Friday, April 19, 2019

How Perfect !

wishing everyone an Easter weekend filled with peace and love.

love for everything.  everything.

ask our Father what we can do to end the divide in our country, to find ways to help our homeless,
to end the never-ending war(s) & take care of our vets & their families.

and once you've asked Him for all of this,
please ask Him how I can lose weight !!!

big hug from beautiful, sunny Houston

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wine Cellars

what a wonderful use of the space under a stairway.

Brandon Architects, Costa Mesa, CA. 
Jeri Koegel photo.

Monday, April 15, 2019

TV Shows I Watch

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Totally in LOVE with this series on Showtime, every Sunday night, and it repeats.
Wall Street Tycoons, the Justice Department, Sex, Family, yada yada yada
don't know why it's never been nominated for any TV award because it's
as good as The Sopranos, without the violence.
Damien Lewis, the  Tycoon, is absolutely wonderful, but then everyone in the cast is superb
in their roles.

and this one makes me laugh out loud

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also on Sunday night.

I just record them and watch when I know I won't be interrupted.  
it's MY time.

Anyone else addicted ????

Friday, April 12, 2019

Dining with My Neighbors, The Chefs

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nothing can truly describe this experience, being invited to dinner by my neighbors,
Marcelle & Jean Michele.

to have dinner with them in their home.

their daughter, Aleandra, recently fell & broke her hip, had to have surgery, quit
smoking, quit drinking, and overcome the pain & physical therapy all at the same time.

all of the friends have been trying to cheer them up, staying with Alex, bringing food (believe me, that is difficult, when all of them are Master Chefs, FRENCH MASTER CHEFS).

the other evening the parents invited me to their home for dinner.

what to take to them as a host/hostess gift? !!
so, I opted for an excellent cheese, French, of course.  one they knew well.

I can only tell you that of the 3 courses they served, all beautifully and brilliantly presented,
all absolute perfection, and a very complicated main course, all seafood, but
made into little round circles, the texture like a dense mousse, and something which
must have taken Jean Michele 1/2 a day of more to create.

the conversation was brilliant, both of them have lived all over the world, and he is a history buff.
just so much fun, full of friendship and joy.

of course, their being French I asked when they would go back to their country again.
he said he would not go to Paris ever again!

that Paris has been ruined by the migrants from the Muslim countries.
if you are reading this, and if you have been to Paris recently please let me know your thoughts.

he is simply devastated by the influx of migrants all across Europe and likened it to
the Middle Ages.  as I said, he knows history.

I would love to hear what you guys think, please.

and, once again, that evening was one of the Top Ten in my life, so far.
very special, never to be forgotten.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The PERFECT tiny spot

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the PERFECT tiny spot outdoors.
a glass of wine with a good friend.
a good book.
& imagine what's beyond the rail?
it could be anything, couldn't it?

& this is what I would wear,
a long caftan in white, always my go-to style at home anyway,
but this particular one would be beautiful in this tiny space.

what do you think?
TELL ME !!!!

“Elie Saab Spring 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


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What's more wonderful than GINGHAM ?

it's also BLUEBONNET SEASON in Texas, so once you drive out of town into the beautiful hill country you will see sweeping fields of blue, over hill and dale.

grazing cattle, mostly cattle kept on people's farms/ranches
so they can get a livestock tax exemption.

so you see "pets" as Longhorns, who live out their lives at the same place along with all their relatives and children.
it's beautiful.

for LaLaLand Back-to-School we're working on an
APPLIQUE of a Texas Longhorn standing in a field
of Texas Bluebonnets.

I know this may not translate to other states but, hey, Texas is pretty big and LaLa is still pretty little.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Importance of Napping

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I think you guys will love this wonderful article as much as I did.

I'm one of those people who NEVER have enough time, and probably need to learn to nap,
especially before getting ready to go out.

escape, for just a moment.  
for yourself, alone.

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The Importance of Napping

A short nap during the afternoon is common in many countries and can provide an energy boost and clearer senses.
As we focus on the many obligations we gladly undertake in order to create the lives we want, sleep is often the first activity that we sacrifice. We're compelled by both external and internal pressures to be productive during many of our waking hours. While this can lead to great feats of accomplishment, it also disrupts the body's natural cycles and leaves us craving rest. Napping represents a pleasurable remedy to this widespread sleep deprivation. Though judged by many as a pastime of little children or the lazy, the need for a nap is a trait that all mammals share and an acceptable part of the day in many countries. It is also a free and effortless way to improve our health and lift our spirits. A nap is relaxing and can improve our mood, vision, reflexes, and memory.

Lack of sleep, whether ongoing or the result of a single night's wakefulness, puts stress on the body and mind. It can negatively impact your physical and mental health. At one time, napping was considered a natural part of life. In the past hundred years, however, electricity and modern conveniences have provided us with more time to engage in personal and professional activities. Consequently there is now less time for sleep. A mere ten minutes of sleep in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more cheerful and alert. A half-hour long nap can sharpen your senses and refresh your energy reserves, and a shorter nap can even sustain you through a long day. Napping can help you make up for lost sleep and serves as a supplement to your usual sleep schedule. You may need to give yourself permission to nap by making naptime a part of your day.

Feelings of guilt about napping or being preoccupied with other activities can keep you awake when you are trying to take a nap. If you need help, surround yourself with soft pillows and blankets or soothing music. Try to take a nap at the same time each day and use an alarm clock to ensure that you don't fall into too deep a sleep. Learning to nap and enjoying its benefits can help you reclaim your natural right to nap. You nourish your being every time you take a nap.

from Daily OM

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


as you've been following along I know you know I've created a children's line,
most girls for now, called

we are now in 6 separate shops in Houston and more around Texas, and
trying hard to find more wonderful boutiue-like shops to carry the line.

showing you my latest  group called

of course, inspired by more endless love of Italy

all items below are on the LaLaLand website, which you can reach by clicking on the icon at the top left sidebar.  Click SHOP & scroll across to each category of apparel.

Sizes Vary from Style to Style
so please check, as some go up to 10 Girls

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My FAV Outfit from LaLaLand

I cannot even begin to tell you  how wonderful 
this beautiful little toddler outfit really is.

A 2-layer top, white cotton tee underneath, sheer dotted fabric on top, with layered
flutter sleeves.

Black/White Polka Dot Slouch Pants

Sizes 2T - 6T

designed by Marsha
 on LaLaLand web site,  clickable link at top left sidebar.
click SHOP, then click GIRL'S SETS