Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like..... Halloween?

It's Halloween in Colorado. The snowstorm is long gone, but it left us with 27" of snow -- yes more than two feet. The sun is out and the snow is melting, but rather than the crunch of fall leaves beneath our feet, we have soggy piles of leaves and slush. The kids don't seem to mind, but now my mind is on Christmas...
Happy Halloween all!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The "Holidays" Are Here!

I consider myself a pretty good multi-tasker, but I gotta admit my blogging has fallen by the wayside this week. I added 15 new sweaters to my Etsy shop today, and among them are the new "Holiday '09 Collection".

Included are some fun little cardi's that I embellished with the most gorgeous vintage trims. They're all metallic and shimmery and glitzy. These sweaters are great to dress down for everyday, or don one for any number of holiday events. They are certainly one-of-a-kinds and extra special, thanks to the hand-sewn vintage adornments.

Take a peek! Before you know it, we'll be putting the Halloween costumes away and you'll be thinking about what to wear this holiday season.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Some Like It Hot Pink

I gotta admit, I'm not really a "hot pink" girl. Maybe it's my more fair complexion, but magenta and I don't mix well. However, I was born again when I tried this sweater on. I rescued it when it was just a "plain Jane" cardi. But after some vintage flower appliques and a few vintage buttons, I felt I was channeling Joan from Mad Men (granted, Joan fills out the sweater a little better).

I have realized that as I get older, I've been adding a little more color to my wardrobe. Oh, I'll always be a cream, neutral, black, grey, brown kind of girl, but every once in a while a little color does a girl good.

Alas, I'm not keeping this cardi, but sharing the "fuchsia" with the rest of you. This cardigan, along with several others, are available on my Etsy shop (see right column). And I've been busy working with glitz and glam for my holiday collection. Can't wait to share those soon!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Paris?! Not Exactly...

It was the OTHER "La Ville-Lumiere" (City Of Lights).... Las Vegas!

And yes, this is the "Eiffel Tower" at Paris Hotel. Actually I was poolside when I took this photo. Not a bad place to catch some sun, sip some cocktails and take a dip in the pool.

Sure the real deal would have been magnifique, but this was a nice alternative -- especially for a 1 1/2 hour flight. We saw a fabulous show (Cirque du Soleil's "Love" -- all set to Beatles music), ate some great meals, relaxed by the pool and shopped. Not too shabby, considering it was 20 degrees and snowing back in Denver.

Best of all was the girl time spent with mom and the sista's. Very fun. So much so, we have to do it again. But next time -- the real Paris ;)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Project Runway + Wedding Dresses = Bliss

Image from Martha Stewart -- and no, that's not my wedding photo! :)

Project Runway was on tonight (love that show) and the challenge this week was to create a new "going out" look for a divorcee using her original wedding gown. OMG! Project Runway AND wedding dresses?! Heaven.

If it were my challenge, I would have done the above look -- just throw a sweet sweater over it and add a few embellishments. When in doubt, do a cardi! Seriously, it was a fun challenge to watch and makes me want to pull out my old wedding dress and see what I can come up with....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Picture This...

I came across this old frame at my last outdoor market (The French Nest) and knew it had to come home with me (it was a steal too)! Not sure what's going in it yet: corkboard, blackboard, ribbon board, or some amazing picture...

But now I am thoroughly convinced that it's almost impossible for me to buy something brand new. I love things that have had a prior life and a story. And it's kinda funny how second-hand has become so chic. Or maybe it only is in our little "blog" world... Let's keep it a secret ;)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Not So Basic Black

Sometimes black is considered "safe" or "boring". Not these cardi's. They've been embellished with ribbons and flowers and ruffles and even numbers. I just added a few more cardigans to my Etsy shop, with more on the way.

Also coming soon: the Holiday Collection. No, these are not those crazy Christmas sweaters with the reindeer and snowflakes. I've got a special collection of sweaters that will be perfect for all those upcoming holiday events. They are embellished with the most gorgeous and glittery vintage trims. Definitely one-of-a-kinds! More on those later...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rocky Mountain High

Went looking for the Fall colors up in the mountains of Colorado this weekend. However, I think we were a little "past peak" in the area we were headed. Nonetheless, the views were still spectacular, even sans colors. The photo above is a shot I got on the way up Berthoud Pass to Winter Park. Ski season will be here before you know it.

This was the view from our balcony. We love the condo we stay in, and this time the new outdoor pool and spa were open. It's kinda fun to swim outdoors when the air temp is in the 40's. The pool was in the high 80's and the spa was toasty. Very relaxing.

We took a side trip to Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash. Heavenly! I highly recommend a stay or even just a day visit if you're in the area.

Next week I'm off to Vegas with mom and the sista's for my older sister's 50th birthday. Two weekends in a row lounging at the pool in October -- not a bad life, eh? ;) I'll have some photos to share of that girls' outing and I'm guessing they'll look a little less tranquil than the ones above. Enjoy your week ahead!