Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Cat for the Cat

Minx Ring, $36
Over the weekend, I discovered that my daughter's taste in jewelry has grown to include delicately crafted rings, usually hand crafted and made from sterling silver or 14-24 karat gold.
Go figure.  She was drawn to a ring similar to the one above, but with a triangle shape, by another designer, but I'm positive that she would like this one even better if she were to see it.  I think it's a nice little nod to her nickname, since she has been my little Alli-Cat since the moment I knew I was pregnant with a girl.
The ring is sweet and simple, like a lot of the pieces from Irina Victoria Jewelry, and I'd better order it quickly if I expect it to be here in time to be opened on Christmas morning!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Snowy Christmas Trees

Perhaps it's because I live in the desert but I am really attracted to (I won't use the ugly word "flocked") snowy Christmas trees.  My poor, pre-lit tree is about expired because on many of the branches the lights have gone out and we haven't been able to fix them.  I think after Christmas this year I will try to snag a new tree.  I just can't make up my mind as to what I will want because it has to last at least 4 years.  I do think these "snowy" trees are lovely.

White Christmas//
Simple in just white
Speaking of trees, here is a snap of my tree this year (and my dapper Mr. Chips).

What do you think?  Do you like the retro white trees, snowy trees or traditional green?  I certainly can't make up my mind because I love them all.

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Wonderful

Stamped Wall Art, Minted
And what's more, it's the most wonderful day of the week!  Now if I can just keep this cold at bay for a couple of more days...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Tommy Smythe Christmas

Tommy - Festive Style
Designers Tommy Smythe and Lindsay Mens Craig designed this gorgeous condo.  There are a few things we can all learn from the good taste displayed in the Christmas decor of these images: simple is best; fresh greenery is all you need.  I am in love with the grey and gold scheme of the above room!  
Which do you prefer? The upscale grey and gold scheme or the black, white and red?  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weekend Plans: Meet Me at the Fair

This week is going by slowly.  The days are dragging.  Which isn't always a bad thing, but I am so looking forward to this weekend that it is torture!
This Saturday we have a packed schedule: Wreaths Across America at 9, then on to LA for a Geeky Craft Fair at Whimsic Alley, then on to the Renegade Craft Fair in downtown LA, and finally dinner with the boyfriend's family to celebrate a birthday.
I have been looking forward to going to the Renegade Craft Fair since the summer, when I got sick and we couldn't go then.  And now I have that familiar scratchy tickle at the back of my throat that usually signals an oncoming cold.  I'm trying to hold it off--too much to do, damn it!  And there are artisan s'mores to be had at the craft fair!
Clap Clap
From ridiculously cute wrapping paper by Clap Clap Design to amazing jewelry and pieces by a slew of different artists, I'm so excited that I'm over here doing the Jessie Spano dance.
Fingers crossed that I can fight off this cold!
Are any of you LA locals heading over to the Renegade Craft Fair?  Or maybe some of you in Chicago, San Francisco, or London made it to yours?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Remember the Night

Last year I discovered a new favorite Christmas movie.  I am a total classic film buff so imagine my surprise when I watched this delightful movie for the first time only last year!  I just love Barbara Stanwyck and she makes the, possibly otherwise cheesy, theme of the movie sweet and believable.  I need this movie in my collection and I think you will enjoy it too.





Remember The Night (1940) Blu-ray

Monday, December 8, 2014

What I Want: Restart Refrigerators

This weekend, the Cat and I may or may not have spent pretty much all of Saturday at home, watching the newly-added-to-Netflix season of American Horror Story, Coven.  We are pro Netflix marathoners, and we finished the entire season in a day.  I will admit there was lots of fast forwarding, leave the room, and go out of here moments for parts of each episode, but we managed to watch, and fall in love with, the entire run of 13 episodes.
I know, I know, I am behind the times on this, but I am hooked- especially on the set design.  Tell me, for those of you who watched Coven, have you ever seen a more simple, beautifully designed set?  I want to move in, even if it means rooming with the spirit of the Axe-Man.
Anyway, one of the things I loved the most was the kitchen, and, more specifically, the kitchen.
It's gorgeous, and I want the refrigerator, of all things.
Although, while trying to find that style refrigerator, I came across this custom made refrigerator that I think it ridiculously gorgeous.
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I mean, come on.  How gorgeous is that?  The company, Restart, will apparently work with you to create all kinds of gorgeousness for your kitchen. IF you live in Italy.  Or have enough money to persuade them to create something like that and then ship it on over.  Which I don't.  But maybe good old Santa can make it happen?!
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Maybe we could turn this into a DIY.  Christmas break is coming up, and if I ruin the fridge that I have, it will be a good excuse to get a new one, right?


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