Scallopped Edges

There is something about scalloped edges that is so appealing.  They are everywhere, in fashion, design and especially nature.  The namescallop is derived from the Old French escalope, which means “shell”.  It has been used as a symbol of fertility and has been associated with pilgrims. The scallop is also New York’s state shell.  

Once you start looking, you will see that they are so popular and pop up in the 
most unusual places!

Happy Mother’s Day

This weekend, my parents came down to Miami and brought our little Millie with them.  She got to stay with me in my apartment.  She took a little while to check everything out…

Became an expert at riding an elevator…
Checked out the boats and the waterway..

And kept me company while I got everything ready for Sunday.  I hosted everyone for brunch and was so excited to try out some new recipes…

The biggest hit was the Barefoot Contessa’s berries soaked in Limoncello with greek yogurt, honey and lemon curd whipped together.  The result is a fresh tasting fruity concoction.  It was delicious…
The bluebery cake..I loved this so much that I kept the piece that my nephew barely touched for breakfast tomorrow.  This was the recipe I had a couple days ago on the blog.

My french toast casserole..I used a new recipe and it was yummy but a little tricky to serve.

My new chairs..finally all purchased.
Me and my Mom.
Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Kelly Can Make You Hot

Sunday night, I set my DVR to make sure all the shows were listed and headed to South Beach to meet New York Housewife Kelly Bensimon.  She just published a new book called “I Can Make You Hot.”  The party for the book signing was at Baoli, which is a cool restaurant on  Collins Avenue with a large outside terrace.  
Lots of aqua sweets were all around to match the Hpnotiq Harmonie cocktails they were pouring.

Me and Kelly..she is so tall and very pretty in person.
 You can kind of see the white and pink box to her left.  She loved the bracelet I brought her.

Kelly signed so many books and got up and down a million times to pose with different people.  So nice and sweet.  I looked through the book and it looks so interesting..it is on my bedside table along with my new glasses.  Next stop, Tinsley Mortimer’s book party for Southern Charm.

Pinterest Updates

Yikes, I have been so crazy these last few weeks, one thing I have not had time to do is be on Pinterest! One one hand, good because when you are on it all the time, you start to see the same pins over and over resurfacing. Bad because I feel like I have missed things. I was thinking the other day how great this resource is for people who need a little help with decorating their home. There is really no excuse now with all of these amazing pictures culled together by others for you right on your computer screen.  These are some of my favorite pictures from the last few weeks.

And I pinned this tonight..a picture of my cute elephant necklaces on ribbon donated to our Progressive Dinner gift bags for Beaux Arts (that post is next).  I LOVE them and plan on putting them on my website when I can restock the elephant charms.  You can check out my Pinterest here

Eclectic at the Pierre Hotel

The apartment in the Pierre that belongs to Matthew Mellon and his wife Nicole Hanley Mellon is featured in Vogue with beautiful photographs taken by Claiborne Swanson Frank.  Although she decorated the apartment herself, she worked with several designers including Celerie Kemble and Cristin DeVeer, the end result being an eclectic apartment with a fresh take on classic.

The living room centers around a Peter Beard photograph.

Shelves filled with family moments and history.

Their son Force’s room…Matthew also shares a daughter Araminta “Minty” with first wife, Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon.
The couple’s website/blog HanleyMellon.com is all about fashion perspective.  Tons of fashion features and outfit spreads like below.  The couple’s fashion line Hanley Mellon was started in 2008 and described as “American legacy meets European Bohemia”.  A Samantha Thavasa handbag collection followed. 

So fun to get a peek of this apartment.  I think it would be the ultimate..living in a perfectly located hotel in New York City with every amenity, maid service and amazing room service one phone call away.  Sounds great!
Photos courtesy of Vogue.com and HanleyMellon.com

Zanmi Beni Bakesale

This Sunday, a bunch of my friends had a bake sale to benefit Zanmi Beni, an children’s home in Haiti where many children displaced and abandoned from the 2010 Earthquake live.  Two amazing Moms working with Partners in Health have been flying back and forth to Haiti, bringing friends and supporters to help build this special place and stay involved with the children there.  Their hands-on approach is working and many of their friends and their daughters have become heavily involved raising money for these children, many of whom were living in the pediatric ward of Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital, which was badly damaged in the Earthquake.
The bake sale was a huge success, so many families stopped by and stocked up on goodies.

One thing looked better than the next…

Cupcakes, cookies, pound cakes, cake pops..all hand made and delicious.

Zanmi Beni means “blessed friends” in Haitian Creole.  The children living there are blessed to have these amazing women involved in their lives.  To read more about this organization, click here.
So proud of my friends and their hard work!

G.I.V.E. Day 2012

G.I.V.E. Day was this past Saturday! Months of preparations finally came together and it was an unbelievable day. Over 1,600 people came out to a historic high school in Overtown to help complete our beautifying project. By the afternoon, over 10,000 plants were in the ground and over 800 gallons of paint were on the walls. Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International employees came out in record numbers and worked with students and administrators of the school, vendors, suppliers, City Year students and volunteers and even some cruise passengers to paint and landscape.


All the plants were set in place and just needed to be put in the ground and covered in mulch.



Even an early morning downpour didn’t slow anyone down…

The students painting their courtyard..

Everyone had so much fun…it was a fantastic day.
One more event next week!

Photos by Eddy Mathieu

No Fairy Dust….

For me, it is always exciting to see GP on the cover of any good magazine..usually lots of pictures and some good gossip on the ins and outs of her amazing life. This spread in Bazaar does not disappoint and it is just stunningly outrageous that she has a better body at age 39 with two children then some 20-year olds in Hollywood these days. She has made it clear recently not to be fooled by her appearance..it is not the result of good genes, fairy dust or luck, she works her (it is bleeped what she said..I will insert “ass”) ass off for 1.5 hours 5 days a week to keep up her physique. Quite the advertisement for Tracy Anderson…




The newly redesigned Harper’s Bazaar is out on stands February 14th.

Scrapbooking These Days…

In the past, I have written about my scrapbooking habit and how I strive to keep on top of my pictures..somewhat unsuccessfully. It is something that think about all the time because where I sit on my couch “my command center”, I am in full view of all the finished photo albums on my bookshelves. I am so determined to catch up, since I have had some amazing trips lately and would hate to not document them properly for all my grandchildren to look at down the road…

I am still looking for and picking up cute cards along the way to supplement the pictures in the albums…

I love this cute ship card by Crafted By Lindy on Etsy. This would work great with all of my pictures from my Allure of the Seas cruise this summer. Sometimes I write the event on the card..just to give more details.

This art from Nantucket Mermaid was on a greeting card and I bought it to go with pictures from my recent trip over Labor Day.


I got this charming card in Newport by artist Eveline Roberge, the same artist who painted the header I use on Summer in Newport. This piece is such a cute depiction of Bannister’s Wharf, right outside the Cooke House, one of my favorite places!


And just for fun… I am ordering this amazing letterpress Royal Wedding commemorative card by Sara Ridgely on Etsy. I think the event was important enough to warrant a page in my permanent scrapbook!!!