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Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

Many blessings for a prosperous, healthy, rejuvenating  and peaceful new year!!

I will be ringing in the new year with close friends sharing good food and drink being thankful for all the goodness around. And remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life.

On another note…GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t wait to watch the game tomorrow while eating a delicious, homemade brunch and sipping Bloody Marys with J and other Duck alums. The first weekend of 2010 starts off with a bang! Just the way I like it…

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While working as Button’s fashion editor, I decided it would be fantastic to write a mini guide to Paris with J highlighting all of our favorite gems that make the city shine. We spent two and a half weeks visiting my Aunt Alison and family and navigating through a city filled with culture, history and style. The perfect trip for two people in love with rich French backgrounds. Unfortunately, after J and I worked so hard to pull this guide together, Button lost funding and never printed the issue. With permission from the wonderfully talented, Kelly Montgomery, who is responsible for the fantastic layout, I am printing it here for the first time! 

I hope you are inspired to take a fantastic trip to Paris, or the next time you do that you will use this guide for recommendations. Happy traveling and Happy winter solstice!

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Children’s storybook author, Jan Brett, captured my heart with her playful tales set in a cold, snowy wonderland reminiscent of Norway. I think everyone remembers the scurry of animals who claim Nicki’s mitten as home when they cannot bear the cold anymore. As a child, I would roar with laughter when my Dad read to my brother and me the part when the mouse perches on the bear’s nose causing him to sneeze sending all the animals flying out of the mitten.

With Christmas fast approaching, I pulled out my old Jan Brett classics, The Mitten, The Hat and Trouble With Trolls. Instantly inspired by the beautiful illustrations of all Brett’s magical characters dressed in Nordic-inspired sweaters, socks, boots and mittens, I began to scour my magazine collection and the internet for Scandinavian-inspired style and design. Gorgeous high-heeled jodhpurs from Swedish Hasbeens, brightly colored fabrics from Finnish company, Marimekko, and just about anything Scandinavian from Huset, which means “the house” in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. This is Scandinavian Splendor…

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A Painted Pup

For those of you who don’t know, this is my dog, Tilly.

She is an absolute dream. I am quite obsessed with her. I got Tilly two years ago on J’s birthday. J was skeptical of her for a while, but of course, when all was said and done he was just as obsessed as me.

After my Aunt Alison’s (whom I was named after) best friend gave her a portrait of her Yorkshire terrier, Me Too, I knew I wanted a painting of Tilly, too. I have leisurely looked for various artists to paint Tilly’s portrait, but had never found an artist that captured the style I wanted…until now.

The other day I was perusing Facebook, as we all normally do, and I found the perfect doggie portrait painted by Seattle artist, Burgandy Viscosi. Here are some sampled of her fantastic animal portraits:

Burgandy also paints beautiful portraits of singles, families and children. Her whimsical edge gives the viewer feelings of happiness, fantasy and sentiment. I love her combined use of realism and surrealism. She really captures the beauty and colorful nature of life. Here are a couple samples of her other work:

Burgandy, you rock!

I’ll keep you posted on the status of a Tilly portrait in the near future.

Love and light.

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Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we are all scrambling to get those special people in our lives the perfect something. Here are some gifts I dig…

The Gift that Keeps Giving:

Aira Cordones.

With every purchase, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need.

The Gift that Embraces Sentiment:

Sterling Silver Engravable Dog Tag.

Shimmer & Stone’s necklace can be engraved on the front and back.

The Gift that Warms Any Soul:

Discovery Teapot by AdrienArt on etsy.com

Etsy.com is the place to buy beautifully crafted, unique gifts from artisans all over the country.

The Gift that Inspires and Entertains:

Fifty Great Short Stories edited by Milton Crane.

Classic stories by Hemingway, Kipling and Poe inspire the imagination and excite creativity.

The Gift that Every Dad Needs:

Wicked Good Moc Boots from L.L. Bean

Gifts from L.L. Bean never get old.

The Gift that Any Foodie Will Enjoy:

Organic Pickled Carrots from happy girl kitchen co. on foodzie.com

Foodzie.com sells unique, gourmet food items made by passionate local producers and growers.

The Gift that Channels Betty Draper and the Early ’60s:

Emily Katz Tulip Pant at Frances May.

Portland fashion designer and musician, Emily Katz, sells her gorgeous clothing at local boutique, Frances May.

The Gift that Washes the Day Away:

Yerba Maté Cleanser from Kiehl’s.

Kiehl’s provides the perfect pampering gifts for men, women, children, and even our pets!

The Gift that Will Shine on Any Coffee Table:

Creature by Andrew Zuckerman.

Published in 2007, two years later, Creature tops my gift giving list.

The Gift that Will Keep Any Woman Cozy:

Plumed Peacock Cape from Anthropologie.

For the perfect feminine, country-chic gifts head to Anthropologie.

Happy shopping, everyone! Wishes to you for a safe and warm holiday season with family and friends.

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Back from the Dead…

Hello, everyone!

Actually, I don’t know if anyone is even still reading this blog, but I am back! After over a year of not blogging (still reading blogs of course), I decided I want to start this blog back up to share my interests with others out there. However, I will be shifting the focus a bit. Instead of focusing on public relations, I will be focusing on fashion trends, news, art and any other cultural aspect of society I might be obsessing over at a particular time.

I currently live in Portland, Ore., and I love it here. Although, some days I really do wish I were living in New York. After a ten-month stint at Button Magazine, I have been pretty inactive on the creative side. I miss it incredibly, and I thought re-starting this blog would be a good creative outlet in my life. I hope you enjoy what comes ahead. I am eager with anticipation.

Cheers! Happy Friday!

P.S. – The above picture was taken by my handsome man, J, in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris this past May. Ahhhh! I have so much to share with you all. I can’t wait!

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