life & style




Every kitchen needs a good set of knives. We use them every single day in our home and what a difference it makes to be working with a great high quality set of cutlery vs. whatever is lowest price. My first Laguiole purchase was a set of stainless steel steak knives and from then on I was hooked and there was no going back. Nearly every single knife that I have purchased since then has been Laguiole if I can find it. They maintain their sharpness incredibly well, they are easy to handle, the blade is designed to never rust, and they are beautiful in their utilitarian state. Each knife is handmade in France and the brand's history dates back to the 1800's. If you are patient and keep your eye open you can usually find them at Homesense (Homegoods if in the US) for a fraction of the price you would pay to order or purchase them from a kitchen store. But if you want to get your hands on some right away or you have a specific one you are looking for you can find them at the Laguiole website here or Williams Sanoma here . I imagine they will last a lifetime if cared for and they make for wonderful gifts.

Farmhouse Kitchens

10 Farm House Style Kitchens | Dering Hall

I love farm house kitchens, correction, I am head over heals in love with farm house kitchens. There is just something all together charming and humbling about them, they invite you in and encourage you to stay. They are not pretentious, nothing is too fussy, nothing too precious to use and they serve their purpose well, allowing for easy incorporation of utilitarian with beauty. Open shelves are encouraged along with the displaying of dish collections or glass jars, sinks are often large and centre stage, old blends seamlessly with new, polished material pairs with rough and aged, and islands are anything from built in to free standing. They are centerpieces of any home and definitely effortlessly classic.

Love the beams and bare windows.

The Beckwith Group

Traditional take on farmhouse, bead board detailing and double hung windows-classy

Neumann Lewis Beuchanan Architects

Love the contrast of dark counter tops, brick fireplace and warm wood beams on the ceiling against the crisp white backdrop.

I'm not big on buying a ton of new clothes every year, nor have I ever purchased a bunch of accessories, and I don't ever really buy "trendy items" I would rather have articles that I can continually use regardless of the year. As I get older one of the things I find myself doing is looking for and timeless pieces of jewelry, ones I can imagine myself or even my daughter wearing decades from now. Clothes eventually fade, wear through or just plain ol' go out of style (though I would argue that classic style has a much longer shelf life over "fad" styles, things like that comfy cozy, plain grey wool sweater will still be in style and fabulous 7 years from now). So, ok, it's a given that clothes, well, they will at some point be cast aside for "newer". Jewelery, however, is one thing (if you pick the right pieces), that can always be in style no matter how old and will last with use. The trick you ask? Simple design and good quality. They can sometimes be a bit of an investment but I see it as buying one piece that will last and never loose it's style sense vs. buying many cheaper pieces that eventually wear out, break, or go out of style Look at female fashion icons of the past and present that would fall into the category of "classic". I guarantee, they have at least one set of pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, or simple, understated pieces such as small diamond stud earrings, simple small gold hoop earrings, a minimalist gold bracelet or a small faced leather or brown band leather watch. Time-tested, simple beauty, great with any outfit, or any season type pieces.

Of the timeless jewelry finds I have come across some of my favourites are my Olivia Burton gold and tan watch, Tiffany pearl earrings and necklace, KJP single pearl necklace and (most recent addition) my simple gold COACH bracelet. I mix and match when I wear any of the pieces together or I wear them one at a time.

My classic style look abides by the "less is more" principle. For a casual day-to-day look I often pair my watch and bracelet on one wrist alone or along with my single pearl necklace or earrings (I rarely wear earrings and a necklace, it's too formal for my liking for day-to-day). When more dressed up I'll often wear one of my pearl necklaces with my pearl earrings (no bracelet, I feel it can look like a bit of jewellery overload if I wear something everywhere) . They all are so versatile in that they are easily paired with any outfit day or night and they will surely last a lifetime.

This COACH bracelet is actually supposed to be for adding charms but I don't, I love it bare with it's simplicity and clean lines and wear it as an understated piece.

I look forward to slowly adding to my collection of classic jewelry and if you are hoping to do the same or looking for a few pieces to start with, these are a great place to start.

Here are a few more classic pieces that would be a great addition to any collection, I am swooning over these olive leaf earrings from Tiffany.

This bracelet could be paired beautifully with a grouping of 1-2 more simple gold bracelets on one wrist.


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