Happy Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! It was so nice to get that extra hour.  Upside? Feeling rested.  Downside? 4 year old up at 6am.  I’m getting excited about the holidays and decorating the house.  I can’t believe there was Christmas stuff out before Halloween was even here.   Next year, we’ll see ornaments and Christmas lights in September.

The new issue of Lonny is out.  Nice feature on Alexis Traina and some beautiful food photography.  The November issue perfectly captures the coziness of fall.

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I don’t know if you remember the “Million Dollar Decorator’s” episode where Kathryn Ireland was redesigning Lindsay Lohan’s house but never showed the final reveal due to Lindsay’s car accident? Well, here they are courtesy of Domaine Home.

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Tonight I’m going on a “date night” with Straw which I’m looking forward to since we haven’t been to dinner in a while.  We’re also going to see “Bad Grandpa” with Jonny Knoxville (love him!).  We love to go to an early dinner and then wander around the local bookstore before the movie.  I have a stack of books I need to read and I’m currently reading “The Never List” which is hard to put down.

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Hope you have a nice Tuesday! C

Pass the Margaritas

Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber and George Clooney have built side-by-side villas in Los Cabos, Mexico where they’ve created stunning retreats from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.   I love the design, can’t get over that Cindy Crawford hasn’t aged, and I pretty much would live anywhere next to Clooney.

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(photos courtesy of Architectural Digest)

Monday, Monday

How are you? How was the weekend? Ours was good.  P and I went to the gym, to a birthday party and then we hung around and relaxed all day yesterday and I did a Target run (exciting, I know! But Target is Mecca and I almost do a happy dance in the parking lot).  I’m in the planning stages of P’s 4th birthday and last night he asked Straw for a pet cobra for his gift.  Straw said, “but it can kill you” and P said, “no, it would be behind glass in my room.”  I think he thinks we can have a collection of animals over here like at the aquarium.  It’s going to start looking like Noah’s Ark if we have a dog, a rabbit, and now a snake.  Well….we’d have to have two of everything (no thanks! I’m not cleaning any more animal crap out of cages. I’m a mom, not a zoo keeper).   I’m also starting lots of fun photo shoots, trying to lose 15 pounds and convinced I’m going through menopause (hello? Night sweats anyone? Probably doesn’t help that I’m under a down comforter when it’s been 75+ degrees out).

A few things for your Monday:

Anyone see Ray Donovan last night? Holy smokes! I could barely watch it it was so disturbing but the show is soo good!

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Sarah Jessica Parker is teaming up to do a capsule collection with Manolo Blahnik exclusively for Nordstrom in the $250 to $450 range

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My new favorite Pinterest boards to peruse are Lauren Conrad’s

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Digging this bold dress from the GAP

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Beautiful & affordable coats are back in at Zara (“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”)

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Putting “The Writers Room” on my list of must watch TV.  They do a round table discussion of how the writers behind our favorite shows (“Breaking Bad,” “Dexter”) come up with ideas and character plots.

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The portrait blog, “Humans of New York.” by photographer Brandon Stanton is pretty cool.

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San Francisco socialite and  Creative Director of Swanson Vineyards, Alexis Traina, has a pretty sweet Instagram

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Wouldn’t you love a rustic retreat south of Paris like designer Isabel Marant?

We’re off to our first t-ball this afternoon at the park.  Have a good one! C

(photos courtesy of Showtime.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Google, Flickr, GAP, Brandon Stanton, Zara, Lauren Conrad, NYTimes.com)