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Social Graces

This past weekend I did a little bit of shopping and was somewhat surprised by the number of people I encountered that could have used a good dose of Miss Manners advice.  I find most people happy and pleasant when shopping (except maybe grocery shopping – but that’s a different story).  It’s not unusual to come across a tasteless and rude individual here an there but the numbers seemed higher than usual this weekend.  Here’s a few things to keep in mind when shopping:

1.  Watch your cart.  While waiting in line to pay, I literally had someone press their cart up to my tush and keep it there!  I think this person thought that the closer they got to me, the closer they were to checking out.   2.  I must admit that this can be very annoying and distracting -  but trying to fix your panties wedged up your bottom should done as discretely as possible.  In the middle of a wide open store, a woman with a very curvaceous bottom is hard at work trying to dislodge her panties and digging far too deep for public comfort (sorry to be so descriptive).    3. Ok, I’m sure this has happened to everyone numerous times but someone stopping in the middle of a retail walk path and occupying so much space that others can’t get around them is disrespectful.  I am usually not in any rush when shopping so if you must stop to do something quickly I have no issue.  But stopping to have a full conversation on your phone and blocking a line of people lacks courtesy.  Choose a side and pull over.   4.  If your going to wear leggings with a short top, make sure you can’t see through the leggings.  Oh, and if you can see through them, then undies are a must.  She was about 47 years old and trying on shoes while standing up. GROSS.   5.  Finally, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting the hard battle”.

With that said, I can now move on to something beautiful and positive.  Meet potter OneClayBead whose work is influenced by the Blue Ridge mountains.  I find her work to be ever so brilliant in color, natural, and soothing.  Check it out…

Thought the the plates and bowl were beautiful?  Check out how gorgeous the underside is is…

Everything you see here is for sale in her Etsy shop and can be bought at a very reasonable price!

Images:  OneClayBead (Etsy)

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April 12, 2011   No Comments

Anthropologie Earth Day

I wanted to share with you some photo’s from the new window display’s over at Anthropologie.  They have decorated them for Earth Day utilizing corks…thousands of corks!

Love the various hues of blue and green corks.  So what will happen to all of these corks when they are ready to change out displays?  Recycle them of course!  The corks will be sent to Cork ReHarvest to be broken down and turned into items such as fishing bobs and new flooring.

I can’t even imagine how long it took to create the huge cork balls above.

Oh, in case you were wondering, Earth Day this year is April 22.

Images:  Anthropologie

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April 8, 2011   No Comments

Bedroom Inspiration for Teens (and me!)

I have to admit that I am really envious of what teen girls have available to them these days.  Cell phones (OMG, could you imagine what the 80’s would have been like?), DVR’s (I had to manually record things over and over on the same cassette tape),  the internet (I’m not sure we would have really understood this, we were trying to still figure out how a fax worked), and Teen Vogue.  I was BIG into reading magazines during my teen years.  Just about every dollar I had was spent on Pepsi, chocolate, and magazines.  Sometimes my friend and I would get disappointed when we would show up at the local store and realize that there were no new issues – sometimes we had read all of the new releases the first week they were out.  But the reason I’m most envious is that some magazines like Teen Vogue, incorporate interior decor.  I can’t think of any magazine in the 80’s that was geared towards teens and had a section on interior design.  How I would have loved this magazine!  Seriously, checkout these bedrooms…

The desk in the photo above looks very similar to the one I have!  And what a cool inspiration board.  I have so many clippings from magazines that I have been thinking about starting one near my workspace.

If the above comforter came in a King size, I would buy it.  So pretty.  By the way, the bedding and pillows you are seeing in these photos are available at JCPenny (search under ‘Teen Vogue’).

Wait a minute.  Were we just looking at teen spaces?  Love, love, love it.

Images:  Teen Vogue

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April 7, 2011   1 Comment

Back from the Sunshine State

Hello blogland friends!  I’m back from our family vacation and what a trip it was!  We went to the Florida beaches (Atlantic side) for 10 days and stayed in a fantastic hotel that couldn’t be any closer to the water – the view was amazing.  However, the trip didn’t feel long enough…I could have stayed another 10 days and not felt homesick.  We had lots of fun collecting seashells that washed up on the shore and enjoyed the sound of the waves crashing at night.  One afternoon, a HUGE amount of shells washed up on shore and I found a beautiful 2 part shell (kind of like a clam) that was white and deep purple inside.  I of course checked to make sure nothing was living in it before adding it to our seashell collection.

This was the view of Melbourne Beach from the 7th floor of our hotel room.  Our room had floor to ceiling windows and 2 sliding doors that went onto a balcony.

I did a little shopping in the area and came across some very reasonably priced items.  First stop was at  Bealls Outlet where I found lots of great shoes (some Brazilian made) ranging from $15 to $39.  This shop sells clothing, shoes, accessories, and home fashion.  It’s part of the Bealls chain but I happen to visit the outlet version (I’m guessing if you are from Florida you are well aware of this shop due to its multiple locations).

If you are into under water finds was Shell World was definitely the place.  We happen to be visiting at the right time as they were moving to a new location and so everything in the store was 50% off.  I bought some larger shells and coral that I ended up having to hand carry home (I was really afraid they would break in our luggage).

This was such a great trip that we are thinking about going back for 3 or 4 days in the early Fall.  But we will see how that works out.

I missed you guys!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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April 4, 2011   1 Comment