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Jan 25, 2011

Thanks for the mention

I received an award last week from two wonderful blogger friends:

The sensational Anita from Castles, Crowns, and Cottages
the wonderful Lee Ann from The French Maid's Place

What an honor to be mentioned on their blogs.

I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself.
Here I go...

1. I am a total foodie. 

I giggle when I find a perfect chef's knife or a great piece of grass-fed beef 
(normally from Whole Foods where I now do most of my grocery shopping). 

Cooking is the art form that provides me opportunities to be connected to my heritage.

I live the 90/10 rule. 
Ninety percent of the time I eat healthily, 
the other 10 percent I eat whatever I want 
(especially French Macaroons!!!) 
and I truly enjoy the decadent 10% without a shred of guilt.

2. I am a planner and love taking care of the minutia of projects other people may find annoying
(hence my day job as a Program Manager).
I am a problem-solver by nature, so coming up with plans for weddings 
(how to feed 100 people within a budget and still have a buffet table that looks like a million bucks), 
or assessing project risks for clients is what I do best. 

 3. My favorite instrument: cello. 
Music inspires me. It moves me. It enlightens me. It gets to the center of my heart. 

I love ballet. 
I love movies that cause me to think, keep me at the edge of my seat,
or make me laugh like mad. Not a fan of horror films.

4. Some smells make me feel happy to be alive: 
Coffee, peaches, basil, rosemary, thyme, a fresh-cut lemon, orange flower blossoms. 

5. I love the character of older homes, and appreciate good craftsmanship. 

 6. I am a disaster when it comes to organizing pictures. 
I have over 2000 of them waiting for me in dusty files. 

I can't seem to decide the proper way to organize them 
(by year? by event? by...ugh...what!!!???) 
so I haven't done anything with them. 
Once I figure out a system, 
they will go on simple black pages with a few facts and notes. 

7. I have a thing about trees. 

I see trees move softly with the breeze as
I am walking and they stop me right in my tracks. 

I stare at them. 

I smile.

They somehow remind me that I am part of this wonderful human experience,
with limited time on this earth.

I want to make the most of it. 

I make efforts to live in the present,
and to remind myself to enjoy this very minute, 
this current challenge,
this one moment of happiness. 

Minutes are unique. 
I smile at all of them.
Like I smile when I see the trees, swaying in the wind. 

Life can be utterly wonderful, if we allow it to be.

So now...I am supposed to pass this award to 10 other bloggers that have inspired me during 2010.

For the sake of time (otherwise I will never publish this post!)
I am choosing four fabulous, creative friends:

1.  Annie from Firefly Hill Style

2. Diana from Express-O

4. Lisa from Lisa Go Lightly

Tell us 7 things we don't know about yourselves.

Can't wait to read about these wonderful women!

To them, this award:

Thanks for coming by,

Images via


  1. Querida Silvia, me ha encantado leerte, me pareces una persona increible, transmites una energia especial.

    Un abrazo

  2. SILVIA!!!!! WOW! I can see we have A LOT in common....GREAT FOOD (with that 10% just a bit naughty....) and CELLO! If I could, I would also have a cello, but my harp is good for now! And your photos..teeeheeee...I have TONS of them and do you think I can even find the one I am looking for???

    LOVE ALL OF YOUR CHOICES and you my dear, are a treasure! HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!!! Anita

  3. I love hearing a little more about the real people behind the blog. I'm with you on the 90/10 rule, although I might be a little bit more 80 / 20 !!! And the smells you love too are high on my list. Wishing you a great week.

  4. Bonjour Silvia,
    What a fantastic list - enjoying every minute is what I try to do everyday as well. I'm still working on the 90/10 rule - good for you! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day,

  5. Love the things about you in pictures.
    Smells are very sensitive for me too. Love sweets.
    Congrats on the award ! you deserve it !

  6. I love the pictures associated with each little bit of you. There is so much in each of us to share...thanks for sharing a little piece of the amazing you with us!!

  7. I like your rule of eating healthi 90% of time, i do the same and the i realy enjoy the 10%!!!

  8. I use the 90/10 rule too. That way I can eat anything! Nice list

  9. Silvia we have so much in common!! You are such a great blog friend!

    I have lost the photo images next to my blog favorites, and cannot seem to get them back!

    Art by Karena

  10. THANK YOU, so much, Silvia!!! Have a beautiful day!!!


  11. A very well deserved award! Enjoy the gorgeous day, Kellie xx

  12. So nice getting to know a little more about you ... we have quite a bit in common. Thank you so much for passing this on to me. You have a very sweet soul ! XO Lisa

  13. What a gorgeous person you are! I loved reading these, yours was a beautiful list! The part about pictures, I can sooo relate. The cello I also have a fondness for and I secretly wish I was a true foodie...just trying hard to be ;) Have a wonderful day XOXO, Kelly

  14. heehee
    I like knowing these things about you!!! I can eat... but cooking utensils are greek to me - and the fire department really gets mad when I cook....

    Congratulations!!! You SO deserve this award! I'm gonna go check out those that you think are deserving!!! Have fun - what's for dinner?

    ;-D robelyn

  15. Aww thank you so much, my dear friend...Im so happy and you are totally sweet! Thank you so much!!! Btw; I also have a thing for trees...Watching them relaxes me:)
    Hugs and kisses, sweetie

  16. Que preciosa entrada Silvia,tus imágenes y tus palabras,inspiración,belleza y optimismo.Te felicito por tu premio,es merecido.Un saludo,Marina

  17. Thanks for the shout out, my friend! You are a deserving recipient for sure! Isn't it fun to find out funny little things about people you THINK you know...although all of your 7 things are very endearing!
    Congrats, stylish one!
    --Lee Ann