Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tea

If you have been reading this blog for awhile then you know of my love for (obsession with) tea.  Never have been able to develop a taste for coffee (although I love its smell)....but, tea?  Lovely!!!!

Last year I splurged on a Breville Tea Maker, which lowers the basket of leaves into the water (perfect temperature for each kind of tea) for just the right amount of time...and then raises it automatically as well.

My friend, Joe Cross, has been holidaying in St. Tropez and was featured on a gourmet kitchen website while there.  Joe uses the Breville Juicer....so this site featured other Breville products...including my tea maker.  And there is a French version....I LOVE it!!!  Visit the website and click on the link to see the French video about this wonderful machine.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Martha on Monday

My friend (and neighbor) has a house in Maine, where she and her husband spend their summers.  I was admiring a picture of her garden (very Japanese in influence) and asked her what her neighbors' houses were like.  She laughed, and said, "Well, my next door neighbor is Martha Stewart. She has a lovely house and is a wonderful neighbor!"

This look at Martha's Maine house...plus another link to more Martha organization tips popped up on my computer on Sunday.  Thought I'd share!  Click here for more.

Photo courtesy the link above....

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Sneak Peek

Having a wonderful time re-reading "Class Act"....and marveling over the amazing photographs!  Here are a couple of snaps from the first part of the book....

Don't you love the wall of pictures?  I am getting ready to do this in the hall outside my guest room!

Small bio of Haines

His first Hollywood home, before and after.  All pictures from the book (copyright).

This is a fun book....combining two of my favorite things: "Old Hollywood" and fabulous decorating! (Mr. Haines was a big fan of chinoiserie, just as I am!!)

More on Monday!  Cheers, Liz

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Reading (Seeing!)

Daughters in their Ray-Ban frames
More on my favorite books this weekend....but a quick family update first! Reading is now a breeze..because we can all see!

Recently we all went to our new eye doctor (whom we love) and we all needed glasses or a lens update.  I kept my same frames, since my prescription only changed a little, but both daughters needed glasses and hadn't had to have them since they were in middle school.  They picked out Ray-Ban frames, which are so attractive, and an hour later were on their way.  I think they look great!  (Younger Daughter had been having headaches and I think her glasses will really help that.  As she said, "I could see before, but now everything is in HD!")

Mine are from Tiffany & Co....bought on sale at Lens Crafters!

Do you wear glasses?

Are your frames traditionally "preppy" or have you gone for a more cutting edge option??  Please share!

Cheers, Liz

P.S. Check out this great article on preppy glasses! (Ivy Style)

Friday, July 12, 2013

On My Table

This is one of my favorite books and is currently on the top of one of the many stacks of decorating books in the table in my library..... Ok.....on "one" of the tables of said type of book.  I can't help it....I'm addicted!!

Ordering info to the right...Click over to Amazon and read other readers' reviews, too.  I'll highlight special parts of the book this weekend....Stay tuned for more!!

It's simply fabulous!

Cheers, Liz

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Weekend Update

Whew! Just returned home from a whirlwind week of travel. More on that later next week... In the meantime, just saw that NewYorkSocialDiary.com has republished some of the amazing photos of Ellen Glendinning Frazer.

Longtime readers of this blog will remember that two years ago, my friend Lou Frazer asked my opinion on what to do with his grandmother's photo albums. Knowing that they were a real treasure, I put Lou in touch with another friend, Augustus Clemmer Mayhew, who writes the Palm Beach column for NYSD. Clemmer loved them and a whole series of articles that focus on the photos and the life they portray followed.

You can check it out on the July 6th page of www.newyorksocialdiary.com!