23 September 2008

{autumn is here!}

A start of a new season, beautiful colors, cozy clothes, and warm cups of delicious cider, chocolate, tea and of course coffee....yes, autumn is here! How I love these months and am in awe by the beauty that surrounds us in this new city. I can't help but think back to all the beautiful places I've lived {within the last decade. Yes, decade...I'm that old!}
Northern IdahoSouthern Idaho Paris, France Tulsa, Oklahoma Anchorage, Alaska Seattle, Washington

What a lovely season this will be! Happy Autumn!
{The pictures were found via flickr...}

18 September 2008


beautiful ribbon...
yards of home spun yarn...

spools of colorful thread... baskets of buttons...
jars of beads...
and walls of fabric...
J'aime the little "trims" in life that make each day beautiful!

17 September 2008



[sheen-yon, sheen-yuhn; Fr. shee-nyawn] a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn by women at the nape of the neck or the back of the head. Origin: 1175-85.}
I crave a good chignon today. With autumn almost here, I can't help but think about great scarves, fabulous coats and wonderful chignons! Don't you love pulling your hair back in a messy bun (or beautifully crafted one) in the Fall...or any season for that matter?

16 September 2008


Well, I joined a gym! {Finally.} Now don't freak out...but it is quite amazing what a week of working out did for me :: I know! Right?! I look amazing! Well, okay - so obviously that's not me. Getting back into consitantly working out though has been great. has put a new thought in my head: work out clothes. {hehe} Around labor day weekend I got a great new pair of shoes and even picked up some cute Under Amour wear. However, one shop I haven't purchased anything from yet, but really love, is lululemon. Starting in Vancouver, BC, they have expanded and have stores all over. They offer anything from cute shirts, leg warmers, cute gym bags, hair bands, awesome jackets and pants...

I'm feeling the need to go to U-Village to do some I can better work out, of course! {Hmm.}

15 September 2008

{Cox & Cox: repeated inspiration}

Cox & Cox. I really don't need to say anything more, but I'm brimming over with inspiration that I can't help but gab a bit. After reading Please Sir's "Throw a Party" post last week, where she featured a Jig Saw Cookie Cutter...I had to follow the link. My eyes were opened the moment I did! In fact, I found so many things that I liked, I just possibly couldn't share it soley on this blog, but had to break it up with my other blog too. Thank you Please Sir {who thanked Bliss} for the link to these wonderful items!

I just love the following collection of items! This vintage pillow and fragrant door stop. Or the laundry "helps", awesome LO VE pillows and vintage record coasters...

The following brings delicate beauty to any room...

I how practical yet unique these items are! {Check out that fire extinguisher!! Or those novice candle collars that protect your candle sticks!}

Of course, a nod to France...

These pics above were a bit more appropriate for this blog, but for the rest of my Cox & Cox faves, click here!

12 September 2008

{i miss you}

I'm missing all my lovely friends and family today! xoxo

{picture courtesy etsy}

11 September 2008


How grateful I am for my safety and that of my family. I love this dear country and those that fight to preserve her. I am blessed. Take pause and reflect on the significance of this date. May you be surrounded by those that bring you meaning and those you bring meaning to. May your comings and goings be greatly blessed today!

10 September 2008

{j'aime EXTERIORS...and some interiors too!}

For this week's edition of j'aime EXTERIORS, I couldn't help but to include some interiors as well. In the past I've focused on homes, but it was nearly one year ago that Heritage Days in Paris took place. And...the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine will recommence (9/20 & 9/21)! Therefore, why not "celebrate" with the beauty that Paris offers. There are SO many exteriors that "j'aime", but these are especially unique due to their inguaration into Paris Heritage. So... here we go to Paris!

Palais de l'Elysée - Official Residence of the President of the French Republic

Maison internationale

rear façade of the Maison internationale

Hôtel d'Avaray, Dutch ambassador's residence

Cité universitaire internationale

Lycée Henri IV

Manufacture nationale de Sèvres

Hôtel de Roquelaure - Ministère de l'Equipement

Château de Vincennes

Musée du quai Branly

{And for the interiors...} Palais d'Iéna - conseil économique et social

Palais du Luxembourg- Sénat

Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine - Palais de Chaillot

Galerie d'Architecture Moderne et Contemporaine (GAMC)

Galerie des Moulages

Manufacture des Gobelins

Musée des Arts décoratifs

Hôtel de Béhague - Romanian ambassador's residence

Hôtel Potocki

The historic beauty found in each of these photos completely inspires me! After looking through these and talking about traveling to France last night with Mr. Murphy, I can't help but long! Oh, how I long to get back there...{sigh}!

We'll be sure "visit" Paris/France again soon with some fun photos. Hopefully for now, these will bring you some unexpected mid-week inspiration!

::Lovely Wednesday to you all::


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