"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brora's Amazing Fall Collection

Tailored Wool Jacket
Wool Skater Skirt
 Just when I thought Brora couldn't get any better they've released a stunning fall collection with all of my favourite colours and silhouettes.  I'm in Brora Heaven!

This black wool skirt suit, above, is so ideal... that full skirt with the nipped waist, so easy to wear and so feminine...the matching jacket with the pretty silk lining: it's number one on my list.

Running a close second are these gorgeous wool pieces in black and jade:

Herringbone Wool Skirt in Black and Jade
Herringbone Wool Jacket in Baize
That green is so saturated and timeless, perfect from fall right through to spring.  It's so nice to have major tailored pieces that are dark but not black.  Green behaves as a neutral here and with the black layering pieces it looks so chic... I like that the skirt and jacket co-ordinate but are not matchy-matchy.

Brora has brought out a gorgeous shade of teal this autumn and has used it very effectively on this modern panelled pencil skirt:
Tweed Panelled Pencil Skirt in Black and Teal
Let's have a closer look at that black wool skater skirt:
 I'm loving it with a simple plain blouse, black opaque tights and black short boots.  It's perfection!

I missed the kilt last year that was part of the heritage collection, but look, there is another one and the colours are beautiful:
Scottish Tweed Kilt in Plum and Forest
 A good cashmere dress is a winter essential, and after seeing the methods used to manufacture Brora's cashmere in Scotland with my own eyes this expanse of warming cashmere has me delighted:
Cashmere Dropped Shoulder Dress in Charcoal
 It's so chic!  I love the silhouette and the long sleeves.  Add some cool boots and a necklace and you can run out the door while staying warm all day.

I rely on Brora jumpers all winter long, in fact I've already started wearing mine as the air has been a bit nippy... this stunning long line jumper in a pretty rosy pink is on my wishlist for sure:
Cashmere Long Line Jumper in Rose
 They've also produced this feminine colour in a long sleeve cropped cardigan:
Cashmere Long Sleeved Crop Cardigan in Rose
 A new accessory or two from Brora is most welcome at the start of the cold season, once again they've produced lovely stoles and scarves:
Graphic Print Stole
Oooh this would be nice with that charcoal cashmere dress.
 Brora's cashmere socks feel very warm and cozy inside a pair of rubber boots:

 I don't have to replace any of my cashmere tights this year though some of them are going into their third and fourth season!  For such a delicate look they are quite sturdy and warm.
 Last year for Christmas I bought my daughter one of Brora's beautiful wool dressing gowns and it is so pretty and warm.  The colour and pattern on this year's version: stunning!
Liberty Print Dressing Gown
Please share your favourite pieces and colours from the new collection...
Have yourself a wonderful day,
xoxDani

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

Pinafore apron from Rough Linen.
 Little Rascal has drawn the name from the champagne bucket and Heidi you won the linen tea towels! I'll send you an email so I can get your address and send on your package.

Enjoying a soothing cocktail with a candle on-the-go while on Pinterest?  Me too, it's so relaxing.
I've been working on eating a proper lunch with lots of vegetables and a protein, it's making a big difference to my energy levels in the afternoon.  A mixed bean salad is a favourite and it's so easy: mix a couple of cans of drained and rinsed mixed beans with any vegetables and herbs you have lying around.  Add a squeeze of lemon, some salt and olive oil and voila, easy lunch ready to go in the fridge.
Easy bean salad lunch.
 Eat tomatoes while you can, they are so luscious just now!
 Wondering what Scout is up to?  Watching me cook for one.
What's cooking?
 She's also very busy every day waiting for The Rascals and MrBP to arrive home, or maybe for someone interesting to walk down the street.
Scout waiting by the front door.
 I've been re-organizing and de-cluttering like The Dickens, we'll be moving out to our temporary digs in about 5 weeks and I don't intend to move any junk.
Laundry room vase centre.

Laundry supplies, I like a label.
Someone else likes labels and her name is Little Rascal:
The chocolate tin somehow acquired this label:
"Do Not Eat Under Any Circumstance"
 I've re-organized the side entryway, I added a painting:
 I found these cheerful boot mats at Target:
 We have a new rec room.  I just finished setting up the tv which was a real challenge, all of those cords and gadgets.  MrBP didn't think I could do it but I surprised the heck out of him.
We bought new furniture: those green chairs are my favourite.  They're from Germany, made from a smooth cherry wood and comfy strong upholstery.
 I moved the painting by my darling friend Syl into this room, it adds some colour don't you think?

We found some teak tables from Denmark, they nest together but have a thicker sturdier leg:
 MrBP's primitive bowl was a gift from his Dad, that thing is going to hold a heck of a lot of popcorn:
A heck of a lot of popcorn is going to fit into this primitive bowl.
 I found this pretty quilt for cuddling at L.L.Bean:
L.L.Bean Vintage Indigo Quilt
 Of course no rec room would be complete without MrBP's Scotch collection:
MrBP's Scotch collection.
Have a brilliant week and try to stay out of trouble.
xoxDani

Friday, September 12, 2014

Zucchini Fritters

Photo by JDP
How is your weekend shaping up, any big plans?  We've had a busy week so our number one priority is getting some rest.  I do however wish I could press the repeat button on last Saturday evening.  Our lovely friends JDP and CC had us over to their place for a gorgeous dinner party, they really know how to host a scrumptious meal.
 
I wanted to share the zucchini fritter recipe prepared by JDP, they were so good I could have eaten them all, they were fresh and light and just the thing to complement cocktails before dinner.

You can find JDP's post on the dinner party, including his recipe for zucchini fritters, right here.

Wondering what to serve at your next dinner party?  You could just copy JDP and repeat the whole thing, he gives a nice detail of the menu with his trademark beautiful photographs.

Thank you for the comments on my last post, I'd better get it together and sew up some linen tea towels... I'll be picking a name from the champagne bucket later today, stay tuned for that one.

I hope you have an excellent weekend!
xoxDani

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

Sunflowers in Spode
 I moved our piano into the foyer a couple of weeks ago (or rather MrBP moved it) and then I managed to convince a piano tuner to visit the house to tune it.  It took him two and a half hours and he still needs to fix one of the keys, I am ashamed to say it wasn't in the best condition.  Did you know that piano tuning is a dying art?  I see a job opportunity for a young person here, my new piano tuner is in his 80's and has more work than he can handle.
The piano suits the foyer and especially with this Spode-Floral arrangement placed on top.  I have another accessory for the piano, this one is very special as it is both functional and reminds me of our trip to England... I purchased it at the hardware store in Kirkby Lonsdale:
Brass letter holder.
Purchased at the hardware store in Kirkby Lonsdale.
 Boy oh boy the renovation plans are Full Steam Ahead here in the BP household.  The scheduling is nearly putting me over the edge, so many components and all to be accomplished by different people... and truly it's only a kitchen renovation yet it has grown to encompass the entire house and how we live in it.
A tiny peek at some of the drawings for the new kitchen.
We've purchased a La Cornue range.
We have looked at the floor plan of the house on every level and are switching some rooms around... the TV room will now occupy what was the basement guest room, the second floor tv room will now be MrBP's own study... what was once the dining room is now the living room and vice versa.  If it sounds confusing it sort of is, but with new window/door configurations on the main floor it will all make sense one day, we hope.

In the meantime I'm keeping myself out of trouble by sewing up some linen towels and dish cloths for the kitchen as it functions presently... very soothing and renewing amidst the bigger plans and preparations for moving out of our house on November 1st.
Some new kitchen towels and dish cloths with a new scrub brush.
A bit of freshening during this Trying Time of packing up the whole house for the renovations.
 This pure linen towel fabric is so lovely, it only needs a quick rinse in the sink with hot water and dish soap, hang to dry and presto you have clean towelling without even needing your washing machine.
 
(I'm giving away a set of towels and cloths (sewn by me so they won't be perfect) with an accompanying wooden dish brush, if you'd like to have your name in the hat please leave a comment to tell me so.  I'll draw a winner on Friday and then make contact for mailing... world-wide shipping is perfectly acceptable in the Global Village so don't worry if you feel far away.)
I hang mine to dry on an upper cupboard otherwise Scout would eat it.
 In other news I've been baking with peaches, they are so delicious this year, I don't remember a summer with better produce.
My own canned peaches went into this peach crumble.
 A peach crumble makes a nice after-school snack for Rascals... the peaches (which have been cooked with some apricot jam and then jarred) are placed in a tart dish and then covered in a mixture of oats, vanilla, butter and sugar.  Honestly you just know that's going to be good.
Looks good doesn't it.
I don't know for sure, The Rascals and their friends ate the whole thing,
Darling Tooties I hope your week is off to a good start.  I have a big long list for this week and I'm going to try my best come Hell or High Water.
xoxDani

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back to School Bedheads

 The last bit of back to school shopping I needed to do for my daughters was to buy them each a set of new Bedhead Pajamas.  Mission accomplished yesterday afternoon with a few clicks.  Renee Claire has really outdone herself with the fall collection, I am loving this ombre leopard look offered for both women and girls.
 Socializing is available around the clock these days which I'm finding is making bedtime that much trickier.  We've started the school year with new rules for our 12 year old around the ipod/ipad, it's really important to put down the gadgets, get into some cozy jammies and read an actual book for at least half an hour before lights out.
Of course it can be difficult to implement but at least Bedhead can make getting ready for sleeping that much more appealing...

I've been thinking about my new baby nephew and wishing I could hold him, but Yellowknife isn't exactly close by.
In the meantime I'm going to scheme and plan a pair of pajamas for him for Christmas, how cute and cozy are these chubby babies?

I hope you have an excellent Saturday.  I've got a champagne headache (it was fun while it lasted) but I'm planning to haul myself out with MrBP to shop for some furniture.
xoxDani

Friday, September 5, 2014

The New American

A friend left a congratulatory message on The Bobster's front lawn.
Today is a special day in our family: my Dad, known on the blog as The Bobster, became an American citizen.
Dad has been living in Atlanta for 17 years: working hard, playing superior golf, marrying a gorgeous red-headed Southerner, making loads of friends and generally being awesome.
Congratulations to The Bobster who can now vote in the country that he lives in and loves so much.
God Bless America, and Dad too!
xoxDani

What's For Dinner?

 Sometimes I find myself in a bit of a low place when it comes to making dinner, weeks go by in an uninspired haze of producing meal after meal.
I started a new Pinterest board titled What the Heck Should I Feed the Rascals in an attempt to gather inspiration.  So far it's not going very well, I only have 7 pins attached to that board.  I need to get to work compiling some easy recipes that can be made with staples like canned beans and cheese along with some fresh vegetables.  This recipe fits neatly into such a category.
Carrots, parsley and rosemary chopped up with some fresh garlic.

Saute with 2 cans of rinsed romano beans.

Add in one small can of diced tomatoes and let the whole thing bubble.

Meanwhile grate some cheese, I like an old white cheddar.

Layer fresh sliced tomatoes on top of the beans, add fresh rosemary.

Add a layer of grated cheese.

More fresh tomatoes and then more cheese, you get the idea.

Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the top for a festive aromatic touch.

Slide into a preheated 325 oven.

I served this with steamed fresh beans but a salad would work as well.

This took about 25 minutes, The Rascals loved it.
I served this with some fresh bread I bought at the bakery.  It was so delicious...mostly due to the wonderful tomatoes which are so terrific this year.
Enjoy your Friday night Dollfaces.   I don't know about you but I'll definitely be having a large glass of wine while making a vegetable gratin this evening.
xoxDani