The Weekly Bean

Sometimes, I have to look around to find him.....

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

People say she's crazy
She's got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well, that's one way to loose these walking blues
 Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Image:  Sparkly Shoes by Librarianguish.
Song Lyric:  Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon

This Charming Closet

Those of you who know me, know that the only thing I like better than a basic black head to toe outfit is a nice leopard print accessory to go with it. 

Now, I know that leopard anything is all the rage now, but leopard and me go wayyyyy back.  If you need proof, I'll show you my Christian Louboutin leopard print wedges from years ago.  You know they are old because they predate the mortgage that would now preclude their purchase. 

Anywho.... despite my love of leopard and handbags, it has now occurred to me that I don't have any leopard print handbags

How can this be?!?!?!?  Well, y'all, it be.  It's a tragedy. 

This one, from Alaia, would do nicely.  Except, you know, for the pesky mortgage.....


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Image:  Fifties with Neon by Brooklyn or Bust.

On Becoming

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
e e cummings
Image:  Love Heart by Photographic Passions.

Random Pretty Man

My sweet baby, Jesse L. Martin, is back as this week's Random Pretty Man.

Because I love him and it's my blog.

And I love the glasses and the loosened tie.  And the suit.  The suit makes me a little hot and bothered.

Y'all can look at him but remember, he's my sweet baby for a reason....

Charming Words

Gyp - sy  [jip-see]

- noun

a person held to resemble a gypsy, especially in physical characteristics or in a traditionally ascribed freedom or inclination to move from place to place. 

Image:  I Want to Run Away by Sheena Lu.


Tuesday's Girl

"Do the things you believe in, in the name of love, and know that you aren't alone, we all have doubts and fears."
Carole King


"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in it's sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Image:  Autumn Glow by Point of View.

Virginia, No One Can Warn You

You North Carolina peeps probably know about Tift Merritt. 

In case you don't, here she is!

This Charming House

I really want to work on stepping up the accesorization (is that a word?) of my living room.

I think I want this little wishbone from Z Gallerie....

I'm thinking I need a few new wishes lately.

I'm also digging this little octopus - although I'm not sure it's "me", I definitely think it's cool.


Happy Monday

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I sure did. 

Charleston was wonderful, if a little hot and I think I gained ten pounds, which was well worth it.  I'd like to think that I made up for some of the eating with some of the walking but I'm not sure. 

And then I came home and autumn seems to have settled on Charlotte, with cooler temperatures and some much needed rain. 

I swear, I wouldn't mind if it rained until next Monday! 

In any event, I have Court this morning and a big week coming up. 

Finn is having his teeth cleaned on Wednesday and I'm pre-worrying about it.  The last time we had it done he had to have four teeth pulled and the upshot of the whole thing is that he was sleepy and cranky when he got home.  However, the vet says it needs to be done so Lola will stay home and guard the house, I will go to work and worry all day and hopefully, my little boy will sleep it off in relative peace. 

Keep your fingers crossed. 

Image:  Goodnight Moon by Racetay.

Good Morning

"A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape,  joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked."
Anais Nin
Image:  Ugly Mug by Art Thou Independent.

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

Image:  Les Oliviers by Sarah Smile.

Sunday Morning


Happy Friday!


This is just a super short post today to tell y'all to have a great weekend.

It's not that I don't love you, because I really really really do - it's just that I have two problems today.

First, I am utterly brain dead and mostly comatose; and

Second, I'm in Charleston enjoying mixed drinks, eating great food and sucking up the last days of summer - even though it's now officially autumn - but whatever..... And I don't want to blog.

Yeah, I know, I'm a slacker but again - you'll just have to forgive me - just this once. 

So have a great weekend and if you speak of me, speak well.

And I'll see you on Monday.
Image:  Sweets by Alice B. Gardens Photography.

On Being Happy

"I imagine that yes is the only living thing."
e e cummings
Image:  Happy Friday by Lori H.

This Charming Handbag Addict

Y'all, I want this bag from Reed Krakoff.   It's the Boxer suede tote. 

I want it so bad it makes my teeth hurt. 

Consider me officially scheming.....

A Little Extra Pretty for the Weekend

Image:  Homage to Horst P. Horst (2008) by Cathleen Naundorf.

Long Train Running

The Doobie Brothers are with us this Friday!

Have a rockin' weekend!


The Weekly Bean

I told her if she would wear this scarf, she would look like Audrey Hepburn....

And she cooperated because who wouldn't want to look like Audrey Hepburn?

On Being Charming

"Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false."
P. D. James
Image:  Don't See Me by The Light Fantastic.

October Vogue

I wish I had the courage and imagination to dress like Carey Mulligan.

Or the money to hire her stylist to come and live at my house....

This Charming Closet

Who bought leather shorts at Tory Burch?

This girl.

And then I took them back because I felt guilty.

But they're fabulous in case anybody needs black leather shorts.


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Image:  Hula Hot Pink Graffiti, Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Brooklyn or Bust.

Random Pretty Man

This week's random pretty man is Mr. Alex O'Loughlin (from the new Hawaii Five O - among other things.)


He's pretty. 

Isn't he pretty? 

I just think he's sooooo pretty. 

And it would be wrong for us not to take a moment from our days to admire the pretty. 

On Being Afraid

"Whatever you fear most has no power, it is your fear that has the power."
Oprah Winfrey
Image:  Alone by Lorandherworld.

A Little Extra Pretty

One of the things I love most about Elle Decor is that it provides me with a steady supply of art crushes. 

This month they gave me Katherine Bowling, whose painting appears above.  It's my new favorite thing in the world. 

Image:  Bird (Self Portrait), 2009 by Katherine Bowling.


Tuesday's Girl

"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."
Salma Hayek


This is Mr. Mark Harmon, whom I believe you all know.

Mr. Harmon often appears here at The Bee Charmer because he's pretty.

He's not here this week because he's pretty, he is here this week because the season premier of NCIS is on tonight and Mr. Harmon would appreciate it if we would all watch.

Any time you may spend enjoying the pretty while you read this post or while you watch NCIS is purely incidental.

Thank you.

And have a nice day.


The first time I saw this, I thought I would pass out from lust.


It was that bad.

This Charming House

I spent some time last weekend thinking about my old place.  I used to love the morning light there which would filter in through the trees and the blinds. 

It was a really special place to me.  I will never forget it. 


Happy Monday!


I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Or at least a productive one. 

I am looking at a short week this week, about which I am so, so happy.  I am taking off for Charleston and can't wait.  The Beans will be staying behind with the nanny and I hope to eat, sleep, shop and soak in beauty all weekend.  Charleston is good for those things. 

I've got Court this afternoon and a couple of doctor's appointments this week - checkups and followups. 

And I know it makes me a superdupernerdygeek, but I am excited that the new fall episodes of my favorites shows start this week.  I hope that the Hawaii Five O reboot is smart, distracting and full of pretty men. 

Is that too much to hope for?  Let's keep our fingers crossed. 

So thanks for stopping by and let's hope for a great week!
Image:  Watercolor Tulip by Leaping Gazelle Studios.

A Little Extra Myrna Loy to Start Off the Week

We love us some Myrna Loy here at Chateau Bee Charmer.  If I'm ever a wife, I hope to be one like Nora Charles..... 

Which may not be entirely healthy or reasonable, but there it is.....

Sunday Morning

Breakfast in the dining room with blue bowls....

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

"In our life there is a single color, as on an artists palette, which provides the meaning of life and art.  It is the color of love."
Marc Chagall
Image:  Paris is Flying by Chelsea Victoria Photography.


Happy Friday!

Hi, everybody!

Thank you thank you thank you all for stopping by this week. 

I am planning to head for parts unknown this weekend - at least from a mental point of view.  I have decided to think deep thoughts and ponder big decisions.  I'm not sure I'll make any progress, but that's the plan for now. 

So have a great weekend and kiss the ones you love.  Stay warm and dry and snuggly.

And I'll see you on Monday. 
Image:  Pink Macaroon by Dear Machine.

On Being Happy

"Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest, or bitterest hour of your life."
Pablo Neruda
Image:  Autumn Gold by Raceytay.

Single Girl Wisdom

You know, I've never heard anybody say:

"That would've tasted a lot better if you hadn't put so much butter in it."

Think about it......
Image:  Butter by Liberty Images.

Sex on Fire

Have a great weekend, everyone!


The Weekly Bean



Green grass.

Two happy Beans.

On Being A Little Better

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear or ignorance."
St. Francis of Assisi
Image:  Crush by Sixth & Main.

The Inn at Lake Divine

I love Elinor Lipman's books and I've read all of them. 

This is the one that I re-read every year at around this time. 

I don't know why I love it so, I just do.  Maybe it's because the couple in it love each other so much. 

Anyway,  if you haven't read Elinor Lipman's books, I recommend them highly.  They will never be mistaken for great literature but they are like cornbread - warm and easy and satisfying. 

Ebay Auction

I just want to remind everyone to head over to my Ebay auction and check out the stuff!  I am selling my Kate Spade Nook holder (along with the Nook) - among other things!  The auction ends on Sunday.

Image:  Basket of Hope by Moonlight Photography.

This Charming Closet

So .....

What do we think about the J. Crew sequined harem pants, which cost $650 and are, incidentally, sold out.....

It seems that the blog world either LOVES them or is appalled by their very existence.

I actually think I might like them (at least theoretically) if they were black and didn't have the elastic cuffs at the bottom.    

As they are, I personally think they are a little excessive for the Carolina League.


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Image:  Imagine by G. B. Rosseau.

Charming Words

Qui - et [kwahy-it]

- adjective

1.  making no noise or sound; especially no disturbing sound
2.  free, or comparatively free, from noise
3.  silent
4.  free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful
5.  making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable
Image:  Teacup Black and White by Market One.

Random Pretty Man

This week's Random Pretty Man is Mr. Ben Affleck!

As you all may know, Ben is married to our girl, Jennifer Garner, and is therefore an honorary West Virginian. 

Yeah, we'll take him. 

On Living

"Don't ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard Thurman
Image:  Red Tulip by Emmalynne.


Tuesday's Girl

"I've been skinny.  It's fucking boring."
Kate Winslet

On Being A Little Better

"Hope is the dream of a soul awake."
French Proverb
Image:  Loving Admiration by Emmy's Omiyage.

Bottle It Up

It's A Boy!

It's official!

I am getting another little nephew to go with the little nephew I already have!  I love little nephews! 

Oh, and my sister is getting another son.  She gets ill when she doesn't get proper billing. 

Keep your fingers crossed that he has red hair!
Image:  Blue Truck Baby Vintage by Kristine Noel Photography.

This Charming House

In case you haven't noticed, I have some sort of sick thing for little bowls, which I buy and sit around the house and fill up with business cards that I pick up when I travel. 

Here's another one.  A little Kate Spade-ish one I found at Sleepy Poet.   I think it may be Blenko but I'm not entirely sure.....
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