The hand of fate…

The Ballad of Lotto and Mathilde

I ordered Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff as part of a recent reading stash purchase (mentioned here) but delayed beginning it until now.  I wish I HAD started the book sooner because it quickly became one of my favorite reads of the summer.  I stayed up way too late over the past week, following this slyly nuanced tale of a ‘perfect’ marriage that gives truth to the old adage that there are always three sides to any story; his, hers, and the truth.  If you are looking to get lost in a tale of passionate love, heart-rending loss, sacrifices made, revenges exacted, lies made truth and truths not told than this is the story for you.  Have you read Fates and Furies?  I’d love to know what  you thought of the story and what is on your ‘must read’ list for fall…


Fashion…turn to the left

I have loved fashion ever since I can remember.  Maybe it’s because I come from a long line of tailors and seamstresses (I learned to sew and embroider before I was 5) or maybe it’s because my mom and my aunts were so stylish that it rubbed off on me. Whatever the reason, when the seasons change I find myself scouring the world of fashion (including WWD, Vogue, and The Cut) to find out what’s hot.

This fall the hottest trends that appeal most to me are leopard, velvet, florals, dressed up bohemian, and the colors navy, pumpkin spice, and grey (naturally). Today I am posting the first in a series of ‘Recreating the Runway’ boards that combine my favorite fall looks with my love of sewing…

Part 1: a DIY take on Alice & Olivia Fall 2016 – the Coat

Leopard is, as always, a top trend. Alice & Olivia were responsible for one of my favorite Fall 2016 shows, sending 70’s rock-n-roller fashion down the runway.  This particular outfit really caught my eye since it would be simple to recreate (and look good on rocker chicks of any size or age).  I would lengthen the pattern to just below the knee and use large shoulder pads to give the coat some body, using a rich red silk for the lining.  A black or gold lining would look fabulous too. After finishing add a silk rose lapel pin (like this beauty from Etsy) and rock on!


Part 2: a DIY take on Alice & Olivia Fall 2016 – the Dress

An easy-to-make classic wrap dress completes the look.  The A&O dress has the left front wrapping over the right so you might need to manipulate whatever pattern you choose to get the same effect.  I love the silky prints I found at Jo Ann Fabricswhich compliment the coat beautifully. I love a strong shoulder so I would use pads to give the dress some shape whether the pattern calls for it or not.  All you need to complete the look is a wide leather belt wedge knee-high bootsand a great concert or rock club to wear it to!  Rock on.


9-16 Epherma

Tin Art at the Sorbello Girls Vegetable Stand

I spent a lot of time at various airports over the past week and had plenty of time to surf the web.  Here are a few sites that helped me to pass the time while I waited between flights….

This weekend I am taking a quick road trip to Jonesboro to watch rugby (Go Badgers!) with a pitstop in Memphis for some BBQ. How about you?  Any travel plans this weekend?  Or will you surf the web instead?  I’d love to know…

Walking to New Orleans…

The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France

My husband and I are adapting to an empty nest. To help ease back into being unencumbered adults we spent the past weekend in New Orleans. Check out what we did during our brief get away… Continue reading “Walking to New Orleans…”

Blinding me with science…

The Red House surrounded by Summer Green

One of the things I do to keep the lights on is plan and execute events.  Over the years I have organized everything from an intimate dinner for 8 to an overnight in the woods for 300.  I am a big believer in the ‘teach a man to fish’ parable and enjoy working with clients to achieve their event vision. After months of working with the TGCA planning committee their inaugural Educational Conference dreams became reality last Friday… Continue reading “Blinding me with science…”

Just a man whose intentions are good…


It’s been a busy few weeks for me, getting children off to college at opposite ends of the country and preparing for a corporate event I am organizing this weekend.  I haven’t had much free time but did manage to read a bit each day.  I just finished ‘A Man Called Ove‘, a book which surprised me twice and had me crying upon reading the last word.  I can’t recall the last time I’ve had such an emotional reaction to a book and continue to think about Ove’s story, which I found deeply touching. Have you read this book?  I recommend it if you haven’t.


8-6 Ephemera

Ultimate Olympics
Here are a few things capturing my attention this weekend…

…hope you’ve found something that captures your attention too!


Some Girls


How serendipitous that I finished reading Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ on the same day that California Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown rejected parole for one of the original ‘girls’, Leslie Van Houten.

The novel is loosely based on Charlie Manson’s most fervid female followers and explores the lifelong guilt and self-imposed imprisonment of Evie, the main character who by chance meets ‘the girls’ one lazy summer afternoon and by luck avoids their fate one apocalyptic night.

Back in the late seventies I spent a lot of time at the Mars Hotel, hanging with ‘The Guys’. Jaz ruled over our core group of turned on/tuned in/dropped out wanderers and an ever changing cast of hangers-on and passers-through. Equal parts shyster, narcissist and carnival con man, Jaz could get just about anyone to do almost anything he asked. I’ve met a LOT of people in my life and to date none of them had that combination of magnetism and false messiah, which is one reason reading ‘The Girls’ resonated so deeply with me.

Have you read ‘The Girls’? I’d love to hear what you thought of the book…

May I introduce to you…


Vintage + Food = Grand Reopening of Live True Vintage

I love when I ‘discover’ a part of town that I’ve passed by a million times. I always wonder why I never took the time to stop before, especially when I stumble upon an awesome mom-and-pop restaurant or antique store  (remember my Lebanon trip?).  This past weekend I stumbled upon Live True Vintage, which just relocated from one side of town I rarely explore (Inglewood) to another (Rayon City)…

Continue reading “May I introduce to you…”

Mama’s in the kitchen…

The pie’s the thing

My younger son has been a cooking fool this summer.  He recently watched Matty Matheson prepare his Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Pie and decided to make the pie for his dad.  I did the shopping and he did the cooking, making everything from the pie crust to the meringue himself.  As you can see from the image above, it was quite the success  – and tasted even better!  He gets his cooking inspiration from The ChewTasty, The Food Network and Tastemade and our newest favorite – The Great British Baking Show. Have you seen the show?  My mom turned us on to Season 2 of GBBS last summer and we were instantly hooked.  Season 3 just began airing on PBS and once again, my son and I are ready, set, bake!  Do you like to cook or bake? What’s your favorite cooking show or thing to make?  I’d love to know…