November 28, 2011

Festive Treats.




Hello Everyone, 
So sorry I have been missing for a while. I have been spending time with loved ones and family celebrating everything from  birthdays, to baby showers. So it seems these last few days I have been constantly in the kitchen churning out delicious food for everyone to enjoy. 

I am a bit tired but happy and a little sad at having lost a friend to cancer. I won't elaborate just yet as I still need some time to accept she is gone too soon.

I will be busy again soon at work and at home, with the holidays fast approaching and Hubby and I are planning a party for my son's birthday. Our Christmas baby will be turning 8 and has made it quite clear he would like to have a party. So with so much to do and so much to plan I will leave you today with what I'm loving most and hope it fills you with ideas for the coming season.





xx



November 22, 2011

Dressed for Dinner









I love this season of big family gatherings and big feast, what's not to love???
So here's to great times and to even more delicious recipes.

xx






November 20, 2011

Festive Designs.






What a wonderful Sunday morning it is, with breakfast done and the day ahead anything is possible. So to start the week, I wanted to share with you designs from Saana and Olli that I'm just crushing over.  Whether for the holiday season or all year round their new design "Night in the Forest" is just magical, don't you agree...

More information at their website or click for their new Lookbook .

Happy Sunday.








November 15, 2011

Decor Inspiration:Christmas Decorating Ideas

Bejeweled Holiday Candelabra


Well its beginning to look a lot like the Christmas, and I'm no where near completion of decorating the house. But today I do have some genius inspiration to share with you from the annals of my Pinterest boards, that's pretty and budget friendly. Above, I'm so swooning over this twig candle holder that does double duty, offering a spot to hang pretty necklaces, cuffs and a few small Christmas ornaments. I usually take a bit of Christmas into every room of my home, so I'm loving this for my vanity, which works beautifully during the holidays and year round.


Bauble Art Tableau

 

Here the all-white scheme lends modern elegance to the traditional decorations. I adore the mini mercury glass balls and the little silver-robed St. Nick, glittering reindeer and a dusting of faux snow to suggest a picturesque wintery scene. Which leads me into my obsession this Christmas below...Mercury Glass. What do you think??? What are you obsessing over, for your decor this holiday season.


Antiqued Mercury Glass votives and vases at West Elm.


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November 10, 2011

Love Her Sparkle.



Well here I am again posting about my love of sparkle, but with a twist. I would love to share about a few of the lovely women bloggers I've been fortunate to meet  over the last month or so, and who in my humble opinion sparkle from the inside out.  

Firstly I would like  to introduce you Nan @ LBD Dairies.com, she is a scream and probably one of the only blogs I read and laugh out loud to literally. Nan will share her heart and her life with you in a way that makes you feel like she is someone you've known all your life. Thank you so much Nan for being a source of inspiration and encouragement to me through your blog.

Secondly, affectionately known as Mrs. Pancakes @ Adventures of Team Pancakes. As Mrs. Pancakes would say "we never know what God has planned for our lives" and her blog is the same, you never know what she'll share about next, but she keeps me coming back for more.


Thirdly,  Fashion,Art and other Fancies, I just adore her and her eye for beauty. I believe she has taught me the art of appreciating not just the finer things in life but the necessary as well. I can only hope to one day be as classy and sure of myself like she is, and one day stand on her doorstep in Paris to give her a big hug.

I know I can go but I won't. So here are a few more inspiring lady bloggers, that I hope you will visit and come to love as I do. Continue to sparkle everyone and thanks again for all your inspiration. Cheers my Lovelies and a Happy weekend ahead.













xx


{Images via Pinterest}

November 07, 2011

Tea this Afternoon: Blueberry Lemon Scones.

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 I'm so swooning over these scones, I think I'll be trying these babies out...wish me luck.

 
Blueberry Lemon Scones Recipe

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup (1/4 lb) butter, cut into pieces
grated zest of a lemon
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg

1 cup fresh or frozen (don’t thaw them) blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, blend the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and lemon zest and blend until the mixture is crumbly, with some pieces of butter the size of a pea.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir a few strokes; add the blueberries and stir just until combined. Pat out the dough about an inch thick and cut into shapes with a cutter, glass rim or knife. Place an inch or so apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Makes about a dozen scones, depending on their size.

For tender scones, ensure your butter is cold and is blended in without incorporating it completely; there should be some lumps left the size of a pea. Orange zest could be used in place of the lemon, or other berries in place of the blueberries. If they are frozen, keep them that way – thawed berries release their juice, turning your dough purple and making it too wet to pat out properly.

Take care everyone. 




November 04, 2011

Happy Weekend: Quiet Places.






Every room or space has the potential to become a quiet place, a sanctuary where one can unwind from the hectic day and the busyness of life. Seek to create a quiet place that offers inspiration and silences the hum of troubled thoughts. Your haven may be a room or outdoor space, however small, start by adding simple touches and surround yourself with color, texture and scents that will calm and please you. 
Express your personal style even further with art and mementos, that will evoke tranquility. These can be as simple as an elegant chair, books, candles or a blossoming plant.  Yet our quiet places are more than a particular location, they should represent a state of mind, an inner strength that with practice, we can draw upon on at will.


Have a fabulous, inspired weekend!

     

November 02, 2011

Trend Inspiration: How do you sparkle?

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Kate Spade Glitter Shoes



Rhinestone Hair Accessories

Hello Everyone, I am swooning over all the sparkle I'm seeing for the up and coming holiday season. Doesn't the first image make you catch your breathe?? How will you sparkle this holiday season?? I am currently on the lookout for some sparkle for my own home decor as well, like these gorgeous throw cushions, DIY of course.

I have been checking out some lovely brooches, scarves, cardis and hair clips to dress up some of last year's outfits as I doubt very much I'll be able to afford new clothing, times are tough at the moment. But if I can find some affordable sparkle that would be awesome. So I'm off to my fave thrift stores to let the hunt begin. Cheers my Lovelies.


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