Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Place Of One's Own

All it took was this one lovely image, and I'm considering leasing a separate space of my own sans my man — just so I can recreate the look! I do love him so, but I don't think I'd survive very long in this world if he came home and found our place looking like this! It's a pretty funny thought, though...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Coffee Break

Bonjour, lovelies. I don't know what has gotten into me today, but it was exhausting just to get up and get going this morning! I hit the snooze button (which I almost never do) three times, lounged in the morning sunlight for another 15 minutes while I worked up the strength to say hello to the world and am still sort of groggy and wondering why I even had to say goodbye to dreamland in the first place. My daily coffee is brewing, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will snap me out of these early day doldrums!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Last Chance Fur It

I don't know about all of you, but one of my favorite things to do on chilly nights during the fall and winter is to snuggle up into my faux fur blanket with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and a good book. But the best part of that combo is most definitely the warm, soft and cozy feel of the fur against my skin. However, since it tends to start looking a little silly to display something so wintry once April rolls around, I do my best to partake in plenty of wrapped-up snuggle sessions throughout late February and early March, just to get my fury fill before it has to head back into the closet. But sshh, don't tell: I sometimes whip it out in July, blast my air conditioner and pretend it's winter. It's always a good way to chill down and pretend I'm somewhere fabulous like the Alps!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oh My Oscar

It's that time of year again when I scramble to get all of the Academy Award nominated movies off my checklist (My Week With Marilyn and Albert Nobbs are the only two I have left, woo hoo!), and hand in hand with that is also the time of year I'm invited to numerous Oscar parties. All movies, all the time — and that goes for the theme of whatever dish or drink I choose to bring along to the party (or parties, if I'm feeling wild) I attend. I recently ate dinner at Rick Bayless' LA restaurant, Red O, and was delighted by the yummy goat cheese cheesecake with caramel corn. I figure movies and popcorn go splendid together, so I'm thinking of playing off that idea, making red velvet cheesecake squares with the popcorn, instead. Red velvet, red carpet... you get where I'm going with this? Anyway, I'm really pulling for Demián Bichir to win Best Actor for his performance in A Better Life, so the Mexican theme is also appropriate. Win, win!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Pink Spring

Color your world! Nothing says 'Happy Spring' quite like a fabulous Pink Peony Wreath! This luscious round piece of decor is a gorgeous welcome into your shabby French chic home. They look so real, you can almost smell them! She is a whopping 24" diameter. Now in stock at the French Charmed Boutique!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Like Frosting

Call it the little girl that lives inside all of us, or just call it obsession with fashion: Either way, Elie Saab's new spring collection has us squealing in delight. The colors, the flowers, the materials, the shapes — all of it is reminiscent of icing on a cake. But just not any cake. The cake one would display for a stylish baby shower or a girlfriend's chic birthday party. We're so in love.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beautiful Braids

You know how much we love everything French, but even we have to admit that it's time for the French braid to move over: Waterfall braids are the newest way to plait your hair, and it's clear to see why. They're simply stunning! And, might we add, it's a romantic way for all you spring brides out there to style your hair for your big day!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Blowing kisses your way on this special day! We hope you are all receiving lots of love and spreading lots of love! Don't forget to shower your gal pals with affection too, because really, what would our love lives be without friends to share all of those man details with? Much love from French Charmed! xoxo

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Champagne, My Sweets?

Nothing makes us girls swoon more than Valentine's Day. When I say "us girls," I mean myself and my daughters — We've already all had our manicures done in fun, romantic colors (Make-ah Me Blush, anyone?), dinner reservations have been set and now: On to baking these lovely little pink champagne cupcakes, which I plan to take in to my office friends! Oh my my, aren't they adorable?! And I especially think they'll make a splash placed upon this white, ruffly tablecloth from the French Charmed boutique!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Under My Umbrella...

It's February, so it's supposed to still be snowy. Or at least icy! But nope, I just keep getting rain, rain and more rain. Which is fine by me, because I assume that will lead to early spring flowers! Fingers crossed anyway, as my table is screaming for a lovely fresh arrangement. I actually don't have a working umbrella, because I don't usually have need for one. But I have always wanted a beautiful, ruffly keeper from the storm. Do you guys usually carry umbrellas? Or do you prefer to let the rain wash away your cares?

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