Monday, November 30, 2009

Naughty...or Nice?

My ever fashionista girlfriend showed up at a boys Laser Quest birthday party in know who you are! And I love them want them in the worst way. Hmmmm...which foot shall I put forward first?
By Kookaburra.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Brighten Your Senses

I have met so many wonderful and talented people on Etsy. I really would not shop anywhere else! I was blessed enough to be the recipient of an order from Meagan of Mockingbird Willow in Melbourne. Checking out her shop made me want to completely re-do my boys rooms with her art! There is nothing like a jolt of colour to get the sensory juices flowing.
Visit her Etsy shop here.

Friday, November 27, 2009


What a Thanksgiving...
I indulged far too much yesterday, and fear I have no energy to take advantage of Black Friday today! Online shopping perhaps? When you are invited to a Michelin Star Chef's home for dinner, it is hard not to have seconds...


What a lineup!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

" As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them"
John F. Kennedy
I found this wonderful old book on Etsy, and fell in love with the artwork by Helen Sewell. Parts of it remind me of Matisse in a way. I really enjoyed reading this with my children. After an over the top Willy Wonka party for my now 6 year old, and Christmas on the way, I try to remind them to be thankful as much as I can, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.
And I remind myself, too...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Art by Eleonora Spagnuolo

Sunset in Marrakech
I met Eleonora Spagnuolo through Etsy, she has graced me with a christmas order... I love her acrylic and paper on canvas works of art, the colours are so stimulating and deep. Please stop by her Etsy shop to see more!
Japanese Sky

Japanese Landscape

Sky in Helsinki

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Highly Anticipated Opening of City Center

The staggered openings of City Center start December 1st, when Vdara, the first building, opens. For those of us that live here in Las Vegas, we have been watching the construction of this even more "over the top" production with awe...surprising here, where everything is... well... over the top. I guess in a way it is a good thing the economy slowed things down, because, really, how could it have kept on going?
Even though I am not a frequent visitor to the "Strip", I will be down to check this extravaganza out
And will post some pictures when I do!
Have a great week,
A dreamy setting to dine in... Silk Road Restaurant by Executive Chef Martin Heierling at Vdara

The Bar at Vdara

Deluxe Suite at Vdara

City Suite at Vdara

On December 5th, The Mandarin Oriental opens...

Designed by Adam Tihany, and a restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire

You won't need to leave the City to shop...
At Crystals at City Center, shops such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, H. Stern, Bulgari, Cartier, Paul Smith, Kiton, Tom Ford, and de Grisgono will be found.
The Spa at Aria

"Aria" opens December 16... some highlights are:

"Elvis Presley" show by Cirque de Soleil


"American Fish" by Michael Mina

Jean Phillippe Maury Patisserie

Julian Serrano Cuisine

Sirio Ristorante by Sirio and Mario Maccioni


Bar Masi by Masayoshi Takayama, 3 Star Michelin Chef

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Honour of The Veterans

To all of the Veterans out there, today and everyday we thank you for all that you do and have done to make the world a safer place!
This is my Great-Uncle Ernie, who flew Spitfires for the RAF in WWII
He had alot of stories to tell!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Silks from Maharashtra

I have always loved sari's... the colours and the embroidery
are so visually stimulating. I got my Etsy Finds e-mail this morning, and saw one of these dresses by Silk and More's shop, and immediately stopped by. This red dress is so fabulous, I want it! I also want the necklace with it...don't know if it is for sale? I wanted all of these even more after stopping by Dust jacket Attic, she has an incredible post on a shoot in India that is stunning. Check them both out!
Have a relaxing weekend,
This has such great movement, really beautiful!

This dress was on the Front Page of Etsy

Beautiful Princess dress...

Of course I love the embroidery...

I love the colours!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Haunted Harvest at The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

If you are ever in Vegas and get tired of "The Strip", I highly recommend a trip to The Springs Preserve. Only 15 minutes away, it is a 180 acre cultural institution that commemorates Las Vegas' dynamic history, and provides a vision for a sustainable future. There are museums, galleries, an outdoor ampitheatre for concerts and events, colourful botanical gardens and trails, and a Wolfgang Puck Cafe with fantastic views of Las Vegas. We attended "The Haunted Harvest" that they throw for the first time this year, and will be returning every year. It was so decorated so phenomenally, and my boys are still trembling from the Haunted Hayride!
My fearsome red ninja!

The decor was impressive
Ghouls galore were throughout

The gardens were full of upcycled/recycled creatures

The cacti with lights were stunning

The gardens lit up with The Strip lights in the background

Origen Gallery entrance