Black Fashion Friday

The fashion industry is a complex one and full of flair, drama and down right interesting

personalities. 

 I follow a few designers on Instagram just to see what is going on in the world of

high fashion and how this fashion trickles down into what we all wear.

Some of the styles I like, some I don't but I found a few to share with you this week

that I find strikingly classic, feminine and flattering. 




The set on the top left is a collection by Viktor & Rolf Designers. 

They are said to be some of the industry's most famous and often unpredictable showmen.

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren met while studying fashion in the Netherlands, their company 

has it's headquarters in Amsterdam.

I personally feel as though it has a Holiday flair and I think it is especially lovely accessorized with

Manolo Blahnik Chaos Patent Ankle Wrap sandal.



I think this set is gorgeous and would be perfect on all women of all ages on all figure types.

Leggings are so comfortable and they are beautiful with coats, long tops and sweaters.

Add a gorgeous pop of color with this vibrant Hermes scarf, you know they are made of pure

silk or blends of cashmere and come with a hefty price tag.


So, if you are like me-I spy it, love it and then find a good looking knock off and I am

just as happy as the next woman on the street.

This set also transitions easily into evening wear so you can shop til your drop and then have

a nice dinner out at your favorite cafe!








Ending this Friday Fashion collection with a pair of jeans and casual black sweater, maybe toss in

a really wonderful purse by luxury designer Yves Saint Laurent for added interest if you are in

the mood, as well as some amazing black boots.

I have been on the look out for boots these past few weeks and I found there is a really great

selection this year-for the real woman.

To me that means not all of them have high heels and are still loaded with gorgeous style and

comfort, which is surely a win, win,

And if nothing else Be Happy!

xoxoxo






Brown Sugar Frosting

Oh yum, this is a vanilla infused, buttery brown sugar frosting that clings to the spoon.

This is a frosting that makes the simplest of cakes turn from ordinary to extraordinary.

The fact that it is so easy and no fail makes this even more of a frosting that you and I

will want to keep and use during the Holidays, perfect on sugar cookies too.





I made this frosting and then dipped my Rolo Chocolate filled German Chocolate cupcakes into

this sort of forget the cake and eat the frosting out of the bowl recipe.

Seriously, do not make this frosting when you are hungry because you can easily eat it

by heaping spoonfuls.






I am getting a little off track here, but if you like a little ooey gooey, in the center of your

cupcake you might want to give this a little try.








Just tuck a chocolate caramel Rolo in the center of your cupcake batter just before baking.

A little added bit of goodness, never ever hurt anyone.






I was preparing dinner at the same time I was baking these and this little guy with

the big smile was eating some frosting out of the bowl,


Time slipped away and I over baked the first dozen cupcakes, which seemed not to hurt the cupcakes

 as much as it did the Rolo chocolate inside.





So, these little treasures need to be watched- depending on how full you fill them.

2/3 cup full is the rule of thumb.

Bake time 18-22 minutes, I'd start watching them at 15.





All of my recipes are prepared with love in my kitchen, so they are tested by some of the

finest taste buds around.


I hope you always feel free to print any of the recipes I share with you and make them 

with love for your family too.


xoxoxo
















Family Room Mantle Dilemma

Our Family Room mantle always seems so challenging to decorate,

I become so indecisive as to what and where to place things, that eventually it becomes a dilemma.

So, this year I decided on a few things from the beginning.

One, I wanted to use Gold.

Two incorporate a Rooster or two.




And three I was not going to spend any extra dollars except on pumpkins and maybe a little can

of gold spray paint to paint some frames and a jar or two.

I just really want to keep this vignette economical, enjoyable, simple and Autumnal.





I seem to have plenty of gold accessories in our home, so it was just a matter of assembling

the different sizes and shapes together.



I love this tin whatchamacallit, which my oldest daughter gave me when she and her family

lived on the North Shore in Louisiana, and these straw flowers are a near perfect fit.

(could someone please tell me the true name of the whatchamacallit, as I truly cannot remember.)



Well, by now you know I love my floral chairs and you have seen them in the formal living room.

I was just looking for a bit of a change and wanted to create a little sitting area next to my fireplace.






So, back to the mantle dilemma, I like a subtle glow in my lighting.

But since there is not an electrical outlet on the mantle I am unable to have any lamps tucked

here and there.




  I have made the best of this situation, by incorporating LED candles.


 I found these two at Home Goods, and we all know we love this store, for great selections and prices.




So not only do the clear candlesticks with the LED lighting add a fabulous glow they add

height, which was also needed for this vignette.






Seriously, these candles should have been invented years ago, love em~



So inviting, relaxing and comforting.



Oh, isn't it pure fun to decorate with these little mini pumpkins too, I just think they are the best.




I suppose everyone has a decorating dilemma or two, but I must say that by

approaching this vignette with a bit of a strategy from the very beginning

it certainly did lessen the frustration of decorating.


Do you have any decorating dilemmas in your home?



Please Join Me~

French Country Cottage

A Stroll Thru Life

Worthing Court

Cozy Little House

Rustic & Refined

Keeping it Simple




xoxoxo








Fashion Friday Fall 2014

Pantone Color of the year Radiant Orchid, flows beautifully from Summer into Fall Fashion for 2014.




There are mixed reviews from real women on Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid is still in and is  being incorporated into the Fall Fashion scene.

There are  some women who tend to think this color is reminiscent of the 80's

and were ready for it to end when Summer did.

Others find it a fantastic transition hue from Summer to Autumn, what do you think?




The word is out that ecru, tan and beige are gorgeous neutrals for Fall.

Not only in clothing, but in makeup, nail polish and eye shadows.

These timeless neutrals are being given the title of..

 Neutrals are the New Black for Fall 2014.




Winter coats are looking seriously good for Fall, they are a staple in any Winter wardrobe.

From Orchid to Tartan who doesn't love cosying up in a statement check or classic neutral as the days

turn cooler.







Be happy, be grateful, be you...


Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

xoxoxoxo










Golden Mountain Views

While visiting Colorado this Summer we were fortunate to meet so many friendly, happy and

congenial people and we even made some long distance friends.







They recently took some beautiful pictures of the Mountains and the magical moment when Summer

ends and Fall takes over and cloaks herself in brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red.


Their journey began along highway 550 from Durango Colorado to Telluride Colorado.

Truly, one of the most breathtaking journeys you will ever take by car any time of the year.

This route is also know as the million dollar highway, there are a variety of theories,

as to the Million Dollar name and one of them is that it cost one million dollars to build.





The town has an interesting history going back hundreds of years ago.

For centuries the Ute Indians used Telluride as a Summer camp, and it wasn't until the 1700's

that Spanish explorer's named it Telluride.

At one time Telluride was a thriving and robust gold and silver mining community,

but sadly enough silver prices crashed in 1893 and the town dwindled from a population

of thousands to hundreds.

Many years went by as it waited in the serene Rocky Mountains.






 And then,  in the 1970's Telluride reinvented itself.

Wonderful white snowfall made for glorious powder for snow skiing, which became the new gold,

for a town that had nearly dwindled away.

Today Telluride is full of energy, ambiance and world class skiing.





Telluride played such a significant role in the history of the American West that it was designated

as a National Historic Landmark District in 1964.









Today Telluride embraces historically significant architecture, artists, celebrities and second home

owners while maintaining it's small town mountain feel.



I hope you enjoy this glimpse of golden views in the mountains as much as I do...





xoxox






Boo Buns

Could I interest you in a warm Boo Bun or Braided Bread?

A great and simple no fail recipe that is full of endless possibilities from

these fun Boo Buns to Cinnamon Rolls, this Basic Sweet Dough is an all time favorite.





These buns won't scare your little one, in fact they will run for more-great fresh from the oven

with a dollop of butter or slice them in half for a mini sandwich.

This recipe comes from my Mother's Southern Living Cookbook 1970.







The Basic Sweet Dough recipe is the same no matter the shape you choose.

I used half of my dough for the Boo buns and the other half for the braided loaf of bread.





I really like braided bread because instead of slicing your piece of bread you simply

break off a piece of this soft, tender sweet bread then add butter and maybe some honey too...





Mind you, you will have to knead this dough, I know that can be a deterrent to making bread,

but honestly these buns and bread were well worth the effort.

In fact on a scale of one to ten these buns got a ten!











Here is a great tutorial from Baking Bites on how to braid bread using three to five strands of bread.



Now seriously wouldn't you like some warm Boo Buns!




Dressing My Antique Hutch

You have seen her before, throughout the Seasons.

My Antique Hutch.

She is old, she is loved.





So, she and I enjoyed our time spent together, one Sunny afternoon.






I felt she would like a few roses too...




Is there anything quite as comforting as spending time with someone who knows you so well...

After all she did see me grow up.







And just because I was playing around with some burlap and silver,





I added a gray velvet pumpkin to this petite bowl.








While I was dressing my Hutch, I added a little a burlap flower to my silver.






The day sort of went like the book  If you Give a Mouse a Cookie...you might remember how

one thing lead to another, well this is how this afternoon went.

Completely enjoyable in every way.


The next thing I did was open up her doors, where some of my China resides and added

some porcelain painted pumpkins in shades of gold and orange.




Dressing her in items which all have memories alongside my grandmothers

beloved gold china pieces.









I go with my heart when I decorate, it may not be done "correctly," but it is done with a  ton

of feeling and walks down memory lane...






I remember painting the inside of this Hutch one evening,  because the dark stain seemed to

swallow up everything.





So, my Antique Hutch is all dressed for Fall, all the way through Thanksgiving.


Do you have special ways to dress your furniture?


xoxoxox



Please Join Me~

French Country Cottage


Worthing Court


Cozy Little House


A Stroll Thru LIfe






A Quilt With A Heart DIY


We have nurses in our family, and we are proud of them and their hearts of servitude.

The nurses in our family go all the way back to World War II to present day.

So, I am writing this today to give them a little love, sing their praises and recognize that

they are the unsung heroes in many a hospital stay.

Not to mention they are also crafty and talented...

So, when my (nurse) sister-in-law shared with me this comfy quilt made out of  tee shirts

and whipped together under 6 hours, I had to share it with you.






And along the way of sharing this nifty tutorial I wanted to share this with you...


Given the recent  Ebola concern in Dallas Texas, which is just 20 miles from our home,

it was important to me to share some gratitude for the nurses who took care of the first Ebola

patient in the United States of America and to all of those nurses who serve the large and

small communities throughout the World.


Courageous men and woman who do their best with the knowledge ,education, services and support

which they are presented with.



It is about being thankful for all of the nurses World Wide who serve their communities.





~Nurses~

You, are the tireless hands that care for our bodies,

You,  are the warm hug we need after bad news,

You,  are the kind arm we lean on to walk,

You,  are the soft voice that whispers a  prayer,

You, are the smiling comedian during a long afternoon,

You,  are the quiet sensibility in an insensible circumstance.

Thank you.






So, when my nifty nurse SIL shared with me this fun quilt with a heart-

the love from her heart which she poured into making this quilt...

I became super excited to share it with you!








This quilt is  made out of  T-shirts which her granddaughter saved during her senior year of High

School, now this granddaughter is off to college this year, so this is the perfect quilt for a dorm room.







Tutorial For Tied Quilt With A Heart-
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Fits 69 x 90 Twin Bed

Yarn to match backing
Tee Shirts saved from her senior year, for this quilt 18 were used.
35 squares needed for this quilt
18 t-shirts were used-use both front and back of t-shirts(if there was a design on front and back)
Cut t-shirts into 13x13 inch squares
Back with your color choice of fleece
3 inch band of fleece around the front

Sew blocks together, then sew backing on and band fleece around the edges.
Tie with yarn at the corner of every square to secure the front to the back.

Debbie, you make this sound so simple!

Any questions e-mail me and I'll gather more information from the Sis.



Have a lovely weekend!
xoxox