Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sonnenberg Gardens

Add caption
The Mansion at Sonnenberg. Queen Anne style mansion was built in 1887 by 
Fredrick Ferris Thompson and his wife Mary Clark Thompson. 
This was their summer home.

Yesterday you saw me posing around some of the lovely grounds at Sonnenberg Gardens and as promised I am sharing some of the wonders of this beautiful estate in the Finger Lakes. One thing that I love is history, especially when history involves getting lost for a day in a place that can transport you back to a by-gone era. Le sigh.

Warning: picture heavy post....

We started the journey with a wine tasting in Sonnenberg's wine cellar and this wonderful stained glass adorns a whole wall of the cellar. 

The Japanese Gardens are my favorite:

I felt like I was at a kegger carrying this cup around. Next time I'm bringing a chalice to carry around my
Italian soda.

Derek in front of the tea house, he was also invited to the Sonnenberg kegger. 


What's left of the Roman bath. So amazing to think of people swimming in this beauty.

One of the greenhouses.

Inside the mansion on the 2nd floor looking into the Great Room. 
I love the peacock!

Beautiful white peacock

Gorgeous bedroom. The wallpaper is amazing!

Portrait of Mary Clark Thompson (I wanted to move the tour sign so bad!)

I've been visiting Sonnenberg since I was a little girl and I don't recall this 
beautiful garden named The Blue & White Garden

Another view of The Blue & White Garden

Beautiful fountain on the mansion's patio

A view of the Italian Garden from the mansion

There are so many more photos and so many wonderful delights at Sonnenberg. It's one of my favorite places to visit and I'm so thankful that it's being preserved and restored.

Thank you for reading and letting me share!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Day At Sonnenberg Gardens in eShakti

Derek and I took a day trip to Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY. The lavish 19th century estate has a mansion surrounded by lovely gardens and is one of my most favorite places in the Finger Lakes. I decided it was a perfect back drop to share with you my newest eShakti dress addition.

An eShakti media relations rep contacted me and asked if I'd like to pick out a dress to customize and share on the blog. I was thrilled as I've mentioned and have shared my eShakti purchases on Coffin Kitsch, so why the heck not! I decided upon the Banded Waist Cotton Knit Dress as I've been wanting a black day dress that I wear with just about anything. I find myself always hunting for the perfect 'little black dress' and since I never thought about customizing my perfect day dress, so this was a perfect opportunity! 

I decided to change the cap sleeve to a short sleeve, change the neckline to a sweetheart and shortened the length to be above the knee. I have to admit I was afraid that my 'frankensteined' dress was going to be ugly, hahaha! I was quite wrong and was so happy when I first slipped on my customized dress, I love the comfortable cotton knit fabric too!

Just a few photos in the Secret Garden at Sonnenberg Gardens

+dress c/o eShakti +loafers: YRU +necklace: gift from Derek
+cross fabric bow: DIY +sunglasses: AJ Morgan

I was so happy and comfortable to wear this beauty all day long while frolicking on the grounds. I recommend eShakti to find your perfect little black dress! In fact I'm waiting on another eShaki order (paid by me!) as we speak. I'm okay with drowning in dresses. Hehe!

What would be your perfect little black dress?

I will share more about our day at Sonnenberg Gardens tomorrow. Thank you for reading!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Last Beat of My Heart : The B-52's

I don't think it would be any surprise to you (my dear readers) to share that I love the fabulously whacky, tacky and kitschy band, The B-52's!

Probably best known for their 80s hit "Love Shack", the band has been around since 1976. Did you know that RuPaul is in the video?

I love this song!

I just want to get up and dance!!!!

Thank you for reading!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kitsch Picks : Pottery Barn Halloween

Pottery Barn seems to always tempt me with their Halloween-inspired home goods and decor. I've been seeing Halloween trickle into the stores and though it always excites me, I just wish this summer was a bit more.....summery. Yet, one can not complain when there are bats, spiders and skeletons to drool over. *Wink*

Thank you for reading!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Creepy Tiki Luau

+top & necklace: vintage +cardigan & cropped pants: thrifted 
+Tiki bangles: Sourpuss Clothing 

Yesterday was On the Wire's Creepy Tiki Luau party in which our friend's horror surf band, The Surfin Cadavers played. It was a nice time, but I was mega stressed out with all the preparations for the evening and a few hiccups, but all my friends pitched into help and I am forever grateful.

I usually don't have time to snap any outfit photos when it's On the Wire evenings, but since the event started early and I had the day off, I had a little more time on my hands. I have to say it was funny when my friends commented that I wasn't wearing one of my glorious MuuMuus, hahahaha!

I realize my cardigan is hiding the lovely floral details on the top, but the skies decided to open up and rain complete with wind gusts and cold temperatures. Hello summer, where have you been?

I always try to make the best out of whatever situation, but I have to admit the weather had me feeling a little defeated and I think it was showing a little on my face. Regardless, people enjoyed themselves at the event's over. Phew! 

I didn't get a chance to get any photos of our glorious budget decor. Derek called it "Waikiki from the Dollar Tree", hahahahaha! I did snap this photo of my (I think) clever hula girl dip trays that I hot glued together with whatever I could find at the dollar store. Oh yes, those hula girls were a dollar AND they are on a spring, oh boy. Derek did a great job helping me turn child sized "grass skirts" into banners to hang on the wall, as well as turned tacky palm tree shaped balloon weights into masterpieces to put on the pub tables. 


It's Sunday, this girl is tired and that bin of party supplies can wait to get put away......

I hope you had an awesome weekend!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla