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An Away Luggage Update and Help Me Choose a New Carry-on Bag

Before I left for a trip to Egypt last October, I purchased this snazzy, aluminum, Away carry-0n bag for the trip. Over the last few months, I've had several comments and emails asking how that bag worked out. Though I loved the bag, I sadly decided to return it after the trip. In today's post, I thought I'd share what I loved about the bag, why I returned it and what bag(s) I'm considering buying now.   The Away bag comes in a non-aluminum version in … [Continue Reading...]

An Ornery Weather Station

Welcome to the 520th Metamorphosis Monday! Unfortunately, I'm still sick with some kind of virus. My throat is still really swollen. If I'm not better in the next day or two, I'm going for a strep test.  I don't really have a Before and After to share since I spent much of yesterday (when I felt up to it) doing boring stuff like putting wreaths back into storage under the eaves in the upstairs family room and taking all the ornaments off the … [Continue Reading...]

My (and my son’s) Winter Favorites

Winter Clothing, Snow

This is how fall/winter always starts for me: It's the end of September and I'm dreading the end of summer. I wish I could keep fall/winter from coming or at least somehow fast forward through it to spring. I almost feel depressed thinking that summer is over and the long months of winter are upon us. Then Halloween happens, I love Halloween and all the decorating and silliness that accompanies it. Before I know it, it's Thanksgiving, then Christmas. Suddenly … [Continue Reading...]

Dinner in the 1902 Restaurant, Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan Egypt

Dinner in the 1902 Restaurant, Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan Egypt

Welcome to the 536th Tablescape Thursday! Last October, my friend, Teresa, and I spent 15 days traveling across Egypt. That trip was definitely one of the most exciting, mysterious, bucket-list trips I've ever been on. In a word, it was awesome--Disney Rash and all! lol During the trip to Egypt, we had a rather interesting adventure on a visit to the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. The Old Cataract is well-known for many things, including all the … [Continue Reading...]

Beautiful Calendar Inserts for Any Agenda, Especially for the Louis Vuitton Fan

Louis Vuitton Grace Coddington Inspired Agenda Page Dashboard

Last summer I was offered a trip to Maui, Hawaii by a friend who had booked a week there, but ended up not being able to go due to another commitment. (Read more about that trip under the Travel category at the top of BNOTP here: Travel.) During that trip, I did some shopping which included visiting a Louis Vuitton store in Whalers Village. While inside I spotted the most beautiful antique trunk! Until that day, I had never realized LV's iconic monogram print … [Continue Reading...]

Easy Storage for Winter Boots, Keeps Them Upright-No Slouching or Falling Over

Boot Shaper Keeps Boots Standing Upright

Welcome to the 519th Metamorphosis Monday! Whooo, I'm back home. I got in quite late last night after the always-long drive home from Ohio. The drive went by relatively fast since the weather was awesome (no rain!) and I was listening to a really good book all the way home. The book I was listening to via Audible was, Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure The Deadliest Disease in History by Dr. Jeremy Brown. It was fascinating hearing about some of the … [Continue Reading...]

Embracing Winter with 3 Winter-Themed Tablescapes

Cozy Fireside Tea

Welcome to the 535th Tablescape Thursday! As we head into the coldest months of winter here in the U.S., I thought I'd share a few wintery tables from the past. I'll be leaving family to head back home soon, how did the holidays go by so quickly?! I'm sure you're asking the same thing...goes by faster every year, doesn't it? (Click on any title below to view more of that table setting.) A Wintery Table Setting For the Birds Several years back we got a … [Continue Reading...]

Jane Austen Fans: Would You Enjoy a Literary Tour of Southern England?

A Play at The Globe Theatre

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 has had an awesome start for you! It's always around this time of the year that I'm finally able to accept the cold weather and have begun to embrace it. I love a good excuse for staying inside and curling up under a throw with a good book or just watching a favorite old movie.   A Travel Opportunity for the Classic Literature Lover, especially the Jane Austen Fan I'm often asked in comments and emails if I would be willing … [Continue Reading...]

Keep Silver Jewelry Visible, Yet Tarnish-free While Stored Away

Jewelry Storage for Sterling Silver and Silverplate Jewelry

Welcome to the 518th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year to you! Any exciting plans for New Year's Eve? I have something I just discovered that I'm super excited to share with you for this week's Metamorphosis Monday! Over the past 20 years, I've collected or have been given as a gift, several pieces of silver jewelry. Some jewelry, like the silver jewelry from Tiffany & Co., comes in a little protective storage bag that works quite well at preventing … [Continue Reading...]

2 Beautiful Christmas Table Settings: Elegant in Silver, Festive in Red

A Christmas Table in White and Silver

Welcome to the 534th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hope you are having a special time visiting with family and friends! We're all still in a holiday state of mind here as the new year approaches. Over this past week, I received wonderful photos of beautiful Christmas table settings from two lovely BNOTP readers. Norma set an elegant Christmas table in shades of white and silver with touches of the prettiest … [Continue Reading...]