Good morning all! August is here! Can you believe it. Where did July go? It has been very hot here until last week when we had cooler temps. I started attending to the flower beds. Wisteria was growing out of control. Some weeds were as tall as flowers. What started out as a few minutes of weeding quickly became two days. I immediately got sick with a summer cold which took me out for another three days. Before I knew, the week had gone by with no blog post and little done at home.
There are small lessons in ordinary days. The Wisteria shrub was growing at a few inches a day it seemed. I passed by it a several times a day. I really didn’t want to deal with it. I wanted to delay cutting it back because I was wishing it would produce flowers. What I learned, if it’s not producing results, cut it back. The Wisteria shrub looks healthy again and cutting it back was exactly what it needed. Wisteria plants can take 5 to 15 years to produce flowers. Life lessons come when we least expect, but need it most.
As I enjoy the last few weeks of summer and return to regular schedules and routines, it is worth evaluating what’s not working and what needs to be done to get results and who will stick by to support and encourage set goals. Gardening is good for the soul, but like anything else, too much too soon has its drawbacks.
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Happy Monday friends! New day, new week, stay positive!
What to Wear: With summer weather expected to be hot, a dress is my first choice to get ready for the work week. One piece to pick up and go. I’m crushing on the belted pinstripe cotton dress from Nordstrom.
What to Read: The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love, Frank, Robert H. “The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love, New York Times, July 24, 2016, on page BU6 of the New York edition. A great article for college graduates starting out and those of us starting second and third careers. It’s never to late to start doing what you love.
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We are better together. All of us–you and your team, you and your fellow makers. Not one of you is the same and not one of you could fully replace the other. In my humble experience, we are ten times stronger when we take advantage of each others hard work by coming together for a united effort. — Amy Howard
WHAT TO WEAR
HVN Collection Launch -Pink gingham. A great look for ladies that lunch.
WHAT TO READ: Amy Howard is a designer with a signature paint line. Her blog is beautifully written and inspirational. / DESK CRUCH: Desk is based on a vintage Jansen model; the lamp is from Gerald Bland, the chair is from Mecox, and the photograph is by Deborah Turbeville. Interior decorator Christopher Maya tailors J. Christopher Burch’s getaway in Southampton, New York. via Architectural Digest / WHAT TO WEAR: Pink gingham Dress via Harper’s Bazaar
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Summer is in full swing. Enjoy the flavors of summer with a delicious peach and mango sangria that is easy to make and serve. Williams-Sonoma Peach and Mango Sangria mix with a touch of tangy citrus makes everyday a sunny, tropical celebration. The 24 fl. oz makes a traditional or non-alcoholic sangria.
Just add white wine, then garnish with sliced peaches and limes. For non-alcoholic coolers, combine the mix with sparkling water. Served chilled over ice.
Make a beautiful presentation with this generously proportion punch bowl set, from Hayneedle.
The beautiful glass is entirely handcrafted. The set includes 1 punch bowl which holds 7 quarts, 6 punch cups and a glass ladle. I love it because it is dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
Punch bowls have made a comeback from the 1950’s.
The punch bowl help guest serve themselves, giving me more time to mingle.
Cheers to the weekend!
Outdoor spaces are an extension of the home. Creating an outdoor dining area that is inviting and comfortable is easy if you find the right pieces. Make it functional to lounge, dine, entertain and linger with family and guest.
I tend to keep things simple outdoors with classic blue and white. Melamine dishes and acrylic glassware are practical. A few more must haves for entertaining outdoor are tablecloth, placemats and cloth napkins.
Fresh-cut flowers on the table from the garden or store bought flowers is important. I’m really enjoying having a garden.
A whimsical pitcher keeps the table fun.
Ralph Lauren serving pieces are so chic. Lanterns and candle holders are ready to light up the evening when the sun goes down.
Plenty of pillows for comfort and lingering always. With some styling, HomeGoods helps me make my outdoor entertaining beautiful and affordable.
MOOD AT THE MOMENT
WHAT TO WEAR: Wild Thing fringed suede sandals
WHAT TO READ/LISTEN:
WOMEN IS BUSINESS: Panel discussion “Empowering Women in Business” ELLE DECOR Vice President and Group Publisher Kate Kelly Smith, Pollack’s Design Director Rachell Dorris’s, Wellspun’s Managing Director, Dipali Goenka, and SoulCycle’s SVP of PR and Brand Strategy, Gabby Etrog Cohen. Below are my takeaways. Link to the discussion in its entirety
- Do what you love and the path will open
- Take little seeds of wisdom where you are in your life
- Mothers, let go of the guilt. It will always be there.
- Start the conversation that kindness is great for business
- Believe /Be Yourself /Have some guts/ Use Technology
- Encourage others/ Collaborate/ You are only as good as your team member