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Saturday, 15 December 2012

{Christmas Hols}

Vintage Christmas Card
{vintage greetings!}
Well, I will soon be off to spend Christmas with my four sisters & their husbands & my nine nieces & nephews, and my parents! I can't wait.
Vintage greeting card Vintage 1950s
{shopping done}

Julie Leah: A life & style blog: Merry & Bright
{presents bought & wrapped}
{read to go...}
Christmas gifts
{& off I go...}
Vintage Hallmark Christmas card.
I'll likely be absent from the blog for a few weeks as I try to enjoy the Christmas festivities.
So very merry wishes for a wonderful holiday season!
Poppytalk - The beautiful, the decayed and the handmade: 2012 Holiday Card Round-Up Part 2
{via poppytalk}

Thursday, 13 December 2012

{quotable thursdays}

Two Christmas quotes for today:
love this-all is calm all is bright
{simply love this! via while the sun shines}

Poppytalk - The beautiful, the decayed and the handmade: 2012 Holiday Card Round-Up Part 3
{via poppytalk}

and in the spirit...some of my fave picks of the season: 

Marcus Design: {what are your christmas traditions?}
{marcus design}
{above & below: cutest little tags}

{mini tree transport}
ZsaZsa Bellagio: A Whole lot of Wonderful
{perfect party dress}

Don't you just love these vintage Christmas cards?:
vintage Christmas
{love the green colour}

vintage christmas
{tres vintage}
{via flickr}
I've got loads more of my favourite christmas images on my pinterest Christmas board, if you want some festive inspiration.
Be merry & stay warm!!
Holly + evergreen | The Sweetest Occasion
{via the sweetest occasion}

Sunday, 9 December 2012

{pink christmas}

Last year I contemplated about getting a pink Christmas tree. I ended up running out of time and as I spent Christmas in Mexico, I didn't end up getting a tree. This year, I decided to go for pink.
Here are some pictures of my pink Christmas tree:
{look at these darling decorations I bought at a market in Mexico}

{I love this Cath Kidston can--I filled it up with candy canes, since the colours go so well together}

{snowflake cookies}

{I bought this darling nascimento scene in a Mexican market in Zihuatanejo with money given to me as a gift from my sister Christina}

{I also got these Virgin of Guadalupe banners there too}

{my front porch decked out in lights & snow}

Happy Holidays & happy pink Christmas!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

{quotable thursdays}

Busy day & I almost forgot to post a quote! Finished teaching for the semester today--yipee! Welcome Christmas!
Here's a quote about working and trying hard to obtain your goals. The things that mean most in life are often the things you have to work the hardest at. Dreams are obtainable, but you have to be willing to work really really hard sometimes:

"for of what is valuable and excellent, the gods grant nothing to mankind without labor and care; [...] if you seek to be beloved by your friends, you must serve your friends; if you desire to be honored by any city, you must benefit that city; [...] if you are anxious that the earth should yield you abundance of fruit, you must cultivate the earth; if you think that you should enrich yourself from herds of cattle, you must bestow care upon herds of cattle; [...] or if you wish to be vigorous in body, you must accustom your body to obey your mind, and exercise it with toil and exertion."
                                           --Xenophon, Memorabilia of Socrates

In other words, if you really want to achieve your goals, don't lounge about:
The Terrier and Lobster: CH Carolina Herrera Ads by Tim Walker
{via terrier & lobster}
get to work...whatever that means: 
The Terrier and Lobster: "Amapola" Geulis Cruise 2012: Katya Talanova by Andra Alodita
The Terrier and Lobster: Jil Sander Pre-Fall 2012: Teruyoshi Hayashida's 1965 Take Ivy Goes Co-Ed with Preppies Hanging Out in the Dorm
The Terrier and Lobster: "Library Days": The Sancta Sophia College Library, Sidney, by Prue Ruscoe for Country Style

Can't you see I'm organizing?
{working long hours}
A Life In Colour - Iys Inger by Friedemann Hauss for Marie Claire, Australia
The Terrier and Lobster: "Library Days": The Sancta Sophia College Library, Sidney, by Prue Ruscoe for Country Style


Saturday, 1 December 2012

{birthday girls in boston}

Time to play catch-up! Just got back from the UK, but before I flew there, I spent the weekend in Boston with my besty, celebrating both our birthdays. The pics say it all--we had a blast, ate yummy food, drank yummy wine, and did what we do best--talk, talk & talk:)
Stay: Hotel Commonwealth--lovely hotel overlooking Fenway Park

{view from our hotel room}

Eat: We had a lovely dinner at Gaslight Bistro--French charm with excellent food (I had the mussels) and their charcuterie plate is to die for.

We also had a quick light breakfast at Tatte, simply the cutest little bakery/cafe E.V.E.R: 

{can it get any more lovely than a chandelier in a cafe? love!}
Drink: Top of the Hub is a famous landmark with breathtaking views of Boston & live jazz, but expensive drinks (or expensive minimum) to pay for the view and it can be flooded with tourists.

See: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a serious gem. My Courtauld connection got us in free:) Plenty of amazing paintings--too many to list, but the gorgeous Venetian palazzo-inspired space is filled with works by Giotto, Cosme Tura (my personal favourite), Titian, Botticelli, Veronese to name only a few. Isabella was also quite the character and simply a fascinating historical figure. You're not allowed to take photos inside, but here are a few I've found on the web: 
{from the Gardner's website}

{this & the image below via stylewise trendfoolish}
{breathtaking courtyard, via tumblr}
& my own photos of  the exterior façade: 

Shop: Newbury Street. Lovely old brownstones and at the end, a gorgeous park.

& finally...us having fun: 

thanks for such a fun weekend kbk!! (& a special thanks to my friend's sister, Laura, for giving us a long list of fun places to check out).