Friday Favorites, inspiration for weddings and events

I believe images are powerful and inspiring, if we stop limiting our perceptions to the obvious, a world of possibilities and wonder lays ahead of us.  Happy dreaming or happy traveling of the mind and a great weekend everyone. Thank you for stopping by!

Emmanuelle Beart, French Actress. So beautiful, I would get married in that dress in a heart beat!
Emmanuelle Beart. So beautiful!   That would make an amazing wedding dress, wouldn’t it?
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Baccarat... a million crystals of inspiration!
Baccarat… a million crystals of inspiration!
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Colin C. Beyond...
Colin Cowie.  Beyond talented!
Colin Cowie, one of the best!
.. He is definetly one of the best!
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
All the right combinations..
All the right combinations..
Rosie Huntington
Rosie Huntington
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Colin Cowie, The Bridal Circle
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Summer dream..
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Everything pretty is the rule!
Everything pretty is the rule!
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Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon.
Spectacular shoes!
Spectacular shoes!
Little Flower girl
Have you ever seen something more adorable?
Vintage feel with all frames
Vintage feel with old frames
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Camilla Belle, Jezebel magazine
Paris in boom. Cherry blossoms!
Paris in bloom. Cherry blossoms!
Like Ice candy!
Like Ice candy!
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When words are absolutely unnecessary and redundant.
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Infinite posibilities
Infinite possibilities
Libanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Lebanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Eugenia Silva for Armani, founded at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Eugenia Silva for Armani, found at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy...
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy…
Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone
Gold and Black, perfect.
Gold and Black, perfect.
Black and Gold
Black and Gold
Just what I needed!
Just what I needed!
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Powder Pink..
Pink Powder…
Elie Saab, timeless..
Elie Saab, timeless..
Beautiful bride
Beautiful bride
Colin Cowie weddings
Colin Cowie weddings
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Valentina Zelyaeva, Ralph Lauren.
Ralph ... always and forever...
Ralph … always and forever…
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La vie en Rose ..
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat, it’s a symphony for the senses!
Colin Cowie
Colin Cowie
Little Flower girl
Little Flower girl
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015. What is this doing here?  I love the anticipations for things to come… in every single way!
How beautiful is that?!...
How beautiful is that?!…
Art...
Art…
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George V Hotel, Paris.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta
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Ralph...
Ralph…
Ralph Laurent. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!
Ralph Lauren. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!

Once again, enjoy your weekend and make it count! Intensity can be experienced in many unexpected ways!

AUTUMN CONFIDENTIAL – Fall Front Porch

I finished the front porch’s urn today.   Perhaps I should have waited to finish the door’s wreath to post this but I’m not sure I am going to make one.  The porch is kind of small and since I made the planter pretty big I don’t want it to look like too much for the space!

I'm not sure it's going to stay like that because it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I am able to "edit" whatever I am doing.
I’m not sure it’s going to stay like that, it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I’m able to “edit” whatever I am doing.
First I added a few branches I cut from the field behind my house
First I added a few branches I cut from the field behind my house ( the next day they started to die and look bad!) So far for pretending to be Martha! I was feeling so proud and decisive, resourceful and assertive!  I was playing the role of Martha Stewart in my own movie, fake it until you make it! like I knew what I was doing!… Ha! those branches showed me! They bursted my buble.  I didn’t want the neighbors to see!!!  the same ones that approached me the day before enchanted with my creation! I took the compliments graciously!  The next day I was exposed! I’m just a city girl (Girl?… oh well!  why not! you can’t see me from there anyways and that’s the way I feel almost everyday. Almost.) A city girl that ended up living in the midwest, who admires those wonderful master gardeners with their beautiful lush gardens, (they seem to be everywhere here with their additional organic vegetable gardens!)  but who doesn’t know a thing about plants!  I know how to play with them, decorate with them, combine them, create pretty things with  them but It seems I also know how to kill them….Enough said.
I wish I had done something like this...
I wish I had done something like this… When the kids were little I actually took the time and the money to do it, now I just want to be Martha or… why stop at that?! the amazing Carolyne Roehm! Walk graciously through my gardens selecting and picking, ( with no apparent effort and without breaking a sweat) the fruits of my crops and all nature’s bounty that appears to surround them at all times!
Not yet
My gourds, (or little pumpkins thingies) look like duckies or swans! so cute 😉    You see? playing already!
I'm not sure it's going to stay like that because it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I am able to "edit" whatever I am doing.
This might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow.  It is important to always step back, take a moment or two to relax, rest your eyes, do something else and then you’ll be better able to edit and to judge what is working and what is not. At least that works for me.
Evergreen from the front yard added, check!
Evergreen from the front yard added, check!
didn't wear gloves
I didn’t wear gloves while cutting the evergreen … Oh boy, those needles are nasty and have a kind of glue that stick to your fingers and it’s difficult to clean… All worthy! I love the fresh smell of pine
So cute!
So cute!
Close-up
Close-up.  Ain’t that pretty? Not bad for a city girl 😉
I know, too many pictures of the same thing... my only excuse is that I've seen other bloggers doing the same thing! I happens when they love what they do and they do it for themselves, just for the pure pleasure of creating something, knowing we are simple people enjoying simple things...
I know ! too many pictures of the same thing… my only excuse is that I’ve seen other bloggers doing the same ! It happens when they love what they do and they do it for themselves, just for the pure pleasure of creating something, knowing we are simple people enjoying simple things… and then, there is the Pros, the ones that really know what they are talking about and are here to teach, I admire them, I love them, I am not one of them.  It takes a lot, I should recognize, to get over yourself and just go for it, accepting your limitations, accepting your imperfections, it is ok to sing out of tune! What the heck… if we don’t, we’ll be missing the pleasure of the experience…. Is it worth it? Who do we want to impress? The only ones worth  the effort is our own selves and our families. That is a universal and eternal truth.   I must say, I’m not completely over my self, I still am self conscious and uncomfortable at times but less than expected. The joys of growing up, growing wiser, growing older and LIKING yourself, doing stuff for the pure pleasure of doing, experiencing, living, just because we can and loving the ride!
The big
The big pumpkin on the left looks devastated! Like it had received the worst news and had gotten depressed… it looks like a flat tire, doesn’t it?! It has the same look my dog has when he knows I’m about to leave, a look of sadness beyond believe, all flat and deflated on the floor, a picture of devastation… he deserves an Oscar for breaking my heart everytime!     Have you noticed the more irregular a pumpkin is, the more imperfections it has, the more appreciated, coveted, sought after and expensive it is!…. I wonder… shouldn’t it be like that with humans too?!

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I think I should stop right now and clean up, it's starting to look like a mess here!
I think I should stop right now and clean up, it’s starting to look like a mess here!
I started to take things away....
I STARTED EDITING, TAKING THINGS AWAY…I WANT TO HAVE MY HOUSE READY SOON.
And a very sweet memory of a long time ago... he is 20 years old now!
SWEET MEMORIES FROM A LONG TIME AGO! HE IS 20 YEARS OLD NOW, ON HIS WAY TO BE AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER DOUBLE MAJOR IN MATH AND A MARINE CORPS OFFICER!

Have a great weekend and go somewhere you can admire nature’s ever changing colours….

NEXT DAY

As predicted I wasn’t happy with the end result, the problem is that having a small space and it feels crowded right away. Pictures were taken with my iPhone kind of late in the afternoon so I didn’t have much light to begin with. Today the branches I added from the field behind my house had started to wilt …. I had to take them out of the picture literally. I decided NOT to make a wreath for the front door this year. I went to the basement to find a simple one I could work with, adding real branches and stuff like that, you know, anything that looks and feels autumn, like pine cones, cinnamon sticks, fall foliage, olive branches…. only to realized I had donated most of the stuff to the local thrift stores…. what to do?… so it hit me.  I don’t have to make everything just because I’m trying to write a blog, it is ok Not to want to work and just curl up with a book and a cup of cocoa and read!  Sounds good, right?  Sadly it only sounded good to me, I have homework to do, MATH homework… I hate math… but I have to do it…

Right then I decided it wasn’t bad to use a wreath I found from when my kids were little, who is going to say anything? and if so… who cares?  Simple, keep it simple… that is something I have to remind myself sometimes… it isn’t that I don’t know it, it’s just that sometimes I feel that I have to do everything from scratch and now I don’t want to. And it is ok.

Here are some pictures of my simpler front door urn. I edited a lot and I feel more comfortable with it. My house is way too simple and small for the first one I made.

I love Eucalyptus, everything about it.
I love Eucalyptus, everything about it.
Another one of the same thing..
Another one of the same thing… the evergreen is coming back, I know, I need to fill those gaps.
How pretty does the little urn look like?
How pretty does that little urn look like?!  Those orange gourds, with long twisted necks and bumpy skin look like swans to me, don’t they?!!!  I feel like a proud mother…
I think I like it
I think I like it, it just needs more eucalyptus as a filler to bring the whole thing together… but that won’t be happening today! I’ll buy it when I get a chance!
Not to disappoint,  I'm adding a couple of pictures of really pretty fall planters!
Not to disappoint, I’m adding a couple of pictures of really pretty fall planters!
Why am I doing this to myself ?! This is gorgeous.
Why am I doing this to myself ?! This is gorgeous. Those master gardeners I was talking about… I’m telling you…
I hear the angels singing !
I hear the angels singing !
I'm done.
Awww!  Now my little display looks almost funny …. I’m done. Happy Harvest xx

Entertaining and Tablescapes

We all know how important and fun it is to get together with our family and friends as often as we can.  Sharing a meal, cocktails or just a glass of wine is always a great time!  Gatherings around the table, either indoors or outdoors are where most of our best memories are created!   Now that the cozy season is coming, I just wanted to share some ideas for entertaining with you, hoping to inspire someone to give it a try and transform, perhaps a rather boring space, with only a few favorite things, repurposing them to create new memories in a beautiful setting of their own.

This is the perfect time of the year to celebrate being alive! Days are still warm, sunny and last longer than the ones soon to come … some people are squeezing everything they can from the last days of summer, throwing pool parties, barbecues and having fun with any excuse…Others are already preparing for the crisp days of Autumn and all the beauty and cuddling  they will bring, when the warmth of summer goes away only to be replaced, with the warmth inside of us and that of our homes… Which one would be you?

A crisp, white, freshly ironed, linen tablecloth
A crisp white, freshly ironed, linen or cotton tablecloth always looks perfect against the colors of nature, just add some fruits, flowers, a bottle of wine or iced tea, and your favorite dishes, prepared using fresh, local, seasonal produce and you’ll be on your way of having a great time, relaxing and enjoying life!
Mismatched chairs, a big part of the charm!
Mismatched chairs, old, old, tables, lots of candles … a big part of the charm!
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
Magic,
Magic, all we need is a little bit of magic in our lives…
Sometimes
Sometimes, no tablecloth is even required! Add a few cozy pillows for  color and comfort and … Voilà! A party is on it’s way
Breakfast,
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Tea Time, cocktails or dinner, either simple or sophisticated, there is no reason under the sun to deprive yourself of those moments that make life worth living!  All it takes is a little imagination and to run with it!
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Can you feel the love? If you don’t have flowers in your garden or time to go buy them…what about some lemons?! Limes? Oranges?! Fruits? Vegetables? Fruits and Vegetables? Bunches of Lavender? Rosemary and chamomile? Bowls full of sea shells? Sea shells right on the table, forming an ondulating runner? Pretty river stones? Some grass in a container?  Bulbs? Flowering Bulbs? …. A bunch of candles? A bunch of candles in mason jars? A bunch of candles under bottomless bottles of wine?!    Ok… I started to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump! Sorry.
Girasoles à la table!
Girasoles à la table! Goooorgeous combination of Girasoles and Succulents resembling in shape the Girasoles!
I rest my case!
I rest my case! No excuses. A little corner of paradise, the simpler the prettier! If you don’t have a deck or patio, or the grass is not growing as nicely in some place of your backyard…. put some gravel on it!- It is one of my favorite things- and some pretty potted plants! …  If you think you don’t have a big enough tablecloth…even better! Grab that mismatched, almost unused, flat sheet from a long, long, time ago, the one you fell in love with during your honeymoon! You know what I’m talking about! We all have them, those high thread-count, lonely, flat sheets…We used the heck out of their partners, the fitted ones, but for some reason, flat ones always remain intact. (?)   But of course! if you are one of the lucky ones who had collected vintage, french linens, while traveling in Provence…. Well, you are all set! Now is the time to use them, take them out of the linen closet where they lay forgotten, so much beauty deserves to shine. You don’t want to die without using them, right? The time is here and now. It is all we have.
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing... I love how organic
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing… I love how organic and back to basics this feels
Never underestimate the power of a few
Never underestimate the power of a few humble candles… nothing like it!
I you could, do hire some waiters, that would aloud you
If you could, depending on the occasion, hire some waiters, that would allow you to have a more relaxing and joyful time. If it’s not in your possibilities, swap services with your friends’ or neighbors’ teenagers!
Exquisite,
Exquisite! – But never allow your centerpieces to interfere with conversation, that is a huge mistake, even some event and flower designers still make, I think perhaps most of them do it only for photoshoot purposes. There is no reason for it, just pay attention to details and you will find a way to avoid being limited to only talk to the people sitting besides you, without sacrificing beauty and design.
If you think about it
If you think about it, you can replicate the same feeling of a tablescape you love without spending a fortune, it doesn’t matter if your special occasion doesn’t require an elegant setting, just a pretty one, you only have to follow the concept and simplify!

This one for instance, you could use tea cups, soup or cereal bowls for your centerpieces and place only a few flowers on them, that would cut your cost and time preparing it greatly and the scale would be more adequate for a simpler, more casual and relaxing event. Don’t forget to introduce more texture and movement to your centerpieces by using different heights, mixing different flowers, foliage, branches, grasses, even vegetables or just using only one type of flower for a very classy, elegant look.

It is OK to mix and match your plates and glasses, it is actually desired to be original and unique…. just be careful to follow a color palette you really like and looks good all together. Finally, always try to use cloth napkins, long, linen or cotton ones. There is nothing like it, no replacements for this one! (What am I saying? I do use paper napkins a lot! – More like paper towels actually… I like to choose my size!- but never when you have guests…. unless you are having pizza, of course… or something messy, or… I better shush it, I know…)

To feel like a princess for a night is priceless!
To feel like a princess for a night … priceless!
Oh the possibilities!
Oh the possibilities!
Crimson passion and greek key
Crimson passion and greek key! exquisite.
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Nobody like Ralph! He’s got the touch.
Ralph Lauren, enough said!
Ralph Lauren, enough said!    – I adore Chandeliers…. ADORE them, they are made of Light, Crystal, Magic and Glamour…  You gather all those ingredients and put them in a huge martini shaker.  First the most beautiful light, then the finest of crystals, a little bit of magic and some oh, làlàs for the Glamour…. Shake it vigorously and throw it to the skies! …… Voilà! Can you see them? I sure can.
There is something about hot pink and orange that make us feel happy, like we were in a big colorful sherbet refreshing dream!
There is something about hot-pink or fuschia combined with orange that make people really happy, like if they  were in a big colorful and refreshing sorbet dream!
Those chairs have the X Factor!
Those X back chairs are quite beautiful, always and forever. xx
It feels like home..
It feels like home…doesn’t it?  Not my home, just HOME
Dreaming of Tuscany
Dreaming of Tuscany
Magic
Enchanted night,  all your dreams might come true…
Oh la la!  you just need one friend for this one!
Oh là là!  You would only need one guest for this one…. and many, many candles!
We'll always have Paris
NOT FOR NOTHING WAS IT SAID:  “WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS”…

But, what about us?...

Did you like it? I had a blast! Photography transports me through space and time… What about you? What moves you? Good night 😉