I used to do a 5 Best Things column on Fridays, but when when I realized all those great moments were captured on my iPhone each week and shared through Instagram I thought I might as well call it was it is. So welcome to #Instagood Friday, a recap of a fantastic week!
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I confess, I sometimes use books for the covers. Trust me, it’s hard to style a coffee table or bookshelf with Kindles and iPads so in styling photo shoots I go old school paper. Read more about it on the New England Home blog where you’ll see my post.
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Perhaps it’s comparing apples to oranges, but on today’s New England Home blog I match the Best of Group dogs from Westminster Kennel Club’s annual competition with the work of certain interior designers.
Did Nate Berkus fall in with the herding group or toys? Are Tobi Fairley and Amanda Nisbet non-sporting or working? You’ll have to click here to find out.
Yesterday on the New England Home Blog I shared some of the shops I’ve been in this week that are decorated for the holidays. Some of my favorites were The Drawing Room in Cos Cob, Connecticut; Maynard Greenhouse in Old Saybrook, Connecticut; Kelley Wholesale Flowers in Boston; and J. Seitz in New Preston, Connecticut. All are independent, family-owned alternatives to big box shopping this season, and I hope you’ll support them!
For a link to the full post, click here.
While you’re in the Christmas spirit, check out some of the great window decorations on Connecticut-based kitchen designer Rebecca Reynolds’s blog too. She’s been posting great pics from across the country.
I’ve also been enjoying the spirit of the posts at The Buzz Blog and the gift and wish lists on Elements of Style, and the tabletop designs on Coco + Kelley. Now if it would just snow two feet so I’d be house-bound for a few days to read more! Happy Holidays!
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“I didn’t have anybody, really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life.”
I am so thankful for the people I have in my life who support me. My family, my friends, people I haven’t even met. I can’t imagine how much stronger I would have to be without their constant love that buoys me on good days and bad.
Tina Turner turns 73 today. She is the epitome of strength and character. She had something in her that carried her through those bad times. She had faith. It tells me I need to trust in my faith as much as I trust in my friends and family.
Last Thursday night’s New England Design Hall of Fame was an amazing celebration of the incredible design talent in our region. Seven new members were inducted into the elite group. They include:
I hope you’ll have an opportunity to check out their work.
Yesterday on the New England Home Blog I shared some photos from the evening. Those of you following me on Instagram and Twitter also got a taste of what the day was like—lots of practicing and polishing the introductions I wrote for the inductees while having my hair and makeup done.
This year’s dress was a vintage black column with vented sleeves that I found at B. Johnstone’s in Kent, Connecticut. Check out their Facebook page to see what other vintage finds they have available. Owner Bartley Johnstone, a former fashion designer and Parsons grad (Marc Jacobs was one of her instructors) picked out an antique belt to go with it that was reminiscent of the baroque look Ralph Lauren put on the runway for fall.
I’ve used a number of makeup artists over the years, but last week scheduled a Mac appointment on Newbury Street. The girls there also work at fashion week in New York and did an amazing job considering what they had to work with. I even tried false lashes for the first time and am hooked!
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