Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Matters: Massages

There is nothing like a great massage to relieve stress.
I am getting one today.
That is all.

More tomorrow!

Cheers,
Liz

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Finds: Fabulous Friends

One of the many things that I love about life is that one continues to make new friends.  I have a wonderful new friend that I met last spring, someone who lives an elegant and gracious life and is influencing others to do so as well.  I won't mention my friend's name, but I will tell you how she "made my week" this week.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you felt like you were running downhill....picking up speed, never sure if you were going to keep your balance or trip and roll the rest of the way down? Well, it's been one of those weeks for me.  Not a bad week, but a busy one...which greatly impacted my ability to post here.

Last night, after returning from a Vestry meeting, I found a box at my front door.  I immediately recognized the return address, but could not remember ordering anything.  It's my favorite store, so I started to wonder if I had just forgotten something... Then I opened it.






It was completely unexpected.  This sweet new friend, whom I had helped in the smallest of ways, had sent me a beautiful frame as a thank you gift....with a precious enclosure card calling me a "picture perfect" friend.  She shouldn't have done it, because when I say what I did was "small"...I really mean it.  I didn't do anything deserving of a gift from Tiffany's!


I have several ideas about where the frame could go...because I am obsessed with picture frames.
This table in my library might be a good spot...
The one place I haven't put frames is on the top of my piano...usually because I have the lid up when I am playing.
However, this picture from Holly Holden's "Pretty and Proper Living Room" inspires me!!!
(Photo courtesy Holly Holden/The Pretty and Proper Living Room book.)

The kindness and thoughtfulness of people blows me away sometimes.  Just last week I received a box of gourmet chocolates from Maison Robert in Atlanta...another thank you from a friend.  Her enclosure card was equally as precious.  I've kept letters and notes from friends over the past years and have them pinned on a bulletin board over the desk in my office.  They are dear missives, indeed....but represent only a fraction of the dearness of these friends.

I am so thankful for my friends, and for the opportunities that God has continually given me to connect with people.  I hope I encourage them in life.... I KNOW they encourage me!  They are the ballast that keeps my crazy ship of life steady in the water and I am eternally grateful.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Cheers,
Liz

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Matters: Blogging The Right Way

Just a picture of my girls having fun in Palm Beach.
This picture was taken by yours truly!
My blog has been down for the past few days for maintenance...a long process which is not over yet! You will notice some differences.  Pinterest is no longer featured on the side bar (it'll be back later) and some of my old blog posts have been updated or changed a bit, to make sure they are as copyright compliant as possible.

I always give photo credit when I use a picture from another site, but I have recently come to learn that even that is not always sufficient.  So, with the major questions surrounding Pinterest these days, I am changing that account to use only photos I take and I am going back through all of my blog posts to make sure they are in good order.

Thanks to "Miss Janice" from the blog of the same name for alerting me to this...and for my readers who are also bloggers, I direct you to this very pertinent article!  I know we all want to do things properly, and perhaps this advice will be helpful to you!

Have a marvelous Monday!  Cheers, Liz

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Musings: Hoping For Spring To Come Soon

Preparing for another snowy forecast.  Sigh.  I get really homesick for South Florida in February...Seems like March and springtime are miles away.   This is how the left side of my driveway looks in April, during Garden Week.  It certainly doesn't look like that now...but these pictures make me hopeful!!




So sad to hear that Mrs. DuPont passed away in Palm Beach last week.  She was such an elegant lady, at least from what I can tell in the photographs I have seen of her.  I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but she was a dear friend of my friend's grandmother.  Read more about her in today's New York Social Diary and enjoy her beautiful house...circa the 1960's...



All images courtesy of NYSD


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Extra, Extra! You're Invited To Lilly Pulitzer's!!

It is rare that I do two posts in one day, but I wanted my readers to see this ASAP!  Lilly Pulitzer's children are auctioning off some things from their mother's estate and you can be a part of it.
Photo courtesy NewYorkSocialDiary.com
For background, read Clemmer Mayhew's column in the Palm Beach section of NYSD.com.

To learn more about the auction and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, click here.

Photo courtesy lesliehindman.com
To view the auction catalogue, click here.

One of the very first posts I ever wrote was about growing up down there and what a wonderful woman Mrs. Rousseau (Lilly Pulitzer) was.  It is becoming more and more the "end of an era" in Palm Beach, and that makes me a little sad....But through the company that now holds her name, her light will shine on!

Thursday Thoughts On Design And Style

Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar, one of my favorite publications!  For more of their 50 quotes, click here. (I especially love the last one!)



"One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress." —Karl Lagerfeld
“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” —Coco Chanel
“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” —Diana Vreeland
“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” —Coco Chanel
"Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” —Oscar de la Renta
"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham
“When in doubt, wear red.” —Bill Blass
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." —Yves Saint Laurent
“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” —Alexander Wang
“How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” —Sonia Rykiel
"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace
“In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.” —Elsa Schiaparelli
“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” —Christian Dior
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” —Hubert de Givenchy
“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” —Valentino Garavani
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." —Coco Chanel
"People will stare. Make it worth their while." —Harry Winston
“Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.” ―Karl Lagerfeld
“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses." —Audrey Hepburn
"A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against." —Diana Vreeland
“Elegance is elimination.” —Cristóbal Balenciaga
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." —Rachel Zoe
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel
"Attitude is everything." —Diane von Furstenberg
"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." —Yves Saint Laurent
"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends." —Kate Spade
"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered." —Giorgio Armani
"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady." —Edith Head
"The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette." —Giambattista Valli
“My look is a cocktail. I’m not as nicely turned out as the French, but I don’t care like the English.” —Jane Birkin
“I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity—all I hope for in my clothes. —Yves Saint Laurent
"Big girls need big diamonds." —Elizabeth Taylor
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." —Karl Lagerfeld

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday Thought: Design


For the rest of the week, we'll talk about design.  Before we get into history, the cast of characters, etc. I want to take a look at some modern day online design tools.

We all do a lot with photography in one way or another.  Whether we simply order a print and frame it, or we make a design collage to share with our decorator, we work with photographs.  Digital images. Jpegs.  Blessings!!

I say blessings, because I am of an age (54!) that I remember all too well the days of taking photographs, mailing the film or delivering it for developing and then waiting, waiting, waiting to see what they would look like. Today, you focus, snap and edit on a smartphone and can have a high-resolution image in seconds. Press another icon and you can wirelessly print the picture on high quality photo paper.  It's great!!

Let me tell you about something else that's great...and very user friendly. An artist friend of mine and I were discussing some of our frustration with Photoshop and I told her about a company I learned of when it first started, and have been a client/fan of ever since....and... it's free! (I pay the upgrade fee for more features, but that's only $33 a year.)  I have no ties to this company whatsoever.  I'm just a woman who doesn't want to spend forever trying to get red-eye out of a picture or try to level a slightly askew image.  That company is PicMonkey.com.

I was online today, working with some images and noticed they had an offer, where you could try their upgraded features FREE for a week.  So, I wanted to let my readers know!  You might have fun trying it out.... Here's the link!! Enjoy...

Cheers! Liz

P.S.  If you do try it, check out the lipstick icon on the left.  This lets you erase dark circles and lines, whiten teeth and "Insta-thin" any photo that might have added weight. They say "the camera adds 10 lbs." Well, Picmonkey takes them off!!  I didn't have to use the Insta-thin feature on my grandmother, but I did borrow a church directory photo of her to show you what Picmonkey can do!

She was probably about 90 in this picture.  She died a few weeks before her 101st birthday and she drove until she was about 95.  She was an amazing woman, and I am proud to be named after her.


Original

Quick crop and color balance
Used Clone and Wrinkle Remover to refresh her look!

Quick frame with monogram and dates using an interesting font






Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Matters: Books Of The Month


Just in case you need some "Prep-help" in the kitchen...
Check out this cute cookbook.

This colorful little book might be a great Valentine's Day gift.... with a box of chocolates to go with it, of course.

I'll check it out and let you know! You can preview it here in the meantime.











One book I can highly recommend, because I ordered it as soon as I heard about it, is Jennifer Boles' In with the Old.

Many of you are familiar with Jennifer, who is the author of The Peak of Chic blog.  She has done an outstanding job with her "A to Z" guide to the classics of decorating.You can learn more about Jennifer here.

I love, love, LOVE this book and highly recommend it for your personal bookshelf as well as for gifts for friends and family.  Click here to preview!!


I am one of those people who read every page of a book and was so excited to see three names from my past at Tiffany & Co. in Atlanta mentioned in the acknowledgements: Kappy Powell and Bebe Forehand, who were with me in the Corporate Division, as well Angela Patrick, who was also with Tiffany's and lived across the driveway from my duplex.  Jennifer, please tell our "friends-in-common" that Liz Steele (my maiden name) said, "Hello!"

Both of these books will be my February features...and both are for sale at Amazon for GREAT prices.  They look like wonderful things to keep on hand for hostess gifts!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Weekend Extra

I encourage you to take 15 minutes and watch this video from beginning to end.  It is perfect for Sunday morning, especially. What a powerful witness!



Ok....I just have to say it one more time..... "Go, Seahawks!"