The Simply Luxurious Life®: Cups of Tea (4/18-4/24)  

April 25, 2010

Cups of Tea (4/18-4/24)

Sunday has arrived, and with it the last Sunday of April.   Where has the month gone?  As promised, the winner of my most recent giveaway – a handmade silk flower pin exclusively from Dulken & Derrick is being announced.

Nicole of Following Rabbits is the lovely winner of this giveaway which was sponsored by The Blue Onion Marketplace.  An enormous thank you to Michele Syre, owner of the aforementioned website who made this giveaway enjoyable and a perfect fit for my readers.  Thank you for allowing them to have a choice.  Again, congratulations to Nicole and thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and enter.  If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and visit Following Rabbits, be sure to make some.  Her blog is full of images and tales of one who thoroughly enjoys living life in New York City.  I enjoy living vicariously through her blog as I can only visit once in a great while.  Keep in mind there will most definitely be more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned.

All right, so pour your steaming cup of joe into your favorite coffee mug or bring your tea pot to a boil to prep for a lovely few looks into some fantastic posts I came across this week.  What you will find: thoughts on the material items we all seem to collect, a timely spring dessert, beautiful decor, and a thoughtful quote to wrap it up.  Enjoy having a look.


1.  How Much is Too Much?

Life Hack presented a question that most certainly gave me pause. While I am well aware that material items will not make me happy by themselves, how many does it take for our happiness to begin to dissipate? Is that even possible? Click on the header above or the image below read the author’s thoughts on this matter.



2.  Rhubarb Bars   

One of my favorite things in early spring is the appearance of my rhubarb in my garden.  My favorite dessert at the moment to make would most certainly have to be a strawberry rhubarb pie; however, these rhubarb bars posted on Cook & Eat might just give my old standby pie a run for its money.  Click on the header above or the image below to take a look at the recipe.


3. Cottage-like Decor  

Julia of Belle Vivir included on her blog this week four or five images that caught my eye due to the feel of rustic tranquility and unique individuality with regards to the choices involving the mirrors, sinks and other accessories.  These images reminded me of a magazine that is no longer in print, but I so wish it still was – Cottage Living, which was known for cozy, lived in homes with character and charm.  Click on the header above or the image below to see the rest of her compellation.


4. SATC 2 Interior Design

After some searching and digging, Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic shared more than a few images of the set on the upcoming Sex and the City 2 movie.  She goes in-depth sharing with her readers the names of products on display in each shot and shares the details that sometimes often get overlooked by the reader, but not the set designer.  I enjoyed looking through this post especially since it seemed to reveal small moments that allowed my imagination to wonder even further as to what will take place in the film.


5.  Be Grateful 

Isabelle LaFalce of Pink Lemonade Design blog coupled the photo below with a quote reminding us all to be grateful for the optimism that is brought into our lives by others. A lovely thought to end the weekend.  Also, Isabelle’s first novel Adore New York was released this past week in Canada, so why not take a look?  I know I’ll be picking up mine soon!


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

-Marcel Proust

Images: (1) - We Heart It

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At April 25, 2010 at 2:39 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

Loving the SATC interior design! and the last pic is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

And congrats to Nicole!! xx

At April 25, 2010 at 6:01 AM , Blogger Julie said...

Oh.. You are so kind and sweet to post one of my posts of this week. Thank you and what a lovely last image.

At April 25, 2010 at 6:23 AM , Anonymous Nicole said...

Thank you so very much, again, for the lovely flower and the blog mention!! =D I'll be checking my mailbox 3 times a day until it gets here. I'll be sure to blog a few photos!

xo, Nicole

At April 25, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Simply Luxurious said...

Julie - my pleasure. I genuinely loved those images. The cottage and lived in style is always something that has brought comfort in my life.

Nicole - you are sooo very welcome. I look forward to seeing your photos - what a lovely idea. =)

At April 25, 2010 at 8:06 PM , Blogger Deliciously Organized said...

The little message on the sugar packet is lovely...

love your recap here!

At April 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

your cup of teas are the best!!! love them!


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