Wednesday, July 18, 2018


 I went to Montréal (again) and fell in love...with this restaurant. Mandy's. I've never been in a restaurant that is as close to an embodiment of my own personal style as this place, both in terms of stunning décor and gourmet allergy-friendly food which is incredibly rare! It's like the creators crawled inside my brain and lounged on a sofa in there for a while, soaking up the details. It was like walking into my Creatively Graceful Boutique design realized as a restaurant, with a dash of tropical paradise thrown in for originality. Can I just point out that pink and gold semicircular channel back banquet?!
Sewing machine table, picket fence, sunlit patio
Crisp black paned doors, topiaries, black and white stripe scalloped awnings
 Chippy turquoise door, greenery
 You can create your own salad! Delish choices! Well priced!
 Black and white checkerboard floor, ornate ticking stripe chair
 A ready-to-eat boutique section, complete with foodie décor items
Soaring ceilings, architectural fixtures
 Can I just get the whole place to go, pretty please?
A bar of pure cheer
Thonet chairs, gold globe pendants, cane stools
 Wildflowers, mason jars, marble bistro tables, gold flatware
Oh, it is! It IS!
I even stumbled upon a Mandy's truck dans le Vieux Port! A glossy pink beacon of bliss!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sunshine and Rain

If you ever buy second hand clothing that has a smell you wish would disappear then nature is your best friend! I always put my newly thrifted clothing items out on the line for a heavy rain treatment followed by a sunshine dry, and then bring them inside and wash them in the washing machine. (I usually hang them inside out to prevent fading the exterior of the garment.) The sun and rain work wonders at removing perfumes and such!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Urban Vignettes

I've snapped some photos from a weekend of dancing and touring in Montréal...bon voyage!
Red and blue
Urban layers
 Namesake store not to go undocumented
 Asymmetrical balance
 Stop the press!
 Fancy clock
What an inviting nook!
 Trompe l'oeil
Patchwork building 
 Pastel cheer
 Spot the flags?
 Art Nouveau
 Refreshingly aquamarine
Petite palmy patio
 Exquisite stone and brackets and blooms
Art Deco

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lemon Tile Dress

I'm in love with the surface pattern design of this summery maxi dress! It reminds me of my Turkish Tile design combined with my Preppy Lemon collection in the works. This dress would look right at home inside the Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, which is loaded with stunningly vibrant decorative arts pieces and vignettes.
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