Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy halloween!

The Shining

Danny isn't here, Mrs. Torrance.

The best scary movie of all time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

grand opening....modern chic home!

Modern Chic Home has launched!
A fantastic design boutique by the very talented designer, Julie Thigpen (of Belle Maison)!
The shop offers unique home accents; including decorative accessories, candle holders, pillows, furniture, kitchen and tabletop accents, and much more.
The perfect source for gifts and treasures for your home, all hand selected by the designer herself!

My first purchase was a Vintage Silverware Print on Burlap!

Congrats Jules!

Monday, October 19, 2009

scarf love

My most favorite accessory - the scarf.
And my most favorite new addition....

Vintage Pinot Ikat Fringe Scarf
from Dear Golden

It arrived today & it's even better than I had imagined.
I'm in love!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

rainy day

rain in spain via s. lo

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." - Langston Hughes

Saturday, October 10, 2009

candle study....part 1

via andrewlee1967

After reading multiple articles online about how terrible parafinn candles are for the air quality in your home, out went our petroleum-based paraffin candles & the search began for healthier alternatives.

Excerpt from Snuff Out Those Paraffin Candles:
"A new study from the American Chemical Society has linked paraffin candles with possible health problems. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct. In fact, it is the last byproduct removed in the refining process, right after asphalt. The fumes released by paraffin candles are similar to the fumes emitted by burning diesel."

Excerpt from Detox Your Home: Light Petroleum-Free Candles:
"Alone, soot particles pack a boatload of carcinogens, neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins - but throw in some synthetic fragrances that contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, as well as chemical fixatives, synthetic glosses, and dioxin-bleached wicks with lead-based wire cores, and you've got a lethal chemical cocktail that can prove hazardous to your health."

Both soy wax and beeswax are good clean-burning alternatives. I prefer soy wax since it is also vegan.

So the search begins to find a good source for new candles. I started with Etsy, for all of the obvious reasons (handmade, supports local artists, etc.) and focused on the following criteria:
1. 100% soy wax
2. Scented using essential oils
3. Pretty packaging
4. Good selection of scents (outside of aromatherapy)
5. Selection of types (pillars, votives, etc.)

I placed orders with these adorable shops:

Part 2 to follow....product review.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

weekend inspiration

The AIA Orange County held a home tour of Eichler homes in the the Fairhaven tract this weekend & my dad, step mum and I were lucky enough to attend.
As expected, it was fantastic!

Fairhaven Eichlers....
A delightful evening that ended with signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Charlie Palmer.Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's

Saturday, October 3, 2009

alien love

Automated MNU Instructional Voice: When dealing with aliens, try to be polite, but firm. And always remember that a smile is cheaper than a bullet.

Aw, Christoper.