Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hush Little Baby...

Hush, little baby, don't say a word, Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won't sing, Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass, Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke, Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won't pull, Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over, Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won't bark, Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down, you'll be the sweetest little boy in town.

So, hush little baby, don't you cry, Daddy loves you and so do I.

Southern lullaby written by unknown. Am I the only one, what is up with the tragedy in our lullabies? But, I love the persistence of it all. If this horrible thing happens to your most precious thing, well then we will just do this. And quite matter of fact. I wonder if this is a Southern thing? My Mother and I were brought up the same way. Never stop and don't look back. But, surely this isn't only a Southern state of mind?

Anyway, it has come the time to sell the crib. You can find at Fabulous Finds & Co. I assume all you ladies understand how difficult this decision is. To have another and not. Oh.. that is THE QUESTION. So, obviously you can see what our decision has become. I think this is a final decision that leaves our hearts a bit sad. Or, at least for me. I think because it seems so final. This is a feeling you can not describe without feeling a bit of a foul. But, you wise women that have gone through this surely understand where I am coming from. So, I had an urge to share the nursery my dear son had a few years back. It was a room done on a tight budget and a room with no great ambiance. Four walls, two windows and a double mirrored closet door. Ugh... But, I tried to make the best of it. This was my first experience with making custom bedding. What a thrill!!! I was so lucky to have a local discount fabric store where I scored all my silks and such. You would have thought I was having a girl... I know... But, my thought was to make it a room that I adored. A sanctuary of sorts. I did know that I would spend many hours with my son, soothing and calming him. This wasn't a room that I had to worry about a TV for my hubby or anything for another human. Just me. A room to soothe my soul as well, while I was caring to my son. Huh... although I had no idea how late and how many! So, this is what I created with my Mom's final approvals. I've always been a bit of a fabric freak. My Mom has quite style, but her heart doesn't skip a beat on a fabric like mine. So, anyway I had a silk bed skirt and cover on the dresser. Cover for the crib with gold feathers that my Mom picked up for more glam.

I was so blessed to have Kimberly Booher able to turn a regular ugly bleached changing table and green 60's armore into a work of art. She has been my Mom's assistant for 18 years, more family than anything and is quite the little artist. So, off to the local thrift stores I went and Kimberly was there to turn them into little pieces of art for us.

I am sure that I felt many times like John Galliano when he said "they just don't get me and I don't get them". One of my dear friends told me my son would surely choke on the netting. But, I kept the vision. He has obviously survived. It was a special place for both of us and I am sure my husband enjoyed it as well. So, I thought on this day I should share this very special and private place with my favorite friends.

Friday, April 24, 2009

John Galliano Shoes 2009

" John Galliano (1960-) is one of the most influential fashion designers of our time. Born in Gibraltar, he grew up in London and launched his own label before becoming chief designer of France's haute couture flagship, Christian Dior, in Paris.

John Galliano has created the most spectacular fashion shows of our time. Since his 1984 degree collection, Les Incroyables, which metamorphosed his London art school into a French Revolutionary street scene, he has transported his privileged audiences to more exotic and sartorially blessed places than they could possibly have imagined or experienced." from


Oh, I could see these with my fantasy red salsa Galliano dress (see below) from 2009 Spring runway show

2008 Spring couture runway show that is off the charts with theater, creativity and fantasy

Now, these would be perfect with a little black dress to really make a statement.

Spring 2009 Bubble Shoes are fantastic

Green bubble shoes are a must have

John Galliano creates such romantic, edgy and avante-garde eyewear, fragrances, handbags, jeans, lingerie, shoes, sneakers, underwear and clothing. If you have a moment, you may want to enjoy his Spring 2009 video clip on the top right of my blog. Oh, the more I research his work, the more I fall in love! I hope this inspires you and at least makes you smile today!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where to Wear John Galliano's Gowns?

If you were lucky enough to own a Galliano gown, where would you wear it?

For dinner

Date night

To the garden party

To salsa

To the races

To the prom

To walk down the aisle at your wedding

I think I'll take the red salsa gown and learn how to salsa quick. But, I think in that gown my hubby wouldn't be watching my dance steps too closely. So, I'd get a bonus date night out of it. Would that make it an investment piece? I think so. Two for one. Let's see what he says.
Which one is you and where would you wear your gown? Please share with me. I'm dying to know.

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's Heating Up

It is heating up in Cali today. Not bikini weather, but the need to find a cute sundress has overtaken me. And, it seems many others. The stores were buzzin' with gals with the same idea as I had today. So, thought I would bring to you my summers best. For you special customers no parking, beating down the crowds, and finding the same dress as the gal next to you. May I present a few one of kind items that NO ONE else will be wearing to that birthday party, day in the Hamptons, barbecue or beach party. All these dresses can be found at Fabulous Finds & Co. There are descriptions and sizing found on our website.
I passed on a shoulder baring little number today and found a gal wearing it at the next store. Well... she looked cute. But, how many are out there? Besides not running into your same outfit, vintage gives the advantage of going green. That's why I wear vintage boots and jackets.
Cheers to summer my ladies! Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Do you believe in the Easter bunny?

Do you believe in the Easter bunny? Do you go all out for Easter? Welcome to my parents home that is decorated in full force for Easter with bunnies and more bunnies. My son, Christian, always looks forward to the annual Easter egg hunt at Granna and Poppi's house.

Alright! The first egg found!

The hunt is on for the 34 Easter eggs hidden everywhere in the garden.

Found another one!

Poppi helps Christian with the search.

Where or where can they be?

A child's special garden chair and another egg hidden under the tree.

Christian is so proud of his and Granna's Easter decorating in his room at their home. You would have thought he planned it all himself! At least, he does.

Special Easter baskets made with love by Granna

I used to tease my Mom about decorating all out for each occasion. But, I have begun to understand why. We are all thrilled to see the wonderment in my son's face and his huge gasps when he sees all the decorations. Thanks to him, I can see the magic of these holidays all over again.

Thanks to everyone that still brings on the magic of the Easter bunny and Santa for all us nonbelievers. Happy Easter!

To see more of my parents "coastal European elegance home" see Romantic Homes magazine Mother's Day issue at Albertsons, Stater Bros, Walmart, local advertisers or by clicking on the Romantic Homes magazine website under press on my blog.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Let's See What's at the End of the Trail~ Whim's Garden

Would you like to continue our garden adventure? What beautiful flowers found in our secret garden. Did they put those there just for our enjoyment?

What have we found here? A bird sanctuary! How tranquil and unexpected. Oh, the sound of birds and water are like heaven on earth in this lovely garden.

A fountain overflowing with cactus. Wow!

Another view of the magnificent cactus. Gorgeous! Are we getting close?

An Easter bunny!!!

Look at those flowers!

Oh, this is truly beautiful. What a special treat! Thanks for going with me on this special journey through our secret garden. May your Easter be filled with love, magic and bewilderment of the beauty that surrounds us.

Thank you to the owners of Whim in San Juan Capistrano for inviting us on a special tour through their magnificent grounds at their home. Happy Easter to all!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Follow Me...Into the Garden of Whim

Rested? Good. Follow me into the secret garden.

Who do have we here? Do you think he sees us? Let's go the other way...

Oh, I thought I heard the sound of water. Isn't that a lovely sound?

Who do we have here? A little fisherman trying to catch the huge fish.

Hi there! Caught anything today? Which way do we go?

Oh, you have a friend around the corner? Thanks!

We made it. His friend has quite a Serene spot. I'm hot.

Do you think he would mind if we take a dip? Ok, I'll ask him. Wow! He said we can!

Let's feed our bodies and our souls by taking a break inside this quaint al fresco spot. Let's continue on our walk afterwards to find where this trail goes. Bon Appetite!