Matters Of The Heart & The Art Snob

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I love the artwork of internationally known, Debbie Marie Arambula. Mainly, because of the beautiful way love is conveyed. Debbie is an artist with no formal training who began painting twelve years ago. She is known for her buoyant heart paintings.

While it is my strongest desire to possess one of her works of art, I can’t afford to do so. If my husband and I didn’t have children I would pay the hefty $3000 price tag carried by the painting Labyrinth of Love pictured above. But for now, the only alternative is to purchase a giclee. But here is the crazy thing…

I am a geniune art admirer and what you would call an art snob. Like a fake handbag, I simply refuse to buy a giclee (pronounced zhee-clay), a digital reproduction of an original work of art. Digital reproduction allows an artist to increase their collector base by offering a less expensive alternative to the original, making their work widely available to a larger group of people. It is also translates into quick money for the artist. First, let me clarify before I continue. I am not referring to cheap poster prints that give giclees a bad reputation, but rather reprints on high quality paper or canvas that are sometimes embellished by the artist; nevertheless, I don’t want to own one.

Let me warn you, the price of a giclee is nothing to be sneezed at. A limited edition reproduction of Labyrinth of Love cost around $1600 and looks just as good; however, there is nothing like owning an original. There is no comparison really. Besides, I am unwilling to purchase a reprint equally as expensive. I’d rather go without. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll come across a giclee I can’t leave without. But for now, I only want original artwork.

For those of you who are not snobs like me and want to enhance your living space or purchase art purely for aesthetic reasons then you should purchase limited addition giclees that have been numbered and signed by the artist, which increases the value. The more reproductions available on the market decreases the value of the work.  


FAB Chic Baby Deals

The peach colored satin pillowcase signals to 9 month old Mademoiselle that it’s time to go to sleep, and watching her crawl quickly to the marked spot on the bed is absolutely adorable. This seemingly small event caused me to search for the cute travel blanket and pillow set I saw on Saks’ website some time ago. While flipping through the pages, I discovered the following cute items on sale:

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Lipstick Backpack

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Juicy Couture Floral Print Sandal


The Truly Fabulous Can Now Go On A Picnic

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Now, this is how a diva goes on a picnic or to the beach. 

Can I just tell you how excited I was when I stumbled across this super fabulous, stylish cooler a few months ago? I nearly lost my mind. Can you see why? How cute is that! This definitely isn’t your daddy’s cooler. Yes, it’s actually a cooler.

I waited impatiently for Puma to finally add Wander’s sophisticated outdoor lounge gear to their website and was elated when they finally did. His collection, including a matching tent, beach towels, and inflatable bed, is a great way to kick off the summer in style.

  


The Charmed Ones

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The old adage, “There’s nothing new under the sun” definitely holds true for the latest fashion trend, charms. Charms have been around since the age of Egyptian Pharaohs, who wore them around their necks and wrist not only for protection, but also as a symbol of status. Charms also served a practical purpose for Christians, Jewish scholars, knights, and kings. They were worn to represent family lineage, profession, political standing, and used to gain access into secret meetings. As the centuries forged ahead, though charms became synonymous with the wealthy and well-educated, they eventually lost their magical lure for the upper classes, but were widely worn by members of the lower classes. It wasn’t until the 20th century that charms were worn as fashionable pieces of jewelry. People wore lockets, family crests, replicas of popular local items dangling from bracelets and necklaces. 

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Today, charms are once again popular for both the upper and lower classes, and can be seen hanging not only from bracelets and necklaces, but cell phones and purses. For some, charms may carry a significant meaning and for others it’s all about the cute factor.

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Nanora asked me what the deal was with charms, at the time I told her I didn’t know why they were so popular, but I knew I wanted one of Aaron Basha’s charms. I fell in love with Basha’s charms about a year and a half ago. I was drawn by the craftsmanship, delicate designs, and of course, the diamonds. I just think they are the most adorable charms I’ve seen around. While I can’t see myself forking out $1800 – $4600 for one of these beauties, I love admiring them as an exquisite piece of art.     

 


Five Things I Want Now

I’m ready to ditch the black for a much lighter wardrobe. I really admire this soft, ultra feminine ruffled bomber by D&G. 

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I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but it is hot out here on the west coast. This Juicy tube dress is just what I need to stay cool and oh so fashiolicious.

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Whenever my autograph is required, I quickly pull out Crystal studded pen. I get a ton of compliments when I do, and everyone wants to know where on earth I found such a pen. I fell in love with my current pen, a shimmering Swarovski green, but retailers know how to keep you coming back for more. I definitely want one of these colorful cuties now.    

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I’m looking forward to the day when I can once again enroll into a Bikram yoga class. I’m looking forward to perfecting my tree pose and attending class in style with these cute accessories.

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I’m so ready to create my own outdoor sanctuary where I can dine, sit quietly, and read a book while sipping on a cold glass of Italian soda with cream.

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Lighten Up: Shades of Summer Home Office Edition

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Remember that desk I mentioned I was suppose to be shopping for some time ago? I still haven’t purchased one, but fortunately was able to find a simply one I like a few weeks ago when I went into West Elm, one of the stores where I go to find the latest, most unique reasonably priced items for my home. As soon as I walked through the doors, that giddy feeling I get on the inside whenever I see something I can’t live without possessed my soul, I knew it was going to be my lucky day. In fact, Jay told me the staff worked well into the wee hours of the morning on the new floor sets to showcase the new merchandise. 

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I fell in love with everything I laid my eyes upon. Before I found what I was looking for, I spotted the perfect table for my mother’s newly remodeled home. She had been looking for the perfect bistro table for awhile and was delighted that I had found one for her.  I was, and still am, so inspired by the different shades of blue the store is offering for the summer, in particular, the color they call blue moon. The color invokes feelings of utter calm and unruffled repose. I think the desk and matching chair will be perfect in a room with accents of the same color, especially a bedroom, the place where most go to rest and seek refuge from a stressful day. I suspect various shades of blue as well as green will gain popularity as the season progresses.

In the retail world, summer is quickly coming to an end, which means nothing more than tons of discounts for people like you and me. The desk was on backorder until today, which works out well because now it’s on sale.

It’s a great time for you to stock up on colors that bring you a sense of peace and quiet, colors that will help you lighten up a bit and brighten up your home.

   


Es Muy Bueno!

So, I’ve already established the fact that I can’t cook, right? However, what I probably should have said was, as long as I can read I can cook, meaning I can read a recipe.

Okay, let me be honest and tell you that even when I follow the recipe sometimes my meals don’t come out quite right, but there is a recipe I’ve managed to perfect and I want to share it with you today.

Mexican Lasagna

1 lb of ground meat ( I use dark ground turkey from Wholefoods)

1 can of black beans

1 red onion

1 red bell pepper

1 package of your favorite taco seasoning (I use two)

16 oz of your favorite taco sauce (more if you want it to be saucy)

10 flour tortillas

2 cups of shredded cheese

After you brown your ground meat, add the black beans, chopped onion and red bell pepper. Cook until veggies are slightly tender then add the taco seasoning and mix well. I usually cook until the seasoning in well blended into the mixture. Pour some of the taco sauce on the bottom of a casserole pan, enough to cover the bottom then place five tortillas on top of the sauce. Pour sauce on top of the tortillas then add half of the meat mixture followed by one cup of cheese. Repeat step one. The meat mixture should be the final layer. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Es muy bueno. Enjoy!

If you’re like me then you hate cleaning the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look glamorous while busting suds with these Kitschy Kitschy Ya Ya gloves by Fancy Pants Designs.

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Or, these cute gloves with matching soap and scrubber set from Kacky and Carl.

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 And, don’t forget to check out my post, The Glamorous Cook, for details on where you can get a really cute, chic apron.

How cute is that!