17 November 2016

Tiny Twinkle Toes

I am waaaay behind on my Christmas shopping this year. By this time in years past, I would have been about 50% done. I love to have most of my shopping done ahead of time so that I can enjoy the holiday season doing Christmas-y stuff-- baking cookies (eating cookies), listening to Christmas music, drinking cocoa or my favorite Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, staring at the twinkling lights on the tree, and catching up with friends. It really is a magical time of year if you can slow down and be in the moment rather than trying to cross things off of your to-do list frantically.

Christmas 2015

11 November 2016


There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself,
 in acts of bravery and heroism. - Alexander Hamilton

07 November 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside: Essential Toppers

One of my 2016 goals was to SIMPLIFY, as in cleaning out, donating, selling, throwing away lots of stuff including unworn clothes. I've been pretty successful at maintaining that effort and have put lots in the charity bin at the church nearby several times throughout the year. And more importantly, I haven't refilled my wardrobe with impulse buys. I am aching for some updates to the fall/winter wear though. These toppers promise warmth and fashion without breaking the bank. All of them are around $200-$250.

25 October 2016

Food, Wanderlust, Design, Fashion, Soul

It's been awhile since I've done a round up of what's caught my attention lately. So what's on my radar this week?

Williams and Sonoma Complete Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner- Although we're not even through Halloween quite yet, I'm already on to the next thing. This is brilliant-- my kind of cooking! The bird and all the fixings delivered right to your front door. Channel your inner Robin Williams from Mrs. Doubtfire, and minimize the prepping mess. Your guests will be none the wiser!

08 October 2016

SWEET P turns ONE!

Signs of fall are everywhere. The air is crisp. The leaves are changing, and darkness sets in earlier in the evening. And all of the bloggers have done posts on fall fashion and autumn decorations and of course pumpkin spice everything. That means I am waaaay behind on posting about a "summer" themed first birthday party and Sweet P's 12 month update!

19 September 2016

Too Good to Miss: Le Creuset Giveaway

Quick check in to let you know that one of my favorite blogs, Waiting on Martha, has a super giveaway happening now! Mandy and Kat from WOM styled a Spanish themed dinner with Le Creuset, and they're giving away a 16 piece Le Creuset set in the color of your choice. So head on over and enter the giveaway!

We're huge fans of Le Creuset here at Casa DeSantis...Rather I should say that the Sailor is a huge fan of it for its functionality. I am a huge fan for the pop of color that the flame adds to our kitchen-- We have the tea kettle, mugs, bowls, stock pot, au gratin serving dish, Dutch Oven, the utensil holder...you get the idea. Oh, and we had to stop at the new Le Creuset outlet this weekend in Lake George to pick up a (replacement) spoon rest (oops). I could have spent hours in that store!

In addition to the flame, we also have a couple of other random Le Creuset pieces we've acquired in different colors over the years. As much as I still love the bold orange that we selected for our set six plus years after we added it to our wedding registry, my design sensibilities have matured over the years. (Thank goodness my mom talked me out of getting an orange Kitchen Aid mixer!) There's no doubt about it-- Orange or "flame" is a commitment. It's a winner for autumn and looks seasonally appropriate sitting on the stovetop or counter during the fall. But such a bright color can be a little overpowering at times. 

Since we got most of our pieces, Le Creuset has come out with some other really pretty colors  that are more sophisticated and subdued than flame. The blues really caught my eye-- Ink and Coastal are beautiful,  and the new Matte Cashmere...now that color would match just about any kitchen decor perfectly! 


Matte Cashmere

What color would you choose?