Archive | May, 2013

Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

table garden party

Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

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If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

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Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12


  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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Giambattista Valli, Beautiful Dresses!

20 May

Giambattista Valli Spring Collection

I’m in love with these dresses and in love with the designer, Giambattista Valli! So what do I do, go to my seamstress and say this is it…take all to make it happen! A McCall’s pattern, some pictures, the shoes out of the closet, the nail color and it can happen! Even my favorite perfume! All off of my picture board!


Letia’s Picture Board

Taking Victoria Beckham, also pictured in a Giambattista Valli dress and my J Crew shoes, Valentina as the inspiration…. it’s going to be great for this upcoming summer white party! See how a picture board can help, try it for yourself for putting it all together…just like a designer!

Now about Giambattista Valli, shows four times a year during Paris Fashion Week. He also designs an eponymous line of accessories, has a deal with Italian top fur-maker Ciwifurs for his own fur coats and jackets and designs a line for the oldest sporting jackets manufacturer, Moncler. The brand has more than 245 selling points in 41 countries worldwide. A very international, glamorous, sophisticated crowd of young, beautiful women have endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes. Among them the likes of Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger, Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields and also royals like Her Majesty, Rania of Jordan!

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McCall’s pattern F1824, Tom Ford nail lacquer and Jimmy Choo perfume.

Marc Jacobs, Coke and Great Designs!!!!!

16 May
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Fabulous Ladies on A Coke by Marc Jacobs!

Early this month, I had mentioned that Marc Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke!

In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one year where he is slated to give the brand a “stylish and light-hearted” makeover!

Sooooo! What do you think!  Their cool!  I don’t even want to open mine!   A well dressed bottle! (even the bottle caps!!!)

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The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke (a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States since March 27, 1944

Angelina Jolie, Step to Fight Breast Cancer

14 May
English: Angelina Jolie at the Cannes film fes...

Angelina Jolie at the Cannes Festival

Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  The procedure was performed at the Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Center.

A very, very personal matter for Angelina and her family, her courageous act to make public – will give encouragement to woman and help others to partake in breast exams around the world.

In order to determine a preventative mastectomy is necessary, please take the time to begin seeing your doctor, check your health and do routine breast exams.   Wishing her the best and sending a big THANK YOU for sharing!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

12 May

Happy Mothers Day

Sending a big ole’  Happy Mother’s Day greeting to all mothers, mother figures and woman who have taken on the role of being a mother to someone!

It is wonderful to take a day, once a year to celebrate YOU!   Your job never ends, daily tasks seem like a walk in the park and you some how keep it all together!

Happy Mother's Day

As I reflect on being a mother also, it has been so rewarding and yet remarkable!   Something about watching out for someone else, makes you stronger!

Then there’s those memories of my Mom, Gilda – which makes me giggle inside and out!

It’s a wonderful gift to be a mother to someone who seeks your opinion, receiving calls of  “I love you” and those other calls which start off with “Ummm, I have something to tell you”!   🙂

Nevertheless, your job consists of multiple tasks and memories to fill up a whole room!  It’s so good to receive feedback, through gestures of love (great for the soul).

So enjoy your day and take a moment to take it all in!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Ps.. and it’s not too late to get some flowers for Mom!  You still have time!

Letia 🙂


It’s Spring! Design Your Room with InStyle & Threshold!

11 May


When designing I see things visually different when looking at a room!  I look at the scale of a room, how many windows are there, the floor type and how many entry doors; etc.

Then, once I’ve got the information, I talk to my client to get their ideas!  Colors, textures, styles and even their no-no’s!

Wouldn’t you love the opportunity to give it a try?  Try?  Doing it yourself, designing a room with your ideas!

InStyle Magazine has just sent me a wonderful app to do just that!  Design a Moonboard or decorate a space for Spring!

  • It can be your dream room or it could be a vision of a room right in your home!
  • You can upload your own room pictures!
  • Do some shopping – there are items which are available for purchase from Threshold too!
  • Even use your design as a hint to say “I love this” to you know who, by just downloading the picture!

Whatever you decide, just have some FUN!  Yes, you are going to be a designer!!!!   When you are finished, why don’t you post  your design on Tweeter, Facebook and Pinterest !  I would love to see your ideas too!  🙂



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Prince Harry, Son of the beloved Princess Diana! HALO Trust

10 May


Taking on his late mother’s, Princess Diana’s once supported causes – HALO.

HALO Trust, a British organization which specializes in the removal of the hazardous debris of war.

HALO’s operations are grouped under Central Asia, South East Asia, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa and the Caucasus & Balkans — managed from a small office in South West Scotland.

Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales is here in the States for week-long visit, he’s bringing attention to various humanitarian efforts!  Bravo Prince Harry, Bravo!


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