christmas

I have decorated for Christmas using several color blends; rich brown and blue,
traditional red and green, white and gold, silver and blue, and red and white,
peach and gold.  But what I really long to do is pink.  My family is not quite on
board with me, but I think once I just do it, they will find it beautiful and festive.

So, when the post holiday sales hit, I shall hit the stores and see if I can achieve
my dream of a pink Christmas for next year.

Pink Christmas