Category Archives: Favorite Sources

Friday Favorites: magazines

My favorite magazines

My favorite magazines

I love magazines.

I think a magazine subscription is one of the best gifts to get and give! (Just remember to actually pay for the subscription. One of my best friend’s ex-boyfriends “gave” her mom a  subscription to O Magazine— except he never actually paid for it! Every month her mom said to him, “I guess this month’s issue got lost again, huh?”) Continue reading

Friday Favorites: French Pharmacies

The beauty chemists of France... Pharmacies.

The beauty chemists of France… Pharmacies.

They are practically on every corner. The glow of their neon green lights lure you in. They whisper in your ears magical promises of bright skin, cellulite-free thighs, and luxurious long lashes. I can spot the beguiling burning cross clear across the lengths of the boulevards in Paris and without a doubt, I’m going in. After our third one today, Matt said, “I’m just going to wait out here.” Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Indulge Yourself

created by polvore ~ featuring La Mer, Oribe, and GiGi New York clutches

created by polvore ~ featuring La Mer, Oribe, and GiGi New York clutches

As a little girl, I loved “the gift sets with purchase” my mom would get from Estee Lauder, and she would always give them to me, I would carefully unzip the little makeup bags and slowly pull out each individually wrapped item. It was a thrill I learned early on and have never tired of.

There was usually a lipstick, sometimes a small navy blue mirror with “Estee Lauder” written in gold on the back, but there was always a face cream.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Faux Flowers and Foo Dogs

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Somewhere I read that a woman said she’d rather have roses on her table than diamonds around her neck. I’d definitely rather have the diamonds around my neck (and preferably a neck that had both vertebral arteries working, but that’s another prayer.) 🙂 However, flowers are still one of my favorite things… flowers and stories.  Continue reading

Jesus, Mama, & Designing Women

I love mixing patterns of the same color. Embroidered napkins are from Mt. Vernon in their "Mt. Vernon Toile."

I love mixing patterns of the same color. Embroidered napkins are from Mt. Vernon in their “Mt. Vernon Toile.”

This past weekend, Saturday morning to be exact, I remembered something. It was one of those moments where you didn’t realize you were searching for anything, but then it finds you and you have that peaceful, settling, “oh, it all makes more sense now” moment. If the question, “Who has influenced you the most?” had been posed prior to Saturday morning, my immediate answer would have been, “Jesus and my mama.” But now I realize there is a third part to my answer: Designing Women. Continue reading

our first home: turning inspiration into a reality in the dining room

Just because a room is currently a family room, doesn’t mean it can’t be something else! The room that is currently our dining room was the previous owner’s living room. But their layout, which had their dining room at the front of the house,  didn’t fit our needs or my Mt. Vernon vision.

George and Martha’s front door didn’t open into their dining room and I  just couldn’t escape my colonial inspiration.  Continue reading