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Friday, March 25, 2016

Packing for a week at the beach with just a carry-on... This Vermonter is going to Miami!

A week at the beach with a carry-on

Friday, September 18, 2015

25 Winter Boots to Get Excited About

Hello Vermont, I know it still feels like summer out there, but the best selection of winter boots are available now. And, if you are anything like me, you have 2 or 3 pairs of beat up frumpy, tired boots that you turn to every year when snow falls. This does not help with the winter blues. Plan ahead. Get excited about winter with fun, stylish boots like the 25 ones I found below.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What to wear to Berkleefest? Music Festival Style in Vermont.

Alessandra Ambrosio and posse at Coachella. Photo credit:
What is your summer music festival style?  Do you prefer the carefully crafted looks of Coachella or the effortless "I just got back from running/mountain biking/rock climbing" style? Or maybe you prefer the "I'm with the band" edge?  Music festivals are the perfect place to pick up ideas for looking good during Vermont summers.  High heels and high maintenance are out, just casual elegance with boho and rock vibes. 

Although there are many great music festivals in Vermont, this year I have my eyes set on Berkleefest.  Beautiful Stowe scenery at the Topnotch Resort, fresh new indie acts from the Berklee College of Music, craft beer, delicious food, a braid bar and it's FREE if you RSVP here.  (There are two dates, July 26th and August 30th, so be sure to RSVP to both.)

So, if you don't happen to be Alessandra Ambrosio or Vanessa Hudgens and need a little inspiration, here is a sneak peek at the hottest music festival styles for 2014.  Have fun browsing...and see you at Berkleefest!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE RUSTIC LADDER

Decorating with Antiques and Primitives: THE RUSTIC LADDER

A good old rustic ladder can offer many solutions to the trickiest design problems. They add height, without bulk. They can transform a blank wall into a display of your most treasured items. They can also be a household workhorse, keeping your most used items an arm's reach away.

-Attach ribbons to frames and hang from the rungs for a gorgeous wall of photos.
-Gently remove any debris from the ladder to avoid staining linens.
-Add shelves to the rungs, to display larger items.
-Choose narrow walls or empty walls to display your ladder. Walls with other tall items will compete and make your design look cluttered.
-Search salvage yards ( and flea markets ( for ladders that show their history. Splattered paint, worn wood and good construction are what give this design piece its charm.

Got a good ladder idea? Please share!