Wednesday Wishlist…

Is there an end to the wishlist…in my case I think not!  I am doing a TON New Years purging in an attempt to get my house, life and closet in order.  One would think that would shorten the wishlist!  Not so! I have found that the more I purge, the more room I have to fill with new beautiful things!

WW 1-7 JewelryAshley Pittman cuff~ Julie Vos earrings~ Ashley Pittman bangle set obsessed!

WW 1-7 Julie Vos earrings

The amazing Kat Tanita author of one of my favorite blogs, With Love From Kat rocking the Julie Vos D’Argent Earrings.  If With Love is not on your daily blog roll it should be!  She has amazing taste…very laid back with a hint of juge!

WW 1-7 shoesI have pretty much decided that for my average sales day that my dogs are going to be wearing flats…unless it is a formal meeting or special occasion that is what my feet need these days.  Why go through the pain of running around making sales calls all day in heels when there are such wonderful options such as these Dolce Vita beauties!   I love this Steel Grey option as well.

WW 1-7 instyleIf you haven’t picked up this month’s issue of InStyle…what are you waiting for!  Great outfit and beauty tips (as usual) and a pretty raw article from Jen Ann.  I’m so excited to see Cake…she is getting major Oscar buzz-can’t wait to see her Red Carpet confections this awards season.  Also, make sure to turn to pg. 80 to see InStyle’s favorite looks from everyone’s favorite Downtown heroine, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).  Stunning!

I hope you enjoy this week’s list…sorry it’s so short!  Off to the next activity on the list!!  XO, Catherine


Pattern Play…

Can you tell I’m feeling it?!  Santa left me some Benjamin’s under the tree and I’m looking to splurge.  What do you think I should go for??!  Can you guess my favorite from the choices below??!

pattern sweaterSweater (similar)

pattern meBlouse

pattern earringsEarrings obsessed! 

Rebecca Minkoff mini dressDress

 pattern purse


pattern shoes


pattern shorts


I hope everyone is having a great first Monday 2015!  I have a renewed since of purpose, work ethic(let’s face it…December is a tough work month!!) and in general a huge boost of energy!  What do you have on tap this week that is lifting you up?!  Have a great one!

XO,  Catherine

Into the New Year…

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday month!  I have loved (almost) every minute of it-seeing friends and family, celebrating the season, decorating my house, party planning, shopping, wish listing-all a blast!  December was extremely fast and furious-I know that I have been an awful holiday blogger!  I have learned so much in this inaugural year of Lavie…one of the main aspects being time management, the importance of pre-planning and organization.  So…with that said, my first New Years resolution is to post at least twice a week-no matter what!

New year decorationsWith that said…NYE-amateur night or time to get creative??!  My vote-time to get creative and enjoy the last moments before the inevitable January life cleanse!

First on the list a yummie New Years cocktail.  (staring Champy, of course!!)

New Year cocktailSo easy, it’s a sin…and deliciously sinful!  Gayot Guide to the Good Life has the Top Ten Sparkling Wines to ring in the New Year with.  My top choice is  Domaine J. Laurens Cremant de Limoux from Limoux, France (hello…the birthplace of bubbles!!).

Next, what to serve!  Spicy Red(or Green) Pepper Jelly Cheese Spread is my holiday go-to when I have to take an app to a party.

New Year appetizerI LOVE this savory treat!  Take a cold block of Cream Cheese, add the recently refrigerated sweet/spicy jelly of your choice over the top and serve with crackers (I think it is best with Wheat Thins!).  Voila…done!

My NYE plans are super laid back.  Cocktail hour with friends and then carting over to a family friendly cul-de-sac party with tons of fireworks and good cheer-…boots, jeans and warm weather accessories will be the uniform.  I ordered this sweater from Madewell (extra 40% off sale) in hopes that it will be here for NYE.

bon voyage sweaterTime to say goodbye to 2014!  These black Moto Skinnies and dove grey booties are also on the list!  Club Monaco is also having a great sale…40% off sale and 50% off clearance.  The Arleta Dress will be the perfect workday dress for 2015!

Arleta DressWhat are your plans for the last day of the year??!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of time for reflection and goal setting for 2015!  Work, work out, then go out!  That’s just how it goes for this chick.  Thank you all so much for tuning in to Laviebythesea this year.  I have enjoyed developing posts and reliving my silly little life with each of you.  I look forward to next year and all the wonderful surprises that await each of us!

Have a safe, happy, Sparkly New Years!  XOXO,  Catherine