Chignons, Sofia, and Gratitude

The Side Chignon

Isn’t she da da dazzling?

I found her this afternoon
while surfing the net for the perfect
chignon and practicing the style
in hopes I can wear a pretty one in Paris.
2.5 days, ladies and gents.

That glorious red mane reminded me of my
gorgeous niece Sofia who borrowed my
Go Ask Alice mini dress for this shoot
I did of her in Arizona a few weeks back.

Sofi is 50% Italian with a luxurious flaming
head of hair and a special talent for modeling.

Doesn’t this have an old world feel?
If I could paint such beauty, I would.

For now I will stick to abstracts.

Monika of Splendid Willow lovely
shared this painting by me
she recently framed, and seeing her post
warmed my heart and awakened my senses
once again to the beauty of white.

This is another piece by me on her spicy wall.

Merci, Mon.

(This friend and Ewa have been super busy with

their fabulous shop offering a giveaway not to be missed!)

And what a sweet sweet send-off
Jeanne of I Dream Of dreamed up
in her post about Paris–what a kind
au revoir, you lovely blogger.

Jeanne’s illustration.

And a very special thank you to my friend

Debra of Acquired Objects who felt

compelled to gift me with

something she knows I


antlers shed on her property!

You shouldn’t have, Deb!
I am so glad you did though!

They are huge and the most beautiful
mahoganywonderful ones you have ever seen.

I love them on our mantel with this old
French bread board and some new
wooden candlesticks.

I am humbled by so much generosity,
and I appreciate every single one of
you who reads me.

*a virtual double air kiss + a caramel macaron*

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. October 11, 2012 / 4:07 am

    Your niece does have an old world look for her and such an ease about her in front of the camera. Lovely paintings!

  2. October 11, 2012 / 5:39 am

    What a pretty post,
    love the ruffled dress of your niece
    and the hairstyle of them both are lovely.

  3. October 11, 2012 / 5:41 am

    Merci, merci for the sweet shout out, my friend. I'm wishing you the most wonderful of adventures and know that every day will be pure Paris magic. Have fun!
    Bisous to you!
    PS The paintings look fantastic and your niece is so lovely!

  4. October 11, 2012 / 10:15 am

    I love your antlers Michele! How sweet of Debra…and loved Jeannes post and Mon has the golden touch to all she does. Bloggers are indeed a special bunch. If I didnt' like you so much I would say i am super jealous of your jaunt to Paris but instead I am sooo happy for you and imagine autumn in Paris is fabulous and magical. I know you are going to have an amazing time, but just be sure to come back!! We need our "Michele fix" on a daily basis, happy packing!

  5. October 11, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    You are a very fortunate and love lady, Michele. Thank you for sharing these beautiful gifts.
    Happy Thursday.

  6. October 11, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    spoiled rotten i am. and rich in love and friendship!


  7. October 11, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    What I wouldn't give to have a head of red hair like your niece it's beautiful just like her. I love your paintings and need a few for my home they look fabulous in Mons place. You're very welcome for the antlers but thank the deer we only picked them up. They look really nice on your mantel and now think I'll let the husband bring his inside but NO MOOSE JAW!…;) Enjoy your trip Michele and I know you will and I can't wait to hear everything you did!


  8. October 11, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    How sweet of Debra… Love her home and visiting her blog. Your nieces hair is beautiful, the perfect red. I also love your paintings. They look perfect there.

  9. October 11, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Your niece is just gorgeous Michele. How we would ALL love her hair! Such wonderful gifts you've received! The antlers look perfect on the mantel 🙂


  10. October 11, 2012 / 5:07 pm

    Sofia is beautiful!!! She does have a romantic, old world look. But fresh at the same time. Love the antlers from Debra on your mantel. Pretty awesome!

  11. October 11, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Blogging friends have brought a whole new layer of sisterhood to my life…sounds like the same is true for you! What a wonderful post. Your neice is beautiful – we also have a red head – they are so special!

  12. October 11, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    Sophia's hair is a gorgeous color, This is the same color as my middle son's hair, although it has gotten darker with age,but when in the sunlight you can still see copper threads, Love it!! Only 2 more days, Squeeeeeel!! I am beside myself with excitement for YOU!!! I can not wait to hear about and see Paris through your eyes!!
    Au revoir my beautiful friend,
    xo Kathysue

  13. October 11, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Beautiful woman, beautiful niece, beautiful antlers, beautiful paintings… and beautiful dress!!! Every day i think of your Paris trip, and know you are one day closer…!


  14. October 11, 2012 / 11:51 pm

    If you and your friend get your fill of antlers you can send some my way! I love them and don't have nearly enough!

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  16. October 12, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Really lovely images, your niece is adorable! I love rustic mantles at this time of year as well!
    We are finding antlers all the time in our yard, they are great for display!
    Have a great weekend!

  17. October 12, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    What an adorable little girl, her hair is goregous too. I love your painting, and though I have never personally done a chignon I do think they are very elegant.

  18. October 13, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    I absolutely love your niece. She is gorgeous no doubt, but she is more. Glamorous I'd say. She would grow up to be a great model.
    And ooo…Paris Mich! Think of me when you are near Eiffel Tower and pretty alleys. Would you? Always wanted to go there

  19. October 14, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Such a beautiful little girl. Love her freckles.
    Such an inspirational round up:)

  20. October 16, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Your niece is so cute! I love her freckles and the pretty dress she was wearing. Have a wonderful time in France…lucky you!

  21. October 16, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    your niece is simply stunning–love those photos of her! Lucky you to have a fab post from Jeannie the perfect send off for your trip!

  22. October 17, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Love those photos
    of lovely Sofi!!!

    Know you will rock
    that chignon. I wish
    my hair was long enough
    to wear that style.

  23. October 17, 2012 / 2:13 am

    Whoops….hit publish
    too soon. Wanted to
    wish you a BIG and happy
    Bon Voyage, sweet friend!

    xo Suzanne

  24. October 17, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time, Michele – I haven't been to France for a little while (too long!!) but I LOVE it when we're there.

    And, yes, that girl is gorgeous – but I actually think your neice is gorgeouser!


  25. October 18, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Oh, sweetie.. I didn't know you're in Paris!!! How wonderful, M!

    I'm so happy for you and I hope you have an amazing time there!

    I can't wait to see your perceptive of Paris through your lens… 🙂

    Love ya (U know I do!) 🙂


    Luciane at

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