Thursday, September 18, 2014

My throw back found for sale online!

Morning Darlins,

I decided I should participate every now & then to throw back Thursday!
Looking through some archives...
 I thought that my ST. PAULI GIRL would be fun to share...
It was my first spokesmodel audtion for a large campaign.

They were interviewing all over the country, tens of thousands of hopefuls each year.
 I had never heard of it! 
There is a fun story that goes along with it but I'm in a hurry so will tell it some other time!

Long story short, the casting agency took a poloroid of me in the outfit to show how I would look...
 sent to New York
the rest is history...
I was excited book it and my agency was super excited!

Every where I went that year on other auditions my real name came second... 
I was first
 THE ST. Pauli Girl!

I'm not sure how many years they have chosen a ST. PAULI spokesmodel. I believe it started in the 70's. The costume has changed a bit today.

Back in the mid 80's booking this was extremely coveted! 
The year before me was the beautiful actress"Donna Dixon" who later married actor Dan Akroid. 

When trying to research what year this was, 
I can't believe I found several of my St. Pauli Girl posters for sale online.
The ones I saw, I have not signed.
I used to sign several thousand at each PA!

I'm pretty sure I still have a box of posters in my storage area! They sent me several boxes I gave them all to my Dad!

Here is one I found for sale on line!

The artwork of beer mugs and background were added later to the photos.

Sharing something from my archives!
Has me giggling!

A beautiful Throw Back Thursday to you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pretty little sea biscuit

Morning Darlins,
It is Autumn...
However, here in SoCal it's more like Indian Summer!

Last evening we took our dogs Mr. Lincoln & Miss Chloe down to the beach. 
They are having a difficult time in this heat with all their fur.

We were walking swiftly with dogs on leashes,

 I happpen to look down
faintly saw this!

Before I could reach down, a wave came and I thought I would never see it again...

The water receded
Well... there it was, right before my eyes waiting for me!!!

I was so excited, I have never found a Sand dollar before.

Pristine, delicate little sea biscuit!
I have one other sand dollar my son found in Nantucket! It is larger and a bit more puffy.

Gods creative fingerprints are everywhere.
I wanted to share this special treasure from the sea this morning!

Enjoy a beautiful day, who knows what you may find right before your eyes!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reclaimed wood does a world good

Morning Darlins,

Have you noticed the beauty in a solid piece of wood?
Today we have access to some gorgeous reclaimed pieces.
Utilizing reclaimed wood in our decor
 for flooring,
architectural statements gives them a second life.

One of a kind natural elements that pare well with any style decor.
In celebrating Autumn, 
it's time to think about nature.
Salvaging what is before us... 
has never been more beautiful.
Infuse some reclaimed gorgeous pieces into your home renovations & artfully display them in retail spaces. 

Let's get inspired!

all photos today for this post Pinterest

My Design tip: Reclaimed wood offers a warmth to a space that no other product can.
It's good for us, no harsh chemicals & connects us to nature. 
Pure beauty and it does a world good, to waste not.

Hop over to SSO blog for my series "Saturday's Designing with Vintage" & shop SSO for reclaimed wood for your home projects & renovations.

A beautiful Autumn weekend for cleaning out the garage& starting a new project!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Wholesome treat!


I hope your weekend will be filled with wholesome goodness...
something pretty
lots of giggles
maybe a little nap...
Insightful conversation
great music
thoughtful words
meaningful moments!

Mine is starting with this...
My favorite French style yogurt made in Cali!

Delicious paired with a vintage silver spoon!

Enjoy a beautiful weekend!

See you here in the morning, with a latte for my series Saturday's "Designing with Vintage"!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My first Throw back Thurs!

On  the way out to work out...
Thought I would participate in Throw Back Thurday!
Here is my first one!
From my modeling archives..

I think this was for "Flexitard"
Wow Love the  mid 80's!

A beautiful Thursday to you!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

1st Autumn soup a perfect girl's lunch!

Afternoon Darlins,

 I had to do it...
make my first Autumn soup of the season!

It's Autumn however....
here in SoCal it's very warm!
Yesterday, one of my favorite people in the world was coming for a quick visit. 
I thought it would be sweet to catch up,
 show her my renovation updates 
 serve lunch at my house!

I wanted to have something light 

Lunch for 2
We ate in the dining room, 
I set our zink farm table as follows...
With 2 beautiful round scalloped white & grey cotton quilted placemats, birthday gifts from her! 
Dark grey luxurious linen napkins from Mateo,  another birthday gift from a favorite friend last year!
The ss soup spoon is antique, a family heirloom.
The vintage ironstone soup tureen & cover are finds from the midwest.
The vintage glass baby milk bottle is a find.
Candle is my own DIY!
White hydrangea is from my garden.

The soup: 
Butternut squash.
It was a little warmer that room temp, perfect!

Garnishings of apples, sweet pecans & basil from my garden.
I also made little snowball of feta & with basil from my garden.

We sipped icewater with fresh lemons from our grove.
{Pretending it was a cool Autumn day}
A perfect girls lunch!

I loved having her here, we're grateful for any time together! My boyz came home from school just in time to chat and catch up on her family with two busy beautiful girls. 
She is my cousin, but I love her more than a sister!

Enjoy a beautiful day!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Autumn foyers - organic styling

I'm Sorry this is just being posted.
We lost our internet in our area as of last night, it just was restored!
By now your having a glass of wine!

Beginning to feel the season change?
Without peaking at a calendar it would be fun to guess the month it was,
only relying on our senses & instinct.
Something to ponder...
 as were tidying up our foyers, 
organizing our Autumn accessories for our vintage decor.

is more about textures
natural elements.
Pairing them implies coziness!

Happy Back to School!

I love this! 

My Design tip: Changing the foyer around seasonally helps to get us into the moment. It's so refreshing to come home to.

Hope over to Second Shout out blog for the Saturday's "Desinging with Vintage" post & shop for some vintage for your foyer!

Happy Autumn, enjoy a beautiful weekend!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Do you have a set?

Hello Mother's!
Happy Autumn * Back to school

Just curious?
Why wasn't this a shower gift????

This vintage set of Mother's encyclopedias was a special find years ago!
I couldn't resist!

What I'm wondering is ....
How is the Mother doing who gave these up!!!

I placed them setting next to a cozy chair...

So when other Mother's come over, they might think I know a lot!!!
giggle giggle!!!

No, I haven't read them...
I'm a risk taker!!! 
Why? Find out I'm doing it all wrong,
 It's too late, 
I feel I'm going to wing it on instinct, that is my course...

Of course just for fun...
I will glance at them when my children are both grown. Just to see if I was on track!!!

giggle giggle!!!

A beautiful Friday eve to you!

Tomorrow morning, grab your coffee, latte, tea or one of each & join me here for Saturday's Designing with Vintage!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day weekend

Hi Darlins,
We know it's a three day weekend, a school holiday & lots of fun.
 Also we're book marking the last weekend of summer.

Let's raise our flags, wear something cool & vintage while we relax & savor these next three days!

Raise our tea cups to the last summer mornings in the kitchen.

A cup of tea in our comfiest vintage tattered chairs that just became perfect.

Looking forward to a couple more soothing baths after a day on the water or working in the garden.

Lounging at home with the summer breeze coming through open windows & the door.

Simply enjoy the last breezes of summer as they leave us with memorable days to reflect upon.


My Design tip: Weekends are made for vintage living, for putting your feet up relaxing & enjoying our spaces. Vintage living is comfy & easy on a budget.

Wamest wishes for a safe & fun last weekend of summer.

Hope over to Second Shout Out blog for my Saturday's "Designing with Vintage"series
& shop my Casual Loves Elegance vintage finds.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raise the flag, 
clean the house 
cut some flowers just for you!

It's back to school week!

I hope yours first days are wonderful....


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


On this birthday morning,
woke early up to the sun & blue skies,
always fun to have a beautiful day for your birthday!!!

Today is my other favorite day of August...
yes, it is my birthday...but I love the journey each year & it's special to me.

It's so much more than that, 
this is truly how I live on this *26* day.
It's the day I look forward to savoring
 me time
 in my heart & soul.
 Listening carefully to hear my own thoughts above all else.

While I reflect on my life, I treasure the memorable birthdays I've shared with family & friends.

Mostly where do I go from here... What is my plan?

It may sound silly but that's what is important & why it's my favorite day each year...

Here are some birthday moments & silly ones too...
some things I love at home!

Birthday candles for tonight!

love ribbons...

A little vintage rhinestone birthday crown I found last year...

Heirloom roses from my garden.... on my birthday when I was 3!

 *4*  birthday
I loved those little gloves & purse!

My mom always baked our cakes at home. Chocolate adorned with ballerinas!
The best*est days!

a collage of favs
& more silly little thing to leave you with!

I see everyone taking selfies, sooooo I thought I would try one when I got my new i phone!
Of course... I didn't think I needed to be tech savy...

I showed it to my boys, they started laughing... 
they said, mom how did you take this?

I said really...
it's a selfie, how do you think i took it? I took it in the mirror!

Omg mom, you have it backwards!
Oh well... this is my first & last, not sure what all the hoopla is all about any whoooo!

If your an August baby like me! Happy Birthday wishes to you too!

A beautiful day Darlins,
Thanks for all your visits & comments through the year!
 birthday girl

Monday, August 25, 2014

romantic lantern

A coaches lantern is symbolic to me of a romantic coach ride...
Just like the carriage ride on my wedding day!
I have a little obsession with these because of that memorable romantic day!

This vintage lantern was a special find for me...

I placed two heirloom pink roses in it from my garden.

I hope your day is filled with a little romance too!