March 30, 2012

The Earth Laughs in Flowers...Happy Weekend.






Pua melia (Plumeria)

Plumeria (common name Frangipani) is a tropical flowering 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.


xx




March 29, 2012

What I'm Lovin Today...

some sparkle,

some purple,

...some peace and quiet

...some mason Jars and wild Flowers




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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March 26, 2012

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.



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 all and stay hopeful, inspired and true . Are you???

Well, what does that have to do with perfume trays you ask...not a darn thing.

 Happy Monday to All.

xx


March 23, 2012

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.




xx



March 20, 2012

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 first dress, but please forgive me as I still don't know who she is wearing. Does anyone know??? Anyway I think I posted quite enough images to keep you gals occupied. Take care and have a fab day.




Random Thought: Everything falls into place when one is true to oneself.



xx








March 19, 2012

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.

xx

March 18, 2012

Sunday Afternoon.

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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.


xx






March 13, 2012

'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? 


Courtesy Girl with Curves
I really like Tanesha Awasthi of the blog ‘Girl With Curves’ (http://girlwithcurves.tumblr.com/). She has great style and proves that no matter what your size, everyone can dress beautifully. 


What is your fave fashion item at the moment in your closet? 


Sam Edelman 'Beatrix' ballet flat.
Cute ballet flats and sandals. Overall I’m pretty laid back when it comes to fashion. You’ll usually find me in jeans, a stripy tee, blazer and cute ballet flats (i.e. Sam Edelman). 


What are you reading at the moment? (or have read recently)? 

Blogs. Just kidding! I’m reading Hunger Games for the upcoming movie, but I’ve also been concentrating on selling things on my blog. I’m opening an online shop entitled A Very Sweet Shop where I’ll be selling some of my clothes, shoes, bags and other items. Most items will cost between $10 - $50 (and that includes shipping). 


Who are some of your fave blogs? 

Lisa of Respect the Shoes – I love the way Lisa writes. She’s more than a fashion blog. She shares real life situations and truly involves her readers.

Jennifer of Red Soles and Red Wine – Jennifer is my go to girl to see what is haute and hot. She can whip up a gorgeous outfit in seconds.

Rowena of Rolala Loves  – Rowena showcases fierce Asian fashion. She also has two cute Asian dolls that put Barbie and Ken to shame.

Kizzy of The Dainty Doll House – I go to Kizzy’s blog when I want escapism. Her blog is whimsical and dreamy, intertwined with a rich sense of history, fashion and photography. 



If you had the opportunity to host a dinner party, where would it be and which famous people you would invite and why? 

I’m really big on Europe right now, so definitely a place in London. Not sure where, but they have some wonderful places. I would invite some fabulous actors: Colin Firth, Leonardo Di Caprio, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Thandie Newton, Gong Li. 


I’m currently obsessed with… 

Colored and Pastel Jeans. I love all of the pastel and color jeans that have come out. They’re really fun.


via whipped style


On a Saturday afternoon you’d most likely find me… 

Cleaning the house, relaxing and watching Netflix movies. HaHaHa Unless I’m going out to lunch with friends or attending an event that’s what I’m doing. 


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Hmmm, hopefully still living a peaceful, tranquil life, traveling more and blogging about it. 


Favorite quote… 

Well, one of my favorites is from P. Diddy. It always makes me chuckle. “To succeed in anything in life you need a vision. If you can’t see the forest for the trees, you need to chop them mother f****ers down.” 


Kate Spade Tote

Another one is Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake!” Doesn’t a slice of good cake always make things better? 




Thank you so much Kim for a wonderful interview and an even more brilliant blog. Take care, I will keep in touch as we have so much in common like cake to name a few. HeeHee. Hugs and Love.


xx




March 09, 2012

Happy, Delicious, Restful Weekend











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.















March 05, 2012

Style Inspiration: Teal, Lace, Peplum and Burgundy.

All Images via Just Patience Blog.





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 (buy),
Sunglasses:Prada (buy), Lipstick: Make up Forever Intense Rouge “Satin Fuchsia”

March 03, 2012

Spring Investment: A White Tuxedo Blazer.


Smart set: Tuxedo jacket, £45, sequin T-shirt, £35, and city shorts, £25, all Wallis (wallis.co.uk)


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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March 02, 2012

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

via Skinny Meals in Heels.




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, about 5 minutes. Add the meat back in along with the capers. Cook for 5 minutes or until the pork is cooked through and hot. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with boiled lentils, crushed boiled new potatoes or blanched green beans and mushrooms.

Not bad for a romantic dinner for two or a simple Sunday meal with friends. See Jennifer's blog for more delicious meals here. I am currently ordering her cookbook called " Meals in Heels. Checkout her new cookbook called " Skinny Meals in Heels"  as well.


Happy Weekend my Lovelies.
xx 





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