Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's Sunday !!!

the Sunday before Christmas,
& even though I would much like to do this

it's simply not gonna happen !

dinner tonight with the usual group at the low-end Tex-Mex joint,
before that many packages to wrap
(oh I know, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!)

a couple of last minute gifts to find somewhere,
and as much as I adore online shopping (& I do ADORE it!)
there's a chance that the gifts ordered won't arrive in time.
no matter what.

going to visit one of my girlfriends at the cemetery because I'm going out out of town
for the actual holiday, but I want to send her a Christmas hug before I go.
somehow, standing there beside her grave site, thinking of all the things we did
is such an evocative feeling for me.
she passed from congestive heart failure in 2005,
but there is not one day I don't think of her, mostly with much love & laughter
as the memories are wonderful.

along with my grandmother, MOM-MOM, she was one of my true inspirations
in life.
she never said an unkind thing about anyone,
even though there were plenty of things to say.
she had the best posture,
she always always looked beautiful, without trying,
& she was my daughter's God-Mother.

my doggies and I have already been for a long walk,
they are on a tandem lease because there is no way any of us could manage
with individual leashes as they are not well-trained to walk this way.
& just imagine the criss-crossing, leg tangling, etc.

it's crisp & cool here, but overcast & gray,
very much a Houston winter.

everyone fashionable has broken out the boots though we do not need them!

all the women are in tights with boots and big fluffy jackets or vests,
& I want you to know that in the last 3 days I've seen 3 women
with very high end handbags,
one at the post office at 9:00AM, with a huge Valentino,
another in the boutique, with a giant Saffiano leather dark tan "Sugar" Givenchy,
& finally a beautiful Celine, the iconic one.

of them all,  the Valentino was the most beautiful,
with the large shiny brass plate inscribed with the designer's name.
no one does not notice.
& this tiny Japanese young woman was head-to-toe designer duds,
not couture, but high-end designer,
at the post office!

I think I had on sweats.


11 days to Christmas…. by dewollewei on Flickr.

the above is a Christmas card to all of you, 
but especially for Pamela Terry & Edward
(fyi Edward is a dog just like this one).



Saturday, December 20, 2014

So Completely Wonderful....


Katie Rodgers
via Katie Rodgers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wondering What to Wear to the Next Gala ?

I thought so...& with Departures contribution from their
recent publication,
may I present the following ideas for your consideration...

Valentino, $16,900

Zac Posen, $12,990

Marchesa on left, $8,950
Rochas on right, $2,250

Dennis Basso, short dress, $ 7,500
Badgley Mischka $ 8,990

(don't ask)

Carolina Herrera on right $6,990
Emilio Pucci on left
jacket $ 3,990
blouse $ 1,390
trousers $ 2,250

Lanvin $5,990

Dolce & Gabbana, top & skirt $ 8,995

Vera Wang Bride, $8,940
Tom Ford, Smoking $6,500

I haven't included the prices of the fine jewelry because I know you have your own,
and don't need a thing.

which one do you like?

which one would you wear?

& remember it's Christmas-time,
dreams do come true!

love to all of you guys,


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pals & Perfection


Is this love by Tadej Pekolj -

model, Fia Ljungstrom


I just love people who are open-minded. 
People who just vibe with whatever you talk about. 
You can talk about anything and everything.

stretch bracelets of turquoise, rose quartz, gold metal beads
coming soon to Splenderosa, Spring 2015
special order only
we can add/substitute other materials at the buyer's request

Happy Holidays, darling friends

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The "Tina" Italian Leather Handbags - Now 50% OFF

also available in 

this beautiful bag is ON SALE!

only for Splenderosa readers.

click HERE for all details

was $325.00
now $162.50



first come
first served
a limited quantity of each color

email us
& specify COLOR

we will send you a PayPal invoice
or you may ask us to telephone you so you may give us your
credit card by phone, all major cards accepted.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays


A White Paper Report

as we are all racing around, with Christmas on the horizon & then the
New Year chiming in, I wanted to tell each of you how much I appreciate your continued
each time I receive your comments I think how much better my world is
because of blogging.

Happy Holidays to each of you, my friends !!!

& now
an article about 
by Tony Glenville, Journalist & Creative Director of London College of Fashion,
which appeared in 'NOW FASHION'



Elie Saab Haute Couture - Backstage

What is true luxury in fashion today?
Is it something you don’t need, a frivolous thing, thus a luxury? Is it something ridiculously expensive which flashes “I am so rich I can afford this”? Or is it, as it is in my book, simply the pinnacle of perfection?
In recent seasons fashion has fastened onto two key trends: Minimalism and simplicity, as exemplified by Phoebe Philo at Celine, and Normacore, which is fashion based around clothing basics and “normal” dressing.
Although “trends” in both cases, they actually have a closer affinity to luxury than, in many ways, do high end designer and label fashion or the hot fashion “must have” look of the moment.
True luxury NEVER shouts or declares its presence; true luxury whispers. True luxury is never overstated. In design terms, tiny details mark out luxury from the everyday –in the basic or the essential, the classic or a sparingly minimal design.

But luxury is not limited to clothing.
Take, for example, an invitation to an event, and simply evaluate all the elements.
Hand delivered of course, the rustling tissue lining to the thick heavy envelope. The way the envelope is sealed: hopefully with wax and a crest. The thickness of the card it contains, possibly gold edged. The slight creaminess of its white hue, the surface texture of the paper, the Nicholas Ouchenir calligraphy spelling out your name, the discrete location of the event. The limited number of invitations you know have been sent out. All these things can indicate luxury on one simple item.
Attention to every element of the finished invitation has been examined; no detail is too small not to be scrutinized.
Above all luxury has to take time. Time, which itself is a luxury, since you cannot rush or take shortcuts for quality.
In fashion terms this means the touch of the fabric, the discretion of the color, the hand stitching. Buttons can make or ruin a garment and the quality of the lining or the way a zip is inserted are not just elements in the construction of a piece. For the luxury fashion connoisseur they are vital elements leading to a purchase. The pitch of a collar is as important as the shade of camel for the season, the angle of a pocket flap in relation to the positioning of the buttons is as considered as is the entire garment’s proportion. The hand embroidered loop for the hook at the top of the zip closure is luxury in miniature, just as the hand sewn button holes on a suit cuff, which are fully functional, are a sign of attention to detail.
The backbone of luxury is mainly established through houses whose integrity of design, fabric and production is consistent and enduring. Heritage and establishment are the rock solid foundation for many luxury names across the globe; Locke & Co, Swaine Adney Brigg, Chaumet, TrussardiBrunello Cucinelli, Lodenfrey, Loro Piano, FerragamoRoger VivierBallyHermes, Moynat, Brioni, Henry Poole, Falke, Dunhill, and others cover many requirements for the luxury world from tiara to umbrella, from sweater to suit.
Labels are rarely featured, since only other luxury cognoscenti will recognize the workmanship, craft and style. Seasons slowly merge into each other, silhouettes and shapes evolve through extraordinary technical developments, and often the designs from the archive are mined, proving their quality and staying power.

In all this, luxury is also clearly linked to Made to Measure for men and Haute Couture for women.
The luxury of a shirt tailored to fit perfectly with a collar, which does not choke or hang loose; sleeves exactly the correct length to show exactly the correct amount of cuff -- Charvet will provide such a shirt.
Such made to measure shirts and suits tailored to discretely balance the wearer’s shoulders or slim his waist are why bespoke not only continues but indeed flourishes in these days of technology; the gym alone cannot correct every physical defect for a man.
The perfection of a bespoke suit -- which enhances where it should enhance and disguise where it should disguise -- is as inestimable as couture is for any woman -- as the ateliers which are constantly buzzing at Chanel Haute Couture bear witness to.
Clients will tell you that even surgery cannot give you a longer neck or more delicate hands, but a couturier’s skill with adjusting a collar or flaring a sleeve to within a millimeter can create illusions a magician would be proud of. The off the peg strapless dress which never quite fits because one size is too big and the other too small, and somehow the alterations in store didn’t work; the suit jacket which seems to button precisely across the owner’s paunch -- luxury customers know nothing of this, since the minute adjustments and the crafts peoples’ approach to all this is simply: we will deal with it, and it will be perfect.
Luxury is the soul of discretion; if the clothes whisper, the teams of luxury artisans and the vendeuse, fitter or salesman remain silent. The conspiracy between those who buy luxury and those who enable them to purchase it is a knowing smile about the lips and a small bow. Thank you, Sir.
Finally, it is important above all to remember that luxury is possibly the most sustainable element within “fashion” because it is outside fads and fancies and never goes out of fashion. It is made to last a lifetime, and the after care is exemplary due to the enduring relationship between the client, the company and the product.
Even after the owner’s death, the luxury piece can either be bequeathed to the family or auctioned for more than it originally cost.
Luxury is eco and investment in one perfect whispering beautiful heirloom package.

for me, this article tells the entire story of the classification of
Luxury Products
which is a huge segment of the world market.


Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Definitely WORTH the Trouble

but, first a note:
50% off merchandise in my shop
IF it is still available.

see previous post for details,
just scroll down to find it.

most of you know I don't cook often any more,
so I definitely do not bake often..
however, there are a couple of parties I'm attending where it's required that guests
bring a plate/pot/dish of something wonderful.

in searching around the internet I came across this 
absolutely delightful cookie recipe,
& not only is it beautiful to look at, 


Rosewater Shortbread

& because I didn't do a thing except follow directions
I'm giving full credit to
101 Cookbooks
found HERE

if you have time & the desire or the occasion to make these little beauties
please read through her entire post as she gives many little details which
make or break this recipe.

I followed her suggestions down to the finest detail, even getting her
same rosewater.

I'm shopping for my little grandchildren and was told this morning that
Sheriff, who will be 7 in January, wants a Bell "Stoker" Lime Green or Black
Bicycle Helmet.

Archer told me she wants a tea service for the little kitchen I got her a couple of years ago.
a tea service? !!

wonderful, isn't it ?

bells are ringing.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

In The Shop

for our readers/followers only


>Emillio Pucci - Backstage
  I am offering a very special deal...

if you're still shopping 
(or you want something for yourself   :)'s  )

hop over to my website shop,
reached via the Shop Splenderosa up top right,

find what you wish to purchase & send us an email telling us what it is & a photo
if you can copy & paste..

select Italian Leather Handbags
& most other items are
50% OFF
only for my readers !!

how's that?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Let's Make a Deal

to my readers I am offering a very special deal...

if you're still shopping 
(or you want something for yourself :)'s)

hop over to my website shop,
reached via the Shop Splenderosa up top right,

find what you wish to purchase & send us an email telling us what it is & a photo
if you can copy & paste..

select Italian Leather Handbags
& most other items are

50% OFF

only for my readers !!

how's that?


Friday, December 12, 2014

Deck The Halls....

how about a completely new & wild twist to a

are these things just simply beautiful?

& yes, they absolutely are !!

made with unusual plants, seed pods, etc.
& brought to you by the cute little
magazine Pith & Vigor

I'm in love with this one below
& could easily set out to make it this afternoon,
it calls out for my creative instincts to take over.

would you like something like this?

wreath by @hermeticaflowers
or, perhaps, this one?
holiay wreath by @twigandtwine via
the suggestion with the one above is that all wreaths do not have to be round.

I kinda like that idea, it's still an enclosed space, albeit not exactly a structured circle,
but I think it'll do for certain.

holiday cover

Happy Holidays, everyone !!!
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