Guest posting at Chic Coastal Living….


Hi there, I am over today at one of my most favorite blogs in all of the blogland kingdom, super chic and stylish Chic Coastal Living where I am a contributing editor (that sounds so important)!

What’s the next best thing to owning your own beach house? Virtually creating one/dreaming one up! So, that’s what I did……I really hope you will stop over because I worked really hard to create my virtual beach house and you are invited!!? Click here to come visit me at my beach house (sandy feet are welcome)

And….Desiree is offering a wonderful giveaway, something every beach house (and non beach houses too) could use for summer entertaining!

Here’s a sneak peek……..

Don’t forget about my Mothers Day extravaganza giveaway, one of four fabulous prizes!! Click here for details and to be eligible…winners to be announced on Saturday!
See you over at Chic Coastal Living! Have a fabulous day.

Guest posting at Chic Coastal Living….

Hi there, I am over today at one of my most favorite blogs in all of the blogland kingdom, super chic and stylish Chic Coastal Living where I am a contributing editor (that sounds so important)!

What’s the next best thing to owning your own beach house? Virtually creating one/dreaming one up! So, that’s what I did……I really hope you will stop over because I worked really hard to create my virtual beach house and you are invited!!  Click here to come visit me at my beach house (sandy feet are welcome)

And….Desiree is offering a wonderful giveaway, something every beach house (and non beach houses too) could use for summer entertaining!

Here’s a sneak peek……..

Don’t forget about my Mothers Day extravaganza giveaway, one of four fabulous prizes!! Click here for details and to be eligible…winners to be announced on Saturday!
See you over at Chic Coastal Living! Have a fabulous day.

Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.


Chic Coastal Living is like? a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor.?
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me.? I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

Giveaway details…….

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GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Saturday morning!

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All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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Guest posting today over at Chic Coastal Living!

Don’t forget about the awesome giveaway from Angelas Garden!

Happy Wednesday morning! A reminder that I am over at Desiree’s wonderful blog, Chic Coastal Living today. I hope you will visit my post on spring entertaining! (if spring ever comes that is:) Click here to visit me.

Chic Coastal Living is like  a big breath of fresh ocean air…..always something beautiful, crisp, clean and fabulous going on over there so I was both honored and flattered that lovely Desiree chose me to be a contributing editor. 
In case you missed my post yesterday with house updates and a wonderful giveaway opportunity, do click here! (you must leave a comment on that post to be eligible)
Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a fabulous day.
Here’s a sneak peek at my guest post………click here to come on over!

See you over there!! Remember also to all my shop customers, please send in your pictures of your homes/rooms using products you have bought from me I would love to add them to my online gallery!! Click here to email me your pictures.

And here to visit me over at Chic Coastal Living…see you over there!

Giveaway details…….

 
 
GIVEAWAY!! Are you still with me? Finally a wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angelas garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Saturday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

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2 year anniversary, mid week musings and a giveaway!

Forewarning…this is one of those looong posts worked on over several days that kept getting added onto. Grab another cup of whatever you are drinking! Hey its New Year’s day…a day to relax.



Wow! I can’t believe it, I almost forgot about the fact that today marks my 2 year anniversary!!!! Seriously?? How did that happen and so fast! I have had such fun riding in the fast lane, time literally just slipped away from me! Have to thank each and every reader, you make what I do possible and oh so worth it, you have warranted all my musings and encouraged me with your interest so THANK YOU!!!! Of course this milestone calls for a celebration…….a giveaway, and not one but two. So all details on bottom of my random musings post. The best is yet to come…….

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First off, officially wishing each and every one of you a very happy, joyous and healthy 2013! Crazy that 2012 is now a thing of the past and it’s onto a new year! Wasn’t quite the holiday we envisioned (Christmas day was wonderful but the rest went downhill fast). My poor husband was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been quiet sick. Thankfully as the antibiotics are kicking in, he is feeling a little better but with our frigid weather and his weak state…..he had to stay home. So nurse Tina “extended her contract”? on a day to day basis and is back on the 24/7 shift. Yes, I was very disappointed but of course his health comes first….

The upside is that the surplus of time allowed me to truly rest, catch up on things around the house, mail and unanswered emails, even unpacked a few boxes! And lets not even talk about the unrelenting movie marathon I have been on, for starters saw It’s Complicated (again) Last Holiday again) The English Patient (again), The Horse Whisperer (again),? The Great Gatsby (again), As good as it gets (again), Sense and Sensibility (again)…seeing a theme here? Yes some movies never get old! Did see The Proposition, which was good too (and I was fainting over the house)! I really liked it though, house aside. Oh and the autobiography on Queen Noor (fascinating)!

I have some fun things in store for the new year, which I will talk about soon. In the meantime….here whats new in my world……

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You know I love to cook! I tried this pasta and it is SO good! You know I love to share when I discover a great new recipe, not only is this easy but its so fresh and fulfilling without feeling too heavy. A light lemony pasta. The next is an easy appetizer with blackberries, this again is easy but so pretty, festive? and very delicious! So I have included the recipes since often you want to know. Both get my stamp of approval!

LEMON SPAGHETTI
? cup olive oil
? cup grated Parmesan cheese
? cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
? teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
? cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

instructions

Lemon Spaghetti
In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and ? teaspoon of salt and ? teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

And how pretty are these! I would have made these for a New Years eve soiree if I was having one…….(saw this on my buddy, Desirees blog) which led me to the wonderful Yummy Mummy’s blog!


Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers

makes about 15

1/2 cup silver or gold sanding sugar (I used a combination of sanding sugar and shimmer dust)
2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons agave syrup
5 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 package favorite crackers (I used gluten free rice crackers from Trader Joe’s)
1 small bunch fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Make the Main Course Italian!


Place sanding sugar in a small bowl. Add 15 blackberries (or however many crackers you are making) to the bowl, using a spoon to turn to coat. If sugar is not sticking, toss a few drops of water onto the blackberries and try again.

In a small saucepan, simmer the remaining blackberries, lemon juice, and agave over medium heat until berries have broken down. Use a wooden spoon to break up berries and help them along. Once the berries have turned into a jam-like mixture, after cooking about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl if you do not want the seeds.

Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each cracker. Top with a small dollop of blackberry sauce. Top with a single sparkling blackberry and garnish with mint.

*time saver: berries can be sugared 2 hours in advance. Do not assemble the whole thing until 20 minutes of less before serving if using rice crackers, as they tend to absorb moisture and become soft.

And finally for anyone who has been to heavenly Napa Valley and had the good fortune to eat at Bistro Jeanty, no doubt you experienced the most sensational quiche you have ever eaten. By far the best quiche I have ever been willing to gain five pounds for! So I was beyond excited when I found the recipe adapted from theirs for Gourmet Magazine. I have not made it yet as I just found it but you better believe I will be attempting this very soon. In the meantime, here it is…let me know if you make it and tell me what you think! I hope its the same….because that quiche was ridiculously amazing!


Ham, Leek, and Three-Cheese Quiche
Gourmet ?|?April 2006
Adapted from Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, CA

yield: Makes 8 main-course servings
active time: 35 min
total time: 2 1/2 hr
Marsha and John Antonelli of Whittier, California, write: “We recently had lunch at Bistro Jeanty, in Yountville, California, where the ham, leek,… more ?

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Ingredients
?? ???? ?1 round of refrigerated pie dough for a 9-inch pie (from a 15-oz package; not a preshaped frozen pie shell)
?? ???? ?3/4 lb leeks (about 3 medium; white and pale green parts only)
?? ???? ?2 tablespoons unsalted butter
?? ???? ?1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked ham
?? ???? ?3 oz Gruy?re, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 oz Italian Fontina, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 oz whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated (1 cup)
?? ???? ?3 large eggs
?? ???? ?1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
?? ???? ?1/4 teaspoon black pepper
?? ???? ?1 3/4 cups cr?me fra?che (from two 8-oz containers)

?? ???? ?Special equipment: a 9-inch pie plate (4-cup capacity)
print a shopping list for this recipe

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Preparation
Prebake pie dough in pie plate according to package instructions, then remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350?F.
Meanwhile, halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well in a bowl of cold water, agitating leeks. Lift out and drain leeks in a colander and pat dry. Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat and cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Line warm pie shell with sliced ham, overlapping layers as necessary to cover bottom and side of pie shell completely. Toss cheeses together and sprinkle evenly into pie shell (do not pack cheese), then spread leeks evenly on top of cheese. Whisk together eggs, nutmeg, and pepper until combined well, then whisk in cr?me fra?che until smooth.
Carefully pour half of custard on top of pie filling, gently moving cheese with a spoon to help custard disperse evenly. Slowly add remaining custard in same manner. Cover pie loosely with foil, gently folding edges over crust (keep foil from touching top of cheese mixture) and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake until center of filling is puffed and set (center will be slightly wobbly but not liquid), about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool on a rack at least 20 to 30 minutes before serving (filling will continue to set as it cools). Serve warm or at room temperature.

?Last but not least..anyone had the good fortune of tasting anything from the famed Parisian baker Eric Kayser? His works of art are as beautiful as they are delish (trust me on this)! Even his little “signs” are edible. Oy vey.

?Humm…..wonder whats inside?

?Oh! That I think I can manage:)

Attack!

Now that I have your appetite in full gear (sorry)! lets move on to another subject….my bedroom! Admittedly this has been a room I have thought about doing for a long time but finally am getting ready to get it done.? I have always had a vision in my mind of a soft tonal room, in ivory with touches of a pale blue. Very subtle, serene inviting, elegant …a room that will envelope me and be my personal tranquil cocoon. I had started with a beautiful wallpaper as inspiration and a starting point and when I finally was ready to take the plunge, it was discontinued as a stock item and only available for custom order and it was prohibitively expensive so that was nixed. I am deciding between two carpets and am wavering. I will do an entire post on bedrooms later this week and will show you and ask for your opinions on the carpet.? This sitting room at the uber beautiful George V in Paris is another inspiration..love the feeling of this room and its one of the finest hotels we have ever been to…….

Many of you have written and asked me about my two powder room wallpapers. I did reply months ago but for those of you who have asked more recently, I finally found the information again so here it is an sorry for the delay! The first one is my formal powder room and the second one is my family powder room off the kitchen…..love love love both!
?Jester Caprice in pewter by Schumacher
Sanderson Palampore?
Have to get back to food and beverage one more time, sorry! I have discovered a new rose that I LOVE! Soooo light and perfect, its the perfect ladies rose to lunch with (works for dinner too) and you know that it has a blue and white label? earned extra brownie points for me! You must try it…sooo good! And come to think of it, this would go mighty well with the quiche:)
I think a lot of you are like me, kind of old fashioned in some ways? I do long to hang on to traditions from the past…and definitely prefer a? lot of things “the old fashioned way”. A few years ago I hot stamped every one of my holiday cards with a beautiful wax seal embossed with my last name initial. I decided to order some more and had to share with you the info on them on the most wonderful company, their website even includes tutorials. A custom stamper can be had for 35.00 with your three initial monogram! What a great gift…and talk about adding a serious dose of elegance to any kind of correspondence…love love love it! Visit Nostalgic Impressions here!


Even though the holidays are making a quick exit, I still want to give these luminaries a shot. Are these not insanely beautiful!! My friend, Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors made these and these are featured in her own Christmas post. Talk about impressive and beautiful……absolutely love this idea!! Click here to see more…..

Here are my new sconces that got put up in the family room. LOVE them, they are black tole. It is hard to see their scale but they are quite large so very impactful. About 24″ tall….they add so much to the room.

?A couple of newer vignettes from the holidays (that aren’t? going anywhere so fast) Yep Christmas lasts here just a little longer than most, it’s all about keeping the spirit and magic alive, baby. actually its all about being too lazy to lug all the big boxes and storage containers to and from the attic.

?I really love the way red pops against the blue and white……its a keeper!

?Giant pinecones are so great for decorating for the holidays, I got a big batch of them and had such fun!

?Took this a week or two ago, though it was so pretty, though the grainy quality doesn’t do it justice. Back door, new lattice planters, they are HUGE. My husband flipped when I? had them delivered, they are about 3 feet by 3 feet but with topiaries and pretty flowers will look wonderful come spring.

?I? I love having pretty pastries inside my beautiful domed cloche so was so happy when? I found these beautiful holiday ceramic cupcakes, no worries about crumbs or them getting stale…they look so festive around the holidays!

My sconces again, a better picture.

Paperwhites…my favorite holiday flower. The beautiful soft white petals, the intoxicating smell, the impact they have with their long stalks. I was late in growing them but they have really come along nicely. I love them and walking into the room smells soooo good! I loved the lighting I caught with my camera (totally by accident)!

The next few batches were planted later but will give me something pretty to look at during the doldrums? of January!

Moving onto my online shop. Doing a bit of replenishing….and plan to add some wonderful new items soon. One of my most favorite new items is this GORGEOUS with a capital G bed carona/crown! This could so easily inspire an entire room for me, and may actually do just that (my wheels are turning)! And of course as always, if you have any questions, just email me here. Lots more to come…including a wonderful truly beautiful new tole hand painted line!

?And then this absolutely gorgeous tureen, look at the beautiful metal filigree work. This looks like a precious antique but is brand new and truly spectacular…talk about adding a jewel to the table!

And this large beautifully colored ginger jar exactly reproduced from an important antique jar…..love it!

And back by popular demand, getting in a limited number of beautiful brackets/wall sconces again! These are so pretty and really unique! These will be up in the next day or two, if you have questions email me.

And the low down on the giveaway to celebrate my 2 year blogging anniversary….still can’t believe it. Does this mean I am no longer a newbie but gasp….a veteran! I never would have thought I could have so much to say, may it keep on rolling……for a long time! So here’s the scoop, I am giving away two lovely items. All I need you to do is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me which item is calling your name. Want a second chance? Comment on Facebook page, click here.? That’s it! I will announce two lucky winners on Thursday morning.

One lucky winner will win one of these gorgeous full length French aprons! A new addition to the shop in a few wonderful authentic French patterns (these are made in France).

And a second lucky winner will win a box of monogrammed soaps custom made to their specifications!


Many thanks for stopping in. I am sooooo lucky to have the most incredible readers (and ones with such divine taste to boot). Your friendship means the world and I am not “just saying that” but truly mean it. A two year anniversary is a big deal and doesn’t come along every day, and I consider it a celebration not only for me but for us...WE have gone through a lot of adventures together! But the best part you ask? That the best is yet to come. So stay tuned buckle your seat belt and prepare to go on one heck of an enchanted ride! Cheers to 2013!


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2 year anniversary, mid week musings and a giveaway!

Forewarning…this is one of those looong posts worked on over several days that kept getting added onto. Grab another cup of whatever you are drinking! Hey its New Year’s day…a day to relax.



Wow! I can’t believe it, I almost forgot about the fact that today marks my 2 year anniversary!!!! Seriously?? How did that happen and so fast! I have had such fun riding in the fast lane, time literally just slipped away from me! Have to thank each and every reader, you make what I do possible and oh so worth it, you have warranted all my musings and encouraged me with your interest so THANK YOU!!!! Of course this milestone calls for a celebration…….a giveaway, and not one but two. So all details on bottom of my random musings post. The best is yet to come…….
 

First off, officially wishing each and every one of you a very happy, joyous and healthy 2013! Crazy that 2012 is now a thing of the past and it’s onto a new year! Wasn’t quite the holiday we envisioned (Christmas day was wonderful but the rest went downhill fast). My poor husband was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been quiet sick. Thankfully as the antibiotics are kicking in, he is feeling a little better but with our frigid weather and his weak state…..he had to stay home. So nurse Tina “extended her contract”  on a day to day basis and is back on the 24/7 shift. Yes, I was very disappointed but of course his health comes first….

The upside is that the surplus of time allowed me to truly rest, catch up on things around the house, mail and unanswered emails, even unpacked a few boxes! And lets not even talk about the unrelenting movie marathon I have been on, for starters saw It’s Complicated (again) Last Holiday again) The English Patient (again), The Horse Whisperer (again),  The Great Gatsby (again), As good as it gets (again), Sense and Sensibility (again)…seeing a theme here? Yes some movies never get old! Did see The Proposition, which was good too (and I was fainting over the house)! I really liked it though, house aside. Oh and the autobiography on Queen Noor (fascinating)!

I have some fun things in store for the new year, which I will talk about soon. In the meantime….here whats new in my world……

 
 
You know I love to cook! I tried this pasta and it is SO good! You know I love to share when I discover a great new recipe, not only is this easy but its so fresh and fulfilling without feeling too heavy. A light lemony pasta. The next is an easy appetizer with blackberries, this again is easy but so pretty, festive  and very delicious! So I have included the recipes since often you want to know. Both get my stamp of approval!

LEMON SPAGHETTI
? cup olive oil
? cup grated Parmesan cheese
? cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
? teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
? cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

instructions

Lemon Spaghetti
In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and ? teaspoon of salt and ? teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

And how pretty are these! I would have made these for a New Years eve soiree if I was having one…….(saw this on my buddy, Desirees blog) which led me to the wonderful Yummy Mummy’s blog!

Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers

makes about 15

1/2 cup silver or gold sanding sugar (I used a combination of sanding sugar and shimmer dust)
2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons agave syrup
5 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
1 package favorite crackers (I used gluten free rice crackers from Trader Joe’s)
1 small bunch fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Make the Main Course Italian!

Place sanding sugar in a small bowl. Add 15 blackberries (or however many crackers you are making) to the bowl, using a spoon to turn to coat. If sugar is not sticking, toss a few drops of water onto the blackberries and try again.

In a small saucepan, simmer the remaining blackberries, lemon juice, and agave over medium heat until berries have broken down. Use a wooden spoon to break up berries and help them along. Once the berries have turned into a jam-like mixture, after cooking about 10 minutes, remove from heat. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl if you do not want the seeds.

Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each cracker. Top with a small dollop of blackberry sauce. Top with a single sparkling blackberry and garnish with mint.

*time saver: berries can be sugared 2 hours in advance. Do not assemble the whole thing until 20 minutes of less before serving if using rice crackers, as they tend to absorb moisture and become soft.

And finally for anyone who has been to heavenly Napa Valley and had the good fortune to eat at Bistro Jeanty, no doubt you experienced the most sensational quiche you have ever eaten. By far the best quiche I have ever been willing to gain five pounds for! So I was beyond excited when I found the recipe adapted from theirs for Gourmet Magazine. I have not made it yet as I just found it but you better believe I will be attempting this very soon. In the meantime, here it is…let me know if you make it and tell me what you think! I hope its the same….because that quiche was ridiculously amazing!

Ham, Leek, and Three-Cheese Quiche
Gourmet  | April 2006
Adapted from Bistro Jeanty, Yountville, CA

yield: Makes 8 main-course servings
active time: 35 min
total time: 2 1/2 hr
Marsha and John Antonelli of Whittier, California, write: “We recently had lunch at Bistro Jeanty, in Yountville, California, where the ham, leek,… more ?

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Ingredients
    ?    1 round of refrigerated pie dough for a 9-inch pie (from a 15-oz package; not a preshaped frozen pie shell)
    ?    3/4 lb leeks (about 3 medium; white and pale green parts only)
    ?    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    ?    1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked ham
    ?    3 oz Gruy?re, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 oz Italian Fontina, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 oz whole-milk mozzarella, coarsely grated (1 cup)
    ?    3 large eggs
    ?    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    ?    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    ?    1 3/4 cups cr?me fra?che (from two 8-oz containers)

    ?    Special equipment: a 9-inch pie plate (4-cup capacity)
print a shopping list for this recipe

?
Preparation
Prebake pie dough in pie plate according to package instructions, then remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350?F.
Meanwhile, halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well in a bowl of cold water, agitating leeks. Lift out and drain leeks in a colander and pat dry. Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat and cook leeks, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Line warm pie shell with sliced ham, overlapping layers as necessary to cover bottom and side of pie shell completely. Toss cheeses together and sprinkle evenly into pie shell (do not pack cheese), then spread leeks evenly on top of cheese. Whisk together eggs, nutmeg, and pepper until combined well, then whisk in cr?me fra?che until smooth.
Carefully pour half of custard on top of pie filling, gently moving cheese with a spoon to help custard disperse evenly. Slowly add remaining custard in same manner. Cover pie loosely with foil, gently folding edges over crust (keep foil from touching top of cheese mixture) and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake until center of filling is puffed and set (center will be slightly wobbly but not liquid), about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool on a rack at least 20 to 30 minutes before serving (filling will continue to set as it cools). Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Last but not least..anyone had the good fortune of tasting anything from the famed Parisian baker Eric Kayser? His works of art are as beautiful as they are delish (trust me on this)! Even his little “signs” are edible. Oy vey.

 Humm…..wonder whats inside?

 Oh! That I think I can manage:)

Attack!

Now that I have your appetite in full gear (sorry)! lets move on to another subject….my bedroom! Admittedly this has been a room I have thought about doing for a long time but finally am getting ready to get it done I have always had a vision in my mind of a soft tonal room, in ivory with touches of a pale blue. Very subtle, serene inviting, elegant …a room that will envelope me and be my personal tranquil cocoon. I had started with a beautiful wallpaper as inspiration and a starting point and when I finally was ready to take the plunge, it was discontinued as a stock item and only available for custom order and it was prohibitively expensive so that was nixed. I am deciding between two carpets and am wavering. I will do an entire post on bedrooms later this week and will show you and ask for your opinions on the carpet.  This sitting room at the uber beautiful George V in Paris is another inspiration..love the feeling of this room and its one of the finest hotels we have ever been to…….

Many of you have written and asked me about my two powder room wallpapers. I did reply months ago but for those of you who have asked more recently, I finally found the information again so here it is an sorry for the delay! The first one is my formal powder room and the second one is my family powder room off the kitchen…..love love love both!
 Jester Caprice in pewter by Schumacher
Sanderson Palampore 
Have to get back to food and beverage one more time, sorry! I have discovered a new rose that I LOVE! Soooo light and perfect, its the perfect ladies rose to lunch with (works for dinner too) and you know that it has a blue and white label  earned extra brownie points for me! You must try it…sooo good! And come to think of it, this would go mighty well with the quiche:)
I think a lot of you are like me, kind of old fashioned in some ways? I do long to hang on to traditions from the past…and definitely prefer a  lot of things “the old fashioned way”. A few years ago I hot stamped every one of my holiday cards with a beautiful wax seal embossed with my last name initial. I decided to order some more and had to share with you the info on them on the most wonderful company, their website even includes tutorials. A custom stamper can be had for 35.00 with your three initial monogram! What a great gift…and talk about adding a serious dose of elegance to any kind of correspondence…love love love it! Visit Nostalgic Impressions here!


Even though the holidays are making a quick exit, I still want to give these luminaries a shot. Are these not insanely beautiful!! My friend, Phyllis from Henhurst Interiors made these and these are featured in her own Christmas post. Talk about impressive and beautiful……absolutely love this idea!! Click here to see more…..

Here are my new sconces that got put up in the family room. LOVE them, they are black tole. It is hard to see their scale but they are quite large so very impactful. About 24″ tall….they add so much to the room.

 A couple of newer vignettes from the holidays (that aren’t  going anywhere so fast) Yep Christmas lasts here just a little longer than most, it’s all about keeping the spirit and magic alive, baby. actually its all about being too lazy to lug all the big boxes and storage containers to and from the attic.

 I really love the way red pops against the blue and white……its a keeper!

 Giant pinecones are so great for decorating for the holidays, I got a big batch of them and had such fun!

 Took this a week or two ago, though it was so pretty, though the grainy quality doesn’t do it justice. Back door, new lattice planters, they are HUGE. My husband flipped when I  had them delivered, they are about 3 feet by 3 feet but with topiaries and pretty flowers will look wonderful come spring.

 I  I love having pretty pastries inside my beautiful domed cloche so was so happy when  I found these beautiful holiday ceramic cupcakes, no worries about crumbs or them getting stale…they look so festive around the holidays!

My sconces again, a better picture.

Paperwhites…my favorite holiday flower. The beautiful soft white petals, the intoxicating smell, the impact they have with their long stalks. I was late in growing them but they have really come along nicely. I love them and walking into the room smells soooo good! I loved the lighting I caught with my camera (totally by accident)!

The next few batches were planted later but will give me something pretty to look at during the doldrums  of January!

Moving onto my online shop. Doing a bit of replenishing….and plan to add some wonderful new items soon. One of my most favorite new items is this GORGEOUS with a capital G bed carona/crown! This could so easily inspire an entire room for me, and may actually do just that (my wheels are turning)! And of course as always, if you have any questions, just email me here. Lots more to come…including a wonderful truly beautiful new tole hand painted line!

 And then this absolutely gorgeous tureen, look at the beautiful metal filigree work. This looks like a precious antique but is brand new and truly spectacular…talk about adding a jewel to the table!

And this large beautifully colored ginger jar exactly reproduced from an important antique jar…..love it!

And back by popular demand, getting in a limited number of beautiful brackets/wall sconces again! These are so pretty and really unique! These will be up in the next day or two, if you have questions email me.

And the low down on the giveaway to celebrate my 2 year blogging anniversary….still can’t believe it. Does this mean I am no longer a newbie but gasp….a veteran! I never would have thought I could have so much to say, may it keep on rolling……for a long time! So here’s the scoop, I am giving away two lovely items. All I need you to do is visit my online shop, come back here and tell me which item is calling your name. Want a second chance? Comment on Facebook page, click here.  That’s it! I will announce two lucky winners on Thursday morning.

One lucky winner will win one of these gorgeous full length French aprons! A new addition to the shop in a few wonderful authentic French patterns (these are made in France).

And a second lucky winner will win a box of monogrammed soaps custom made to their specifications!


Many thanks for stopping in. I am sooooo lucky to have the most incredible readers (and ones with such divine taste to boot). Your friendship means the world and I am not “just saying that” but truly mean it. A two year anniversary is a big deal and doesn’t come along every day, and I consider it a celebration not only for me but for us...WE have gone through a lot of adventures together! But the best part you ask? That the best is yet to come. So stay tuned buckle your seat belt and prepare to go on one heck of an enchanted ride! Cheers to 2013!

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Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?? Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up!?

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

?

Vicki from French Essence says…..
?Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

????????????? ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
???????? ? ?? any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
???????? ? ?? the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
???????? ?? ? intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

?
??
Carolyn? and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

? Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.? It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!? And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)? Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) -?





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??????

Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

?These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets. ?So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can ?create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

?This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

?Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……











My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a ?fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

?

??

Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed.?

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

?I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!!?

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..

Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

?


Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

?

Pick #2:

Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

?

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
?

?

Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm.?
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags. ?Available at?zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So? many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and? of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?  Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up! 

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

 
Vicki from French Essence says…..
 Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

              ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
              any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
              the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
              intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

 
  
Carolyn  and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

  Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.  It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!  And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)  Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) – 





                                

      

Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

 These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets.  So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can  create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

 This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

 Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……

My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a  fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

 

  

Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed. 

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

 I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!! 

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..
Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

 


Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

 

Pick #2:
Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

 

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
 

 

Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm. 
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags.  Available at zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So  many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and  of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

A perfect summer day with Desiree of Chic Coastal Living!

Good morning, its time for another fabulous round of A perfect summer day.Before we get started I would like to announce the lucky winner of the french towels, I used randompicker to choose…..and the winner is-


Result:

31 ?Our French Inspired Home


Please email me so you can provide your shipping details.?



ALSO my monogrammed goodies, all French towels and Staffordshire dog lamps are up and for sale on my shop. Many of you asked and it’s done!!




Today you are in for a mega treat. Desiree, the ever so stylish blogger of Chic Coastal Living is with us today and lets just say this girl who resides permanently in Florida knows a thing or two about wonderful summer days and how to spend them! She is always the best resource for chic summer dressing, living and entertaining!



I was not ?surprised one bit that she customized a true fairytale of a summer day, ?but it was such fun reading over this anyway. Chic Coastal Living features the most fabulous coastal homes, interiors and fashions you can imagine…she has superb style and I love seeing her take on whats new and great looking. I am so happy she joined me for this fun post……ready set lets go! Take it away Desiree……..


? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? _____________________________________





Thank you to my dear lovely friend,Tina, for inviting me over to share what I think would be a perfect summer day! This was great fun for me! ?Happy Summer everyone! XO, Desiree


My perfect summer day would start at this time of the morning (or afternoon)…..My perfect summer day would begin at 7:30 AM. At this time of the day everyone in my house is still sleeping and I can have a few minutes of peace and quite while I start brewing my morning cup of coffee…



The bedroom I wake up in would look something like this……



CHIC COASTAL LIVING




And my bathroom like this…….



master bath


A favorite beauty product I love to use during the summer……..

Spice Island bronzer from LancomeWhile making sure not to get sun on my face,?I do love getting a little sun on my body?and this bronzer matches my darker summer skin tone perfectly.



Star Bronzer Bamboo Bronzer





And this is an ideal summer outfit that you might find me frolicking in……I love the look of these simple, chic?dresses?with flat sandals.



Vogue Editor Valerie Boster



My view from my bedroom in the summer looks like this……



Sunrise in Florida




And of course this perfect summer day is located in………..the coast of California







For breakfast I would indulge in……..coffee and and something citrusy.



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After I am showered, fed and?revved?up to start my day, I will…….take a dip in the pool



take a dip #splendidsummer


& read a great love story…


#splendidsummer





For lunch this is my absolute favorite summertime meal……fresh avocado salad


Avocado salad





An afternoon snack might comprise of……..a savory strawberry icecream cone

icecream




My afternoon activity would be………going for a short 3-4 mile run along the beach (remember I just ate that huge icecream cone)







The ideal summer drink is…….a delicious pink grapefruit margarita

Pink grapefruit margaritas 1 cup ? ? ? ? ?ruby red grapefruit juice ?1/2 ?cup ? ?fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes) ?1 cup ? ? ? ? triple sec orange liqueur ?3 cups ? ? ?ice ?1 cup ? ? ? ?silver tequila ?1 ? lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt. ?Can we make these for your birthday @Francesca Fernandez? :)




This is what would be served for my ideal summer dinner……grilled shrimp and rice…yummmm



Curry-Mango Shrimp



And where I eat it might look like this…………….

outdoor dining





A perfect summer ending to a perfect summer day would end……….with a bonfire

W Retreat and Spa in Vieques Island




The best part of my summer day is………..taking the time to relax and enjoying the precious gift of having a great day

thankful





OK I don’t know about you, but I am seriously craving that avocado salad, that grapefruit drink, ?want to take a dip in that pool and heck I will even join her in that run ?if it means getting to indulge in such a fantasy of a day! That view from “her” bedroom would hypnotize me every time…unreal!! Thanks so much Desiree?for coming aboard and bringing a little summer dreaming into my day, and thanks everyone else for swinging by. Do stop on over to Chic Coastal Home to say hello and introduce yourself! Click here to visit Desiree.



I want to thank all of my super stylish blogging friends for “taking me away” with them on their perfect summer days. I so enjoyed this series but as with all good things, it must come to an end and this is the last post for this series as summer is over 🙁 The good news is that a new fall version ?is forthcoming and I promise its fabulous! Enjoy your day.




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A perfect summer day with Desiree of Chic Coastal Living!

Good morning, its time for another fabulous round of A perfect summer day.Before we get started I would like to announce the lucky winner of the french towels, I used randompicker to choose…..and the winner is-

Result:

31  Our French Inspired Home

Please email me so you can provide your shipping details. 

ALSO my monogrammed goodies, all French towels and Staffordshire dog lamps are up and for sale on my shop. Many of you asked and it’s done!!

Today you are in for a mega treat. Desiree, the ever so stylish blogger of Chic Coastal Living is with us today and lets just say this girl who resides permanently in Florida knows a thing or two about wonderful summer days and how to spend them! She is always the best resource for chic summer dressing, living and entertaining!
I was not  surprised one bit that she customized a true fairytale of a summer day,  but it was such fun reading over this anyway. Chic Coastal Living features the most fabulous coastal homes, interiors and fashions you can imagine…she has superb style and I love seeing her take on whats new and great looking. I am so happy she joined me for this fun post……ready set lets go! Take it away Desiree……..
                                              _____________________________________

Thank you to my dear lovely friend,Tina, for inviting me over to share what I think would be a perfect summer day! This was great fun for me!  Happy Summer everyone! XO, Desiree

My perfect summer day would start at this time of the morning (or afternoon)…..My perfect summer day would begin at 7:30 AM. At this time of the day everyone in my house is still sleeping and I can have a few minutes of peace and quite while I start brewing my morning cup of coffee…

The bedroom I wake up in would look something like this……

CHIC COASTAL LIVING

And my bathroom like this…….

master bath
A favorite beauty product I love to use during the summer……..
Spice Island bronzer from LancomeWhile making sure not to get sun on my face, I do love getting a little sun on my body and this bronzer matches my darker summer skin tone perfectly.

Star Bronzer Bamboo Bronzer
And this is an ideal summer outfit that you might find me frolicking in……I love the look of these simple, chic dresses with flat sandals.

Vogue Editor Valerie Boster
My view from my bedroom in the summer looks like this……

Sunrise in Florida
And of course this perfect summer day is located in………..the coast of California

For breakfast I would indulge in……..coffee and and something citrusy.

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After I am showered, fed and revved up to start my day, I will…….take a dip in the pool

take a dip #splendidsummer
& read a great love story…
#splendidsummer

For lunch this is my absolute favorite summertime meal……fresh avocado salad
Avocado salad

An afternoon snack might comprise of……..a savory strawberry icecream cone
icecream
My afternoon activity would be………going for a short 3-4 mile run along the beach (remember I just ate that huge icecream cone)

The ideal summer drink is…….a delicious pink grapefruit margarita
Pink grapefruit margaritas 1 cup ? ? ? ? ?ruby red grapefruit juice ?1/2 ?cup ? ?fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes) ?1 cup ? ? ? ? triple sec orange liqueur ?3 cups ? ? ?ice ?1 cup ? ? ? ?silver tequila ?1 ? lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt. ?Can we make these for your birthday @Francesca Fernandez? :)

This is what would be served for my ideal summer dinner……grilled shrimp and rice…yummmm

Curry-Mango Shrimp
And where I eat it might look like this…………….
outdoor dining

A perfect summer ending to a perfect summer day would end……….with a bonfire
W Retreat and Spa in Vieques Island

The best part of my summer day is………..taking the time to relax and enjoying the precious gift of having a great day
thankful
OK I don’t know about you, but I am seriously craving that avocado salad, that grapefruit drink,  want to take a dip in that pool and heck I will even join her in that run  if it means getting to indulge in such a fantasy of a day! That view from “her” bedroom would hypnotize me every time…unreal!! Thanks so much Desiree for coming aboard and bringing a little summer dreaming into my day, and thanks everyone else for swinging by. Do stop on over to Chic Coastal Home to say hello and introduce yourself! Click here to visit Desiree.

I want to thank all of my super stylish blogging friends for “taking me away” with them on their perfect summer days. I so enjoyed this series but as with all good things, it must come to an end and this is the last post for this series as summer is over 🙁 The good news is that a new fall version  is forthcoming and I promise its fabulous! Enjoy your day.
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