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The past few seasons we have seen a return of baroque in the feel and elements of fashion. Many couture designers inspired by the historical period have re-interpreted the period and its rich gold with deep jewel tones, brocades and floral motifs in their lines. Darker and heavier than the light, airy Rococo which followed it, Baroque is perfect for fall.

Here are a few of my favorite women’s designer baroque accessories. Added to any outfit they would give you instant on trend designer look. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see some versions under $250.

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Growing up in my house as a kid, Sunday afternoons were all about rest and relaxation…for my mom. She had a highly stressful job in addition to being the mother of four children. So come Sunday, that also meant rest and relaxation for us kiddos. We had to either go outside and play, or find quiet activities indoors, ones that would promote peace amongst each other so there would be no outbreaks of sibling fighting i.e. no noise. That pretty much left two activities: putting puzzles together and watching old movies. Why old movies? Because we would fight over what to watch, so my mother came up with the rule that any tv on Sunday had to be old movies. That rule also ensured that the movie would be to her liking thereby creating an activity for the whole family. So here’s what it looked like in my house on Sundays. Homemade popcorn on the stove or a jumbo bag of sunflower seeds in their shells, puzzles (500-1000 pieces), and old movies. The thing is, not one of us kids complained, not a one; we loved it. So much so that we preferred to stay indoors on Sundays. So is it any wonder that my idea of a relaxing Sunday afternoon is old movies and popcorn? In a world always on the go and that encourages us to always do more, to be able to spend my Sunday that way is pure luxury. What is your favorite way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon?

I love round dining tables. I love upholstered dining seats. And I love rich brown leathers. So when I saw this “Hudson” banquette from Massoud, I kinda gasped. Well, not kinda, I did. Oh the decor possibilities! And so unique.

In the picture they have it shown in a beautiful neutral (both in color and style) setting. But I can see this in a library room with rich dark woods and colors. I also see it with old world Mediterranean decor as well. It is luxurious and cozy at the same time. The table is sold separately. Love this luxe!

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A peacock and it’s feathers, such a show off! This colorful chair caught my eye and made me smile. It’s fun and definitely showy; an absolute standout. Certainly a conversation piece, and a comfy one at that. It has the look of a piece that has been handed down a few generations as a treasure. From Haute House it has embroidered accent fabric on top of a neutral mossy green.
Hope it makes you smile!

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My two sisters and I have always been very close. No matter what struggles or challenges we faced, whether individually or as a family, when the dust settled we remained tightly knit. The only thing that ever separated us was geographical distance.

Five years ago the eldest of the three came up with a way to keep us all near even when miles away: we would have matching rings. She chose a white gold pave’ flower. Afterward, we decided that every five years, we would all take turns choosing a new ring. It is now my turn.

What to choose?!? Well, it would have to be something each of us would love, luxe but not break the bank, and in some way symbolic of our relationship. Also, I wanted it to be something that would go with whatever the season and the outfit. In short, something with a timeless feel. It had to be, as it is intended to be worn everyday. After weeks of scouring here are a few of the considerations.

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This is 14 carat gold with white, brown, and black diamonds to symbolize each of us three sisters. Classic and can be worn with anything.

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This 14 carat white, rose, and yellow gold diamond ring looks like three separate rings, but is actually one. Each color of gold representing a sister.

Fall is here! Just like leaves get to change their colors, so we get to change our wardrobes to the cozy, warm, rich colors of fall. Autumn brings with it cool, crisp air, the smell of wood burning fires, and leaf peeping. In all of this sometimes we forget that even though the sunlight may not seem as strong as in summer we still need to protect our eyes. Looking over the offerings of this season, I have fallen I love with Dolce and Gabbana’s Baroque line of sunglasses and eyewear. The luxe gold accents are perfect to pair with all those rich fall colors we love. Don’t forget to luxe your eyes!

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The old adage is true. Sometimes it is the simplest and most little of things that can be the most luxurious. For today’s Luxe I give you the long, hot bath.

Stepping into the water and letting it ease up tight muscles that have been longing for some pampering all week. Away from the noise of life (if you’ve got kids, you will probably need earplugs and a locked door), you can let yourself breathe, clear your mind, and let yourself finally let go of the day’s worries and stress.

I love to add lavender to my bath and light candles, and sometimes quiet reflective music. I even enjoy creating special instrumental mixes that help focus the stages of relaxation. But here it is all up to you; add what makes you feel the most relaxed.

Hmmm…I just realized there is another Luxe thing that goes into a bath…time.

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The Renwich Crystal Sphere. ┬áThis hanging pendant light from Aerin ┬áhas me lusting for this luxe. It makes a huge statement that would go well with any decor. I will look for a similar, lower priced version, but if you want to invest in one luxe item for a room…this could be it! The hardest part would then be to choose which finish, gold or silver!

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Ok. I’m not a poet. I don’t claim to be, but that little lame bit of poetry is one of my personal mantras. Now, please understand that I don’t hang them in a narcissistic need to look at my reflection, I love to look AT them, not IN them.

A mirror is an accessory, just like a beautiful statement necklace on a little black dress (btw, I say that about chandeliers, too, but that’s another post). It can define the style of a room. It adds drama, and let’s face it, luxe is all about drama. I always make sure that they are across from a beautifully fabric framed window or another focal point such as art, a fireplace, or a tapestry. Treat a mirror as a piece of art and a way to reflect other beautiful objects or fabric onto another wall.

Here are just a few of my many mirrors. (I have thrown my business name on them for copyright reasons.)

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Today’s must have Luxe is from Leon Max’s fall collection. A great twist on the LBD. A stretch silk georgette dress with a Watteau-like cape-let. Now it just needs some gorgeous accessories!

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