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It’s the oscars this weekend

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Happy Friday friends! I’m sure you must be looking forward to some down time this weekend. The cold shows no sign of letting up so this weekend is all about staying in and watching some Oscar worthy movies.
Then it’s on to the show itself on Sunday!
So to get in the spirit of the awards show, here are a few fun Oscar related links. Enjoy!

I haven’t seen all the nominated movies but there are predictions aplenty about the winners…

Of course a great deal of the fun is checking out all the gorgeous gowns and jaw dropping jewelry. Let’s revisit past iconic dresses shall we? Any favorites to add here?

Ever wonder how the winners celebrate? Here’s a glimpse

And that’s it folks! Have a great weekend!

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Valentine weekend

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Happy Friday friends! It’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year tomorrow. Whatever your romantic  situation may be, its always good to show yourself a little love.  Let’s take it from Oscar Wilde who once said “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance!”

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Behind the making of a dress

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Happy Friday dear friends!! As always, I wish you wonderful things this weekend.To close the week, I thought I’d share this wonderful video behind the making of a dress. But not just any dress, but a couture dress. This is the kind of fairy tale dress that reflects the best in human workmanship. It is a short video and reflects but a small part in what goes on behind the making of such a dress but it does give us a good idea.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Weekend reading

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Hello friends! What wonderful plans have you got for the weekend? Mine include diving into this series by Marissa Meyer. I love fairy tales and I’m always interested in their retelling. This series looks really promising and as its cold out, I cant imagine a better way to pass the time.

So to close the week, here are a few fun links from around the web..

More books to look forward to in this article.

Snow boots are inevitable during winter, but there are some chic yet comfy alternatives. Check them out here.

You know how you get those cravings for cupcakes or chips? Well, turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind all that!! Whew! Here is the article in full.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Let’s dance

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Its the weekend! Friends, hope you have lots of fun things planned ahead. To close the week, I want to leave you with this utterly danceable song.

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Time to chill out

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Hello friends, happy Friday! What cool plans have you got this weekend? Let’s start the weekend with this song by British sensation Sam Smith…

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Baby, its cold outside..

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IMG_7262.JPGThis week brought us the first snowfall and freezing temperatures! Brrr…

With such weather, all I can think about is cocooning inside and drinking lots of hot cocoa.  But before signing off for the week, I wanted to share a few fun links.  As it turns out, there’s a theme to my roundup this week.

Secret libraries? In Paris? What could be more fun than that?  Here is the list…After hitting one or more of these libraries, you can treat yourself to some hot chocolate chez Angelina.

If secret ones aren’t your thing, how about a library converted from an old train car?  Read all about it here.

Did you grow up reading the Arabian Nights? Well, there’s a retelling of the tales coming out soon.  Here is a short excerpt of the upcoming book, poetically titled The Wrath and the Dawn.

Have you been following the big stand-off between Amazon and Hachette books? Its a feud that’s been brewing awhile with vocal supporters on both sides.  Well, they’ve finally come to a resolution and it can only be for the good of us readers.  Read all about it here.

And finally, who doesn’t love Pride and Prejudice?  This amazing book has survived 200 years and has been re-invented, re-imagined and re-created in so many ways.  Here is a fun compilation of the various covers it has had over the years. Which one is your favorite?

Bon weekend everyone!!

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Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday friends! I’m closing the week with an appropriately punchy song to kick off the weekend.  Hope you have a wonderful one!

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Happy Friday

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IMG_6826.JPGHappy Friday dear friends! I hope you have wonderful plans ahead of you.  I’ll see you back on Monday! But before leaving, I thought I’d share a few fun links…

The Nobel Prize Winners were just announced and the two winners are shining advocates for young people’s rights.  Read all about it here.

For fans of the late great Alexander McQueen, the Victoria and Albert is hosting a wonderful exhibition of his works.  The exhibit was first staged in New York’s Met Museum where it remains their most popular exhibit.  The British version will feature some 30 new garments that were not included in the Met exhibit. Definitely a must see for fashion lovers! Here is a sneak peek of the exhibit.

I just came across this fascinating story about one of the more famous jewels worn by Barbara Hutton who was once dubbed the Poor Little Rich girl.  Read all about the necklace in this wonderful post.

And finally, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings and you’re wondering what to read next, here are a few suggestions.

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Its all about the bass

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Have you heard this one? Its one of those catchy, irresistible tunes that have you humming along (almost) against yourself.  Its also currently the No.1 song and has even gone platinum! Of course, along with success, comes criticism that this song isn’t all that its message purports to be.  Have a listen and let me know what you think..

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Here’s to the weekend

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IMG_6591.JPGDespite the chilly mornings, it has been pretty sunny most of this week. Dare I hope that this will continue?  I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed that we will be enjoying great weather this weekend.  Friends, I hope you have some fun and exciting things planned ahead.

Before closing the week, I wanted to share a few fun links from around the web. See you back on Monday!

So, Scotland has been in the news lately. They went to the polls to determine whether they should be independent from the United Kingdom.  It must be such a huge and momentous occasion for them. I can’t even begin to imagine how I would feel if I were in their shoes.  Whatever the outcome, Scotland will remain a beautiful country. Just take a look at this  slideshow.

Still on Scotland, here are five books that celebrate this country.  Of course there are other books on Scotland, feel free to add to this list!

And while we are on books, if you are looking for something to read, you can’t go wrong with these recent nominees from the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014  or the nominees from the National Book Award.

I know they always say that books are better than their movie versions, but I can’t help but look forward to a few movie adaptations that will soon make their big screen debut.  There’s Gone Girl and then there’s Mockingjay Part I (I’m still iffy on the whole splitting the third into two parts, but that’s just me).  I’m very much looking forward to these movies!

And that’s it folks! Enjoy your weekend!

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Finally, it’s Friday

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IMG_6551.JPGThe sun finally made an appearance today but its chilly out! And wouldn’t you know it, I see the first hint of fall colors.  I hope you have great weekend ahead of you! To close the week, I wanted to share a few fun links…

One of the best things about fall is the magnificent change in colors. Here are the top places to see the fall colors.

With the change in colors come the drop in temperatures.  I have to admit, a nice coat can make all the difference.  Check out the best new coats for the season here.

And finally, H&M’s new collaborator for fall 2014 is none other than Alexander Wang.  Here’s a first look at his new collaborative line.

Have a good weekend everyone!!

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A long weekend

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IMG_6408.JPGHello friends, its a long weekend in our part of the world and I know that for many, its the last hurrah before buckling down to school work.  I hope wherever you are, you’ve got wonderful plans ahead of you.

Before leaving, I wanted to share a few fun links…

Here’s a list of a couple of good Labor day reads.  I’m very excited about Amy Bloom’s new book, she’s one of my favorite authors!!

Speaking of books, I love trilogies, well-written ones at least.  Nothing like a good trilogy to lose oneself in.  Here’s a list of some great trilogies.

And just because this post is shaping up to be all about books, here’s a list of wonderful books coming out in the fall. Marilynne Robinson, William Gibson and Margaret Atwood are just some of the authors on this list, so its really something to look forward to!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Last song syndrome

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Hello friends, its finally the weekend! Hope you have fun and exciting things planned ahead! I’ve been hearing this song everywhere, I’m at the point where even when I don’t hear it, its still playing in my head!

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Happy Friday

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Well friends, the work week is drawing to a close  and as I look at my calendar, I can’t believe how quickly this summer is flying by! Its almost August! Have you been on holiday? Or are you looking forward to going on one?  In honor of all things vacation, here’s a short round up of fun vacation related links…

Beachfront libraries –easily the most awesome idea EVER.  Where do I sign up?!

While we are on the subject of vacation and books, here’s a roundup of beautiful bookstores worth making a special trip for.

Are you a fiend for flea markets like I am? This list is for you!

And finally, because whether you’re going to the beach or backpacking, you always need a good book to keep you company. Here are nine new novels worth taking with you..

Have a good weekend everyone!



Detroit’s comeback?

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Hello friends, can you believe how this week just flew by?  I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

For this Friday’s roundup of interesting links, I thought I’d focus on the city of Detroit.  Detroit is frequently in the news and unfortunately, its often bad news.  It is mind-boggling to think that it was once one of the richest (if not the richest) city in America.  From its glory days in the 20s to today’s crime-ridden, bankrupt city, the million dollar question of the day is whether it is possible for Detroit to become a healthy and thriving city once more.

It is a daunting task but there are encouraging signs, if we look closely.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is the crown jewel in the city’s artistic and cultural life.  I have to admit that I was skeptical but one visit was enough to convince me otherwise. It truly has a rich and varied collection and one to be proud of.  When Detroit filed for bankruptcy, one of the city’s assets that was cited as a possible source of revenue is the art collection of the DIA.  Fortunately, GM, Ford and Chrysler otherwise known as the big Three have pledged to help save the city.  Three cheers, I’d say! Here is the news.

One group has come up with their own  innovative take on the writer in residence program. Toby Barlow  and his group set up Write a House with a goal of renovating vacant homes around Detroit and giving these homes to writers.  By restoring homes in different neighborhoods, they hope to build and foster a thriving artistic and literary community.  So far, there have been applicants from  South America, Europe and India in addition to writers from other states.  Accepted writers must agree to live in the house for 2 years, pay modest fees for insurance and taxes and more importantly participate in Write a House’s literary activities. And write of course. At the end of the two year period, the writer gets the house for life.  Isn’t this just a wonderful idea? For more details on the program as well as how to donate to the program, read all about it in their website.

Another group that has decided to make downtown Detroit their headquarters is Shinola.  Shinola is proud to say that they are reviving an American tradition of quality manufacturing in a city they believe in.  They have a thriving line of hand made watches, built right in the heart of downtown Detroit and they custom make a line of beautiful bikes.  And that’s just for starters. I had the pleasure of seeing them work up close (more on that in a separate post later!) and its impressive to see.  For lovers of quality handcrafted goods, this is as handmade as it gets.  Learn all about Shinola here.

Detroit wasn’t always just burned out abandoned houses. Once upon a time there was no shortage of lovely mansions. To catch a glimpse of its rich past, check out the Fisher Mansion which is currently for sale at a cool price of 1.5 Million.

So is Detroit ready for its comeback?


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Friday links

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Hello friends, its been a bit quiet here on the blog but I couldn’t let Friday go without a word.

One of the blogs I really take pleasure in reading is Design Mom.  Gabrielle Blair writes with disarming candor about a lot of difficult subjects.  Its rare to find someone who writes with such passionate honesty and that’s what keeps me reading her.  A subject that came up recently on the blog was the Twitter hashtag #yesallwomen.  This is an increasingly popular Twitter hashtag and social media campaign wherein users share examples and/or stories about misogyny and violence against women.  Gaby’s post shared her own examples and the discussion that they had as a family.  Her honesty enabled dozens of readers to open up to. It is really thought -provoking.  Despite the progress women have made, why is there still so much violence and unthinking sexism to fight against?  It saddens me no end that our children, especially our girls,  will still have to deal with this.  Here is the post in full.

While we are on the subject of violence and misogyny against women, a French director Eleonore Pourriat came up with a brilliantly poignant and thought-provoking (yes, that word again!) film on the subject of sexism.  It is not long and I cannot urge you enough to watch it.  Watch it here.

Now, to end this note on a more positive note, I want to share an article on Gina Sanders, a CEO in the publishing world.   Enjoy!

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Fun Friday links

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20140530-084830-31710090.jpgHello friends, its a lovely sunny Friday in our part of the world! I feel like the weekend has begun.  What lovely plans have you got for the weekend? Before heading out, check out these lovely links…

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but there’s something to be said about lovely colored gems.  And their popularity is seemingly back on the rise.

After reading this article, this reminded me of a book I’ve had for awhile (but have not had the occasion to read) on this very topic. Buried Jewels (reprinted under the title Jewels: A Secret History) by Victoria Finlay is all about her search for the origins and stories behind certain gems.  I can’t wait to dive into it this weekend!

While we’re talking about books, I read an interesting article about the rise of bookshop cooperatives as a response to the declining number of independent bookstores. I love this idea!!  Where do I sign up to get on board?  Here is the full article.

Last but not the least, how about trying out some new photo-enhancing apps over the weekend? There are 5 photo apps that you need to download if you want to do more with your photos.  Check them out here.

Eh voila! Happy Weekend everyone!



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Buy The Change USA

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One of the nicest things about participating in events and shows is the opportunity to meet really interesting individuals. Today I wanted to tell you about Kari Hughes, who I met at the Turning Point event. She is the co-founder, along with her partner Shanan Bunzendahl, of Buy the Change, a wonderful fair trade group. Kari’s group works with local non profit groups from developing countries to find local women artisans. They then purchase the handmade goods made by these women to sell in the US. Their mission is to enable these women to build better lives for themselves and their families.


Speaking to Kari, you get a wonderful sense of her commitment and zeal towards the goals of her group.  She told me how a simple purchase from us of any of their fair trade goods, enables a woman from a distant land (India, Cambodia and Africa to name just a few), to buy food for her family, gives her an independent means of income and allows her keep her children in school.  And how did she get started on this mission? She wanted to answer the call to action of a wonderful book called Half the Sky.  This is a great example of someone choosing to do something extraordinary.

Their goods ranging from jewelry to accessories and to home products are available on their website. But Kari is also available for home parties and is often at trade shows.

Now, I wanted to show some examples of their products. Keep in mind that there are a lot more in the website.

Handmade jewelry from recycled saris…


Handmade beaded bracelets from Nepal (these are gorgeous, I bought one in pink and violet!)..20140522-092039-33639551.jpg

And finally bags made from recycled materials from Guatemala.20140522-092040-33640494.jpgIf you’re looking to buy something pretty and do some good at the same time, I strongly urge you to check out Buy the Change!

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Weekend fun links

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Well friends, its almost the weekend. And its Mother’s day too.  Have you got anything special planned? Whatever relationship you have with your mom, life wouldn’t be the same without her right?

Here’s some great advice from some famous people’s moms.

The recently held Met Ball featured some fantabulous gowns. Check them out here. Aren’t these dresses just dreamy?

Speaking of ball gowns, the new Charles James exhibit just opened at the NY Metropolitan Museum. A must see for fashion lovers. Here are all the details.

And finally, if you love books, I’ve just discovered a great new blog that talks a lot about books.  I’ve got several new ones on my list thanks to Mari’s blog!

Enjoy your weekend!!


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Friday round up

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Hello friends, we’ve been blessed with beautiful sunny weather this week. Just look at that sky!  Here’s crossing my fingers it’s for keeps! What brilliant plans have you got lined up this weekend? I’m hoping we get to a good antique market.  Or maybe break out the barbecue grill.

And since its Friday, here once again are a few interesting links I’ve found.  Enjoy!!

After last week’s news about David Letterman retiring in 2015, its been announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over.  I like Stephen Colbert, I can’t forget the time he came out in support of the Philippines after last year’s Hurrican Haiyan tragedy.  He just about endeared himself to the whole country with that video.

Do you like fashion films?  Remember when Vogue’s The September Issue came out?  I remember playing hooky and watching it in the middle of the day in one of the theaters along the Champs Elysee. Anyway it seems that fashion films have become more common these days. Here are the top 10 of the moment.

Are you on Instagram? It seems hard to believe that Instagram was launched only in 2010. That’s a mere three years ago, but I guess that’s light years in terms of technology. Just recently it was announced that there are over 200 million users.  I am fairly new to it myself but its completely addictive, I have to admit.  Its true what they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. With such a great deal of users, it  has even altered the landscape of fashion.  Read all about it here. I love discovering different Instagrammers.  Do you have a particular favorite? Do share. I am Petites Merveilles (what else?) on IG.

Speaking of pictures,  I was amazed at this collection of photos showing Detroit in its early years.  Its hard to believe that it was once one of the country’s richest cities.  These pictures are so poignant and evocative, view them all here.

And that’s it folks!! Have a great weekend!





Fun Friday roundup

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First flowers

Hello friends, what fun things have you got planned this weekend?  I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be nice and sunny in our part of the world. Did I tell you that we saw the first flowers bravely coming out in our wee garden?

I thought last Friday’s post (you can check it out here) of different links was really fun so here goes another list…

Are you a fan of candles? I’m not talking about run-of-the mill, chase- the -smell -of cooking from your kitchen candles,  but rather, of sumptuous, voluptuous candles  replete with heady scents.  Well if you like that kind, then you had best check out the newest one today.  By Khol is a luxurious and exclusive new line of candles (with more luxury products planned for the future) made exclusively in France with only with the finest ingredients.  And did I mention that the candles are housed in fine Limoges porcelain? Find out more in their eye catching site and be one of the first to know about this up and coming brand!

Louis Vuitton has just come unveiled the WorldTime, its new watch for men. It features several time zones (the better to adjust while you travel) in an impressive 30 color palette.  You can check it out here.

Fans of Kate Moss, rejoice!! After a three year hiatus with Topshop, she’s back with a fabulous new collection.

David Letterman announced that he is retiring in 2015. I came across his first show interview with Bill Murray.  A must read for fans!

Finally, I just had to share Ellen’s brilliant response to a recent controversial Target ad. (Backstory: Target photoshopped a model to inhuman proportions and was forced to take down the ad).  Here is Ellen’s response.  First the Oscar selfie, now this, the lady is on a roll!

Have a good weekend everyone!!




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