There is a shoe brand that I have fallen for….hard. Aquazzura. The line was started fairly recently, it’s only been around since 2011 and I probably first saw their shoes a couple of years ago. The designer is Edgardo Osorio and boy, does he design beautiful shoes! They are as comfortable as they are sexy. See if you agree……
Is it my imagination, or am I seeing a LOT of black and white lately? I know it’s a classic, and always popular in Spring, but this year, it’s really speaking to me. Which got me thinking. I have always loved the look. You know I love stripes, and gingham, both of which come in black and white, of course. But I really love the idea of black and white together as separates.
I know that this is so true, yet why is it so difficult? I’ve had a bit of a hard couple of weeks. But I know that my mind set has probably made some things that were a little bad or unfortunate, even worse. I need to remember how much the mind can help (or hurt) a situation. We truly shape our entire day with the attitude that we have. We shape every experience we have with the way that we deal with it. Sometimes with teens it seems almost impossible to look at life so positively! But I’m going to try….
Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite jewelry designers, Melinda Maria. I’m sure some of you are already familiar with her as her line is sold at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, but I just think her pieces are so beautiful. She designs mostly in gold tone (though there are silver pieces here and there) and I would describe it as modern, yet not overly so. She does very interesting and sophisticated shapes without losing that timeless quality. I first was introduced to her a couple of years ago when my husband gave me one of her bangles. The bangles are one of my favorites, as are the rings. She also makes earrings and necklaces. Her line came out in 2005 and had immediate success. It has been seen on the red carpet, worn by celebrities, and listed as an “Oprah’s Favorite Thing,” however, it is not overly pricey. Her pieces are beautifully made and last without tarnishing and they don’t cost a fortune. They look amazing layered or stacked – a definite Friday Favorite!
This quote made me stop in my tracks the first time I saw it.
I try to remind myself of this every time I am arguing with my husband, or scolding one of my kids….. your words can be thrown out without even thinking about them and yet, they can be something that leaves a lasting scar on the other person. Of course I believe in forgiveness, but sometimes there are things people have said to us (parents, spouses) that we never forget. They leave a mark. And I never want to do that to those that I love. So I try to remember……
I’m not sure when my love affair with white ironstone started, but I do know that when I remodeled my kitchen four years ago, I had already started collecting and putting it aside for the new room. For those of you not familiar with ironstone, it is antique pottery originally made in the United Kingdom. It was developed in the 19th century by potters in Staffordshire, England as a cheaper, mass-produced alternative to porcelain. Originally made in transferware patterns, beginning in the 1840s, British potteries created white ironstone for the American market where undecorated tableware was popular.