A New Year Celebration: 5 Years of House Appeal!

January 2012-January 2017:  5 Years Of House Appeal
January 2012-January 2017: 5 Years Of House Appeal

Another milestone. 5 Years of a blog that began in January of 2012. 5 Years of sharing. Five years of compiling images. From behind my lens and sourced from the vast world of the internet.  All with the continuing goal of delving deeper into creating a greater appreciation of what surrounds. Life is a gift. Attitude is destiny.  Appreciation and gratitude is a worthy goal, indeed.

Thank you to each and every one of you that have stumbled upon this blog and have followed along on my journey of sharing and expounding on those things that comprise our world and our lives. With the intent of redefining appreciation for what surrounds us in all aspects of life.  Awaiting our focus. Perhaps it is a greater awareness that brings furthered appreciation. For certain, in every moment there is something beautiful to focus on.  Something to find appreciation for or merely gain a renewed appreciation upon connecting historical background. Renewed perspective. Life moves swiftly. What better goal in our daily lives than to look at the world closer. Ponder with appreciation what surrounds. Ponder what is beautiful, timeless and enduring…

It was in 2014 that I had deemed the word “Onward” as my mantra. In 2017 that word still holds true. A word that is defined as “In a continuing forward direction; ahead” and “going further than coming to an end or halt; moving forward”.  Since 2012 my life has changed vastly. I made personal choices and decisions in 2015 that would change my life forever. Yet change is good. Deciding to make changes, no matter how difficult the journey through them, and actually following through with those decisions, is the key. When you know without any doubts that you are forging in the right direction, it is merely owning the challenges every step of the way. Moving forward. Moving onward. Never doubting yourself. That, therein, is personal growth. Onward, indeed.

So for a blog that covers the world of fashion, interior design, nature, life’s events and city inspirations…onward with the goal of inspiring with ponderings and inspirations of living a beautiful life. Although the blog posts have lessened, the desire to share has not faded. That passion will never fade.

Thank you for being a part of the journey thus far. Onward to inspire…

Onward,

Kristin Abrahamsen


“You must do the things you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Selfie.  New Years Eve, 2016
Selfie. New Years Eve, 2016

New Year. New Opportunities. 2017.

Chicago
Chicago.  New Years Eve, 2016.  KDA

 

“The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

So it is a New Year. New beginnings. New opportunities. New challenges and changes. 365 days of opportunities in which to grow, be inspired and change. Holding to our commitments. Celebrating our successes and forging onward when we stumble. Onward. Always.  Each day ahead is an opportunity to find appreciation and dwell in gratitudes. Onward in all of that…Happy New Year.  Happy new beginnings.  It’s a brand new year.  Forward we go.  Upward and onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In December

From the Windows Of Chicago:  Fashion In December
From the Windows Of Chicago: Fashion In December

Chicago in December. Magical. Although my early December trek through the Windy City was not in the full swing and frenzy of the mass of Holiday shoppers as it would be in late December, the streets were certainly filled with those pondering or embarking upon their Christmas and Holiday lists. The holiday season in the great city of Chicago. Excitement always fills the air when one ventures onto the streets of any city. Yet the holidays seem to bring a different festive spirit that is fueled by the festooned buildings and lighted trees bedecked in holiday greens with twinkling lights…city wonderment, indeed…

Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights:  The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue
Bedecked With Holiday Greens & Lights: The Chicago Tribune Building, Michigan Avenue

The embellishment of crimson red and boughs of pine against the backdrop of Chicago was a stunning view to behold. For certain, I adore this city in all seasons.

Oh, how I love and adore this city and the color red…

Chicago In December
Chicago In December

Of the fashion that filled the windows through the city and on the Magnificent Mile? Delightful. Some more festive than others, but each a representational of holiday flare and style. Fashion and its season’s presented in a visual compilation from behind my lens…

I begin with Holiday fantasy behind the windows of Neiman Marcus…Cheers to the mannequin and the artistry of visual merchandising!  “A little bit of  fantasy…”, indeed…

Fantasy & Fashion:  Neiman Marcus Elegance
Fantasy & Fashion: Neiman Marcus Elegance
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Holiday Elegance Behind The Windows Of Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal:  Neiman Marcus
Enticing Windows Of Holiday Appeal: Neiman Marcus
Louis Vuitton...Holiday Style
Louis Vuitton…Holiday Style
White & Black: Winter Delights
White & Black: Winter Delights
Michael Kors:  Shiny, Bright & Classic
Michael Kors: Shiny, Bright & Classic
Moncler:  Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Moncler: Winter Delights In Tweed & Fur
Prada:  Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Prada: Holiday Delights Of Fashionable Appeal
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Holiday Style: Prada Style
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Macy's State Street:  Homage To Chicago
Macy’s State Street: Homage To Chicago
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Party Ready At Hugo Boss
Red, Red Delight:  Burberry
Red, Red Delight: Burberry
From The Windows Of Burberry...
From The Windows Of Burberry…
Salvatore Ferragamo:  Red & Gold Delights
Salvatore Ferragamo: Red & Gold Delights
Golden Treasures:  Salvatore Ferragamo
Golden Treasures: Salvatore Ferragamo
“Land Of 1,000 Delights”….Magic Behind Saks Fifth Avenue
Golden Delights:  Saks Fifth Avenue's Holiday Style
Golden Delights: Saks Fifth Avenue’s Holiday Style
Golden Palms Behind Tommy Bahama
Golden Palms, Comfort & Holiday Style
Max Mara:  An Abstract Holiday
Max Mara: An Abstract Holiday

A word about the windows of Max Mara. Typically my favorite windows.  Yet unexpected was the abstract Holiday window in unexpected hues. Regardless, Holiday-esque it certainly alludes to. And of the white and black topped hats? A love behind my lens, for certain…

The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
The Fashionable Windows Of Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Black & White Delight:  Max Mara
Black & White Delight: Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected:  Max Mara
Style & A City Reflected: Max Mara
Stylish Impact:  Max Mara
Stylish Impact: Max Mara
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style
Stylish Toppers, Max Mara Style

Perhaps beyond the Holiday visual, a visual conjured up of an escape to warmer temperatures behind the windows of Chanel on Michigan Avenue…

The Windows Of Chanel...
The Windows Of Chanel…
Walk This Way:  Chanel
Walk This Way: Chanel
Tod's Circus:  Defining Visual Of Style
Tod’s Circus: Defining Visual Of Style
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Snow White Behind Tom Ford
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Crimson Red & Escada Style
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens...In Black & White
Fashion Captured From Behind My Lens…In Black & White

From behind the lens my eye will never tire to seek and capture a mere visual of the artistry of fashion and its windows that seek to beckon those that pass by. Onward to another year of capturing fashion and a city ahead. For one who has photographed the fashionable windows of Chicago every single month for over 3 years…onward!

Inspiration and fashion, Onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

 

“Photography can only represent the present.  Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past”- Berenice Abbott

Reflected:  Fashion & The Photographer's Selfie
Myself Captured in Reflection: Fashion & The Photographer’s Selfie.

Gratitude on Thanksgiving…

Gratitudes and Thankfulness
Gratitudes and Thankfulness

“Thankfulness is the beginning of Happiness” – Anon.

Thanksgiving.  Simply stated.  Gratitude.  Perhaps there is no other moment during the year when we are urged to contemplate and find gratitude.  Thankfulness.  What a wonderful virtue and focus to find appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness for our life and the gifts within our life.  Gratitude really does turn what we have into enough.  May your Thanksgiving holiday serve as a reminder to you today, and each and every day, that thankfulness truly is the beginning of happiness. Onward in that.  Onward in appreciation, thankfulness and gratitude…

Onward,

Kristin

A Fashionable Nod to Halloween…

Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise
Fashionable Halloween: Models In Guise

Halloween. A nod to the occasion with a fashionable appeal on the day in which we transcend ourselves into a world of mystery and fantasy. For me, it is the beauty that I seek from the masqueraded moment. Thus, Fashion. Models. Intrigue. For certain, even Halloween can offer up a beautiful rendering in which to disappear behind a mask that offers fascination and curiosity. Life can be beautiful at all times. Elegance can certainly prevail. Even on Halloween.

Lights & Halloween Vibes:  From The World Of Fashion
Lights & Halloween Vibes: From The World Of Fashion

To those that don a masquerade of style, onward into the night when pumpkins glow in the moonlight…A fashionable halloween, onward
Happy Halloween!  

Onward,

Kristin


“There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by the moonlight”

The Adornment Of & Celebrations With A Fragrant Herb: Rosemary

Aromatic Delights:  Celebrations With A Scented Herb
Aromatic Delights: Celebrations With A Scented Herb

Rosemary.  Termed “Rosmarinus officials”, rosemary is an aromatic woody evergreen perennial herb native to the seaside regions of North Africa and the Mediterranean. This fragrant herb presents  flat pine needle-like leaves  that grow on an evergreen bush. Who knew that rosemary joins the ranks as member of the mint family, Lamiaceae? The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin for “dew” (ros) and “Sea” (marinus), or “Dew of the Sea”. Of note, the ancient legend that rosemary grows “where one can hear the sea”. The Rosemary plant itself is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning “flower”. Rosemary is said to resemble lavender when shimmering blue flowers appear in mid-Winter in native climates. The leaves themselves can often appear to be touched with silver.  But commonly green and fragrant, this woody citrus offers so much to our world beyond the culinary and herbal health benefits.  Beyond its aromatic offerings this fragrant plant that offers us  natural beauty when gracing events of our lives and brought within our interior worlds.

However, the past precedes this coveted plant.   It is noted that rosemary held a strong association with ancient Greeks and Romans. “As early as the Fifth millenium B.C. references to rosemary were found written in cuneiform” (the earliest system of writing of wedge shaped slash marks) on stone tablets.  Ancient appreciation of an herb, indeed. Coveted for what was believed mystical and healing properties, it was the Roman armies who would eventually bring this herb to Britain.  From there, this scented herb would travel through Europe and eventually reach the New World…

“As for rosmarine, I lette it runne all over my garden walls,
not onlie because my bees love it,
but because it is the herb sacred to remembrance,
and, therefore to friendship . . .”

-Sir Thomas More,(Aka Saint Thomas More, (1478-1535)  English lawyer, author and stateman

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A “rich crown of stone and pearls set with
rosemary in her hair” 

-English royalty, Anne of Cleves,King
Henry the Eighth’s fourth wife /1540

Long associated with remembrance of romance and matrimony, rosemary has been used for centuries in courtship and weddings. Oh, the beauty of tradition. In fact, French legend holds that “if a man didn’t like the scent of rosemary, he would be an inferior lover”. Who knew?  Empress Josephine is said to have asked Napoleon to wash in rosemary water before entering her bedchamber. The power of an herb, indeed. Interesting that rosemary is said to have been Napoleon’s favorite fragrance. A love affair, indeed.

French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon
French Royalty: Josephine & Napoleon

As for this scented aromatic herb traditionally appearing during the holiday season, perhaps its history can be linked to the entertaining in the Middle ages. It is said that rosemary was spread on the ground so its fragrance would fill the air when guests would walk upon it. The belief was that those would smell rosemary on Christmas Eve would have a year of health and happiness.  A tradition of celebration with nature, for certain. It is no wonder that rosemary would continue as a traditional embellishment during the holidays.

In appreciation of the rosemary herb and the adornment of and celebrations of an herb of visual and fragrant delight….

Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop Delight With Sprigs Of Rosemary
Rosemary Within The Interior
A Woody Citrus: Rosemary Within The Interior
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight:  Rosemary
Natural Tabletop Inspiration Of Scented Delight: Rosemary
Wedded Infusion:  Scented Rosemary
Wedded Infusion: Scented Rosemary
Scented Affairs:  Rosemary As Decoration
Scented Affairs: Rosemary As Decoration
Events Of A Lifetime:  Rosemary Infused
Events Of A Lifetime: Rosemary Infused
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments:  Infused With Rosemary
Celebrations Of Memorable Moments: Infused With Rosemary
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Delight With Rosemary Sprigs
Wedded Adornment:  Rosemary
Wedded Adornment Of Natural Appeal: Rosemary
Weddings Graced With Nature:  Rosemary In Decoration
Weddings Graced With Nature: Rosemary In Decoration
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
Celebratory Sprigs Of Memorable Visual Appeal: Rosemary
“Moments” With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal:  Celebrations With Rosemary
Scented Needles Of Fragrant Appeal: Celebrations With Rosemary
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary: Scented Delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Rosemary & Events: Scented & Visual delights
Decorating With Rosemary:  Tabletop Delights
Decorating With Rosemary: Tabletop Delights
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop Additions With A Fragrant Herb
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Tabletop & Decorative Delights In Sprigs Of Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
Holiday Embellishments With Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
The Scented Herb: Rosemary
Nature's Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight:  Rosemary
Nature’s Gift Of Scented & Herbal Delight: Rosemary

Consider the natural delight of the fragrant and distinctive herb, rosemary. Nature’s bounty offers us the scented delights with which to appreciate. Beyond a mere herb, rosemary will certainly grace our worlds in simplicity with natural beauty. Scented and natural appeal, indeed.  Onward to the celebration of life’s moments with the tradition of a fragrant gift of nature…

Onward,

Kristin

“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember”

– William Shakespeare
(Ophelia to Hamlet)

A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb:  Rosemary
A Scented, Distinctive & Fragrant Herb: Rosemary

4th of July: Let Freedom Ring…

Celebration Of America
Celebration Of America

Freedom. A liberation. An independence. Independence Day, indeed. A day in which we acknowledge freedom and the celebration of our American Independence Day, the “Fourth of July”, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

On such a day, the word freedom is a word that serves as a reminder of a determination for autonomy. A journey to liberty and liberation. Onward in that, always. Let freedom ring.

Happy 4th of July, America!

Onward,

Kristin

Buntings Of Red, White & Blue
Buntings Of Red, White & Blue

PS: Fortunate am I to have been born on the 4th of July…what a day for an American birthday. Cheers, America!

Easter Greetings…

Easter 2016

At a time where vibrant colors pair with chocolate decadence and sweet delights, an acknowledgment of Easter finds appreciation in the details of the holiday itself. Yet at the heart of Easter is its symbol of hope, renewal and new life. Appreciation, indeed.

Wishing you and yours joy at Easter and always…

Onward,

Kristin

Irish Green: A Bit Of Luck, Onward

Clover Green:  Irish Cheer & Luck
Clover Green: Irish Cheer & Luck

 

Luck.  Luck is termed as “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions”.   In acknowledgment of St. Patrick’s Day, a bit of luck is a good wish for all. Yet to acknowledge luck is to realize that luck can perhaps be an attitude rather than chance…

 

If our attitude defines us, then perhaps to view the good things in our life as luck is to live in appreciation.  That is taking action.  For how we view our reality is our choice.  Thus, lucky are we if we can focus on the good things in our life with gratitude.  Every day is a gift.  Onward in that. A bit of luck, onward, indeed!

Onward,

Kristin

 

“When it comes to luck, you make your own” -Bruce Springsteen