Simply chic style # 2….

I love Calvin Klein Vintage chic dresses cause you can add a bolero hat (nine west) and cute shoes and look simple chic for any dinner or event. I wore this to a wedding and Darrill said I looked stunning. (I don’t know about that). But I didn’t run out and buy anything new, I always wear what I have. I have this Calvin Klein dress in black also which looks good with a trench and boots.

Thanks for the emails about my simple chic style…

xoxo Cheryl

Poem by Audrey Hepburn

For  attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in
people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair,
let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the
knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be
restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each
of your arms.  As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one
for helping yourself, and the other for helping  others.

(Photo from pinterest )

My aunt Pat sent me this poem and I love every word, my aunt Pat has always lived her beautiful life by these word…Thanks aunt Pat I love you !

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday,

xoxo Cheryl

The Autumnal Equinox

Tonight is the Autumnal Equinox. The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter. See your local Sun rise and set times and see how the days change!

On the equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn’t end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth’s atmosphere refracts the Sun’s rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former astronomer, George Greenstein, “If the Sun were to shrink to a starlike point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.'”

(Photo from our local hills )

In the new 2012 energy, we will all have to pay close attention to mother earth…she will protect us if we show her our sincere consideration.

Happy Autumnal Equinox mother earth !

I hope everyone has a simply enchanting weekend…

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My mystery dinner …

This is a picture from my Mystery Dinner inspirational board from  pinterest , so simply spooky chic,hmm … I have enough wine bottles for this table setting, but all I have is dark wine bottles, it would look so much better if the wine bottles were all clear…I think dark might be okay…well I’ll have to wait and see.  This week I am making the chalkboard for the bistro.

How to make a  frame chalkboard on my next post.

My kitchen essentials #1 equipment

I organize my kitchen in September for all the fall and winter holidays. I love  to cook in the fall so I make sure my kitchen is ready and in stock.  My kitchen essentials #1 is the first  in a series of  kitchen essentials posts I will be doing. Maybe I will post these on Friday’s  for weekend shopping .  I  have my Sunday farmer’s market day and I look forward to that day. Here is my  bare bones essentials that I use daily.  Good if your just starting a kitchen and great for making most of my recipes.

1. Large canister filled with large spoons , whisk, soup ladle, spatulas.

2. Cheese grater (any size is good)

3. Toothpicks

4. salt and pepper

5. coffee press (makes great coffee)

6. potato peeler.

7.egg slicer

8. cutting board (any size will do )

9. 10″ knife and 10″ fork

10. small strainer

11. cake spatula

12. hand mixer

13. measuring cups ( a must )

14.  hand-held juicer ( I use this all the time )

1. wine opener

2. cheese slicer

3. can opener

4. desert spatula

5. ice cream scooper

6. pizza cutter

7. food scissors

8. sharp steak knife

9. bread knife

10. 10″ knife

11. carving knife

1. cream napkins (I use these for bread baskets and guest napkins )

2. good pot holders (make sure they are thick )

3. canvas bag (My fresh and easy bag I carry everywhere)

4. a good apron (this one is from Target)

5. garden shovel

You can buy coffee beans and  use the grinder at your local Trader Joe’s and store the coffee in a stainless steel container. With a French coffee press  you will have great coffee to impress any out-of-town guest.

 Thanks abeachcottage for good life Wed !

Starbucks for some inspiration…

A Starbucks run for some inspiration for my annual mystery dinner. I love all these magazines.  After some consideration I decided this year mystery dinner is going to be black and white creepy chic characters like the  headless horseman, or Jack the Ripper, or Dracula…the Phatom would be so fun too. I will have our french maid be a vampire. I think I’ll be going to be ?? Not sure. I saved all my wine bottles so I need to get bottle stickers that say tonic and poisons.  I am going to  make my invitations by hand and they go out next week….well its a start.

Hope everyone has a relaxing day.

Haunted Hollywood like a local

A weekend with  Kim in W. hollywood , I always feel like a local when we go out together in her town . This evening we dined alfresco on her patio  then headed to the silent movie house to see a 60’s french movie. I heard this place was haunted and the whole experience sounded  groovy…..

everything you see here is from Fresh and Easy, we both love to shop there and their pizzas are so fresh !

On to the movie house…611 N. Fairfax Avenue, L.A. We found this information on top 10 haunted placed in Hollywood.

One of the most gruesome histories of any movie theater, the Silent Movie Theatre has forever cemented its status in haunted Hollywood. Legends include ghosts in the projection rooms, blood-splattered carpet from machine-gun murders and a constant haunting by two former owners. Talk about scary movies….

Kim’s phone rang and I jumped…I had a very uneasy feeling and I could feel the ghosts here, Kim just laughed at me and said I was crazy.

How creepy were these  pictures of the silent movie stars who headline here, a lot of them had short careers.

I love this old movie house it was cool and creepy. It was very causal and I felt like I was at some friends house relaxing on sofas and having desert and coffee. The movie was well different and I enjoyed the whole evening. Information below from theatres/SilentMovie.

Silent Movie began in with personal film collection of Mr. John Hampton, who
opened the small theatre 1942, when silent movies had already been passed for 15
years. He hoped the forgotten comedies would bring a smile to those suffering in
the depths of the Great Depression.

struck the Silent Movie Showcase on January 17, 1997, when the owner of the
theater, Laurence Austin, was shot and killed during an apparent robbery
attempt. Police later arrested his longtime business partner for hiring the
gunman to kill Austin, so that he could gain the inheritance.

In June
announced that he was
selling the theatre to new owners: two young brothers, Sammy & Dan Harkham
(age 26 & 24) and Hadrian beloved. They have turned the small theatre into a
revival house, featuring an eclectic mix of relatively recent movies with
sound. However, they do still show silent movies (with live music) once a week.
However, unlike Lustman, who tended to stick with the classics (like Charlie
Chaplin), the Harkham’s hope to show lesser-known silent films. 

A great place to go to for the month of October….but only if you believe in ghosts !

Simply earth blog style change …

Yes, I have simplified  the style of my blog….as  I wanted to reduce clutter and  add more  of my California lifestyle  …


and sometimes change is good !

and I reduced the clutter in my bag too. I have only my keys, my wafer sunglasses and sunglasses wipe cloth, my phone, my compact blush, my lip gloss , my wallet and a pocket  camera the one I am using to take this picture !

 Have a great week  and whats in your bag Sarah from abeachcottage ?