Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time to Sign Off

Five years ago today I started a personal experiment in blogging and promised myself that I would stick with it for five years - and I did.  Unfortunately I've discovered that finding the time to research and write isn't something I have a lot of time for.  I've frequently thought about changing things up a little but must admit that there just isn't the desire when I'm spending so much of my time staring at a computer screen all day long.  The last thing I want to do now is spend more time on the computer.  So while I've learned a great deal blogging, I found myself more enmeshed in the lives of people I've never even met.  I need to spend more time focusing on my own life.

I've enjoyed recipes, from Barefoot in Boston and watching the growth of their adorable little boy.  I've enjoyed watching the growth of the magnificent career of Jamie Beck and her husband Kevin from Ann Street Studio and travelled vicariously around the world with them.  I've marveled at the stunning home and impeccable taste of Tina from The Enchanted Home and the apartment with magnificent views of San Francisco of Classic Casual Home.  I've loved watching the progress of the lovely country home of Fo.r Love of a House and cried when they're dog died.  I've marveled at the spirit of Ellie from Have Some Decorum for her upbeat attitude while suffering with ALS (a disease the my father died from.)  I even find myself checking out her friend Yolanda Foster who's suffering so badly from Lyme Disease.  (Here's hoping they find a cure for both diseases soon).  The talents of Camille Styles and her team never disappoint.   There are so many more... too many to mention.  I intend to continue checking in once in a while.  But I'm disconnecting as much as possible from all forms of media (at least in my personal life) as I have to deal with some changes in my life that will take all the energy I've got. 

So keep up the great work everyone out there in blogger land.  You've impressed me so far....

A Serene Life For Me.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Time to Wear the White Hat

As Olivia Pope would say - I'm wearing the white hat.  This week was another week of major hit's.  The one-two-three punch that knocks you off your game.  Not all bad but focus is required for the next little while as more changes take place in my job, finances are being reviewed (a major tax hit I wasn't expecting), and a car that has suddenly chosen now to give me grief.  In other words I'm going to be extremely busy and working round the clock to keep the home fires burning.  My blog is the first thing to suffer as I'll have to check out for a while and put my focus elsewhere.  This saddens me as there are so many amazing and talented people that have touched me with their work and given me so much inspiration.  However, duty calls and I'm off to gladiate some serious issues, Olivia Pope style.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar 2015 fashions

Just finished watching the Oscar's.  Neil Patrick Harris started strong but seemed to have mixed reviews after that.  Still must be a really tough gig and I give him credit for a great effort.  There were some lovely gowns this year.

Wow this dress was probably this most incredible gown of them all.  Love this dress on Rosamund Pike.

I was surprised how much I liked this gown - a bold choice for Laura Dern.
Jennifer Hudson looked stunning and more lovely than ever.  She sang a beautiful immediately after the tributes to those who have died in the previous year, brought tears to my eyes.

This dress received criticism for the color but I thought it was actually quite pretty on Anna Kendrick.

This dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o with it's 6,000 hand-strung pearl detailing was a real show stopper.
Gwyneth Paltrow can really wear pink - I really like this dress on her - huge rose and all.

This dress on Scarlett Johannsen was a bit of a surprise for me.  It really shows off her figure.  Didn't she just have a baby?

This dress with it's open side slit was a really bold choice and in bright red - loved it.

Reese Witherspoon just glows in this baby blue number.  She has really been wearing some of the most amazing dresses this awards season.

A let's not forget Dakota Johnson - I thought this gown was lovely on her.  She came with her mom Melanie and they looked lovely together.  I couldn't find a photo of the two of them - you'll just have to take my word for it.

Again, a new mom - this was the first dress I saw and wow - it's incredible.  Zoe Saldana looked amazing.

I really loved this dress on Kerry Washington.  Such beautiful detail.

The details on this dress were beautiful as well - Jennifer Aniston can wear a nude colour better than anyone.

Julianne Moore won for best actress for the movie "Still Alice".  I read the book so I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

Faith Hill - supporting her husband who sang a beautiful Glenn Campbell song written for his wife and daughter as he fights Alzheimer's. 

Congratulations to all the winners and those nominated who didn't win.  I had no favourites this year, there were just too many good performances to choose just one.

Just one more comment - I'm not the biggest Lady Gaga fan - just a little too out there for me, but she does have the most incredible voice.  Her tribute to the Sound of Music was amazing and she even looked beautiful in her flowing white dress. 

Image by Vanity Fair

She brought Julie Andrews close to tears and that says a lot.  Speaking of which, my son was watching the show with me and asked if she ever ages.  Julie Andrews always looks elegant and regal and it was wonderful to see her on stage again.  50 years since the Sound of Music debuted - my very first movie theatre experience.  Yes, I'm that old.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ralph nailed it again

I love this look for Fall.  It's currently the colour scheme in my home so I was naturally drawn to it anyway.  With freezing cold temperatures outside being warm and cozy snuggled up in knits and with our fur throws (fake - no nasty e-mails please) and I'm ready for this look.

Check out more here.
I've been really busy lately, clearing out the spare room, doing a year's worth of filing (I'm ready for tax season), sorted through tons of clothes and purged out a lot of stuff.  This is one of "pockets of resistance" rooms where when we don't know what to do with something it ends up there.  There are a few in my house and this year I've promised myself to really tackle these and get more organized.  So still pretty much offline, but had to post these images when I saw the new collection.  Just love his stuff.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Enough Winter Already

It's mid-February, my least favorite time of the year.  At this point every year without fail I'm over the warm feelings of Christmas, sick of snow shoveling, bitter cold weather, slippery roads and being cooped up inside my house.  Comfort foods aren't comforting anymore as I watch the hand on the scale creep up.  In other words I'm not a snow bunny type of girl and find this forced hibernation frustrating.  As I can't afford it escape to the sunny south this winter, I can only pray for an early spring.  I'm so feeling the need for the warming sun on my face.  So in order to keep that feeling going I'm posting some shots from Michael Kors that appealed to me.

I hate to end on this note, but I'm going to have to log off for little while.  I've decided I've been spending way too much time on a computer - I work on one at a desk all day and I need a break.  Between this and watching way too much television I've become a serious couch potatoe and I need to shake up my routine. There too many projects around my home that can't be ignored anymore and I've got some serious closets to clean out.
Stay tuned - you never know when I'll pop up again.  But for the next little while I'm offline.
A Serene Life for Me - I'm working on it......

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chalet Le Petit Chateau 1850

For those who love skiing or just love the mountain views and can afford it.  Check out Chalet Le Petit Chateau 1850, in Courchevel which is located in the commune of Saint-Bon-Tarentaise in the French Alps.

This place has every luxury you can imagine.  Jacuzzi/hot tub, indoor pool, private gym, indoor cinema, private butler, chef and housekeeper.  Throw in your own personal chauffeured car service and you're set.  They even have heated boot warmers.  It has seven bedrooms (a bit big for me alone - anyone care to join me?) and even offers massage, beauty treatments and if you ever desire to return to the land of the living, a helicopter that will take you to the airport.

To Rent contact Leo Trippi AG
Via Serlas 21a
CH-7500, St Moritz
+41 81 385 1882

Today we're off to Provence

We'll stay at La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes.  A beautiful working vineyard in the Luberon mountains at the foothills of the French Alps.  Enjoy!



64 chemin des Peirelles
GPS: 43.824504 / 5.231647
Tel: +33 4 90 72 30 20
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