Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Sarah Jessica Parker, photographed by Mario Testino. I've always thought that SJP has a face that's more old Hollywood than new — it's all elegant line rather than mere prettiness.

(via MissBgd on Pinterest)

Family Paradise

Twelve years ago Domitilla Brion and her family were beginning to find their summer holiday home rather cramped, so when her older sister, Chrystal, told her about discovering the island of Yeu in the Atlantic, she was intrigued. "She came back telling us of our childhood in Brittany, the sea that moves, small trails, the smell of heather, nature and modest homes." So she and her other sister, Angela, didn't hesitate long when the following summer they decided to each rent a house on the island. Enchanted with what they found, Domitilla and her family eventually became the owners of this lovely cottage. Two years later, they bought the house next door, allowing them to unite and extend what they had, eventually creating a harmonious family nest combining both private guest areas and shared spaces — a place where the three sisters and their families spend holidays in happy harmony, all in a beautiful house on the island of Yeu. More (in French) here from Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by Philippe Garcia for the May/June 2010 issue of Marie Claire Maison)

Sponsor Spotlight

The lovely Australia-based Lobo Luxe shop not only offers beautiful handmade contemporary jewelry by artisans from all over the world, but exceptional customer service, too — not only do international customers automatically receive 10% off jewelry purchases at checkout, but if you sign up for the Lobo Luxe Newsletter, you'll always be eligible for the monthly draw to win a $50 gift certificate! And until April 30 2011, you can use the coupon code “lobo luxe” in the coupon redeem box at checkout to obtain $10 off your shipping costs — a perfect time to think of indulging in something lovely like the new line of humorously romantic jewelry by Flick Pope, such as the Queen of Hearts Ring shown here, available in sterling silver with a choice of crystal quartz, jade or rose quartz for the gem. Happy shopping!

White Moth Jewelry has an exciting giveaway on this month! For a chance to win one of their gorgeous Soviet Military Stamp Necklaces, visit the website, then head over to the White Moth blog, become a follower and leave a comment telling them which Soviet Military Stamp Necklace is your fave — with luck you may just win it! Contest closes April 4 2011, so don't delay!

Looking to add a little vintage sparkle to your spring wardrobe? 100 Applegate Vintage has a fun giveaway on right now — a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Visit the shop, then leave a comment on the 1oo Applegate Vintage blog about the vintage piece you like best. Extra points for becoming a blog follower and/or for adding the shop to your etsy favorites, too! The giveaway ends midnight on April 4 2011 — good luck to making your April a little more pretty!
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