Something Different

I usually keep things pretty neutral when it comes to makeup and nail polish but after reading numerous beauty bloggers rave about Essie's Mint Candy Apple, I thought I'd give it a try.

The pretty Tiffany blue color was originally introduced by Chanel this Fall. It retails for $23 but sold out immediately and is hard to come by.

Then, Essie introduced Mint Candy Apple as part of their Holiday 2009 collection. It's much more affordable at $8 a bottle but I thought I could find something even cheaper.

So, I headed to Sally's Beauty Supply and found a color called For Audrey. It appears to be an exact match and only set me back $4. I put it on my nails immediately and LOVE it. It's fun, playful and festive. China Glaze is a great quality polish, so there is no worry on chipping or streaking even though it's less expensive.

Seriously, try it. The China Glaze pic looks a bit more blue in the picture than it is in real life. It's much more similar to the color of the Essie nail polish. You'll be amazed at how pretty it looks!
love, S



Despite having the past 4 glorious days of off work, I'm exhausted! I spent the past few days celebrating:

with friends in from out of town-

a friends birthday-
and a nephew's birthday and a niece's baptism (no pics of those though).

I also spent time turning this-

into this-
I put up 2 trees this year. The 1st being a traditional tree with ornaments from J's and my childhood.
Close up of my favorite ornament, an oversized diamond ring. A hand-me-down from my mom.
And turning this-
Into this-
Our 2nd more formal silver tree.

More close ups of our mantel (I'm still working on it) and our exterior lights soon.
Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for. Here's a favorite quote of giving thanks:
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

love, S


It's beginning to look a lot like...

Ever since George and I's day trip to Weston I've been in the holiday spirit. Perhaps it was meeting Father Christmas (pictured below) or the falling leaves and temps, either way I'm ready for the holidays.

I grew up decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving with my mom, and I've maintained that tradition ever since. I've been collecting ideas for some time because I'm itching to change up our typical holiday decor. Here's a few of my favorite inspiration pics-

(above images courtesy of BH&G)

above pictures from RMS Leanne Michael Interiors

credit RMS Rwallis

credit RMS sljdesign

credit RMS Dante Flowers

credit Country Living

credit Room Envy


Small Town Escape

Saturday was the big day-
Mary Carol Garrity's Holiday Open House

The line of people stretched down the block, but it was well worth the wait. For a quick introduction of Mary Carol Garrity (my design muse), click here.

Her house was built in 1885. The entrance featured a dramatic staircase, with lots of molding and detail.

She certainly has a talent when it comes to staging artwork. Beautiful paintings and drawings filled the walls, perfectly staggered.

Her dining room was a gorgeous shade of midnight blue, which made the white crown molding and wainscoting pop.

Although this was a holiday open house, it didn't SCREAM Christmas, which was nice. Garrity threw in some natural greenery wreaths and a modest tree to complete the festive look.

Isn't the basket of wine bottles a fresh take on a formal display.

Next up, her bright and cheery family room-

This is the perfect nook. Love the pillows, the windows, the wreaths...

Love the grass cloth covered walls and warm trim of the den-
The screened patio was extra sweet;)
More pics to come of our Atchison/Weston adventure.
love, s


The 36 rules of life...

Just got back from a 90 minute yoga class, checked some email, found this, had a good laugh and am heading to bed.


52 days...

Since Christmas is a mere 6.5 weeks away (crazy!?!), the pre-holiday celebrations are beginning. This weekend I headed to the Webster House is downtown KC with my Junior League girls for a holiday decorating class/browse session. Webster House is a gorgeous old house that serves as an antique store/restaurant/interior design mecca. The prices are a bit steep but it's worth the drive down just for the eye-candy.

Here are some of my faves (please excuse the poor quality cell-phone pics)-
1st up a silver winter-wonderland tree
The mercury glass ornaments were simply gorgeous.
2nd (my personal fave too) a bronze and turquoise themed tree. Genius.
3rd-Random collection of non-holiday items
Not usually a fan of faux-flowers but these were very realistic and looked gorgeous as accents on the Christmas trees.
The Lucite chairs were the perfect accent to the otherwise traditional seating area.
These are the most amazing scented candles out there.
They are designed for each specific room, ex: den was a woodsy scent, master bedroom was sweet, romantic scent etc.
Love the tree-bark look of these candle holders.

And the gin/vodka decanter. Classic.
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend-S