INAUGURATION 2017: A TIME OF TRANSITION

Today is a time of transition as Donald J. Trump is sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States. Undoubtedly, the day isn’t without controversy. Many are cheering; many are fearing. I am not intending this to be a political post. Quite honestly, I don’t care who you voted for. But one thing I am sure we can all agree upon is that fact that delivering an Inauguration Day speech must be no easy task. And in retrospect, many of these lengthy speeches have included lines that ultimately helped define an era in our Country’s history. Today, I share a few of those famous quotes with you…accompanied by some pretty pictures, of course! 

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“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933.  inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm-2

“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”  –John F. Kennedy, 1961.inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm-3

“We have endured a long night of the American spirit. But as our eyes catch the dimness of the first rays of dawn, let us not curse the remaining dark. Let us gather the light. –Richard Nixon, 1969.inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharminauguration-day-2017inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm

A DAY IN THE LIFE: REVIVING CHARM ON VACATION

A few weeks ago I starting thinking about surprising Mr. B with a weekend getaway. I wanted a destination that was within easy driving distance to take advantage of and make the most of this past three-day holiday weekend. I ended up booking a suite at the Bacara Resort and Spa located approximately 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few images from our trip taken in real time.

Today I am sharing a “day in the life” of Reviving Charm while on vacation this past Sunday, January 15.  Other than a morning massage, nothing else was scheduled. Sometimes the best days are those you don’t plan! We took advantage of the mild California weather by driving through the beautiful neighborhoods of Montecito and Santa Barbara to admire the lush landscaping, Spanish architecture, and gorgeous estates. Stay tuned for a future post featuring more of the resort and our spacious hotel suite.

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7:00 am. Rise and shine. This is the bedroom of our hotel suite.

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7:20 am. I headed out the door and down the path that leads directly from the resort to the beach. Being up early allowed me to take advantage of seeing the sunrise over the water and enjoy a nice peaceful walk along the rocks and sand. I felt like I had the entire beach to myself.

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8:45 am. I checked into the spa for a 9:00 am massage appointment. I indulged myself with an 80-minute aromatherapy massage and enjoyed the other spa amenities offered, such as the eucalyptus steam shower and sauna.

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12:45 pm. After driving around Montecito we stopped for an impromptu lunch at Tydes Restaurant located directly across the street from The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara. The restaurant is waterfront overlooking the beautiful Butterfly Beach, inside the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

1:45 pm. We explored the grounds of The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. We stayed here many years ago and is hotel I highly recommend.

1:45 pm. We explored the grounds of The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. We stayed here many years ago over New Year’s weekend and were asking ourselves why we haven’t been back. I highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway. If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day getaway, I definitely recommend a stay here.

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2:30 pm. After lunch Mr. B and I strolled the neighborhood surrounding The Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel. The neighborhood is filled with beautiful multi-million dollar estates.

Another beautiful Santa Barbara estate.

Another beautiful Santa Barbara estate.

3:30 pm. Mr. B and I sat on a bench overlooking Butterfly Beach to enjoy the outdoors before heading back to our hotel.

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4:00 pm. Shortly after arriving back at our hotel, we enjoyed a scoop of ice cream while having a fireside conversation in the lobby.

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4:50 pm. After an ice cream break I headed to the spa gift shop to pick up a few skin care items.

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7:00 pm. Staying in for the evening allowed me to relax and catch up on reading material.

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10:00 pm. Sweet dreams…buona notte…good night!

RECONSIDERING CARNATIONS

Did you know that the carnation is the flower of the month for January? Since we’re being honest here, I’ll admit that carnations are not my first choice of flower. Or second. Or third choice. For as long as I can remember I’ve never liked carnations. They’ve always seemed like such a generic flower and used as inexpensive “filler” in floral arrangements. Friends and family that know me well have learned to never include carnations in bouquets they send me. Even when I place an order with my florist Mary (for myself or as a gift), she always reminds me that she remembers my preference. “I know, I know…no baby’s breath or carnations,” she says.

Don’t tell anyone but I think I *might* be reconsidering my position on this matter. I hate to admit it but over the last couple of years I’ve had a secretly growing appreciation for the carnation. I might be eating my words (not the first time…or the last) but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that maybe this humble little flower is underrated.

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Image via Sayeh Pezeshki


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Image via Eddie Ross

There is definitely something to be said about a flower that lasts such a long time after it has been cut. Plus, the fact that they are so inexpensive is another perk. While I am not going to unequivocally dismiss my position, I did want to share a few pictures that have me thinking that I might have to give carnations a fair chance. carnations-via-revivingcharmtips-for-arranging-carnations-via-revivingcharm


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Image via Floret Cadet

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The beautiful pink carnations above and below are from the book Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings” by Joe Nye. This book has been in my library since it was published in 2010 and I reference it often for inspiration. It’s visually stunning and packed with lots of entertaining tips. If you love to entertain, I highly recommend this book. It’s also a great book for gifting.carnations-joe-nye-book-flair-via-revivingcharm-1carnation-comeback-via-revivingcharm

After reviewing the pictures to be included in this post, I realized that carnations are appropriate for almost any season and for any holiday. Wow…another argument in favor of the carnation!carnations-for-fall-via-revivingcharm-1carnation-flower-arrangements-via-revivingcharmb8a43cf05d77e6cb2fc4f0aa833178d4

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I previously posted about Carolyne Roehm’s inspiration for this tablescape. If you missed it, be sure to check it out HERE.

HAPPY MLK DAY

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mr. B and I took advantage of the long holiday weekend by hitting the road and driving a few hours from home to visit the charming towns of Montecito and Santa Barbara. We had a wonderful time but will be heading home today. I’m glad I was able to relax before my long day back at work tomorrow; I anticipate a very long, at least 15 hour day. I see at least two cups of cappuccino in my future tomorrow morning. 

While many folks have today off from work, lets not lose sight of the holiday with a great quote from Martin Luther King, Jr….

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HAPPY FRIDAY – HAPPY WEEKEND

Happy Friday! Happy Weekend! I adore this raspberry sofa and mix of pattern. It’s a fun and daring combination…particularly for someone like me who typically shy’s away from the bold use of color and pattern. I guess every now and then we all need to be reminded that sometimes it’s good to step outside of our comfort zone…

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Image via Milieu Magazine