Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Book Chat- Audrey at Home

I love everything about this week's book, Audrey at Home. I've had this book for a while and have been savoring it.

Audrey Hepburn was my mother's favorite so from an early age I was very familiar with everything Audrey. Long before there were VCRs and cable television, mom and I would spend Saturdays on the couch watching afternoon specials of her movies. By time I was ten Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Sabrina and Wait Until Dark (mom claimed it was her best role), were my favorite films. My mom even looked like Audrey and had the same hair styles and big glasses. That may have been on purpose now I think. My mom also loved Audrey's elegance and unique style. This book really had me thinking so much of my lovely mom who will be gone a year next week. I only wish I could have gotten her this book. I know how much she would have loved it.

After Audrey had her boys she rarely did movies, but I did have a chance encounter with her when I was in college...

Galentine's Treats

I just adore Valentine's Day. When I see all the cute Valentine's gift guides I think of my girlfriends and my niece who was born on Valentines day. I love the idea of Galentine's day. Who, but your gal friends would appreciate all this pink and girlish goodness? I tell you Valentine's is made for women and that's as it should be. A little Valentines's cocktail party is a fun idea too. Sometimes the best gatherings are those that are last minute and gosh it's better not to fret about how perfect the details are, but rather enjoy the company of friends.  Here's a few cute Valentines themed pretties that I couldn't resist sharing. I may get myself one!

Love this Kate Spade water bottle. Doesn't water just taste better from glass?

This Valentine's Cupcake kit is a fun idea to do with your kids for a little Valentine's Day gathering after school? They also could be pretty to serve with cocktails. ( I mean not for the kiddies.. I didn't word that right!!)

If you have no time to bake and want something extra special, Williams-Sonoma always has some gourmet creations by mail like this sweet cake. Link to all the goodies that you can still get delivered home if you order by Sunday the 7th here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friday Book Chat- Eating on the Wild Side

Happy Friday! I've decided to try to use Fridays as a day to talk about some of the best new books. There are so many I want to share so we will see if this can be a little forum for some of the better offerings and have recommendations from you readers too.

I've had this book on my nightstand for a while and been meaning to write about how fantastic it is. I don't know about you, but eating better is always one of my goals in a new year and reading this book motivated me to make better choices for the family and in what I personally put in my body as well.

Think you're eating well because your diet is filled with vegetables? Well think again! Did you know that the preparation and varietal makes a huge difference in the nutrition? I had no idea that some vegetables are lacking almost all their benefits by time they get to the supermarket shelf!

Eating on the Wild Side is an eye-opener and author Jo Robinson has done a great job with her in-depth research and history. You will learn so much about getting the maximum antioxidants and cancer-fighting advantages out of your veg and fruits.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Skin Rescues and Other Gems

Just getting back from skiing and some very cold temperatures has made me think it's that time again to share some of my current beauty favorites- winter edition! Skiing is so fun, but with the dry cold air, helmets, scarves and goggles- yikes, who really looks good? Well some gals manage it yet I am always looking a bit more Bridget Jones than Lindsay Vonn.

Geez what's a woman to do about that? I've got a few goodies that I took with me on this trip and that I recommend for the cold and terribly dry weather we've been having this year. It really makes for scary skin and hair, especially for sensitive people like me who have rosacea. One day in the snow and wind makes my face fuchsia and then it cracks and peels.

This time I decided to take some preventative measures and it really helped and I have a few rescues if you do get red and chapped.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Getaways- My Lake Tahoe Winter Favorites

Happy New Year! I hope you all are easing nicely into 2016. I ducked out for a bit here, took some time to be offline and even skied in Lake Tahoe. The break was good and I feel like there is so much I want to share. I thought our getaway and some tips for visiting Tahoe in winter might be a nice start here. I think it's one of the most beautiful places on the planet and for those of us in the Bay Area, so close. I had forgotten how gorgeous it can be, especially in winter.

 Lake Tahoe is surrounded by many cute towns, fabulous ski resorts and unparalleled natural beauty. At a little more than 6,000 feet up, Tahoe is North America'a largest alpine lake. The lake is set between Nevada and California and is 22 miles long and 12 miles across. It's really huge and has to be seen to be appreciated. As beautiful as photos are they don't impress as much as seeing the whole lake in person. As a native Californian I had the good fortune to spend many summers and winters as a child in Tahoe and it's magical!

One of my favorite runs in Homewood.

Tahoe has the best skiing in California with nine ski resorts all a short distance from each other. This trip we hit two biggies -Northstar and Squaw Valley and a smaller one popular with locals, Homewood.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Magic of Winter Solstice

Today is one of those special days that often gets lost in the hustle of the holidays, but it's nice to pause on what is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It reminds me of the many lovely winter solstice celebrations that my son's piano teacher and her charming German husband Ewold held in their home. We were a part of these recitals for many years and what great memories. After the kid's pieces were played they served homemade stollen, punch and Evold would read a poem aloud. It was such a simple gathering yet heartfelt and made one feel these are the things that matter.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thoughts on Festive Attire

I hope you are enjoying the holidays. It's been crazy. More posts with some fun things coming if I can find the time to get them written! I thought I'd share what I did clothes wise for holiday parties this year. It's always a dilemma for me...Do I buy new or use something already in the closet and likely not worn much. This year I cleaned out anything that didn't fit well, or look good, so I had nada. I had to hit the shops just days before a big event. Never the best idea. I did okay though.

My husband had his company holiday party aboard one of those Hornblower Yachts in San Francisco Bay last week. It was the most stormy night and wet, but I survived. I tell you I am not a fan of boats and especially in storms and at night, but I was a good wife, took the dramamine and bound myself with all sorts of compression bands and got through. I had one cocktail too.

  My photo from the party of the Bay Bridge. Does this tell you anything about my state? Lol.