ZING!

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Don’t get me wrong.

It’s not that I don’t love the whole GREY/BEIGE/GREIGE  thaing that’s swept through the global design community and settled upon us like a tasteful, gunmetal scrim…

but right now, with it being summer and all, I’m feeling much more of a

ZING!!!

in my heart.

I want to bring all this lovely colour and light into my home for these long summer dayz…

How about you?

Come, let’s listen to cool new music and get  some  Zingy  inspiration together!

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“Golden Light” by TwinShadow


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“Aurora” crystal via http://www.theresienthal.de

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Melodious Cacophony 

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..Anyone can throw together a bright & charming splash of summer flowers in a simple mason jar

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The Moroccan sensibility is perfect for creating a colourful yet chic ambience

Have you seen Maryam Montague’s new book;

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It’s full of fun ideas, and you may also read her blog HERE

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A modern take on the traditional Suzani pattern

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C’est Moi!

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.Often simple is best!

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Kallianthi Fabrics

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Roche Bobois  (Also having a sale right now)

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Art by Kathe Fraga- explore HERE

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via Remodelista

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Love this tunic!.

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Dior Summer 2012.

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My new Pottery Barn (on sale now!) cushions make me and my porch very happy

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Sherbet colours

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…and then the Jewelry Fairy came and put a Tamara Comolli  bracelet under all our pillows!

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Tanja Lippert

Exuberent! Exhuberant  Exhuberent  #@$%^%^&#

FULL OF JOY!!

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Have a Zingy Weekend

xoxo

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Turquoise Tuesday

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Greece

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Are you familiar with the saying “Took the wind right out of my sails”??  Ya- well, that’s exactly what just happened to me.  Major.  I was going along my merry little way (I’m not a fast person), compiling this post about my very favourite summertime colour, when what do I discover?  HELLLO There is an entire blog devoted exclusively to the colour Turquoise.  You heard me.  What’s that you say? You already knew??  Thanks for telling moi.  It’s a really nice blog too. What  EVER. I’m not going to share the link with you until the end of my post, because I don’t want you running off like that.  You have to look at my pictures first.

Stop it!  Get back here- I saw you peeking!

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India

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Bora Bora

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(For more photos from Bora Bora click here  Yes, it Really IS This Colour)

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The Blue Lagoon

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The new Madeleine Castaing Book (Queen of mixing it up and the leopard print)  Release date October 2010

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The Havisu Falls at the bottom of The Grand Canyon

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via House Beautiful

 

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Matteo Thun for Water Jewels for Vitra

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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House Beautiful


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WISH LIST ALERT!!

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Tamara Comolli Jewelry  (Click here)

 

Long time readers already know I’m a major major fan of Tamara Comolli’s  jewelry- it’s flipping gorgeous!  Look at these tasty morsels.  Are you familiar with Paraiba Tourmalines? They are the one of the brightest stones I have ever seen- ranging from bluey-greeny-turquoisy-heavenly. Truly, the MOST DIVINE colour you could ever imagine for summer. A friend of mine has a pair of Paraiba earrings and they are cuh-razy beautiful.  I almost can’t like her when she wears them.

 

Nars Burn It Blue duo eye-shadow

Hey- Maybe if I wear this eye shadow…I’ll get the Paraiba effect.

(Is that the saddest thing I’ve ever said?)

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Coles Bay, Tasmania

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Tamara Comolli Turquoise bracelets

Another friend  has one of these bracelets- I’ve never seen turquoise look this chic. It’s BIG- I wish I had a photo of it on her wrist . So gorgeous with a bit of a tan!

Tamara Comolli the jewelry designer

(here actually, you can see the size of the bracelets)

If you happen to be in South Hampton, visit Tamara’s shop!

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St. Thomas, Grenadine Islands

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Bodum Carafe

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Nars Blue Lagoon, Zoya Robyn, Sephora Electric Blue, O.P.I. Room For Blues

(via All Laquered Up, MTVstyle)

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Tetris sofa by Ligne Rose

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Ippolita ring

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Not a page turner, but rather the perfect kind of book to read a chapter at a time.

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Hmmm….let’s say this is from Martha Stewart. Cause if it was and I didn’t credit it properly, That could be scary.

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OK, NOW YOU CAN LOOK;

House of Turquoise.com  Click Here

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Where she gets all the turquoise interiors photos  to post that often I don’t know…cause this post took me about 7 years.

Night All

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Talk Soon!

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BRRRR! ICEBERGS, BOOKS & BAUBLES

.A friend sent me these photos of striped icebergs a few days ago and I thought I would share them as I think they are so beautiful.  Nature never ceases to surprise, delight and often humble us with it’s beauty and force.

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Photos uncredited

STRIPED ICEBERGS

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.


Slim Photo Spicy Unna Soaps.

Unna & Co. soaps click here


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.The GLA-55 Harman Kardon Speakers with the Iceberg Casing  $999

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The icebergs brought to mind  Alfred Lansing’s book Endurance, which I read a few years ago with great enjoyment.

“Ernest Shackleton defined heroism in 1915 when his ship, the Endurance, was trapped in ice and then destroyed on its way to Antarctica. This tense week-by-week, month-by-month reconstruction charts the incredible journey undertaken by his crew of 27 men through 850 miles of the southern Atlantic’s heaviest seas.”Publisher

This is seriously one of the best non-fiction adventure books I’ve ever read.  You’ll marvel at the phenomenal will and spirit of Ernest Shackleton.  You will be humbled by the fortitude and courage of this man and his entire crew.  Lastly, and most importantly, you will be so happy and thankful to be nestled in your nice cozy, dare I suggest flannel sheets while reading the incredible account of these poor fellows who were reduced to sleeping in soaking wet, slimy, rotten seal skin sleeping bags for months…in total darkness (and I get cranky if my pillowcase fold comes undone!)  Did I mention their jammies were wet wool?  WET WOOL! This unbelievable story is a true inspiration.

.Thinking of those gnarly seal sleeping bags reminded me of the two ice hotels I’ve been keeping an eye on for awhile.  One, ICEHOTEL (how did they come up with the name?!) is just outside of Sweden and the other, Hotel de Glace (there they go again) is in Quebec.  I believe there might also be one in Northern British Columbia. The hotels are entirely made of ice.

Here you sleep on a bed constructed of ice blocks layered in reindeer hides and fur.   The bar is ice, your glass of vodka is carved from ice (which begs the question- do they still put ice in the drinks?)  I also wonder how the showers and bathrooms work.  Or would you, COULD you even shower there?? Oh wow…I think I just talked myself out of it.  God bless the Shackleton Expedition!

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Photos from Hotel de Glace and The Ice Hotel

Glacier pillow from Conran

A few years ago we were lucky enough to take our boys on an Alaskan cruise and experience glaciers and icebergs (and Bingo!) firsthand.  Our younger son loved it because he could roam the ship freely without a chaperone and order as many  poolside slushies as he wanted with his “credit card” (Student Loans have nothing on him).  Our older son loved it because, well, he loves everything and I loved it because besides the Bingo I  got to attend a lecture on what to do if you get attacked by a bear.  The important thing is you must react very differently depending on whether  the bear is brown or black.  One you play dead and one you fight and scream like hell and try to punch them in the nose.  The sad part is I can’t remember which is which, so I guess if it ever happens I’ll play dead first and if that isn’t working I’ll know…wrong colour.

More studying, less Bingo.

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Iceberg (glacier? and what’s the difference again?!) in Alaska

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This I know is a glacier because I had to take a scary helicopter to stand on it and yes, the colour really is that turquoise

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Tamara Comolli is a jewelry designer I met in Greece over the summer who is as beautiful as she is talented .  She has several shops dotted all over Europe, as well as Asia, and Stateside in Florida and Southhampton, NY.  Select Neiman Marcus stores carry Tamara’s divine collection as well.  Tamara describes her style as luxuriously casual.  I find it simply chic and fun and of course it was impossible to resist the glacier connection here.  I adore these icy cool aquamarines!  To see more of Tamara’s collection click here. 

 

Lastly, my mother sent me this-Nature bringing a smile…in a week where she hasn’t been so kind in other parts of the world.

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Photos by Norbert Rosing

OK, really lastly, I know this isn’t a pretty photo, but I took it from the helicopter on the way to the glacier-doesn’t it look like a flying dragon carrying some sort of cartoon character by the arm, in it’s claw?  Just me?  Please tell me you see it.

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