It’s a rainy and blustery Sunday, flower petals are whirling, dancing along the window pane as raindrops fall. It’s cosy here, the scent of vanilla and sandalwood lingers from the candlelight, and here, under a fur blanket, dreams of love and happiness fill my mind . . . Wishing you a beautiful day wherever you are.

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In light of recent events going on internationally, I thought that today, a collection of inspirational quotes would be fitting for our spirits. . . Love one another, life is so short.

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.”

–Mark Twain

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

-Roald Dahl

“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”

-Anne Frank

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

–Maya Angelou

“Only in the darkness, you are able to see the stars.”

-Martin Luther King

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. . . overcast, and the ground, laden with mist and raindrops, winters full furry has hit our city, and despite secretly hoping that it would last as long as possible [before the heat of summer abounds]…  I am lovingly embracing the luxury of cashmere with soft leather elbow patches, tights, knee-high socks, leather boots and throw blankets so soft, it’s a taste of heaven.  Soft candlelight on rainy afternoons and the stillness of dark, early mornings . . .

There is no doubt, this is my favorite time of year.  No matter the chaos, take a moment to be truly grateful for all that you have and everything that makes you smile. I am feeling so grateful, life is beautiful. And life is short.  Live it to the fullest, enjoying every beautiful moment that you possibly can. xo

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
– Lewis Carroll

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I don’t do resolutions.  Ever.  In fact this would be my first real attempt in 10 years.  So, in honor of that fact, I am going all out.  I am going to write out my resolutions on paper, frame them (great idea Lauren) and place them in a spot where I can revisit them everyday. Having that constant visual reminder will serve to remind me to stick to my goals throughout the year. Wanna do this together? Answer the below questions and let’s make 2105 the best year yet!

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What are your 2015 New Year’s resolutions? Id love to hear them!! I am going to keep most of mine private, but one I’ll share, is that I plan to do more blogging on a regular basis.  It is something that I really enjoy doing, it is like my journal. Sometimes it is so much work (and I tend to be a perfectionist) that it falls to the bottom of my to-do list.  This year I am committing to 3 posts per week.  I think that is do-able!  Please help me with this by encouraging me with your comments, emails, and suggestions.  They mean the world to me.  What would you like to see more of? Less of? What are some of your favorite posts or things, places, etc… that  you would like to learn about? I am open to suggestions.

Wishing you all a great year, let’s make it one to remember!

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I held a Jewel in my fingers —
And went to sleep —
The day was warm,
I said “‘Twill keep” –

I woke — and chid my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone –all beauty too
And now, a remembrance
Tis all I own — broken pieces, all alone

Emily Dickinson

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Time seems to be flying by at lightening speed, but after the champagne & sparklers and plans & dreams, and especially after a few days away with family and some play, it’s back to business and so lovely to be working FIVE weddings this week!!  I hope that you had a beautiful holiday.  I can not wait to see what this new year will bring . . .

It is nearly unimaginable how we could have already arrived at this, the very first post of the new year.   Wrapping up what has been, in so many ways, an extraordinary year…  And while the past weeks and months [especially the last few] are, at this moment, but a blur, filled with times of joy, love, sadly –some heartbreak, but still — impossibly beautiful moments. And on New Years Eve, before the champagne and midnight kisses, I took a moment to be truly reflective and thankful for all that I have and all that 2015 is going to bring. God is good.

“i know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”

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Wishing you — whatever dreams that are yours for the new year, for tonight and forever, moments of adventure and magic, love and more beauty than your heart could possibly contain . . .

xo Katy

There is a magical place, where true sophistication and beauty abounds, poetry is written, couture fashion is created and for many – dreams become reality. It is like no place on earth.  It was once suggested, that one can not know true sophistication without spending some time in Paris. . . Although it was put a bit more bluntly… “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” -Honoré de Balzac.  Now, of course I don’t believe that, but I will say… You can’t escape its beauty or its past, and yet what’s so wonderful about Paris is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it creates this juxtaposition of style that is gorgeously unique.   And while the city can be overly romanticized by us Americans (guilty,) there is still no question… it is a breathtaking place, frozen in time, capturing the essence of glamour and romance.

I spent some time there years ago, but don’t think that I fully took it all in, perhaps, that is why I write about it so often… Paris and I have some unfinished business!  So, for today – Tuesday, take a walk with me…. leave any stressful thoughts on a shelf and lets enjoy some time in the magical city of lights.

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“But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.”

-Ernest Hemingway

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