Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another Dozen Roses

 I had so much fun doing my Dozen Roses photo session a couple of weeks ago...that I decided to do it all over again!!
This go-round in the beautiful, blooming rose garden of Palisades Park in Santa Monica, took place in the early morning light.
...It was just right for capturing the stunning colors and soft shadows of these bewitching flowers!!

Here are my favorite shots:

 Happy Earth Day!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mermaid Monday: Muslin Ruffle Collar

Victorian spirit, natural muslin fabric, and dreamy ruffles...
...all gathered up with whimsical satin ties...
...create the magic in this lovely fantasy-themed collar!! 

It's so gorgeous for spring tea party!!

 Wear this enchanting item 4 different ways:
•Gather up as a choker with ties in front or to one side.
•Gather up as a choker with ties hanging down the back.
•Loosen and wear as a statement necklace.
•Loosen and wear as a collar with front ties.

Find it on Etsy.
More colors and patterns coming soon!!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mimosas on Sunday

 Making the most of a Spring weekend morning by sipping mimosas and doing a little apartment gardening!!
Pretty purple and pink petunias, vitamin c, something bubbly, and a sweet little terrarium...
what more could I ask for?!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Flower Pick: A Dozen Roses

Today's Friday Flower Pick 
...is simply the sharing of the story of a dozen lovely spring roses...

I challenged myself to see if I could photograph a dozen unique roses in just one hour on this gloriously sunny afternoon!!

Here are a dozen of my favorite shots:


Thursday Things I Love: Roses

Roses seem to be my lot in life...
I'm always on the lookout for them...
and they are perpetually, faithfully showing up!!

They appear in the places I expect to find them...
like on sunny Spring walks or in manicured gardens...
but they have been known to surprise me in not-so-obvious places too!!

...Like for instance, in the assumed name of a lady I have recently come to admire: Rose Bertin.


 Thanks to a Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast episode, I've just made the aquaintance of Rose...
designer of many of the glorious frocks that graced the figure of the eternally fascinating, Marie Antoinette.

...And much to my delight, the books I read are full of roses too!!

Rose blooms of every color and variety pepper the pages of my latest read:  Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim; 1898.

That a flower aficionado like me would fall in love with a book by that title is no big surprise...
but what was a surprise was how utterly hilarious the book was!!

...Another place roses seem to abound is in the air.

I love incense.
One of the first things I do in the early morning, just before dawn, is to light one of those magical sticks.
A beautiful rose/wood fragrance is my go-to these days!!

...And finally, for this Thursday Things I Love post, here's an Etsy treasury I just adore...
It's all aglow with beautiful pastels, spring lovelies, and of course...roses.

Tasha's Garden
by Rose Baker of Rosebuds Originals on Etsy.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Enchanted April: A Perfect Spring Story

Among the many charms and delights that each Spring holds for me,
is the yearly reading of one of my most favorite books: The Enchanted April.

For those unfamiliar with Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel, the story revolves around four very unlikely travel companions...four English ladies who have responded to an advertisement seen in The Times...and find themselves renting an Italian medieval castle for the month of April.

What begins as a desire to escape and retreat within themselves (each of the ladies for their own reason), results in them finding their alignment, thanks in large part to such a heavenly setting, and they blossom and evolve in a very real and genuine way.

It's a charming and fun read full of delightful characters with very unique personalities, and the descriptions of the gardens and castle are enough to persuade me to read it again and again!!

For the ultimate in easy listening, I love the free audiobook on LibriVox best.

 ...a perfect early spring story=)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maximum Cool: Maxi Caftan Dress

Typically I gravitate towards tropical brights...
saturated, fruity-sorta colors!!...
But right now, eternally chic, basic black is really having a moment with me.
I love the simple elegance of a flowing black maxi dress. 
So easy to wear...
and it's like a blank canvas ready to paint on with fabulous accessories!! 
How about adding a stack of dazzling bangles?
...or a one-of-a-kind statement necklace?
...or maybe a sensational pair of sandals!!

Any way you style this perennial favorite, you'll love making it your own!!
....Fluttering around the resort or spending a quite morning on a hidden beach...
It's a boho beach day favorite I can't do without;)!!

Black caftan maxi dress: Find it on Etsy.