Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Vintage Gloves

Last month, I picked up vintage leather gloves from a "Doctor's Wives" community rummage sale. A couple of them are sewn by hand, and the leather is so delicate. They are beautiful. My favorite pair is pale pink and made in France.


I'm not sure how old they are, 
but can imagine how different things were back when 
they were part of everyday fashion.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bruschetta with Goat Cheese


For Easter, we tried this recipe out of January 2013 edition of Country Gardens magazine. The mix of goat cheese, cream cheese and lemon juice with chives made a delicious spread. It was topped with roasted red bell peppers, kalamata olives and fresh watercress. We also pre-toasted the bread and brushed it with garlic infused olive oil.



Bon appetit!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Dressmaker

On the Bookshelf


After reading a review on "The Dressmaker" in Ladies Home Journal
I thought this book by Kate Alcott sounded like it was right up my alley. 
History, fashion, and the Titanic. 
What more could a girl ask for?

I just finished reading it, and couldn't put it down.
Here is the book jacket description.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men - a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman - who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question Did Lady Duff Godon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that hte media's charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor's good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.

The author's note summarizes that the "basic bones of the book are true" and the "much of the testimony in this book is taken directly from the transcripts of the U.S. Senate hearings in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic."

If you love anything Titanic like me, go make yourself a cup of tea, and get lost in the story. 
Bon Voyage!

What do you think?
I love the fact that ticket holders will experience all Class levels (first, steerage, etc.)
Have you ever seen the Titanic exhibits?
I saw it in Memphis over a decade ago, and it was quite fascinating!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Ides of March

I apologize for the month absence, this month has been a crazy whirlwind. Lots of changes... both good and bad.


I went to California for my cousin's Lion-themed baby shower. (She had a baby boy!) My love had surgery, so I had to play nurse for a few days.
  I lost my grandfather, and flew to Tennessee for his funeral. It was good to see my family and be there for them. As the firstborn grandchild, I was pretty close to him when he was in good health. Lots of wonderful memories, I'm blessed to have, and know he's now at peace.  
Work was insanely-stressful-busy. Deadlines for important documents to be presented to our city's board, a lot of "good stress" but with so much time on the computer and carpel tunnel leaves me not wanting to even look at my computer once I get home from work.   I went back to Vegas for work, which was fun. We went to a tapas restaurant called, Firefly, recommended by a local. It was amazing.   Also, I'm excited to report that I have been offered a new position with the city in the finance department which will start in April! I'm excited about the new opportunity.  
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

The things that really matter on Valentine's...

  • Giving a handmade card to those I love (above)
  • Receiving a handmade card from my love (and cats)
  • Friends who remember you... no matter the distance or time and express it (below)

P.S.  Happy Birthday to My Valentine!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Parisian Dream Date Outfit

Today a dream date to me would probably consist of hot chocolate and macarons at Laduree, followed by an afternoon at the Louvre, having someone do my hair and makeup for an evening out for a dinner of mussels, steak aux frites, champagne, followed by a performance at the opera. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Paris Day to Nite

What is your dream date?
Or, your best date yet? 
Whether it was the person you were with, 
or the activites that the day would or did entail.

I remember one particular all day date that reminded
of how great it was to be young and lucky...
I was 20.
We both worked at the most magical place in the world... Disney World.
 We started our day at MGM, then made our way to the Dolphin Resort to walk around
(where I stayed five years later for a work conference-funny the way life works out),
afterwards we ventured to the Magic Kingdom where we went on our favorite rides 
and pigged out on turkey legs, egg rolls, and pineapple dole whip (where I used to work).
We'd only been dating a couple weeks, so everything was new. 
Though it didn't last long between us, I always have the fondest memories,
and we'll always have Disney!


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday

We decided on personalized pizzas for our Super Bowl menu...


seeing as I'm a Californian and Kaepernick is from Turlock (my hometown)
and played at University of Nevada at Reno (where I now live),
I gotta go with the Niners. 


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Smokey Eyes


When it comes to the Smokey Eye look, Amanda Seyfried takes the cake...

Amanda Seyfried Smokey Eyes
Amanda Seyfried Smokey Eyes by nicoletterenee on Polyvore.

I admit I'm always a little nervous to be daring in the make up department, 
but what a difference it can make!
If you want to try this sultry smokey eye look this Valentine's Day
check out Marie Claire's tutorial.


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