Thursday, November 24, 2011

give thanks....

Happy Thanksgiving to all........  Have a wonderful day with your family and friends and remember to give thanks for all your blessings, no matter how small!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

favorite things

Each week I am going to share one of my favorite things.  This week I came across Lilithist on Etsy. She makes the most amazing capes, shawls...etc..  absolutely gorgeous!!!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

tie one on.....

Scarves are everywhere this season and can add a little punch to any outfit, not to mention the fact that here in the northeast, they add a bit of warmth as well!  Here is a wonderful "how to" by WHO WHAT WEAR (CLICK ON THE LINK) on different ways to wear a scarf and how to tie them.....

Friday, November 18, 2011


stop rushing....

Happy Friday everyone....  I have a huge pet peeve and it's gotten worse this year!  Is it me or are we being rushed through every holiday??  There is Christmas stuff out in August and September and now they are starting black Friday on Thanksgiving night!?  Shame on you retailers!  Are you really that greedy?  Can't we just enjoy our Thanksgiving with our families?  I will not be participating in the craziness!  I feel like we can't even enjoy and focus on Thanksgiving which is such a wonderful holiday and becoming increasingly more important to me as I get older...  Thanksgiving is a time to really appreciate all the gifts in your life... family, friends, your health, the fact you have shelter, food and clean water to drink.... so take the time to enjoy this next week preparing and getting ready for the day..... At each of your guests places put a little piece of paper and ask them to write down what they are most grateful for!  It's fun and gets conversation started and everyone thinking about how lucky they are.... no matter what your circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for!

These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas...

Beautiful centerpiece from Martha Stewart Living
A free download to print out from Valentina Ramos

Women's Day Pilgrim Hat Cookies!

Easy and elegant centerpiece!

A four layer sweet potato and ginger layer cake with toasted marshmallow filling, candied pecans and brown sugar and cinnamon buttercream....oh my!!!
From Sweetapolita

Thursday, November 17, 2011

thoughtful thursday....

Remember this when you think it's all about money and what you can give them materially.... The most awesome gift is your time....priceless!

fashion ahead.....

Designers are already planning for Spring 2013!  Here are some of the looks you can expect to see....
(photos/info courtesy of Fashion Snoops)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

red hot....

Get in on one of the big trends of the!  Check out these fabulous looks and don't forget to pair them with a Lauren Hampton accessory!  All are available at Victorias Secrets

thought for today.....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

holiday glitz....

Just in time for the holidays....
one of our best selling belts.... Kassie Silver
The perfect addition to a dressy outfit or a pair of jeans, sweater and boots!

Kassie gold belt....each one is one of a kind and a classic..

Black Tie about glitz!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I am busy planning new designs for Spring 2012 and get inspiration from many different resources...  One of my favorite places to go is!  I spend at least one evening a week combing through sites for inspiration and this is a great one!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Sometimes it's just the smallest thing that makes you realize how lucky you are.  I have the world's best husband, three biological children who love me (and I them), three stepchildren whom I love and adore (I think they like me too :-) and friends whose relationships I cherish.  I don't have much family but my sweet, adorable aunt is flying in today from Florida to spend a week with me and I cannot wait!

What to put in the guest room for her??  Fresh towels (big and fluffy!), a vase full of fresh hydrangeas, a beautifully scented candle, magazines, a robe to stay cozy and warm and a freshly made bed piled with warm blankets and fluffy pillows!  Happy Friday to all!  Hope everyone has a great weekend and for all my friends still with no power....I am praying you get it back soon!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

thoughtful thursday....

dreaming in turquoise

Ahh, the color of the ocean... I always think of turquoise!  My fondest recent memory is of the waters of St. Maarten where I married my honey on the beach on a beautiful, sunny and very hot day!  With all this crazy unexpected snow this week, I find myself daydreaming about those gorgeous beaches and becoming inspired to create lovely things!
Gorgeous.... St. Maarten!
The Ocean Club

lauren hampton one of a kind handmade beaded cuff bracelet 

lauren hampon turquoise dreams belt

lauren hampton "phoenix" handmade belt 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

obsessed with....

In my internet surfing late at night I came across one of my new favorite sites.... Layla Grace.  This website is full of goodies for anyone who loves vintage or romantic type decorating!  They also have a new sister site called Zinc Door which is a really cool site for anyone who likes a more modern approach to home decor.  Check them out! 

One of a kind vintage bed from Layla Grace
From Zinc Door...their more modern site...very cool mirror!

Just the cutest light!  I'm way past having babies but if I weren't I would design a whole nursery around this light!
Totally gorgeous and elegant!