. weekend & hunting .


a long weekend in the country...my favorite hen and chick succulents
(quite possibly the only plant i can keep alive), two baby fawns still in spots,
deer grazing in the yard, delicious fresh caught pan fish and homemade 
cornbread for supper, and a river ground hunt for mushroom delicacies...
what a lovely weekend!

ps...more on our mushroom hunt soon!

(image 1 at firstcomeflowers.typepad.com, 2 lucie field photography, 3 vintage 1950s pic at decodogs.com)


. house love * erin fetherston .

paris has an affair with new york city...
as erin fetherston, the very talented fashion designer
has taken up residence in nyc. her search for a lovely home
has paid off, and it seems that the platinum beauty has a way of mixing
her french style with tribeca chic.
love love love...

ps... read entire story and more images at apartment therapy & vogue

(images via vogue photography by claiborne swanson frank) 


. a sparkle or two .

over the moon for sparkles... always have been, and especially
vintage sparkle. you know, the kind that has stories to whisper...

(click image to view source)


. shopping @ topshop .

a new weekly feature is coming...
i'm not sure what it's going to be called (so stay tuned)
but the idea is to pick a fabulous retailer
and put together an entire look, basically one-stop shopping...
here's a little taste of what it's going to be like featuring TOPSHOP!
(all items available at topshop.com)


. hello & chairs .

i admit it.
i love chairs. i love chairs. i love chairs.
whew... and this little number by nina campbell is absolutely dreamy!
it's an investment, but if your in the mood for a bargain,
 i found some fabulous choices...

manchester $307.99
a classic look...

modern club $635.99
sleek & chic...

"the reggie" $993.99
love this print!

retro tuxedo $394.99
my favorite!!!
 (image 1+2 hartley chair via nina campbell, 3-7 available at O.co)


. weekend .

thinking of a sunny afternoon, lounging on
green green grass, and
blowing giant iridescent bubbles,
abandoning all the cares in the world.
have a lovely weekend...

(image via the fabulous paris apartment blog)


. inspiraton * i'm seeing spots .

looks smashing on silk ...

makes taking calls lovely...

is a chic traveling companion...

is the best seat in the house...

can spark diner conversation...

pairs well with plump peonies...

plays well with stripes...

and is absolutely adorable on the original masterpiece!!!

i am smitten with animal prints and the
striking Dalmatian, (my favorite color combination b+w)
is tops in my book! quite wonderful, yes?
have a lovely friday...

(images 1 - sonia rykiel scarf via net-a-porter, 2 dalmatian skin @ blackberry, 3 luggage set at luggage express, 4 via house beautiful, 5-7 at atlanta homes & lifestyles, 8 via free wallpapers)


. fashion * orange .

hours soaking up the sun, a hint of salt in the warm air,
the coolness of water splashing around pretty toes,
and not a care in the world...

grand coast cover-up at anthropolgieruffle bikini top&bottoms at old navy . glitteratti clutch at j.crew .
sunglasses + gold link bracelet from bombshell inc . shabby chic linen ballet flat at banana republic  


. fashion icon * rare bird .

ahhhh... i learned about the fabulous iris apfel many years
ago and clipped an article wrote about her... she was fabulous, and
i was reminded about how wonderful she is while flipping through my
new Architectural Digest... an inside look at her fifth avenue apartment.
the co-owner of old world weavers and serious fashion legend is
launching a jewelry line in september on hsn... 
can't wait. love love love...

wise words from iris...


. hello & it's tuesday .

hello... it seems as if time stands still a bit when you
are in the country and you wish for the moments to last
and last.  even chilly air and a spring snow flurry can't
discourage a wonderful time with family.
hope your week is off to a smashing start.....

(image via grizzly creek ranch)


. busy day .

a day spent packing, and last minute errands, and wrapping up work,
and laundry, making calls, and a million other things....

to get away from our busy lives...
slow down, enjoy lingering meals with family,
shuffle and deal a card or two,
and take in the beauty of spring in the raw outdoors,
as only one can do in the country...

(image 1 via prada ad campaign, 2 via fallen oak ranch)


. sleeping beauty .

something entirely luxurious about crisp white sheets
and nothing on but Chanel No. 5....
marilyn knew simple luxury.

(marilyn monroe image in 1962 by bert stern)


. house love * sarah .

a lovely site line

wooden chandelier is gorgeous

vintage quarter foil brackets - LOVE!!

 wallpaper is fabric that was backed

i'd love to sit here...

again... sarah richardson is beyond fabulous!
my second favorite room in the farm house is the
dining room, it is country pretty i would say...

ps... sarah's cottage just started on hgtv

(images via hgtv canada)


. bon voyage * new orleans .

packing my most beautiful things in this...

cinched into that...

looking dapper in one of these...

while being whisked away by them...

to revel at the beauty there...

 a quaint lunch here...

savoring the aroma of this...

kicking up my heels in these...

being mysterious in this...

while sipping a cocktail here...

listening to this...

and watching the sun come up here.

what a lovely trip...
hope your monday is off to a dashing start!

(image 1 classic noir by french luggage @ classicluggage.com, 2 donna karen at net-a-porter, 3 hats by dior, 4 horse carriage at absolutely fabulous, 5 new orleans visitor site, 6 patois resturant, 7 magnolia via lovelifedesignllc.com, 8 valentino heels at net-a-porter, 9 mask unknown, 10 carousel bar at Hotel Monteleone's, 11 sax image mmml.org, 12 nolapics via pintrest)
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