Hello friends!! First congratulations to the winner of the tole planter- #65 CHRISTINE Please email [email protected] to provide your shipping info so your planter can be on it’s way. How are you? Hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Here its been nice and calm………had dinner plans with friends, was going to go into the city today but as they are calling for all day rain, will take a rain check pun intended:) We are invited somwhere for dinner tonight so will enjoy a lazy Sunday to putz around the house, sounds really good! Here we go with my Seven on Sunday- ____________________ 1 CAKES AND CUPCAKES TO BE BELIEVED! If you can believe these are cupcakes/cakes…..I couldn’t process it at first! Found out about Julie Anne Cake Design on you guessed it…..Instagram. I just could not get over how cute these were, not to mention realistic. I would have been more tempted to go pet one before I could bite into one:) So realistic…amazing work of arts, she is particularly incredible at her pet cakes/cupcakes. Click here to be taken to her instagram. 2 IN LOVE WITH THESE NEW ITEMS! Just got these incredible fixtures and new florals in and am smitten with them. I think I am going to add one of the fixtures to my closet, and am going to see if there is a place in one of the bathrooms in PB. I love the shape, they are all handpainted, and are offered in four wonderful colors- ivory, pale blue, pale pink and black. I think the pink for a girls room would be unbelievably beautiful or the blue for a baby boy’s nursery…so sweet! They will be added to the site on Monday or you can always call Mon-Fri for info 800-804-9565. And yes I am very excited over the new florals, paired in my containers these are less than half of what they sell for in other high end places. I was in Miami recently and there was. a store full of faux orchids, the arrangments started at $550 for a small 2 stem in a plain white container! These make me proud because they are really exceptional…..people are fooled every time they come to my house! They are now all online, click here to see. 3. THINK I JUST GAVE MYSELF A GREAT REASON TO GO TO PARIS IN APRIL. This i s calling my name……the iconic Ritz Paris who just did a multi million dollar overhaul is holing a huge massive auction with hundreds of items in April!! I would so love to go and my wheels are indeed turning but then again it is happening at a time when I think of downsizing, but what fun to go! Over 10,000 pieces will be up for grabs. A similar smaller auction was held when they renovated several Ritz Carlton’s in the states and a colleague of my husbands went and scored with some amazing deals on super high quality items. Oh boy, I won’t stop thinking about this one…what a great excuse to go to Paris! Click here to see the press release and get more information. Just reading the Press release will make you feel like you took a little jaunt over to Paris:) 4. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST I so love sharing with you what has caught my eye on Instagram. Some weeks the beauty is just over the top and it’s hard to narrow them down. This week is heavy on the flowers which must mean only one thing……spring cannot be that far away!! Love this weeks round up and think you will too- 5. AMAZON……WORLD DOMINATION? Just when I think Amazon cannot possibly have any more tricks up their sleeve, they came out with their newest lure to be sure you don’t do your shopping anywhere else. Offering 2 hour delivery on Whole Foods supermarket orders! They just introduced this service and are doing it in four cities to start, but wow, how does one compete with that? On one hand it is amazing and sure makes market shopping as easy as it could ever be but on the other, makes me feel sad for your average neighborhood market…how can one compete? What do you think? What do you think about Amazon’s effect on smaller local businesses? 6. A NEW PRODUCT I AM KIND OF ADDICTED TO. I was so hoping I wouldn’t like this so I wouldn’t have to tell you about. So I wrote about La Prairie not long ago and being a very avid fan of their products,I buckled in and indulged in the Absolute filler after reading this article (click here). I was convinced my skin deserved it. Well……..let me tell you, its only been 4 days BUT this is worth every copper penny. It was the closest thing to getting botox or a filler that I could possibly imagine. I am now more convinced than ever that La Prairie is the best skin care company in the world..this product is simply amazing, I am really seeing. difference when I use it.! It has a special dispenser that only allows a small drop (that’s all you need). I have used it morning and night four days in a row and I swear my face feels and looks firmer/plumper (not fat but it fills in where needed) I bought it at Neiman Marcus and she told me if for any reason I did not like it, I could return it so had nothing to lose. It’s safe to say this amazing product worth all the hype isn’t going anywhere but it was reassuring to know if it didn’t work as i had hoped I wsan’t stuck:) Click here to read another article Click here to get the 411 on this product. 7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY This is on the subject of travel, one thing I hope to do a lot more of this year! I am always mindful of the people behind the scenes who make a great stay at a wonderful hotel possible. Bellman, housekeepers the gardeners, maintenance people,etc….and know that without them a good hotel would not be able to operate. I always leave a daily little tip for the housekeepers especially if the room is extra clean and I always have a few requirements (like not seeing a comforter before my entire stay) just white sheets please. But I was talking to a friend and she said she never tips and doesn’t think most do. Nothing wrong with it necessarily but to me, it just feels like the right thing to do. Especially if you consider that it’s likely those very housekeepers cleaning your room will never have a chance to stay in a room/hotel like that. I think its a small gesture to show they are appreciated. What do you say on the matter? _______________ And that’s a wrap. I appreciate you stopping by and making TEH part of your Sunday. Hoping you have a wonderful, relaxing day, until next time…… Two reminders- Taking entries for the new Blue and White Love contest click here to read details/rules TODAY ONLY ALL porcelain 20% off (not a single one left out) ! Click here to see all porcelains (categories on left)- COMING UP THIS WEEK- Bluff Diaries Chapter 33 Porcelain Presale for March 4th container Let’s talk wallpaper What is your opinion on tipping hotel housekeepers?