Category Archives: Inspiration


HELLO 2016!

Hello from the other side.  Nice to meet you, 2016!  I, for one, am dreaming of hitting the ground running in some fresh new kicks like these bad boys.  Sigh...

I love a new year and all of the promise it holds.  Nothing is better than a blank sheet of paper in early January.  In […]



FRIENDSGIVING

Last week I hosted a dinner party and chose this favorite Julia Child quote to print at the bottom of the menu:

"People who love to eat are always the best people."  Indeed!

While I was trying to track down the exact quote, I came across another pearl of wisdom from Julia:

"Remember, 'No one's […]



THE KING AND I

On this Father's Day, as you're whipping up celebrations for the special "Dads" in your life, I am sharing a little story of a recent "joint gift" that I gave my husband.  You know...the kind of gift that's sort of for him but mostly for you (or in this case -- moi!).  Let's begin with […]



SPRING FORWARD!

Can you believe that we "Spring Forward" on Sunday?  Wouldn't it be fun to wind this baby forward?

 

This winter has been so darn nasty!  I'm really looking forward to putting a * spring * in my step and embracing the gorgeous colors and florals that emerge with the the new season (far right, […]



HUGS & KISSES & NEW YEAR’S WISHES!

I love January.  In the first few weeks of the year we can sketch out some fabulous possibilities on the blank canvas in front of us.  That is...until February knocks on our doors and "the year" is officially under way -- a string of days, weeks and months flying by at a dizzying rate.  Before […]



Dine, Design, Delight

DINE:  I love trying new restaurants.  A hole in the wall?  Even better.  A hole in the wall courtesy of one of my favorite chefs?  Perfection.  Last week my husband and I made the short drive up to Westport to check out Bill Taibe's new Japanese concept, Kawa Ni.  Be sure to set the GPS […]



CRACKING THE CASE

In theory, I love the promise that an empty bookshelf holds:  Oh to fill that blank canvas with literature, art, photographs, mementos, souvenirs from exotic travels and curiosities large and small.  Built-ins or bust, baby!  Perhaps the only thing better than curating a cabinet of your own is perusing the shelves of friends, family members, […]



TOTALLY OBSESSED

TOTALLY OBSESSED with...

ALESSANDRA BRANCA:

Every time I pick up a magazine I come across gorgeous pictures of this talented designer's latest work.  Like this chic tablescape:

And these photos of her easy breezy Bahamian retreat:

Love it!

STEVE'S ROSEMARY LEMON SORBET:

Like all rad things, it's made in Brooklyn.  If you're lucky, you can find […]



Happy Blogoversary!

Break out the bubbly: "My Life in Parties" is turning one!  This was the first photo that I shared a year ago when I invited y'all into my house to chat about entertaining, gifting, design and all things fun and fabulous.

As they say, time flies when you're having fun.  Thank you for being fantastic […]



I MARRIED ADVENTURE

I have been pining for a copy of Osa Johnson's 1940 autobiography I Married Adventure for sometime now.  In it, Johnson -a native of Kansas- details her colorful and exotic travels to Africa and beyond with her husband, Martin, conveying their unique bond and deep love story along the way.

...So I am told.  I must […]