August 31, 2009
August 25, 2009
August 21, 2009
Had to share this picture of the black polish!
The Staircase is very cool. The Gothic Loretto Chapel has a the staircase referred to as miraculous, inexplicable, marvelous and is sometimes called St. Joseph’s Staircase. The stairway confounds architects, engineers and master craftsmen. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support. It rests solely on its base and against the choir loft. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails. There were a few very nice chapels/churches in the town square.
A few pictures of the adventure:
August 20, 2009
Official Poster for the event.
And (I realize that I may be the only one to appreciate this!) but there is also great vegetarian foods in Santa Fe. Food is something I always panic about when I travel: will I be able to find healthy food, organic, fat free??? No problem in Santa Fe! Edgar and Drew, of course, will take advantage of the more traditional Native foods!
August 19, 2009
Elicitation is defined as the subtle extraction of information during an apparently normal and innocent conversation.
This foreboding message appeared in my company’s morning email today, which for some reason, I find wickedly amusing. Why? Not certain, but it just tickles an evil bone in my body!
Ahem, well, speaking of the office, I’m in process of creating a French theme in my office at ‘the office’ So, while I can’t change the furniture, (and by the way, the phone and printer are really ugly), I’m limited to adding art work, desk décor and limited wall art. I’ve managed to acquire a coat rack, (which I plan to make full use of with all of the enchanting fall coats, wraps, hats, gloves)
August 18, 2009
This is one of those "fall transitional" tops from Forever 21 that I found last week. I think it will look great with layers later on (or even today, as my office is absolutely freezing today...)
August 17, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 14, 2009
Might be nice to actually see the dress, right? I actually love photography, but I'm just learning...I guess you have to start somewhere...
I'm in love with this dress found in a little boutique in La Jolla, Ca. It can be worn so many ways, of course I had to wear it to the office, so I added pearls. I just ordered a Tori Spelling necklace which would look great with it too, and then there are the J Crew necklaces... It has embroidery all the way around the dress, which is amazing to me for the cost of the dress. Love the puffy sleeves. I would have worn sky-high heels, but instead wore kitten heal sandals because I've been nursing a severely bruised toe for 3 weeks...(I'm having a real crisis about the heel thing...) The bag is from PARIS! A little shop that made bags next to the hotel that I stayed in...aaaahhhh seems like yesterday....
August 12, 2009
Martha's daily regimen revealed
By Martha Stewart Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Several times a day I'm asked to describe the daily routine that permits me to do all I do -- maintaining a very busy schedule while still feeling good.I have worked out a 10-step program for myself that's very effective in maintaining my status quo of clear skin, clear eyes, a high energy level and illness-free living. I thought I would, once and for all, attempt to write it all down and share it with you here.
1. SKIN CARE: Skin care is vital, and my routine includes a thorough cleansing every morning and night. Toners, enriching day and night creams, and serums -- I love Mario Badescu and Yon-Ka products -- keep my skin elastic and supple and glowing. Sunblocks, balms and skin healers are also necessary as preventive treatments. Ok, I have a ton of skincare, if I would just use it...
2. GYM: My home gym is furnished with aerobic machines, weights and Cybex machines, and has a lovely view of the farm, a television so I can watch the news while running on the treadmill, and yoga equipment. The importance of aerobic exercise cannot be overemphasized. Aerobics keep weight down and stamina up. Well, I set up a home gym, and I have DVDs - pilates, yoga, ballet. Had gym wired for television - just need a damned tv...
3. MORNING JUICE Every morning I drink about 8 ounces of what I call "green juice." I use a juicer to make a blend of spinach, celery, cucumber, carrot and some fruit -- pear, apple, pomegranate, plum, peach, a bit of orange peel and a small piece of ginger. The more of these ingredients that come from my organic garden, the better. I actually feel a jolt of energy when I imbibe these drinks. Ok, I know juice is good for you. I have two juicers; I juice carrots for Wooley, but I would rather eat the fruit and have a lunchtime salad.
4. CALENDAR An organized calendar with every meeting, trip and appointment carefully listed and timed enables me to accomplish a lot each day. I do not have meetings just for the sake of meetings -- there is always a subject to discuss, information to gather and people to meet. Each appointment is listed with phone numbers of all the principals. Addresses include cross streets so no time is wasted in finding a location. I have too many post-its. I hate having a home calendar, an office calendar, a business calendar - I'm thinking about getting a Blackberry, but what will become of the post-its?
5. WALKING My favorite outdoor activity has always been hiking or walking. Good footwear, good socks and a jacket with pockets (for water and a cell phone) are crucial items of clothing. I will try on lots of sneakers before I find a comfortable pair. Walking and running are my passions; however, I only bring water, no cell phone, too much to carry. If anything happens on the trail, well, I better be able to outrun those bobcats that I'm seeing warning signs about...I've just thrown a pair of running shoes in the Goodwill box - putting them to rest after about 14 months...no wonder my knees hurt...Martha would never do that.
6. EXERCISE Weights are all-important for bone health and body toning, and yoga is essential for calming the mind and strengthening the body's core. I love weights for arms and shoulders, and my Pilates ring for strengthening thighs, arms and chest. A yoga block, a ring and a yoga strap come with me wherever I go, so I can at least get a bit of a workout when I'm on the road. Ahem, think I have this one down! I have all sorts of Pilates and yoga equiptment, and great DVDs. YAY!
7. WATER I have three offices in addition to my home office. Alongside every one of my computers I keep a pitcher of mineral water infused with lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber and mint. I find that I drink more if the pitcher is there as a reminder. When I read this I bought a cute pitcher for my office and bring mints from my veggie garden (chocolate mint is my favorite) and other fruits for my Smart Water.
8. HAIR CARE Because I have my hair styled so often, I wash it almost every day. I use a variety of shampoos and conditioners, notably ones by Frederic Fekkai and L'Oreal, to keep my hair from becoming dry or brittle. Sometimes I visit Parvin Klein, my colorist at the John Barrett Salon, for a glossing, which seems to infuse my hair with a new vitality. Hair...I working on that one. I like the Kerastase Products. And I want to try Shu Urmura.
9. DAILY MAINTENANCE Skin care is not the only daily routine one must adhere to. An electric toothbrush is essential for gum care and shiny white teeth, along with a good dental-care program (twice a year cleanings and checkups). Mouthwash and salt-water gargles are also helpful in keeping colds and sore throats from developing. Feet, hands, arms and legs should also be cared for. I love the Susan Ciminelli Marine Lotion for my body and several Dr. Hauschka tonics for my face, neck and chest. Do the check ups; my feet are abused, as are the hamstrings....
10. RELAXATION I do try to find some time, perhaps not every day but as often as possible, to curl up with a new book -- often downloaded onto my Kindle -- or to watch a movie from Netflix. A great cup of tea or even a homemade cappuccino (one shot of espresso only) is an added perk and pleasure. I'm not sure I understand what she is trying to say here....I aspire to this.
Last but not least, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of children, spouses, significant others and pets in our daily lives. They are the real reason we do what we do outside the home, in our work and in our play. I try to speak with my daughter, Alexis, every day. My dogs and cats and horses and other animals are a constant source of joy and pleasure. And a few minutes of every day are spent on the phone catching up with close friends.
Questions should be addressed to Ask Martha, care of Letters Department, Martha Stewart Living, 11 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.© 2009 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
She has cut her gorgeous hair, which actually made me kind of jubilant because 2 months ago I did the same thing! Her new cut looks great, and now I'm feeling a little better about mine. Now if I could just style mine to make it look like that...of course I now have a picture on my "inspiration dressing table wall".
August 11, 2009
Searching for cuffs for Fall right now....something that won't rival the mortgage...why can't banks understand we need a break on the payments during fall shopping??
All from http://www.kimberlybaker.com/
Chloe is having a give away! The (Chloe) Conspiracy is one of my favorite blogs, and she's having a great giveaway today. An adorable bracelet from Kolls. I raced out of the house this morning without jewelrey other than my (very) conservative earrings, diamonds yes, but they need a necklace; engagement ring, and watch. I know where I am going for lunch now!
By the way, Chloe, maybe Petunia will shape up after spending sometime with 3 angora bunnies!
August 10, 2009
It was delicious!
August 06, 2009
August 03, 2009
Last week I had all my boots re-heeled and pumps shined and re-heeled at the fabulous Nordstrom shoe repair. I've been going there for years and they have always done a great job. So this week my job is to start pulling pieces I already own out of the closet for alterations. You know - the great jacket with the too-long arms or the pants that are just too big in odd places. I have an incredible tailor in Los Angeles, who is very reasonable. Over the course of the next couple of weeks I'll get a pile together, including the things I just bought and plan a day trip to see the tailor (and of course visit BLISS Spa!). Pictures to follow!
And I'm planning to wear pearls to the movie, just as the characters wear! Can't wait!