So excited that my friend Jessica has opened a Newport location for her amazing needlepoint store Lycette!! Her Palm Beach location is always a fun stop when I am up that way, always filled with pretty canvases, tons of fibers and friendly needlepoint banter. She and her husband Greg (Mr. Needlepoint) have really built a great community there and have been teaching tons of people of all ages how to needlepoint.
Today, the Newport location opens! Located on William Street right off Bellevue Ave. near the International Tennis Hall of Fame, it is beautifully decorated and chock full of canvases
I am still trying to figure out my summer plans but definitely will get up there at some point to check it out for myself. If you are nearby, pop in and say hi!
Today is the 10th anniversary of the most amazing wedding of Prince William to Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. I will never forget that I had a show at a school that day. What Moms schedule a show on the day of a royal wedding, not to mention THE royal wedding? I was so annoyed and packed my stuff up so fast so I could go home and watch it over and over. I was amazed at how quick it was, very efficient.
Kate’s dress was so beautiful, everything really so perfect. William and Harry, both so handsome in their uniforms looked like they were out of a movie. After the wedding, it was on. These two are the most photogenic, interesting royals around and the fact that he will be the future King of England only ups the stakes. They are a picture perfect couple and I know the Royal Family has high hopes for all they can achieve.
Then, their precious George was born. I remember being at work with my little team and we were glued to the computers waiting for that little man to come out and announce the birth of the baby. Then waiting for them to come outside the Lindo Wing with George, Kate with her beautiful hair blown out and her simple blue dress, stomach still swollen like most Moms. We laughed at how smooth William was when they were leaving and he clicked the baby carrier into the car seat and drove away.
Then came Charlotte. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana-what a name to live up to. When they came out of the hospital, Kate in her pretty yellow silk dress, hair blown out and perfect makeup, William beaming at all the people. Someone posted a picture of what the other side of the street looked like-can you imagine living your life on that stage?
Charlotte was the most beautiful baby and the pictures of her christening were so sweet, their little family pushing her in her pretty pram with little George, wearing an outfit similar to his Father did when he was little peering into the pram-picture perfect.
Along the way, the expertly timed pictures released right before birthdays to give everyone a peek into their family, one picture more charming than the next. Kate has become an excellent photographer.
Next was Louis…poor Kate was sick while pregnant again and missed George’s first day of school. The pictures from the day were adorable.
When Louis was born, Kate set world records and was out on the steps of the Lindo Wing mere hours later, looking coiffed and perfect. People were up in arms about this but my thinking was she had an easy birth and decided to get it over with super fast so she could get home and in her sweatpants.
And his Christening was a small family affair with a new Auntie in attendance
They keep out of sight for the most part, so when pictures get released, they spread like wildfire on all the media outlets…
They have the most beautiful family. I think some day William will make a terrific King and how lucky to have Kate by his side. I myself get such enjoyment watching them grow up. Today, they posted this video on their instagram page. It is amazing. Click here to see it.
This year, since the Oscars was so pared down, I didn’t do a fashion run down. But…this little treat just came my way and it is so fun. Vogue had GP run down some of her most iconic fashion moments with commentary. It is entertaining…check it out here. If you are not a GP fan, no need to tell me, just keep scrolling.
Having always been an avid television watcher, being home for the last year has given me so much time to watch so much tv. I love working with my iPad next to me playing a show or a movie. In the last year, this is what I have watched-many I have seen many, many times before but I enjoy re-watching since I can listen and still be entertained without my eyes being glued to the screen. This is what I usually do when I have a bunch of jewelry to make. The show 24 used to be the best-24 hours of entertainment and Jack Bauer to keep me company.
Homeland Seasons 1-7 on Showtime
Cheer on Netflix
Brothers and Sisters Seasons 1-5 on Hulu
Alias Seasons 1-5 on Prime Video
Athlete A on Netflix
Downton Abbey Seasons 1-6 + the Movie on Peacock
Billions on Showtime
Friends Seasons 1-10 on HBOMax
Lenox Hill on Netflix
Belgravia on Epix
Succession on HBOMax
Dirty John: Betty Broderick on USA Network
The Betty Broderick Story (Original) on Netflix
Outcry on Showtime
Yellowstone Seasons 1-3 on Peacock
Law and Order Seasons 14 – 20 on Peacock
Very Cavalleri Seasons 1-2 Peacock
The Vow on HBO
Ratched on Netflix
This is Paris on YouTube
The Crown Season 4 Netflix
The Undoing Episodes 1-6 on HBO Max
Designing Women Seasons 1-7 on Hulu
The Flight Attendant on HBO Max
Bridgerton on Netflix
Framing Britney Spears on Hulu
Firefly Lane on Netflix
Kid 90 On Hulu
Sex and the City Seasons 1-6 +Two Movies on HBO Max
and finishing up with my current show Poldark
Any suggestions not on here? I would love to hear!
Trying to update this blog with current affairs as it doubles as a life diary-perfect for researching past events. The complete honest truth is that I moved this blog from Blogger over to WordPress and I don’t find it as easy as promised and it makes it easy for me to think hard about a possible post and then not get online to type it out.
Anyway, the biggest thing that has happened to me besides Covid-19 Quarantine is that I finally got a puppy. As soon as we realized we were going to home for a while, I reached out to a bunch of Westie breeders, my heart was set on that dog. I got myself on 5 waiting lists and unfortunately, everyone on earth was getting puppies so they were not easy to acquire. My good friend Jenny got a Maltipoo early on in Quarantine and I was in LOVE with him. My search switched to Maltipoos but they ended up being super expensive. I looked up Westiepoos and bingo, a breeder in Pennsylvania popped up and a slew of puppies were listed on their site. Only two girls, so the choices were limited. I picked one named Hannah.
I called right away and the breeder was Amish and didn’t have a camera phone. I asked for another picture and two days later, I got this one…Hannah with one of his children.
After asking a bunch of questions, we sealed the deal and he was able to get her an airline reservation the Tuesday before Thanksgiving-so fast! He used a pet transport lady so she got picked up on Monday and spent the night at her house with a bunch of other puppies..can you imagine having a bunch of different puppies on their first night away from their Mothers? She texted me this picture and told me they were all in love with her, I was getting so excited.
The transport lady texted me early Tuesday morning to let me know she was dropped and doing great. She had a long day of traveling with a stop in Charlotte. I couldn’t think about it and when I did panic and call the lady, she assured me she ships out hundreds of puppies each month and has never had a problem. Her plane arrived around 6:45 and I went to the airport baggage claim to the special desk and waited. Elizabeth came with me and then they motioned us over and her huge crate came sliding down!
After I signed the paperwork, we took the huge crate and walked straight out to my car. We got her out and tried to let her go to the bathroom but she was just sniffing everything so we got in the car. What a long drive home, I was dying to get her back to my place so I could check her out. Ebby held her in her lap in the back seat.
Once we got home, she was running around and checking out her new home. I couldn’t believe she was finally here with me and I was finally a Dog Mom. I named her Mimi and off we go!
Never in my life would I believe that scrunchies would be back in style, but they are indeed everywhere! I recently rewatched all the seasons of Sex and City and there is one episode where Carrie is dating Berger and he wrote about a stylish New Yorker wearing a scrunchie and after reading his book, she listed this as a complete offense to fashion. Then they ran into a woman wearing one, only to find out she was visiting from the Midwest. Only a tourist would be caught dead wearing this out of date accessory.
Fast forward and they are definitely back, whether you want them or not. Here is a roundup of some cute ones…
Back in high school, I used to make these myself (with a little bit of help from my Mom). A quick trip to Laura Ashley to buy fabric by the yard, cut the strips and she would sew them up with elastic. My go-to hair ties these days are Grab-n-Go ponies from France Luxe. They hold my hair all day long and are not damaging. You may see me in a scrunchie around town, but only for a fashion moment lol.
So many thoughts swirling in my head. I just finished, as most people I know did, the Oprah interview with Harry & Meghan. The hype leading up to this was monstrous but it was amazing. When Prince Phillip went into the hospital, I thought it might get derailed, but there was no derailing this dream interview that so many people were waiting for.
First, I miss Oprah so much and her show. I love her interviews and her folksy way of getting the story out of people. I expected Meghan to be more reserved and hesitant but she started spilling the tea from the beginning. There were some serious bombshells:
1- Harry and Meghan actually got married 3 days before in a small ceremony-how on earth did they keep that secret?
2- Kate actually made Meghan cry over the flower girl dresses and the story got replayed the exact opposite and everyone ate it up. She mentions this was the first turning point for her-a glimpse into her future.
3- Meghan experienced some serious mental strain during her pregnancy and wanted to go for help and was told NO. So she suffered without it. This is crazy but all roads lead to protecting THE FIRM.
4-The decision to not have a title for baby Archie was not theirs-this was always reported to be their choice. It was also decided that he would not be entitled to security.
5-There were discussions about what color their baby’s skin might be-obviously this information stings to hear but when pressed, Harry did not want to discuss it.
6- Harry was cut off from his family’s money Q1 of 2020. They mention that those Netflix and Spotify deals were made to secure funding for their security and lifestyle. He mentions that he still has money from his Mother. It has always been presented that this was always the plan-making them out to be money hungry.
7-They revealed that they are having a baby girl this summer. This made me so happy. I cannot believe they shared this news.
There is so much more, I am sure I will think of 10 more things when I hit publish but I wanted to get this written down while fresh in my mind. I have always said the two of them got together and were so alike and thought it would be amazing to accomplish all the things they planned together. It started off so great (outside looking in) and I truly believe after watching The Queen where the Prime Minister tells Queen Elizabeth that a poll suggested a large percentage of people were in favor of abolishing the monarchy-something that could happen- that it would be in everyone’s best interest to continue promoting this amazing love story. When the Fab Four hit the road promoting their new foundation, you couldn’t dream of better PR, the two Princes with their pretty wives taking the next generation of the monarchy to a new level. People LOVED the four of them together. I have always been amazed that the Powers that Be didn’t send the memo to keep that up no matter what. Instead, it all fell apart and their struggles were so public. Harry intimated in the interview that he and Charles were estranged and he and William had some “space”. This is not good and I hope at some point, they will make amends. I am hopeful that Harry will go to the UK in July for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday. Let’s hope Prince Philip is around for that as well. Hopefully, they will be able to reconnect. When it was announced a while ago that he would go alone, the press pounced on Meghan making it out to be super negative on her part for not going-now we know she will either be super pregnant or home with a tiny newborn-a perfect example of how everything has a negative spin for her.
My phone is blowing up with Instagram messages, I am dying to go read them!
Aaahhh…this makes me sad. The writing was on the wall about this but Harry + Meghan officially communicated to the Queen they were not coming back to Royal life and so she had to take back their honorary titles and patronages. So many thoughts…first – they announced recently that Harry would be traveling to the UK this summer for a handful of events (ok, is he going with Meghan and Archie or alone), then they announce he is going alone because the two of them together create such interest and they wanted to keep the focus on the Queen’s birthday and other festivities. I thought this was wierd because if nothing else, don’t they want Archie to be able to remember his Great-Grandparents? They haven’t seen him in over a year. Now with Meghan’s pregnancy news, this makes more sense, she might be crazy pregnant or just have a new baby. Then, wouldn’t it be wierd for Harry to leave her and go across the pond?
I do not understand the hate that comes their way. They seem to be doing their thing quietly in California, raising their baby and giving back. They seem very happy. Hopefully as time goes on, things will simmer down. Until the Queen dies and Charles becomes King…then things will change dramatically. Some things will be out of their control when Harry is the son of the Monarch. As much as I do not want the Queen to die, it will be a very interesting time to witness.
I have know it was coming for a long time but Friday was my 50th birthday. Yikes! I had a big trip planned with all my girlfriends but we had to postpone until the Fall. To commemorate the occasion, I had one of my favorite artists Paige Spearin do a birthday painting for me. She even added little Mimi (my new puppy) with her one ear up.
Over a year ago, I started hearing friends of mine talking about their kids being on Tik Tok and honestly, I had very little interest. Tik Tok used to be Musical.ly which was videos of people lip synching and that is not something I would probably do. Fast forward to the Quarantine and I decided to check it out and the next thing you know, it is the last thing I look at before I go to bed and one of the first things I check in the morning when I wake up. Hilarious.
The truth is, there is a ton of cool stuff on there. Besides a ton of people dancing around-which is very entertaining, Tik Tok uses a massive algorithm that tailors your feed to the kind of material you enjoy based on likes and follows. So, my Tik Tok won’t look anything like your Tik Tok. Mine is filled with lots of cooking videos, cheerleading, famous people, people talking about Real Housewives, and lately, people who sell on Etsy/Amazon. Its fascinating.
One night listening to someone talk about how they make a ton of money selling items on Etsy, they said something that kind of woke me up. They said it was important to be on Etsy because there are millions of people already shopping on Etsy and you have a built in audience. I know this concept sounds simple, but after you put the amount of time I have in building your own website, you don’t want to dilute your audience with another site. But, I decided to resurrect my Etsy shop and loaded it up with sets of plastic cups and have sold a ton this summer! Clients I would not have reached have ordered tons of Summer Water and Eat Beach Sleep Repeat cups and I am thrilled. I just started adding my floating crystal necklaces so soon, this shop will be filled with tons of my non-personalized items. So fun!
So, basically Tik Tok has saved me during the Quarantine, providing crazy amounts of entertainment. If you have not ventured into it, just download it and check it out…if you hate it, you can delete but I swear you will find something awesome on this app!