All The Lettuce Ware Love

With the buzz around the current Sotheby's Mario Buatta auction I have been thinking quite a bit about lettuce ware and more specifically Dodie Thayer.  Mario's extensive lettuce ware collection sold yesterday for $48,000 and I literally can not stop staring at the images.  It was truly such a fabulous collection of her amazing work.  In 2015 I wrote a random thoughts blog post and included the new that Tory Burch had collaborated with Dodie Thayer to release a new collection of her stunning lettuce ware pieces.  There is something about the green in the pottery that is just like no other.  It is the perfect lettuce green and always makes me think of spring and new life when I see it.  I have been captivated for years by its beauty.


Chinoiserie Tulips ... yes please!

Do you remember when I shared this darling calendar with you on Instastories?  I have toted my love for Leslie of Giddy Paperie so many times and I will be continuing to do so as her talent truly has no end.  It is a desk calendar with a card for each month featuring Leslie's beautiful art + Tina of The Enchanted Home's love for blue and white porcelain. Does it get any better?  Each month is truly beautiful but February is truly my favorite.  I am really looking forward to flipping the card next week but I will feel that way each month because Leslie's artwork truly shines on each card.


Mario Buatta's Legacy

With the beginning of the Sotheby's auction of legendary decorator Mario Buatta tomorrow I am reminded of his legacy of incredible work.  Mario's timeless interiors and love of antiques and linens is only one of the reasons I love his work.  The layers of his interiors, the collections, the beautiful pieces he chooses ... I could go on and on.  In a time where collecting is not as popular as it once was I am completely enamored by his collections and maximalist mind set.  I loved perusing the auction images and getting a glimpse of the things he loved.  The more images I see the more I realize I am drawn to things that people much older than me would collect ... needlepoint, cabbage ware, Staffordshire pups, antique silver, oil paintings, chintz, and so many beautiful pieces of furniture. 


Great Staples On Sale

This year as I keep telling you I am shopping smarter.  I am only buying staples and things that make sense to add to my wardrobe.  So far this year I have stuck to my plan and it feels really good. I have taken stock of what I have, what I have too much of, and what I really "need" and now have a plan for purchases.  I have discovered I have a ton of grey and navy sweaters, hardly any great shirts that don't button down, and no where near the dresses I need to pull of things I need to attend.  I also have a great trench on my list ... which I will be hunting I am sure for a while.  But ... that is alright, I have a plan.


No Stigmas Please

Today I shared an update on our middle son after seeing him exceed and shine doing something he loves.  This would be amazing for anyone, but for a child who has had a few really rough years it is even more precious to us.  You may recall he struggled two years ago with a huge roadblock of mental health issues and has been healing and recovering and learning to live within the new bounds ever since.  I only share my side of the story because it is the only one I can tell, and it is the only one I have a right to tell, and every single time I bring it up I am flooded with messages.  So many of you so lovingly commented, responded, sent me messages of your own stories, and so much more.  It always evokes a number of responses, all positive, and always makes me think.


Friday Favorites

I don't think I have been happier to see a Friday in quite some time, for some reason this week has been jam packed.  We also have a really busy weekend, but I think it seems more relaxed when you have plans on the weekend so it never seems to stress me out.  I have been going non stop since last Monday, and even though I love it, I am super tired today.  There is something about getting back to a schedule after a few weeks off that is just killing me this time.  But with coffee, lots of cold water, and some good music I am doing it. 

And my new favorite coffee for the house ... a lavender latte.  Soo yummy!


Smart Shopping

One of the decisions I made this year was to make smart choices when it comes to adding to my wardrobe.  Since I am always seeing new things in the world of blogging it is tempting to add so many things to my closet, but that is not smart shopping on my part.  I am at the age and time in my life when I do not need a ton of things so the things I purchase need to be thought through on my part and something I will have for a while and wear time and time again.  I usually gravitate towards this idea but I can also veer off the path pretty easily so I need to be intentional about my purchases.  I have a running list of things I would like to add to my wardrobe and I am always looking to fill these needs but other than that my "wants" need to be carefully thought out. 


2019 In Review

Wow, 2019 was a full year, both personally and professionally, and all in all a great one.  Although it was the hardest year I have ever had personally it was also the best year for the blog and me professionally.  I think the way they work together is so beautiful, as I relied on the blog to carry itself for the third quarter of the year so much and I can not tell you how pleased I was when things worked out so well.  I basically had to close my computer and step away from it for more than two months and yet it was still an amazing year for me.  That ... and you all ... is so incredible.

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