Friday, October 29, 2010

Behind the scenes with the costume designer for Desperate Housewives - Part II

If you watch Desperate Housewives you won't want to miss reading Part II of my interview with Desperate Housewives' costume designer Cate Adair -- check out my Thrifty Shopping article. Click here to read Part I.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Read my interview with Desperate Housewives' costume designer

If you watch Desperate Housewives you won't want to miss reading Part I of my interview with costume designer Cate Adair -- check out my Thrifty Shopping article. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Cate...she was engaging and down to earth. I wondered what she would be like given that she works with celebrities...I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to chat and how open she was about sharing personal stories.

Click here to see if Cate will be vising your city as part of her "Celebrate Personal Style" tour.

Thanks for stopping by... Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet Desperate Housewives stylist Cate Adair

Chamilia®, the fashion-forward fine beaded jewelry company, announces the launch of their ‘Celebrate Personal Style’ tour with celebrity stylist, Cate Adair. The brand is hosting jewelry parties in five cities across the country where attendees can meet the celebrity stylist and emmy-nominated costume designer for the hit ABC show, Desperate Housewives, and get tips on how they can express their unique and personal style with Chamilia’s customizable jewelry collections.

“These special events are an inviting and fun way for women to celebrate their individual style by pairing beautiful and fashionable beads in ways that reflect who they are and what they love,” said Cate Adair, celebrity stylist and costume designer. “I love to accessorize my clients by incorporating their personal style into every look and Chamilia jewelry allows women everywhere to do the same.” 

Party attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to create personalized bracelets, necklaces and earrings from hundreds of intricately designed beads made out of fine materials. Look books will also be given to guests featuring Chamilia’s customizable jewelry, designed by Killian Rieder, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and former Ralph Lauren designer, who has a long pedigree in the fashion and design industry. 

‘Celebrate Personal Style’ events on the following dates and times:

Minneapolis                                                               Atlanta                                               
October 20, 2010                                                        October 29, 2010
Aurora Jewelers                                                          Barron’s Fine Jewelry
11995 Singletree Lane                                                1850 Scenic Hwy, Suite 100
Eden Prairie, MN 55344                                             Snellville, GA 30078  
2 p.m. - 7 p.m (CDT)                                                  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (EDT)

Los Angeles                                                              Houston
November 6, 2010                                                      December 3, 2010
Bungalow Bay                                                             The Magnolia House
6457 E. Pacific Highway                                            6146 Highway 6
Long Beach, CA 90803                                              Missouri City, TX 77459
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (PDT)                                               3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (CDT)

Miami                                                                          Miami
December 9, 2010                                                      December 9, 2010
Snow’s Jewelers                                                         Five Star Jewelers
6837 Main Street                                                        16271 SW 88th Street
Miami Lakes, FL 33014                                              Miami, FL
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (EDT)                                                 12 p.m - 6 p.m (EDT)

I am looking forward to meeting Cate on October 20th.

Thanks for stopping by... Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Do you watch Desperate Housewives???

I am a fan of Desperate Housewives. Get week I get an opportunity to meet (in person) and interview Cate Adair. Who is Cate Adair you ask?

Cate Adair is the Emmy-nominated Costume Designer for the smash hit series, Desperate Housewives. Her design work for this global sensation is credited with influencing fashion trends in 203 countries. Millions of eager viewers tune in weekly to see what the ladies of Wisteria Lane are doing - and more specifically, to see exactly what they’re wearing while they’re doing it!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Posh Blog Makeover Giveaway worth $150!

Pink and Polka Dot told me her Fairy Blog Mother, Sweet Faerie Designs, is having a Blog Makeover Giveaway! Not just any makeover, but a Posh Blog Makeover worth $150. It includes:

Posh makeover:
*Custom header design
*Color matching template
*Coordinating Button promoting your site (including HTML box)
*Custom horizontal Menu Bar
*Cute (custom) Font for titles
*Installation of design (2 or 3 columns)

Click quickly as the giveaway ends at midnight Friday 10/15. 

Thanks for stopping by... Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

Monday, October 11, 2010

Art + Architecture, JUNKMARKET Style Sale

I missed the Art + Architecture and JUNKMARKET Style Spring Gala, but I am not going to miss the Fall Gala. Check out my article for details.

Thanks for stopping by... Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

Friday, October 8, 2010

'VERT' a new occasional market...

It's been so long since I blogged that I almost forgot how to sign on to my blog. Yup, it has been since February that I last blogged.

It took something fun for me to get back to blogging. What you are wondering? A new occasional market called 'VERT' that I want to share with you.

This is what I bought at 'VERT'' today. Can't wait to find the perfect place in my home for her.

Want to know more about 'VERT' and see what all they have on hand, check out my Thrifty Shopping article on

Thanks for stopping by... Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Re-gifting on purpose…

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My neighbors Bill and Linda gave me a bottle of wine in this incredibly creative gift bag. It is made from old sails by Sea Bags. The gift bags are designed to be re-gifted and to circle the globe. You list the recipient's name and location along with the date the gift was given. I love the bag and the idea of re-gifting and seeing it going onto others…but I am also torn about re-gifting as I love it.

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Here is a little about Sea Bags.

Since 1999 we have been making custom tote bags out of recycled sails. Every bag we make has sailed around the world before it even leaves our shop, and we like that.

  • Each bag is designed and inspired from the sail itself and all vary in texture and fabric. All are durable, water resistant and washing-machine friendly.
  • Most of our bags (like most sails) are white or off white Dacron with a colored design on them but we use all sails from canvas to Kevlar.
  • Each Sea Bag has rope handles that are hand-spliced in our shop in Portland, Maine - the splice is a nautical skill and what differentiates a Sea Bag.
  • Sea Bags totes come in small, medium and large and a variety of designs and colors
  • Check out my Thrifty Shopping articles on

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