Monthly Archives: September 2010

Pumpkin Love

Autumn has arrived in the Windy City and that means pumpkin products galore!! My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin flavored everything

A few of my favorites:

It gets a bad rap due to calorie count so
I keep the seasonal devouring to a handful.
My beer of choice cranks out an autumn version come September.
Crisp, coppery colored goodness.
 Pumpkin Cheesecake
My annual Thanksgiving contribution begins as early as…NOW!
Pumpkin Soup
Did you know there is a website entirely devoted to Pumpkin Soup recipes?

 Pumpkin Ravioli 
Who else but Martha for a fabulous recipe?
Loaded with Vitamin A, no need to feel guilty!
What’s your favorite fall food?

Antique Plate Cake Stands

Once in a while I come across something so lovely that I burst with joy to share it with you and can’t type fast enough to get it posted. Finding this darling Etsy shop gave me that feeling…Maybe because I’m still recovering from Mom time earlier this month, or maybe because a touch of vintage makes my heart smile. These southern made cake stands are created out of antique plates and crystal candle holders by Olivia and her mom. If that doesn’t make your heart smile…

Of course it’s beautiful for cakes but since I rarely bake I’m thinking of lovely alternative uses such as a jewelry catchall on the dresser, a perfume tray on the armroire or a plant stand on the side table. Can’t you just see a vase of peonies perched atop?

Pops of Pink

I’m thinking of switching up our living room a bit. We have some great base colors in the room already – gray walls and a light khaki couch – so it’s easy to switch pillows and accents for a quick change from time to time. I’d like to interject a little more white with pops of blush pink. Drawing some inspiration from these photos…

Dreamy Whites
via Houzz

sfgirlbybay eclectic dining room
via Houzz

Do you tire easily of your decor? 

Inside the Box

Photo source unknown

I can imagine it working out perfectly, he said. I can’t, she said & I said no wonder you’re so stressed. 
                                                                                                  -From Story People

I’m so guilty of this….worrying before need be. And it usually turns out there was nothing to worry about after all, am I right? Here’s to a worry free week, chill pills for everyone!!

Happy Weekend!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? After a very lazy last weekend, this one will be full of friends, wine and activity. We’re visiting the Lake Michigan shore wine trail on Sunday and while I have determined a few favorites, I certainly don’t consider myself a wine snob. These coasters make me giggle. Do people really say these things? Sometimes humans can be sooo dramatic…

Happy Autumn weekend to you!!

Do you Rue?

I know I’m not the first person to write about Rue and with images as gorgeous as these I certainly won’t be the last.  The adorable virtual baby of Crystal Gentilello and Anne Sage  is my new favorite. I’m in love with the friendly tone, beautiful photos and free (!) downloads. See for yourself…

I suggest a little quiet time with an oversize monitor for your veiwing pleasure. Congrats Rue on your premier issue!

I certainly do Rue, do you??

Big Bang Theory

On Tuesday night I was thumbing through a magazine at the doctor’s office when I caught whiff of the most amazing stop-me-in-my-tracks scent. It smelled like hot boys and pepper and was so delicious that I had to share it with the office assistant out of pure “I can’t keep this to myself” guilt.  Turns out the fragrance was Bang by Marc Jacobs and there couldn’t be a more perfect name. My oh my, Hubby must have!

Lucky for me the magazine also featured an interesting article about Bang’s co-creator Yann Vasnier. Unlucky for us, the article isn’t available online (what’s up with that?)

Have you smelled it? What’s your opinion??

Color your Credit

Pantone has introduced a selection of stylish Visa cards based off Spring 2011 color trends. A fashionable credit card? Oh dear, this could be dangerous.

Five colors are available, which would you pick??

PANTONE 18-4039 Regatta
trustworthy, noble, generous

PANTONE 15-4825 Blue Curacao
sensuous, tender, inviting

PANTONE 14-0941 Beeswax
warm, sincere, generous

PANTONE 16-1452 Firecracker
cheerful, dynamic, tuned in

PANTONE 15-3817 Lavender
insightful, intuitive, spiritual