Hey, Hey let’s not mess with my coffee ritual. But let’s see if I can add another booster to my day.

On to something new this 2018!  A friend raves about this twice a day essential vitamin.  Why is taking a vitamin seem so hard to remember?  I love rituals , I love to exercise, I try to practice an overall balanced life style.  A vitamin should be as easy for me as my morning coffee ritual.  I am giving this a go and I am on day seven.  Hopefully in about two to three weeks, I should be feeling some benefits.  I am committed to staying the course and seeing if I can report back to you glowing results.  I’m hoping for a full tank of gas and radiant skin.  Stay tuned for a Ritual update!

The New Year

The New Year is here!  As a tradition, we spend the holiday break in Vermont.  My boys (husband and son) ski their days away while I spend my days reading, browsing Flipboard, and enjoying some non-skiing activity.  Most often, this is snowshoeing with a sweet friend around the mountain.  This I Love!  Layer up, grab the dogs, and off we go.  We plan our evenings alternating between dining in while sitting around a fireplace or popping out to a restaurant.  New Year’s eve is gathering with friends for an apres ski and pre-firework fun sipping wine and eating bits of savory snacks.  All to be followed by a lovely dinner with friends at their home.  This has been the magic for eight years running.  A tradition that we love.  Celebrating with friends on the mountain is a much cherished way to ring in our new year.  This year I will embarrassingly admit was a struggle for me to keep my eyes open until the ball dropped in NYC.  I’m blaming it on a not so entertaining program this year, no drama, lots of advertising and no more Evil Knievel motorcycle jumping in Las Vegas to watch! I almost turned into a pumpkin. Cheers to a fantastic 2018 full of love, adventure, and maybe a bit more sleep!  xo

Rang in 2018 with Hashim!

The Crown Escape

Here is something perfect for you to do when you are trying to escape the frigid temperatures of New England! Or you just want to kick back and wait for 2018 to ring in!

Netflix is simply brilliant! The material they are delivering with their original content series could keep you in lock down for weeks.  Imagine having one weekend of a “staycation” with your refrigerator stocked, shades drawn and phone off except for access to your food delivery app.  Then you kick back in your sweats and go head to head with a mega Netflix marathon of binge watching.  That would be amazing!  Actually I have been there and know others too.  Seriously, to give you a whole season in one drop is a total gift!  Do you binge watch or do you spread them out?

Netflix just dropped The Crown, Season Two.  The Crown is a drama series taking you through the life of Queen Elizabeth II.  Queen Elizabeth takes the throne at age 25.  Her character takes you into her world of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.  The series draws you in immediately through the characters.  You find yourself immersed in the history of Great Britain and into the intricate world of the Royal family while trying to comprehend how a 25-year-old woman becomes Queen of England.

Family drama, weak men in her government, and infidelity surround the young Queen as she takes on the monarchy.  Her younger sister, Princess Margaret, is fascinating in every sense.  She is glamorous, charming, explosive, a bit scandalous and rebellious all in the search of love that would ultimately need The Queen’s approval.  Princess Margaret has my attention.  The Crown represents a time and place in history that I find myself wanting to click my heels and magically visit.  I love the fashion, the cars, the glamour, the lifestyle, and the societal norms.  So The Crown, Season Two has been released.  We are watching one epi at a time.  I want it to last!  Will there be a Season Three? I’m afraid to know and a year is dreadfully long to wait.

Fun fact: The most expensive tv series ever made! 130 million for Season One

Pic sources are all originally from Netflix but found though the web

Exploring Litchfield County, Connecticut

New Preston is a charming little town in Litchfield County, Connecticut.  A cluster of small independent shops line this quintessential New England village. I love finding small independent shops these days with owners curating their floors with thoughtful and meaningful items.  New Preston offers a sweet cafe for anytime of day, clothing boutiques with unique brands, beautiful home accessories and a candy store for the little ones.   An absolute favorite stop for isostilo  is Pergola.  The sound of a waterfall from the outdoors creates a tranquil soundtrack as you explore the shop.  The shop reflects beautifully chosen pieces for your home and garden.  There is a passion behind this store and this is what draws me back to Pergola on any visit.  Everything connects you back to nature in one shape or form and that is a wonderful accomplishment of this shop.  Seriously, it is hard to walk away without at least one special piece for your home.

More Beautiful Pieces
Getting lost in a peaceful environment at Pergola
Country attire
Pop of Color
A little pick me up
Statement piece to have fun with
Playing Around
John Derian
Interior Calmness
A little oasis
Little Apparel


Sweet Little Ones on My Mind

Funny how special people, places, and curiosity can subconsciously draw your eye to something.   I enjoy strolling the city.   Sometimes I pop into places to take a peek with no mission.  Mostly I gravitate to small, owner operated shops but large, grand department stores also have their special place and purpose.  Since starting this blog,  I have been looking back at photos that I have taken on my iPhone.  I have rounded up a fun collection of gift ideas for young hearts.  I have four darling little nieces, two handsome little nephews, one adorable son, and lots of sweet girls and boys in my life.  So that explains it!  xo

Favorite activity of the holiday season!
Oh Panda
Little hands, little mouths (Willey Boston)
Guess What I'm Doing?
Look at me! (MFA)
Little Friends
Little friends for those little hands (Willey Boston)
Tiny Ones
Awwww (Portobello Road)
The stork! (Gray Mist)
Happy Mouse
A sweet friend to take along on the adventure
Learning Center
Fun ways to learn (MIT)
The Future
I am a robot
Big Girls
Arm fun (Covet +  Lou)
Fun Accessories
Blast off ! Love these pin accessories (Gray Mist)
Sweet Finds
Vroom Vroom
Special collections
Love the idea of creating a gift that becomes a forever gift

Shops to think about popping into when you are in Boston: ICA Boston, MFA, Portobello Road, Covet + Lou, Tiffany & Co., MIT Museum and Willey Boston.  All of them have a wonderful selection of children’s gifts.

Getting It Done

Bad Ass Friday! I’m committed and I’m getting after it today!  I have just returned and I’m drinking my post celebratory cup of coffee.  No better reward at the moment besides the feeling of strength.  The superhero in me rose to the occasion.  Here it is folks!

The Bar!
Love? Hate? It’s love! I want one for home!
The players: 3 boxes, 1 mat and a pull up bar
Kicks did the trick
Happy Superhero
Let’s get out of here!

I’m committed. It’s for the long run.  Staying healthy is the goal. xo