Hello and happy Sunday to you. First I want to announce the winner of our Summer Love contest. After almost 6500 votes total, you have chosen your winner. Congratulations goes to Kathy for submitting this incredible picture!! Thanks to everyone else for submitting your summer pictures that left a big smile on my face and to everyone else for voting. I know everyone really enjoyed getting to see what summer means to so many. Kathy please email us at [email protected] so that we can get the first of your three goody packages on it’s way! ______________________________ By the time you are reading this I will be visiting my mom who is recovering (quite successfully I might add) my mom who had hip surgery. Nothing like being with family when they need us, I will be busy keeping her busy and making some of her favorite meals, so posts for four days were made ahead of time. Hope this posts on time and hope you are having a great summer weekend! Here we go with this weeks Seven on Sunday….. ______________________________________ 1 ONE BEAUTIFUL WEDDING By now you know I do love ogling beautiful weddings, what’s not to love. They are celebrating love, and of course with that comes all kinds of other beautiful things, great food, gorgeous flowers, beautiful clothes, etc….so this wedding really caught my eye in more ways than one. First because Villa D Este might be in my most favorite hotel in the world and secondly because Lake Como wedding planners planned a wedding for a relative there 2 years ago and the wedding was dreamy beyond words! Click here to see more about this fabulous fete….. 2 A NEW FAVORITE SALAD YOU MUST TRY Let’s face it, you hear the word kale and you don’t exactly get excited. HOWEVER, after being inspired by having the most delish kale, Parmesan/lemon salad in a few places, I was determined to try and mimic this at home. After a few trials with various recipes, I found a winner! This is so unbelievably tasty and best part, healthy ! Click here for recipe (only things I did differently was I chopped mine very small because I love a chopped salad and used pinenuts instead of the pistachios) 3 HOTEL DU CAP EDEN ROC This is one place I have not been that I really want to visit. I am thinking late spring/early summer next year as this is most definitely a place to visit in warmer weather. Their lobby has my name all over it, click here for more info. 4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Another great round of pictures! Lots of travel this weekend, must be channeling some traveling vibes:) 5 SOME SERIOUSLY NEW PORCELAINS AND A SNEAK PEEK AT ORNAMENTS! I am jumping for joy over this new collection that I created, just love every single piece!! Cannot wait till they come in (mid to late Sept). We have a huge 40 foot container arriving then and it will be loaded with all kinds of fabulous new products especially in anticipation of getting our homes in perfect holiday ready shape! These beauties are now all available for presale, which will guarantee you, your order. Click here to see And a sneak peek at the first batch of ornaments which will be here later Sept including a preview at the new colors of red/ivory and green/ivory Staffordshire doggies! 6 A NEW FAVORITE MOVIE TO ADD TO YOUR LIST You must see The Art of Racing in the Rain if you haven’t already, just be sure to have tissue at the ready. I had read the book and loved it, I didn’t think the movie could possibly do it justice but in my opinion it did. I will admit, I put off going, because I know it was going to be very emotional and wasn’t sure I was up to a cryfest. I barely touched the seat, and felt the tears welling up in my eyes. Of course I immediately couldn’t help but think of Teddy and how much he is missed. I was also reminded of what unconditional friends these dogs make, like no other. This story/movie stirs every emotion possible and honestly upon leaving the theater, it made me want to go and immediately buy 2 golden retrievers:) This was so good, perfectly cast and every bit as good as the book! 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY OK curious how you might react here. I was in Starbucks and there was a long long line. I desperately needed my coffee as I had a long afternoon/night ahead so patiently I waited. I felt the presence of someone behind me as she walked up in line. I also sensed her inching closer every time the line would move even a fraction. Pretty soon I could just about identify what perfume she was wearing and feel her breath…she was that close. I bit my lip but after a few minutes, being super OCD and a bit of a germaphobe I couldn’t take it another minute but wasn’t sure how to approach it, so first I decided to try the “old icy stare” trick, turned around and put on my best icy stare, but it seemed to not have registered one bit. So………finally I turned around and couldn’t help myself and my stare said “back away”. Don’t think she quite got it once again however my good fortune was that I was called at that very minute to place my order, but I will admit I was still fuming over this woman’s obvious invasion to my personal space. Curious how you might have reacted? How would you have reacted? ________________________________ That’s a wrap, hope you enjoyed this weeks Seven on Sunday. Always appreciate you stopping in, hope you are enjoying a great weekend, signing off from Virginia. Until next time……..