Sunday, May 27, 2012

Art for My Heart with a Fashionable Twist

Art by Agnes Cecile

 Agnes Cecile's work is beautiful and moving. If you'd like to watch some videos showing the creation of a few of her paintings, click here.

You can only imagine how excited I am to discover that she collaborated with Ilaria Nistri, a fashion designer in Milan, to use one of Agnes Cecile's paintings as a print in her collection.

Drawing Restraint by Agnes Cecile


I love it when traditional art fuses with fashion. Do you? Are any of you familiar with Ilaria Nistri's collections? I'm super excited by them. Very sleek, sexy, and modern.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Caprese Salad

After pretty much two weeks straight of being sick I couldn't be happier to feel better. What was even better was having such a beautiful WARM sunny day. I would hug the weather if I could. 

The sun had me totally inspired for lunch so I whipped up my modified version of a fresh Caprese salad. I fly pretty loose with ingredients when I'm in the kitchen. If you'd like a fairly standard recipe for a Caprese salad there's a good one here. I dice all my ingredients because I love scooping it up with some warm garlic bread.

Caprese Salad Recipe

1 tomato per person
buffalo mozarella to taste
2 artichoke hearts
3 clove of garlics minced
salt to taste
a healthy pinch of dried oregano
2-3 tbsp of fresh fennel minced
2-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 fresh basil to taste

Like I said before, I dice all ingredients to make it bread friendly. Mix it all in a bowl and enjoy. So simple. So tasty. 

What are some of your favorite warm weather foods?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hinton House Gardens

I hope all the Mothers' yesterday had a beautiful and wonderful Mother's Day. I got to wander around the Hinton House Gardens yesterday. It's an amazing place and I highly recommend going if you can. If you'd like to see more of my untouched photos of Hinton House, click on the image below!

How did all of you spend your weekend? I'd love to hear all about it! And if you blogged about it, leave your link in my comments below so we can all catch up with you. ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fashion is Back to Black

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I'm always looking for fashion inspiration from the runways. From Spring to Fall this year, I noticed black was a strong and steady presence in a lot of collections. Daring silhouettes, contrasting textures, and luscious materials were what made them special for me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Toys- They're Not Just For Boys

My latest toy obsession. I want one. And I want my kids to have the chance to play with one. 

Has anyone else seen these things or an entry in this competition that you like? Share it!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Starz, A Contemporary American Diner

For a Star peppered American Dining experience in the Bournemouth area, Starz might be just the diner for you!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Avengers

This was me doing my little fan girl Justin Beiber type scream on my way to see The Avengers. And then that's me, after I saw it. I love this film so much I'd sit through it again and again and I don't do that. It was awesome people. Awe-some! It carries you on an epic emotional journey with tons of eye candy, adrenaline, funny stuff, "awww" sappy inducing moments, action and above all I left the theater wanting to be an Avenger. That's when you know a super hero movie has been done right. 

Fan Girl Movie Rating: 10 out of 10

How about you? Are you going to go see the most awesome, amazing movie of 2012 so far?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beware! They come for you...

(Do you like my crude little germ bag drawing?)

GermBags. They're everywhere. We can't escape them even if we try. They come for our mothers, our children, our husbands or wives and yes - they even come for YOU.  There is no running and hiding from these foul beasts. They care not that they spread disease and ick among the healthy and innocent. 

I don't even know that I count this as a real post. It's quite possible that I'm delusional. 

You see, my daughter and I were ambushed by one of these inconsiderate evil bags of germs this past weekend. We frolicked in the frigid April showers of an outdoor shopping center looking for waterproof school shoes this weekend. We were completely unaware that we were to be it's next victims. And it's spreading through the rest of my family like wildfire. Take heed my friends! Protect yourselves! Keep watch carefully because you see...

The GermBagss are coming for you too...