The Fabulous Fig

Photo: www.botanicalfeast.com

It’s that time of year.

Fig Season!

Stuffed with blue Cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, roasted and served on top of arugula with a crunchy bread.

Or

Photo: www.designsponge.com

Plopped onto a tart, bread or made into jam.

How about the Fig Newton?

Figs are fabulous.

My friend Kate Paul (of Foodink and Basil Limeade Fame) even has a Fig Fest (which I will report on later) to celebrate the magical fruit.

Here are some photos from years past.

The love affair with the fig doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen.

You can live with a tree year round.

No fruit, but the glorious big leaves are just as good.

This Marion Fig is one of my favorites for the home.

I think that everyone should have a tree and plants of some sort in their home.

Photo: Elle Decor

If you have a black thumb you can always use Peter Dunham’s fabulous fig fabric

Photos: Peter Dunham Interior Design

Here’s another way to get a little Fig into your life.

The Fig Diptyque smells divine!

All your undies in the dirty clothes hamper?

Just grab a fig leaf.

xoxo Carrie

Mad for Plaid

I’m Mad for Plaid.

I’ll blame it on my Scottish Heritage (que bagpipes).

I’m a descendent of the McIntosh and McGregor Clans, so how could I not like plaid?

McIntosh Plaid

MacGregor Plaid

I love a little plaid in any room.

Photo: Domino Magazine (RIP)

In my opinion one can never have too many plaid blankets and throws.

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: Domino Magazine (RIP)

I love this Michael Smith room.

The plaid pillows in conjunction with the saffron and red patterned pillow make the sofa sing.

Love this retro chic plaid room.

Photo: www.osborneandlittle.com

I have been wanting to use this plaid on one of my design projects.

Photo: www.lucyandcompanyblog.blogspot.com

How cute is it on this bench?

Plaid Knoll Chairs

Photo:www.instructables.com

How cool is this plaid foot stool?  It is actually made from an old vintage skirt.

Photo: www.architectdesign.blogspot.com

I bought this Prada bag last summer.

It’s the perfect “Mom” bag, hard to ruin, can handle crushed Goldfish Crackers, and anything else I put in it’s path.

But above all else it is cute.

If I were in the market for another plaid bag, I’d jump all over this Celine gem.

Photo: www.thistimetomorrow-krystal.blogspot.com

I love this plaid on plaid outfit.

The cut of the pant, jewelry selection and shoes make it current and hip.

Photo: www.marylandpinkandgreen.com

Classic Prep Plaid Ensemble

J Crew’s Plaid Fashion Statement

Photo: www.beastpieces.com

Letter Press AND Plaid, seriously chic.

Hand over the keys.

xoxo Carrie

Jack Rogers Better Than Ever

Once a prep always a prep.  No matter how hard I have tried to shake it, my preppy tendencies start coming back and I want to monogram something or get a pair of Jack Rogers Sandals. I’ve been wearing these sandals since the beginning of time, so imagine my happiness when I discovered a new take on them at Anthropologie. The sandals are jellies, so I can wear my Jack’s to the pool and beach!

Brilliant.

 I then hit the Jack Rogers website for a little more shopping and discovered that LA Artist, Kenny Scharf  had done a limited edition Navajo style sandal and a tote bag for the brand.

The color combinations are amazing and the tote bags are fun too.

My favorite tote is the one with the doughnut on the front…now that’s the kind of carb I want to indulge in.  It won’t make me fat, just fashionable.

I love this monogrammed version, especially the orange.

The Santa Fe Style is a great alternative to the Navajo.

Style icon Jackie O made these sandals a go to staple of the Palm Beach/Resort set.  The Navajo style has been kicking around since the early 60’s, just a little longer than me. Today, the Jack Rogers company is still going strong and the shoes are still hand made in Florida.  I love the history and tradition of the shoe and I plan on keeping that tradition going by buying a pair for my daughter.

Once a prep always a prep.

 Above Photo: decoratingwithsheets.com

All Other Photos: Jack Rogers

My Two Cents about Scents

I walked by the perfume counter today and got a whiff of my former favorite perfume, Herve Leger for Women.  It was the scent I wore when I met my husband.  I promptly bought a bottle.

The smell brought back so many memories and feelings and it got me to thinking about what scents I love and remember.  It’s such a personal thing this scent business.  They evoke moods and memories, one whiff and the visions and feelings come flooding back.

 I remember my Mom’s Youth Dew perfume in the blue bottle. I would try it it out and get caught because I was a little heavy on the spray.  I would breath it in when she kissed me good night before going out with my Dad, it made it easier to fall asleep.

I saved my allowance in 5th grade so I could buy a bottle of Loves Baby Soft.  I peddled my bike to Osco Drug Store with my best friend Gail to make the purchase.  We then treated ourselves to lunch at McDonald’s with the left over money. That was living large in Central Illinois.

Junior High was all about Charlie.

To look like this model was what I strived for. That and a pair of Calvin Klein Jeans.

 

When the Prep in me came out, I was devoted to Lauren, by Ralph Lauren. A flipped up Polo collar,  monogrammed Papagallo sweater and coordinating Bermuda Bag (monogrammed of course) and I was good to go.

In college I was in love with Calvin Klein’s Obsession.  Brat Pack and Sorority Days.

The late 80’s and early 90’s brought on  Coco by Chanel and Paloma Picasso.   My style icon was Tina Chow.  I was sporting a Linda Evangelista haircut, red Chanel lip stick, shoulder pads, and a uniform of black turtlenecks and leather jackets.

Today I am loyal to Hermes Caleche and  Chanel #5.

I have come into my own and am comfortable in my style and taste.

I don’t follow the perfume trends anymore.  And that’s okay.

That is what is great about growing up.

Feeling comfortable in my own skin.

It’s a wonderful thing.

xoxo Carrie

Obsession: Fallon Lion Wrap Bracelet

I’m a Leo.

We Leo’s obviously love lions.

I love what a lion represents and it seemed fitting that one be my company logo.

So when I was peering into the jewelry case at Barney’s and spied the Fallon Lion Wrap bracelet, I couldn’t leave without it.

Photo: www.charmandchain.com

I love the take on the lion door knocker.

My one of my company colors is orange so had to get that version of the bracelet.

It’s a business expense, right?

And with the $160 price point it didn’t break the bank,

so…..

I had to get the earrings too.

Check out other great Fallon items by the talented Dana Lorenz at:

www.fallonjewelry.com

or her higher end line

www.fentonjewelry.com

xoxo Carrie

Hello Yellow

  Hello Yellow

I am officially obsessing over the color yellow.

Maybe the daffodils did it.  So bright and cheery on my breakfast room table.

Yellow was my favorite color as a kid.

 My room was wall papered in a delicate yellow rose pattern.

 Today I’d do a little something like this

 

 Love the curtains in this room

Yellow shoes are awesome.

 I have four pairs myself.

My pal Heather is not a fan of yellow when used in home decor, but she has no problem throwing a little splash yellow goodness on her feet.

Everyone should.

  Yellow can knock on my door anytime

xoxo Carrie

 

Sweet Heart

 Valentine’s Day

What to get your Sweet Heart?

For the Chef

http://www.shopterrain.com/home-new-arrivals/

For the Philanthropist

http://mocastore.org/products/alexandra-grant-love-necklace

For the Art Lover

For the Beauty Queen

http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-88484?WT.srch=1

For the Jewelry Lover

www.cartier.com

For the Flower Lover

www.dandelionranch.com

For the Mom

xoxo Carrie