‘life is a banquet’ -auntie mame

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“…and most poor suckers are starving!” well, that’s what she said! i have to admit after the holidays i’ve done anything but starve but that’s slowly changing thankfully!  allo et bon saturday! this has got to be what’s considered ‘the middle of winter’. it’s even bleak here in miami and i’m wearing an irish sweater, cozy socks and a blanket around my shoulders! it’s the kind of day that makes me want to nest and enjoy some down time without the pressure to be out and about.

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have you been keeping any of your new year’s resolutions? i’m trying to remember if i made any…oh right, to enjoy life more. my new regime is to stop mult- tasking and focus on one thing at a time. for me that means a little work, a little blogging, a little pinterest, some nap time, some outdoor time and a nosh throughout the day instead of all at once.

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it got me thinking of my new obsession: food! they way we as a culture look at it, somehow we’re a little out of touch with it and how it affects us, what to eat, how much…wondering why we are bloated, acidic or even anemic. well i do anyway and this year i’m vowing to really think about what i’m putting in this little temple.

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the shots above were reminders that we can eat lavishly or eat sparsely as long as we eat well! just like a the way we set table top, it doesn’t take much to enjoy rich delicious, nourishing food.

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personally i switched from coffee to tea with no milk and have seen a big improvement already around my waistline.

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i love a hot meal and long for eggs in the morning. i found these recipies that actually answer the questions, what should i eat for breakfast today and

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will it help me look better in a bikini?

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liz got a bullet and has been making smoothies and soups. i adore all sorts of pureed veggies so i’m definitely putting that on the list next time i head out.

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i’ve kind of cut out bread at the moment (can’t last forever)! but love the shot above and the website is great. finally, i’m not really a vegetarian or vegan but am intrigued by the healthy lifestyle. there is a lot to consider besides what meat to have on the plate each night! below are some veggie recipies i’d like to try:

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and just for our notes:

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well, i’m getting hungry and do have a rendezvous so i better get to stepping. you can find a bunch of delicious pins and ideas here: pinterest.com/parisapartment/delicious

on one final note, it’s such fun to do giveaways and as i mentioned in the last post, i have so many that i haven’t been keeping up with and am making january the official month of the lotto!

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i was sent this book to review and it’s just adorable. the author has a great sense of humor and it’s full of her play on words and sweet illustrations. if you’d like to win a copy just leave a comment and we’ll draw on tuesday.

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and that’s a wrap. i’ll actually be on time if i leave right now so tout à l’heure and have a great saturday night!

January 4, 2014. Food, Life. 47 comments.

leaving a legacy

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good morning and happy friday! are you enjoying your in-between time?

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i love the days that separate the hubbub and mayhem. they’re filled with moments that are quiet and contemplative.

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they give us a chance to reflect on what we’ve just accomplished both throughout the year and in the past few weeks.

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the other day i was called a ‘media hoarder‘ by a genius at the mac store. i wasn’t offended but realized that so much is being stored, whether real or virtual. but if it’s not seen and shared, what good is it?

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it got me thinking about the written word, blogging, journaling, chronicling and creating. over the holdiays my god-daughters told me they wanted to learn script writing but it was being removed from their school curriculum.

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where would we be today without those who left their mark on the world with bound books, whether hand written, photographed or filled with pressed flowers and keepsakes?

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this post got to be a little long because i delved into one of my favorite obsesions: journals. it almost seems like a trivial pursuit but some of them are even published like peter beard’s above.

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i’m especially drawn to old textiles. each page is a once in a lifetime experience with real fabric and handwritten notes

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A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. The original diary is now a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. It was reproduced in the 1980s and published under the title A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics.

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second to fabrics is a love for pattern

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maybe it’s time to go through all the photos, the ephemera, scraps and souvenirs and turn them into something special.

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it doesn’t have to be complicated

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so for now i’ll leave you with some images i came across while working on the post. maybe it will inspire you to start your own journal this year.

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there could be one for travel

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another for fashion

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one for ideas

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a love of vintage

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things to accomplish

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recipies

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or something to pass down

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the one above is diane keaton’s and the the one below was cecil beaton’s!

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these may help jumpstart something for you:

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you can store them in something special and take them out as you get inspired to work on them.

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maybe it’s a sort of voyeristic thing but they’re fascinating to look through

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and endlessly entertaining and unique! no one but you can make yours!

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i believe writing is a powerful tool that we should foster, maybe scrapbooking too. with all the technology today it’s so easy to lose the magic of the page. if you keep a journal or are starting one this year, let us know and maybe we can share pages with scapbook saturdays or something fun like that. till then, enjoy your down time and i hope you have a great weekend!

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December 27, 2013. illustration, Journals, Life. 17 comments.

black is beautiful

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happy black friday! i hope you had a good thanksgiving. i’m home with mom and dad having a peaceful cup of afternoon coffee, just about to head out to a birthday party.

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it’s a good time to be home and i’m enjoying the chance of pace. in honor of black friday i thought it would be fun to feature the color (or lack thereof)…

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of course i’m just getting into it and it’s already time to go so i’ll have to make it quick!

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i hope you’ll forgive the non-sequitors!

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darn, time’s up, i’d better dash…luckily a little black dress can still change everything drab to fab in an instant! have a great friday night!

November 29, 2013. Life. 6 comments.

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