Friday, 30 August 2013

End of the week musings and a happy Labor day weekend to you!

Hello there...hard to believe its Friday, Labor day weekend and it is nearly the end of summer, kind of crazy huh? I just can't believe it........for me personally this is the fastest summer ever. I feel like I am just revving up with my summer list of "to do"s" and have barely made a dent. Oh well, guess it will have to wait until next year!

I hope whatever you have in store for Labor Day weekend is wonderful and relaxing. We are supposed to be away, so hopefully it will all work out:) Lets get started with my random musings post which is normally a bit of this and that.....

House biz. Besides my dining room chairs which I have to say I really love, I added a pair of my newest ginger jars which are the oversized flat tops with birds and have to say I LOVE them. All these new additions has me really motivated to get busy on the chinoiserie and draperies and then call it a day on my dining room. Goal is to get it done by Christmas. Remember you read it here first:) Take a look.......

Also love preserved  boxwood and am going to soon start carrying a wonderful line I found, these small 6" orbs are perfect for so many containers...

And I got moved one of my blue and white garden seats to the main patio and really like the way it looks......

Got these beautiful framed chinoisersie prints while in Charleston and have to say they were made to go in my powder room. The colors are spot on and so is the theme! Also got some black tole sconce shades and am deciding between the ivory silk or blk tole...thoughts?

 Black or ivory?

You know I love my monogrammed pillows. I have spoken of one of my new favorite resources, Calico Daisy, well take a look at the newest pillows I got from her to be added in my guest room.....just playing right now, got in a pair, not sure where their final resting place will be:)

A great charity. Are you familiar with Donors choose? A friend told me about it years ago and I love the mission, helping teachers all across the country who need help purchasing materials, supplies and necessities for students in need that are part of schools that underfunded. You get to choose which project you want to support. Love this organization.

An amazing DIY from a reader. My reader shared this amazing bedroom makeover with me and it was so pretty...I had to share it. I marvel at her resourcefulness and know we all appreciate a good home makeover! She did a fabulous job.....below is a commentary that she shared with me on how this came to be.

I have just completed a DIY bed for my guest room.  Your planters are so similar, I decided I would share my project with you.

I wanted an antique cane bed, but they were between $4,000 and $7,000.  And none of the antiques came in Queen.  So, I bought a new cane bed and some architectural molding appliques.
 They are paintable, stainable and flexible(bend
.  I had never used them before.

 I am also sending pics of the bed without the appliques(pic from manufacturer).

I glued the appliques to the bed, then painted and distressed them with glazing.  I also painted the bed crown to match.  I am really pleased with the way it turned out.  And the best part is, it cost about 1,000!

Visiting hundreds of tag sales from your computer? Yep you heard right. Are you familiar with Everything but the house? Its a genius site that share tags  sales and their contents from all over the country, you can bid online and let me tell you there are some amazing finds. Click here to check it out.

My style in clothing Pinterest board. I have to say, I am kind of in love with this board and if Pinterest ever crashed, I would be heartbroken because it is giving me a chance to really hone in on all that I love in one convenient place,  so here are a few new additions to that board. Click here if you want to see more pretties!

Paint colors. Are you considering changing the color of a room or two? Or three? If so this post is a must see. My buddy, Luciane of Home Bunch did a post on Benjamin Moore paints that was fabulous, so many amazing examples. I am convinced in this one post alone, you could make an educated decision! Take a look.....and click here to visit!


Store biz. Things are starting to heat up as summer ends and fall is nearly here and the official shopping season is soon going to start. I have all kinds of exciting things in store! Finally added the magnificent new pagodas in both blue and white and solid white along with the white pagoda lamps. Plus the new six sided ginger jar....all things I am smitten over! Take a look.....

And adding these stunning new flat top jars in various sizes, first the really big flat top (the same as on my dining room table) 11" x 11" x 13"

The first two are 9" (standard height) These below are not yet added but if you are interested, just contact me here

 And these are the minis, about 5.5-6" tall....

I also plan on adding some more much loved items to the personal accessories. The good news is for all of you who inquired about "the bag" it is coming..woo hoo! I will announce it on my blog when they are actually here but they are coming and I am really excited, getting them in about 6-8 colors....

And also hope to  be adding some pieces from a fabulous cashmere company I have bought from many times, beautiful featherweight cashmere scarves and wraps and best part is I will discount approx. 30%!  Will keep you posted.

This week I am not offering the steal and deal because I will not be here this weekend, but next week I  have some really great buys to announce:)

Being it's Labor Day weekend, thought this conveneient little chart on the ins and outs of Labor Day was neat to have at your fingertips with all kinds of fun facts and statistics.......

Thanks as always for stopping in. I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend, hope whatever you are doing is loads of fun and relaxing. We will catch up next week! Enjoy......

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Can we talk? Hair products!

Good Thursday morning to you! Wow this week is flying..cannot believe Labor day is upon us, any big plans for your weekend?  First,  I just have to say I am have THE most amazing readers. Seriously.......I  was so moved as I read over each and ever one of the 91 (at last count)  comments on my " Why fall makes me sometimes cry" post and between that and the many emails, I was so comforted to know I am not alone.  If you didn't see it, hope you might take a look here. Thank you thank you thank you!

Life changes, and I do know that childhood doesn't last forever and there is plenty of happiness to be found and shared when our young kids begin the metamorphosis into young adults but it is not without some sadness (and a few tears)  and nostalgia that this happens particularly for someone who enjoyed the journey of motherhood as much as I did:) But yes, there are I am quite sure,  lots of happy times ahead and I cannot wait...bring it on:)

Moving lets talk hair! My hair has changed over the years and as summer turns to fall it changes yet again. But for the first time in my life, I have found a battalion of hair products that I can say I  am madly in love with and simply cannot live without. So much so that I need to share them with you! And of course part of the fun with these "Can we talk" posts is hearing what you have to say on the matter, so do not hold back...tell us all about your favorite hair products,  any tips or insider secrets to great hair. I think we can all agree, we are just a wee bit happier when our hair looks good!

Lets get started........

Left to right top row...

1. KMS flatout, great anti humidity spray that does not leave your hair heavy at all, once this goes on its ready for battle even on the most humid summer nights!

2. This product, the Kerastase mask,  first off smells sooo good, every time I use it I want to take a bite:) It is a very rich super nourishing leave on mask (I try to leave it on for a good 15 minutes), it leaves my hair super soft and smelling amazing, I use it about 1-2 times a month

3. Unite 7 seconds, one of the best products ever! I love this stuff, its a detangler and makes combing/brushing through my hair a breeze. I swear there some kind of magic potion in there, with amazing powers. I no longer dread having to comb through my wet hair after a shower, also fantastic for the beach.

4. Neutrogena triple moisture is my "every day" conditioner, I use it about every 2-3 days, a little goes a long way. I use about a dollop about the size of a half dollar  and work it into my hair. It is consistently rated as one of the best hair bargains out there and is under $10.00!

5. LOVE this shampoo, Clear scalp and hair therapy. It is literally the best one I have used period, on both on the high and low end. It smells great, works into a salon-esque lather and leaves my hair squeaky clean. I am a fan for life and this is now the only shampoo I buy.

6. This little brush saved my life :) The original wet brush is simply A M A Z I N G! OK, I am being a bit dramatic, but seriously I have ridiculously super sensitive scalp, I still cry when my hair is brushed too hard. This brush actually makes me want to brush my hair. I don't know if the bristles are magic or what..but this brush rocks! I have three to be sure I always have one on hand, used for wet and dry hair...its AMAZING!!!! Click here to buy it and be taken to their website.

The Clear shampoo and Neutrogena conditioner/mask can be purchased at any pharmacy. I get the Unite 7, Kerastase  and KMS on Amazon.

So there you go..those are my top 6 hair picks. I am a fan for life of these six amazing its your turn? Your turn to spill the beans on what makes your hair happy:) Thanks as always for stopping in to see what's new and wishing you a fabulous day.