What a wonderful world…

I see trees of green…

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red roses too

Red roses too, I see them bloom…

 

For me and you 

For me and you

for me and you

for me and you

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what a wonderful world…


What a wonderful world

  

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I see skies of blue, and clouds of white

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and clouds of white…


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The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

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the bright blessed day

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the dark secret night…

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And I think to myself, what a wonderful world 


The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

so pretty in the sky 
Chagall


Are also on the faces of people going by

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Picasso

 

Klimt 

 

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of people going by…
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are also on the faces….

 

on the faces…
beautiful faces…

 

I see friends shaking hands, saying, “how do you do?”

Friends

 

old friends…

 

shaking hands…

 

They are really saying….

They are really saying, “I love you.”

I love you 
I love you…
I love you, I do…


  
  

I love you 

I hear babies crying. I watch them grow

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I hear babies crying…
I watch them grow…

  

They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know


  


And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…

and I think to myself…
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what a wonderful world…

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world




Louis Armstrong 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Christmas is the most beautiful holiday of the year and even though we have managed to commercialize it to a point of no return it stills holds a profound meaning to me and to millions of people around the world … I believe all Christmases are happening at the same time, just like in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”  We are all connected, we are all the same….  I wanted to share with you the Christmas images I’ve been having lately in my mind and heart. I hope that you enjoy them and that they touch your heart as much as they did mine!

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS...
CHRISTMAS IN ITALY
YEP! WHAT HE SAID!
YEP! WHAT HE SAID!
My husband at Piazza San Marco in Venice, a long, long time ago... As I like to say: He was born the first half of last century! Sounds impressive, doesn't it?! (at the very end, 1949)
My husband at Piazza San Marco in Venice, a long, long time ago… As I like to say: He was born the first half of last century! Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?! (at the very end, 1949)
MORGAN WEISTLING
MORGAN WEISTLING IN A PERFECT INSPIRATION OF A PORTRAIT OF LOVE

“FOR IT IS GOOD TO BE CHILDREN SOMETIMES, AND NEVER BETTER THAN AT CHRISTMAS, WHEN ITS MIGHTY FOUNDER WAS A CHILD HIMSELF.” 
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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PURE LOVE
PURE LOVE

WHAT KIND OF LOVE?! PURE AND UNCONDITIONAL!

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HOLLYWOOD WHAT?

PONT ALEXANDRE - LES PONTS DE PARIS...
PONT ALEXANDRE – LES PONTS DE PARIS…

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INNOCENT PERFECTION

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS… IS YOU!

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STILL REMEMBER….NOT ONLY FOR DECORATION…

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I LOVE YOU… I REALLY DO…

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EVERYTHING WENT QUIET …TIME STOOD STILL… I’LL ALWAYS HAVE, MY FATHER AND MY LITTLE BROTHER IN MY DREAMS…

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IS THAT YOU MY GUARDIAN ANGEL?! YOU LOOK EXACTLY LIKE HIM!

THE 'PEPINIERE' PARK IN VILLERS-LES-NANCY, FRANCE
THE ‘PEPINIERE’ PARK IN VILLERS-LES-NANCY, FRANCE

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FAMILY WILL HOLD YOU FOREVER, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE..

IT'S STILL CHRISTMAS, EVEN IN THE STREETS... STILL CHRISTMAS…EVEN IN THE STREETS…

VENICE STREETS ...
VENICE STREETS …
MAGIC
YOU CAN’T APPRECIATE SUMMERS WITHOUT WINTERS… YOU CAN’T APPRECIATE WINTERS WITHOUT SUMMERS!
I REMEMBER
MEMORIES OF MY FATHER
SIMPLY CHRISTMAS..
SIMPLY… IT’S CHRISTMAS!
CHRISTMAS JOY...
AMAZING GRACE!
COLMAR, FRANCE...
COLMAR, FRANCE…
OH MY, HE IS REAL!
OH MY, IT’S REALLY YOU SANTA!
REALLY?
I KNOW, I KNOW… I’M MISSING MY RED NOSE! I WAS IN A HURRY…
DADDY IS HOME
DADDY IS HOME! PLEASE HOLD ME!
WHAT MATTERS IS TO BE TOGETHER
THERE IS NOBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD I’D RATHER BE WITH…
OH BOY!
OH BOY! I’M BEAUTIFUL…
DO YOU WANT A LITTLE GIRL FOR CHRISTMAS?… I COME WITH A TEDDY BEAR…
WE HAVE TOO MUCH... YES, WE DO.
WE HAVE TOO MUCH… YES, WE DO.
THE CHRISTMAS SOCK... I RATHER BE COLD THAN WITHOUT DREAMS
THE CHRISTMAS SOCK… SHE’D RATHER BE COLD THAN WITHOUT DREAMS
MILK AND COOKIES
MILK AND COOKIES, FOR SANTA AND ME!
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, YES INDEED!
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, YES INDEED!
NORMAN ROCKWELL
NORMAN ROCKWELL … AMERICAN GENIUS !
THE PRETTIEST TREE IN THE WORLD
THE PRETTIEST TREE IN THE WORLD

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WHEN MOTHERS RULED THE WORLD!

WHEN ANYTHING WAS ENOUGH!
REMEMBER WHEN?
1936 A CHRISTMAS DINNER
1936 A CHRISTMAS DINNER
THE HEART OF A CHILD...
THE HEART OF A CHILD…
WINTER WONDERLAND
WINTER WONDERLAND
LOVE
EN UNAS MÍSERAS PAJAS… APOYADO SUAVEMENTE, DESCANSA SU PURA FRENTE… (MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS WHEN I WAS A CHILD)

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I HOPE!
I HOPE! I BELIEVE!
RED MIRACLE
DUTCH MIRACLE
THE RABBITS CHRISTMAS
THE RABBITS’ CHRISTMAS
YES, WE HAVE ENOUGH TOYS...
LET’S TELL EVERYBODY THAT YES, WE HAVE ENOUGH TOYS…
NEW SHOES!  JOY!
NEW SHOES!! AUSTRIAN BOY DURING WWII
AND ENOUGH DECORATIONS...
THE SKINNY BOY WITH THE SKINNY TREE, NO, IT’S NOT ABOUT A SIZE “0”
THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Harry
Harry, are you still there waiting dear?  No child should have to wait in christmas!  It still hurts when I see you there like that, after so many years…
PICASSO
PICASSO
CONTEMPLATION
CONTEMPLATION
WHEN ALL WAS WELL IN THE WORLD
WHEN ALL WAS WELL IN THE WORLD
WONDER!
WONDER

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

CHRISTMAS IN COLMAR, ALSACE...
CHRISTMAS IN COLMAR, ALSACE… FRANCE

The Color Purple and It’s Fifty shades

Pantone’s Color of the year, RADIANT ORCHID is finally on it’s way out and I’ve put some pictures together to remember it’s kindom, even though most of  these photographs are older than 2014! … What brings me to the reason I am writing this post, classic Design is Timeless, either in Fashion, Architecture or Interior Design. Classic lines, impeccable taste and quality materials can make some pieces last almost forever or at least a really long time.

Pablo Paniagua
Pablo Paniagua

Accessories are the key to update a look. Use accent pieces to refresh your decor and wardrobe and to bring color and a little bit of an edge to your spaces and your closet. A few pillows, a throw, some books, flowers and pieces of art will be plenty if you feel the need to follow the “new” fad, the new trends … A belt, a Scarf, a piece of jewelry, a pair of shoes, even your make-up can bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe without looking overdone or like everybody else. Always use the new color sparingly, as an accent, never all over. We are talking about colors, not neutrals, a monochromatic color palette and an accent color is always a winning combination.

Elie Saab
Elie Saab, Fall 2014
Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany
Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo
Wall Street, Purple light
Wall Street in Purple light

Elegance feels effortless and natural and always should have your personal touch!. It’s something you create and develop throughout the years. Start small, add just a few pieces at a time, don’t get something you don’t absolutely love… or at least we should all aim at that!

For the sake of Harmony and Flow, I did not follow my own advice in this post while putting together all the images. You are in for a PURPLE RAIN overdose and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!   Thanks for stopping by.

– CAROLYNE ROEHM

Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm
Bottega Venetta
Bottega Veneta
Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tory Burch
Tory Burch, Fall 2013
Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana
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Heider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann

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– SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

L'hotel de Paris !
L’hotel de Paris !

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– wedding flowers! what a gorgeous palette!

Lanvin
Lanvin

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– LANVIN JACQUARD

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– CHLOÉ

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– Exquisite and elegant table!  Purple is always such an elegant and sophisticated color.

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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– KAZUO SHIRAGA

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– CHIHULY

PURPLE FLOWERS IN SILVER VASE

PURPLE SHOES

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– PORTERS CHAIR

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– NATALIA VODIANOVA FOR CALVIN KLEIN EUPHORIA

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– J MENDEL

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA EARRINGS, NECKLACE AND CUFF

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Valentino

– VALENTINO

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– DE GOURNAY

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– EDGAR DEGAS, “LA TOILETTE” I JUST ADORE THE HUES…

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– CHRISTY TURLINGTON

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– LAZARO

– LANVIN

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– DIOR

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– DALLAS FLORAL DESIGNER CAROL GARNER

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– MARIE CASSATT

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– HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Caroline Rhoem
Carolyne Roehm

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– THE IRONER, PABLO PICASSO

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– THE CELLIST, BY AMADEO MODIGLIANI, 1909

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– LA TOILETTE, TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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– FIESTA EN FIGUERES  SALVADOR DALÍ

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– VINCENT VAN GOGH, UNDERGROWTH WITH TWO FIGURES, 1890

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Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm

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– CATERINA LEMAN

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– ATELIER VERSACE FALL AND WINTER 2013/14

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manolo blanic

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– CHRISTIAN DIOR

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Purple hearts
PURPLE HEARTS