Hi there….hope you have had? a wonderful weekend. We are having such beautiful fall weather and the foliage is starting to turn, it’s such a spectacular time of year. Thank you SO much for the tremendous response to my online shop poll! I have gained so much knowledge and insight thanks to you and your comments are going to be incredibly helpful as I move forward. I was very encouraged and humbled reading over them so thank you! I use random number picker to select a winner and here is the winner of the Antica Farmacista diffuser…. #66 Angela Culbertson says: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your shop and your blog. It is the oasis in my very hectic day. It?s like having your best friend, interior decorator and therapist all roled into one fabulous site. I get energized to take on decorating challenges around my home with all the fabulous inspiration you provide. I have been passionate about blue and white since the early years of my ?home making? It is a love affair that will never end. Thank You so very much. Please contact me at email@example.com to provide your shipping details. I have had such a relaxing one…kind of the calm before the storm with all of the not so subtle reminders of the holidays coming 🙂 This weekend with my hubby on a business trip,? has? given me a lot of much needed down time, I started working on my closet, got a chance to delve into my newest book, Big Little Lies, go antiquing with a friend (so much fun) and just “hang” and it’s just what the doctor ordered. As I try to do every Sunday, here is my Sunday seven, seven things I like or that are on my radar. Do you have anything interesting to share? If so, tell me about it! Here are my seven….. 1. AN AWESOME BOAT OUTING Went on a friends boat actually I think it might qualify as a yacht because it is pretty “major”. We had such a great time, 3 couples spending the day aboard traveling around Connecticut and NY taking a beautiful tour of The Big Apple, stopping for lunch and pulling right up to the dock of a great seafood restaurant for dinner…talk about a great way to spend a beautiful day! Thought I would share the highlights…… 2. MY NEWEST DOGGIES,? PUMPKINS AND OTHER SMALL FALL TOUCHES AROUND MY HOUSE….. I just got these from my statuary line and I love them. Now that I don’t have young kids anymore, I can just put these two elegant pumpkins outside never having to worry about them rotting plus they still look little festive and yet elegant.? I love the dog with the basket, think both add a certain charm to my front entrance. A few other small fall touches I have added to create a little fall magic in my home…my favorite season! I have to say even to this day cannot believe how much these look like real stone, you should see the looks I get when I bring one of the planters to a nursery holding it in one hand! Then I added the doggies by the door and think I like this configuration a bit better…… 3. SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT It never fails that with fall comes the incessant desire to cook (and eat) wonderful comfort foods. So I have been back on a cooking binge and cooking way more than I have in months. I have made a gumbo (soooooo good), my autumn vegetable soup, homemade carbornara,? my salmon dill dish and the most heavenly beef bourguignon all within the span of 8 days! The beef bourguignon is one of the best I have ever had, and according to my husband it is “the” best. I must say it is really really good.? All you? need is a fresh baguette and you are in food nirvana. I had shared the recipe many moons ago after coming back from Paris if you want it click here.? Soooo good! 4. OUR CANDY SUSHI! On Friday a bunch of us gathered at my house aka “candy sushi making headquarters” to make nearly 200 packs of this highly anticipated gourmet delight? for sale at my son’s school (old school). It is a great chance to get together with a bunch of women that I adore and make something you know all those kids are going to be so excited about! We have been doing it for years so I have it down pat. I added the touch of real sushi containers years ago and add a squirt of chocolate sauce aka “soy sauce” for good measure. . What I wasn’t prepared for though when I dropped it off the day of the fair was the tremendous and unexpected rush of nostalgia and a pang for “what was” when I set foot on the school grounds, a barrage of memories came flooding back and it was hard to hold back the tears in recognizing that this much beloved chapter of my life has closed. The school looked so pretty in the early morning hours? amidst the fall foliage I just had to take a few pics with my iPhone….. 5. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST I have been using Instagram more these days and while hardly addicted I will say it is a pretty incredible source of inspiration. Here are some of the personal highlights I found on it this past week….. 6. SOME MAJOR TALENT COMING TO BROADWAY! I am funny when it comes to seeing shows, it’s a total feast or famine thing for me. I either see nothing for 2 years and then will see 3 or 4 shows within a very short time. I think once you get the Broadway bug you can’t control it: plus I forget how lucky I am to live less than an hour way from this iconic part of the city! There are so many big names coming to Broadway, here are some of the highlights for me and ones I hope to score tickets to,I don’t remember a time when there were this many big names coming within such a short period of time, very exciting! The Elephant Man– Bradley Cooper (opens Dec 7th) The Real Thing– Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon (opens Oct. 30th) Disgraced– Gretchen Mol (opens Oct 23) A Delicate Balance– Glenn Close and John Lithgow (opens Nov 20) The River– Hugh Jackman ( opens Nov 16) Constellations– Jake Gyllenhaal (opens Jan ’15) Honeymoon in Vegas– Tony Danza (Jan ’15) The Audience– Helen Mirren (March ’15) 7. AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE I first saw this many years ago but boy, how ironic that this is just about what is happening today. This is funny yet at the same time very telling as to how everything we say and do is so transparent. This is a good one, even if you have seen it before it’s very entertaining….. So there you have it, seven things that are on my mind this week. How about you? Anything new exciting and worth sharing? Today I am meeting a friend at the grand dame of museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art or “The Met” and am going to get my cultural fix for the week:) It is such an incredible place that any time I go, I wonder why I don’t make it a regular habit. I used to take advantage of the amazing array of courses and lectures they offered but haven’t taken one in a long time, “life” happens. But I decided that after the holidays, I am going to enroll myself in one of their classes or lectures. It is such a wonderful resource there for the taking! Hope you have a fabulous day.