30 April 2014
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22 April 2014
Diptyque L'eau du 34 Eau de Toilette
This Diptyque delightfulness is my new favorite scent for spring (not to be confused with the original 34 Boulevard Saint Germain). I'm over the moon (sur la lune) for it. Notes include grapefruit, bitter orange, fig leaves, galbanum, Egyptian geranium, tuberose, cinnamon, nutmeg, cedarwood, vetiver, white musk.
"L'eau du trente-quatre is a sophisticated and versatile new scent. A lively interpretation of the original 34 boulevard saint germain, the new fragrance captures the essence of the original boutique, during the time when the weather changes and the greenest notes take over from the warmer and more sensual notes of 34 boulevard saint germain."- Diptyque
21 April 2014
20 April 2014
19 April 2014
This candle not only smells amazing (and I'm a big candle snob) but it gives back.
"Enjoy the aroma of our 2014 Earth Month candle, with organic ginger and ginger lily from India.100% of the purchase price helps protect clean water, supporting Global Greengrants Fund water-related projects around the world." -Aveda
18 April 2014
17 April 2014
|Shh. This Dining Room Is Studying.|
|This Porch Went To The Best Schools On The Eastern Seaboard.|
|A Nook For Toot.|
If you're living in a dumb condo or an average apartment, don't despair. HGTV is giving away a Smart Home in Nashville, Tennessee. Enter on HGTV through June 9th to own the overachieving abode.
16 April 2014
15 April 2014
Donna Tartt just won the 2014 fiction Pulitzer for The Goldfinch. She's one of my fave writers and she can rock a man's suit like no other. She's also proof positive that not all Southerners are rubes. Bless your hearts.
13 April 2014
11 April 2014
Mocked Neck Dress & Seamed Shift Dress ($98.50 Each)
Enamel Wheel Pendant ($39)
Zooey Deschanel's capsule collection for Tommy Hilfiger is ridiculously cute. This is a match made in heaven...if heaven is filled with bunnies, rainbows and babies dressed like flowers. Check it out.
10 April 2014
09 April 2014
08 April 2014
|Peanuts Guide To Life ($10.11) Amazon|
|Andy Cohen, A Once And Future Snoopy Fan.|
In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown utters the unprecedented line, “I just don’t understand Christmas … I always end up feeling depressed.” Never before had a cartoon child express complex emotions. I was hooked. Charlie Brown’s alienation was not only all too relatable, but charming and funny. The new book, Peanuts Guide To Life, is a must-have for all us fans. The forward (see below) is masterfully written by Andy Cohen, a fellow lover of Snoopy and the gang.
Before I went to bed at night my dad would come tuck me in and hold Snoopy to his ear, repeating to me the things that Snoopy told him about me. Of course I believed that Snoopy could talk and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I found out later he had a lot to say…
If my mom’s omnipresent Peanuts calendar wasn’t close, I could tell what time of year it was by what Peanuts special was on TV. It seemed like Snoopy and the gang were all around me. I liked to draw Snoopy (I still find myself doodling his head and tummy while daydreaming in meetings) and Charlie Brown (especially his shirt and weird shoes). As I got older, I got really plugged into the comic strip and started digesting something larger than just a cartoon.
What did I learn about life from a dog and a bunch of kids? A lot.
Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and the whole gang can teach us pretty much everything we need to know about how to behave and we have Charles Schulz to thank for that. In my estimation, the cartoonist deserves an A+ in philosophy; his simple wisdom captivated hundreds of millions of fans around the world and somehow gives all of us permission to feel good about searching for deeper meaning around us.
His messages are simple and universal: Believe in yourself (“Who cares what other people think?” –Sally); find happiness in the little things around you; be decent, self-reliant, and optimistic (“Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life.” –Snoopy); work hard (“No one need ever be ashamed of fingernails made dirty by a hard day’s work.” –Linus); and above all, allow yourself to love (even though Lucy points out, “It’s amazing how stupid you can be when you’re in love.”).
I don’t know how he got away with it, but Schulz had an uncanny ability to simultaneously present joy and melancholy all at once. And that melancholy is part of what makes his work so prescient for me. Schulz made it okay to feel kind of blah every once in a while. That’s just part of life. (And by the way, how “blah” can you feel when Snoopy’s outside lying on his doghouse?)
Peanuts Guide to Life is a collection of some of Schulz’ most simple and entertaining philosophy. It is a perfect roadmap for us all to navigate humanity with dignity and fun.
Oh, and by the way, happiness IS a warm puppy!
New York City, 2013