Sunday, December 22, 2013

Flower Print Photo Jewelry

...Just a little update on what's new at Mademoiselle Mermaid!!...

Introducing: Lovely, flower photo print "antique" pendants!!
I'm ecstatic about them...and even though they're not in shoppe yet, I couldn't wait to share a little sneak peek;)...
What else is new?!
...I have fabulous new images from a Holiday photo shoot to share soon too...
Stay tuned;)
Enjoy the Holidays!!
...See you on the other side of the New Year!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Delicious Holiday Fashion

I have a simmering pot of homemade applesauce on the stove, and it's filling the house scandalously with it's gorgeous, spicy fragrance...
...really putting me in the frame of mind to enjoy something deliciously festive!!

Cooking is a true art to me, so it's no surprise that my favorite sweets have inspired items in my collections!!
Oh, the delight of creating crochet lovelies that resemble little cupcakes, sweet peppermint sticks, or even my morning latte!!

Here are Mademoiselle Mermaid's top Holiday looks, good enough to eat;)

Mint Hot Chocolate Fingerless Gloves
Red and White Striped Peppermint Neck Warmer
Red and White Striped Peppermint Leg Warmers
Lemon Pie Afternoon Tea Gloves
Frosted Pastel Cupcake Spats
Cafe Au Lait Afternoon Tea Gloves
Pumpkin Spice Neck Warmer

Wishing you a delicious December!! 
...Eat your out!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anne of Green Gables Inspired Fashion

It's a yearly tradition for me to read the splendid Anne of Green Gables series...
That's why I've been referencing Anne so much lately...I'm taking heaps of inspiration from my favorite redheaded heroine!!
...Some books are just so much more delicious with every re-read.
...And an audiobook version is a real delight, since it leaves me hands-free for some Anne-inspired crochet!!
(Like this sweet, emerald green cape!!)

...It's a piece so nostalgic, you could slip it right into Anne Shirley's wardrobe. She might have worn it to the concert at the White Sands Hotel...or on the day of her entrance exam to prestigious Queen's College.
Perfect for the modern-day fashionista with a penchant for timeless elegance. 

And on a serendipitous note, the latest Grammar Girl podcast just so happened to explain why we call Anne Shirely a redhead...and not an orangehead!!
...I think you'll find it delightful=)


Friday, December 6, 2013

December Loves : Velvet

I adore velvet. I always have. 
Rich solid colors, dazzling prints, silk velvets, glitter velvets...
They are as delightful to sew as they are to wear!!

An all-velvet look may be a bit much for some, so why not try a fabulous velvet accessory for starts?!
...I love my velvet turbans when the temperature drops...they do double duty as a chic fashion accessory and a winter cap too!!

 Classic navy is a brilliant choice for the Holidays, but this retro-inspired number comes in 24 fantastic colors.
Perennially available at: Mademoiselle Mermaid.

Speaking of velvet, I've recently been on the hunt for a vintage velvet dress for my personal wardrobe, which is having a bit of a 90's moment!!

I scored this gorgeous burgundy, silk velvet dress on Ebay for about $15!!
I'm calling it my Elaine Benes Dress...since it looks like something she would have had in her closet in the 90's!!  
(...and speaking of the 90's fashion, that will be the topic of a post very soon!!)

Peppermint kisses 'n warm velvety wishes!!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December Loves: Winter Gardening

Snow covered landscapes may be the quintessential look for the season...
(and growing up in Wisconsin, I have enjoyed my fair share of them!!)...
...but it's about appreciating what I've got now.
...and we're enjoying some splendidly sunny weather these days in SoCal=) 
...Just perfect for winter gardening!!

My hanging flower baskets are in full bloom with a splash of annuals, and for a festive touch, I've tucked some Christmas tree trimmings all around!!

Reveling in nature's abundant beauty seems to be my mission these days!!
...and I'm starting the day with one of my favorite passages in the Anne books...

"It's so easy to be happy on a day like this, isn't it?" Anne was saying, with true Anneish philosophy. "Let's try to make this a really golden day, girls, a day to which we can always look back with delight. We're to seek for beauty and refuse to see anything else."

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Decorating

What would December be without a little Holiday decorating to set the mood?!!

...This year, I went with a fabulously fragrant Fraser Fir, trimmed with white lights and glittery red, gold, and green ornaments...
The look is simple and elegant!!

And no Holiday decorating party would be complete without a festive treat;)!!

Myer lemons are in season now...
so I thought a delicious lemon pie would be just the thing!!
...and it is simply delicious!!
I used all organic ingredients, and chopped up a bit of fresh mint to add to the filling, for a creative touch;)!!

Lemons, lights, laughter, and love....
...It's the recipe for a lovely December=)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Amazing Sunset

Hello L.A.!! 
...Did you catch the sunset tonight?!?
Wow!!...What a moment=)

...and now the gorgeous colors of that fleeting sunset give way to the twinkling holiday lights of the neighborhood!!

c'est magnifique


Welcome to December

December is here!!!...and I couldn't be more excited, warm, cozy, and merry!!

Each day this week, I'll be featuring something I love about December...

...So, let's start things off with something I never tire of...
something that looks gorgeous any time of year...

Night Lights

In December, after a little wind 'n rain...
the lights of the Santa Monica skyline shine their brightest!!
...The cooler weather thins-out the crowds, and an evening spent indulging in some nighttime photography, is pure please indeed!!

Photo 1: The historic and beautiful carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.
Photo 2: Passenger side photographer (that's me;).
Photo 3: PCH, with Malibu in the distance.
Photo 4: View of the shoreline, from the pier.

Wishing that the beginning of December is glowing well...wherever you are!!