Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrating "half a century"...


This week marked a BIG birthday for yours truly....


A few of my "besties" hosted a truly lovely lunch at my friend Jackie's house....in celebration of the big event....my friend Jackie's talents for setting a pretty table were readily on display...she made the floral arrangements herself...so girly...I LOVED it!!


When I walked in I was totally surprised by an oil painting custom made by Jackie (who is a prolific artist) just for me for the occasion...

She had taken a picture of me by her pool this Summer and made it come to life on canvas. The gesture brought me immediately to tears as I walked in the room. Her talent and generosity and friendship...what a gift!- in every sense of the word....


It now proudly resides in my foyer...and every time I pass it a smile comes across my face!






I just loved spending the afternoon surrounded by all the warmth and love of precious friends...                                                                                          My friend Dawn (pictured left) labored for hours on a video that captured so many of the fabulous moments we have all spent together...                                                                                       We watched it as a group as we began with a ceviche avocado appetizer...this montage is something that will make me smile for years to come...

                                    although I cried through a lot of that too...



My friend Renee...another creative force to be reckoned with...presented me with a gift box (with a one of a kind purse inside) that she cleverly decorated herself with ribbon and tissue paper...so cute!


I just love Jackie's teacup collection....thought you might as well...



 The toasts kept me laughing and crying
 most of the party... my teenage daughter even stopped in for a minute taking a break from school....she gave a wonderful toast too!
 

and then came dessert...such a colorful collection of confection.....



These 'ladies who lunch" are a lovely bunch- I'll tell you...!! Thank you girls for your friendship.



Then... just when I thought it was all over...there was more being planned behind the scenes for later...little did I know....




My "bestie" Marika had planned a surprise party....



 under the guise that she and her husband were taking me and my husband to the city for dinner....



My husband and I were greeted at their door by this fun display of affection...



those crazy kids made me laugh and had been planning this surprise for months...



and then the serious fun began...



Miss Marika is also a "hostess with the mostess"..she sets a mean beautiful table too...I love that I have such talented girlfriends who spoil me!!!


Everything was delicious...and that girlfriend cocktail was right up my alley! Vodka, Pink Lemonade, Fresh Mint and Raspberries and a squeeze of fresh lemon.


The conversation was lively and we had such a great time...intimate dinner parties are just the best!


 

Marika's musically inclined daughter and her equally talented friend gave us an impromptu concert as well...which made the evening even more enjoyable...merci' m&s....




I will be honest...leading up to this day I was getting a little "freaked" by the notion that I was actually turning 50. I know they say 50 is the new 40 etc. etc. but come on- you're still 5-0! It's not really the number for me it is what it represents...that time is moving so quickly!

 I still feel like I am in my 20's in sooo many ways... well, my girlfriends rallied...filling my week with such happiness and feelings of love that I know that I have lived well...and that a life well lived should be celebrated every day...

Thanks ladies for making my life and this week too... such a fun ride!  What would we do in life without girlfriends?

                           XOXO Emily




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Musings from my Maison this November...

I decided to clean out my closet as the weather got colder...I found two wool scarves that I don't wear very often...

I recently purchased this wonderful embroidered scarf and wanted to use it as a bed throw but it was too short so...voila...

the ultimate "re purpose" was born...I cut/pinned/sewed (okay I cut and pinned...I had my upholsterer sew) my way to this dreamy new addition to my bedroom...just like we need more layers of clothing in the colder months...so does our furniture!


My side tables are next...come January they are going to get a fun new lacquered color...working on it as we speak...but- in the meantime...found these fab mirrored trays at Target to brighten them up on top!


Across the room all these pink additions are tying nicely into my new gallery wall ...


A bunch of my besties went on a trip to Israel recently and delighted me with this surprise gift upon their return...absolutely love them and THEM! Thanks ladies!!



                                                               
Here I am sporting them... while having some "bun fun" this week....


A new addition are these wonderful Asian stools I found on a recent buying excursion...


I am mixing them in everywhere...they are funky, fresh, and fun...and don't need to "color match" to the rest of the decor...I have one paired here with a lime green garden stool.



I move them all around depending on my mood and where I am sitting...


Talk about fun "pops" of color....



They are also  available now at The Style Shack if you want one or two...;)


Also at Target on the sale rack...I scored this wonderful wood bowl...long in length and style...I accessorized with some marble stones and a green ceramic ball that moves around the house as needed.


I like to see my "go to" necklaces and bracelets every morning in my dressing spaces...it is a pretty and practical visual...I took some glass urns and filled them and layered them up...grouping them on a faux croc teal tray in my bathroom is just sunshine in a jar!


This little lady sits in my office...so I can "spread the jewelry love"....


I also used this tall glass urn to elegantly store my lavender Epsom salts...I am a girl who loves a good soak...so do my muscles after working out (or lifting too many pieces of furniture)...this stuff does the trick...also a great source of getting magnesium into your system too...

btw... this is a great hostess gift or birthday gift for your friends who love their bath time...accessorize with a scoop and a shell and you are good to go....


Recently...before our first frost...I was out on a walk and captured these lovelies...




I also brought my rosemary topiary in for the Winter...please enjoy them now...they are so finicky inside...I am crossing my fingers because I love them so!!!



A recent addition...I found this coral sculpture and layered it into my buffet...


I also brought in a garden stool and made it work in my foyer....



On another note...I just had to share two recent instagrams that made my heart swoon...

just crazy for both pieces.... although I would recover the stool fabric immediately.




I also have to say that when I look at this picture I want to stay in bed all day today...but I am off to do an outdoor holiday styling job with greens and lights at a local restaurant...better bundle up since it's 18 degrees right now...eeks!

 (Merci: Chairishco)


 Have a great weekend! XO Emily









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