Echo Bella...repeat beauty.

{Echo Bella}...repeat beauty. Passion for all things, jewelry, food, decor, photography and people I love. Cheers!

Favorite Quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt


2012 - What a year!!

Well, not sure about any of you but it was bitter sweet to see 2012 go (well, honestly more bitter than sweet).  It was a year filled with just about anything you can imagine have happen, happen!  Hence the reason it seemed I dropped off the earth.  If not for Pinterest and an occasional tweet you would have thought I really did.  I am grateful far more great things happened than not and the things that were challenging, I was able to learn more about myself.  There's an old adage if you didn't have the bad you wouldn't appreciate the good nearly as much.

I have never been one for New Year's Resolutions BUT this year I'd like to say I have one.  And that would be the very thing I'm doing now, blogging.  I met so many wonderful people in the blogging community and I miss each and everyone of you.  It was my little private world were I could find inspiration everywhere for just about anything.

I would LOVE to hear all about your year 2012 and the New Year's Resolution's you've made for 2013.


Comfort Foods.... 


This time of year I crave comfort foods.  Hot grilled cheese sandwich with soup has been a staple this past month.  I've been experimenting with different combos but my favorite is still grilled onions, cheddar with avocado.  It's delicious and quick and easy to make.

What are your favorite comfort foods?


Michael Kors Laptop Bag

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year.  I recently found this amazing bag that I am completely in love with.  It holds my MacBook, iPad, iPhone and all their accessories but still has plenty of room for a wallet and make-up bag.  Truly a dream come true AND when I don't need my computer, I simply take it out and I still have a stylish bag to carry around.  I've been hunting for YEARS for this bag... Thank you Michael Kors!

Do you have a bag that you can't live without? (mine used to be a Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag)!


Happy New Year!!!

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2012... I know I was HAPPY to see 2011 come to a close.  If I could have literally ran out of the year, I would have.  I spent the evening with family and good friends after spending the days up to in NYC.  It was fun for the kids to see all the preparation and crowds of people already there.  Maybe when they're older we'll actually stay for the madness, or not!

What did you do to bring in the New Year?  xo


Pumpkin is the magic word this time of year...


and I'm always looking for new recipes to try so PLEASE send your favorite ones this way! xo


Dinner tonight... YUM!

Saucey Shrimp and Grits just sounds amazing to me.  I wouldn't usually choose a dish with grits in the middle of summer but hey, call it a craving. 

Hope all is well with you... I haven't been blogging in FOREVER and will explain in a near future post but I'm happy to be back! Missed you guys! xoxo


Elizabeth Taylor

It's so good to be back after a long time...I had to take care of personal issues which in turn drained all creativity.  I was actually asked if I gave up blogging for lent, LOL!!! I am definitely partial to the name Elizabeth Taylor as it was my younger sister's name as well.  She passed almost two years ago at the age of 29 so you can imagine seeing and hearing her name all day today was very sad.  She was such a beautiful woman both inside and out. 

On a lighter note:  I can't decide which of the actress, Elizabeth Taylor,  movies is my favorite...what's your favorite film of hers?

Happy Thursday, darlings!!! xoxo


Charlie Sheen...


Okay, so, I hate to bring him up as I'm sure you all have heard and read enough about him in the last few weeks, but I am curious what you're thinking.  I loved the show...didn't care about his personal life because it didn't affect me, and I was upset they canceled the show.  But after seeing the interview I'm starting to think differently, confused.  What do you think?

Happy Wednesday!!! xx


All about cheese...

                                   Easy Goat Cheese               

                                      Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks  

                                    Artichoke-Parmesan Crostini       

                           Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese              

                                Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread 

                               Goat-Cheese Crostini Fig Compote                

                                   Pistachio-Covered Cheese Log 

It's going to be beautiful this weekend in DC so I am thinking of entertaining some friends. What's better to serve than some cheeses...don't these look divine?  What type(s) of cheeses do you like to serve? 

Happy a GREAT weekend!!!! xoxoxo


Modern homes...





I can't get enough of modern homes. I live in a planned community where you had a choice of certain models with certain facades and nothing outside the box is acceptable (including plants around your mailbox). So, when I see these amazing homes with all the windows and how different they are I get green with envy.  What type of home do you have? What is your dream home?

Happy Wednesday! xoxo


Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day filled with lots of ♥ and xoxo!!!!  Does anyone have any amazing plans they wish to share? Or perhaps you celebrated this weekend already? Details are welcome!


Zebra...can't get enough!

Get a great new look for your bedroom in a weekend or less

Happy Friday! Finally have the chance to sit down and post (crazy week)! And since my last post about my office I have fallen completely in love with zebra and want to add it everywhere.  I found some great pieces on the internet but now I have to decide which room to add it to (Family or Living Room).  Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and a great weekend planned! I am having a girl's night out tonight as for the rest of the weekend it's shopping for zebra and possibly painting the office, having recessed lights installed and maybe some new curtains! 



Shades of Gray...




I am trying to decide on a gray for my office, if I use gray.  My office is in the front of my house and doesn't get direct sunlight but very early in the morning, well during the summer months only.  It's so dark and dreary in here I don't like to spend much time in here.  And that certainly causes a problem when working, blogging etc.  What color is your office?  What colors would you suggest for a home office?

Don't  you just LOVE the zebra print? 

Have a wonderful weekend!!! xoxo

ps My entire house is neutral tones like the second picture


Happy Snow Day #4 for us…

Have a wonderful Weekend! xoxo



I am a huge fan of Art and one of my favorite paintings is a Mark Rothko.  I am looking to purchase another piece, who are your favorite artists?  What type of Art do you like?

Hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo



I have been longing for a silver dress and FINALLY have an event in February to wear one! Do you have a silver dress? What type of jewelry do you wear with it? What color shoes?  

Hope you are having a wonderful week...mine has been extra busy with not much screen time, hence the week in between posts!  Miss you guys! xoxo



Something about wearing all black is so sexy.  I have been in the mood for all black lately, although it's sexy, it's very slimming.  And speaking of slimming, let's face it, with all the Christmas cookies and lack of exercise the month of December and now with the freezing temps in January and all the comfort foods, I certainly could use any help I can get!!!

Do you wear a lot of black?  xoxo



Orchids are my absolute favorite flower.  It's so sad that they don't last very long, at least the ones I ever have.  What's your favorite flower?

Have a wonderful Monday and I hope it's the start of a great week!! xoxo


          Sophia Loren

                                         Cannes 1958

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!  Hope it's as glamorous as Sophia! xoxo


New Year's Resolution(s)...did you make one?

{Via} Perhaps to get in better shape?

{Via} Eat healthier or cook more?

{Via} Maybe it was to spend more time relaxing?

{Via} How about catching up on your favorite magazines or books?

{Via} Or could it be to travel more in 2011?

I haven't decided on my ONE resolution yet!  I find it easier if I make one and stay focussed on that one for the entire year.  

What is your resolution(s) for this year?  Hope you all had a safe a wonderful New Year's weekend!  I know mine was action packed right up until last night (which means I am completely exhausted today)!!!


          Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!


I wish you all a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve! Much health and happiness in 2011.  Cheers!!! xoxo

Ps What are your plans for this evening? We are hosting a party!