Modern Brass

Modern Brass

Want to give your home a modern, fresh update?  Get on board with brass! I know, I know — brass is usually so shiny and cheap-looking and not very awesome.  But recently I’ve been noticing a more modern brass.  This brass has a matte finish, a darker patina, looks entirely...(read more)
Welcome to my Sweet and Lovely Life!

Welcome to my Sweet and Lovely Life!

  My life might be sweet and lovely, but currently it is also very unorganized. Maybe you’re like me, and you find tons of interesting, creative, inspiring, and beautiful stuff online everyday — then you immediately forget everything you saw, and scratch your head wondering where you found that lovely...(read more)
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Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake

I love this blog — always so many great, delicious recipes.  Here’s one that looks particularly perfect for the cold weather and the Christmas season. Apple Spice Cake, from Bake or Break For the cake: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 & 1/3 cups vegetable... (read more)
Christmas Decor Countdown

Christmas Decor Countdown

Wow, Christmas festivities are starting in just a few days.  It’s finally getting colder around here, which is certainly helping to get me into the Christmas spirit, but here are a few Christmas photos for inspiration as we get down to the home stretch: Because Christmas decor doesn’t have to be green and red / [photo... (read more)
Make a Statement with your Necklace

Make a Statement with your Necklace

Still looking for the finishing touch for your holiday outfit?  Go with a big necklace!  A big statement necklace adds so much glamour to any outfit.  Here are some ideas to help you sparkle this holiday season (seriously, how lovely are these?):   1: Chain Rosette Necklace, Adam Lippes, $295 2: Bambaleo Necklace, Stella &... (read more)
Beautiful Library Escapes

Beautiful Library Escapes

Aren’t libraries just so lovely?  Sometimes there seems like no better place to escape…. [George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University] [Trinity Library, Dublin, Ireland] [New York Public Library] [Home Library, Monte Carlo] [Library of the Benedictine Monastery, Austria] [Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University ] [Bapst Library, Boston College University [Home Library, David Kaihoi]... (read more)
Favorite #7: Cute Clutches

Favorite #7: Cute Clutches

I love a cute clutch for an evening out.  It always feels so sleek and glamorous to tuck a great little clutch under your arm instead of lugging around a big, bulky bag.  Plus, the perfect clutch can pull an outfit together and complete any look. Here are a few of my favorites: 1: JBAILY,... (read more)
Get the Look: Smokey Grey Glam Living Room

Get the Look: Smokey Grey Glam Living Room

There are so many good things going on in this space.  The somber colors are balanced out by the totally glam chandelier.  The antique mirror looks instantly modern because of its large size (and sleek, black frame.)  The sweet pink vase sitting on the bold black fireplace is a nice detail that catches your eye.... (read more)
Friday's Sweet and Lovely Finds

Friday’s Sweet and Lovely Finds

Nothing like a little sparkle for your nails…or alot! (From above.) Step 1: Plan a party.  Step 2: Make this! Morse Code Necklaces now have a companion: Morse Code Bracelets Perfect skirt. Perfect bag.   Beautiful wedding invitations, by invitation only. Loving the muted colors in the bride’s bouquet, and her style — it’s rare... (read more)
The Prettiest Recipe Box

The Prettiest Recipe Box

These Heirloom Recipe Boxes are simply gorgeous.  I love the knotty old wood and the lovely fingers joints. You can tell these were made with such care (and apparently 3 months of work!), which makes them the perfect storage for your most beloved family recipes.  (In my family, that would mean Spinach Dip and Broccoli... (read more)
Green Chandelier Inspiration

Green Chandelier Inspiration

Is it weird that I’m sort of loving this green chandelier?  It’s certainly funky — maybe too funky — but something about the green spheres and the overall shape (and the green color!)  just appeals to me.  I think it could be the perfect showcase piece in the right room. Here’s some other green chandeliers that... (read more)
Favorite #6: Pink Bubbly!

Favorite #6: Pink Bubbly!

  What could be better than a glass of a sweet, bubbly wine?  A glass of PINK sweet, bubbly wine.  Barefoot Wines & Bubbly has introduced a pink Moscato* champage and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be drinking this New Year’s Eve (or this weekend, or this evening!) You can find some... (read more)
Herb Crepes with Goat Cheese Filling

Herb Crepes with Goat Cheese Filling

It’s holiday party season, and if you’re looking for a great little appetizer, here’s something cute and fun.  These crepes looks so tasty! Herb Crepes with Goat Cheese Filling, from The New York Times For the crepes: 2 large eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup water 3 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ounces... (read more)
2011 Gift Guide: Your Fashionable Best Friends

2011 Gift Guide: Your Fashionable Best Friends

In addition to some of my favorite things I’ve written about here, here, and here — here’s a selection of sweet and lovely gifts for your sweet and lovely friends: Beautiful earrings with perfect details from Anthropologie Glamorous coin purse (or the perfect holder for your credit card and lip gloss during a night out!) from kate... (read more)
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