It is Sunday and it is time for Mary Ann, Annie, and I to share our five favorite things that caught our eye this week. I am sorry I have been mia on Instagram and Social Media this week. It has been a bit of a rough one. I haven’t gone into much detail because quite honestly it was just too painful. But life goes on so let’s take a look at Sunday Fab Five-Madewell-Grief and More.
My Sister Cathy-
My sister passed away on Thursday at the age of 70. She was five years my senior. In some ways, we led different lives because of that age difference. Our parents divorced when I was twelve and my sister watched over me. She tried to keep me out of trouble and mostly succeeded. We both lived with my mom (because that is what you did back then) for a year or so. My sister went off to college and we both moved in with my dad (let me tell you that was an experience in the beginning). My sister was an overachiever and conquered anything she took on. She was a star student in high school, cheerleader, and first chair clarinet player. She excelled in college and went on to be one of the few females “working in a man’s world” back in the day. She eventually became a partner in a very successful bond trading firm in Chicago. She was a gourmet cook and a beautiful entertainer. She dressed beautifully with an artful style all her own. She and my brother-in-law retired to Napa after many years in Chicago. They loved the weather, the wine, and the food scene. Cathy hired me to oversee the building and design of their Napa home which gave me the confidence to go out on my own. I will always be grateful to her for that. We had many good times together while they lived in Napa and San Francisco. Everyone loved going to their house for Thanksgiving. They later settled in Florida where she could be near her dear friends. There she passed away after a long struggle with alcoholism. We tried many times to get her help but she just couldn’t do it. If you have someone you love that is afflicted with that deadly disease, I hope you can save them before it is too late.
Cathy and her husband Pat at their Grand Cayman home, one of their happy places.
Cathy and our life long friend Cheryl who looked after her until her last day
On a lighter note, my sister who was much more of a gourmet than I gave me a lot of cookbooks over the years. I love to cook but to be honest she was the type of cook who would spend all day perfecting a recipe. You can probably imagine how many of those were opened. Ironically one time she brought me a cookbook that she had received two of. I almost didn’t even open it. If you love simple fresh french food you will love this cookbook Patricia Wells at home in Provence.
Madewell 20% off for Insiders
I finally made it into a Madewell Store when we met for Kim’s birthday. I have been desperate for some new jeans and I always have good luck at Madewell. They are not too pricey and really hold up. Rarely are jeans on sale so if you need a pair now is the time if you are an insider. I came home with the vintage high rise jean. I should have sized down and gotten a petite. I am ordering. Here are the other pretties that caught my eye or in my shopping cart.
KIMS FRIDAY FUN STUFF
You might enjoy checking out Kim’s Friday fun stuff here. I am adding her potato leek soup to my fall soup repertoire. Who knew leeks were a superfood.
The Milieu Showhouse
I have been meaning to add this to my Sunday faves ever since I received the issue covering the showhouse. I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for the team to pull off a showhouse during the height of the pandemic. However, what Pam Pierce and her team accomplished was one of the most beautiful showhouses I have seen to date. What was so special about it you ask? Like other show homes, it was filled with inspirational ideas. The difference, this one was cohesive. The rooms flowed. It looked like a house one could imagine living in. Each room wasn’t a different style, pattern, or color. It looked liveable. I am anxious to hear your thoughts. The good news is if you are interested in seeing it in its entirety and donating to the Clayton Dabney Children’s Cancer foundation you can make a $20 donation and take a virtual tour here
Pretty living room designed by Milieu founder decorator Pamela Pierce. Love the juxtaposition of the feminine furniture with the ethnic rug.
Studio McGee Headed to Netflix
Anyone else excited about Studio Mcgee’s new Netflix show? You can read about it here.
I have to admit I don’t watch a lot of (well maybe none) reality and HGTV shows, but this one has me excited!
Thank you so much for reading. I am sorry I just didn’t have the energy to devote the amount of time I should to today’s post. My sister’s death really threw me for a loop even though know we knew it was inevitable. She was a vibrant, active, fun-filled woman who had it all. Unfortunately, alcoholism got the best of her. For those of you that have been through a similar death please share your thoughts. She left behind two daughters who are missing her terribly.
Next week is going to be a busy blogging week . Susan from Une Femme, Vicki Archer, and I are sharing thoughts on finding your own style, and we have our annual fall fashion post coming up on Thursday. Now please stop by and visit Mary Ann and Annie and see what they are sharing.
As always, thank you for sharing your Sunday and reading Sunday Fab Five-Madewell Grief and More.