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Pretty Homes: Beautiful Blue near the Blue

I am increasingly thinking I should be a realtor, architect, or an interior designer. I just don’t browse beautiful pictures of homes, I study them. Although my hubby thinks I’m strange, few things make me happier than a beautiful looking home (even if it’s not mine, just yet).

I came across this kitchen in a home near Martha’s Vineyard and just fell in love. Can you just imagine a trip to the beach house if the house looked like this?

I am usually a fan of white kitchens, but this blue kitchen is just divine, what do you think?


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stay inspired and keep day dreaming,
A. Genise


(Almost) Back to Reality

There is nothing like family. Spending the last two weeks with my parents was wonderful. Spending time with my mom and her childhood friends over the last few days was also amazing. A house full of laughter, good food, and love is priceless.  Everyone was (and still is) sad as they parted ways, but the memories we made were wonderful.

Still trying to hold on to the last moments of my summer vacation (and trying to recover from family withdrawal) I am looking for a place to vacation next summer.

During spring break in undergrad, I stayed at a fabulous vacation rental home in western Maryland called Deep Creek –and I’ve been trying to go back with my husband ever since.  Although the house was nowhere near as nice as the house below–this is my memory, so I can upgrade my experience:)


Chatting with my sister-in-law, I found out she (like me) thinks that renting a big house for a week or two is an economical way to enjoy family and the summer. Everyone brings food and takes turns cooking and there are (hopefully) good times all around. She said she wants to try the Outer Banks in North Carolina and I volunteered to research vacation rentals. (I figure planning for next year’s vacation is a nice way to spend the last day of my vacation before I head back to work.)

One of my favorite co-workers mentioned that she stayed with Brindley Beach rentals in the Outer Banks and had a great time. Looking at some of the rentals, I must say I am amazed at the price differential in the off-season rentals—it’s a difference of over $2K in some cases compared to the in-season rentals. (the beach isn’t so bad the week after Thanksgiving is it?!) I’ll need to research more places, but a summer vacation in the Outer Banks will be something to look forward to during the cold dark winter. If anyone has suggestions for places to stay please let me know (via comment of course!).


Photo: The Outer Banks was recently nominated for "Best Beaches" and "Best Active Destination" by 10best. Make sure you show your love for OBX and vote today:

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Shortly, I’ll need to get back to reality and prepare myself for work. Although I am very grateful for employment, summer vacation is always hard to part with.


(trying to) stay inspired and enjoy life (as I head back to work)…


Fantasy Travel Week: (back to) Capetown, South Africa

Wrapping up fantasy travel week, the last place I’d like to travel is back to Capetown, South Africa.

I recall the first time I saw pictures of table mountain, I fell in love.  I was in undergrad and a gentleman came to talk to our class about Capetown (I don’t remember why…) but I was extremely intrigued by a flat mountain. That day, I decided I needed to see table mountain for myself.

Fast forward a few years, with my sister studying abroad, it gave my husband and I the perfect excuse to travel to South Africa.

The tall skinny building above was our hotel. The top (round) floor was a restaurant and it slowly spun 360 degrees. I attempted to eat in the rotating restaurant, but after stepping off the elevator, I was dizzy. Nice concept, in practice it didn’t work for me.

The ocean was close, but it was too cold to go in.

The cute penguins at the Cape of Good Hope.



The lighthouses, the ocean, the penguins, and the abundance of sleep (we left our toddler at home) made the trip to Capetown so enjoyable (we missed our daughter terribly!).

All of the pictures above are from our trip to South Africa.


Capetown has a very cosmopolitan feel and I am leaning towards a relaxed and funky look. For some reason,  pink and black are calling to me. I’m amazed at how many ways I can re-style those colors.


Juicy Couture cotton tank top / True Religion stretch skinny jeans, $450 / NIKE perforated shoes / Max & Chloe chain collar necklace / Lancôme lip makeup / Victoria s Secret eyeliner

You have the key to my heart

Embellished tank top, $16 / True Religion skinny jeans, $450 / Betsey Johnson high heels / Alexander McQueen silver clutch / Bracelet / Eddie Borgo drop earrings

Sin título #341

Wet Seal halter vest / True Religion skinny jeans, $455 / Full tilt / Rupert Sanderson high heels / Sandqvist messenger bag, $170 / Presh leather jewelry / Feather earrings


Cute dress for dinner and dancing! (of course I can dance in those shoes, no problem!)


Halston Heritage party dress / Miss KG high heel shoes, $63 / AK Anne Klein chain link necklace / Natalia Brilli bracelet / Le Metier de Beaute lip gloss / Butter London nail polish


This shimmery mini dress is too cute!

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AllSaints embellished dress / Vince Camuto peep toe pumps / Michael Kors clutch, $135 / Ring, $12 / Dorothy Perkins feather jewelry / Gucci sunglasses, $360


I am looking forward to going back to Capetown–this time with our little girl.


Stay inspired and enjoy the journey.


Fantasy Travel Week: Dubai

Whew! Having a website down and having it be out of my control is definitely a reason to take a  (fantasy) trip.


A “seven-star” property, the world’s tallest tower, man-made islands, and an upcoming underwater hotel make Dubai a place I’d like to visit.  It seems to be the land of excess, but I think I can handle it!


The world’s tallest building.

city of dubai - buildings


The man-made island is incredible.

city of dubai - reclaimed islands

city of dubai - private islands

city of dubai - city pictures

Dubai images are courtesy of Sergey Dolya



For some reason the beauty of Dubai is causing me to step out of my comfort zone and wear bold colors!


The purple mini dress is too cute.

Romanic dinner in Dubai .. ♥ Stylish **

Romanic dinner in Dubai .. ♥ Stylish ** by fashionista12-12 featuring calvin klein perfume

Jane Norman metallic dress, $17 / Platform heels, $20 / Red earrings / Leslie Danzis adjustable ring / Calvin Klein perfume

This mustard colored kaftan dress is just the right mix of elegance and comfort.

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Emilio Pucci kaftan dress / Gucci heel sandals, $805 / Gucci logo bag, $1,585 / Gucci brown scarve, $185 / Gucci Square-frame acetate sunglasses



The yellow (sparkly, yes I know!) strapless dress with the turquoise scarf is an unexpected color combination that really works.

Vacation Look #6



Calypso St. Barth strapless dress / Oasis shoes, $35 / Elie Tahari teardrop earrings / Stella & Dot vintage style jewelry / Jigsaw linen scarve, $38



Finally, I could re-use the turquoise scarf with a this gorgeous maxi-dress.

Vacation Look #1



Quiz maxi dress, $31 / Jimmy Choo platform heels / Mosaic jewelry / Gold jewelry / Stella & Dot vintage ring / Jigsaw linen scarve, $38



Stay inspired and enjoy the journey.



Fantasy Travel Week: Paris, France

Paris was never on my  ‘I have to go there!’  list, until recently.  I could always understand why people found Paris alluring, but it never called to me… until I saw the movie Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson. That movie made me fall in love with Paris, hands down. I also have a thing for time travel and I love almost everything about the 1920s.

The Washington Post Style Search: Which Movie Should Win Best Picture?
by mars featuring knee length dresses
Biba knee length dress, $245 / Evening handbag / Loren Hope vintage jewelry / Chanel lipstick / Chanel perfume / Remains to be Scene Paper Set in Paris

Paris, parisPictures of Paris courtesy of nicolasv’s photostream (clipped to



Now on to fashion. Although this is my fantasy trip, I still have a need to be semi-practical. I would rework my striped dress from the Greece trip by adding lime green accessories–for a different, Parisian chic, look. The navy Roland Mouret coat is sharp.

Kate SpadeKate Spade jewelry / Kate Spade eyewear / Chanel lipstick / Yves Saint Laurent foundation / Chloé fragrance / La Tour Eiffel Print


I am a girl who loves all things sparkly and I couldn’t pass up this outfit. I could wear it on a rainy day to brighten up my mood. (The heels are killer, but hey it’s my fantasy that I could walk the streets of Paris pain free in these heels!)

Decor by tamaraza featuring a fitted blazer
Wallis floral top / Haider Ackermann fitted blazer, $1,025 / AllSaints short skirt / Karen Millen high heel shoes / tea set / Naya Purple Vase in Vases | Crate&Barrel, $37 / Bradford Vases – Aubergine | Z Gallerie / Be Uncommon – Inspirational Modern Art Print Lavender Textured…


These navy evening dresses below are perfect for a fancy dinner.

Kiss me at midnight #5
Kiss me at midnight #5 by the-wardrobe-of-wishes Paris Hilton shoes / Satin clutch, $62 / Goti silver necklace, $1,355

The view is spectacular!



Stay inspired and enjoy the journey.