Quotes of Note: Walt Whitman on Your Wall

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My love for the Transcendentalism movement began in high school.  During Junior year, I was assigned a research project on the topic and it cultivated an appreciation for Whitman in ways I never thought imaginable.

On a mission to earn an ‘A’ on said project, I marched out to front yard and yanked a medium-sized chunk of grass and dirt from the lawn.  This didn’t go over well with the adults!  But yes, I was set on the idea of gluing actual “Leaves of Grass” onto the cover page.  High school teachers: I feel for you.

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to share a couple of cute renditions of my favorite Whitman quotes.  These whimsical prints would liven up just about any room in the house.

My favorite Whitman words of all time:  Do I contradict myself?  Very well then, I contradict myself, I am large — I contain multitudes.  Ladies, you feel free to chant that during your finest hours of hormonal bliss.



4 Hangable Items that Won’t Take Up Space in Your Closet

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Window Treatments | Earrings | Cherry Blossom Print | Purse

Did I miss something?  I keep seeing market media, blog posts, and magazine ads pushing “the hot new color” – pink.  They are saying things like, check out this season’s color and how to wear the pink trend.  This makes me laugh.   WHEN IN THE WORLD DID PINK GO OUT OF STYLE?

Sometimes I wonder about the fashion industry.  Okay, I don’t wonder.  I know what they’re up to.  Still, it amazes me how quickly trends change and how a single color can become yesterday’s news.  Give it a few years and the item/color is all the rage again.  It’s all slightly foolish.  I will never, ever stop loving pink or “radiant orchid” or cobalt blue.  Why?  Because I try to wear colors that work with my complexion and integrate into my existing wardrobe.  Let’s make a vow to wear whatever color we so desire.  Deal?  Excellent.  I’ll quit with the snark.

Pink excels when it’s paired with neutrals, and I’d consider hanging it somewhere other than in your closet!  It can soften a room with neutral linen window treatments or brighten up your woolen coat with the swing of a shoulder bag.  Endless possibilities, my friends.

It’s good to know the hues in my wardrobe have come full circle… once again.  Trend report aside, what is your favorite color?


Get Ahead of Yourself with 5 Beach Insipired Items

Beachy Inspiration

Print | Necklace | Bathing Suit | Pillow

After our most recent snow storm, I came this close to booking a very beachy vacation on impulse.  Ultimately, I decided against doing so.  Then, it snowed again this afternoon.  Grrrrrrrr.  I was less than pleased as I parlayed my way around the driveway with a shovel.  And then I had a moment of clarity.  (Finally.)  I  don’t need a beach vacation. I just need a little inspiration.

Something summery might be a good placeholder until this frigid season begins to melt away and becomes a thing of the PAST.  Perhaps, a print to frame or a fluffy pillow to sink into after a long afternoon of dragging my feet through the snow will do.  Or, shopping for a bathing suit might warm the soul.  Honest.  If you can find swimwear that you’re confident in during the winter months, you’ll love how it looks on you by June!  Besides, there’s nothing wrong with being early, right?

May you find warmth in the little things today!


Fireplace Cozy, the Chic Cure for Cabin Fever

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Being stuck inside loses its novelty after the second consecutive day of  being snowed in. It’s called cabin fever and it’s becoming a  normal routine here on the East Coast. During our last blizzard, I ran out of chocolate on Day 1.

I almost called 9-1-1.

You know what would remedy the situation? All these things I do not have:

  • cozy fireplace
  • oversized pillow
  • stack of library books
  • chocolate fondue

My wishlist isn’t asking too much, is it? A girl can dream of lounging by a warm fire in cute pjs with thick, wool socks. A gold tray by her side with two hot chocolates topped with gourmet, dark chocolate marshmallows. And if that wasn’t enough, add in a bowl of fresh strawberries and a sweet fondue for dipping. A scarf is essential for sneaking out into the elements to replenish the wood. Oh wait, add in a husband or special loved one to do the heavy lifting.

Yes, now the day is perfect.


10 Ways to Say I Love You With Accessories

10 Ways to Say I Love You With Accessories

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I love you. Those three little words are so powerful and romantic and eternal. It’s no wonder the accessories world hijacked the phrase and splattered it all over pillows, jewelry, tote bags and anything wide enough to spell it out in elegant cursive.

L’amour. Amore. Love.

Isn’t it wonderful and complicated? You love your family. Your spouse’s soul. You can love your job and you might even love your dog more than people. You love your BFF like a sister. Chocolate, always. You love a stranger who is kind. At one time, you fell in love with a movie or a character in a novel. You may secretly still love the one that got away.

They say love makes the world go ’round. I think with so many things in life to love, it’s worth expressing it any way you can.


Getting Graphic: Red Accessories for the Home

Red Home Accessories

Pillow | Area Rug | Print | Cloth Napkin

Cupid knows his stuff.  A few doses of red during the month of February can be a lovely pick-me-up for the winter blues.  Add a touch of red to your home decor.  It will be a splash of energy in an otherwise neutral space.  I love graphic, modern crimson prints with traditional or even French style furniture.  The style says, I’m eclectic, laid back and chic.  Aside from neutrals, red works well with purple or aqua/turquoise. If you’re looking for some inspiration to pair alongside your radiant red: Purple & Aqua (my absolute favorite).  I’m thinking about using the red and aqua combination in my home office.  Still a work in progress – 5 months later.  Let’s not talk about it!

On a different note, today would be an excellent time for me to inform you of all of my fabulous purchases from our $75 budget challenge. Except, I’m not going to do that.  I already shared my ONLY January purchase – a $59 teal, Diane Von Furstenberg dress.  My remaining $16 went untouched – so unlike me!  Hello, $91 February allowance.  I need a new: Hmmmm, I’m not too sure yet, but I’ll know it when I see it.

If you’re craving budget-friendly winter wardrobe items, you can read about what Erin purchased in January here.  She’s such a wise shopper!

Tell us how you feel about a pop of red in the home?



Olympic Inspiration: 6 Gold Items for Under $50

Olympic Inspiration: 6 Gold Items for Under $50

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Gold accents and embellishments always win top honors in my book. In fact, when I bring a new gold item home with  me I lovingly put it on a makeshift Olympic podium and hum the National Anthem softly and very proudly. And then I pretend I’m wearing Nancy Kerrigan’s 1994 Vera Wang gold skating costume and triple axel, double toe-loop my way around my living room while my wilting house plants look on in horror.

For those of us with big Olympic dreams but no talent for the ice luge, curling, ski jumping or the like, at least we can fill our lives with things that sparkle just as brightly as a solid gold medal slung around our necks.

Let us not forget the Winter Olympics begin next week on February 7th! I’m looking forward to the pomp and circumstance, the very patchwork quilt madness that is the USA Olympic Team uniform and all the triumphs from athletes who have dedicated their lives to sport and competition. Let the games begin!