Thursday, April 29, 2010

Corrie's Kentucky Pie Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

Corrie's Kentucky Pie Recipe : Paula Deen : Food Network

For those of you who are inclined, a Derby day pie!


For you ladies who appreciate china-My Noritake  dogwood china
This is a unnumbered mystery pattern dating between 1947-1949.
I found this in a antique store in Fl. and have place settings for 6.
It was a such a find for 200.00!
Perfect for a ladies luncheon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

On the road to recovering(my dining chairs)

 I decided to recover my dining room chairs for a nice spring update.
Jo-ann has a great selection of home decor fabric.
I simply cut out the fabric and stapled it on. Voila!
Quite pleased with the results!

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Yard

I thought I would share some pictures of my yard with you.
I have a banana tree(with babies)
Guava tree
Pink Lemonade Lemon Tree (no kidding, that is the name)
Meyer Lemon
Fig Tree
Birds Of Paradise
French Lavender
Palm Trees
Beach Roses
Calla Lilly (also a baby Lilly toddler)
I do love to garden and I love my plants!
Next year I would love to plant a small veggie garden.

Decorating Finds

If you are a fan of The Breakers in Palm Beach, The Greenbrier in West Virginia or The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, then you are a fan of Carleton Varney.

Carleton Varney is the president and owner of Dorothy Draper & Co., located in NYC.

Mr. Varney has a wonderful line on HSN.  Bedding, bath, furniture, rugs and decorative accents are all included.

Check him out on Thursday, April 29 or shop
(Isn't it time to redo the guest room?)

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Check out this cute Victoria Wieck panda ring.
Perfect for your Lilly pandamonium outfit.   #341-109

photo HSN
          Lilly Pulitzer

Shopping channels

You might wonder does The Countess watch home shopping channels?
Why, yes I do!
Let me give you a brief history.
I was a flight attendant for many years, and would arrive at my hotel room at some ungodly hour, there wouldn't be much on except(say it with me)home shopping!
The shopping channels offered familiar faces and a reprieve from the reality of the day.
Home shopping has come a long way since those days and now offers many famous designers selling  clothing, shoe and home decor items.
Some of the benefits of home shopping are the liberal return policies,  split payment plans(no interest)and you can shop in your pajamas!
So  take a look, don't be afraid, you can always return it.

Saturday, April 24, 2010



Make a beautiful arrangement! has a great tutorial on spring flower arrangements using a variety of veggies and flowers.

I love this fruit infusion pitcher from Improvements catalog.
You put your fresh fruit in and your beverage of choice and voila!
I think strawberries and lemonade would be divine!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fresh Face for Spring

Spring 2010 make-up trends are lots of floral color, pinks, reds and corals.
Coral lips are very big for spring.
Make-up guru Bobbi Brown recommends" light shades of coral for pale skin",  medium skin tone" looks great in coral with a bit more orange", and" deeper golden skin tone use darker orange shades."

Bobbi Brown Cabana Coral Palette  $60.00  online exclusive

photo-Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Week

In celebration of Earth week and in the spirt of " reduce, reuse recycle" The Countess recommends
magazine swaps.
Read your current magazines and then swap them out with a girlfriend, or pass them on.
Better yet,  split a subscription!

Yummy with no calories!

Godiva White Chocolate Magnolia Candle
A must for Mothers Day!
$22.50 at

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Lilly Lament

You will notice that I mention Lilly Pulitzer quite often in my post.  I do love Lilly, it makes me happy, but  I hate to say it but Lilly is not very popular  in this part of  CA.  There are 7 (count them) 7 Lilly stores in the gigantic state of CA.  Sure there are small enclaves of Lilly lovers but on the whole, not so much.
I will occasionally see a young girl in Lilly but that is about it.   I remember wearing a very cute Lilly outfit to my daughters school orientation and you would have thought I wore a Bozo the Clown (with the nose)
outfit instead.
So, I resign myself to loving Lilly in my own way, which is wearing my Lilly pj's, drinking out of my Lilly coffee mug,  writing notes using my Lilly pen or pencils on my Lilly writing paper, relaxing in my Lilly guest room and writing about Lilly on my blog.
(Well,  ok, so I do dress my baby in Lilly and her name is Lilly(after my grandmother)and this summer I will be happily riding my new Lilly cruiser while wearing my Lilly sunglasses, so I guess I can't complain )

Pimento Cheese Recipe

Since I don't live in the South, and I got tired of trying to find pimento cheese at the grocery store, I decided to make my own.  Here is a great simple recipe for the food processor. (you will never want the grocery store brand again!)

Grate 1lb.of sharp cheddar.  Add 1 8-oz. jar diced, drained pimentos, 1 8-oz.  pkg. cream cheese, 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tsp. garlic salt, and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste).  Process until smooth.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Monday

Thought I would share my newest beauty find.
Revlon Color Burst lipstick in #270 Soft Nude.
Looks pretty on my "Twilight " white skin.
Thanks INSTYLE  magazine!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

For your Lilly bike

I just love this bike basket from
It would be perfect with the new Lilly cruiser.

I has been a nice California Sunday.
Drove to the outlet mall and checked out Kate Spade, Polo and Coach outlet .  Kate Spade had some great new bags for the summer.

I will spend the rest of the afternoon getting ready for the week ahead.
I already whipped up a fierce batch of pimento cheese and egg salad!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Miss Trish

So Happy!
I found my Miss Trish ladies sandals at Target yesterday.
The black coral is my favorite.
I have paired it with a KJL coral cuff(see previous post)
for a ooh la la look!

These will look so cute with any Lilly outfit.
These can also be found in children and toddler size, so you and minnie can match!

Great for summertime !

$24.99  at Target.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Miss Trish on EBAY

Miss Trish of Capri for Target

This cute sandel is one of last years models but is available on Ebay in a variety of sizes.

(The Countess owns these!)
Vintage Sea Life Nautical Multi Strand Necklace

The Countess removed some of the charms and used them to make additional necklaces.(how crafty!)

There are other fabulous pieces to this line, but hurry
they are marked down for clearance!

Miss Trish of Capri Sandals.

If you love Lilly you will love Miss Trish!
So cute for your "minnie."

Target $19.99

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

QVC Finds

Kenneth Jay Lane Mexican Holiday Coral Earrings

You sharp-eyed ladies will recognize these from the Lilly website.
I also spotted these on Charlotte in SITC The Movie(when they are eating dinner at the Mexican resort)
A deal at $21.05!

Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Cuff
Great looking cuff for summer. Black, white and red. $74.50

Coral Embroidered Tunic-
Great looking tunic that comes in black, turquoise and pink

Here we go!

Well dear readers, I'm not sure what I'm doing, but what the heck!

I always seem to be the font of information for my girlfriends concerning new make-up and skincare, fabulous clothes, shoes and household items that I have found.
I'm not a snob when it comes to fashion, as long as its cute I don't care where it comes from!
In fashion and decorating I love mixing and matching expensive with inexpensive items for a great look.
I don't think its how much you spend, but how you put it all together!
I want to share my finds, be it fashion, health and beauty or home goods.(get it "HomeGoods")
I hope you enjoy my blog,
The Countess