Monthly Archives: October 2010

stripes (yes, again)

So you may have noticed I have a thing for stripes. I’m seeing them everywhere lately. Usually they just show up in “Resort” collections, but this year they are lasting into winter. These four are some of my favorites: Top left: Stripe long sleeve shirt from Chance; top right: stripe wool sweater from Target; bottom right: stripe cardigan from Aerie;  bottom left: stripe hoodie from J. Crew

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daydream

I cannot remember the last time I took a vacation. Lately I’ve been daydreaming a lot about taking a snorkeling trip.

1. Bikini from Victoria’s Secret (love that hat, too).  2. Bain de Soleil reminds me of sailing.  3. Love this orange fish beach towel from Hermés.  4. Little Palm Island is just a few miles away from where Mémé Delphine lived for years, Cudjoe Key, Florida. I spent a lot of time snorkeling this area when I was a kid. 5. Bahamian dollars are so pretty, aren’t they? It’s almost a shame to spend them on rum runners and cold beers. 6. Snorkeling is my absolute favorite thing to do in the world.

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snow and graham and garnet hill partner

I was thrilled to see that fellow stationers Snow and Graham have branched out beyond paper and have partnered with Garnet Hill. Love that Zinnia cardigan! Check out their collection of clothes, bedding and other goodies at Garnet Hill. Congrats, Snow & Graham and Garnet Hill, on a wonderful new partnership!

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inspired by: the eiffel tower

My grandmother  (Delphine) lived in Paris for many years, has been back to visit dozens of times, and yet has never been to the top of the Eiffel Tower because it is “for tourists.” What a shame, non? Are there touristy things in your own city that you have never visited? I am guilty of having never visited lots of tourist attractions in San Diego. Like the Star of India. Silly of me. Oui!

Shown above: 1: Eiffel Tower necklace from Forever 21  2: Limited Edition Eiffel Tower Letterpress Notecards by Delphine  3: Delightful pink beret by Crafts2Cherish on Etsy  4: Pink and black Eiffel Tower fabric by Michael Miller Fabric  5: Eiffel Tower Caramel Bon bons from Saveur du Jour  6: Authentic French timbres (stamps) from Washington Stamps.

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not too spooky: halloween party ideas

We have a first grader who is a little young for lots of the scarier Halloween party ideas out there. Here are some of my favorite not too spooky ideas to celebrate this ghoulish holiday.

1: Bat Halloween Party Invitation from Cardstore.com hint at a spooky time, but won’t totally scare off a kid from coming to the party   2: Decorating Bat cookies (cutter from Copper Gifts) and  3: Ghost cookies (cutter from Wilton) would make a fun party activity. Have older siblings or an adult ice all the cookies, and let the little ones shake shake shake the sprinkles all over & add the spooky eyes.

4: I love these scary scientific bottle labels from Martha Stewart for Grandin Road — put on fruit punch bottles for the kids and some nice Cabernet for the grown ups.  5:The spider vase fillers (from Pottery Barn) are so oversize and borderline cute that they won’t completely freak out the kids. 6: The Skeletal System Anatomical Chart is the real thing (found Birdie1′s Etsy shop). A little creepy, but cool.

 7: So it’s a little on the overboard side, but how amazing would it be to wallpaper a wall in your dining room with this spooky Woods wallpaper by Cole & Son? 8: I suggested this black bird/crow costume (found on MarthaStewart.com) to my son, but he said he’d rather be a bumblebee. “Awwww, cute,” I said. “I think you’d be an adorable bumblebee.”

“Yeah. So I can have a stinger on my butt,” he said.

Oh, right. Of course. 

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harvest chez delphine

Look what our little red wagon picked up in our backyard orchard this week. The apples are my favorite. I bought some caramel to make caramel apples, but I’m not sure the apples will last long enough to make it to that stage. Our son is gobbling them up.

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