Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Club November 2014

I am not sure how it happened, but I haven't shared our last few book club reads.  So I am very happy to be back and to let you know about our latest book.  For November we read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I chose the book and was excited to read it. It is a beautifully written story that is very descriptive, but it did not hold my attention. I really enjoyed the beginning and then the middle just kept gong and going...slowly.  I finally had to skip forward and read the last six chapters. I caught up with the characters and did not feel like I missed anything by skipping the middle of the book.

All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 I was not alone in my thoughts about the book.  In our group, one person loved the book and two others agreed with me.  Several others were still trying to get through the book.  I am sorry to say that on a whole it was not a favorite.


If you would like some other book recommendations, I have listed all our book club choices here.




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's New at Coach

I haven't taken a spin around Coach in quite some time, but when I recently saw one of their ads in a magazine, I thought I should go take a look.  They have some really edgy new styles, lots of short leather skirts and what I was just talking about...a tie neck blouse (pictured below).  What caught my eye was the Dakotah flap cross body bag that comes in two sizes. It is groovy and cool.  While I would probably not buy the red bag, it is in the traditional Coach red that marries their traditional roots to their new modern take on the brand.  I like how the brand has stayed true to its history but been brought forward to meet the times.  What do you think??

Dakotah flap cross body | Coach



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Look-alikes: tie neck silk blouse

To this day I remember when my Mother bought a fabulous Yves Saint Laurent silk blouse that tied at the neck.  It was a big purchase and she was so chic when she wore it. I loved how it looked and it made me buy a similar style blouse a few years ago.  The one I got is black and the neck is lower, but it has the same soft long ties.  I love wearing it alone and especially under a blazer, where the bow adds a soft feminine touch.  I was happy to see that there are similar blouses available and I plan on getting another one to add to my wardrobe.  This time I think I am going to splurge and go for the more expensive one in ivory. I know I will wear it all the time.  Thanks Mom for the inspiration!

Lookalikes: tie neck silk blouse | Ridgely's Radar
lust: Brooks Brothers  vs. must: Ann Taylor




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this weekend we felt how close it was when we went to our local Fairway supermarket.  The parking lot was packed, not a space available, and the store was filled with all the trappings of the holiday. For my Thanksgiving table, I bought the silver birds, the bigger ones at Joss & Main and the smaller ones at Goodwill last year, and have been excited to use them.  I found the fabric for the tablecloth at Elephants Trunk Flea Market and then my best friend Christine came over to help me arrange fresh greens from her garden with pine cones and feathers. I cannot remember how it started, but we have always played BINGO at the end of dinner and it has been a perfect way to keep the kids at the table longer because they anticipate rolling the ball wheel and winning some money.   If you are considering buying a BINGO game,  I linked the kind we have below, you really need to get the clear slide cards (get extra cards so you can play more than one card!) because they are much easier to use than the cards/ discs included with the set.

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (1) |Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (2) |Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (3) |Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (4) |Ridgely's Radar 

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (5) |Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (6) |Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Thanksgiving (7) |Ridgely's Radar
to buy:  Juliska Berry & Thread Dinner Plates  /  Juliska Le Panier Charger  / Juliska Leather Napkin Rings  /  Pheasants similar here  and here  /  Metal Frame Cage Wooden Bingo Game Set  / Bingo Shutter Slide Cards


How to play BINGO:  We do $1 per card/game (some players like to play more than one card) and the winner wins the pot.  In our house the parents pay for the kids ;-)







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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tiny Prints: Photo Holiday Cards

I know the first Christmas cards will start arriving the day after Thanksgiving at my house (I have very organized friends!) and I am nowhere ready with mine.  Luckily, for the rest of us, who are just now thinking about pulling together our family photos, Tiny Prints is having a 30% off sitewide sale and free shipping.  And when I did a quick look around they have so many new options, from laser cut edges to fun patterned envelopes and different colors to choose from.  I have no excuses now...

Tiny Prints Photo Holiday Cards (1)

Tiny Prints Photo Holiday Cards (2)



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Friday, November 14, 2014

More Brown Boots...

One of my favorite things to do is to respond to requests from my readers. So for today's post, I am answering Shelley's tweet to me after she saw this post .  She asked me for my recommendations for flat boots.  Being that twitter is 130 characters or less, I did not get many more details than just that...flat boots.  So I put together some options in both knee high and ankle style boots.  I picked all brown as my original post was about brown boots, but they all come in black if that is your preference.  The problem with doing these searches and coming up with my favorites is that it makes me want a new pair of boots!  Shelley, I hope I got something that you like, if not send me a tweet and I will work up another round of boots.  And yes, to answer your second request, coming soon will be my round up of snow boots. For all readers, please let me know if you are looking for something and I would be happy to a see if I can find it for you.  Happy Shopping!

knee high flat brown boots | Ridgely's Radar
tall boots: 1. SJP Kelly Knee High  /  2. Sam Edelman Penny  /  3. Cole Haan Arlington  /  4. Frye Abigail  /  5. Franco Sarto Cricket



ankle flat brown boots | Ridgely's Radar





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