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I’ve recently been under the delusion that pinning on Pinterest counts as blogging. Have you discovered the delight of Pinterest? It’s a giant magazine spread/look book that you create yourself and share with others along the way. Here are some idea boards I have put together. Don’t these pictures just make you want to create, paint, and organize??

Well! I’m currently scooting along at 35 weeks with this beautiful baby girl in the oven. Mr. T and I have been working hard to get the baby’s room ready. Such decisions that must be made! Yellow, grey, white birches, birds, and hedgehogs etc.! It is such an exciting time. I’m racing the clock these days, as my energy levels drop roughly 2% per day 🙂

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Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

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Hello dear readers! I have been woefully negligent with providing updates on the projects and pursuits of the Elle Street Inn. I recently was traveling a bit, and then got a touch of the plague, or flu if you prefer. Have no fear, I’ve not forgotten — and will soon let you enjoy the “After” pictures of the Inn, or my baking list (bread, pasta, &c.).

In the meantime, here is a recent glorious find…

As I was again sniffing round my bookshelf for a tempting read I came upon two fascinating books:

1. Three Short Novels of Dostoevsky, The Double, Notes from the Underground, & The Eternal Husband
2. The Mode in Dress & Home, by Dulcie G. Donovan

The first book will provide some good evening reading, but the second book is a little treasure of a book copyrighted 1935 — and part of my maternal grandfather’s collection. This is a little textbook for high-school girls, on the proper mode of all things dress and home related. After glancing over the table of contents, I immediately realized there was much for me to learn from this little text. The activities have little checks and notes on them, so I imagine this may have belonged to one of my dear great-mama’s who taught school.

I started reading the first few chapters and was delighted to find very practical, yet timeless wisdom. So. I decided to share with you the true art of a clothing budget. In chapter 3, it instructs each girl to assess the total income of the family, divide by the number of the household, and create a budget based on her portion. Here is a sample of that page, note how one must account for clothing owned, needed &c. As well as the percentages allowed for each portion of clothing.

The book recommends that a family household ought to spend no more than 15% on clothing. This little fact provides some hard data to allow us to examine our own budgets. When I was single I spent roughly 6-7% of my net income on clothing (outer clothing, underclothing, footwear, and accessories). Thankfully many of those purchases were wise, and now my clothing expenditures are roughly less than 1% each month. Mind you! The standard of fabulous has not gone down, just the percentage of $$ going out 🙂 As the book recommends, and I do agree, it is vitally important to evaluate the amount of money one chooses to spend on clothing, as well as the types of clothing one is willing to buy.
“A well-planned clothing budget, if carried out successfully, will help you to have more and better clothes for the same amount of money.”

A few tips that aren’t in the book, but I’ve found to work well for me over the years:
1. Have the core staples in your closet, and be willing to spend a decent amount for these items. By staples, I mean something that will stay in style, fit and wear well for at least 2-3 years. For me, this refers to coats, light jackets, skirts, & dress shirts.
2. Spend a very little bit on those delightful trendy items that will be oh-so-fun, and that will steal the compliments at a party or event. For example, a cute shirt that is the seasons color, a scarf or accessory on sale. These are items, that can be easily given away after a season of enjoyment. These are also items that show little or no wear — like a scarf of a sassy pair of shades.

Next chapter is on shopping wisely! Periodically I’ll post a little tid-bit from each chapter.

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When the snow starts accumulating outside to the point where parking spaces are child’s caves, it becomes essential to have some cozy winter revitalization. I was in the mood to find some interesting read, and remembered that I had a whole pile of these vintage books I’d gotten years ago. They are quite silly yet very sweet stories, with a decent climax and character development. So. I picked up this volume (with snow on the cover, who can resist a wintry tale?)

I assume this will be a little wintry tale to keep me entertained while curled up inside (and not feeling the urges to create, snip, or seal!).

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Aren’t these the most beautiful shoes you’ve ever seen? These are my favs from the current shoe offering. I must say, after reading blog after blog and seeing cute adorable little flats with precious little bows and flowers, who isn’t just dying to make some at home? In my little shop, I try to stick with the traditional and ever versatile bow. But, who can resist a little flower or bit of silk?

Here is a lovely tutorial from Ms. Jewel Box Ballerina on how to make it yourself. Enjoy! I’ll post pics of my endeavors tomorrow.

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Found this pic in my archived iphone snaps of things to be blogged.

Love that we actually have a definition of a fascinator! This snap was from BrideMag, 2010 OCT.

and am looking forward to the full comeback of the hat. Rihanna did a great job in her music video, Only Girl (this pic screen-shot complements of Vevo). Love the frilly pink against the red. Glam glam.

BTW. Have you noticed that all the classic no-nos are now all the rage? Blue and green – IN, Pink and red – IN, Brown and Black – IN and this season Black & NAVY – Waaaaay IN. I’m still in the gray, black and brown phase.

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Was playing around with some tech yesterday to design outfits and pieces. This H&M “Fashion Studio” is pretty sweet. Was definitely enjoying playing dress up with the gorgeous brunette model, who definitely resembles Mrs. T 🙂 🙂

Here’s my outfit pick of the week. I love stripes and prints. Have for years, just ask my Mum.

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