25 September 2011

Gilded Glamour: A Treasury

A few of my favorite fancy things from various Etsy sellers. To shop for the products featured in this treasury, click this link. Enjoy!

Have a lovely evening, Alicia

24 September 2011

Welcome Autumn!

So I'm one day late for the fall equinox, but feeling inspired by the crunch of leaves beneath my feet and the earthy smell in the air.  Oh, how I love the sounds, smells, and shades of fall!  Below are some pics I found inspiration from and a new autumn inspired earring I created for my shop:

{Autumn Amber Citrine Earring from my Etsy shop}

Have a lovely weekend, Alicia

17 September 2011

Modern pillows

Our living room was in need of some pizzaz.  We chose the neutral decor because we tend to get bored with our surroundings easily and this way, we could add color, texture, or pattern through different pillows and other accent pieces.  This morning I decided to do a little sewing and created modern new pillow covers to add some excitement to the room!  

{Bland before pillows}

{Modern, geometric white and black pillow covers I made this morning}

{The overall effect in the living room..kind of a gloomy day here in NY}

{The pattern on the fabric complements this cupboard below our television nicely}

Overall, we're happy with this small change that makes a BIG impact! 
Have a lovely weekend, Alicia

13 September 2011

Olivia's Picks: Piperlime

Piperlime, a subsidiary of Gap, Inc.,  introduced three new guest editors, one of which is Olivia Palermo...super yay!  As you know, I love her style and was excited to shop through her picks on the website.  Check it out here.

Happy shopping! Have a lovely day, Alicia

10 September 2011

Etsy Clearance Sale at Belle Maison Et Moi!

I've never made an offer like this in my Etsy shop, so it's kind of scary and difficult to think about clearing out my beloved existing inventory, but I have to make way for beautiful new items!

So without further adieu, I'm annoucing my "MAKE ME AN OFFER" clearance sale!  Convo me on Etsy or contact me through my blog to make me an offer on any items in my shop.  This is a great time to snag some deals for upcoming holiday gift giving!

Have a lovely day, Alicia 

06 September 2011

Harvest Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

A delicious recipe from Victoria Classics' 2010 Holiday Bliss edition.  'Tis the season for the first fruit of fall, the pumpkin.  Enjoy!


05 September 2011

Amber Autumn Wreath

A rainy Labor Day provided the perfect opportunity to change out our summer wreath and create a new one pour l'automne.  Once again, I used what I had in my jewelry and sewing box and created a simple yet elegant wreath to add a festive fall feel to our front door..

{One beautiful organic flax linen rosette...6 more to make!}

{Hot glue the fabric backing on the rosette}

{An almost finished collection}

{A little plain & in need of a faceted bead, don't you agree?}

{Pearl tipped pin threaded through an amber bead}

{How to attach the rosette to a wreath with no safety pins or clips?  Hair  pins to the rescue!}

{A little hot glue to attach the hair pin}

{Et Voila!}

{Metallic ribbon bow}

{Amber gem brooch and beaded necklace to attach the bow}

I hope you'll try to create a glamorous autumn wreath from your fabric scraps and jewelry box treasures.  If you do, send me pics, I'd love to see what you come up with!  Have a lovely day, Alicia

02 September 2011

Labor Day Menus

Loving these Labor Day menus from here on the French Women Don't Get Fat website!  Such a nice change of pace from traditional American fare.  My plan is to try one of these menus to make my labor day barbecue experience a little more elegant.  I hope you'll try one too!  Enjoy the extended weekend... Alicia

Menu 1:
Starter: Zucchini bruschettas
Barbequed duck with peachesVegetable: Haricots verts with tomatoes
Plums with ginger, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a spoonful of whipped cream

Menu 2:
Starter: Cucumber verrines
Entrée: Grilled chicken with
rosemary marinade, served with potato-olive ragout
Steamed zucchini with basil

Menus and recipes  courtesy of fwdgf.com


01 September 2011

Shopping my closet: Fall 2011 trends

While looking through my closet to see if I own any  items on trend for fall 2011, I found a few pieces that might just work with the addition of some vibrant trendy pieces.

Fall 2011 key pieces that I already own (pictured below): Lace (on this black BCBG dress), black and white menswear (white collar shirt with black ribbon necklace), cobalt blue necklace, graphic striped sweater, sequin pumps, fur (faux) capelet coat, and vintage jewel earrings. Looking dull so far...

Time to add some color to this mix! The trends I am coveting most are a mustard colored dress, red lipstick, & red pants: