Cozy Days

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Oh how I love to cozy up in a soft sweater!

What’s your pleasure?

Cashmere, wool-blend, chunky knit?

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Soft cable gray and gorgeous soft blush …..

love them both!

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Vince

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Rag and Bone

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I can’t pass up this soft colorblock  cashmere crewneck   It’s on sale and perfect for a casual dinner party at home over the holidays.

Leggings or jeans with a relaxed fit and a cozy sweater is perfect for Thanksgiving don’t you think?

Speaking of cozy.. isn’t this sweet?

 

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It’s natural linen and pom poms .. that’s it.  

” ..my fluffy wreaths are more ‘hushed wintry décor’

They whisper ‘peace to you…let’s cozy on down.”

..Michele

Fluffy White Holiday Fur Wreath

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Southern Boy Dishes

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  I thought I’d share a couple recipes that might be perfect for Thanksgiving Day dessert.   Pumpkin Pie is a tradition here and in honor of my Dad we will be serving his favorite, Pecan Pie.  He was born and raised in New Orleans and I want to keep some of the Southern favorites a tradition in my home.

House update:

We move furniture in Saturday and the plan is for my kitchen to be fully functional by Friday the 21,  just in time for Thanksgiving!  Cross your fingers for me because as luck would have it, we are having issues with our contractor (what a surprise, right?).

What a journey this building project has been and I’m exhausted and so thankful to have this nearing the end.  With the holidays upon us, company coming, and parties to host, I have daily anxiety attacks as to how all this will get done.

..deep breath..

 There are a few photos of the house on my Instagram and I’ll be sharing parts of my kitchen on the blog soon:)

xoleslie

Vince Sweater: Nordstrom| Rag and Bone Sweater: NET-A-PORTER | Vince Colorblock Sweater: Nordstrom| Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Where to buy|

Fluffy Holiday Wreath: Etsy

Drama After Dark

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Hi Everyone!

This is such a fun time of year with all of the entertaining and parties coming up.  Are you adding a few new items to your make up bag and wardrobe?

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3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Polish (Limited Edition)

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I’m totally falling for this season’s dramatic looks!    It’s LBD meets Gothic Romance with lots of leather, lace panels and any type of fabric you can imagine. To that,  add a pretty pump or studded bootie and you are right on trend.

  I believe the sexiest women are those that leave an air of mystery by concealing and revealing just a little.

Complete your look by adding the perfect make up.

 I decided to try a darker polish for the fall and  I’m loving it!   I’ll be trying this NARS polish and for the lips, I’m starting with my favorite lip balm and will follow it up with something darker than my usual shade.

If I go darker, there is a trick to making it look softer.  I use a lip brush or the tip of my ring finger to apply just the right amount. The result is a very pretty natural look.

For precision, my favorite liquid liner is from  Chantecaille.   If black is a bit too much, go for the dark brown.

Feel pretty!

xoleslie

Dresses: OTTE/ NARS: Nordstrom/ Terry: Barneys/MAC: Nordstrom/ Chantelcaille: Nordstrom

House update and winner announced

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 Autumn is in full swing here in Seattle and I couldn’t  resist sharing these pictures from our local floral shop.

Flowers are so important to me and regardless of the state of affairs around here, I’ve continued to buy small bunches to lift my spirits.

House Update!

I wanted to share this photo because this spot will be changing shortly and it will be fun to see the before and after.  You can see my kitchen window with a frame .. waiting for a pretty window cover.

The vault is complete and the ceilings will be 11 feet high.  We have windows covering both sides of the great room so the forest is visible.  The green belt is a protected area that includes wet-lands and lots of wild life.  I enjoy seeing this beauty around us and never take it for granted.

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 Shown below is the fabric I’ve chosen for the relaxed roman shade that will cover the above window.

 To the left of the window is a French door that will have a hanging drape (beige linen with blue trim I think..) .  The windows on the other side of the great room will have white plantation shutters and then the rest of the house will be silk or linen shades .. very simple.

Are you getting a visual?

Fabric | Imperial Trellis II in Ivory / Navy | Schumacher: I'm using this fabric for a relaxed roman shade to go above my farm house sink.
Imperial Trellis by Schumacher

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 A Shaw Farmhouse Sink will go below the window.  The cabinets will be white with oil rubbed bronze hardware.

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 I will have a total of three of these lanterns in the great room with two going over my black island with calacutta marble tops.  I am crazy about these beams and had to have a very big one across the great room.

and a little jewelry for my kitchen…

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 Ilve 6 burner range

 Electrical, plumbing and gas .. all ready to go and awaiting inspection and my dry wall team is scheduled for Tuesday.  I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Here is another view of the great room and in case you missed the memo, we sold our home (downsizing) and began rebuilding a 30 year old home starting about 8 months ago.  In typical fashion for this sort of activity, we are over budget and about a month behind schedule. This totally stresses me out as I’m scheduled to have lots of activities here over the holidays and naturally I’m hosting Thanksgiving.  We have chosen to live on site during this process.  As I type here this morning, the work crew is arriving.  We do not have working doors .. so someone just came in through the window.   No privacy and lots of dust and dirt everywhere.  The experience of living through this is NOT easy and I’m thinking of starting a support group for women going through the process;)

I’m having a fireplace put in to keep it cozy in the kitchen/great room area.

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 All of this construction chaos along with cooler temperatures, is giving me an appetite for something warm and filling. 

I came across this video and decided it was perfect for my blog;) It has me dancing around wanting to make Eggs Benedict!  I’ve missed preparing eggs .. no kitchen, no eggs.

Tell me what you think!

 

 

..and the winner of the LoveFeast pumpkins is…

Lynne!

” Hello gorgeous! Here you are pampering us again!
I shall be seeking that pumpkin latte masque!
Please may I win the LoveFeast Trio!”
~Lynne
w/L!

Congratulations!

Send me your mailing information so we can get the LoveFeast Trio to you;)

Don’t forget my blog will have a new name soon.  If you are already a subscriber you will continue to receive updated posts.

Have a nice weekend!

oxleslie

Pretty and Plush

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Soft velvet, gorgeous rich colors, with real stems.

Find them here

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 They are scattered about my home.

Keeping good company on my vanity with these pretty petals.

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Navy .. gorgeous!

Sitting pretty next to my pink peonies.

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 So sweet in threes ..

standing tall on a garden bench.

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Once your pumpkins have found their perfect spot, try these cupcakes!

For the frosting ..the best part!

I’ll be picking these up here

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After you’ve indulged in something sweet…

pamper your skin in with this yummy pumpkin mask, here!

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Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited to kick off Fall with a giveaway from

Love Feast Shop.

Enter to win a set of three plush pumpkins by leaving a comment and let us know which color you’d like.

The winner will be announced on October 17, 2014.

{open to U.S. residents only}

House Update: Things are progressing with windows finally going in my kitchen and great room AND hardwood flooring is almost complete.

I’m hanging in there by a thread.. lots of deep breathing and focusing on the end result (easier said than done!)

Around the Table will be taking a new name and look soon!

I’m looking forward to the changes coming and hope you’ll keep checking back.

xo, leslie