what happens after dark?

I have often wondered what happens in a store after dark? I mean this question could be for anything: churches, bars, museums, and much more, but for me it’s always been about the stores. Retails, boutiques, so forth. So, when I came across this article my eyes lit up at the opportunity of spending just an evening in a shop, a small shop full of intrigue and fascinating things.  Click on the photo to get there:


fashion: oscar 2015 overview

While I am looking for ideas for what to wear to a fall wedding, I naturally stumbled upon this article about the Oscar 2015 fashion. Now, I know most stars change from the actual show to the after parties, but for the red carpet here are the best of the best and my best dressed list:


Best dressed in whites – Reese Whiterspoon



Best dressed in all black: Meryl Streep



Best dressed in spring: Octavia Spencer



Best dress: Jaime Chung



best dressed in blush: Everyone. This is the color I will be wearing



Best dressed: Jennifer Hudson



Sorry gents you should have stuck to black tuxedos



Best dressed: Zoe Seldana



recipe: chocolate covered almonds

When we were little, my mother bought chocolate-covered almonds, and brought them home Fridays after work. She’d remind us to eat them sparingly, and although my brother and I bobbed our heads; we snuck into her secret hiding place, and ate more. She knew it, but let it be.


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boutique hotel – st. james hotel – paris, france

This is the time of the year I crave Paris, and no matter what I do to not think about it, it just comes to me, beckoning me to take a trip. With this desire, I begin searching for hotels just to be prepared, in case my travel partner gives the okay to go.

Since I try a different one each year, the ST. James Hotel is my hotel of choice for this year. I’ve passed by it many times, and have added it to my list way back in 2012. As usual the château style is what attracted me to the building, and I realized it was a hotel, when I took a closer look. I think I fell in love with it even more when I stumbled upon this article. Definitely it will be the place I stay, when I go this year. Keeping my fingers crossed.




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wedding season is upon us and i’m involved this year

Yes, I was asked a few weeks ago to help plan a wedding. This is my fourth in 2 years. I used to average about 10 a year. I’ve scaled back since. But there are those few special people in my life, I cannot say no to, and so the planning has begun once more.

Over the weekend, we spend, dress/gown shopping, and checking out the venue for what appears to be a destination wedding. I figured anytime you travel two hours away from where you live, it’s a destination wedding.  In this case, it’s hoped to be in Monterey, California. I say hoped, because until you lock in a date, and make the deposit, it’s hoped.

So, stay tuned for those of you interested in wedding planning, or weddings in general, as I fill you in on the details here and there.


{photo source click here – Valentino Haute Couture white collection}