Random musings and a blue and white giveaway!

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend…..it really is so hard to believe July 4th has come and gone. Though our big Maine plans not working out was a big disappointment, getting to the Hamptons hardly felt like a consolation prize:) That said in anticipation of Maine, I had my lobster bib ready and envisioned lazy bike rides along the shore, kayak trips with picnic lunches packed,etc…you get the idea. Oh well…..now we are trying? to work it out possibly for later in the summer, we will see.

When it comes to kids (teens and beyond so if you have little ones ENJOY being in charge now)…..seems it’s always a crapshoot until you are actually en route to where you want to go!? Until we are on a plane or in a car together, that’s when I can sit back close my eyes and say “victory at last” 🙂 Moving along…………Today’s post is a random post, kind of all over the place, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Hope your week is off to a great start…….

Hamptons. Lucky enough to live close enough to go almost as often as I am craving a lobster roll (which would be daily if I were lucky)! Just a few highlights which are always fun to share of my recent trip there with a friend, we had lunch, shopped and did a lot of laughing and mourning over the fact that we will both be empty nesters in a year or so, to me that is totally heartbreaking! This is kind of like a part 2 to the other post where I featured many more Hamptons pictures…..

?Adore all the wonderful colors and patters from Roberta Roller Rabbit, love this store!

?This was taken at the new pop up shop of Serena and Lily, love the crisp white slipcover with navy piped pillows…..great look for The Hamptons!

?Cute tunics and dresses can always be found at charming Gretchen Scott.….
?More fun colorful tunics….
Calypso is always a store I must stop in…great summer clothing

?I am like a kid in a candy shop at Sequin...where they have every colored enamel bracelet one could dream of!

?Had lunch at B Smith in Sag Harbor with a front row seat of all the yachts ready to take their next trip….

?How seriously picturesque is this? GORGEOUS!
Sooooo beautiful…could stare at this all day long!
?I am madly in love with white hydrangeas….just breathtaking!

Random pictures that are floating my boat. I am rarely at a loss to find pictures that inspire me somehow. I am extremely visual and few things get to me the way a pretty picture does especially one that has a beautiful interior, gorgeous flowers, a beautiful party, wonderful food, etc…..so here are a few that are recently inspiring me in a big way.

Kind of loving this first room, how decadent and rich the brown damask walls feel with miles of crown molding, and the blues and whites just totally set it off!

Have a major thing for topiaries of all shapes, sizes and variations…aren’t these just beautiful!

Love this oversized fancy monogram!

And how about this wedding…..kind of reminds me of a glammed up version of my own Fathers Day table

Monograms. Kelly green. Blue and white…need I say more? Fabulous!

And beautiful flowers get me every time……

Especially mounds of peonies stuffed into blue and white vases…….

?Beautiful table setting courtesy of Tory Burch

Has McDonalds “big M” ever and I do mean ever looked so chic as it does in blue and white!!!!!!!

A talented artist. I was contacted? by Juan, a young artist? who so generously offered to send me a few samples of his art. I was totally blown away when I received his box (gift)? all the way from Europe. This is the kind of talent I am insanely jealous of. I mean can you imagine waking up and just being able to paint like this!! I am so in awe of his work and am seriously considering having him paint something for me. I just had to share both his gift to me and his gift of his work with all of you. Click here to see him on Pinterest and his website is www.sanmartin-artscrafts.com. Thank you Juan!

An interesting new book. ? Getting back into reading and loving every page. I have to say I am one of those odd birds that likes reading everything from good fiction, to autobiographies to exploits on Everest, always? enjoy a great cooking book…..and recently discovered this one, about the life and tales of famous sommeliers. Talk about an interesting and fascinating read…if this is remotely interesting to you, go to Amazon I promise you will be entertained!! Click here to purchase……

White hydrangeas. These have always been a favorite. But this summer I am mildly obsessed with them and on a hunt for more more more! Finally planted the cluster of 5 large bushes that i bought and cannot wait to watch them bloom for the rest of the summer….

Aerin…….I am blaming the resurrection of the white hydrangea hunt on you! This picture just did me in and sent me on a wild goose chase one day of finding huge white hydrangea topiary trees!! So I finally found them not yet in bloom which is perfect but they are two hours away and I am trying to figure out a cost effective way of logistically getting them to me..I am determined!!?
Newsflash as of Wednesday night (my local nursery was able to get them)…….look what landed on my back patio!

?They are just starting to open with many many blossoms…..

?Now need to figure out if we are putting them in these blue Provence planters and if so I will want to have 6 across the back of the house..can you visualize it?
Sunflowers. Another summer fave. They are so cheery and uplifting and colorful and these were huge…as in towering over 2 feet huge! I put them in my blue and white jar and loooove the effect. It even got me back into party mode thinking about planning a Tuscan themed dinner party……oh boy! Had a few family members over for a super casual BBQ on Sunday and used my pretty melamine plates with the sunflowers and have to say it made quite a pretty table!

2 great news books I recommend. While we took? our little getaway I finished Beautiful Day by Elin Hidreth and I must say I really enjoyed it, one of her better ones in my humble opinion. It was? a perfect summer read, finished it in 3 days so it was easy (always a plus). On a very different tone, Pain, Parties, Work and is another book I am currently? reading and really enjoying, highlighting Sylvia’s arrival to NY in the glamorous 50’s , its fascinating, tragic and entertaining. (Did you read The Belljar)?

A great new line for monogrammed goodies. You know by now I have a total obsession with monograms, right? The fabulous site of , Mark and Graham has oodles of incredible monogrammed goodies. I was drooling over every single item and found the prices to be more than fair. Great site for personalized special gift ideas. This is going to become a definite regular “go to” for me so had to share! Check out some of the beautiful items….and click here to visit Mark and Graham.

Shop news.??
Very excited to have just gotten in a few new styles of bell jars. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items. I discount them almost 40% from many online and retailers so my price is impossible to beat. Not to mention they are just gorgeous and add a sense of elegance and beauty to any room they get hung in. Here are some of the new patterns, and to anyone who was waiting on the ever so popular tulip pattern, the container just arrived. They are quick to sell out so be sure to contact me if interested. New styles will be added within a few days but as always if there is anything you want/need or just want to make an inquiry, email me here.

?The tulip now in stock in all sizes including the jumbo

?Love this, double row Greek key…stunning and such a classic!
?Just got the vertical feather in jumbo (as well as other sizes)
?Star and feather….beautiful!
?Diamond cut, very classic
Clover trellis

All are available in the standard oil rubbed bronze, or upgraded finishes of polished nickel and ant. brass.

These gorgeous blue and white bathroom pieces are now back in stock. Love them……..

And very unexpectedly I got in another 80 pieces of these beautiful blue and white dinner plates (replicated for the Vanderbilt family of Newport). I had gotten in 120 pieces a few weeks ago and they literally flew out the door,? so happy to have more. They are sold individually and there is a price break when 10 or more are purchased. As always email me to inquire, theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Here is a sample of how I put mine to good use……

?Click here to visit my online shop, The Enchanted Home Shop!
Now onto the giveaway….I am giving away a pair of the gorgeous blue and white plates!? They would make a great start to building a collection or even as a pair are highly decorative to use or hang/display. All you need to do to be eligible is visit my porcelain shop and come back here and tell me a favorite item.? Click here to visit.?
I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning.? For a second chance you may leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page by clicking here.? Anonymous leave your first name and last name initial in the body of the paragraph.

So that’s a wrap. Hope your week is going well. It’s been a busy one but one that has included some fun outings and finally feeling like I am getting to enjoy summer, so no complaints. I am taking off on Friday through the weekend for a tournament for my son so this will be it until Sunday. Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and talk to you in a few days. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Random musings and a blue and white giveaway!

Hello! Hope you had a great weekend…..it really is so hard to believe July 4th has come and gone. Though our big Maine plans not working out was a big disappointment, getting to the Hamptons hardly felt like a consolation prize:) That said in anticipation of Maine, I had my lobster bib ready and envisioned lazy bike rides along the shore, kayak trips with picnic lunches packed,etc…you get the idea. Oh well…..now we are trying  to work it out possibly for later in the summer, we will see.

When it comes to kids (teens and beyond so if you have little ones ENJOY being in charge now)…..seems it’s always a crapshoot until you are actually en route to where you want to go!  Until we are on a plane or in a car together, that’s when I can sit back close my eyes and say “victory at last” 🙂 Moving along…………Today’s post is a random post, kind of all over the place, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Hope your week is off to a great start…….

Hamptons. Lucky enough to live close enough to go almost as often as I am craving a lobster roll (which would be daily if I were lucky)! Just a few highlights which are always fun to share of my recent trip there with a friend, we had lunch, shopped and did a lot of laughing and mourning over the fact that we will both be empty nesters in a year or so, to me that is totally heartbreaking! This is kind of like a part 2 to the other post where I featured many more Hamptons pictures…..

 Adore all the wonderful colors and patters from Roberta Roller Rabbit, love this store!

 This was taken at the new pop up shop of Serena and Lily, love the crisp white slipcover with navy piped pillows…..great look for The Hamptons!

 Cute tunics and dresses can always be found at charming Gretchen Scott.….
 More fun colorful tunics….
Calypso is always a store I must stop in…great summer clothing

 I am like a kid in a candy shop at Sequin...where they have every colored enamel bracelet one could dream of!

 Had lunch at B Smith in Sag Harbor with a front row seat of all the yachts ready to take their next trip….

 How seriously picturesque is this? GORGEOUS!
Sooooo beautiful…could stare at this all day long!
 I am madly in love with white hydrangeas….just breathtaking!

Random pictures that are floating my boat. I am rarely at a loss to find pictures that inspire me somehow. I am extremely visual and few things get to me the way a pretty picture does especially one that has a beautiful interior, gorgeous flowers, a beautiful party, wonderful food, etc…..so here are a few that are recently inspiring me in a big way.

Kind of loving this first room, how decadent and rich the brown damask walls feel with miles of crown molding, and the blues and whites just totally set it off!

Have a major thing for topiaries of all shapes, sizes and variations…aren’t these just beautiful!

Love this oversized fancy monogram!

And how about this wedding…..kind of reminds me of a glammed up version of my own Fathers Day table

Monograms. Kelly green. Blue and white…need I say more? Fabulous!

And beautiful flowers get me every time……

Especially mounds of peonies stuffed into blue and white vases…….

 Beautiful table setting courtesy of Tory Burch

Has McDonalds “big M” ever and I do mean ever looked so chic as it does in blue and white!!!!!!!

A talented artist. I was contacted  by Juan, a young artist  who so generously offered to send me a few samples of his art. I was totally blown away when I received his box (gift)  all the way from Europe. This is the kind of talent I am insanely jealous of. I mean can you imagine waking up and just being able to paint like this!! I am so in awe of his work and am seriously considering having him paint something for me. I just had to share both his gift to me and his gift of his work with all of you. Click here to see him on Pinterest and his website is www.sanmartin-artscrafts.com. Thank you Juan!

An interesting new book.   Getting back into reading and loving every page. I have to say I am one of those odd birds that likes reading everything from good fiction, to autobiographies to exploits on Everest, always  enjoy a great cooking book…..and recently discovered this one, about the life and tales of famous sommeliers. Talk about an interesting and fascinating read…if this is remotely interesting to you, go to Amazon I promise you will be entertained!! Click here to purchase……

White hydrangeas. These have always been a favorite. But this summer I am mildly obsessed with them and on a hunt for more more more! Finally planted the cluster of 5 large bushes that i bought and cannot wait to watch them bloom for the rest of the summer….

Aerin…….I am blaming the resurrection of the white hydrangea hunt on you! This picture just did me in and sent me on a wild goose chase one day of finding huge white hydrangea topiary trees!! So I finally found them not yet in bloom which is perfect but they are two hours away and I am trying to figure out a cost effective way of logistically getting them to me..I am determined!! 
Newsflash as of Wednesday night (my local nursery was able to get them)…….look what landed on my back patio!

 They are just starting to open with many many blossoms…..

 Now need to figure out if we are putting them in these blue Provence planters and if so I will want to have 6 across the back of the house..can you visualize it?
Sunflowers. Another summer fave. They are so cheery and uplifting and colorful and these were huge…as in towering over 2 feet huge! I put them in my blue and white jar and loooove the effect. It even got me back into party mode thinking about planning a Tuscan themed dinner party……oh boy! Had a few family members over for a super casual BBQ on Sunday and used my pretty melamine plates with the sunflowers and have to say it made quite a pretty table!

2 great news books I recommend. While we took  our little getaway I finished Beautiful Day by Elin Hidreth and I must say I really enjoyed it, one of her better ones in my humble opinion. It was  a perfect summer read, finished it in 3 days so it was easy (always a plus). On a very different tone, Pain, Parties, Work and is another book I am currently  reading and really enjoying, highlighting Sylvia’s arrival to NY in the glamorous 50’s , its fascinating, tragic and entertaining. (Did you read The Belljar)?

A great new line for monogrammed goodies. You know by now I have a total obsession with monograms, right? The fabulous site of , Mark and Graham has oodles of incredible monogrammed goodies. I was drooling over every single item and found the prices to be more than fair. Great site for personalized special gift ideas. This is going to become a definite regular “go to” for me so had to share! Check out some of the beautiful items….and click here to visit Mark and Graham.

Shop news.  
Very excited to have just gotten in a few new styles of bell jars. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items. I discount them almost 40% from many online and retailers so my price is impossible to beat. Not to mention they are just gorgeous and add a sense of elegance and beauty to any room they get hung in. Here are some of the new patterns, and to anyone who was waiting on the ever so popular tulip pattern, the container just arrived. They are quick to sell out so be sure to contact me if interested. New styles will be added within a few days but as always if there is anything you want/need or just want to make an inquiry, email me here.

 The tulip now in stock in all sizes including the jumbo

 Love this, double row Greek key…stunning and such a classic!
 Just got the vertical feather in jumbo (as well as other sizes)
 Star and feather….beautiful!
 Diamond cut, very classic
Clover trellis

All are available in the standard oil rubbed bronze, or upgraded finishes of polished nickel and ant. brass.

These gorgeous blue and white bathroom pieces are now back in stock. Love them……..

And very unexpectedly I got in another 80 pieces of these beautiful blue and white dinner plates (replicated for the Vanderbilt family of Newport). I had gotten in 120 pieces a few weeks ago and they literally flew out the door,  so happy to have more. They are sold individually and there is a price break when 10 or more are purchased. As always email me to inquire, theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

Here is a sample of how I put mine to good use……

 Click here to visit my online shop, The Enchanted Home Shop!
Now onto the giveaway….I am giving away a pair of the gorgeous blue and white plates!  They would make a great start to building a collection or even as a pair are highly decorative to use or hang/display. All you need to do to be eligible is visit my porcelain shop and come back here and tell me a favorite item.  Click here to visit. 
I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning.  For a second chance you may leave a comment on The Enchanted Home’s Facebook page by clicking here.  Anonymous leave your first name and last name initial in the body of the paragraph.

So that’s a wrap. Hope your week is going well. It’s been a busy one but one that has included some fun outings and finally feeling like I am getting to enjoy summer, so no complaints. I am taking off on Friday through the weekend for a tournament for my son so this will be it until Sunday. Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and talk to you in a few days. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Which would you choose?

Happy Wednesday….wow its the middle of the week already?? Very busy days lately and today I am hosting a birthday luncheon for a very special girl. I will do my best to try and include some highlights but have been a little under the weather in addition to taking care of my son who is sick in bed, so if I appear fully dressed to greet the guests with food to serve, I will consider it a success:) ?given that I am EXHAUSTED. But thankfully woke up feeling better and well rested after two loooooong days with little sleep. Busy week ahead for me so will pop in when I can……

?OK, its time for another round of Which would you choose?? Today’s theme is summer dressing…..lets just say you are invited to someones house for a summer party, backyard style. You want to look chic, polished but still casual and comfy. Which outfit best reflects your personal style? Would you tweak the look you have chosen and if so how or do you love it exactly as its shown? Love to know what my stylish readers love and hear your take on things……oh and lest I forget (all figures shown including the perfect legs, toned arms and skinny mini?waists are part of the package, lol)! Now………see which you like!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 1

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Seriously I love each and every one, when you look good, you feel good. Don’t you think? They say always dress each morning as if you are going to bump into someone that you want to look really good for. I wish I followed that more often because when I do there is absolutely a little pep in my step….are you the same way? ?I included things that I love and that reflect my style for the most part but tried to vary it up a little so hopefully something for everyone here!! ?So…whats your choice? I cannot wait to hear. Enjoy your day!

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Which would you choose?

Happy Wednesday….wow its the middle of the week already?? Very busy days lately and today I am hosting a birthday luncheon for a very special girl. I will do my best to try and include some highlights but have been a little under the weather in addition to taking care of my son who is sick in bed, so if I appear fully dressed to greet the guests with food to serve, I will consider it a success:)  given that I am EXHAUSTED. But thankfully woke up feeling better and well rested after two loooooong days with little sleep. Busy week ahead for me so will pop in when I can……

 OK, its time for another round of Which would you choose?  Today’s theme is summer dressing…..lets just say you are invited to someones house for a summer party, backyard style. You want to look chic, polished but still casual and comfy. Which outfit best reflects your personal style? Would you tweak the look you have chosen and if so how or do you love it exactly as its shown? Love to know what my stylish readers love and hear your take on things……oh and lest I forget (all figures shown including the perfect legs, toned arms and skinny mini waists are part of the package, lol)! Now………see which you like!

                                                            CHOICE 1

                                                          CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Seriously I love each and every one, when you look good, you feel good. Don’t you think? They say always dress each morning as if you are going to bump into someone that you want to look really good for. I wish I followed that more often because when I do there is absolutely a little pep in my step….are you the same way?  I included things that I love and that reflect my style for the most part but tried to vary it up a little so hopefully something for everyone here!!  So…whats your choice? I cannot wait to hear. Enjoy your day!

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End of the week musings

Happy Friday morning to you! Today is a day where the theme is hodge podge. Truly a little of this and a little of that and a fairly short post (for me at least). First I am announcing the winner of the garden goodies. ?Then, a few books I have just recently gotten that I love, a few new products that I just got that I am very excited about, a couple of new trinkets around the house, a few additions to my shop and so on and on. First the winner for the lovely trio of gardening items….using random number picker. The lucky winner is #80

?Enter an integer here
?Here is the result?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??Congratulations to Kathy Moody!!
Please contact me with your shipping details so these can get on their way…………

First lets talk books. I use to be an avid reader, I mean a voracious “can’t put a book down” kind of reader. Then I discovered blogging and the rest is history. I still pick up a book here and there but nothing like it used to be.Simply do not have the time, pure and simple. But, I did get a few new books and I am excited to delve right in. The first one, Ricky Laurens lifestyle/cookbook is not a novel but is a really fabulous book capturing the essence of laid back/beachy Montauk and is chock full of delectable recipes. Then a few reading books……

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Enjoying this..

About to read………
And just finished this and loved it (based up on Hadley Hemingway’s life, wife of Ernest)
Any books you care to recommend that I can add to my flying by summer reading list? Do tell!

Calling all blondies…….Heard about this from a friend obsessed with hair and on a few blogs. You know I ran out to CVS to buy one of each. I plan to start using tomorrow morning but will let you know in a few weeks if it does what it says it will. Disclaimer is that my highlights actually look pretty good since i just got them so its not totally going to be obvious if this is really that good for at least a few weeks but there is a lot of hype over it! But everyone is hailing this as a really fabulous product that is the first of its kind (and no its nothing like Sun In, lol)

I was in East Hampton a few days ago and got some cute things from the Lilly Pulitzer store, this dress caught my eye because I remarked to the salesgirls that its so perfect for July 4th or Labor day and then she told me the fireworks on it glow in the dark! Genius!! I no longer wear short strapless dresses but if you do or you have a daughter who does…how great looking is this dress!! Seriously cute and talk about how you will positively “glow”…lol.

And since I couldn’t buy the dress, I did what every girl craving a little retail therapy would do…bought some shoes!
And they are actually pretty comfortable to boot!
And being a big fan of Calypso, it was my first stop got these great tunics……they are a great resource for chic summer tunics, paired with white pants, they are a no brainer!

Speaking of shoes…..are you a flip flop person? I love them and in fact love shoes in general but as I have gotten older comfort and practicality trumps looks every time (whereas when I was younger). But of course they have to look good. Real good. ?I would suffer and my poor toes were like smashed sardines by the end of the night..no more, they are free, free to be comfortable! Got the best flip flops (from stylish Swedish designer, Ilse Jacobsen), they are like physical therapy for the feet and look cute…so they are a winner in my book. Got them from my good blogging buddy, Mon’s gorgeous shop, Splendid Avenue, chock full of all kinds of wonderful things for us girls and our homes. Its a must see, and here are my flip flops, highly recommend them and they come in 6 chic colors….click here to visit.

Also added these four Trowbridge prints to above a console, not sure they will permanently stay but they do like nice and its nice to see a big blank wall filled at least for now!

Store biz……..going to stop carrying?Seda?France?soon, down to my last few candles of each scent. They are a very special line but the shipping is quite expensive (opposite coast) but I will still carry the amazing gardenia in crystal urn candles. Click?here?to visit my store.
I am excited to start adding some really exceptional tole pieces late summer/early fall. Here’s a preview……….thoughts??

I have been sold out of the squirrel nut bowl that have been wildly popular, got four more in yesterday so for anyone who was wanting one…they are now available (first come first serve).

Adore this dish, its like the cutest conversation piece and serves a lot of nuts too………

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?And got in a few pieces of each of these silver items also that were sold out…..

Gorgeous filigree display bowl with beaded edge
Beautiful heavily detailed tray for vanity or bar (I have this in my bathroom)

Gorgeous large filigree planter
I am excited to start adding some really exceptional tole pieces late summer/early fall. Here’s a preview……….thoughts?
Last piece of biz…..on my online store I have a section titled “Your enchanted homes” this is a place where customers send in pictures of products they purchased from me and show me how they are using them in their homes. Its really exciting for me to see and there are so many gorgeous pictures…..my customers have unbelievable taste! So please, ?if you have a picture of something you want to “show off” email it to me! Would love to add to my collection?and I am going to be planning my first ever contest in a few weeks, so would love to see your purchase in action! Click here to visit Your Enchanted Homes.
So…that’s whats cooking over here. Was on the road again yesterday, Rhode Island this time and feel lately like I am gone more than I am home. Soon off to Mass. for a few days and then planning a small birthday luncheon for a really dear friend on Wed. so busy days ahead but you know I will be sure to stop in when I can. Hoping your summer is going well! Wishing you a fabulous day and thanks for stopping in!

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End of the week musings

Happy Friday morning to you! Today is a day where the theme is hodge podge. Truly a little of this and a little of that and a fairly short post (for me at least). First I am announcing the winner of the garden goodies.  Then, a few books I have just recently gotten that I love, a few new products that I just got that I am very excited about, a couple of new trinkets around the house, a few additions to my shop and so on and on. First the winner for the lovely trio of gardening items….using random number picker. The lucky winner is #80

 Enter an integer here
 Here is the result 
                                          Congratulations to Kathy Moody!!
Please contact me with your shipping details so these can get on their way…………

First lets talk books. I use to be an avid reader, I mean a voracious “can’t put a book down” kind of reader. Then I discovered blogging and the rest is history. I still pick up a book here and there but nothing like it used to be.Simply do not have the time, pure and simple. But, I did get a few new books and I am excited to delve right in. The first one, Ricky Laurens lifestyle/cookbook is not a novel but is a really fabulous book capturing the essence of laid back/beachy Montauk and is chock full of delectable recipes. Then a few reading books……

                                                         Enjoying this..

About to read………
And just finished this and loved it (based up on Hadley Hemingway’s life, wife of Ernest)
Any books you care to recommend that I can add to my flying by summer reading list? Do tell!

Calling all blondies…….Heard about this from a friend obsessed with hair and on a few blogs. You know I ran out to CVS to buy one of each. I plan to start using tomorrow morning but will let you know in a few weeks if it does what it says it will. Disclaimer is that my highlights actually look pretty good since i just got them so its not totally going to be obvious if this is really that good for at least a few weeks but there is a lot of hype over it! But everyone is hailing this as a really fabulous product that is the first of its kind (and no its nothing like Sun In, lol)

I was in East Hampton a few days ago and got some cute things from the Lilly Pulitzer store, this dress caught my eye because I remarked to the salesgirls that its so perfect for July 4th or Labor day and then she told me the fireworks on it glow in the dark! Genius!! I no longer wear short strapless dresses but if you do or you have a daughter who does…how great looking is this dress!! Seriously cute and talk about how you will positively “glow”…lol.

And since I couldn’t buy the dress, I did what every girl craving a little retail therapy would do…bought some shoes!
And they are actually pretty comfortable to boot!
And being a big fan of Calypso, it was my first stop got these great tunics……they are a great resource for chic summer tunics, paired with white pants, they are a no brainer!

Speaking of shoes…..are you a flip flop person? I love them and in fact love shoes in general but as I have gotten older comfort and practicality trumps looks every time (whereas when I was younger). But of course they have to look good. Real good.  I would suffer and my poor toes were like smashed sardines by the end of the night..no more, they are free, free to be comfortable! Got the best flip flops (from stylish Swedish designer, Ilse Jacobsen), they are like physical therapy for the feet and look cute…so they are a winner in my book. Got them from my good blogging buddy, Mon’s gorgeous shop, Splendid Avenue, chock full of all kinds of wonderful things for us girls and our homes. Its a must see, and here are my flip flops, highly recommend them and they come in 6 chic colors….click here to visit.

Also added these four Trowbridge prints to above a console, not sure they will permanently stay but they do like nice and its nice to see a big blank wall filled at least for now!

Store biz……..going to stop carrying Seda France soon, down to my last few candles of each scent. They are a very special line but the shipping is quite expensive (opposite coast) but I will still carry the amazing gardenia in crystal urn candles. Click here to visit my store.
I am excited to start adding some really exceptional tole pieces late summer/early fall. Here’s a preview……….thoughts? 

I have been sold out of the squirrel nut bowl that have been wildly popular, got four more in yesterday so for anyone who was wanting one…they are now available (first come first serve).

Adore this dish, its like the cutest conversation piece and serves a lot of nuts too………

                 And got in a few pieces of each of these silver items also that were sold out…..

Gorgeous filigree display bowl with beaded edge
Beautiful heavily detailed tray for vanity or bar (I have this in my bathroom)

Gorgeous large filigree planter
I am excited to start adding some really exceptional tole pieces late summer/early fall. Here’s a preview……….thoughts?
Last piece of biz…..on my online store I have a section titled “Your enchanted homes” this is a place where customers send in pictures of products they purchased from me and show me how they are using them in their homes. Its really exciting for me to see and there are so many gorgeous pictures…..my customers have unbelievable taste! So please,  if you have a picture of something you want to “show off” email it to me! Would love to add to my collection and I am going to be planning my first ever contest in a few weeks, so would love to see your purchase in action! Click here to visit Your Enchanted Homes.
So…that’s whats cooking over here. Was on the road again yesterday, Rhode Island this time and feel lately like I am gone more than I am home. Soon off to Mass. for a few days and then planning a small birthday luncheon for a really dear friend on Wed. so busy days ahead but you know I will be sure to stop in when I can. Hoping your summer is going well! Wishing you a fabulous day and thanks for stopping in!

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