Summer Sips

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Today is a hot one on the East Coast and one way to stay cool and celebrate the Summer is to prepare a celebratory sip.  Oysterville Vodka with Club soda and fresh lemon, mint and a bit of simple syrup sure is refreshing.  Here is the recipe for a South Side.

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Stay cool and have a wonderful weekend.

Ice Cream

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Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, although in my book, every day should be Ice Cream day.
It is a wonderful Summer Time Treat.
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I have fond memories of the Ice Cream Truck driving around my childhood neighborhood with the sweet sound playing and luring children to come buy a cone.
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Wishing each of you a sweet weekend.  I am trying very hard to find the sweetness in light of the recent tragedy in Nice, France.  My heart is heavy and I know we all need to keep our hearts open and love life and find the good.  Ice Cream seems to help a little bit.  What helps you to keep going when bad things happen?

Summertime slow down

Summertime offers us each an opportunity to slow down, but how many of us actually allow this to happen is the real question. Do you take advantage of slowing down? Perhaps my illustration might inspire you to take the time to pause. I call it “Hammock time” and the time we allow to swing and let go of things can revitalize and recharge one’s soul. What are you waiting for? Go, slow down. Enjoy your Summertime.

Wedding toasts


Last night I attended a Luxurious event held at Juliska in the Stamford store.  Immediately, I was drawn to the beautiful glassware.  These champagne flutes are stunning and how perfect for a wedding toast or to have for a Summer Celebration.  Perhaps you are looking for a wedding gift, look no further – Juliska has beautiful items for giving or getting for yourself.

Wedding customs


I love Wedding Customs of a variety of cultures and love creating artwork for a variety of clients who are looking to bring a special touch to their wedding.  Still, this week, I find my heart heavy when the hate going on in this world seems to disregard the very nature of loving one another and the value of customs in our lives that continue to keep us clinging on to the ceremonies which are just as sacred as they are charming.  How are you holding on to the love these days?  What are some of your favorite wedding customs?



I must admit after yesterday’s tragedy in Orlando, all I can think of is love.  I did say that this month of June I would be sharing love and all that goes in to wedding nuptials.  So, I will continue to focus on the love.  I love these beautiful birch branches that are perfect for any couple about to share and profess their love for one another.  I found them here. On Etsy!!!


I love the mountains and how stunning is this birch ladder chuppa.  I would have one of these just for photo shoots!


This one is minimal but set against this red barn, it just screams love.  Let’s find the love.

A Royal Wedding

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I literally gasped when I saw the most amazing voluminous wedding dress of Lady Charlotte Wellesley.  I knew right away it was the perfect way to usher in this first day of June with a loose watercolor.  This month, I am devoting all my blog posts to weddings and not just to Royal Weddings.  I would love to know the most favorite wedding you have been to and why?

Memorial Day

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Today is Memorial Day.  We are thankful for our country women and men who have served and to those that continue to serve our great nation.

workout wednesday

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It’s workout wednesday and time to get moving. Why not start, which is often the hardest part. Set aside 30 to 45 minutes to walk, to move and get going. Grab a partner to join you.
Remember to stay well hydrated so bring water and you might want to have some fresh fruit for afterwards to snack healthy.
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Focus on your body and your breathing. Start small and work towards a goal. Don’t sweat, just sparkle on. Have a wonderful workout wednesday! Do you have a get fit program. You need to sign up for Project Slim Waistline today.

Project Slim


I am so excited to share with you my dear friend Anne Marie and her brand new Project which is called “Project Slim Waistline.” Fortunately, I have known Anne Marie for many years now, when I first began taking her amazing class at a local fitness studio where she taught several times.  The class was called “Little Black Dress.”


Project Slim Waistline is an online site which you can sign up for to get a wonderful program full of great moves to follow and recipes to create healthy clean eating.  It is a wonderful support system and motivator to get one moving towards slimming the waistline and getting healthy.



Anne Marie is launching a Ten Day Ab challenge after Memorial Day which I signed up for.  Let me tell you that her moves work!


They are easy to follow along and you can do them anywhere.  You don’t need to belong to a fancy pants gym.  You can hop outside, go to a park or workout in your own home.


It is true, that when your waistline is slim, you clothes fit better, you feel better too.  Why not sign up for Project Slim Waistline today or after Memorial Day.  I know that this weekend will be all about the Parades and BBQ’s.