Beautiful & Quiet.

It’s a cloudy Saturday here in Los Angeles today, and it’s after 12 noon already, but I’m still in my pajamas, enjoying the last of my coffee and some quiet time (for once).  It’s amazing.

Since the holidays have everyone scrambling, planning, wrapping, cleaning, sweating, and everything in between… I wanted to bring a little serenity to your day and mine with just some prettiness ~ inspiring images that will hopefully bring a smile, an idea, or some quiet beauty to your day.  Enjoy!!

New Mexico winter snow road trip vintage gas station
tired cat sleeping door cute
{patagonia gifts}
romantic dinner party table setting shabby chic
{brabourne farm}
red lips lipstick vintage retro fashion style
{miss moss}
jimmy choo shoes heels pumps gold glitter holiday party d'orsay
{lou, boos and shoes}
party decor holiday outdoor shabby chic festive lighting
{brabourne farm}
home decor photos montage collage framed
{plush palate}
miniature garden mini petite indoor kitchen potted plants
{apartment therapy}
paris winter snow eiffel tower photo
{this is glamorous}
chiffon dress dresses neutral beige peach closet french laduree
{this is glamorous}
do all things with love words to live by wise quote
{lou, boos and shoes}
home decor shabby chic color wall paint
{the diversion project}
entryway closet home decor rennovation removed closet doors
{apartment therapy}
bedroom decor bold colors black white shabby chic chandelier
{the diversion project}
home decor shabby chic storage boxes
{brabourne farm}
baking cookies holiday party recipe shortbread
{danielle marie}
vintage luggage suitcases leather nightstand
{design*sponge: Honor & Folly}

I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing weekend, and if not relaxing, well at least productive!!!

bonjour, bon ami!!



Cold Weather Survival Tips

Bonjour, bon ami!!

It’s actually getting quite chilly here in Los Angeles!  And as the temperatures drop in this late autumn season, this means it’s time to gear up to face the cold weather challenges.  Here are some of my favorite ways to combat and survive the cold weather:

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My skin is typically combination to oily during the majority of the year here in Los Angeles.  However, the colder dryer than usual autumn and winter days wreaks havoc on my skin.  But one of the best ways I’ve found to fight the flaky-itchy-scaly-skin-look is to combine my moisturizer (using the same amount I would normally), and adding two to three drops of Vitamin E oil.  You can find Vitamin E oil (in liquid form) at nearly any drug store or health food store.  Just the two to three drops of oil will give your moisturizer the additional boost it needs to give your skin a healthy glow – after all, crack is whack.

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If your lovely home is sans a functioning fireplace, well, I feel your pain.  During the cool weather, there is nothing like the smell of a burning fireplace in the air from a nearby chimney.


But you can still capture the scent of the season with delightful candles like Voluspa’s Frost Pinecone, or grab one of the many great and inexpensive candles from Target.

And for unscented but charming candlelight, grab one of these lovely hibou or pinecone candles from Cost Plus World Market!

One of the best ways to survive the cold is obviously turning on/up the heat in your home.  Or… you could warm the house and heart by baking these entrancing and enchanting little mini apple pies!  The aroma of cinnamon, spices and apples is sure to make you feel a lot better about being indoors.  I used Camille Styles’ great recipe as a guide to make these little guys above in ramekins.

Of course, the best way to stay warm is to first get warm on the INSIDE!  Try a bourbon, cognac or brandy cocktail by starting with a good quality grade (ie. Makers Mark, ), add simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together) and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste, topped with a splash of ginger ale.  Muddle and add fresh blueberries, blackberries or cranberries for an even more layered cocktail.  And for those nights where you may feel a cold or cough developing, you can always trust in a Hot Toddy to help ward off germs (and evil spirits). Try The Kitchn’s Apple Ginger Hot Toddy – it will definitely warm your soul.

wendy’s lookbook | prepfection | j. crew lookbook | white + warren | goorin bros | the cherryblossom girl | anthropologie | crush cul de sac

This is the time for you to try all of those great layered cozy looks that you’ve seen since last spring (but would start sweating just as the thought of wearing them).  Pull out that cute wool hat in the corner of the closet, pick up that inviting infinity scarf, and pull out those cute sparkly cashmere gloves.  Cold weather is much more forgiving when it comes to layering, so don’t fear a mismatch – mix textures, materials and colors.

What are your cold weather tips and favorites??

Stay warm, bon ami!


Faking the Faux Funk: Easy DIY

This cute little lamp is my new successful DIY project.  It looks like a simple, safe (but funky!) lamp.  But what you don’t realize is that this lamp was the product of some creativity and handiwork, not all thanks to me but thanks also to my better half.  AND… it’s actually not a working lamp, but rather it’s a vase with a lamp shade on top.  Here’s the story:

Back in October, I spent a number of hours in one of my favorite places in LA, H.D. Buttercup.  It’s an adult’s Disneyland.  Seriously.  If you are looking for some design inspiration, just take a walk through their showroom.  I dare you to take a quick walk – it won’t happen.

h.d. buttercup

On this serendipitous October visit, H.D. was having one of their clearance sales, and I found the above striped vase for $5 – FIVE DOLLARS.  I thought the stripes would breakup the colors in my living room very well, so I snagged one and brought it home.  After realizing the vase was too tall to fit in my book shelves, I put it back into its bubble wrap and into its bag, resolved to figure out how to integrate this little piece into the living room.

The same weekend as the vase win, I happened upon a downtown import/export furniture liquidation sale (it was my lucky decor weekend!!).  I found a few more pieces, including the silk lamp shade in the photo.  In the back of the warehouse, in a small unassuming box, easily ignored, marked “water damage – $12 each,” I saw the beautiful burnt orange silk material sticking out of the top.  After picking it up and inspecting it, I saw not one water damage stain/speck/discoloration, and I happily made it my own.  I just needed to find a lamp base…

Well after both the vase and the lamp quietly sat in their bags in the corner of the living room for a month and a half, while I was doing my pre-holiday weekend cleaning, I realized I had neglected them.  I took them out of their confines, and placed them both on the floor, and realized they actually made a good match together!

disney pixar

Enter the handiest and creative better half.  I showed him the ‘glamorgains’ (my nickname for glamorous bargains), and he agreed with my pairing.  He noticed that the neck of the vase was extremely narrow, but he started tinkering through the junk drawer and with the tool box.  After one trip to the local hardware store and some creativity, we added one dowel that fit perfectly into the vase mouth, and added a metal bracket.  The last piece was using the sticky goo that comes in the mail with credit cards stuck to the paper – that would keep the lamp shade in place on the metal bracket.

Where there wasn’t a faux lamp before, there is now!!!

What do you think?  We looked into making this a REAL lamp, but then we risk breaking the porcelain of the vase, and since both pieces were originally for decor, I’m okay with the faux lamp for decor too.

Any great DIY ideas you’d like to share?  I LOVE DIY projects, big or small.  Keeps the creative juices flowing!!

Happy DIY-ing!!