Friday, December 19, 2014

Lemon love, citrus cheer....

Winter citrus fruits adds a rich level of warmth and a breath of freshness to halls decked for the holidays. When presented with the opportunity to prune a fruit~laden lemon tree while we were in California, I jumped at the chance.

In fact I filled an entire box, checked it on the plane and now have an abundance of sunshine to layer around the house. The irregular look of these fruits and the leaves and branches makes the display look all the more interesting to me. 

The leaves emit the most glorious fragrance. 

Of course, you can do something similar with store bought fruit, a lot of stores stock satsuma oranges with stems and leaves on this time of year, or you can check with your produce buyer to see if they can order some. Wholesale florists sometimes carry fruited citrus branch as well. 

Or, fake it with any hearty leaves you have available mixed with greens. They look great mixed with crystal.

And will really make the room pop when piled in any container you have around the house that suits your style surrounded with evergreen,

or not.

Have you entered entered the giveaway yet?  It's not too late and think you will




this big beautiful bottle of Prosecco bubble bath as much as I do, so enter soon and often.

here's how...

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Splendid Holiday Gift Guide & a giveaway

Okay, it's crunch time, are you ready? Just in case you're still searching for the perfect something for that splendid someone, I'm sharing a few of my favorite things to give and receive below.

I was inspired to do the guide this year because of two items that were brought to my attention. My dear friends who run the fabulously fragrant Antica Farmacista brought me this bottle of their Prosecco bubble bath as a hostess gift the other night, just looking at the bottle made me feel a little more luxurious, but could you imagine sinking into a bath filled with this lush infusion? Well the good news is you may be able to do more than imagine enjoying such a bubble bath, because the Antica team is giving a bottle away to a lucky Splendid Market reader, see details on how to enter the giveaway below.

Secondly, I wanted to spread the word about this great resource guide for living the good life:  Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life (#9) by sage Shannon Ables at the Simply Luxurious Life blog. Be it on fashion, travel, cooking, decorating or relationships, Shannon shares her wisdom and insights on how to live a luxuriously comfortable life without breaking the bank. This book would be a great gift for any woman, but I especially think it would be great for someone just starting out in life, a graduate, someone who has just begun living on their own or who is newly married. 

Now, here are my top 9 items, please see my notes at the bottom for more details about why I believe these choices are so very splendid! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for that intoxicating bubble bath, directions below. 

Holiday Gift - Reed & Barton 2014 Holly Bell 2014 / De buyer cookware  Popover Dress Endless Ikat / Navy Herringbone ThrowBubble bath  / Gold tag / Bar tool / OnStage Karaoke System / Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life A Modern Woman's Guide 

1. I've bought one of these bells (they are marked with the year) for my kids every Christmas, I hope they will bring back fond memories when they start creating their own traditions. These days, I also buy a bushel of these bells each to give to some of the youngsters in my life, I know they may not think they are too great now, but I'm find that gift cards are easily forgotten, and I hope that someday they will be pleased to have something tangible to treasure.

2. My favorite carbon steel pans from France, they are light weight and after seasoning and multiple uses they turn black, so you don't have to polish them! Wonderful heat distribution. There are a number of other options of sizes and shapes at Amazon. 

3. I showed this dress in my recent Palm Beach post. Since I bought this all cotton shirtdress I have worn it SO many times, it's a great staple for lunching, shopping, beaching, traveling, touring and general fun in the sun.

4. I  can always find great gifts at The Zush, right now I am craving this navy herringbone throw, I love the rich color and it looks so soft, Santa, are you listening??

5. The inspiring bubble bath, I really can't wait to find a minute to draw up a warm and fragrant tub to sink into.

6. There should be a substantial pair of shears in every desk drawer, they make cutting projects much more enjoyable. 

7. I adore wine buckets, they are so great for displaying cut flowers, potted plants, greenery, and even wine. Tina at Enchanted Home has some others to offer, but I especially loved the aged hotel ware look of this beauty.

8. This is the number one item on my list this year, because I believe life is always better with more singing and dancing. A friend of mine has this karaoke system and had a group of us over for a sing~a~long -- it was so much fun! 

9. A tomb of wisdom on how to live your best life with a focus on quality over quantity, The Simply Luxurious Life

Finally, here is how you can enter the giveaway for a bottle of that lovely Antica Farmacista Prosecco bubble bath.

To enter the giveaway ccomplete any, and/or all of the following steps to get your name in the hat, the more steps you take, the more times your name will be entered, please leave me comments to ensure I know what you have done:

Leave a comment on your favorite gift in this collection and who you would like to give it to.
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Please feel free to share some of your best gift ideas ~~ I'm still shopping too!! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Silver Seas Tablescape....

After a quick trip to Southern California the pressure was on, I came home and needed to get the house decorated in a day to host a spontaneous little gathering, just the impetus I needed.

With all of the time we've spent on beaches lately, I decided to do a Silver Seas theme for the holiday table, sort of a frosted fantasy look at what you might find beach combing after a winter storm.

Mr. Splendid brought home some craggy, weathered branches from the islands, 

the perfect frame work to lay down the center of the table.

White Kolache plants framed with evergreens in mercury glass pots anchor the display. 

Capiz shells replicate the lapping sea. 

White pebbles and rough crystals create a foundation. 

I filled these pale blue glasses with tea lights and beach glass, I think they'll look so pretty when they are lit and you can see the candle light through the colored glass.

Sparkly pine cone balls add depth and a little bit of earthiness to the mix.

Looks like one of my friends littered the scene with this champagne cork and basket, makes you think someone enjoyed a nice party on a passing yacht... love it!

I had silver leafed these scallop shells years ago when I did a similar scene. The pieces of driftwood are spray painted silver. 

A variety of stars add salt and sparkle.

Larger shells nestled into the spread for texture.

Here's an aerial views of the flotsam and jetsam.

I hope you are having some fun creating a little magic in your abode.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cruising Palm Beach...where to eat, shop, roam...

We had a sublime Thanksgiving with family and friends in Palm Beach. 

The truffle gratinée was a success and the PNW greenery paired beautifully with the Floridian citrus,

the sea sprayed linens and the mother~of~pearl cutlery. 

After feasting and counting our blessings we indulged in all the great things Palm Beach has to offer.

We freshened up our resort wear at C. Orrico. There are several of these shops in Florida and North Carolina, but the boutique on South County Road features a special "shrine" to Lily Pulitzer, because the building used to be her warehouse, and it is now owned and operated by family~friends of the colorful Palm Beach legend. 

Included in the above image are the gals who started the great preppy~chic clothing line called Sails to Sable. From them I bought this flattering top that I wore to the Palm Beach Grill for dinner one night. I have a feeling this silk~cotton top is going to be a top go-to item for me this holiday season. The cutaway design is very flattering for the arms, and it looks great with the gold buttons in the front or the back. I'm planning on wearing it with sequined palazzo pants one night, a black skirt on another and maybe even torn jeans with heels for a casual cocktail gathering one evening.

The Palm Beach Grill is a prime spot for dining, they offer great service and tasty all-American food cooked up in their gleaming open air kitchen. I started off with a glass of dry, yet flavorful Schramsburg Brut Rosé champagne, and their ever-famous grilled artichoke {recipe!}. These artichokes are so fabulous: after steaming, they brush them with lemon, garlic infused olive oil, and then grill them on the open flame so it is a little charred and smoky tasting, adding such great flavor and texture! They serve it with a fresh, tangy remoulade sauce for dipping. Their key lime pie is perhaps the best I have ever tasted, not too sweet, with a thick, crunchy graham crust and lots of fresh key lime flavor. The atmosphere is dark and intimate, so I couldn't take photos that would do the food justice, but if you're able to get a reservation {call well in advance, it's not easy}, I'm sure you'll see why I am raving about it. 

Another great restaurant for dinner is PB Catch, a great spot for *extremely* fresh seafood and refined dining. We don't get many lobsters out west, so I decided to go for the red... and it was the right choice, so silky, flavorful and luscious!!

Palm Beach is known for their superb consignment shops, filled with designer clothing, accessories and sometimes furniture. Even if you don't find anything that suits you, it is fascinating to study some of the fancy frocks from years gone by. I was very thankful to come across the most beautiful camel Saint John suit with a skirt and pants at my favorite shop, The Church Mouse, it fit me perfectly and had n~e~v~e~r been worn {the tag was still on}! I've always been on the fence about wearing St. John, but I loved the look and the price was ridiculous, now I'll always have something to wear to "those" lunches.  Visit with Martha for a more comprehensive write~up on The Church Mouse and many of the other consignment shops in town. 

Stopping to smell the Bougainvillea after scoring at The Church Mouse.

Via Testa, between Royal Poinciana and Sunset, off of South County Road is home to treasure trove of these shops, many of them are featured in Martha's piece, above. Right next door to the via is a great place for a healthy, casual and delicious lunch called Nick & Johnnie's. Their fish tacos are some of the best I've ever had. Stop in to enjoy classic palm beach charm with fresh cuisine -- their outdoor seating is a perfect place to share your finds and people watch and I'm told the nightlife there is pretty fun as well.

 FREE RIDE open air, eco~friendly coaches can be found in a few coastal towns across the country. Advertisers get to creatively cover the coaches and the rest of us get to ride free -- love this this concept!

Kate Spade and all of the other luxury retailers can be found along Worth Avenue.

Some of the store fronts are made of gorgeous coquina coral stone, which is also prevalent on many of the mansions and other historical buildings on the island.

A stroll along Worth is a must, in addition to top national retailers there are plenty of unique boutiques offering antiques, resort ware and things for the home. There are also many enchanting invitations to detour down the charming little vias that jut off of the main route. 

Down these via's live collections of smaller boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. I always love stopping into this one where the creative local florist Tom Mathieu resides.

A few via's down, just behind Hermés and Jimmy Choo, is my very favorite restaurant in Palm Beach, Café Via Flora. When visiting Palm Beach, I always spend a disproportionate amount of time dining, laughing and lingering in this charming little courtyard.

But can you blame me?

The food is simple but lively, most of the staff speak Italian, the Chicken Pillard is lemony and topped with a fresh arugula salad, the tomatoes are always ripe, the pinot grigio is crisp and cold, the iced cappuccinos are thick and refreshing and tiramisu is ever~tempting...

On cool evenings, the interior is a great option, cozy yet reflective with white walls, mirrors and plenty of candles.

This is the perfect little coat dress by Gretchen Scott I wore here one day. Of course, I was immediately smitten with the orange and pale blue ikat print when I saw it at C.Orrico. It's all cotton, comes with a tie~belt and is perfect for lunching, shopping, traveling, beaching and generally having fun in the sun.

And you have to love her motto.

And then, of course, there is the sea.

One can stroll for miles on this beautiful sand, collecting seashells along the way. 

Benny's on the Pier, a Lake Worth institution has just been updated with a new chef, Jeremy Hanlon, he's worked at a couple of Michelin starred restaurants in France and Italy, with Daniel B in NYC and PB and is now livening things up at this popular hang~out, located on one of the longest piers on the Atlantic, where some of the scenes from the sultry movie Body Heat were filmed.  

Our breakfast here was better than ever and they are now offering Thursday night Clambakes {fill a  bucket with your choice of the best & freshest seafood Florida has to offer, they'll throw in the corn, potatoes, onions & flavorful sauces}. Also, their incredibly salty views are now open for Happy Hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3:00 until sunset. 

On down the beach is another great place to enjoy the sunset, the Four Seasons, Palm Beach.

The only thing better than a beach spotted with orange umbrellas is one with orange and turquoise umbrellas, vero

Thanks for coming along on my Palm Beach highlights tour, I hope you enjoyed it. 

As always, feel free to contact me if you'd like more in-depth information on anything I've mentioned or have any specific questions. 

I'm very thankful for you, my readers, I always enjoy seeing your comments and feedback. 
Thank you for all of your support and interest over the years!