Friday, May 29, 2015

BudhaGirl - Mindful Glamour

Intentions create outcomes. 

The power of positive thinking and prayer are things we teach our children. 

Quieting the mind for a few moments each day can bring us greater calm. We know all of this, but sometimes forget to put it into practice.

That is one of the key tenets that first drew me to BudhaGirl.

This is a company that is dedicated to mindful glamour by creating beautiful objects and glamorous jewelry that turn routines into rituals. Each of us has our own personal way or order of getting ready for the day or an evening out…BudhaGirl has created a fashionable, iconic line that helps you create intention, purpose and mindfulness.
Whether you choose a spiritual reminder or a touchstone that focuses your thoughts that day on guidance, clarity, friendship, family, compassion or forgiveness, quieting the mind and focusing your thoughts can set your day on the right path.

You can place your reminder in a secret compartment in a pendant or cuff (available in various colors), to keep it close to you all day long.

The crochet necklaces are new and come in a variety of colors.
Love these silk cord wrist wraps, which can also be worn as a necklace.
I'll be ordering the stingray shagreen wrist wraps in cream and pink (no surprise) with the lotus end caps, which symbolize friendship.
I've been wearing my set of all-weather gold bangles day and night, thanks to my re-introduction to BudhaGirl by Dallas blogger and new friend, Albertina of the stylish, chic blog, Mimosa Lane!

I especially love how they aren't metal, so they don't clink and clank as I type or move about. They are also perfect for travel…you won't be standing in the security line having to remove them. They also have them in silver!
Albertina, Mimosa Lane

 Kind of dying over this set of rainbow colored suede chakra wrist wraps…just $36 for the set. (Cartier love bracelet not included).
 Silver bangles mixed with the black silk wrist wrap pops against white.
These crochet rosaries are hand knitted in Mexico by a collective of retired school maintenance women. 
These are just a few of the glamorous products that combine meaning and adornment, so check out the entire line. Thanks to the team at BudhaGirl, they are giving my readers 15% off any purchases for the next week. The code is BDGPPT! So, go explore!

What's your intention for the weekend? I'm focusing on family, friends and faith.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Let's Have a Garden Party

Today, a group of us are getting together to plan our garden club's luncheon in June. With so much inspiration out there, it's just a matter of which way we'll go. Formal and proper or relaxed and casual?

Love the balance of the tight, more formal arrangement with the casual flower pot favors.
Dressing up this bicycle with flowers and a welcome sign would make a great first impression and is a great way to mark the house without using balloons.
How to handle cutlery is always a question.
Nobody does a better crudite platter than my pal, Eddie Ross. This one has the casual, farmers market vibe.
Love this update on the flower pot dessert. Chocolate pudding, topped with crumbled chocolate wafers and a little sprig of mint…simple and impressive.
So, what would be your style…wildflowers or proper English garden?

images: hunted interiors, rocknrollbride, house beautiful, style me pretty, eddie ross, celia fox, ruffled blog, martha stewart, the buzz/diane james home

Friday, May 22, 2015

As They Say Down South...

Thank's not only the weekend, it's a L-O-N-G weekend! This time of year is so busy that I can't remember where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to do. My brain needs a break. So, I plan on doing a lot of nothing for the next few days.

But, thinking ahead to the next time I entertain, I was charmed by the "southern sayings" I found at Reese Witherspoon's new venture, Draper James

I can literally hear myself speaking the words on these cocktail napkins that Reese debuted at a Southern-style luncheon for her new company.
And, as a Texan now living in the Northeast...this one had me in stitches! 
Y'all know it's true! 

Have the best time this weekend and keep it pretty!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kips Bay Show House 2015

Where can you walk through interiors created by some of the country's top interior designers and chat with them in that same space about what inspired them or how you could use their inspiration in your own home?

The Kips Bay Show House in New York City, which is celebrating its 43rd year…is where!

Last Friday, on the tail end of a busy day, I ran (somewhat literally) through, but managed to capture some of the moments that made me stop. So, this is definitely not a top-to-bottom look, but some of the spaces that spoke to me personally. 

The kitchen by Christopher Peacock was right through the front door…and the light fixtures had me immediately! Christopher used to be known for his white kitchens, but in recent years has started moving toward darker cabinetry and I could definitely see this in someone's home. How about that bold argyle backsplash behind the stove? Love it! 
Red was definitely a thread throughout the townhouse. Bold and beautiful…there was balance and a mix of fabrics that enhanced the overall look of Mark D. Sike's room.
Tilton Fenwick took what used to be the butlers pantry and made the most of it with their Duralee fabric upholstered on the walls and a beautiful fabric trim along the chair rail.
 Alessandra Branca's room was vibrant in her signature red! Best yet, Alessandra was there when we walked through.
One of my favorite spaces had to be the curving staircase. It reminded me of the one in my home, albeit not as grand, and mine does have wallpaper. But, no art. I just haven't been brave enough to start making nail holes in the walls. Philip Mitchell, who designed the space, encouraged me to go for it!
This watercolor of an Elsa Schiaparelli perfume was really calling my name!
Bespoke was the word when we got to the gentleman's bathroom designed by Clive Christian. Just love the monogram he designed for Kips Bay.
If there was one room that made me want to just curl up with a blanket and stay, it was the bedroom designed by David Phoenix. The level of detail, layering and texture in this room was extraordinary. I was able to tell him how much I loved it, as he was there that day!
An unexpected highlight, was running into Peter J. Sinnott IV, who lives and works in my town of Rye. He showed me the original drawing he did of the space and never wavered from it. He took advantage of the walls, the floors and the ceiling to create a swoon worthy cocoon in this master bath.
There are many rooms that were beautiful that I just didn't take a photo in…so this really is just a taste of what you'll see. If you'll be in NYC before June 11th, I urge you to take time to stop by. Located at 58 E. 66th St (between Madison and Park).

I know you'll come away inspired!

images: ppt, architectural digest and Anthony Crisafulli for Tilton Fenwick

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