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The Peony Does NOT Have to be Your Favorite Flower

in the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace, England

In the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace, England

For some reason, it seems like EVERY blogger, stylist, and wedding planner is OBSESSED with peonies. Are they getting paid by a secret society of peony pushers? Have they brainwashed all of us into thinking that only the peony is “pretty?”

I admit; I fell for it for a moment this year. I voraciously googled how to grow peonies in Florida and even thought, “Maybe I could grow them in my refrigerator…”

It took traveling to England to remind me of my first flower love, and in my opinion the queen of the flower kingdom, the English Garden Rose.

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Friday Favorite: Airbnb

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My “Friday Favorite” is the travel app and website “Airbnb.” It’s a way for “hosts” to rent their homes, apartments, flats, etc. to traveling guests and it’s fantastic. We are using it for our European trip and are LOVING having a flat in Notting Hill all to ourselves.

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Friday Favorites: bangles and (sun)bathing

Friday Favorites- stackable bangles from Shop Electric and Turkish towels from Longest Thread

Friday Favorites- stackable bangles from Shop Electric and Turkish towels from Longest Thread

The first thing I love this Friday is summer break! June 6th is a great day for teachers.

The other two things I love are Turkish towels and stackable bangles from ShopElectric.

Turkish towels are made with a flat weave and were originally used in Turkish baths. They are handwoven and their tight weave makes them fast drying and sand repellant. They are GREAT for the beach. Be careful, because they can get EXPENSIVE. The best ones I found are at the Longest Thread . They are a great quality, handmade in Turkey, and begin selling at $22!

I LOVE bangles and Shop Electric Designs offers awesome combinations of 3 high-quality bangles for reasonable prices. I ordered 2 “black and white leopard” and one “crystal”— all 3 on tarnish-free gold wiring. They are great!

Happy Friday!

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Shop Electric Bangles

Great bangles – a similar look and quality as Bourbon&Boweties, but at a MUCH better price. Visit www.shopelectricdesigns.etsy.com for your set.

Hall of Mirrors

 

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

In the 1600’s mirrors were very expensive, one of the most expensive things to own. That made Louis XVI’s Hall of Mirrors in Versailles even MORE of an impressive statement. It is 239.5 feet long and boasts over 357 mirrors. Using mirrors in decorating, in my opinion, is an absolute MUST. They reflect light, open up the space, and can add an elegant touch to every room.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Make Your Dorm Room a Home

Making your dorm room a home.

Making your dorm room a home.

Some of my favorite students ever are graduating next week and beginning college life. For most of them, this new chapter will involve a dorm or apartment (and most importantly, it will involve decorating it! :)). It got me thinking about my freshman dorm. For two months, I lived with a vampire; and this was in 2001 before vampires looked like Rob Pattinson.

She decorated her side of the room with fake cobwebs from which plastic spiders dangled, and a 6ft tall styrofoam cutout of Dracula. A small, black coffin adorned her dresser holding her removable fangs. I could write a whole paragraph about her “beauty” routine which involved dyeing her hair a new color (like green or purple) every other day. One night she even ripped down the “Bid Day” Sorority decorations from our door and proceeded to call me “the blonde bimbo” to her friend. I pretended to be asleep. Needless to say, our dorm room was a study in contrasts. 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