Monday, September 2, 2013

"By Invitation Only" the 3rd Year !!!

International Blog Party

as we begin the 3rd year of our monthly international series
please help me welcome 3 new members, all of whom you will enjoy and each of whom
will bring something unique, different and vibrant to us.

from Rome, Italy we welcome
Eleonora Vacanti
a brilliant interior designer with a blog you will love, featuring
all things Italian & European,
BOISERIE & C.

from Montecito, California we welcome
Penelope Bianchi

probably already known to most of you, the iconic owner of
one of the most amazing properties you will ever see where all wild animals (& tame)
are welcomed, the witty & wise interior designer with a unique take on everything.
with McCormick Interiors
found here

 from Dallas & France
we welcome Audrey Friedman

a fellow Texan whose blog
MY AMERICAN FRENCH LIFE
is beautiful, and so is her story.
found here


our general subject of today's post was chosen by Penelope in June.
'PATINA'
is all she told us,
so I'm certain you will find many different interpretations of this word through
our group...I do not think you'll be bored !

before I get into my actual post I would also like to mention
that one of us,
precious & talented TISH JETT of A Femme d'Un Certain Age
has a NEW BOOK OUT,
"FOREVER CHIC"



Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style & Substance.
on my right sidebar there is a clickable icon which will take you
right to the place where you can order this delightful book ($14.95),
something all of your girlfriend's would love to receive for Christmas!




now, about "Patina" ... we all know what this actually means, and it means something
really special to all of us who love, appreciate and/or collect vintage or antique
objects.  there are a few interior designers among us and I'm looking forward to what they post today.

for me, I'm taking a different tact (in honor of The America's Cup races being
held in San Francisco)...

suddenly, last week this thought just came to me...like the approaching Fall.

the autumnal leaves begin changing color(s) and, to me, this is patina,
nature's patina.


I recently did a post showing a Polyvore creation of mine
featuring russets & turquoise...I hadn't seen the above photo yet.


See Splenderosa’s Handbag & Jewelry to Accessorize by splenderosa featuring gladiator sandals

but, isn't it amazing?
nature gives us these colors every Fall, every autumn & they are perfect.

will you wear something rust/amber/russet-colored this Fall?
like these?






goodness, I do love a well-dressed man


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now, another question for you...

what if we made "By Invitation Only" into a brilliant e-zine?

with a rather famous guest contributor each month?

this would not just be an interior design magazine, or a fashion magazine,
but a lifestyle and travel magazine,
an advice-giving magazine,
an informative, interesting, wise & witty, festive e-zine,
& it would definitely have a section devoted to food/cooking/recipes.

would you guys read it?
would you subscribe to it for a nominal fee?

please give us your input
don't be afraid to say if the answers are NO, we need your answers, me especially.

you see, I think we have the readership, but now we must prove it !

thank you so much for your candor
and for reading Splenderosa
& the rest of the B.I.O. membership.

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members of "By Invitation Only"
in alphabetical order

Audrey Friedman @ My American French Life
Catherine Robinson @ Cashmere Lover
Cecilia Gonzalez @ Desde My Ventana
Christina @ Greige
Coty @ Coty Farquhar Styling
D. A. Wolf @ Daily Plate of Crazy
Eleonora Vacanti @ Boiserie & C
Tina @ The Enchanted Home
Francine Gardner @ Interieurs
Virginia @ Glamour Drops
Heather Robinson @ Lost in Arles
Isa Chandler @ The World According to Isa
Jacqueline Mumford @ Home
Karen Malan @ Pas Grand-Chose
Karin Jansky @ La Pouyette
Lene @ Essence of the Good Life
Mona Thompson @ Providence
Penelope Bianchi @ PB McCormick Interiors
Shari Miller @ Little Blue Deer
Sharon Santoni @ My French Country Life
Simone  @ Bottom of the Ironing Basket
Lisa Carnochan @ Privilege
Susan Blakey @ une femme d'un certain age
Tish Jett @ Une Femme d'Un Certain Age
Vicki Archer @ French Essence
Veronica @ Tassels, Twigs & Tastebuds
Yvonne Pratt @ StoneGable



you will find all these ladies on my blog list which is below,
click on their icon to visit them or if they are participating today they
will have linked in 
below.