Fifty Shades of What?!

MARSALA

Gorgeous
Gorgeous

Marsala is the color of the year… Well, even though I like this shade very much, to me it gets too close to Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 seleccion.  Too close but not enough to be able to reuse the accessories of last year with the new shades or tints of the new one. To me last years Radiant Orchid was more in the cooler side, with blue undertones, this years Marsala is more in the warmer side, with earthy undertones like the wine from which it takes it’s name that comes from the surroundings of the Sicilian city of Marsala in Italy . (By the way,  I don’t think there is anything in the colder side in Italy! Everything seems to be warm and intense!)

I love this, I've been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones for ever and that light fixture is awesome
I love this, I’ve been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones forever and that light fixture is awesome
Pretty Woman memories
Pretty Woman memories

I don’t follow fashion or trends at all, I enjoy them but they don’t dictate anything in my world, unless I happen to fall in love with one of them.  What I don’t understand is that they pick the colors too close to each other, in the same intensity…. I would rather have them pick something complementary or a tint or shade of the color, so regular people who follow these things can have a better opportunity to play with what they already have just adding the “new” color, creating richer environments with more layers and personality and cooler wardrobes . Well, I’m not color expert or anything close to that but for what is worth, this is my fifty cents in this matter 😉

Some hues are gorgeous like this one
Some hues are gorgeous like this Ives Saint Lauren clutch
Carnival
Carnival
The colors of 2015
The colors of 2015
I'm a little afraid.... it's still Marsala, right?
I’m a little afraid…. It’s still Marsala, right?

I’ve had many people asking me along the years why a particular color, even white, didn’t work with what they had at home or in their closet, when it seemed perfect at the store… Undertones!  I won’t get into that, there are too many blogs and too many experts that already do that brilliantly, just trying to give one more reason why the experts at Pantone should pick something complementary or analogous, with the same or compatible undertones, that will work together and in that way make life simpler for people that don’t know much about the intricacies of color but they do know something is not working and they don’t know why!   Probably I’m wrong but it’s just my humble opinion… Still, I think they should do that at least two years in a row…

These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
Marsala, how much I love thee!  Seriously, I absolutely adore this colours here!
Marsala, how much I love thee! Seriously, I absolutely adore these colours here!

The title in this post is Fifty shades of … because I wrote another one called  “The color Purple and it’s fifty shades” talking about last year’s pick.  I’d like to put a link here but I have no idea how… it seems to me that I could reuse some of the images I used there… confusing!

How sweet is this?!
How sweet is this?!
Soft and intense at the same time
Soft and intense at the same time
Vera Wang
Vera Wang
Marsala shoes
Marsala shoes
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothco
Mark Rothko
Lacquered walls!
Lacquered walls!
Very rich
Very rich
Accent
Accent
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Burberry love
Burberry love
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Just like drops of wine in the snow...
Just like drops of wine in the snow…
Lovelies !
Lovelies !
You prepare a table before me...
You prepare a table before me…
Silence is golden! this is perfect.
Silence is golden and this is perfect!
More Marsala with gold
More Marsala with gold
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
O.P.
O.P.
The new palette
The new palette
A vase full of colour
A vase full of colour
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle...
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle… (Let’s assume the flowers are in some marsala shades and tones 😉 … we just can’t see!)
Definitely warm undertones
Definitely warm undertones
Olivia
Olivia …  must be so fun to dress like her!  Not particularly this one….
More like this one!
More like this one!
There will be cake!
There will be cake!
Scheherazade!
Scheherazade!
One thousand and One nights!
One thousand and One nights!
Rich wines tones
Rich wines tones,Valentino.  I love the booties.
There is something special about winter weddings... I think
There is something special about winter weddings… I think
And there will be more cake !!!!
And there will be more cake !!!!
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Nothing can compete with nature. It's perfect!
Nothing can compete with nature. It’s perfect!
Talking about warmth!
Talking about warmth!
Delicioso!
Delicioso!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
A magic carpet
A magic carpet
Pinch me to know I'm not dreaming!
Pinch me to know I’m not dreaming!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Very pretty
Very pretty
Shoes.... No woman is immune to that!
Shoes…. No woman is immune to that!
There is a time for everything
There is a time for everything, Marc Jacobs
Elegance
Elegance, Lucy in the sky, with diamonds…Thinking about

Emma… Thinking about “The Help” one of my favorite books!

Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
I needed a glass of wine!
… and I needed a glass of Marsala wine!
I love this photo, I needed the change so bad!
In love with this photo, my eyes were looking for a change..
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful! Is this cheating?  If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA!  Right?
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful!  Would this be cheating? If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA! Right?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Mercedes Marsala!....  sounds like a good name for an italian heiress !
Mercedes Marsala!…. Humm …sounds like a good name for an italian heiress!    Update 3-6-16  The author of this photo just contacted me and asked me to include the credit due to his work. It is my pleasure and I am grateful to be able to use his beautiful work.  Photographie 230SL ©Boris VOLCK   Website:  http://photo.borisvolck.fr  

http://photo.borisvolck.fr

Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
I love nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Burberry, I love you!
Burberry, I love you!
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Loving this dress
Loving this dress so much, I would only change the shoes
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous Peonies!
Now in the softer side
Weddings
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured jacket..
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured leather jacket..Perfect!
Shoe Confidential
Shoe Confidential… the power they hold…
Olivia Palermo, I love her closet ...
Olivia Palermo, in love with her closet …
Wine Dreams...
Wine Dreams…
Chains of life...
Chains of life…
Burberry
Burberry again
Sofas are the best
Sofas are the best, so inviting..
Très chic
Très chic
Green with marsala
With green?
Accents
Accents make a big difference! she is so beautiful..
 I find swimsuits and bigger bikinis more attractive than   tiny ones
I find swimsuits and two pieces sexier and more attractive than tiny bikinis

More Burberry

Subtle
Subtle and classy
more shoes!
Cinderella shoes
So fun!
So fun!
Marsala is the new black
Marsala is the new black
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Like a romance novel
Like a romance novel
Marsala in a glance
Marsala in a glance
Warm palette
Warm palette in velvet and gold
Flower guide
Flower guide

And now what? Just being me…

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I don’t know if there’s anybody out there that is ever going to read my words and I’m a bit scared of beginning this journey…. I’ve wanted to do this for a while and just postponed it over and over again …

After my youngest child of five left for college, I understood well the empty nester’s feelings!  Thirty-six years of being a full time mother!  I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself!   All that time I used to dream of having was now leaving me with an empty hole in the stomach and heart!  Oh the mixed feelings!!!… I was so used to being a mom that I wondered…. COULD I JUST BE ME?

What does it even mean being me?!  Who am I?!   What is left of the person I used to be? I hope I am a better version of my younger self, but who knows?!  We usually are, we are supposed to be …. Who doesn’t remember her younger self?  I do!   That girl full of passion who dreamt of being a lawyer, an interior designer, an artist, is still here, somewhere…  Why would I feel her so much otherwise if she wasn’t here, inside of me, kicking and screaming: Let me out of here!    It has become harder and harder to recognize the person in the mirror…

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It feels like Spring!

My flowers, one of a kind

Where did time go?  Am I still on time to live my own life, experience my own dreams?!   –  I have loved being a mom, totally and completely and still do.  My best moments are when I visit my children or they visit me.  Now for example, I have three of them home for a week, two of them on their way back to school and one on her way back home, my daughter, and I have her, literally  on my butt, following me around, asking me to start this!

This is supposed to be a blog about Interior Design, art, travel, photography and all the lovely things that make life worth living…Actually, I don’t really know what is it going to be about, but I should share a little bit of who I am while trying to discover it myself…

One of my flower arrangements

One of the reasons I found it so difficult to start writing is that English is not my first language, and obviously I’m not a writer.    Does it matter?  They say not to sweat the small stuff! Isn’t the content more important than the vehicle?  I absolutely think it is.   Never liked perfect things, never will. I think they are boring, uncomfortable and unnatural. I like things that feel real and possible, unique in a way, unaffected and spontaneous !    What this first post is about is … Do I have something interesting enough to say? Don’t we all?   Thanks to the awesome Belgian designer Greet Lefèvre from Belgian Pearls, a wonderful blog about design and lifestyle, I decided to venture into this unknown territory…. (Greet is from Belgium and has never allowed the fact of English not being her first language stop her from writing and sharing all the beauty that surrounds her, inside her home and out!  Go visit her blog, http://www.belgianpearls.blogspot.com  if you haven’t done it yet, you’ll be happy you did!   Thank you Greet for being an inspiration.

Little vignette using my flower arrangements

While my youngest boys were finishing high school, I went back to school to study Interior Design, I had always loved decorating and everything related to design and art and frequently have helped family and friends with that.   It came so natural to me, but I needed the title to feel I could have my passion become my business.  Now it’s time to start…  How to start? Where to start? – While I was in school,  I received some  generous comments about my work, telling me I was an artist!  I didn’t know what to do with that, it was so good to hear, but so hard to believe…. I always wanted to paint but never did, I kept telling myself, I wasn’t an artist!  It seems like I was expecting to be given permission to dare to try …  What is art if not an honest expression of your soul? A higher and universal language of communication…  Life’s too short to waste just wondering “What if…”.   Thanks to the encouragement of people in my family, I finally started painting this summer while on a three month trip overseas!   …  Being in South America, looking at the Pacific Ocean every day, made me feel inspired, like I could accomplish many things,  I guess I’ll have to press forward and keep trying … So, what is it going to be?  Who am going to become?  Let’s find out, shall we? Well, not you, just me 😉

A little vignette with my flowers

Hopefully you’ll find me in this magic cyber world and decide to keep me company for a while, perhaps you are in the same situation or going through a big change or discovery of your own? … If you happen to stumble by, please say hi!   Let me see if I can figure it out how to upload some pictures here.   …. AND IT WORKED! (These are some flower arrangement I made)  –  Just learning how to work this WordPress thing!

Next time this will be about something more interesting. Today I just needed to vent…

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