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The Cartier store is as pretty as a package for Christmas.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Have you ever walked into a store and feel like you have struck gold? Well, not gold but plates...oodles and oodles of them! We embarked on a quick trip to NYC to see the show Wicked on Broadway and had some time to wander around. Ended up on the subway to Union Square to go to ABC Carpet & Home. We then stumbled upon Fishs Eddy and never made it to our desired destination. The store was jam packed but utterly entrancing with all that it had to offer in dishware. I did not want to leave! We only had a short period of time and I wanted to so desperately to purchase something fantastic. There was so much to look at and so little time to enjoy it all that I came out with nothing! This was right before Thanksgiving, mind you, and any of these plates, platters, cake stands would have been very useful. I was in heaven at discovering this store! Luckily they have an online shop too.
What was really great was all the restaurant plates they stocked. These plates and serverware are unique and very heavy. I was carried away!
Row after row of china splendor...flatware too!
This vintage china section stopped me in my tracks. By this point, it was brain overload but in a good way!
NYC is so enchanting this time of year.
The hustle bustle of all the shoppers, visitors and locals brings a vibrancy and excitement to just being there. We came at a time when the Christmas decorations were just going up so I got a little glimpse at what is to come. We stayed at a beautiful hotel called The New York Palace. We were right across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral. I felt like we were in the heart of the city!
By the time we had left the hotel they were finished with the Christmas decorations. Everything was so magical that I did not want to go! One night stay in NYC is not enough!
The Fendi store was a shimmering beauty. The icicles were actually lights that simulated water dripping. It was stunning at night!
I hope you get a chance to visit NYC at this time of year. A bit crowded but that is what makes it fun and interesting. I think I will have to go back! I highly recommend the show Wicked. The cast was superb and very talented. The story of the Wicked Witch of the West was not what I expected (did not read the book)! It was worth every penny!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The cooking now begins.....
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Getting ready for the big day. It is important to get everything out and label each container or platter with a small sticky note. This way you will not be scrambling at the last minute for something to put the mashed potatoes in! I really like using a nice hefty container with a lid like pictured above. It will keep your food warm and it looks really pretty on the table too!
Vintage flatware pieces are a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table. I will enjoy using mine!
I am so happy with my brass candlesticks and white tapered candles! I found these wonderful candlesticks in various thrift stores. The most I paid for them is five dollars! I will be placing them along the middle of the table with the small white pumpkins laid out around them. It is a simple yet effective decoration. You don't need to spend that much to get a beautiful table. If you would like to see more on decorating with candles go here. The red and white transferware dishes are collected over the years from Home Goods.
This little antique beauty I scored for three dollars at a local thrift store. It is so perfect for my Thanksgiving table! It makes me so happy to look at it!
Last but not least...butter plates. I wish I had these and have been looking for them. I am so tired though of shopping and picked up some white porcelain ones from Macy's. They will have to do and are simple enough. They were only $2.50 on sale! Cannot go wrong!
I am off to go food shopping....the list is endless!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Easy-Simple-Easy-Simple! Treat yourself and your guest to a lovely grouping of candles. Clustering candles together will give you that needed ambiance without going through much trouble. I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my home and I have to admit that I get caught up in the creative side of the holidays. Fiddling here and there with table settings or decorations for my buffet is how I like to spend my time. I know I should be cooking and shopping...blah...blah...blah! I love to make everything look pretty and unique. I think these images will work with what I had in mind. I don't think it will take me much time to pick up some candles, set them out, and light them!
Trina, over at A Country Farmhouse blog, uses taper candles beautifully in her dinning room. I think she is all set for Thanksgiving. It is the most pure and simple decoration for this season that I have come across. She always does a beautiful job with her photography and decorating her home. I was very inspired by these images to use candles to set the mood for our Thanksgiving meal. Her home is darling!
I keep using the word easy but, how easy is it to place all white candles on a tray in different sizes? Very effective. Do you have some pretty or unusual bottles lying around in your attic or basement? Get some gorgeous taper candles in different colors and just pop them in and you are all set!
Everyone always looks better with candlelight! If you don't have enough candles holders to use...head out to a local thrift store and pick some up! In the past, I have scored adorable brass candle sticks for one dollar! I actually feel a little better knowing that for Thanksgiving, my home will look beautiful and cozy by candlelight. Maybe it will even mask a burnt dish or too!!!!!
I hope you give it a try too!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I officially went bonkers for a while searching for this bag is this carmel color. Being that the RM leather Studded Nikki Hobo bag was huge last season made it more difficult to find. They no longer make the bag! I was on all the "previously owned" sites and of course e-bay. Just when I started searching, someone snatched this bag in this color already. I was too late! How frustrating! I did however, purchase the same bag in a teddy bear brown color on ebay. Wasn't the best experience I have had on ebay and don't think I will be using them again in the near future for handbags. Anyway, I have the bag and have happily been using it. It is very slouchy and a great big hobo (I really like large bags). Don't you just love the blue and white lined interior? The gold studs are pretty neat to. In the dark color it makes them stand out more. I find it a little bit too flashy for me though but settled for what I could find! I really wanted the carmel color shown below! If I come across it again, I may just have to buy it! Now, don't everyone go running out to buy it! If you find one let me know! : ) Please!
Not me below (some actress named Jessica), but thought this was a great pic of the bag!
Always on the look out for great big slouchy soft leather bags!
Images Rebecca Minkoff
Friday, November 12, 2010
Nesting On Main in Concord, MA is doing just the right amount for Thanksgiving. Many stores are featuring Christmas already and it is a pleasure to see all the warmth and wonderful textures for this season. Nesting On Main will close for a few days before Thanksgiving to decorate and prep their lovely store for Christmas. They will be open the day after and they are going to be all decked out in the best the holiday has to offer! I cannot wait and it would be fun to go the day after Thanksgiving. They have such a talent for making such interesting vignettes and beautiful display's. If you would like to see another post I did on them go here. It is one of my most favorite places to shop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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