Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekend Wardrobe: Accessories for Passion for Prints 4x4 Casual Work Wardrobe

It's time to add some accessories to this 4x4 casual work wardrobe featuring fun print tops from last week.  Let's start with some attractive but comfortable shoes:

Clockwise from top left: Everlane The Modern Loafer in Camel; Dr. Scholl's Lauri Slip-Resistant Slip-On Flats in Black; SoftWalk 'Haddley' Mary Jane Flats in Navy Leather; Bandolino Women's Presho Casual Slip-On Loafers in Black.

Some stylish but functional handbags are next on the list of accessories:

Clockwise from top left: Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag in  Bark Brown/Gold; Cole Haan Emery Flap Crossbody Bag in Deep Lake/Ocean; MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Mercer' Clutch in Black; Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote in Black (also available in Caramel, which would complement the pencil skirt).

Now to add some discreet bling with jewelry options which emphasize both the travel and nature themes of this wardrobe:

Clockwise from top left: AvanteGardeDesign Bordered Planet Earth Pendant Necklace; Uncommon Goods World Links Necklace in Silver; Kabana Sterling Silver Animal Bracelet (no longer available - similar bracelet here); Giani Bernini Tree of Life Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver; Oliver Bonas Silver Flying Bird in Ring Necklace; Bling Jewelry Island Flower Cuff Bracelet.

I found some truly unique and lovely scarves to accent the wardrobe's nature theme:

Clockwise from top left: Cyberoptix Crashing Waves Scarf in Ice on Teal Blue; Aspinal of London Owl in the City Silk Scarf in Monochrome Pure Silk; Witchery Spliced Animal Scarf; Moomin Product Gallery Lasessor Sukellus Silk Scarf in Light Blue.


This wardrobe would be so much fun to wear that I think I would actually look forward going to work every morning!  I will try to do one more wardrobe post before I leave New York for home in August, but I may get busy transporting my sister to various follow-up doctor visits between now and then so I can't guarantee anything.  Hopefully I will be posting again soon!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wish List Wednesdays: Grandin Road Fall Floral Dinnerware

Even though it is only the middle of July, I am already looking forward to autumn, thanks to these lovely Fall Floral Dinner Plates (set of four for $59) from Grandin Road.  The earthenware plates sport a bold and colorful pattern of chrysanthemums sure to brighten any tablescape.  And when Thanksgiving comes around, there is even a cheerful turkey-themed Fall Floral Turkey Platter ($39) available to complement these perfect plates.

I would love to add this dinnerware to my collection in anticipation of the arrival of autumn, my favorite season!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Weekend Wardrobe: Passion for Prints 4x4 Casual Work Wardrobe

From TripAdvisor

I have a fondness for print tops paired with solid-colored bottoms (always pants in my case) so I thought I would put together a 4x4 wardrobe based on this idea.  I decided to give this collection of apparel a specific purpose, namely a casual work wardrobe for someone who loves nature as well as travel, and either works for or volunteers at a place where she must wear clothing a bit more formal than jeans and casual t-shirts.  I envision her in a position which involves leading tours at a local museum or even a nature center with no official uniform, where she is allowed to wear whatever she wants within certain minimal guidelines.  Since this woman has a passion for prints, she gets to express her individuality in the tops she chooses to wear for her job.  And although the tops are multicolored prints, they all coordinate well with the four colors the woman has chosen for her pants and skirts:

Let's take a look at the first set of four, which includes tops that highlight this woman's love of travel and nature:

Clockwise from top left: Boden The Classic Shirt in Ivory Beach; Boden Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan in Black; Boden Lightweight Printed Crew Neck Tee in Blues Swallow Swoop; Fair Indigo Slim Leg Fair Trade Organic Knit Pant in Black. 

The second set of four brings in the slate blue color as well as a basic white tee shirt:

Clockwise from top left: Boden Make-A-Statement Tee in London Conversational; Wolf & Badger Bashaques Forest Watch Shirt; H&M Women's Cotton T-Shirt in White; Fair Indigo Slim Leg Fair Trade Organic Knit Pant in Dark Ocean.

The next set of four adds a skirt, plus another cardigan in a lighter shade of blue:

Clockwise from top left: Wolf & Badger Violet & Wren Pyjama Shirt in Havana; Boden Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan in Delph Blue; Boden Ravello Top in Regatta Conversational; Fair Indigo Fair Trade Organic Full Skirt in Black.

The final set of four adds another skirt, this time in a caramel color, plus one more basic white shirt:

Clockwise from top left: Wolf & Badger My Pair of Jeans Monkey Printed Shirt; H&M V-Neck Blouse in White; Boden Pleat Front Top in Pewter Mosaic Floral Vine; Fair Indigo Organic Fair Trade Knit Pencil Skirt in Caramel.

And here is the complete 4x4 wardrobe:


All of these fun print shirts just make me happy!  I will try to put together an accessories post for this wardrobe in the near future, hopefully for next weekend if I have the time.  My sister will be able to do more on her own starting tomorrow, so who knows, I may be able to start posting on my blog more frequently!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

On the Homefront: Whimsical Woodland Wildlife Table

Woody the hedgehog is ready to join in the woodland wildlife fun!

Due to recent unexpected events, this post was put off for quite a long time.  The table was actually the one I set for Memorial Day!  However, the theme would work for just about any season, so here it is, and better late than never, right?  I bought the wildlife plates from Birch Lane months ago, and used them to select the color scheme of warm, subdued neutrals and metallics.  Let's take a look:

Tan cotton place mat (from HomeGoods this year); brown dinner plate (from The Cupboard in Fort Collins, CO, years ago); Dunedin Creature Plate (from Birch Lane); stainless steel flatware; brown cotton napkin; three metals leaf napkin ring (from Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few years ago); moose design mug (from Coldwater Creek many years ago); contemporary copper design water glass (from HomeGoods this year).

The other three dessert plate designs (including my favorite hedgehog):

I had a lot of fun decorating the head of the table!  A potted fern takes center
stage, surrounded by a collection of woodland animals similar to the ones on
the dessert plates.  The stuffed toy bunnies are left over from Easter dΓ©cor,
and the little hedgehogs are part of my small collection of hedgehog toys.
The fox salt and pepper shakers are from Walmart a couple of years ago, and
the metal squirrel nut grinder was described in one of my previous posts.
The stuffed toy squirrels are actually dog squeaky toys, beloved by both
of our dogs!

I got these Monroe Salt Works Moose Luncheon Plates in Colorado years
ago.  I placed them on the table to hold the crab cakes.

I know I've used this centerpiece before, but I love the rustic look of
the birch candleholder surrounded by tiny pinecones.

This Albee Creature Platter, also purchased from Birch Lane,
is on the table to hold the roasted vegetables.

Because we had just returned from our vacation in New Mexico, I threw together a quick and easy Memorial Day menu of store-bought beet hummus with pita chips, crab cakes I had in the freezer, and a medley of vegetables (bell peppers, onions, summer squash, and tomatoes) lightly salted and roasted in olive oil.  I did splurge on a homemade strawberry pie with almond crust which is simple to make and just delicious.

Whimsical Woodland Wildlife Table Menu:

Beet Hummus/Pita Chips
Crab Cakes/Lemon Wedges
Roasted Vegetables
Iced Tea

Two more hedgehog toys from my collection join the party on the
dining room credenza.


I will be returning to Georgia in mid-August, and should be able to resume my regular posting schedule then, but I will still try to do an occasional post here in New York whenever I get the chance.  I look forward to setting my Dalmatian Appreciation Day table when I return home!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

This 'n That Thursdays: Two Movies Worth Watching That Feature Indian Cuisine

From Cedars Restaurant

Because my sister is still incapacitated by her recent emergency surgery, we have been watching a lot of movies lately while she recuperates.  A couple of days ago we watched two movies which featured Indian cuisine and spices.  Both movies were well made and worth seeing, and I happen to love Indian food precisely because of the wondrous variety of spices used.  Without further ado, here are the two movies we viewed:

From DVDs Release Dates

1) The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

This movie was directed by Lasse HallstrΓΆm, who also directed the 2000 movie Chocolat (another favorite of mine), so it is not surprising that food is featured.  In this movie, an Indian family who suffered a tragic loss in their native country emigrate to Europe and end up settling in France.  The patriarch of the family finds an abandoned restaurant for sale and makes the purchase, despite the fact that a well-respected French restaurant is located just across the street (the "hundred-foot journey" referred to in the title is the distance between the two restaurants).

At first the woman who owns the French restaurant (portrayed by Helen Mirren) is openly hostile to the Indian family, but soon a truce is declared, and she even offers an apprenticeship to one of the sons, a uniquely talented chef who longs to expand his options in the restaurant world.  The movie mainly follows the career of this young man, but there are also many interesting characters and situations in this movie, not to mention scenes of fabulous dishes being created.  If you are a fan of Lasse HallstrΓΆm, you will like this pleasant movie, although it is a bit predictable.

From Moviefone

2) The Mistress of Spices (2005)

This movie is a sort of fantasy romance.  A young Indian girl named Tilo with special abilities tragically loses her family but is found and raised by an elderly woman who trains young girls to become "mistresses of spices", women who learn the art of diagnosing people's problems and prescribing the appropriate spices to treat them.  The young women are sent all over the world to practice their art, and Tilo is sent to the San Francisco area.  She runs the "Spice Bazaar" shop by herself, and must follow several principles in the process.  She can never leave the store, never touch or be touched by another person, and must always use the spices for the good of her customers but never for herself.

Of course complications arise when she meets a young man to whom she is attracted, and the movie follows her journey as she deals with her personal life while attempting to maintain her rather mystical practice with the spices.  The most fascinating part of the film is the amazing spice shop, which is even more beautiful, mysterious, and fascinating than the young woman herself.  This storyline is also rather predictable, but any spice lover like myself will find the shop scenes irresistible.


If you find yourself stuck indoors for a while with nothing better to do, get yourself some takeout Indian food and settle in to watch these enjoyable movies!

From Pari Authentic Indian Cuisine

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wish List Wednesdays: Button Medley Knit Top

I am always on the lookout for comfortable and casual but stylish cotton clothing, especially those items with a unique flair.  The Button Medley Knit Top from Northstyle is my idea of apparel perfection.  I love the teal color, and the fact that each of the seven buttons along the front is unique.  The lightweight slub knit material is 100% cotton, and the relaxed fit v-neck design with three-quarter sleeves is just my style.  While it is still too hot in Georgia for a long-sleeved shirt right now, this top may just have to become part of my fall wardrobe!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Holiday Hits: Happy Fourth of July!

From Betty Crocker

I'm still far from home, spending the holiday with my sister in New York.  Have a very happy Fourth of July, everyone!