Stripes… I love them. In all shapes, sizes, colors. I can’t get enough. I have always loved them, but I have to say, Pinterest has renewed my interest of late. There is no shortage of amazing outfits on Pinterest in which stripes play a part. They can be very “Parisian” looking, thin stripes of black and white with adorable, skinny capri pants or they can be patriotic if they are red and white (or navy and white) and are worn with the opposite color, or they look especially great when paired with a pop of color in the shoe and a blazer or denim jacket. They are basic. They are classic. And they never go out of style! For the love of stripes here are some inspiration pins (I think you will see what I am talking about)…..
Something I was recently turned onto is preserved boxwood topiaries. These are not the plastic, fake topiaries that don’t look real, oh no, these are hand made from real boxwood plants and are specially treated to retain their deep green color. They even have a faint hay-like smell that makes them seem more natural than just a plastic topiary. I have only had two fake (plastic) topiaries in my life and I had recently thrown them out, vowing to go only “real” from now on.
One of my very favorite looks is pointy toed shoes, both flats and pumps, though today I’m going to talk about flats. As a mom and person whose job it is to shop (read; walk all day), I am almost always wearing flats. So you can bet I have been very excited to see that pointy toed flats are having a bit of a moment these days! There has been a plethora of new styles and one of the ones that’s hottest for spring is the “d’orsay,” which is flat out fabulous. For those of you who don’t know, the d’orsay is a shoe in which the sides of the shoe is cut away, revealing the arch of the foot. They are everywhere these days and as I’ve been wanting some new flats for spring, I knew I had to add a d’orsay style. The first d’orsay that I was aware of was by Jenni Kayne, a designer with a huge celebrity following. She does one adorable style in a multitude of colors (the leopard is particularly cute) but they are prohibitively expensive ($450). Here is her shoe in a great hot pink:
It’s always a good morning when there is granola involved, don’t you think? I’ve been wanting to share my granola recipe for awhile. It’s something I tweaked and perfected and have been making for a few years now. I usually make it during the holidays and give it as gifts and many of those friends have asked me to share the recipe. I am a true granola fanatic. I eat it almost everyday and bought it for many years before I finally decided to try making it. Much to my surprise, it was super easy and considering how expensive quality store granola is, I’m glad I switched. The great thing about it is how versatile it is. For instance, I use almonds and pecans for my nuts, but if you prefer peanuts and walnuts, use those. Or you could do cashews, or pistachios. I sometimes add figs and dried cherries, but you don’t have to. Or you could add raisins and apricots… you get the picture. Tailor it to your own taste. I started with one recipe a few years back and cut the oil and sugars in half and added the spices as the original didn’t have any at all, nor any salt. But if you want it sweeter or even less sweet, change that too. I usually eat it with greek yogurt with a little honey and fruit for breakfast, but it’s equally good with a bowl of milk. And of course, eaten out of hand it can’t be beat. Makes a great late night snack too!
Vintage jewelry is so beautiful and something I have always loved. And though I have a fair amount of vintage chains, some lockets and old watch fobs, only recently did I discover the beauty of vintage Chanel jewelry, in particular. After seeing some in an antique jewelry store in Santa Barbara a couple of years ago, I have been oohing and aahing over photos of Chanel jewelry on Pinterest ever since! Though I love both the necklaces and the bracelets, it is the bracelets that have really captured my heart!
I am ready for Spring! I didn’t know how ready I was until our warm spring-like weather that we’d been having turned to rain and cold wind the last couple of days! I know I shouldn’t complain as the Mid-west and the East have had such a horrible winter, and normally I love the winter and cold weather, but I guess I am just ready. In order to split the difference between the mercurial weather and my desire for spring, I have been looking for a brightly colored coat. One thing about Southern California this time of year is our weather is very up and down. Our days can start out warm but be quite cold by late afternoon, or we will have a chilly morning that warms up later (or not at all!) Usually the way I deal with this is to carry a lightweight cardigan with me. However, this year I am desperately needing a new coat (or coats!) and I had a bright idea, if I get a brightly colored one, it would be spring appropriate.