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New Year Promises

Caroline Diani

As I contemplate what I would like 2014 to look like, I’m also reflecting on the year I’ve had and have so much to be grateful for. My business has continued to evolve. I have an amazingly talented team around me. I live in a hugely supportive community. I was able to give back. I got married to my dreamboat husband. I spent time with close friends. I was able to travel to a place I’d never been. I was healthy, as was everyone close to me. It really was an epic year!

Caroline Diani

As I make my list for 2014, I’ve decided that if I call them “promises”, then somehow I’m more accountable. So, here goes…the list so far.

In 2014, I promise to….

dream bigger

create more

learn more

stay the course with passion projects

act sooner

fear less

love more

love myself more

be healthy

be grateful

What are some of your “Promises” to yourself in 2014?

Photos Leela Cyd

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Christmas ’13 – “We Were Together. I Forget The Rest”

Raisin

We hosted eleven of our family this Christmas and I was feeling nostalgic about my Christmas’s growing up in England. So, the hubby and I got to work making all the traditional British Christmas dishes my family served up. That meant turning to our trusty Brit, Jamie Oliver for the menu.

Christmas 2013

Images above from top down. Sweet Mince Pies (serve with Brandy Butter), recipe here. One of our nieces in a food coma with her dog, Maggie. A favorite Walt Whitman quote which sums up our Christmas so beautifully. Christmas Pudding, which you set alight with Brandy before serving. It’s soooo good!

Christmas 2013

Images above from top down. Sneaking out to see if Santa had been in the middle of the night. Santa brought my husband a new pair of snazzy socks. Plum succumbed to being a reindeer. Roses chocolates in a tin. Christmas Crackers.

Boxing Day Bonfire 2013

Boxing Day spent on the beach with a bonfire and sparklers.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

Posted in Entertaining

NYC Recap – Dec ’13

NYC - DEC '13

Earlier this month, the hubby and I took a trip to NYC, me for buying for the boutiques and he for a few business meetings and to take in some of the amazing theater that’s on Broadway. We also found time to catch up with some dear friends. And, it snowed! And snowed and snowed. Because of that, we feel more in the Christmas spirit than ever.

NYC

A view of the city from the ferry

NYC 2

Staircase at the Apple store on 5th *

Helmut Lang

A sneak peek at Helmut Lang’s pre-fall collection

Helmut Lang Showroom

The Helmut Lang Showroom

Loeffler Randall

A favorite Loeffler Randall shoe from their pre-fall collection

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A favorite coat by Sea’s collection

Waking up to this can fill you with dread when you have seven meetings to get to. But it sure is pretty.

NYC Cab

The dash of one of our cab drivers *

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Insane jewels by Venessa ArizagaNYC 9

More beauty from Venessa ArizagaNYC 10

A selection from Loeffler Randall’s pre-fall collection

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NYC by night

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The tree at Rockerfeller Center

NYC 13

Shoe frenzy at Sergio Rossi’s Showroom

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A stunning necklace from Lulu Frost

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A Venessa Arizaga bauble bracelet

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Getting my animal print fix at Loeffler Randall

NYC snow

A snowy drive to visit friends

*”Floating Soles” & “Cabbie Dash” by Jeffrey Doornbos, & are available for purchase in various formats. Inquiries here.

 

Posted in Blog, Traveling

The Perfect Print Party Dress

I’ll never say no to a good animal print and, at this time of year, when I’m looking for party dresses, if I can find a good one that’s not too flash, I’m sold. This DVF Renna dress checks all my boxes for the holiday season. The animal print has warm tones of beige, taupe and dark chocolate, which flatter all skin shades and has a flirty A line skirt which hides a multitude of sins. I’ve worn it to a couple of parties and love that it can be styled in the more casual world with a cashmere cardigan and boots or go vampy with a leather jacket and sky-high booties or pumps. There’s nothing quite like a good dress to get you excited and merry for a party! Ho ho ho!

DVF Renna Dress

Diane Von Furstenberg Renna dress. Call 1 877 342 6474 for available sizes and more information. Inhabit Shawl cardigan here.

Photos Leela Cyd. Last photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas Inspo

We finally got a moment to buy our Christmas tree yesterday and get it standing in it’s new home in our dining room. It’s funny how an eight foot Noble Fir can completely change the feel of our house (and the smell!). In turn, I’m now officially feeling the Christmas spirit and ready to decorate the tree, deck the halls, be merry and bright and toast the most wonderful time of the year! I always get inspiration for food and decorations on Pinterest. Follow me and check out my board, Noel here.

Christmas Inspo

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All images credited via Pinterest here

Posted in Entertaining

On The Twelfth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas

On the twelfth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, an Alice by Temperley sequined dress for our New Year’s Eve party, and the wish for our loved ones to have a 2014 filled with health, happiness and the kind of love that makes you count your lucky stars and dream as big as the sea. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Twelfth Night of Christmas

Alice by Temperley Erte dress. Sold out in ivory, wine here Guess what? DIANI is most definitely in the mood for giving on the 12th day of a DIANI Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of dresses. For online, use dresses20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Eleventh Day of a DIANI Christmas

Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, two initial Lulu Frost Plaza Collection pendants, a stack of numeric rings to match and a fun snake chain blue pendant necklace for an upcoming holiday party.

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Lulu Frost Plaza initial necklace here. Any initial can be ordered (M, D, C, A in stock). Lulu Frost Code number ring here. Any number can be ordered (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 in stock). Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Lulu Frost Snake necklace here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Tenth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a boat trip out to the Islands, and to stay warm, a cozy faux fur collared Smythe coat and a hip flask filled with Hot Toddy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Tenth Day of Christmas

Smythe coat (sold out). Shop more Smythe here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY outerwear. For online, use outerwear20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Ninth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Ninth Day of Christmas

On the ninth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Diane Von Furstenberg LBD to wear to a holiday party, a pair of Plush snuggly thigh high socks, the burgundy Rag&Bone Hunter boots that I’ve been dreaming about, and a beach walk to get them all sandy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Ninth Day of Christmas

Diane Von Furstenberg Kadira chain fringe dress. In-store only. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag&Bone Hunter rain boots here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY boots. For online, use winterboots20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

Posted in Wearing

On The Eighth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a set of four colorful silk Jane Carr scarves and a sunset beach walk with some dark chocolate covered almonds and a bottle of bubbly. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Eighth Day of Christmas

Jane Carr scarves here, here, here and here. Guess what? DIANI is in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY scarves. For online, use scarves20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Seventh Day of a DIANI Christmas

Seventh Day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a cable knit cardigan, some cashmere sweat pants, a pair of crazy comfy flats and some down time fireside with a new book and a glass of Pinot from my favorite winery. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Seventh Day of Christmas

Goat cable knit cardigan (sold out). Similar here and here. Inhabit cashmere Weekend sweats here. Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats here.

Guess what? DIANI is in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of cozy knitwear. For online, use sweaters20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Sixth Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the sixth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a lacey Diane Von Furstenberg dress and dancing till the sun came up at an unforgettable holiday party.

Diane Von Furstenberg Juliet Dress $400. Sizes 2,4,6 available. DIANI in store only special. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Leela Cyd

Posted in Blog, Wearing

On The Fifth Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the fifth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a stripey tee by Whetherly, two fun shawl Eugenia Kim epaulet accessories and a pair of Oliver Peoples sunnies.

Whetherly tee (sold out) similar here and here. Eugenia Kim Epaulet in top photo here. Eugenia Kim Kenny knit hood in other photos here. Oliver Peoples Luella sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 64 74.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Fourth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Stella McCartney Lingerie

On the fourth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a selection of sexy Stella McCartney lingerie and some quality time under the sun in our dilapidated teepee.

Stella McCartney Lingerie

A wide selection of the Stella McCartney lingerie collection is available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Teepee

Photos except teepee Jeffrey Doornbos. Teepee Leela Cyd

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On The Third Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the third day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a Smythe smoking jacket, a pair of golden Loeffler Randall dancing shoes, some festive Lionette earrings and lots of jumping on the bed like it’s a trampoline.

Smythe Smoking jacket here. Beautiful People tank here. Sam&Lavi Aubrey skirt here. Loeffler Randall Tilda heels here. Lionette Coco earrings here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Second Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the second day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a navy lace Diane Von Furstenberg dress, a pair of Loeffler Randall heels, yet more sparkly Lionette jewelry and some freshly squeezed juice from our very large orange tree.

Diane Von Furstenberg lace dress. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Loeffler Randall Charlotte heel here. Selection of Lionette jewelry here.

Photos Leela Cyd

Posted in Blog, Wearing

On The First Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the first day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a cashmere sweater, a pair of Mother jeans and some Lionette jewelry.

Velvet Sonja sweater here and Evelina sweater here. Mother Looker ankle zip jeans here. Lionette Le Marais bracelet here. Lionette earrings here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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