october wrap up

Hi Loves.  Just a few images from October that never made it to the blog.  Things have been up and down here and so thinking and posting has been difficult.  We've been enjoying the beautiful October days. It's getting dark early so it's been movies on Netflix and early bedtimes.

The last of the summer peaches were delicious.

Old Gucci's on an old rug.

Everything is old here.  But I've been wearing this softer than soft cashmere cardigan with sequin fall leaves on it.  It's got a few moth holes and unexpected for daytime but I don't care.

Kimberly Crest this very AM.

Bought this Victorian silk blouse to wear for the holidays.

Two recent estate sale finds.  The top one is an old Mozart bust for $3.  The second is a painting of a dog dated 1903 for $10.  Super lucky finds.

What's been going on in your corner of the world.  Fill me in because I'm dying to know.  xo

sucker for neutrals

I am a total sucker for neutrals.  I love all things bland 😁.  I do love a good floral or plaid but I'm naturally drawn to camel, white, black and blue. 

I also love old things.  I don't feel right when I'm in a head to toe new outfit.  Something feels off to me.  Right here I'm wearing my new Everlane cashmere sweater (still lusting after this oatmeal one) with a pair of old white painters pants that I bought from a little vintage store downtown.  The old balances out the new somehow. 

I feel the same way about my home.  There has to be a mix of old and a little bit of new.  I miss this living room.  I want to bring it back!  The rug is too small but in my eyes the neutrals are perfection.  How bout you?  Neutrals or all out color?  xo

cleaning tools

I am one of those weirdos that likes to clean but you already knew that.  I also have a friend that owns her own cleaning business so when we get together we like to chat about favorite cleaning products and tools.  She told me about a a duster that she has put in all her employee's kits.  She also surprised me with one of my very own.  I actually waited a few months to even unbox it and try it but OMG, do I love it.  THIS is the exact duster on Amazon. 

I am so surprised by what a good job this duster does.  It is so delicate and effective at the same time.  Most everything in my house is very old and some things are pretty fragile.  This old portrait and frame fall into that category.  Before this duster cleaning it was slow and a little scary because I didn't want to crack the paint or damage the frame.  Now just a gentle swipe and it's dust free.   I'll also say that this isn't for super grimy or greasy surfaces.  Before I began using it, I did a pretty deep clean on all the surfaces I planned to use it on.  Now it's just a weekly maintenance type thing.  The manufacturer recommends just taking it outside and shaking it out.  I did that for awhile but then one day I just filled the sink with a little Laundress Wool & Cashmere detergent and gave it a few swishes and line dried it and it went right back to its original condition.

I no longer have to get a step stool for cleaning the light fixtures. 

It gets into deep crevices like on this ornate mirror. 

It's fabulous on really delicate fabrics like this silk chinoserie screen.  This is so old and fragile just looking at it deteriorates it. But now the gentleness of this duster is perfect for it.

Easily gets anything curved too.

I especially like it on this old wicker table because wiping it down with a cloth would continually remove the old paint. 

It also has a nice, generous size so not a lot of back and forth is needed.

It gets the picture and that tiny space between the frame and moulding all at once.

So if cleaning or not cleaning is your thang, this may be right for you or possibly a gift for the holidays?  I like getting things like this that I would never take the time or money to purchase for myself. 


friday notes

Hello lovelies.  Thank you so so much for all the beautiful thoughts, prayers and wishes you keep on sending us.  It amazes me just how kind you all are.  I'll ask you to keep up the good work:)  I've been having trouble concentrating on writing anything that is going on around here.  I have so many ideas in my head and I know when the time is right I can talk about them.  I have been making a lot of changes in my diet that I want to talk about and of course changing the house up from summer to fall is always fun for me.  Anyway, in the meantime, here are some links that have captured my attention in the last few days.

If wearing chinoserie clothing wasn't your thing, maybe the H&M William Morris collection will be. This one is in my shopping cart.  😊

Prepare yourselves for a gorgeous tour of An elegant Georgian Townhouse and how about its garden?!  gasp.

Larry has been craving waffles lately.  Problem is I didn't have a waffle maker until now.  I'm planning on making these this weekend.


Florals in Fall

I really am sorry to bore you with yet another fashion post and of the same dress.  But I wore this dress through most of the summer and am still wearing it in different ways now so I'm sharing that.  This is my preferred way to wear it now, as a light jacket/duster.   

Ok so here's the news from Larry's scan.  The cancer is not growing!  It's remaining the same and that is with him cutting out taking the oral chemo.  This is fantastic news for him!  He had his 9th chemo on Monday and is doing a lot better this morning.  So we hope this trend will continue and even improve.  You guys have reminded me here and on my Instagram that miracles do happen.  You are right.  I have no idea what our future holds (as does anyone) but today I am feeling pretty darn good.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers, emails, and encouragement.  They are priceless.  PRICELESS!  xoxo

double duty

Now that the temps are cooling off here I couldn't wait to wear this Everlane sweater over a favorite 90's style dress.  For reference I'm 5'5 and weight about 125 lbs.  I ordered a Medium because I wanted a looser fit in this.  I would say it's true to size.

I've been waiting for Everlane to restock this camel colored crew neck. I have one other Everlane cashmere sweater so I know they are soft and quite durable.  I've accidentally washed the old one in the washing machine and it came out beautifully.  So these are not super delicate sweaters.  This new one has been sitting quietly in my closet just waiting to be worn for about 2 months now.  I see that they have new styles and colors and they are all gorgeous.  The oatmeal one is calling me, seriously!

I paired it with my vintage thrift store Gucci loafers ($16) and my Gucci thrifted handbag ($40).

If you use this link I will receive a $25 credit if you make a purchase.  You have to create and account first though.  While you are on their website you can read about their radical transparency using ethical factories and the finest materials and passing that savings on to us.  So whether you use my link or not I hope you pop over and see all the lovely products they offer.

Anyway, happy October to us all.  Today is a big day here, we get the results of Larry's cat scan today which will tell us whether or not all this is working.  He also gets his 9th chemo infusion which is always hard on him.  So lots of acceptance and some anxiety sneaking in.  Have a beautiful, beautiful day.  xo

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