Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day! Here's A love song that's not an ode to mothers but should be...

A week ago, I went to the Spring Sing at my daughters preschool. Each class sang a song, and while there is something about children singing that can make the hardest heart melt, I think these teachers were trying their best to do us all in.

They started off easy with the littles ones, our Sprouts, wearing chicken hats and adorably singing "Los Pollitos Dicen," then, came "Here Comes the Sun" which got my lip trembling with their angelic rendition but no dice. Up next, the Rainbow class singing what else? "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", the Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole version of course. It took a lot of strength, but I held it together. Nice try Rainbow...

Finally, comes Daisy singing "She's Got A Way." I'm thinking "Huh? Why are they singing a cheesy Billy Joel love song? They're way off the mark." Then, as soon as they start singing the realization: "Oh no! Where's a tissue! Why didn't I wear waterproof mascara today?" And just in case any poor saps in the audience were still holding out, they each held up a letter to spell out:

"We Love You Mom"

Bravo Daisy, Bravo

Happy Mothers Day Everyone!

"She's Got A Way"
She's got a way about her
I don't know what it is
But I know that I can't live without her
She's got a way of pleasin'
I don't know what it is
But there doesn't have to be a reason anyway 

She's got a smile that heals me
I don't know why it is
But I have to laugh when she reveals me
She's got a way of talkin'
I don't know why it is
But it lifts me up when we are walkin' anywhere

She comes to me when I'm feelin' down
Inspires me without a sound 
She touches me and I get turned around 

She's got a way of showin'
How I make her feel
And I find the strength to keep on goin'
She's got a light around her
And ev'rywhere she goes
A million dreams of love surround her everywhere

She comes to me when I'm feelin' down
Inspires me without a sound
She touches me and I get turned around

She's got a smile that heals me
I don't know why it is
But I have to laugh when she reveals me
She's got a way about her
I don't know what it is
But I know that I can't live without her anyway

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale at HD Buttercup

This is a bit last notice but I thought I'd get the word out to any Los Angelinos out there. Madeline Weinrib is having a sample sale at HD Buttercup.

 I love love love Madeline Weinrib's beautiful ethnic silk prints and rugs but they are motto motto moolah!  With young kids, I just can't afford to buy investment pieces at the moment that are sure to get sticky fingerprints and yes even poop (Mr. Blue eyes has been having tummy troubles) on them. Even at 40-70% off I thought yeah right she's still out of my price range, but I decided to stop by anyway on Thursday. Well folks there are some really good deals here! Her cotton rugs are over 50% off so you're looking at about $329 for a 6 x 9 and $649 for an 8 x10.

Her 6 x 9 print rugs are perfect to layer over a neutral sisal rug to ground a coffee table or a dining room table to add a little color and texture while not as big an investment. The pillows range from $150 - $250 and there is fabric for $99 a yard. I still couldn't commit to the rug or pillows because see above...although I have been thinking of going back and buying a rug I love and then keeping it in the closet until the kids are older or we have more space. I did; however, buy a beautiful caftan for $150 that was originally $1400! and a lingerie bag to give as a gift that was $69 (original $250 and are still for sale on her website. So, check it out!

There was no-one there on Thursday but I bet today and tomorrow will be a different story.

Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale
HD Buttercup
3225 Helms Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90034

Saturday May 9th 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday May 10th 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Estate Sale Pick - Holmby Hills

I love a good estate sale. Maybe it's because I'm a nosy nelly and like to get a peek inside people's fancy houses and boy are there some amazing ones out here in Los Angeles! Or perhaps it's because I fantasize that I'll snap up some unnoticed treasure for $100 bucks that's really worth a million dollars. The best I've done so far is a set of Fortuny fabric curtains for $50. In any case, It's really fun to see the architecture not to mention the goods on sale. You can find vintage designer bags like Louis Vuitton, stunning furnishings and decor usually at a bargain especially on the last day of the sale. 

Holmby Hills Estate Sale (Photo Source: Vanya's Distinct Possessions)
I like to stay on the Westside because that's my hood, but I've been to some great ones in other neighborhoods too. I thought I would start posting my pick for estate sale of the week, and this week it is one of Vanya's Distinct Possessions. Her sales are usually in upscale neighborhoods like Bel Air, Beverly Hills, or in this case Holmby Hills. She knows her stuff so things are usually priced accordingly, but I have gotten a deal on the last day, and don't be afraid to haggle!

Holmby Hills Estate Sale Dining Room (Photo Source: Vanya's Distinct Possessions)

Sometimes it can be hard to see the forest through the trees (or clutter as the case may be) but at this particular sale it looks like it's all about the dining room. I'm swooning over these white Chinese Chippendale chairs and that Chandelier not to mention the carved mirror.

Holmby Hills Estate Sale Detail (Photo Source: Vanya's Distinct Possessions)

All those chairs need is a less traditional fabric update and they can go with a more modern, transitional, or eclectic decor. Here are a similar set in this Lonny Magazine spread:

(Photo Source: Patrick Cline/Lonny Mag)

(Photo Source: Patrick Cline/Lonny Mag)

Holmby Hills Estate Sale

400 Loring Avenue
Los Angeles, 90024

Saturday March 14, and Sunday March 15

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can find more pictures here. Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Banana Republic Has Gone Mini!

Banana Republic has just introduced their latest limited edition collection and this one is for the mini rock n rollers. The pieces are gender neutral which is really helpful on the second go round. Now that I have a baby boy, I'm regretting my daughters ultra feminine infant wardrobe. I still harbor a serious addiction to buying any item of clothing with butterfly sleeves, so I doubt Mr. Blue Eyes will be getting any future hand me downs.  Love the cozy cashmere and the asymmetrical fisherman sweaters for the wee gents and the tomboy onesies for the lil' lassies. And if you feel the urge to splurge on the cashmere, it looks like today they're offering 35% off with the code: BRSAVENOW