{fashionably late + the winner is}

Fashionably late and while some may have thought this moment might never arrive as the sudden influx of e-mail would indicate, completely delighted to announce the winner of the Catbird alphabet earrings is . . . Julia! ** Congratulations, Julia! **

NYC interior design services give-away continues
* lauren moffat spring dress give-away drawing to a close . . .
* upcoming: fun new give-away!

{image: editorial: sonata; models: Alana Zimmer, Alyona Osmanova and Vika Kuropnyatkova; photographer: Phil Poynter; magazine: Numéro 101, March 2009}

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{as in a fairytale}

Ever since coming across the graceful gilt swan faucet in a Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton ad campaign {above}, have been rather fascinated with these brilliantly ornate fixtures that have an almost magical quality, as if taken from the pages of a fairytale . . .

{ritz, paris}

{p.e. guerin, new york}

{images: 1 - from a previous post; 2 - flickr; 3 - via apartment therapy}

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{happy weekend!}

One of the best things about summer is the long weekends away, and since am not known for traveling lightly, the search is on for the perfect weekend bag . . .

this is glamorous weekend traveling
It's been a bit of a party here this week with all the fun and exciting give-aways -- here's a quick wrap-up in case you haven't had a chance to enter yet:

* NYC interior design services give-away continues
* lauren moffat Spring dress give-away continues
* only two days left to enter for the alphabet earrings . . .

Happy, happy weekend, everyone!

{images: 1 - photography by marcus ohlsson; 2 - blueprint via the scoop; 2 - Elle Decor April 2009 via the city sage; more fun beach looks here}

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{give-away: spring dress by lauren moffatt}

Since the label's debut in 2000, Lauren Moffatt’s must-have vintage chic looks have been coveted by city girls and celebrities alike, including Cameron Diaz, Ashley Olsen and Michelle Williams.

Incredibly excited about today's give-away: a sexy Spring dress by
Lauren Moffatt!

Cast a Hook in Me Belle Dress is linen with a 3/4 length gathered sleeve, boatneck, and cinched waist (belt not included).

To enter, {click here} to visit the newly launched
Lauren Moffatt online shopping site, then leave a comment below.

{bonne chance!/good luck!}

{p.s.} still time:
* alphabet earrings give-away
* interior design services give-away

* a winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, April 2, 2009; if you do not have a blog or contact e-mail on your blog, please include it in the comments for notification

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{summer breezes}

. . . dreamy indoor/outdoor rooms to fall softly asleep in, the warm summertime air drifting through, the sound of the water always in the distance . . .

{images: 1 - marie claire via absolutely beautiful things; 2 - nicolas matheus via endless inspiration}

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{give-away: interior design services}

Michele Krantzow is a New York based interior designer of the boutique design agency, Lavender & Plum. With "clean, sophisticated, and eclectic style and a hint of whimsicality," Michele assists "design-savvy Manhattanites in opening themselves to the design world by steering clear of the formal interior design process of their parents’ generation".

According to Michele, "Good design is still important even if people can’t pay for designers like they used to."

Today's amazing give-away is complete interior design services -- one lucky reader in New York City or surrounding area will be selected as a design client of Lavender & Plum, and two other readers everywhere else will be selected to work with Michele by telephone, webcast and e-mail. The new spaces will be featured here after completion.

To enter, leave a comment below stating why you're perfect for a complimentary interior design makeover or renovation, and then send in photos of your home, along with your budget to Michele at lavenderplum@gmail.com.

* a winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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{happy spring + links}

. . . can hardly contain the excitement for all of the upcoming plans for summertime adventures . . .

Happy, happy Spring!

{p.s.} happy news on other blogs:
an etsy shop
a give-away
* a birthday
* a guest post
a new design

{images: 1 - ffffound!; silver's blog}

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{give-away: alphabet earrings}

It's a new week and what better way to start than with a beautiful pair of tiny, delicate lower case alphabet earrings?

Make a pretty, personal statement with your initials, your sweetheart's, or anything you like -- the possibilities are endless. The entire alphabet is available, including a sweet, tiny heart; choose sterling silver or 14k gold, in any combination of letters.

earrings are also available at Catbird, a Brooklyn-based shop specializing in jewelry, mostly from local and independent designers.

To enter, {
click here} to visit the Catbird shop, or {here} to visit the blog, then leave a comment below.

{bonne chance!/good luck!}

* a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, March 30, 2009; if you do not have a blog or contact e-mail on your blog, please include it in the comments for notification

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{a new week + the winner is . . .}

Hope you had a beautiful and relaxing weekend. Finally catching up on e-mail {somewhat}, and have discovered more fun and exciting give-aways, so much so, that there will be two this week: one later today, and another on Wednesday . . .

And while we're on the topic, completely delighted to announce that the winner of Mindy Wilson's lovely Spring print is . . . Blair!

** Congratulations, Blair! **

{images: 1 - Harper'sBazaar - NT's Cape Tribulation via follow studio; 2 - nirrimi photography}

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{seaside sophistication}

Always loved the look of delicate capiz shells, especially when used in new ways: whether as outdoor lighting, or a pretty room divider, the pearly iridescence adds an air of seaside sophistication . . .

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{tout ce qui brillë}

Have been fashionably late with these weekend posts recently . . . another fun and busy week has come and gone, and there is much to look forward to. Exciting things planned for the coming weeks, including more fantastic give-aways, guest posts, and beautiful finds . . .

Happy {magical} rest of the weekend!

* have unintentionally buried the beautiful Spring print give-way beneath an avalanche of posts, and if you're searching, there's still time to enter {here} . . .
* such fun to discover the give-away featured at Lucky magazine
* a new post below as well

{image: tout ce qui brille via cachemir & soie; original source: "while you were sleeping" by bigcitydreams on deviantART}

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{pale & pretty pink}

For all the moments that have been caught dreaming of pale and pretty pink rooms, it's a wonder am not surrounded by a blush of rose . . .

* lovely new post at
the side project
* new guest post here

{images: 1 - 'Simple Style: Relaxed Interiors for the Contempory Home' by Julia Bird via The City Sage; 2 - Morgan Harrison Home via desire to inspire}

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{pale pink silk trench}

Have completely fallen for the sheer loveliness of this pale pink silk trench . . .

* blog crush: captivate me
* spring print give-away continues below

{image: bcbg trench via captivate me

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{a sunny morning}

It's a beautifully sunny morning and am hopelessly drawn to this lovely, airy East Hampton Cottage.

{image: Tom Scheerer}

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{dreaming of cake}

Dreaming of cake, and these intricately beautiful cake toppers, handcrafted with glass beads and Swarovski crystals . . .

{p.s.} Spring print give-away continues below

{image via InStyle Weddings}

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{feedburner + updating links}

{some technical things:}
* if you're on the blogger platform and use the new blog list gadget for your blogroll and have added this site, the
link may not be working; if this is the case, try using the blog feed address {below} instead of the site address:

(if you're using the regular link list, the site address works beautifully)

* still in love with: venice from above via black*eiffel
* blog crush: canelle et vanille

{images: 1 - glamour.com; 2 - flickr

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{happy monday + a give-away}

This week's give-away is a lovely, fresh Spring-time print by illustrator Mindy Wilson, who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. This print is "a combination of illustrations, photographs, and textile prints inspired by a need to create and a love of nature's shapes and textures."

To enter, {click here} to visit Mindy's etsy store, then leave a comment below.

In addition to her delightful prints, Mindy also offers a wonderful assortment of stationery, original art, and artistic table lamps at her etsy shop.

{recent press:}
apartment therapy {& here} * decor8
* pia's etsy favourites *

{bonne chance!/good luck!}

* print is 16 x 16, printed on matte finish canvas; not available for purchase until after give-away is complete

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There's a feeling of Spring in the air, and with it, a beautiful excitement . . .
Am fashionably late and completely delighted to announce that the winner of Jezebel's lovely rose gold earrings from the new Vagabond Picnic collection is . . .

{Anne from The City Sage!}
** Congratulations, Anne! **

{p.s.} a wrap up of this week's posts:
* a certain calm
* lovely dreams
* luisa beccaria fall 2009rtw
* inspiration: pink & orange

{images: 1 - editorial: American Classics, magazine: Vogue April 2004, stylist: Evyan Metzner, model: Jacquetta Wheeler, photographer: Arthur Elgort; 2 - amazing butterflies created from discarded beer cans in New York City by Paul Villinski via apartment therapy}

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{couture candy}

Fun logo lollipops from photographer 's Massimo Gammacurta's portfolio: YSL caramel, Gucci juicy pomegranate, Chanel green apple & Louis Vuitton watermelon slice.

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{a certain calm}

Running a little behind today and these beautiful rooms and outdoor places from two different homes, with softly diffused light and understated palettes, make everything feel as if there were a certain calm in the air . . .

{p.s.} check back later for the winner of the rose gold earrings give-away

{images: 1 & 4 -martha stewart via a merry mishap; 2 & 3 - rees roberts via desire to inspire}

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{lovely dreams}

Nothing but lovely dreams amidst the bare walls and cozy, satin-trimmed daffodil blanket of this quiet and peaceful room . . .

{p.s.} more spring yellows:
* daffodil silk
* celebration of sunny days

* early morning sunshine

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{fair skies + facebook}

Hello everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend. It's a new week and a new month, with many wonderful things to look forward, beginning with two new & fun things here:

* a brand new facebook page
* a networked blogs page {with feed}

Wishing you a great start to your week & Happy March!

{p.s.} still time to enter the give-away . . .

{images: 1 - bloom, grow, love; 2 - ffffound!}

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