Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Because


"Just because" gifts are simply the best! I came home last night after a lovely dinner out with girlfriends (work colleagues from my first job who I have kept in touch with for 20+ years!) to a very excited 6-year-old who was too giddy with excitement to go to sleep. She was excited because she and Geoff got me a "just because" gift and she couldn't wait to give it to me. She got out of bed and pulled this fabulous red box out from under her desk, and I couldn't wait to open it. For anything from Jonathan Adler is sure to delight. And delight it did.

Sofia specially selected each of these Pop Highball Glasses. They remind me of glassybaby, of course, and they are such practical, yet whimsical, water glasses. Not only do I appreciate Geoff and Sofia's thoughtfulness immensely, but I just loved seeing how much Sofia delighted in giving.

My mom always told me "It's better to give than receive." I didn't fully appreciate that concept until I was an adult. Maybe Sofia is "getting it" sooner than I did. I sure hope so. For there's nothing so delightful as giving something you know will make someone so happy. And what better reason than "just because...."

Happy weekend friends. Hope it's colorful and delightful.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Golden Daffodils

"The sweet o' the year, when daffodils begin to peer."
I'm afraid we're towards the end of daffodil season, but I have thoroughly enjoyed several varieties in my house this year, especially these ones with orange centers, on my kitchen counter and scattered around my house. 

And as a birthday present for a friend tucked in a sweet Little Shirley vase...

The only good thing about daffodil season coming to an end, is that means their rainbow-colored siblings, otherwise known as tulips, are starting to bloom. Next week during Spring Break, Sofia and I are excited to go and tromp through the colorful tulip fields in Mt. Vernon.
In Grace Notes, Alexandra Stoddard reminds us:
 "Spring and daffodils gently urge us to love life
and appreciate its mysteries."
So true! I'm totally loving life right now! I hope you are too!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy International Colour Day

March 21 is International Colour Day! Another reason to celebrate spring!  All around the world memorable colour activities take place on this day to celebrate colour as one of the
most influential phenomena in people’s lives and also one of the channels that contributes most greatly to the perception of reality.

Someone asked me recently why I like colour so much. I was kind of surprised by the question, because it seems everyone likes colour, even if they don't realize it. But I think the question was more about my LOVE of colour. I boldly proclaimed, "Because color makes people happy!"

I've put together a happy collection of some of my favorite accessories that I wear to add a pop of color to my life every day, not just on International Colour Day! 

Have a ROYGBIV day friends!



What's your favorite way to add color to your life?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crushing on Dazzling Blue


Happy first day of spring friends! It's my favorite season. I love the flowers, sweet scents and colors of course!

I'm really excited about Pantone's number 1 pick for Spring 2014: Dazzling Blue. Move over Radiant Orchid, I have a new favorite! (Actually I think Dazzling Blue and Radiant Orchid look fab together.) I'm totally crushing on this vibrant blue hue right now. I've never been a "blue girl" but this gorgeous color has totally captured my attention for Spring 2014.

I was so surprised by my infatuation with this color that I asked my color guru and Pantone color expert, Leatrice Eisemen, about it. Here's what she said:

"Dazzling Blue does not fit the usual 'conventional wisdom" of blue as calming and serene. Quite the contrary, it is in the family of 'electric' blues, carrying much the same energy of a vibrant red. Blue stars burn the brightest, a gas flame is blue (as opposed to red and oranges) and even Mars Candy got the message that a blue M&M is not only energizing, but attention-getting."
Aah, now I get it!


How will you add this dazzling color to your life this spring?
Here's how I'm wearing it for a meeting with a favorite client today. I'll throw on a Radiant Orchid scarf to complete the outfit and ward off the chill in the air today.
Finally, I just had to share this beautiful song that I heard while I was writing this post. I've never heard it before. Coincidentally, or not, it's about the color blue. "Blue - the most human color" is the line that really caught my attention. It's a lovely song. Enjoy! And enjoy this official first day of spring.

There's more beautiful Dazzling Blue inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Too Pretty Not to Share No. 3

I read an enchanting article about Sarah Jessica Parker in the February issue of InStyle magazine recently. Katie Couric interviewed her and I learned a lot about this wonderful fashionista, actress, mother, wife, activist.

I think this Chanel dress she's wearing is absolutely breathtaking... too pretty not to share! Not only are the colors gorgeous, but I love the feminine lace on the hemline and the draping neckline. Sometime SJP's style is a little over-the-top for me (which she talks about in the interview), but I think this is absolutely perfect. I wish I could recreate it. It would make a fun watercolor project.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Too Pretty Not to Share No. 2

I took a stroll through the Volunteer Park Conservatory this morning and what I saw falls into the category of Too Pretty Not to Share. I think I will start a series! I'm calling the above orchid collage "Color Exotica."

And this one is "Orange and Coral - Ooh la la."


And this one is "Hydrangea Gazing."


Nature is absolutely amazing. These flowers are so gorgeous and such a gift - to be shared. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



Friday, March 14, 2014

In Full Bloom

I am counting the days until the first day of spring and when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in the University of Washington Quad. In the meantime, I ordered a tin of this Cherry Blossom green tea from Harney & Sons. 

Spring is my favorite season of the year - so fresh, colorful and fragrant. What are you looking forward to most about the coming season?

Happy weekend friends.