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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

 I found some Ralph Lauren table linens in a spring-like pattern.  If we can't have spring outside then let's have it on the table is what I say.

I bought some pink tulips to add to this Imaginary Spring.
 I've been throwing lots of fresh watercress in our salads.
 Having a look at your travel books?  That's a favourite activity of mine as well.  Brings it all back, doesn't it?

 What have you been wearing day-in, day-out?  I'll tell you the straight truth, better yet I'll show you:
 My Goldsign jeans, these long sleeve tee shirts (Vintage Cotton J.Crew) and some pretty pink ballet flats.
More of the pretty pink ballet flats...
 If you'd like to source some Chanel flats may I suggest ebay, or as Tabs would call it "The Jumble Sale of the gods"?

Here is another favourite salad and so easy: grape tomatoes, fresh mint and cucumber all in a lemon vinaigrette.
 My youngest daughter has been writing fan mail, real letters!   I hope Mrs. Obama reads her letter from her "Number One Fan".
 Scout says Hi, in dog language.
Have a great day Dollfaces,
xoxDani

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  1. Woof right back at you Scout!
    how adorable she sent a letter - I hope she gets a response back! Especially as it is a hard letter rather than email.

    Are grape tomatoes the same as cherry tomatoes?

    I don't get ebay. I keep saying I must try it 9 years on...

    Tulips cheer me up no end.

    Second best thing about travel is reliving it in your head!

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    1. Naomi grape tomatoes are very similar just a slightly smaller and oval shape. Ebay can be good and bad... I've bought some silly things but have recently had some good luck with shoes. I've gone through a whole sell-and-replace shoe thing, it's been good fun and I have a post planned for this week on my Red Shoe Love Affair.
      My daughter was sick last week and used the time off school to write some real letters, I was quite surprised and pleasantly so!

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    2. Oh we don't call them grape tomatoes here, there's another name for them, when I remember I will tell you!

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    3. We call them Baby Roma's here in Oz, as the adult Roma tomato has that elongated shape. Otherwise the little round ones are just cherry tomatoes. Might be the same in the UK?

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    4. I like baby roma that's a very cute name!

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  2. The salad looks delish. Dogs do love to splay on their tummies on tile; our dear Scout is getting more comfortable with the camera I see.

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    1. GSL I highly recommend some fresh mint in your salad, leftovers can go into a mojito.;)

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  3. Scout has a bit of a challenging look on his face today! Love your spring table linens, fresh tulips, imaginary spring. I guess our spring is getting here in a two steps forward, one step back kind of way. Spring is usually quite rainy here, but better than snow at this point so I'll take it. Have a great day!

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    1. Cate I'd take rain no problem, I cannot wait for the snow to melt. Scout is not a fan of the camera, she'd like to make a chew toy of it!

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  4. I love any salad in a lemon vinaigrette! Yesterday I had greens and avocado with just a sprinkle of fresh lemon and some gratings of parmesan - divine!

    Hi to Scout! She is looking beautiful this morning!

    Are the chanel's really comfortable? My fear about parting with my money for a brand like that is that I would not find them comfy on the toes, especially if I couldn't return them. Had you tried them on before, say in Paris? They are so pretty! I had ordered the pale pink kikis before the self-imposed shopping ban and am dying to wear them! Are you going bare footed in them or wearing a light hose?

    I do love some new table linens for spring - is always so cheery! I replaced a lot last summer and they are all in wonderful shape so no excuse for me sadly!

    I have snapdragons on the table! They make me smile so much!

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    1. Wendy the Chanel flats are really comfortable. I had wanted the pale pink kiki flats but my size was gone, in my ebay searches I found these, I knew that Chanel flats ran a little small from reviews online and lucky they fit perfect and are so comfortable on my bare feet. I also bought them from a seller in Ontario and I could have returned them... they were the same price as the JCrew flats ($150), I can't see myself paying $600 for flats that I will undoubtedly wreck within a couple of years! Very hard on my shoes.
      That picture of Scout is 10 days old and she already looks much more grown-up, I'll try to get a picture of her this week though the camera is still her enemy.

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    2. Wendy be careful, you need to know your size, I have bought three pairs from the shop but they were all too small and nipped my toes when it came to walking. I'm still not sure of my size!

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    3. Thanks Dani and Tabs! I think I will have to wait and try some on IRL> Funny - I walked by the chanel shop in Florida but kept going!

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    4. Mine are a size 39.5, a good half size bigger at least than what I normally wear. They run small.

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    5. Ditto Dani, I had to go half a size up, too!

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  5. Oh those flats are beautiful Dani!!! They are really pretty. Your salad looks yummy, I love grape tomatoes and your table linen are very " Springy". We have been very lucky the past week and weekend as we have had a Spring weather. Everyone was outside enjoying the warmth and the sun!!! Scout is so cute on this picture! Please cuddle her for me...

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    1. Steph, cuddle given. It's warmer here, hovering around zero which feels like heaven after the winter we've had. Very happy you've been enjoying the sun!

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  6. Hello Dani,

    Well, everything seems to be looking like Spring with you even if it is still wintry outdoors. Tulips are simply divine to have around the house as they give such a glorious splash of colour wherever they are placed. And when they bow their heads in a final flourish, they are just like Opera divas taking a last bow.

    Your salad looks totally delicious and a lemon vinaigrette perfect for dressing. Sadly, salads here in the Motherland can be rather lack lustre limp lettuce affairs!

    Just one request....please may I do a trolley dash through your wardrobe?

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    1. Jane and Lance, "Opera divas taking a last bow", that's exactly what they look like, thanks for adding poetry to my day. Yes you are welcome to the wardrobe dash anytime, I'll fix you a nice drink too.

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  7. Bring the spring in...love it. I saw a lovely older woman walk all of Machu Picchu in Chanel flats.

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    1. BB they don't pinch in the slightest, I could do it too. Just have to keep Scout from chewing them.

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  8. That salad looks yummy--as do your ballet flats! And, Scout is adorable and is looking happy!

    What have I been wearing? Today, I am in Eileen Fisher black ponte knit pants, a Worth NY short sleeved black ribbed turtleneck, AND my La Canadienne boots! Jewelry is my watch (Swiss Army), a gold ring which was a Christmas gift from my husband and gold antique earrings which were given to me on my 19th birthday.

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    1. Hi Susan, Scout is a happy dog! She has a lovely personality and her training is going so well, we think she's an accelerate.;) Your outfit sounds perfect and amazing, you have great style!

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  9. oh i love those RL linens. do you know the pattern name? so pretty dani!

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    1. Janet I don't know but I bought them at Homesense which is the Canadian TJMaxx. They wash up so well and have already been tested with red wine!

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  10. I always love Tulips! So pretty with the blue linens. I've been wearing black pants with black everything. Boring myself to death. I love your pallet. So pretty and spring looking. Enjoy your Monday...wishing you and early Spring!

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    1. Jennifer we need to banish that black, being bored will never do! Do we need to do a blog intervention?! ;)
      Thanks Darling!

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  11. Tulips are Spring whether you have snow or grey skies. Could those Chanel flats be any more gorgeous? Wow I'd be jumping for joy if I had them on! Great buy as they look in mint condition....I love mint on boiled potatoes with butter salt and pepper.
    I hope your daughter gets a reply from the White House.

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  12. Happy Monday Dani! I found some RL napkins the other week, a lovely floral with poppies and bluebells. However, I just have to avoid using them on spaghetti bolognese nights!

    You are so lucky with Ebay! Love that pale pink!

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  13. I'm not sure I've ever had watercress. Where have I been? Maybe in a restaurant, but I've never added it to any foods. I hope your daughter gets a letter from FLOTUS :). And I love your indoor spring season.

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  14. I love the tulips, Dani, I have a couple bunches of daffodils in an old pitcher painted with shamrocks sitting on my mantel, it's all making me very happy.

    Yet another pair of perfect shoes!

    I notice a picture of orange marmalade with Scotch whiskey in your sidebar, do you have a link to a recipe for this? I have recently come into a whole bunch of oranges that I need to do something with and Scotch makes everything better in my opinion.

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    1. Sarah I used a can of prepared seville oranges called "Ma-Made". Bright orange can available at the grocery for about $6, I followed the package directions (adding that frightening amount of sugar) and then glugged in the Scotch whiskey towards the end. It does make a very good marmalade.
      Good luck with your oranges if you decide to make marmalade. You could also make a giant fruit salad out of them and splash the thing with Grand Marnier, delicious.

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    2. Thanks, Dani! I remember Ma-Made -- we used to buy it and make our own (very tart!) marmalade when I was growing up. We had to get it from Williams-Sonoma, it seemed terribly sophisticated.

      Alrigh, I will just follow a standard recipe then and glug in the Scotch. If there's one thing I can do well it's glug Scotch whiskey. Thanks for the advice & inspiration!

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  15. Scout is adorable, the shoes are stunning. I have had to sell three pairs of my Chanel shoes as I can never get my size right in those flats. Yours are the most beautiful colour, love them to bits.

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  16. When I was in junior high there was a thing for real Capezios, and as a result I always feel like a wanna- be if I try on anything else. Funny how the goofiest stuff stays with us.

    I feel that Scout is sending me messages.

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  17. Scout's starting to love that camera; she looks less guilty,too.

    Capris, flipflops and T's. Tunic and white jeans for dinner out. Love those flats!

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  18. It's certainly looking spring like in your home Dani, even if it's still snow outside. Love those Chanel flats - just a gorgeous shade. How are you finding the vintage cotton? I bought a couple of the t-shirts and was surprised at how thin they were - one had holes within two wears!
    I'm starting to think table linen may become a vice of mine.... I just love a well set table.They're really pretty linens Dani. xx

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    1. Heidi the quality on them isn't the best, they need the kid-glove treatment but they are so soft and i like the colours.
      Table linens are definitely a vice of mine. I'll even sew them myself if I have to though sewing makes me crazy!

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  19. I love the fresh look of those pink tulips. I think we need some around here to brighten things up now that we are under the Chinook clouds. I see you have Scout posing for the camera, well done.

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  20. Tees, boyfriend jeans and sneakers:).

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    1. LPC we're not far off with our looks these days!

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  21. Everything is looking so up lifting your way! Thanks for the booster shot of spring! Gorgeous!

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    1. Rebecca, we need to make it up as it is still a long way off. ;)

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  22. Love all the springy touches. Will have to try that salad. That Scout is becoming quite the charmer. Will have to give the Chanel ballets another try. Like the others, I've been fit challenged in the past but they are pretty enough to warrant another attempt!

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  23. Lovely photos and Scout is adorable!

    Please don't forget to enter my giveaway! :)

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  24. My husband is also trying to channel spring - he keep buying bunches of tulips to display around the house. But it's supposed to snow again this week... Love the pale pink of your Chanel ballet flats, they are so pretty, and what a great deal!

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  25. Love love love the flats! Wonderful color!

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  26. Funnily enough I was once in Neiman Marcus (needless mark-up) buying my gold YSls...the most comfy of evening shoes) and a woman dressed head to toe in Chanel said: 'Never buy Chanel shoes they are the most uncomfortable ever." I just thought: money saved. But is that true? (or maybe she was saving them all for herself...)

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  27. Oh I love tulips in the Spring! That could be because they are the first flowers to appear after a long winter, but they are pretty, too. So bold for such an early bloomer.
    How DO you have flats that clean with a dog that age? I am in awe.

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