Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fall Coat Fetish

Last year I was so good about buying coats but this year, well, it's going to be a coat year for sure.  There are so many coats out there I am loving and it's not even Labor Day yet!  Take a peak......

Love this fun plaid coat from Zara and you can't beat the price:


This Tory Burch coat has already sold out in several sizes.  I understand why!

And I love this great looking plain raincoat for everyday wear:

And if my budget would allow, I'd add this great looking Burberry coat to the collection:

Or this stunning Mansur Gavriel coat in bright pink:

Love this trench coat from Tory Burch:

Love this reversible jacket from Madewell which is perfect for fall:

Can't pass up a great coat!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Espadrilles - You've Come a Long Way Baby

I am loving that espadrilles are back in a big way.  We used to wear Papagallo espadrilles with everything and it just goes to show you that a good trend will eventually return. The ones we wore were solid in color, with or without the bow - had a stacked heel too. They came in every color!

But the new ones are much cuter, much more sophisticated and there are so many choices!  

Like these cute Burberry espadrilles:

And I love these blue suede ones from Tory Burch for fall and winter:

Or these, to go with everything you own!

If your budget will allow add these great looking platform ones from Gucci to your fall wardrobe. Love these!

Or these tweed ones from Tory Burch also perfect for the fall weather (if it ever comes):

Love these brown ones - to wear with everything! See them here.

Or these velvet ones for the holiday season.  They also come in a deep cranberry. See them here.

Also love these black leather ones by See by Chloe:

And these by Ferragamo (they also come in pink leather):

My how espadrilles have changed!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tory Burch New Fall Picks

I am totally in love with the recent Tory Burch rollout for fall. While I wasn't a huge fan of her summer clothes this year, fall is a completely different matter.  When will it get cold enough to wear this stuff?  Her preppy chic style just never gets old.

Love this backpack. Not typically a fan of this style but love this one. This will update/upgrade any outfit. Just wear it with t-shirt, jeans, Gucci loafers and you're the chicest one in the room.

This nylon version is almost as chic but not quite:

And these booties:

I have not tried these shoes (like a tennis shoe/espadrille cross) but am very tempted:


Love this cardigan

And am glad clogs are coming back! Love these!

And I love these snake print loafers:

Friday, August 9, 2019

New to Needlepoint - Some Advice

Everyone seems to be discovering needlepoint which is great news (from someone who learned to stitch as a child). It's great that others are catching on.  Put down your phone, quit texting and learn to stitch. It's one of the most relaxing things I know how to do, you create an heirloom that will long outlive you and it's fun.

So if you want to learn, are thinking about it, pondering, I am hoping that I can push you over the edge with these pointers.......

First of all, you can learn here.

(My Cabin Wreath)

1) Find a good needlepoint store - or two or three
A good retailer is worth their weight in gold.  Their advice is needed on selecting the right threads, finishing, ordering canvases.  If you don't have one locally you can order online or check out the stores when you travel, which is one of my favorite things to do in a new city.  Some good ones are (in Raleigh, NC but has a great website), Po's Point in Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill Needlpoint in Chapel Hill, NC, Lycette in Palm Beach - just to mention a few.  If you see a canvas you like online, any retailer can order it for you but it may take 6-8 weeks or longer if it has to be painted.

2) It's expensive
Needlepoint is not an inexpensive hobby but it's a lot cheaper than owning a horse!  The finishing costs can be high, but you won't be pushing out a pillow a month. Ornaments can be expensive to finish but you are creating something that will last. Come to terms with what it costs. The canvases are painted by hand as well, which drives up the cost.

3) Start small
Pick out something easy to start with and a good retailer can assist here. Don't try something too difficult at first.  Here are some good examples...

This rainbow stag would make a great holiday pillow. It would be fun to stitch but it is not complicated.  It is also 13 mesh which is bigger - easier to see.  18 is smaller, harder to see, takes longer to complete.

An ornament or a door hanging is an easy project to start with like this cute one that I would hang on a door handle:

4) Boring canvases are boring to stitch
Look at the canvas when and if it is a boring pattern then it will be boring to stitch.  I try to avoid these at all costs.  Here are some examples:

This would not be fun to stitch.  While I love Ikat, this canvas would drive me nuts to needlepoint (and it would make a lovely pillow).

This is another one that I would not want to work on:

5) Think about finishing deadlines
It can take many months to get something back from the finisher.  If you are working on ornaments you typically should get them to a finisher by Labor Day but check with your retailer. So plan your stitching accordingly.  Nothing is fast in the needlepoint world.

6) Tackle more than one project at a time
You'll enjoy it more if you have a few projects going on at one time.  You may tire of what you are working on and want to pick up something else. I have 4 projects in the works right now.  If one is large (like a large pillow, a rug, a wreath, a handbag) you may want something to switch over to so not to get bored with one project. 

Other Pointers.....

You don't have to learn all those fancy stitches if you don't want to.

Your stash will grow larger and larger and larger......ask me how I know!

You'll meet some fun people who also love to stitch.

You'll wonder how you ever tackled life without your needlepoint in tow.

Keep your bag handy - you can stitch in the car.  It's great while waiting for anything (a delayed plane, a car mechanic, a day at the DMV, at the rail at horse shows, sitting in traffic).  Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday Treasures

Happy Thursday.  Here are Thursday's "treasures".................

Love this toile stationary for those of us who still believe in snail mail:


This cute bag from Zara will go with everything this fall and winter:


This Burberry Jacket is greatly reduced, a deal if you can wear a smaller size.

Starting to "think fall" and isn't this coat from Red Valentino just so adorable?

And while we are still thinking about fall, what about these tweed espadrilles from Tory Burch?

Or this great blouse from Zara, perfect for the holidays.

Or this really fun dress for fall, also from Zara?

Am in love with this fabric from Cowtan & Tout (Jane Churchill) and would use this in a second if I had a room to decorate. The good stuff never gets old!  It comes in three colors.

Love these shoes from Tory Burch.  They are selling out fast and will go with everything in your closet:

And if you can't make it to Saratoga, owning this cute bag from Rebecca Ray is the second best thing. The Saratoga collection is now 30 percent off on her website.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Scrumptious Salad Plates

Setting a table is the best part of dining, making it all look good in addition to taste.  Adding fun salad plates to your collection is an easy to make a great new table......

Love these green and white salad plates from Tory Burch. Pair them with pink for a preppy look for summer.  Add a darker green or navy for fall.  See them here.
Love these Spode rabbit plates, great for fall dining!

These are fun for summer:

If you are ready to start thinking holiday then you might consider nabbing these Juliska plates, now greatly reduced.

Love these blue and white plates from Anthro:

And I love these farm animal plates, especially the horse ones:

And these Vista Allegre plates are a real bargain.  Love these:

Think about starting your own set of horse china, starting with these vintage Noritake plates:

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