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Talbots: My New Found Treasure

I’ve known about Talbots for years.  I never gave them a real chance when I was in my early 20s (currently in my 30s).  Even back then they carried basics and American classics; however, I believed they were for the more mature woman (nothing wrong with this but it didn’t appeal to me at the time).  Like JCrew and Banana Republic, over the years they have really revamped their designs in certain ways, so much it seems that I can sense a more inclusionary younger vibe.

My sister-in-law placed a teal Talbots tote two years ago on her wishlist which kind of planted a seed in my mind to look them up online.  Shortly after, my husband received a catalog from them and I browsed through it, falling madly in love with a fitted button down denim shirt (something I’ve always wanted to own).  I was quickly impressed by their quality, cut, and sizing (which fit me like a glove more than any other brand whether I was looking for a top, sweater, blazer, or pants).  As for sizing, they have something for everyone unlike other brands which cater to select populations.  My husband usually hates Christmas shopping especially at the mall, so I encouraged him to give our nearby Talbots a try.  Also, their customer service whether in-store or over-the-phone is impeccable.  Have you ever seen the way they package things too?  Always with great care and professionalism.  They get an A+++ from me!  I just bought their Gallery Cable Flyaway Cardi in frost grey heather and had to also order one in black!  Like any other girl who knows what’s good for her, anything which flatters your figure (picture you smiling at yourself in front of the mirror) is priceless =).  Even better, both my sweaters were purchased at drumroll please…  40% off (it’s a steal)!  I love my new cardis because they are beautifully made, thick, and soft to the touch.  I’m planning to wear this to my upcoming Christmas gatherings with a festive Anthro top and dressier Talbot jeans (the Curvy Fit black rinse trouser jeans to be precise).  I know you might find it odd that I mentioned Anthropologie and Talbots in the same sentence but they both have an important role to play in my closet.  Anthro offers whimsical retro silhouettes while Talbots offers sophisticated refined beauty.  That to me, when paired correctly creates a good fashion balance.

Give Talbots a chance; I guarantee you’ll want to become a new convert =)!  For those who are long time Talbot lovers…  I know you’re out there so comment below and tell me about your cherished finds ;)!

P.S. I’m nuts for their handbags, pearl necklaces, and shoes too!  Below are several of my favorites from this season…

*Photocredit: Talbots

 

 

 

HUE Cotton Leggings

Though I haven’t been in the jolliest of moods lately, I’ve been absent for way too long from the blogosphere and wanted to post on some exciting finds of late…

I first encountered the brand HUE many years ago in Bloomingdales’ flagship store.  I must admit that I wasn’t initially impressed with the quality of their hosiery (sorry, seemed scratchy) but did admire them for their playful patterns and bold colors.  At that time, I was more of a lover of basics and found those styles out of my comfort zone.  I have recently started shopping at a local Talbots and spotted their basket of HUE cotton leggings by the register and liked the feel of the fabric very much.  They seemed warm, well made, and with just the perfect amount of stretch.  Leggings are a very hit or miss item for me.  I do loveee my Tarte ones but wanted something thicker for the upcoming cooler months.  Now I’m urging you to give HUE leggings a try because I know what I’m talking about ;)- it’s LOVE!  I’m planning to hunt down their denim leggings as well; looks like something of interest =).

P.S. Talbots is having an extended 40% off sale currently so I bought my pair at a very reasonable $17.30 including tax.  Wish they had brown and grey in small, but my particular store ran out =(.  My best advice…  Hurry while you still can!!!

*Photocredit: HUE

HUE Cotton Leggings Black

 

A Beach Cottage Getaway…

Lately I’ve been under a lot of stress from a family project I took on and feel that I had emotionally missed a good part of the summer with all the chaos and bustle.  Even earlier (during the last part of 2011) and before the onset of this project, I had found inspiration in shells and organza blue ribbon.  More so now than ever before, I wish to recapture (in a small semi-permanent way) the beauty of a beachy summer by changing my bathroom theme.  Perhaps my initial hopes to have been able to enjoy this summer have not been completely dashed =)?  Memories of cute Nantucket cottages, the salty ocean breeze, soft sand, and pastel colors…

While shopping for Halloween decorations at Pier 1, I was amazed to find a similar but much cheaper dupe for Gianna Rose Atelier’s seashell soaps.  In the package are two sea star soaps, two sea snail soaps, and one shell soap, which fit perfectly into my lidded glass jar purchased from Michaels Craft Store a couple years back.  Kismet, I say!  The only thing missing are soap corals, sea grass, sand dollars, sea glass, and driftwood.

I’m excited to show you my beach-themed terrarium and mini tabletop zen garden but that will have to be in future separate posts.

Everything is slowly coming together (family project included, I hope) as it should and my creative energy is renewed once more =)

*I have also included below other beach-themed items you may like which are not necessarily new goodies for my partial bathroom re-design.   Either way, I hope you will feast your eyes on these pretty little things.

*Photocredit: Gianna Rose Atelier, Pier 1, eBay, Pottery Barn.

 

Arsenal of the Domestic Goddess…

Honey Can Do.  This is another post regarding organization (a topic I’m very fond of)…  Had it not been for Beyond the Rack, I wouldn’t have known about this company.  I’ve purchased a few of their products and have liked every one so far.   The hanging chrome lingerie hanger folds flat for convenient storage and seems pretty sturdy.  The clothesline automatically retracts and is made of stainless steal.  These are just two of many items I would recommend…

*Photocredit: Honey Can Do

The Vintage Chic Bride

I meant to post on this topic last year around this time (my little sister’s wedding).  Sorry, somehow I got side-tracked once again.  My husband’s cousin’s wedding is fast approaching so I’m dedicating this post to her in hopes that she will have a very happy life with her fiance.

As for my wedding gown and accessories, I had made very practical choices years ago which overall worked out fine [allowed me to afford a honeymoon ;) ].  Though, honestly, I was like any other girl who peripherally snuck a longing gaze or two at those Vera Wangs and Monique Lhuilliers.  In retrospect, I wish I had thought of wearing one of those darling birdcage veils down the aisle instead of a traditional veil, but then again, it really would have clashed with my gown.  Maybe for my renewal of vows?  A girl can hope =).

*Photocredit: Gilt Group, I believe?

My Favorite Gardening Supplies…

I’m sorry I meant to post about my favorite gardening supplies (not all are necessities, some are frivolities) a lot sooner than this.  Well here we go…

  • Sphagnum moss cone-shaped hanging planters
  • Lined metal scrollwork window boxes
  • Trowel
  • Spade
  • Weeding fork & dandelion weeder
  • Bulb planter
  • Mister
  • Gardening shears/clippers
  • Flower/Rose cutters
  • MiracleGro
  • Plantone (fertilizer for all other plants other than evergreens)
  • Hollytone (fertilizer for evergreens)
  • Organic lime (I use this for my hydrangea)
  • Miracid (food for acid-loving plants)
  • Potting soil appropriate for the type of plant you are caring for
  • Mud Gloves
  • Suede leather gloves, preferably long gloves to handle thorny plants and to protect your forearms
  • Jute
  • Pretty porcelain pots of assorted sizes with matching drip trays
  • Plastic drip trays/dishes of assorted sizes
  • Collapsible leaf bins for e.g. Fall cleanup
  • Gardener’s tote by Smith & Hawken
  • Gardening supportive knee pad
  • Soil sifter
  • Scissors
  • White oil for gardening tool maintenance
  • Gardener’s Pamper Kits by Crabtree & Evelyn (cleansers, lotions, and other lovely things)
  • Inspiration:
  1. Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose, and Quotations by Isobel Carlson
  2. Trugs, Dibbers, Trowels and Twine: and Everything Good about Gardening with Little Tips and Words of Wisdom and Inspiration on the Simplest of Pleasures by Isobel Carlson

 

What are your favorites?…..

 

P.S. Besides your local nurseries & garden centers, Home Depot, Target, and Terrain are also other great places to shop for gardening supplies.

 

*Photocredit: Various Sources: Amazon.com, Crabtree & Evelyn, Smith & Hawken

 

They’re Back… Muji’s Amazing Touchscreen Gloves!

I bought a pair of black wool mix unisex touchscreen gloves last year from Muji (also well-known for their awesome acrylic storage) and totally loved them for their warmth, softness, non-itchiness (which woolen products are notoriously known for), and touchscreen capability!  How awesome; no more having to take off my winter gloves to text on my phone in the cold!  I’ll never take this for granted!  Very sadly, a few months later, I lost mine and Muji had sold out of it many days ago (they were also not re-stocking due to the approach of Spring) =(.

I remember that after I first bought my pair, I loved them so much I mentioned it to my husband as we were trying to figure out what to get family members for Christmas.  He ended up buying a similar pair to Muji’s for his brother; who had a sparkle in his eyes when he found out they were even better than the original plain winter gloves on his wishlist.  Muji’s unisex gloves range from $19.95-$21.95.  Anyway, you get the point.  Go to Muji and check them out!  I just ordered a replacement; I’m one happy girl again! =)

*Photocredit: Muji

 

 

Everything’s Coming Up Coldwater Creek

While searching for a small sea biscuit/sand dollar to complete my plans for a future beach-themed terrarium, I found a darling versatile ivory seed bead bracelet by Coldwater Creek.   I’ve often wondered about this brand…  Can I say Talbots meets Peruvian Connection?  Well, that’s my initial impression (all good) without having ever stepped into any of their stores (mainly because of location to me and nothing else).  I believe Meryl Streep’s character (Kay) in the movie, Hope Springs worked in CC sales.   A likeable character and an equally likeable brand.  I will have to visit a store someday should the opportunity present itself…

*Photocredit: Coldwater Creek

Hair Barettes & Clips Addicted, I’m Afraid ;)

I usually wear my hair long (keeps my neck warmer during the wintry months) although I’ve been known to get the occasional pixy cut for summer.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with hair barrettes and clips; always on a hunt for the pretty but sturdy few. Claire’s, Icing, and similar shops also stock cute clips; however, I find them much less sturdy.  Goody and Evita Peroni are great brands too!

I had vacationed in Germany a few years ago and found some mini ones at Douglas Cosmetics which I liked immensely.  Not sure if they had larger sized clips?  I suspect they may have and regret not buying more.  I did buy one for my mom and she seemed to like her new clip.  One day I saw some amazing claw and spider clips of various sizes by Creative Professional featured on Hautelook and purchased a few.  I love sample sales! =)  Because I love my clips so much, I wanted to blog and let you know how you can purchase them from CP…..

*Photocredit: Creative Professional

 

Panasonic Lumix G3 Camera

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3
16 MP
Micro Four-Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera
3-Inch Free-Angle Touch-Screen LCD
14-42mm Lumix G VARIO f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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I was so ecstatic when I received my Panasonic Lumix G3 back in the end of July!  Sorry this post is so late but I’ve been spending time bonding with it =).  So far I’ve been very impressed with its performance!  I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect camera for my simple needs!  The picture quality is excellent (even in low light/indoor situations), it’s very easy to use (just takes common sense), no navigating through a complex menu, lightweight, attractive design, love the easy zoom-in during video mode and flip feature of the monitor.

I own a Canon PowerShot and needed an upgrade; the Lumix had been recommended to me.  It was worth every hard-earned penny!  So very pleased with it!

If you would like to know more about the Lumix G3, check out Panasonic’s website, Google keyword Lumix G3, or read the numerous Amazon.com reviews.

*Photocredit: Amazon.com