Packing for the Desert

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We are heading to the Desert for the long weekend and I can’t wait.

The Desert restores me and I always come back to Los Angeles relaxed, refreshed and calm (unless traffic is a bitch coming back).

Here are a few of the things I’m packing.

This Ikea bag is perfect for throwing towels, goggles, sunscreen, snacks, you name it.

It’s a big one and holds everything our family needs poolside.

Ikea Spana Bag

Buy it here: www.ikea.com

The Tom Ford’s have come and gone, but the Ray Ban Aviator has been my go to shades for over 20 years now.

I have my college sorority sister Helaine to thank for introducing me to this style.

They’ll be traveling with me.

Ray Ban Aviator

Buy them here: www.ray-ban.com

I just got this Lemlem cover up from J. Crew and it will be perfect for throwing on when we head to the pool.

J Crew Cover Up

Buy it here: J Crew

I plan on lounging all day poolside with a big stack of  fashion and trashy gossip magazines.

To redeem myself a tad, I am also packing the latest book our book group is reading, “The Tenth of December” by George Saunders.

10th of December

By it here: Amazon

The desert gets cold at night so I am bringing my favorite shawl from Viriginia Johnson to keep warm when the sun goes down.

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Buy it here: www.virginiajohnson.com

I love Scrabble and I am hoping to get my husband to play a game or two with me.

Scrabble

Buy it here: www.hasbro.com

The most important things I am bringing with me are my family.

Adam and Caroline

They make life fun.

Not to be forgotten,  Mr. P is along for the ride, he’s a fan of the Desert too.

Mr. P

It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Carrie

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I’m a Snake

Snake Lunar New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of the Snake.

I was born in the year of the Snake so I am partial to this Lunar New Year.

Live snakes completely and utterly freak me out.

The site of a live one will have me squealing like a toddler and running for the hills.

A Snake in any other form is just fine.

I’ve always loved this photograph.

Natasha Kinski Snake

Photo: Richard Avedon

Snake Print Jeans

A closet staple.

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Photo: www.comeovertothedarksidewehavecandy.com

Reed Krakoff, one of my current fashion loves, hit a home run with this skirt from his 2013 Spring Collection.

Reed Krakoff Spring 2013

Photo: www.reedkrakoff.com

It’s been done a million times, but I love a Snake Ring.

I covet this Victorian era beauty.

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Photo: www.bellandbird.com

I’d love to store this ring in this gorgeous snake skin jewelry box.

Snake Skin Jewelry Box

 Photo: www.vandm.com

I am sorry to have missed out on these One King’s Lane  Cobra Candlesticks.

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The 1960’s DC Town House interior designer Hillary Thomas created is spectacular.

This room in particular.

The color combo makes me swoon.

I love the framed snake prints and of course, the Cobra Candlesticks!

Hillary Thomas DC House

Photo: Eric Piasecki

It’s been a few years back, but this April, 2009 Elle Decor cover has always been a favorite.

The framed snake illustrations have a lot to do with it.

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And how could you forget this little fella?

 “The Jungle Book’s”  resident snake,  “Kaa”.

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Let’s Celebrate the Snake!

xoxo Carrie

I’d rather call it Pistachio

I am obsessing over pistachio.

Prom Date

Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny

It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time.  It  pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape.   It was also the color of  my  circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.

But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.

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I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.

I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.

Here are some of my purchases.

(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)

The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.

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Carnation Silk Top

Buy It Here: J Crew

The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.

My new favorite spring shoe.

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Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps

Buy them here: J Crew

I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.

I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.

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 Gilded Brocade Pant and Top

Buy them here: J Crew

 Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.

I just won’t go back to the 1980’s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.

Pistachio Walls

Photo: Pinterest

 Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room

Lizzie Dinkle Dining Room

Photo: www.elizabethdinkeldesign.com

Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room

Pistachio & Raspberry Living Room

Photo: Pinterest

The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.

Pistachio Kitchen

Photo: Pinterest

I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.

Pistachio Green Pops of Colors

Photo: www.laylagrayce.com

Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.

Here’s a great cookie recipe

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Brown Butter Pistachio Cookies

 Photo: www.lawyerloveslunch.com

And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?

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Photo: www.wherecanifindtheperfect.com

 Pistachio Perfection.

xoxo Carrie