- noun - 1. something or someone that inspires
                                  2. a goddess that inspires an artist, poet, or thinker

- verb - 1. to ponder; or wonder                      

"the best things in life are free; the second best are very expensive."
~Coco Chanel~

"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire." 
~Sharon Ralls Lemon~

"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." 
~Ernest Hemingway~
"There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am." 
~The Mad Hatter~

"The shiny red color of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the color because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the color of passion." 
~Christian Louboutin~
The New Yorker
 "Sweetly pretty. She should use more mascara. When one is young, one should use a lot of mascara. When one is older, one should use much more." 
~The Queen Dowanger~
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
~Pledge of Allegiance~

Pièce de résistance
(French pronunciation: [pjɛs də ʁezistɑ̃s]) is a French term (circa 1839), translated into English literally as "piece of (or for) resistance," referring to the best part or feature of something (as in a meal), a showpiece, or highlight. It can be thought of as the portion of a creation which defies (i.e. "resists") orthodox or common conventions and practices, thereby making the whole of the creation unique and special. The phrase gives the sense that the referred-to element is the most outstanding, notable, or defining of the collection. 
"there seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe"  

~Dorothy Draper~ 

 fair·y tale

  1. A children's story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.
  2. Denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy. ~Definition~
HERMES (HUR-meez; Roman name Mercury) was the messenger of the gods and guide of dead souls to the Underworld. A prankster and inventive genius from birth, Hermes aided the heroes Odysseus and Perseus in their quests.  
~Greek Mythology~

"come live with me and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove, of golden sands, and crystal beaches, with silken lines and silver hooks..." 
~John Gregory Dunne~

 "even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually." 
~Jimi Hendrix~

 "better a silly girl with a flower, than a silly boy with a horse and a stick... " 
A Knight's Tale

"after all, tomorrow is another day!" 
~Scarlett O'Hara~
Gone with the Wind

"he who loves an old house never loves in vain"  
~Isabel La Howe Conant~

"we'll always have paris."  
~Rick Blaine~

"i hear nothing. not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. i have mail. from you."  
~Kathleen Kelly~
You've Got Mail

"have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?" 
~The Mad Hatter~
Alice in Wonderland

create a fashion dream list...
items that you wish to add to your wardrobe over a lifetime
(ps... Louis Vuitton luggage is very high on my list) 
~To Do~
 "be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." ~William Shakespeare~
 "what do i wear to bed? why, Chanel No. 5, of course." 
~Marilyn Monroe~


Read this...

~To Do~

watch this :

~Simple Luxuries~


White Energy

Strictly speaking, white is not a color, but the manifestation of the presence of all color - the complete energy of light. It stands for wholeness and completion. In many cultures it represents openness and truth. White has a cold quality. It can provide clarity as its energy is complete.
White has purification vibrations and can be used to clear blocks from your path.
It holds the potential to move toward every other color and this makes it a good choice for new beginnings, and development in any direction.
Put some white in your life when you want:
  • to clear clutter and obstacles away
  • to start a fresh beginning
  • to bring about mental clarity
  • purification of thoughts or actions

~What it means...~

Orange Energy

While red is associated with fiery heat, orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun. A dynamic color to be sure, orange offers a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.
Put some orange in your life when you want:
  • to spice things up when you feel time is dragging
  • to become more involved in something
  • to increase creativity
  • relief from things becoming too serious

~What it means...~

Pink Energy

Pink is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Shades of deep pink, such as magenta, are effective in neutralizing disorder and violence. Some prisons use limited deep pink tones to diffuse aggressive behaviour.
Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and love, acceptance.
Put some pink in your life when you want:
  • calm feelings
  • to neutralize disorder
  • relaxation
  • acceptance, contentment
~What it means...~

Gold Energy

The tibetan Buddhist believes in 5 sacred stones: the crystal for light, turquoise for infinity of sea and sky, coral for life and form, gold for the golden ray of the sun, silver for the light of the moon. Gold is intimately linked with Divinity and those gods associated with the Sun. It symbolizes wealth and success.
Put some gold in your life when you want:
  • increased personal power
  • relaxation and enjoyment of life
  • good health
  • success 
~What it means...~
 * Aphrodite *
Aphrodite was the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Oh, and the patron of prostitutes. The myth of her birth has a couple of versions. The most well known today has her springing from the blood of Uranus after Cronus castrated him, and floating on the sea to Greece, where she was met by the Three Graces. She was married to Hephaestus, the Smith God, but she slept with Ares.  
~Greek Goddesses~

* Artemis *
Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt. She had 50 hounds and 50 Draiads (wood nymphs) and a quiver full of painless silver arrows. Along with her twin brother Apollo, she was the daughter of Zeus and Leto as well as being "youngest" of the three maiden goddesses (in addition to Hestia and Athena). Artemis didn't carry the moon across the sky, but being a moon goddess was definitely part of her identity. Stunningly beautiful, she swore never to marry.  
~Greek Goddesses~

 "gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. and don't be stingy, baby." 
~Greta Garbo~
Anne Christie (1930)

 "the wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." 
~Arabian Proverb~

 "I'm just mad about Saffron
Saffron's mad about me
I'm just mad about Saffron
She's just mad about me

They call me mellow yellow
They call me mellow yellow
They call me mellow yellow" 
~Mellow Yellow Lyrics
by Donovan~

"the things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains." 
~Josephine Baker~

 "a throne is only a bench covered with velvet."
~Napoleon Boneparte~

in·di·an sum·mer(Noun)
1. A period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.
2. A period of happiness or success occurring late in life. 

" maybe our mistakes are what make our fate." 
~Carrie Bradshaw~

  "your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions" 
~Albert Einstein~

1. buy yourself a box of classic No. 2 pencils
2. sharpen every single one
3. place them in a beautiful cup or vase
4. dream of things you will create 
~Simple Luxuries~

"we are tied to the ocean. and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." 
~John F. Kennedy~

 "pick out the front door for your dream house" 
~Simple Luxuries~

"if you love it like crazy, it will work" 
~Jonathan Adler~

 "dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. " 
~James Dean~

"i think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern - wearing head-to-toe designer has become a bit passe. it's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. it's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together. " 
~Alexander McQueen~

 "no, i'm not a french designer either. i'm from nowhere. i'm a european, old european is all i am." 
~Karl Lagerfeld~

 "i've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors is black" 
~Pierre-Auguste Renoir~
via Jonathan Adler
On Happy Chic>Colors

"gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs" 
~Coco Chanel~

 "all bombshells have a love affair with leopard print" 
~Miss Smitten~

pick up a bundle of white roses and cluster them tight in a small beautiful vessel 
~Simple Luxuries~

" i am a woman above everything else." 
~Jackie O~

 "i don't design clothes, i design dreams." 
~Ralph Lauren~

 "gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. it gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark." 
~Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway~ 

"of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." 
Humphrey Bogart

"never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them." 
~Dorothy Draper~

"fall in love with color over and over again" 
~Miss Smitten~

 "quality is not an act, it is a habit" 

 "here's looking at you, kid" 

"one could not pluck a flower without troubling a star" 
~Loren Eiseley~

 in the storms of life
when you need an umbrella
may you have to uphold it
a handsome young fella.
~Yours Till Niagara Falls~
by Lillian Morrison

 "i do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." 
~Abraham Lincoln~ 

" twinkle, twinkle little star,
eyebrow pencil, cold cream jar,
powder puff and lipstick too
will make a beauty out of you."
~Yours Till Niagara Falls~
by Lillian Morrison

 "how many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone" 
~Coco Chanel~

 "there is nothing new except what has been forgotten." 
~Marie Antoinette~

 "the tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail." 
~Christian Dior~

 "when you hit the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" 
~Fae Smith~
aka: my granny
As well as Franklin D. Roosevelt

"beneath the makeup and behind the smile i'm just a girl who wishes for the world." 
~Marilyn Monroe~

"lipstick and rouge
powder and paint
make a little plain girl
look like she ain't."

 ~Yours Till Niagara Falls~
by Lillian Morrison

 "i'll get you my pretty...and your little dog too! "
~The Wicked Witch of the West~

 "better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. " 
~Chinese Proverbs~

"swell party, where's the whisky?" 
Running Buffalo

 "you used to be much more..."muchier." you've lost your muchness." 
The Mad Hatter
Alice in Wonderland

 "we have so much time, and so little to do. wait! stop! reverse that." 
Willy Wonka

 carry a beautiful basket to a farmer's market today... it's the way grocery shopping can be wonderful! 
Simple Luxuries

 "we are shaped and fashioned by what we love." 
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~

"begin doing what you want to do now. we are not living in eternity. we have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake..." 
~Francis Bacon~

"i like my money right where i can see it - hanging in my closet." 
~Sex in the City~

"my only true love, darling. i live for furs. i worship furs! after all, is there a woman in all this wretched world that doesn't?"
~Cruella De Vil~
101 Dalmatians

"(my look is) either very baroque or very zen - everything in between makes me itch."
~Iris Apfel~

"do it once, and do it right"
~Sarah Richardson~

"i never wanted to be famous, i only wanted to be great."
~Ray Charles~

"i'm not a paranoid deranged millionaire. goddamit, i'm a billionaire!"
~Howard Hughes~

"i believe in doing the thing you feel is right. if it looks right, it is right"
~Dorothy Draper~

fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make oneself its slave"
~Napoleon Bonaparte~

go to the market... pick yourself up some fresh herb plants. put them in pretty pots and set them on your window sill.
Simple Luxuries

"i love it that your completely out of your mind... and so beautifully so."
~Steven Tyler~

"there is nothing new except what has been forgotten"
~Marie Antoinette~

"yellow is capable of charming god"
~Vincent Van Gogh~
via Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic>Colors

"here's looking at you, kid"

"the future depends on what we do in the present"
~Mahatma Gandhi~

"a woman is the only thing i am afraid of that i know will not hurt me"
~Abraham Lincoln~

"color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment"
~Claude Monet~

"it is impossible to overdo luxury"
~French Proverb

pick a wall in your home and paint it a beautiful color. be FEARLESS in your choice! i'm thinking hot pink!
Pamper Yourself

"find out who you are and do it on purpose"
~Dolly Parton~

"i feel very adventurous. there are so many doors to be opened, and i'm not afraid to look behind them."
~Elizabeth Taylor~

"don't compromise yourself. you are all you've got"
~Janis Joplin~

"it is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in a room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress"
~Dorothy Draper~

"my secret to looking fabulous... fast cars and London"
~Honor Blackman~

"if you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain"
~Dolly Parton~

spring is almost here. treat yourself with a pedicure. pretty pink toes will make you smile...
Pamper Yourself

"bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed the soul"
~The Koran~

"if i get married, i want to be very married"
~Audrey Hepburn~

"i think that playing dress-up begins at age five and never really ends"
~Kate Spade~

"this above all: to thine own self be true:
~William Shakespeare~
. Hamlet .

"horrible ideas....don't you just love those?"
~Under the Tuscan Sun~

"i've got to have a place where i can find peace of mind"
~Princess Diana~

"i'm not interested in money, i just want to be wonderful"
~Marilyn Monroe~

"hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity"
~Coco Chanel~

"there's no place like home"
~The Wizard of Oz~
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