Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I love the ritual of afternoon tea. Whenever I give a shower, whether baby or bridal, I do a tea. When I travel to hotels with a "tea tradition" I love to make a reservation for tea. On of my most memorable teas was when we stayed at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC on my honeymoon. The Empress web site describes it as follows:
A time honoured tradition for over a century, the world renowned tea lobby of The Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual and Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Surrounded by rich chintz fabrics, antiqued tapestries and rugs, elegant wing back chairs, vintage furnishings and hand-carved tables, the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbour provides the quintessential Victoria experience to all who grace Afternoon Tea.
Chef and Team serve hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. From the original blend of The Empress Tea created specifically for The Fairmont Empress, served in dainty William Edwards china and sterling silver service to the enchanting ambiance of the live piano, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.
Friday, January 16, 2015
The Vivienne Files. A wonderful blog about quality and carefully curated items. I highly recommend her Starting From Scratch series. The base of my closet is navy and grey. I highlight with dark green, red and black watch plaid items. I've really be focusing on making sure I really need something and that it is the best quality I can afford before I purchase. Overall, the look I like is clean, classic and pulled together. What do you think?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Every year I seem to make the same resolutions. I swear I'm going to eat better, run more, and so on and so on, you get the picture. This year I am trying to simplify everything and focus on what matters. I tend to have a lot going on between work, family and my volunteer obligations. Yes, I am a sucker for volunteering, especially at the kids schools. I currently am the PTA president and carnival at the elementary school my youngest attends and the 8th grade dance chair at the middle school. Fortunately, this is our last year in elementary school, next year both the younger ones will be in middle school and my oldest will be in high school, wow am I old. Anyway, back to the point. In the spirit of simplicity, rather than a series of goals for 2015, I am have decided to chose one word that stands for my focus in 2015. There could be a lot "mini goals" involved in the one word but that's not the point. This year my focus is "Enjoy". I tend to be an anxious person and see to spend so much time rushing and worrying that it often seems I'm not enjoying where I am now. My father recently was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I want to enjoy the time remaining. My kids are growing up fast, I want to enjoy being with them. I've been married 20 years, I want to enjoy that. I have lots to enjoy and I'm going to try and focus on it in 2015. What about you?