Last minute Hanukkah table decorations

Run, run and get your Hanukkah blue and white table decorations.

Pinterest has great Hanukkah decorations ideas  https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/390828073887784036/ You can buy lots of  blue and silver balls at a dollar store and line them up as a center piece on your table.

The meaning of Hanukkah the Festival of light by Mayim Bialik

This elegant  Menorah at Crate and Barrel  can become your traditional Menorah on sale for 49.97 CAD (only pick up at stores) Let your contemporary pattern Blue and white Hanukkah plate become your traditional plates. On sale at Crate and Barrel for 7..97 CAD (in stores) 4 Blue and white napkins with same pattern as your plate, on sale at Crate and Barrel for 29.97 CAD (in stores) Hanukkah platter on sale at Crate and Barrel for 29.97 CAD (in stores)

Blueish wine glasses at Stokes for 6.99

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Filling up your glass vases with blue silver and white balls is most effective for a very low price

Via Pinterest  A few white flowers mixed with glass bowls of chocolate Gelt is always a happy Hanukkah decoration

HAPPY HANUKKAH MY FRIENDS MAY THE LIGHT BE WITH YOU ALL

Stay tuned next week we will find all kinds and all priced Christmas gifts for you my lovelies.

ASAP Thanksgiving dishes

 

Simple Last minute recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Adding a little colour and freshness to the boring month of November with this orange and fennel salad.

Vinaigrette is made with orange juice, oil and balsamic vinegar,

 

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Cream cheese and mashed potatoes

Directions

  1. Heat refrigerated potatoes according to package directions. Transfer warm potatoes to a serving bowl.
  2. Stir in cheese and parsley. If desired, sprinkle with French-fried onions. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until cranberry skins begin to burst. Taste and add more molasses, if necessary. Top with watercress, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cover and chill any leftover sauce up to 2 days.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Directions

  1. In medium saucepan combine pumpkin, unsweetened coconut milk, beans, broth, and sage. Heat through.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with black peppercorns. Drizzle with lime. Makes 4 servings.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN THE USA

 

Dropping in some asian humble abode

 The Emperor of Interior Designers in Asia 

Via www.bestinteriordesigners

.Steve Leung born in Hong Kong has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen., works internationally  in commercial and residential Architecture and Design.

In the movie Crazy rich Asian, we are introduced to the Asian wealth, but nothing compares to the work of Steve Leung.
Go and visit Steve Leung’s site and you will realize how fortunate some
 of his clients are. 

http://www.sldgroup.com/en/about_intro.php#Introduction

Oh what is happening to hemlines?

Skirt length theory cannot be taken too seriously, but apparently if hemlines are going down the market is also going down.

Via Vanity Fair/photo Tim Rooke/REX/Shtutterstock

OOps I have noticed that Meghan The Duchess of Sussex is wearing much longer skirts lately.

Via Vanity Fair/photo James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

Pippa Middleton at Princess Eugenie’s Royal wedding also wearing a half calf dress.

Via Vanity Fair /REX/Shutterstock

Poppy Delavingne in an almost midi dress.

Via Vanity Fair/photo Matt Crossick/Getty images

Liv Tyler also at the Royal wedding wearing a long straight skirt.

Via goodhousekeeping/photo Matt Crossick/Getty images

Look at Demi Moore with a very long dress, I hope these long skirts will not last too long,  first I don’t look good in a long skirt, but actually I don’t want to look old fashion. What to do what to do. I definitely will wear pants.

If you are like me, you could always wear a maxi skirt, I look good in a maxi skirt, it makes me look taller.

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Well you can wear a long Indian skirt maxi style.

Via Zara

I suppose I could wear this midi skirt,  but I really have to wear the boots with it. From Zara $49.00 CAD.

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Zara is playing safe with its fall season 2018 and is still selling mini skirts $45.00 CAD.

Lets cross our fingers and hope that these long skirts will be of short time.

Fashionista Royals and the Power of Red

Red is absolutely a Royal colour.

Queen Elizabeth 1 of England knew the power of Red

Via PinterestElizabeth 11 of England Order of the Bath Mandatory Red 

Via Popsugar

Queen Elizabeth 11 visiting Canada in bright red skirt suit with a Maple leaf brooch.

Just a (Parenthesis to show you how Elizabeth 11 of England is a Fashionista)

I never thought I would see the day when Queen Elizabeth 11 would attend a fashion show, but here she is.

Via Getty images

Can you believe it, the 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth 11 attended the Richard Quinn’s runway show in February 2018 and was sitting right next to the Queen of fashion Anna Wintour. The Queen was presenting fashion designer Quinn with the Elizabeth 11 Award of British Design.

Via https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily

Richard Quinn fashion Designer.

Via Getty images / Ray Tamarra

Kate M. wearing red dress from  Preen of London, added a Canadian Maple leaf brooch, could it be Queen Elizabeth 11’s Maple leaf brooch.

Via Getty images / Ray Tamarra

Meghan also wearing a scarlet dress from Preen of London.

Via http://www.queenletiziastyle.com/blog

Queen Letizia of Spain image/Jose Gegundez

Queen Letizia of Spain wears red like a real Queen.

Via http://worldroyalfamily.blogspot.com/

Princess Victoria of Sweden Very Royal in a Red evening gown.

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Who could ever forget Princess Diana in red.

Via Getty images and Pinterest

Red really becomes Queen Sonja of Norway

Via PinterestQueen Maxima of the Netherland is definitely the Red Queen

So wear Red my lovelies, be Royal!

Omelet du jour

A most simple omelet can make you very happy my friends.

Since a few years Mason jars have become quite a hit, they are certainly timeless and reliable, virtues that we still appreciate nowadays.

Believe it or not the hip Mason jars were created in 1858 and have been used since non stop.

Now we make Martinis in Mason jars and drink in them at parties and family gathering.

 we even cook in them. This is my favorite Mason jar omelet recipe that I can make the night before and cook it in a split second for breakfast, enjoy my lovelies.

 

 

You are not a plant parent, go artificially green

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You are not too good about plant parenting, here a few nice artificial greens.

From Ikea Fejka $12.99 Cad. This glorious looking ivy can be used inside or if your veranda is covered, I would use it inside.

From Ikea Fejka $24.99 Cad

This artificial plant from Ikea is topiary style and can be used also as a pair to create some symmetry

From Pier One Faux Boxwood Topiary $169.95 https://www.pier1.com/outdoor-faux-boxwood-cone-%26-ball-48%22-topiary/3319484.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

 

From Pier One Topiary wreath $39.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-boxwood-topiary-door-decor-%26-wreath/3163585.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

Photo decogirlmontreal

I have bought this topiary and used it as a focus point above a metal console decorated with white flowers and a ceramic frog thinker.

Photo decogirlmontreal

I also used the faux Cedar Topiary mixed with real white impatience.

From Pier One Faux Cedar topiary $129.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-cedar-51%22-spiral-topiary-in-black-pot/3448937.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

I believe that a mixture of real plants, flowers and artificial plants work wonder for a garden or a balcony. Try it you will like it and you can bring your faux plants into your home after the season is over.

Let it be a tidy home

Hi my lovelies, today we will be embarking into a journey of tidying up our homes. 

A year and a half after the discovery of Marie Kondo who invented the KonMari method, my son Louis and my daughter in law Fiona are moving into a new home, so they have bought Kondo’s book about tidying up and decluttering your home. They found her philosophy very inspiring and having never read her I have to admit that she is quite a revelation.

Photo via amazon.ca

Photo via The Telegraph

Author Marie Kondo

I personally agree with most of what Kondo preaches, most of all with the artfully way of  tidying up your closets, drawers etc… but to me the portrait of a home where it feels good to live everyday is not exactly a Zen home totally denuded of personality, and she seems to be a bit minimalistic in her approach.

So this is a resume of some of the  Kondo rules that I have chosen for you. If you want to read the 6 Kondo rules go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/decluttering-expert-marie-kondo-my-6-rules-of-tidying/

1- Get rid of stuff you don’t really need, keep only those things that are necessary or bring you joy, if not, your tidying up will be an eternal merry-go-round.

2- Tidy by category not location, for instance when tidying up clothes, gather all the clothes that you have in one location so that you can see exactly how much you have, wow, I think I will have to move everything in my living room, my bedroom is definitely not big enough.

It’s very important to get an accurate grasp of how much you have in each category.

3- Follow the right order, It is:  Clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and finally sentimental items.

Once you have perfected the art of tidying clothes, books, papers and miscellany you will have almost mastered the art of Kondo’s ways and be ready to tackle the sentimental items which usually take a lot longer, Her method is designed to help you distinguish what truly sparks joy and as you know practice makes perfect.

Clothes are ideal for practising this skill, look at how rewarding it can be:

Photo via Pinterest

Tidying up clothes so that you can see them.

Via you tube

KonMari consultation with real clients.

I believe that the Konmari method brings us a greater appreciation of our homes. Try it you will like it, you may very well reach the Summer of your Content my lovelies.

If you use KonMari’s method, please tell me how it works for you.

Bigger is better in a Small apartment

Don’t be afraid to use a bigger piece of furniture like a sectional sofa or a generous couch in a small apartment.

Via http://thefullydown.com/65-smart-solution-small-apartment-living-room-decor-inspirations/72/

A very comfortable sectional couch in a tiny space.

We have a tendency to think that we have to use small furniture in a narrow and small space. You can measure your walls and your sofa could be as much as  2/3 of the length of your wall. I assure you that your space will look much better than if your used small  furniture.

Glass tables or tables with a see through base are always visually lighter than a table that is more like a block.

The grey Tone on tone wall and  sofa help make this room feel bigger.

A good size leather couch in a small space can look more comforting than a multitude of small scattered pieces of furniture.

One sectional sofa instead of a few pieces of small furniture can make your room look less cluttered 

If you must have a queen size bed, have one. In such a small space even a double bed would not make this room look bigger. You can always walk sideways like hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphs walking!! Sideways.

Having a couple of stools can be useful for additional sitting. I always have a couple of ottomans and stools in my apartment.

Dear Lovelies be happy in your small space and make the most of it, it can be quite cocooning and soothing.