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The Earth Laughs in Flowers...Happy Weekend.

Pua melia (Plumeria)Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a tropicalflowering plant. It contains 7-8 species of mainly deciduous shrubs and small trees. They are native to Central AmericaMexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil, but have been spread throughout the world's tropics.  The waxy fragrant and long lasting flowers are borne in clusters on trees that look somewhat succulent. The plants are quite drought resistent and are common in dry areas where other plants may suffer. The plant exudes a poisonous milky sap when injured but this has not detracted from its popularity. Here in Barbados, I have the yellow and  pink trees in my garden. The perfume of plumeria is, to me, the smell of the islands of the Caribbean.
Happy Weekend to All.
images via my tumblr
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What I'm Lovin Today...

some sparkle,
some purple,
...some peace and quiet
...some mason Jars and wild Flowers
some Freshly Baked Bread


Heading home now to bake me some bread right now...Toodles to everyone.




Random Thought: Thinking too much about what others think of you, ultimately changes what you think of yourself.


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Monday's Inspiration: Perfume Trays.

via decorpad
Gorgeous nightstand vignette with Pottery Barn Park Mirrored Bedside Table,  The Cross Decor & Design silver tray, fragrances, jewelry tray and wood baluster lamps from Home Sense.


Caitlin Wilson Design
Chic dresser vignette with white qua trefoil lattice screen, white pedestal fragrance tray and acrylic accessory holders.



via Lovely vignette with glossy white round acrylic tray, perfumes and Hermes H Bracelet.



Lonny Mag
Faux python tray, brushes and mini-cologne bottles.



Rue Mag Chic bedroom vanity vignette with green walls paint color white mirror, white vanity, silver gallery frame with black & white photo and pink tray.

This, the start of a new week, I am reminded that inspiration can be found anywhere...and I am even more determined to live an inspired life and to be a light to those around me. Even though challenges, distractions and set backs come I cannot allow myself to be pulled under by negative emotions that I feel of late so often. I am resolved to rise above it…

Bright Hues and a Happy Weekend.

Happy Weekend all my lovely friends.
Random Thought: Having an adventure is good for the soul... to leave our comfort zones and step into the unknown.



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Prints by Solange Knowles.

Shiona Turini of Teen Vogue and Solange Knowkes.
Event: ASH Flagship Store NYC.
Photo: Debbie Miracolo



Dress: Tam Tam from Boxing Kitten Resort Collection and YSL Platform Sandals.
Event: DJ Set at TAO, Las Vagas.



Dress: Mary Katrantzou
Event: Mulberry 40th Anniversary Party NYC.
Photo: Andrew Toth/Patrick McMullan


Dress: Dries Von Noten. Event; Met Gala NYC.



Wearing Diane von Furstenberg during NYFW.
What can I say, I'm posting more prints today compliments one of my style icons, Solange Knowles. She is walking inspiration, when it come to wearing prints. To say that Solange has confidence is an understatement; she rocks bold, colorful looks, big hair, and beautiful ethnic-inspired prints, all with a sophistication and effortlessness to boot. She's a  mix master as a style icon (and a DJ) with the uncanny ability to blend downtown hip-girl with uptown glamour, pairing embroidered separates with attention-rocking heels, printed turbans, and chunky beaded jewelry.
I'm adoring the fir…

Trend Spotting: Inspired by Prints.

All images are via
With a restful weekend behind me, it's back to the work of meetings and marketing plans. So what better way to start this Monday than with some adoring prints. What a wonderful week its going to be with prints out in full force everywhere you look. Now if I could just be in the mood for some running this afternoon. I've got my gym bag, but heaven help me, I'd much prefer to curl up in bed, with a fabulous dinner and catch up on reading my fave blogs. Wish me luck sweeties.
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Sunday Afternoon.

Don't you just adore Sundays to rejuvenate and spend time with loved ones. Today I'm having lunch with my Mum, Dad and my family which is always such a bonding time for me. I also get to curl up in my old room with a good book while the kids spend time with their Gran-Mum and my Hubby and Dad talk. Then if there is any energy left we might swing by the beach for an evening walk. The weather looks great today so I'm hoping we will have sunset similar to this one if we're lucky.

Have a great week ahead my lovely friends.

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'Interview with HER'. A Featured Blogger Series. A Very Sweet Blog by Kim Alston.

When did you start blogging and why? 

I started fashion and lifestyle blogging less than a year ago. I thought it would be a great way to meet people from around the world and stay up-to-date with fashion trends. 

What inspires you to blog???
I really love hosting giveaways. You’d be surprise the number of companies that want to give away free products. So far this year, I’ve partnered with Vitabath, Sharp Hill Designs, t+j Designs and Print Runner. I also supply a lot of giveaways. My readers have won DIOR nail polish, etiquette books, Godiva chocolate, Ooh la Frou Frou notecards, and gorgeous photography prints. Most of my readers have won something already! I’m looking for more US readers to give stuff to. HaHaHa 




The thing I love most about what I do is…
Giving to others. It really makes me feel good, when I can put a SMILE on someone’s face. 

Who are your style or inspirational icons and why? 
I really like Tanesha Awasthi of the blog ‘Girl With Curves’ (http://girlwithcurves.tumblr.com…

Happy, Delicious, Restful Weekend

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Well another weekend is upon us and I've haven't got much planned. Which is a good thing. I might make a meal for some friends, have a long drive to the countryside, just me and the Hubs, take the kids to the beach or maybe spend very late mornings in bed.  Whatever you do have fun and eat loads of delicious meals... Here are some links to enjoy.


Classic Pesto


Dutch Oven Bread


Breakfast for Two




Cheers to everyone.















Style Inspiration: Teal, Lace, Peplum and Burgundy.

Happy Monday Everyone, the weekend was a blast considering both my kids have colds, they're are such troopers through it all, but I kept them home today from school.  So on to our Monday Style inspiration, let me introduce blogger and fashionista; Patience from the blog "Just Patience". I'm loving this color combo on her so very much, not to mention the peplum, teal, lace number is really three trends in one. How good is that, I think the look is fantastic on her. For more of Patience's looks check her blog out here and stay tuned for her interview coming soon.  Happy Monday Patience and thanks for letting me feature your look today.
 What Patience is Wearing: Skirt:Forever 21 (Similar here), Top:Zara (buy), Bag:Celine
Coat:Stella McCartney (Similar here), Shoes:Miu Miu (buy)
Watch:Michael Kors, Earrings:Givenchy (

Spring Investment: A White Tuxedo Blazer.

A truly good investment, you can pair a white tuxedo jacket with bold color jeans, a dress or your new black skinny jeans. For spring the jacket lends structure to a flowy maxi dress, which I am most looking forward to trying out for spring outings. Toss it over a vibrant, leopard-print frock for that effortless, borrowed from the boys vibe.


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What's for Dinner: Pork scallopine with lemon and caper wine sauce.

Pork scallopine with lemon and caper wine sauce
prep 20 minutes, cooking 10 minutes
serves 4
1 pork tenderloin (fillet) about 400-500g
bowl of plain flour for dusting
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 small shallots finely chopped
1 lemon juiced
200ml/3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
200ml/3/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon capers small brined
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley finely chopped
Slice the pork into half inch/2cm thick pieces and then gently pound them flat under parchment paper using a rolling pin or heavy tin until about 3mm thick. Season well and dust with flour. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat until very hot. Heat 1 tsp of the oil and brown the pork about 1-2 minutes each side. You will need to brown them in batches adding a tiny bit of oil each time. Its important to keep the pan really hot or they will stick and need more oil. Remove from the pan and the remaining oil. Saute the shallot with some seasoning until soft. Add the lemon juice, stock and wine. Reduce until halved…