On this weekend’s post a little Valentine decor, inspiration from Princess Diana for transitional dressing, Jennifer Aniston’s favorite salad, books, a show and more..
Can you believe we are in February already? Wow and February usually flies by. This week was busy!
Thanks for everyone who sent good thoughts to my dad he is mostly all healed from his surgery and looking great. His vision is much better he says already! So worth doing and minimal pain and just a little bruising. Thanks everyone for the kind notes. I am so relieved this is over and it went well!
This week I also collaborated with some talented bloggers and we shared Valentine ideas on Thursday. You can read that post here if you missed it with links to all the others great ideas!
I did a tiny zhush up of the entry for February and moved my wool garland I used for the Valentine dinner here from the chandelier. I also added this little heart pillow… Rug from World Market. Similar pillows here and here. Sort of minimal, but still fun.
I said I would report back after finishing Harry’s memoir on our Live and this is my book report on Spare. I finished the full 15+ hours of listening. I really just wanted him to reunite with his family and be happy and I was concerned this book would make that impossible.
After hearing from others about how good the audio book was I dove in. I know he had help with it and it was beautifully written. I think the tabloids shared only the sensational bits.
I have been a royal fan all my life, but now I find myself hugely conflicted. I encourage everyone to read this and decide for themselves. I especially liked hearing it read by Harry. Some parts literally broke my heart and others are so happy and beautiful.
Harry comes off as a typical youngest boy and as mom of sons, my heart really went out to him. My feeling is he’s been alone in this world since going to Eton at 12 and his father may love him, but is very self absorbed and unable to show it. His loss of his mother left him without anyone ever filling that loving role.
My take away, is we don’t really know the truth about the royals except what we are told in the news. Like many things in this world, the monarchy needs change.. Their collaboration with the tabloids is something they must stop. People need to stop their dedication to these toxic papers as well. It also makes me reexamine my own part in consuming those kinds of articles and websites like The Daily Mail and others.
I found myself sitting listening to the last paragraphs in my car and crying. It shouldn’t be this way. I hope this book helps Harry and William create a better way to live and to someday and be close. I know their mother would want that.
Elizabeth Holmes, who I follow on her So Many Thoughts Instagram and writer of HRH, a former WSJ journalist has a Substack all about the royals and I found it to be an excellent companion to listening and navigating Harry’s book. She’s brilliant and fair and I appreciate her forum.
Harry’s Mama- Princess Diana Style
I shared this photo this week of Diana. I love finding inspiration and often something will cross my radar a bit before I see it’s a thing, a look, a possibility. This rare photo of Diana, before she was Princess- in her Laura Ashley skirt, pie crust ruffle blouse and puffer vest is my latest obsession and I think the perfect transitional outfit.
This time of year when we are still cold, but tired of sweaters and layers, this look is fresh. We can mix winter and spring together. What makes this cool is that they are opposite types of garments- sporty puffers with feminine pieces. Look in the closet and pull out those feminine blouses, anything with flowers or ruffles and pair them with a puffer jacket- or vest. Experiment with the proportions and see what works..Sneakers would be perfect with this look too.
If you need a few pieces, here’s a few I found to consider. Click in photos for links…
A Northern Cal Style Spotify Playlist
I am almost hesitant to share this, but I finally made a Spotify play list with the songs I have used on Reels and on Stories on Instagram. I have had requests for a list of songs-so I finally took some time and did it.
I made this list the more upbeat songs and will later make another with the more moody tunes I have used. If you are on Spotify you can find it here! Let me know what you think..I know everyone’s musical tastes are different. I follow so many playlists. That is what I love about Spotify.
Jennifer Aniston’s Lunch Salad
Since I made the pasta salad for my Valentine’s post earlier in the week, I’ve been loving having a salad in the fridge to for a fast lunch and to add to dinners. Another salad came to my attention yesterday, this dish Jennifer Aniston made for her co-workers most lunches during the Friend’s era.
She recreated it a while back and there is a version of it on the cute site, Food by Maria, which changes it slightly with orzo. Love all the healthy ingredients. Easy to see why they had it for lunch for ten years! I also like the idea of making this on a Sunday and having it on hand to enjoy all week! Would also be a great ladies lunch idea, or a side dish for a dinner.
This fantastic story first aired two years ago, but I missed it, and you may have also. . Elizabeth Smith Friedman is the American hero you likely never heard of. She was a codebreaker and broke the German Enigma machine on her own and developed methods that we still use today.
Sadly credit for her work was taken by J Edgar Hoover and she kept silent as she vowed to and only recently, when top secret files were unclassified, was her work and all she did revealed. Watch the whole complete show here and more of her truly fascinating life.
There is also a book that the show is based on…’The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and The Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies’. I read the free sample and I was hooked. Just added it to my bedside pile.
Houses of the week
Finally a few more homes are coming on the market and I kind of fell in love with this charming Carmel cottage with pretty gardens and just a walk to the beach. It would be the perfect weekend getaway if I only had 4 million..
If you want to see a truly ‘California redwood’ house check out this place also in Carmel. It takes living among the giants to a new level. I do like the attached guesthouse. It very much reminds me of Humboldt County where Max grew up. They’ve made some pretty design decisions on the kitchen and master bath that work with this woodsy house.. not my style, but I still appreciate it and it’s setting among the Redwoods.
If you missed last week’s post I shared spring colors that are trending in home and fashion, white jeans to add a lift to your winter staples, skin cleansers you might need and more.
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