Why do I inevitably get up early on days I don’t have to work? It’s been a lazy kind of morning but we managed to get a fire going to take the chill out of the air, which is a wonderful way to start the day. I’ve moved my laptop temporarily to the family room so I am able to enjoy the fire while I also enjoy the welcome sight of rain come down, even if for a short period of time. This has got to be the best seat in the house!

Today is full of random thoughts and events. I need to finish planning for an upcoming trip, start getting things in order for Christmas, run errands, get a manicure, and go out to dinner. Oh, and most importantly, I can’t forget to call in for potential jury duty.  Since it’s a lazy kinda Sunday morning, I also thought I would post a few random things that have caught my attention lately. Happy Sunday….enjoy your day.


  1. Since I have been very good I am hoping Santa leaves the Chloe Faye Shoulder Bag under the tree this year. I really want the Faye Backpack (like the one shown here) but it is already sold out. Maybe Santa can work his magic?
  2. We have two fireplaces in our house but it would sure be nice to have one in the bedroom.
  3. I hang a single wreath on the outside of our house each year but I think I might hang multiples this year to mix it up. I like how they hung a couple of mini wreaths around the light fixture. I’m taking note of that…
  4. I don’t do “holiday gift guides” here on the blog, but I have to say that the book Beautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless Style by designer Mark D. Sikes is the perfect gift for the design book lover in your life. It has turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year.
  5. I love these tartan and pom-pom ankle strap flats by J.Crew. For classic styling, I would wear them with jeans, black leggings or a black pencil skirt paired with a white button-down blouse.
  6. I’m thinking that a plant like the one shown here might look good in front of our living room fireplace. But it will have to wait until after winter when fireplace season is over.
  7. We already have our Christmas cards, which come with red envelopes. This picture from A Fabulous Fete reminds me that I need to reorder white ink and dust off my calligraphy pens so I can get my cards and dinner invitations out early. Typically, I like to send them out just right after Thanksgiving.

So there you have it…a few random bits from me today. How is your day shaping up?


  1. After Orange County says:

    Dear Vanessa, I knew you were up early this morning because I think it was 5:45am when you commented on my blog post. I too find it hard to sleep in, especially with the holidays looming and so much to do. Plus as you say, the much needed rain here in California made getting up to the pitter patter of rain on my window so wonderful. I love that it’s fireplace time too, makes everything so cozy and nice. I’ve got a manicure on my schedule today too, maybe we can relax for a bit then.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Celia – Yes, your site was one of the first I visited this morning. Getting up early does have its advantages as I can fit more into my day. The manicure is actually one of the last things on my list so I definitely plan to relax for a white after that. Enjoy your Sunday.

  2. Karen B. says:

    Don’t you just love days like this, especially when it’s November 20th, not the July weather we’ve seen too much of this year!
    I love the idea of multiple wreaths. I have a gate to the back yard, I may have to put one there as well as the front door. Thanks for the idea.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. indigolattice says:

    I would love to have a fireplace in the bedroom, too! But I do have to say having a plant in front of it when it’s not that season to use it is a pretty cool idea! And I’m totally adding Beautiful to my Christmas list.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Thanks for your comment. I sure hope Santa will bring you a copy of Beautiful…you won’t be disappointed. It’s FULL of beautiful images.
      The plant in front of the fireplace is a beautiful way to decorate during the warmer months. Both our fireplaces have raised hearths and a plant at the living room fireplace is something I think will look particularly nice. It’s something I have been thinking about doing for a while…
      Have a great rest of the week. Happy Thanksgiving!

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