Repost: Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower!

After four seriously stressful days of trying to renew my domain, I have finally succeeded.  If you missed Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower! this week, it’s now available, and I promise to get some more good posts up as soon as possible!

Happy Friday (or Saturday for you far away bloggy friends!) and thanks, as always, for reading LittleBlackSweats!




Daily Covet: Bathrooms you’d love to live in

The bathroom in our basement is a hot mess.

Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”

First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?

Moving on.  The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…

It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.

The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.”  Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks.  Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope.  To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass.  Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.

Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it.  That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it.  I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…

Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.

I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!


Channeling Chanel

Coco Chanel, one of the world’s most famous designers and innovators of women’s fashion, is the subject of a collection put together by Joss & Main.  Fabrics and furniture in signature black and white, as well as coffee table books on the design house’s founder and ads featuring her signature Chanel No. 5 perfume, are all part of this inspirational collection.

Here are a few of my faves…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Daily Covet: Haviland French China

If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE turquoise.

It all started with my first box of Tiffany jewelry, and has continued on to wash the walls of both my bedroom and living rooms.

So today, when I stumbled upon this gorgeous China by France’s Haviland, I was instantly smitten.  So much so, that I had to “Pin” it to my “Feeling Blue” Board on Pinterest! (follow me here too!)


Daily Covet: French Shabby Chic had a great collection of really fun home furnishings and decor Friday.  There were just too many favorites to limit myself to one on this post.  So here are a few of my favorite France-inspired things…

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Girly Girl’s Room

Girly Girl's Room

Christian Louboutin patent leather flat, $765
Kate Spade striped hat, $78
Currey & Co Antiqued Mirror Chest Of Drawers – Currey-co-4204 |…, $2,086
Wake Up Frankie – The Bouquet Dec Pillow – Pink, $29
Chandelier |
Robert Abbey Triple Gourd Table Lamp in Schiaparelli Pink with Antique…
Lisa Cushion – Cushions – BEDROOM – Turkey
Xhilaration : decorative pillows & shams : Target

Daily Covet: Card Shark

Remember when we used to write letters, to send cards printed on high-quality, heavy card stock?

I still buy a lot of stationary because I am a huge fan of the hand-written thank-you note.  It’s just good manners, I think.  And I love sifting through my stationary drawer to pick out just the right card.

So when I saw these adorable French greeting cards, I immediately got my covet on!

Assorted French Cards, $18 (box set of 8)

What about you?  Do you still write letters and send hand-written thank you’s?