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Saturday Loves 18

I was incredibly grateful when September arrived!  

The August heat was nearly unbearable…during the day perspiration rivulets flowed endlessly down my forehead, across my chest, and underneath my breasts; while muggy sleepless nights left me depleted of energy during the day.   

Incredulously, September has been even hotter than August.  I manage to stay cool by eating chunks of chilled watermelon, cherry mint granita, and baring all clothing.  

It is the latter that has confused wonderful hubby, who continuously mistook my nakedness as a passionate plea for whoopee (lol)…How could anyone ever confuse the two in 95° to 103° F  temperatures?     

Recovery from July’s auto accident coupled with the excessive heat proved too much for my To Do lists, and sadly the past 6 weeks have been one of my least productive periods in recent memory.  

Heatwave’s spell has finally broken.  I’m feeling much better.  I’m back in the saddle ready to ride new assignments. 

A few delightful and noteworthy links that have caught my eye and inspired me…  

Wishing you a lovely and productive week! 

photography by Eric Hausman for Luxe

Inspired by European farmhouses, this stunning Wisconsin residence features three stories of ceiling to floor glass windows that provide endless viewing pleasures of Lake Geneva.  This interior is not to be missed! Photographed by Eric Hausman for Luxe Interiors + Design.  Discovered via Savor Home.

Pineapple and Ginger Mint Julep | Drizzle & Dip
Pineapple and Ginger Mint Julep looks incredibly refreshing.  Not to mention pineapple and ginger are two of my favorite ingredients.    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Photographer Samantha Linsell for Drizzle and Dip

photographer Boo George
Glamour and opulence in Capri,  Italy as photographed by Boo George for  Vogue Japan October 2014 via The Citizens of Fashion.

photographer Carla Coulson
The  benefits  of  a  healthy diet  never  cease to amaze me  (as I snack on Dark Ale Spice Gingerbread from Sycamore Kitchen).  

Photographer Carla Coulson shares her inspiring personal account and the remarkable progress she’s experienced as she battles Graves Disease, Alopecia Areata, and Lichen Scierosous.   

Ann Street Studio | Ghana

A striking photograph!  I love the color, framing and composition in this image.  In addition, depth is created by having a strong foreground and background, that produces visual richness.  Ann Street Studio ventured to Ghana and shared their journey here.  

I apologize for my tardiness in posting this entry…weekend activities and chores got the best of me and I wasn’t able to finish until 5:30 am this morning.

Fashion Editorial | Dark Horse

Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Twenty-two year old  American  fashion model,  Karlie Kloss  stars  in Dark Horse, a lavish equestrian inspired fashion editorial showcasing a rich palette of Autumn colors.  

Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Chic Glamorous and Splendid | Photographer Mario Testino for Vogue Magazine
Photographed in Peru by Mario Testino for Vogue  Magazine September 2014.  source:  Visual Optimism

Reading List: Summer 2014


Chic Glamorous and Splendid Blog | Summer Reading List

I thoroughly enjoy reading stimulating and thought-provoking mysteries.   However, for this summer’s reading, all book selections were chosen because they possess evocative, descriptive, lyrical, poetic, sense-tingling, and lush prose.  I think I’ll wait until Autumn to settle into a couple of well written mysteries.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras | The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce | The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro | An Equal Music by Vikram Seth.

Unfortunately, I have a bit of bad news to share, two days ago, I was involved in a four car collision on the freeway.  I am incredibly grateful that there were no major injuries; however, I am experiencing body aches and pain.  

As such, I have decided to step away from blogging for the month of August.  I look forward to returning in September…with a couple of fun announcements.

Wishing you a joyous and wonderful summer!  Take care.

Saturday Loves 17

Good Morning Friends.  Happy Weekend!  

I’ve been such a good girl…I’ve completed all of my weekly chores and I plan to enjoy a leisurely weekend filled with reading Being Dead (I know such a morbid title), a visit to Crate and Barrel to purchase Emma flower vase, candle-lit dinners followed by romantic strolls along the beach, and of course, cardio at the gym.  

And speaking of cardio, a recent addition to my workout playlist:

Wishing you a most splendid weekend…one that’s filled beauty, joy, and relaxation.  Enjoy!

Montreal based fine art photographer Irene Suchocki has shared lovely images of Waipi’o Valley, Hawaii.   Networking for Introverts is a keen, insightful, and helpful blog post written by Christina Thompson for Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Chorizo Sausage Hot Dogs with Chimichurri Sauce

I must confess, I am not a fan of hot dogs, they just seem so unhealthy.  However, these Mexican-Style Chorizo Sausage Hot Dogs with chimichurri sauce and roasted jalapeño salsa, I would pay a king’s ransom for just one bite, okay, maybe two bites. Photographer unknown via Anthropologie.

Danielle Knudson photographed by Ryan Fujiki

This fashion editorial featuring swimsuits caught my eye.  Ryan Fujiki photographed Danielle Knudson for Fashion Gone Rogue.

Sculpter Robin Wight

Wildly imaginative!  Wishes is the latest stainless steel fairy sculpture designed by Robin Wight for the Trentham Estate.   Wight, an engineer, software designer, and artist crafts his fairies from galvanized and stainless steel fence wire.

In Wishes, Wight created a fairy fighting to hold onto a dandelion in the wind while spreading wishes everywhere. The inspiration behind the fairy sculptures can be found here.  Discovered via Colossal and Fantasywire; photographer unknown. 

Katty Schie Beck Real Estate

I’m smitten with this interior.  The natural elements of wood and marble combined with a minimalist aesthetic inspires me.  Katty Schie Beck Real Estate discovered via Anna Gillar.

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey delivered a humorous and inspiring commencement address to the 2014 graduating class at  Maharishi University of Management.  The memorable quote from his speech:

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.  What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it…

My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him.  So he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was twelve years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.

I learned many great lessons from my father.  Not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Discovered via 99u and YouTube

Wish List: Summer 2014

I hope you’re in the midst of a lovely productive week filled with all the joys of summer. As I write this, I have drifted away from my wish list and all I can think about is baking a blueberry pie and pairing it lemon verbena ice cream.  Mmmm…

Chic Glamorous & Splendid Blog | Wish List Summer 2014
Above are a few lovely items on my wish list.  Have a terrific week!

On occasion, friends and I gather at Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe in Santa Monica for weekend brunch.  I eagerly await the release of their new cookbook.

Sipping organic green tea is one of my simple pleasures.  How I adore this Italian handcrafted porcelain Garden Tea Set.  

The Eau Particulière Body & Home Spray by Diptyque smells like herbaceous roses with a lingering undertone of musk.  I’m looking forward to using this to lightly spritz the linen closets.

I’m pleasantly astonished that drinking Rosé has now become fashionable.   Recently, we celebrated our wedding anniversary with a romantic getaway to New York City. Fortuitously, we were able to secure dinner reservations at Eleven Madison Park Restaurant.  We were served Champagne Chartogne Taillet ‘Le Rose’ Cuvee Rose and we were immediately seduced by creamy notes of rose, strawberry, and almond coupled by a crisp finish.  

I become weak in the knees for mouthblown, hand-cut crystal and the Samira Champagne Flute by Theresienthal  is no exception.

I have an unending love affair with books, pearls, photography, and fresh flowers. Designed by Elsa Peretti, I adore this updated version of the classic pearl earring…brilliant round diamonds set in platinum with South Sea Keshi pearls.  

Who better than the ever chic Kate Spade to write a book on Manners, etiquette, and the art of graciousness?  I’m anxious to read The Paris Journal, as I highly suspect it will be a captivating read. 

I can’t imagine my crystal and glass collection without the addition of the Tino Decanter.  I’m attracted to the long feminine tapered neck, curved shoulders, thick sham, and the masculine handcrafted stopper.

I celebrate my birthday this week!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll receive a floral arrangement similar to Niche Spray.  I find my floral tastes are drifting from classical round arrangements to more contemporary and  modern arrangements.

The Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera looks like fun.  In addition, it’s perfect for use in organizing closets and storage. 

I’ve had the Orlebar Brown ‘Jacob’ Long Sleeve Tee bookmarked for a couple of weeks waiting for it to go on sale.  As luck, would have it, during the sale they sold out. I’ve kept it on my wish list, just in case, they design the Tee in a new color for Autumn.

The Franco Sarto Gia Sandal (available here and here) is casual yet chic and will make a fabulous birthday present from me to me.