MICHAEL KORS Black Jacquard Tote

Jacquard fabric; trim: leather
MICHAEL Michael Kors Bag
Double handles with 8" drop
MK logo circle charm; 2 open side pockets
Interior features center divider zip compartment;
back zip pocket; open slip pocket; cell phone pocket; key fob
16" W x 11" H x 5" D

Sold to Nurisah (9/29/2012)

Dolce Diva

Kati Nescher by Camilla Akrans for Vogue Germany, October 2012

So Magical, So Mysterious

Eniko Mihalik by Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia, September 2012


I admit, I'm obsessed with velvet. Is it the texture, or the sheen?  Maybe the whole package, or maybe it's the fact that in elementary school, I remember wearing a velvet outfit, or two, and in highschool I'm pretty certain there was velvet to go along with those 80's satin pants!  Paired with cotton that has a smooth/ cool feel, velvet gets me every time. 

When setting up my daughter's apartment bedroom, she opted for neutrals with a pop of color. The color she chose; red velvet. Swoon. 

We sewed those pillows into shape, (another item we needed to fit into apartment space, her sewing maching). We actually used the fold over method in the back for an opening and closed it with velcro. That way she can take out the pillow forms and clean the fabric if needed. Here's my tip when making pillows: buy the down alternative inserts. Some pillow forms are extremely uncomfortable, and you will hate them!

The choice of bedspread was something neutral, so any accent color would work. 

Love me some red velvet, and my girl is happy too!


Pumpkin Display

It's that time of year again, pumpkin time. What is the go to item for fall decorating? Pumpkins, squash, miniature pumpkins, gourds, and cucumber slices, of course! Yes, I said cucumber slices.  

Float a few cucumber slices in a pitcher of water. It's perfect for a warm fall day, that turns into a delicately cool fall evening. Let's get a closer look.

Cucumber water, that's what it says! Add a few vintage looking American flags, (in honor of our political candidate guests), a vintage trunk, a vintage pop crate, pumpkins, and gourds.

Step back and take a look.

Fall blessings to you,

☩DIY☩ Bang[s]!

How to cut and style your bangs at home!

Things you need for this DIY:
For cutting:
✝ hair cutting shears 
✝ a comb (one with a poke-y end works best)
✝ a spray bottle
✝ a mirror
✝ a clip, hair tie or bobby pins

For styling,
✝ a blow dryer
✝ polishing serum (optional)

Total time:
30 mins

For cutting:

It was time!

First, wet the front half (or all) of your hair in the sink/shower.

Starting from the middle of your head, comb all the hair forward.

Find the center/top point of your head.

Part the hair with your comb in a straight line to the top of your ear.

Comb your hair back away from the part.

Do it to the other side and tie your hair back. You should have a big upside down V on your head.

Comb all the loose hair in front of your face. Spritz with water if it has started to dry.

Now here is the important part, cut about 2.5 inches (the distance between your pupils) in a straight line at the level of your pupils. Simply put, use your pupils as a guide. If you hold the hair taught with the comb and cut slowly, your should get a pretty straight line that you can adjust a little when your hair is dry. If you are worried about not doing a good job, cut a little lower (at the bottom of your eyes, perhaps) that way you have more room to fix any errors. Just be careful you don't keep adjusting till you have no more bangs!

This is my "wet rat" look.

Now trim the remaining hair at an angle away from your face. This doesn't have to be perfect, in fact I like to do it a little choppy to give it layers and texture.



For a sleek look, blowdry your bangs straight down while combing from underneath until they are completely dry.

Add some polishing serum for shine.

I prefer a messy look!

Love In Bloom

Jessica Biel by Dusan Reljin for US InStyle August 2012