For the love of pumpkins…

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Hello all! I just have to ask... Was your weekend weather as gorgeous as mine? Warm sunshine and cool breezes. Leaves falling like golden rain. This is my favorite time of the year! I wonder if it's because I was an October baby?   On my recent trip to Texas, the Oscar de la Renta exhibit wasn't my only field trip. Nope. The parents, sister, and I also went to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden—another "first" for me. Since this is my favorite time of the year (Did I tell you?), I was all smiles when I saw the pumpkins. I smiled A LOT! Are you as intrigued by these as I was? From a distance, I couldn't imagine how those heavy pumpkins were "attached" to the structures—so I decided to find ... Keep Reading...

My hour with Oscar de la Renta

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A few weeks ago while in Texas visiting family, my parents, sister, and I went to The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. I'd wanted to make the trip ever since I wrote about Pride and Presidents, but this was my first chance.   Little did I know—and to the delight of the females in our group—the gallery that houses traveling exhibits was featuring five decades of the artistry of Oscar de la Renta. I've been wanting to share it with you.   Today seems like an appropriate time... even as my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. de la Renta.   As you probably know, Oscar de la Renta was a favorite designer of Laura Bush and designed many of the dresses she wore as First ... Keep Reading...

Six Autumn tablescape inspiration boards

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Wow... It's been such a (too) long time since I played in the dishes, but I have enjoyed some Autumn pretties over the past few weeks. I think you'll like them, too, so I combined a few of my field trips into some seasonal inspiration boards—just for you.   Elegant Traditional   Strictly Casual   Touches of Blue   Earth Tones   Neutrals—with a splash of Lime   Bring on the Pumpkins! ... Keep Reading...