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11 Questions For MCLV

I thought that a little personal post might be a nice change of pace as all of the fashion madness is winding down so I decided to steal Miss Holly Would If She Could‘s 11 Questions//11 Answers so you can all get to know me a little better. Without further ado, here are 11 Questions answered by Moi.

[1.] Two TV Shows You Watch Every Week?

[Time Out] Okay, I feel like I should preface this little exercise by saying that I am incredibly boring during the week because I wake up at 4am every morning, which makes “school night” activities virtually impossible. Completely impossible actually. [Time In]

I don’t regularly watch TV during the week and time on weekends that’s spent in front of a television set is probably for movie night. That being said there are a few shows that I will catch up on with Netflix rentals after the fact, including NCIS, Psych, Bones, Big Bang Theory and Warehouse 13.

New obsession? Lost Girl.

The real question here is why do I have cable?

[2.] Top Three Place On Your ‘Must Visit’ List?

As I mentioned in my MCLV Answers Questions – Harper’s Bazaar Style and Wanderlust posts, I absolutely adore traveling and as a bit of a history nerd I have a huge list of historic and ancient sites that I’m dying to see. My top three as of right this instant would have to be: The Artemision in Turkey, Caesarea in Israel & Machu Picchu. I also want to go to Egypt, the Greek islands and Russia.


[3.] Current Favorite Decorating Color Combo?

Black & white – Cannot get enough!


[4.] Do You Use The Snooze Button On Your Alarm?

No, but I’m so paranoid about being late to work that I set three alarms each morning. Though the second one has only ever gone off once and I was in the shower when it did. I’m sorry to have to tell you this but I’m – shhhh – a morning person.

I am not, however, a people person in the morning. I feel confident saying that no one is really a people person at 4am.

[5.] Oldest, Middle or Youngest?

Oldest. Control freak, Type A, oldest.

My ‘youngest of three’ boyfriend never stood a chance.

[6.] Do You Collect Anything?

Do things in your closet count? I’m going to assume that they do, therefore I collect purses, luggage, shoes and vintage jewelry.

[7.] What Is Your Middle Name?

Elizabeth – My paternal grandmother and one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. My first name, on the other hand, I blame on labor pains.

[8.] What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?

When I was a child I wanted to be the first female president of the United States, then someone told me there was an age requirement so I decided that I’d be a doctor until I was 35 and then I’d run for president. Kids say that damnedest things…

[9 – a.] Are You City Or Country?

I’m a city girl through and through – I thrive on the hustle and bustle, love the architecture of old buildings and the conveniences of living in a city cannot be beat. Buuut, I have to get out of the city every once in a while and get back to nature. Maybe it’s because I grew up hiking, camping and backpacking, but I love getting away from it all. Whether its hiding out in a cabin in Tahoe, hiking through the vineyards in Sonoma or spending a week in a château in the middle of nowhere in Southern France.

[9 – b.] Tom Boy or Girlie Girl?

I’d say that I’m somewhere in between. I mean, can you be a girlie girl if you wear black most of the time, don’t own a blow dryer and only take 20 minutes to get ready in the morning?

In my mind girlie girls are girls who take forever to get ready and wear pink…

[9 – c.] Talker or Listener?

Both. I talk a mile a minute when I’m nervous but I love to hear what my friends and family have to say, so I can usually be compelled to listen as well. 🙂

[10.] Fancy Label For Your Decorating Style?

Modern Vintage/French Country

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[11 – a.] What Would Your Friends & Family Say Is Your Best Quality?

  • Friends – My sense of style, I’m the go-to stylist for my group of friends
  • Boyfriend – Kind & generous (I cheated & asked him)
  • Family – Loving & affectionate

[11 – b.] Your Worst?

I wont talk on the phone and I have to control everything. I’m a lot of fun, trust me. 🙂

So, I hope that you got to know me a little better with this. I’d love to hear your responses to these questions, so feel free to share!

J’aime Pinterest

As an avid supporter of moodboards and a longtime lover of visual inspiration, Pinterest really appealed to me for its capability to influence and motivate.

In case you’re not following me on Pinterest I wanted to share a few of the things that I’m loving and can’t live without right now. My boards are broken up into a few of my favorite categories:

La Mode


Fashion shows, clothing, sketches, advertisements, editorials, red carpets, street style, accessories, bags, closets, blogs, jewelry…

Belle Maison


Home decor, books & book shelves, furniture, floral arrangements, trunks & hat boxes, wet bars, closets, organizational tips, pillows & bedding, wallpaper…


Entrees, cocktails, breakfasts, snacks, desserts… Anything that looks good!


Places I love, things I’ve bought, clothes I wear, words I believe…

I Use, Therefore I am

Things I swear by, from protein powder to skin care products to perfume…


Pretty much anything that strikes my fancy…

So take a look and get to know some of the things that I love!

Would you like more recommendations on great moodboards to take a look at? Fashionista has you covered with their piece 10 Fashion Pinners You Should Be Following Right Now.

P.S. Am I the only one who hears all of this “pinning” talk and thinks of an adorable couple in an old black & white movie going steady…?   😉

Chateau La Durantie

The next leg of my vacation consisted of four spectacular days with my extended family at the Chateau La Durantie, less than ten minutes from the village of Lanouaille.

Not bad, huh?

Fashion: The fashion at La Durantie was allllll about the wedding. My aunt and her boyfriend of 8 years tied the knot in the sitting room of the house while 20 of us watched with barely concealed glee. Shortly after their “I do’s” we popped the bubbly and got down to the business of eating, drinking, toasting and dancing our booties off!
Food: We had some catered meals while we were here, including the wedding dinner and brunch the next morning, as well as two borderline gourmet dinners prepared by my new cousin and cousin-in-law, Taylor and Melissa. Sour dough baguette pizzas, gluten-free pasta, homemade pasta sauce, tomatoes & pumpkins from the garden and tons of salads. Yummy! And when we went to a small town nearby to get flowers for the wedding, I found a health food store with tofu! Tofu in France! 🙂 Needless to say I was a happy, happy girl while I had access to the kitchen at La Durantie.
Fitness: Walking, sightseeing in the nearby towns, bike riding, a short run, the Chateau even had tennis courts and a pool! It was nice to have more than a day or two in a single place and once we settled in we were able to explore the beautiful countryside between summer showers. I also spent a healthy chunk of my time sprawled across the bed in our sun-drenched bedroom finishing my book.
Lodgings: The pictures above hardly do La Durantie justice. It was an older building still undergoing renovations, but given that it didn’t have plumbing or running water a few years ago, we were all pleasantly surprised by how modern the facilities were. There were ten bedrooms on three different floors, and the top floor was for us “kids” (the youngest of whom was my 22-year-old cousin). Running up and down those stairs dozens of times each day did wonders for my legs!
Travel: Since we still had our rented vans we did a couple day trips and when we left the Chateau on Monday eight of us piled in and began a NINE HOUR drive to Saint-Émilion, which for the record, should have taken two.
Highlights: My boyfriend’s favorite part of the entire trip was the wedding dinner, which was a pepper-encrusted steak (I had ratatouille which was great as well), and he honestly hasn’t stopped talking about this meal since we got home. He ate his, as well as most of my mother’s, the 13 year old sitting next to me’s entire steak and half of her mother’s. He was stuffed by happy.
Stay tuned for Bordeaux, Spain and the adventures from the longest car ride ever!
(If you’d like to catch up, you can check out London here and Paris here)