Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.
 - Audrey Hepburn 

photo via tumblr

Monday, July 25, 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse 9/14/83 - 7/23/11

Such an incredible talent, gone too soon. I remember watching news reports of her battles with drugs throughout the years.... and I would pray that she would find the strength to overcome her addictions.  I was so looking forward to a major comeback.  That voice....a gift to us all!

Like so many extremely talented young stars gone too soon, Amy will never be forgotten.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

{Penny For My Thoughts} Lazy Days of Summer.....

*Woke up this morning & took a look at the weather forecast..... another scorcher!
*But I'm not complaining..... having suffered from Cabin Fever from Dec 26th till about the First Day of Spring.
*I rather deal with the heat than shoveling snow.....
*When Lil Diva and Lil Man roused, I asked them "What would you like to do today?"
*I silently wished whatever they decided, it would be somewhere indoors and air-conditioned.....
*While selecting books to read they said "Mom, let's just stay in today."
*I will happily oblige!
*They just finished their lunch, and are lounging in the family room, about to watch Season 2 of GLEE episodes...

The epitome of a lazy summer day!

photo via The Simply Luxurious Life

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Mark Twain

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

After a failed attempt to see the exhibit several weeks ago.... Lil Diva and I (we invited her best friend to come with us this time) geared up early Wednesday morning to make the trip back into the city.  We quickly made our way from the Port Authority to the uptown bus that would drop us off exactly one block away from the MET.  We made our donation and quickly walked up the grand staircase up to the second floor and were directed to the cue with all the other visitors waiting for their chance to make their way into the exhibit.  All the while we were all bubbling with excitement. 

We were told the wait would be 20 minutes, but it was really one hour.  But I can tell you, Lil Diva, her best friend, and I all said it was definitely worth the wait.  The pieces were breathtaking! The MET did a wonderful job creating the ambiance of beauty meets macabre with the backgrounds, music, and lighting.

McQueen was a man determined to make his mark in the fashion industry.  His bold cuts and angles are not meant to be worn by the timid....they were meant to be worn by women with a definitive confidence. The pieces are meant to be admired and fawned over.  He was obsessed with showing beauty even in what the masses perceived as grotesque.  His mind conceived fashionable masterpieces with items once thought to be impossible to wear.

With less than three weeks left till the exhibit closes, I consider myself one of the lucky ones that was able to revel in the sheer beauty of his most prized pieces up close.  If you happen to be in the NYC are between now and August 7th, do make it a point to visit the MET.  You will be glad you did!

"I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I'm dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen. "
- Alexander McQueen

Saturday, July 9, 2011

{If Money Were No Object...} Burberry Prorsum

These Burberry Handbags would make their way into my Fall wardrobe....

photos via Luxury Insider

Friday, July 8, 2011

{Fashion Friday} Mini Fashionista In the Making

 Last Saturday, on our drive back home, we decided to take a little detour to the Palisades Parkway Plaza....a premier shopping/dining mall in Nyack, New York.  It has been some time since we've stopped here.  And it's no wonder, a "small detour" took us about 4 hours!  This given, we didn't get to go to all the shops we would've wanted to go to!

Lil Diva was in shopping heaven!  Armed with $50 her Uncle Med gave her, plus an additional $20 she had saved up from allowances, she went to town.  I am delighted to say she has learned well.  She has an eye for what is "in", what is beautiful, and what is "on sale".  She paid full price for only two items (the "I just have to have this purse!" and the black tattered tank top.)  Below is her loot:

Tweens seem to have taken to the eighties style of off the shoulder t-shirts.  She purchased two... the hot pink with the music notes forming a heart, and the Panda (which is adorable).  She tried it on with the black tank top...not intending to purchase it, but when she realized it had a tattered look to it, she checked her resources and decided she just had to have it.
Here is a better look at her accessories:
Lil Diva has a wide array of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and hair accessories.  She has an eye for delicate and/or intricate pieces.  While most girls her age go for an arm full of bangles or colorful rubber bracelets, she goes for unique pieces that will not be quickly tossed aside.  As for the above purse.... she instantly fell for the Chanel-like quilting pattern, chain strap, and the delicate flower.  She can't wait to use it!

I myself walked away with a nautical striped tee with floral pin from Espirit, and 2 henley tees to add to my summer wardrobe.  It was so much fun watching her make her selections and walk away with a huge smile and her bag in tow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

"There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go."

- Richard Bach

photo via Dustjacket Attic 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{Weekend Highlights} Long Holiday Weekend

What a wonderful weekend!

* Overnight road trip to Norwalk, CT to visit with lifelong friends.
* Took a detour on the way back home Saturday to the Palisades Parkway Mall where Lil Diva & I found some serious deals. (More on that later in the week).

* Attended my friend's BBQ Sunday evening.... was great to catch up & relax.

* Took in the rays & enjoyed time by the shore Sunday with a day at the beach.

* Watched the spectacular fireworks displays from the comforts of our bedroom windows. With Mr. Man having to work today, we decided to pass on heading back to the beach.

This morning, Lil Diva and I met up with one of her good friends and went to the movies.  They wanted to see Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez.  The movie was really cute.  Perfect for the tween set.  I loved the film locations(Paris & Monte Carlo).  It was a great way to still relax after the long busy weekend.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

(P.S. The cutie none other than Lil Diva striking a pose at the beach, LOL.)

Monday, July 4, 2011

{Happy Birthday, America}

 235 years young!
 Wishing Everyone....
 A Healthy & Happy....
Independence Day!!!

All photos via Weheartit

Friday, July 1, 2011

{TGIF} Start of the Holiday Weekend!

Our holiday weekend starts now.... Wishing everyone a fun filled Independence Day weekend!

photo via Pinterest