Friday, August 29, 2014


Dolce Chic/Candace Rose Photography (Etsy)
I can't believe this weekend is Labor Day!  Where did the summer months go?  I can start to see the changes happening in our garden . . . all is quiet and blooming has commenced.  Sometimes I wish I was like nature . . . hybernate until Spring (lol). 
This weekend I'll be spending time with friends and enjoying the last of the outdoor BBQ's and gatherings.  
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!
To end the work week, here are some of my snapshots on instagram (@joann3373).
Love early mornings . . .sunshine flooding through my living room
Early morning skies.  Prepping for my End of Summer Garden Party
One of the pink roses I purchased for my flower arrangements. 
Calling this one, strawberries and cream

One of the flower arrangements I created

Inspiration Color of the Week
Accessories for the Home

Inspiration Color of the Week
Fashion Looks

Iced capuccino from Financier my friend, Annie recommended.
My new addiction!
Sneak peek of my Garden Party.  Birdcages decorated with lace and gold beading

Arranging the hot air balloon. 
Thanks for my hubby for spray painting the netting in gold (like I wanted)
Table styling shot from my End of Summer Garden Party

One of the dishes I prepared for the End of Summer Garden Party. 

In honor of National Dog Day!
 Penny resting her head on the table to get a closer view of the food (lol)

Another dog of instagram to celebrate National Dog Day!

From Wednesday's blog, Wardbrobe Wednesday


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY: My Pre-Fall Look from Piperlime

Guess what day it is? . . .  HUMP DAY!  (I always wanted to write that - lol).

With Fall around the corner, I'm getting excited with all the pre-fall fashion looks flooding my inbox.  Like many of you, I'm a fashion lover but realized I don't blog enough on my love for fashion.  My other loves are home décor and tableware looks.  But, I'm stepping up my game.  I'll be bringing you a weekly series called, "Wardrobe Wednesday"; sharing a look that I wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe.

Today's look is from Piperlime.  I'm always on the hunt for casual but stylish looks; great for the weekend. The animal trend is still going strong this season and I'm simply adoring the wine color for Fall.  Can I tell you how hard I'm crushing on designer, Loeffler Randall?  I'm already making my Christmas wish list (lol). 

Tinley Road Samara V Neck Pleated Top
Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch
AG Adriano Goldschmied - The Nikki Jean
Loeffler Randall Quinnie flats


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This past Saturday, I hosted a luncheon for some of my lady friends.  Call it an, "End of Summer, Garden Party".  It was a great excuse to gather around and catch up on things.  My theme was: "All Things Pretty".  Whether it was a pretty dress, pretty decorations, décor, food display or our pretty little selves, we celebrated it all!

Special thanks to my talented sister over at Design by Occasion, who created the invitations for my gathering.  It was the right touch of floral and whimsy I was looking for.  Thanks sis!

My design for this gathering was feminine, floral and whimsical.  From vintage style napkins, lace table cloths, birdcages and a hot air balloon; with colors of blush, cream, green, white and gold. 

When hosting your next event, think about the theme you want to create. It's always a good idea to plan ahead. I like to give myself a month or so, because I may change things up as I'm creating my look.  Also, think about your menu for the amount of guests you will be having.  And, as many times as I feel I won't have enough food, I end up having leftovers. But, I would rather have leftovers, then the nil.

With all the planning and prepping, there are some things you can't control. The first is the weather. If hosting an outside event, the weather may not be in your favor. Make sure to have a back up plan (moving it inside or have tents set up if your don't have any overhang protection). Second, there will be last minute cancellations or no shows from your guests.  Those things are expected and out of your control.  Do your best to make any last minute adjustments without stressing. 

I have to admit, while it was A LOT of planning and prepping, I wouldn't think twice about doing it again.  I loved every minute of the planning process and happy with the end result.  I love seeing everything come to fruition.  Although, next time, I would love to spend less time in the kitchen and enjoy more time with friends.  But, my friends were there to pitch in and help! 

Special dedication to new friends and old.  I enjoyed the great company, filled with laughter and fun.  Love you ladies! 

Take a look at some of the highlights captured from that day. 

Now, for the full reveal:

Setting up . . .

Checking things twice (okay, maybe more than twice)

Looks right. Feels right.  Okay, I'm ready! 

As favors for my guests, each one received an African Violet miniature plant

Ceramic tags via CB2

My friends from work, who also happen to live in New Jersey

Vintage style glasses in pink from Crate and Barrel (no longer available in this color)

Gold flatware via One Kings Lane; vintage napkins via Ebay, clear plates via IKEA,
blush plates via Crate and Barrel, and doilies via Jo Ann's Fabric
Loving seeing them laugh.  Brings a smile to my face.

My dear, sweet friend, Annie took this photo (thank you). 
Her daughter, Abbie joined the ladies for this shot!  Isn't she a cutie?!


Event styling: Yours truly
Invitations:  Design by Occasion
Birdcages: Michael's Craft Store
Fabric for tables:  side table (white lace tablecloth via H&M Home); dinner table, Jo Ann's Fabric
Flowers: Trader Joe's, Metropolitan Plant Exchange and some from our garden
Pink and white striped straws: HomeGoods in Delaware (stopped there while vacationing in Rehoboth)
Gold keys:  Marshalls
30 inch pink balloon and net: BonFortune (Etsy)
Photography:  Yours truly, Mr. D and Katie Leonard


Monday, August 25, 2014


Hi!  Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  I hosted a ladies luncheon over the weekend and can't wait to show you details from that afternoon.  So stay tuned!

Onto this week's color of the week . . . grey/gray.  I am so inspired by this color.  So much so that my home office design is in a pale gray.  And, if it ever gets completed, I will be able to share it with you (lol).

There are many color variations of grey, both light and dark (i.e, Fifty Shades of Grey - lol).  Choosing one gives you many possibilities for pulling off the look you are trying to create.  When you think about it, grey is a neutral color that is taking over in the color world. 

Wallpaper design (Astek Mood Living) in my home office

Here are three light grey looks from Scott Yetman Design (photography from Leona Mozes).

Beautiful grey fabric on these chairs

Love everything about this bedroom.  It's so soft and serene. 
Wall color is Benjamin Moore, Wickham Gray HC-171

Medium shades of grey that really goes well with white and the rust colored, velvet chairs.
Image via Architectural Digest
Gorgeous large scale grey, tufted headboard (image via HGTV)

Here's a slightly darker bedroom in grey.  This darker grey, creates a more masculine look
Image via Homedit

Grey placemat (via H&M Home)
Accents of grey throughout this space
Image via Homemodish

Images (left to right): 
Round glass vase (H&M Home);
Slate and dove grey vases (;
Shalgree knitted throw (;
Rowen Table Lamp (Crate and Barrel)

Images (left to right):
Grey tweed coat (Sincerely Jules)
Calfskin Boy Chanel ( . . . LOVE!
Gray Soft Suede Scalloped ballet flats (Etsy)
Purl-nit Cardigan (H&M) . . . comfy cozy and on my wish list

And, it wouldn't be fitting if I didn't post a picture of the actor, Jaime Dornan, who will be in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie (out February, 2015).

(Image credits):  FameFlynet, PacificCoastNewsOnline