Friday, January 30, 2009

Paris on my mind...


I am seeing alot on Paris lately, which brings amazing memories to mind for me (and makes me want to return!). I was engaged in Paris, now over ten years ago... how time flies! On the good ol' Eiffel Tower. Truly romantic. My mother and sister lived there for a while, and I had many incredible trips. I try to surround myself with "souvenirs" from my journeys, to keep my mind fresh with the past, whilst living in one of the most "present" cities, where nothing stays current over a year or two, let alone centuries! A few favourites that I came upon ...on Etsy, of course.
Don't miss the video clip at the bottom of Tumbleweed!
I love these Paris graphics by http://www.thegraphicmime.etsy.com/
I am such a fan of Lyse's work! Not only is she from the city of my birth (Montreal), but her work looks amazing on my walls! I only wish I had room for more (sigh). She is a lovely person.
Find her at www.imaginestudio.etsy.com

I love the vintage texture that Heather has used with some of her Paris prints. I am a fan of antique mirrors which this reminds me of. I just got this print, but she does have others! Pay her a visit... www.snappychic.etsy.com


Ahhh, 1955 in Paris by http://www.galsfly2.etsy.com/ brings to mind
the great book by Stanley Karnow, " Paris in the Fifties"
Check them both out when you have time!
Watch this charming interview with the Tumbleweed Toy shop owner. Located in the Marais in Paris, it truly makes you feel as if you are, indeed in Paris.
A must my next trip!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Art of Making Books

I came across one of the most insightful and inspiring sites on Cookie the other day. Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has an incredible site overflowing with ideas, tutorials and e-books, all geared at getting our children (and ourselves) out of the box and into some real creativity. I think we are becoming a perfectionist computer oriented society, which is fine. But do you really feel the art when it is professionally uploaded and then bound by Shutterfly? (I by no means do not like them... I just got a little shooken up reading this site). The concept of using natural, recycled, torn, imperfect materials was very fresh to me. So I immediately sat down with my 5 year old, and got started. And we haven't stopped. Every day he is wanting to make a new one, and they are amazing. My 7 year old is VERY envious, and eagerly awaiting the weekend. I am so excited because I see potential family and friend gifts, heirlooms to keep, all coming out of things that are lying around. This has been alot of fun so I wanted to share... who knows, maybe mamma will even get into it on her own!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Year of The Ox!

Kung Hey Fat Choy! Congratulations and Be Prosperous... Once again The Bellagio Conservatory has outdone itself. Featuring a 15 foot long Ox made of more than 15,000 living Alternanthera; an 18 foot tall Chinese God of Wealth and Fortune; I Ching coins; dings; Giant Pandas made of living Plants; a Happiness Bridge; a Koi Pond, and other displays. Part of my childhood was spent in San Francisco, and the Chinese New Year Celebrations there will always stick in my mind as incredibly exciting and such a burst of color and excitement! Not to mention all that it stands for. I hope that my boys will keep the same memories from our excursion yesterday! Many Asians come to Las Vegas for The Chinese New Year, so it is done up BIG...

Year of The Ox Lion Dance at The Venetian in Las Vegas

Performed by The Lohan School of Shaolin

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Minding Your Manners

What an entertaining read this is for any teenagers in your life, and in it you may also discover a few tips that you did not know . Written by Walter Hoving, former chairman of Tiffany's, anyone can now be a gracious dining companion. Sometimes I think that our lives are so on the go, that the "little" things like manners get forgotten. A quick and enjoyable read, and it looks great in a bookcase with it's classic shade.

Concise, witty, and illustrated with humor and style by Joe Eula, this classic guide is also an utter delight.
http://www.beverlyhillsmanners/ has a very informative website and classes, depending on which city you are in. My girlfriend took her kids there and was very impressed!
Nathalie

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Ultimate Giveaway...

I would like to thank you for visiting me... subscribe to my blog and I would be thrilled to custom hand embroider your Initial on one of my lovely lavender sachets and ship it off to you! More colors are available to see in my Etsy shop. Just subscribe, and shoot me an e-mail with your color and initial choice, and an address to ship it to!



Cheers! Nathalie

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Aloha President Obama!

I was so proud to see a former school mate take his oaths this morning!
Nathalie

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I Need More Wall Space!

There are so many great artists selling on Etsy, I could go on a crazy buying binge. Alas, my walls are already full. Very full. My husband calls our home the mini museum. But I am going to move some things around to make room for some of Shelli's art! You can check her out at www.dazeychic.etsy.com.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Think Pink

I am taking the fuschia and running with it! The photographs taken by the exceptionally talented Patrick Demarchelier for The Pirelli Calendar are so exquisite. See more of it here...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spring Fever

I know it is crazy winter in many parts, but here in Las Vegas we are having an early spring ( although I am sure the cold will return). My dear fashionista friend is having her yearly redecorating fever, and all of her talk has got me going too. I saw these pictures from Deborah Lloyd's Brooklyn brownstone, and I want to do a complete overhaul! The splashes of my favorite color inspire me like crazy...However for now I think I will be living vicariously through S.D.F.
Image Credits: Harper's Bazaar, January Issue
Ciao, Nathalie

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beat the Gray Days of Winter

After Christmas vacation, getting back into the swing of things with school and schedules is hard. When the mornings are dull I feel dull. Popping some color and pizzazz into the mornings helps me to get my spirits up, and enables me to perk up two very cranky little boys that most definitely do not want to get going to school. Blacks and greys are de rigeur with me, so accessorizing with color is key.
What happened to the days when a woman never left the house without some stylish chapeau upon her head? I love them, and for bad hair mornings they are a perfect cover up. This beauty will really get you up and moving, day or night. The hats at www.terrygrazianohats.etsy.com based in New York are so classic , yet modern.

"O'My Luve is like a Red, Red, Rose" Robert Burns would have luvved this gorgeous scarf! Classic Rose, by the very talented Harlequin Felt Works in San Francisco, is a sure guarantee to perk up any outfit on a gloomy day (or night). See the beautiful bouquet of assorted colors at www.harlequinfeltworks.Etsy.com.

"Vin Rouge" is chic yet practical for everyday ... Bayanhippo's Etsy shop has a bright assortment of lovely bags.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Love This...

I love the message and the colors. You can find Fleur Fatale, who is in Belgium, at www.fleurfatale.etsy.com.
I am hoping to be different in many ways this year... I'll see how it goes! Change is always good.
Have a great day,
Nathalie

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009

RESOLUTIONS
Welcome to 2009! I read somewhere that a small percentage of people are adept at making and keeping resolutions, but a majority of people responded much better to approaching things at issue as "how to best fix this... problem solving". I thought this was very interesting, and of course that's where my thoughts are today! I came across a couple of interesting tips I thought I would pass on. The first link is Healthy New Years Resolutions for Kids, from The American Academy of Pediatrics. The second link is from Gwyneth Paltrow's website, she gives alot of information on detoxing your body.
However you decide to approach goals for the New Year, I wish you much success!
Nathalie