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Juno brought Galactic “Star Flakes”!

Besides Storm Juno brining in love hook ups in the NYC area it also brought with it Galactic Star Shaped Snowflakes! Which in my book are WAY cooler!

They first came to my attention on Jan. 26th 2015 when my daughter (whom often spots the magically things) got off her school bus and said ” Mom check out this cool photo!”. It was this photo of a starflake on her classmate’s hat.

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My daughter’s photo of “star flakes” on friend’s hat. 

Then my dear friend Michael Quinn sent me the link below. An article written about the magic snow star flakes!

I’m amazed and not, being a fan and student of Sacred Geometry. Did you see these magical star flakes?



 Two photos via

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From bad wine to divine – colors!

Pantone’s color of the year 2015 is Marsala, which they described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red. Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”. Now I’m earthly and I love wine but I just cannot get into this color. Not even a little bit! To me all I see and think is bad cheap lipstick or blush. Me no likey.

Don’t get me wrong I love a rich dark color. Personally if you’re going dark and rich then really commit! Try darker greys, blue, greens and blacks – think Downton Abbey servant areas.  If you’re going red stick with a classic red with more pop – think Downton Abbey lush upstairs with endless pops of red in Season 5. While my BFF, Michael Quinn, and I were trying to have a Downton marathon all that red was like set design stop signs. So distracting for us visual divas! But I digress I could go on all day about Downton style.

I say the trend color palette from what I’ve noticed and intuited is on the fast track to being a soft and pastel palette. There’s a calm in the colors that we all need and appreciate. Our eyes like never before are so visually inundated. These fresh soft colors are like a respite offering neutral ground. There is an earthly quality to them.

Speaking of neutral ground. I’m going with one of my favorite design sites – Remodelista’s color of the year 2015 – Farrow Ball’s Pink Ground.

Eight months ago when I was putting together my visual inspiration for this blog I was drawn to the softer pastel palettes see examples below.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 11.44.07 AMPantone’s Color of the Year 2015. Notice it’s surrounded by pastels.

My Inspiration Color Palette via Pinterest-

pastel-green-peach-color-palettee5e6477e8f84835460ec53da57a7a327a-COLOR-PALETTE-INSPIRATION-640x468Great mix of Pastels & Dark Colors, plus Lucille Ball! Fab!



Above: Pantone’s pick for color of the year may be Marsala; but our wall color pick is pale, dusty pink (specifically, Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball, a favorite with Ben Pentreath).

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“The North Fork’s Best Kept Secret”

Small Holdings Farm is a designer/stylist’s dream spot. Beautifully curated by Sherron Franics, SHF has assembled an amazing collection of vintage treasures. From Farm tables, Country, Primitive and Industrial Decor it’s impossible not to find something perfect for your decorating project or home. The North Fork has always been a special place to me with it’s vineyards, farms, endless fresh produce, beautiful scenery, quaint towns and beaches. After receiving a gorgeous vintage camera as a gift from my dear friend Gabrielle she brought me to this spectacular shop. I fully encourage making the 90 minutes drive from NYC to check out the North Fork and stop by Small Holdings Farms. You will not be disappointed!




Photo above credit – Vera Chinese

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Native American Love in Amsterdam

Through the magic of Instagram I came across this cool little company MOLI – My Own Little Indian. MOLI is two moms who came together through their love for home decor, accessories and Native America Culture. They have great design aesthetic, soothing color palette and they’re not afraid of feathers! This gypsy girl loves feathers and a tipi. But back to MOLI – I’m really into the simplicity and organic feel of their work. Check them out for unique baby/kid & home gifts.

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Photos courtesy MyLittleOwnIndian

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Michael Levine’s LA – Fabric Haven

One of my all time favorite fabric stores is Michael Levine’s in LA. When I lived in LA it was my go to place, when I visit it’s a must do. It’s got an endless & extensive assortment of all types of fabrics – textures and patterns. Flannel, jersey, kints, linens, cottons, buttons, zippers, beads, yarn, zippers… Fun colors and up to date styles that are so affordable! The notions wall is overwhelmingly huge. Love my favorite sweet sales gal – Quadalupe!

Don’t miss the separate upholstery fabric store and the Loft (upstairs) where fabric is sold by the pound across the street.





Michael Levine’s

920 Maple Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90015


Store Hours – Monday-Saturday 9am- 5:30pm Sunday 11am- 4pm

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Ciro’s Restaurant Authentic not Artisanal Mexican Food in Los Angeles

Boyle Heights is a predominately Mexican American neighborhood just east of Downtown LA and is home to Ciro’s restaurant. Ciro’s is a family run business for thirty years offering some of the BEST Mexican Food. The Flautas are constantly rated #1 in LA. They’re also known for their Carne Asada but the real treat is their Salsa de Aquacate. This Salsa is chunky, spicy, fresh with chiles, tomato, onion and chunks of avocado. The minute you sit down a bowl of it appears with some chips and it’s delicious! It’s all about the food here it’s personal.

I went for breakfast so I had the Mexican Style Eggs which were great. Portions here are large, the menu has a huge selection and it’s very affordable.


Address: 705 North Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone:(323) 269-5104