Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I have been invited to sit down

anita pelayo rivera instagram


and a few of her readers


simply get to know 

each other during


summer series


Vicki created 


go here
 I am honored to be featured


Vicki Archer's beautiful page

for which

she graciously asked me 

to participate by


a few questions



anita pelayo rivera instagram

to learn about

my fashion preferences

beauty secrets 


the woman I've become.


^.^ said...

I read the interview, friend nita !!! ... smiles ... good 4 U ... Love, cat.

donna baker said...

Somehow Anita, I already knew all that abut you. Wonderful interview.

Taste of France said...

I loved it! But I think you have the dates wrong. Taught yourself French at 34, 17 years to get degrees, 14 years as teacher...That's too many! Plus, the photos show a lithe, young woman whom I suppose is yourself. So what gives? If it can be bottled, please send me some.

Susan Leon Logie said...

I enjoyed with great pleasure reading the interview about you. I feel like I have had the privilege of seeing the bud of a rose, open and blossom. You have bloomed so beautifully my friend. And the fragrance which comes from your exquisite life is intoxicating.
I do have a memory that ran through my mind as I read this article. It's of two young women sniggering over lost tips in a pot of soup. When the rubber band emerged from the pot, I still laughed all these years later.
I shall love you forever~
In the mighty name I rejoice over your life.

Linda said...

Great interview, I really loved it! And I love that chair in your photo! :)

Linda said...

Great interview, I really loved it! And I love that chair in your photo! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HAHAHAHHAHA THAT RUBBER BAND! Oh Susan, remember Boston, and how we walked all over town until 8:00pm and came back to our apartment where you made Mexican squash with cheese? So many great memories that I still carry with me in good times, in hard times....you are there.

"Create Beauty" said...

This was a treat, even better than chocolate layer cake topped with whipped cream.....!!!!
I truly enjoyed your interview on Vicki's site and all of your photographs were stunning!
Congratulations on being featured oh lovely one!!!
~ Violet

Splenderosa said...

You are a perfectly perfect example of people we really need to know more about !!!
Love love love YOU.
Your new header is beautiful.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Oh my, I would love to pop over there!!!!!


Beside a babbling brook... said...

Everything about you, is amazing.

Your accomplishments, your views, yourself... Amazing.

Please, may I be you, when I grow up? (Gigggles, since you net-know me, you know how silly that wish is. But it is still a lovely, though naive wish.)

Many, many gentle hugs...

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Beautiful interview
Your attitude on life is amazing.

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you for your always sweet words on my blog! I just read the interview on Vicki's website. I enjoyed reading more about you. You are an incredibly creative person. I admire the way you 'go' for something that you want. The article is lovely! You chose some beautiful photo's to accompany your words.

Anita, I have got a question for you. I hope you can help me out.Could you please tell me what the size of the photo's is you publish on your blog. I try to publish mine in that size as well, but somehow I never get it right. I would be very grateful!.

Wishing you a lovely day!

Madelief x

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

Thank you for your quick reply! so sorry to hear you are having problems with you photo size as well. I think you are right and I need a webmaster. I have decided to have a look at Etsy to see if I can find a new template for my blog and a creative man or woman who can help me install it.

Thank you so much again sweet friend!


Madelief x

It's me said...

I love to go there but first say Hello to you Anita!!.....love love love Ria xxx ❤️❤️❤️

Down by the sea said...

It was lovely to learn so much more about you. That must have be such an achievement to learn French at 34 and then teach it. In your replies your words are so wise and inspirational. Sarah x

It's me said...

Wow wow wow....Anita!!...i love you every day more and more and more....my beautiful friend far away.....love Ria ❤️❤️❤️

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, I'm on my way over there now. Can you believe I just opened my e-mails this morning? It's been such a hectic and wonderful weekend. Just settling down a bit after the wedding festivities. But I'm here and I'm so glad for you that you've been featured and have been asked a few questions about yourself. What an honor that is! Love this pic of the chandelier with the aqua glasses in the background. That's sooooo pretty.

On my way there now. :)

love, ~Sheri

Jeanie said...

Off to visit Vicki!

La Contessa said...

There should be MORE LADIES LIKE YOU!
Your answers were SPOT ON!!!!!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, just wrote a long comment on Vicki's page, but don't know if it went through. I'll check it again soon.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dearest Anita...what an interview! Self taught in music, oh how that delights me! Learning French at 34....so impressive! Tears.....love that as I Am the same! I have more of a picture now of you in my head.....a lovely interview! Keep on Learning Sista!!!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest! Just returned from Vicki's. What a great interview, and photos. I really enjoyed.
Such an honor to be featured. Congratulations dear friend!

Junkchiccottage said...

Dear Anita,
Loved loved loved your interview with Vicki. What a great honor and truly a fabulous way to get to know you even more.
Congrats dear friend.

Lillian Plummer said...

Such a lovely tribute and interview to a stylish, creative and beautiful soul. Anita your photographs are so beautiful.

Our French Oasis said...

I loved the interview, I love your passion, oh and I feel as if we are on the same wavelength, we are not getting older at all, we are indeed just growing up, and hopefully slowly. But please tell me about the chair, your lead photo here, it is beautiful and it looks like the original upholstery, love it!

The Dutchess said...

Dearest..on my way.....

The Dutchess said...

And back again..I/m feeling proud sweet Sister..very proud..Love you lots..

Tristan Robin said...

What a wonderful interview - terrific questions and wise, witty and sensitive answers. Why, it sounded just like...like....*you*!

(I am lusting for that top photo of the stunning chair and ballet slippers! I want to put in on my Pinterest page so I can return to it over and over!)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, I just came from your interview and loved it along with the lovely photos. Loved your thoughts and story behind your life and character. Beautifully done my friend. Keep on Keeping on~~~~~

Karen said...

I enjoyed your interview and love your attitude towards life in general and aging (growing up) in particular.

Marijke said...

Ooo what nice to read this interview and now know a little bit more of you.
Love what I read and admire your positive inspirational words.
Have a nice day my friend.
groetjes van Marijke

Red Rose Alley said...

(Hi Anita, I tried a couple times to send a comment on your interview page, but it's not taking it for some reason. So, I thought I'd just forward you the comment).

Anita is one of the most extraordinary women I know, but genuine and humble at the same time. And that's what makes me love her even more. When she writes, she puts everything she has into it, and I can't tell you how many times I've left with a smile on my face all day long after reading her words. She is a very special lady, and I'm so thankful to have her as a friend. Her photography exudes what a beautiful person she is as well. It's nice that you had this interview with her, and she deserves all the goodness that comes her way. In my opinion, she is already a European Queen wearing a crown - a crown of noble, kindness, intelligence, beauty, and love.


vintageandart said...

Hi Anita...l just read your interview with Vicky and loved how you answered all her questions, and even shed a tear when you talked about not wanting to be like your mother when you were young, but then as you matured you realised it wasn't really about what she DID but who she WAS ...that really hit home for me.
You look so beautiful and alive in your photos, and it's wonderful to know a little more about your life which sounds very busy and interesting. l love that you and your hubby sit and read and write poetry together and sometimes play the harp...living the dream l'd say:-) Can't sign off without mentioning how stunning the opening photo of your post is...it's divine.

Jules said...

Anita, Hooray! I am able to comment. Just read your interview with Vicki Archer. So inspiring! Another birthday recently passed and I consider the things still left for me to accomplish. It is encouraging to me to read about women who continue to grow into themselves as they move through life. Thanks for sharing about yourself and thanks for the encouragement that you bring into others' lives.

Robyn said...

Such a lovely interview, Anita. I feel that she captured your enthusiasm for life perfectly. I love the way your true, unique self shines through this conversation and illuminates your beautiful soul! Love you, beautiful lady! xoxo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Loved your interview Anita, left a comment on Vicki's blog and I read your Repy.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Evening Dearest One,
It was ever so lovely to learn so much more about you! You are an absolute talented and delightful woman. Such an achievement to learn French at 34 and then teach it. Each post you create, each comment you leave is always done with such thought, kindness and creativity.
You know that I loved your thoughts and story behind your life and character. Beautifully done my friend.
Sending you much love this evening.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Jules! HELLO! Thank you for making it possible to leave a comment here, as I know you don't have a blog! I must find you on Pinterest...thank you for visiting!

Kim said...

Off to read the feature, Anita! I just adore seeing you pop up in my Instagram feed. I can't wait to read more about you!

Unknown said...

I am so thrilled for you, dear Anita! I can imagine no one better to have a featured interview on French Essence than you. I learn more about YOU every time I read your blog or interviews. You are such an inspiration of artistry, talent, beauty and an uplifting outlook, Anita. You are also one of the kindest, most supportive bloggers around. You are beloved! Loved the interview!
xx, Heather

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

You deserve so much credit dear Anita. Self taught at 34 is amazing! The French language is so romantic and beautiful. Being a dancer does keep you in shape. You are a beautiful woman with many talents. You keep learning and growing along the way. You have mastered photography and it shows in so many lovely photos. I am truly happy for you and it was my pleasure to read your interview.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Hopping over there now!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

You are beyond amazing my friend!!!! What a wonderful interview!! I can't believe all the things you have done and know how to do. WOW!!!
Love and hugs,

Roofing Contractors New York said...

Featured chair in this post is royal piece of an art. Loved the fabric of chair. Mind blowing fabric and loved your chandelier.

Marcia said...

Hi again, Anita. Testing my comment, if it goes through I'll write more.

Marcia said...

Yay! It works!
Hello again, lovely. Absolutely LOVED your feature on Vicki Archer's page. As I commented there ... most beautiful feature about a most beautiful friend. I enjoyed reading every detail and I loved the photographs you chose. I think Sheri said it perfectly above, you're already a European Queen wearing a crown. :)
I wish you many blessings.

Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse said...

Anita, I loved loved your feature! I love you even more now, if only we lived closer, I'm sure we could be best friends. <3

Lowcarb team member said...

It was lovely to visit Vicki's and read more about you.

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

Palomasea said...

Dear one, I love what you are doing with your blog here, and Vicki's feature of you was fabulous! Pure artistry and inspiration...LOVE YOU!

La Petite Gallery said...

Well Anita, I see my last comments didn't go?? Vicki is a fabulous person, and we all know
How talented you are. Did I ever tell you my Dad wanted me to play the Harp?
Of course I didn't want too. Would have, Should Have, Could Have. Yvonne

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, I’m so sorry I didn’t get a notification of this new post and somehow lost touch with you on Instagram, hence the lateness of my comments. I enjoyed the interview very much. It is always good to learn more about friends. Hugs

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful profile and interview. You are a woman of much sensibility and it shows in your words and your images. And I love that I found a new blog too! :) Have a wonderful day.

Maria @ Austen + Bronte

^.^ said...

... just found you on our friend's D blog ... say Hello to Peter for me, will you? Love, cat.

Stephanie said...

My sweetest Anita, I am in awe of your interview with Vicki. I just finished reading it and I want to go back and read it again. You are an exquisite woman, my friend. The more I get to know you the more I see you are a rare and beautiful gem. You are kind, gentle, smart, beautiful {inside and out} and ever so wise. Truly, you are extraordinary.

Thinking of you! Sending love and hugs your way!

La Petite Gallery said...

OH Anita, Thanks for the beautiful comment. Too bad you still don't live in Mass. You could spend the weekend here ,I'd make you a Lobster dinner. That Vicky Archer has been blogging a long time. I can't
even remember when I started. Renee got me into it. She was so happy with her brother here. I went
to pick up my new eye glasses yesterday, $500.00 I am still in shock. I was thinking 250 at the most.
This Gouging the people has got to stop. I just saw something on TV that made be steam, Children's
life or death drugs. It's a form of extortion. yvonne

handmade by amalia said...

I'm heading over right now, Anita. I'd want to sit on that chair too, fabulous fabulous fabulous.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Off to check as I'm very interested by your answers!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Anita, looking forward to that -- as soon as I can take a break, I'll grab a cup of tea and head over there!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Anita, looking forward to that -- as soon as I can take a break, I'll grab a cup of tea and head over there!

decorayadora said...

Hi Anita ,,,I love you blog ,, you have a new follower

Rhonda said...

That is simply amazing Anita, congratulations!! I cannot wait to check it out! xxoo

Marcia Pilar said...

Good morning, lovely friend, how are you? Thank you so much for visiting. It's always so good to see your WP like pop up ...like a little wink. ;)
Hope you have a beautiful Saturday ...more joy and more fun ...yes and yes. :)

La Petite Gallery said...

Just a wonderful interview, you are Fabulous. I mean it!

Summer said...

I read the interview and was beautiful ♥


Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, those rabbits are funny little animals, aren't they? I see them once in awhile at the trail, and you can barely notice them because they will hide in the field that is similar to the color of their hair. How wonderful that you got to see your friend from high school, and she stayed with you! And I bet you were so surprised when your childhood friend found you through instagram. Old friends are special. Oh Anita, it reminds me that I ran into an old friend from high school yesterday and she said she was going blind from her diabetes. It saddened me so. She was a cheerleader the year after me and so vivacious.....and she still has a positive attitude, bless her heart. There's just something about the friends that we grew up with that bring us back to our childhood, when young girls giggled at sleep overs and spent carefree days together in simpler times. :)

Have a wonderful rest of the week, my dear.

love, ~Sheri

Madelief said...

Just wanted to thank you for your sweet comment Anita and wish you a happy weekend ahead!

Madelief x

Teacup Mosaics said...

Dearest Anita,
It has been too long since I have visited and as always you delight my heart! My, you have grown in your creative spirit, your blog is more beautiful than ever. I think of you often due to all the beauty you bring to this world.

Kidslife said...

Happy weekend, dearest Anita! Congrats to the feature - i'll hop over to read it now! Hope you have a blissful saturday, soon more! xox Martina

Kidslife said...

Loved your interview and the things you shared at Vicy Archer. I so agree in everything you say about ageing. I too feel young and i want to do so many things. And i believe i can. Some wonderful artist, EBatrice Woods, who lived to the age of 104 said: Aööow yourself to live in the timeless" She was most succesful between 80 and 100 - isn't that wonderful?

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, the kitchen must have smelled wonderful when your mom was cooking. So, your mom put cinnamon in raisin oatmeal cookies? My father-in-law used to make the best oatmeal cookies. I've always wanted to try Mexican chocolate. Is it different than regular chocolate? All the tastes and smells of Autumn surely bring back memories for me, Anita. So glad to hear they do for you too. Your mother sounds like a wonderful cook. I love hearing stories about her. I really miss my mom, but especially during Autumn and school time. She was a great mom who made us school clothes, costumes, oatmeal for breakfast. Your mom sounds very much the same.

Have a peaceful Sunday, dear.


jerilanders said...

Okay, I will!

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Lynne said...

O . . . M . . . Goodness . . . Anita.
I am completely speechless.
Only thought provoked . . . Isn't that why we are here?
You are a precious gift my friend.
I leave you with my visual of you running from mid to high to mid again in high heels . . . knowing that my mind will unwrap more throughout this day!
Brava, Vicki. . . l'un avec le sens de la mode impeccable!

La Petite Gallery said...

Anita, that photo of the rose is wonderful, Golly! is there anything you don't do great?
You are tooooo talented. yvonne I love you

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Thank you so much for coming over to say good morning to little Lily!
Have a great weekend dear friend

jerilanders said...

That was a really nice interview Anita. When you spoke of your clothing style, I thought, yep, that sounds just like Anita, pearls and jeans and a crisp white shirt. It got me to thinking what my clothing style could be, and I haven't a clue... I will have to think about it.

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, I'm doing ok, and getting ready for my favorite season of all. I bet Autumn is beautiful in your area. Can't wait to see pictures of all the oranges and golds and reds in the leaves around your neck of the woods.

Wishing you wonderful September days, Anita.

love, ~Sheri

off to check out your latest on instagram. :)

Red Rose Alley said...

that vintage doll bed hehehe, I love it.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Oh I will definitely be keeping your page open and follow the link this evening Anita...and also I found you on Instagram! ♥
Susan x

Marcia said...

Good morning, lovely. I was hoping I missed a new post, but I can only imagine how busy you are with school back. Thank you for the wink (like) yesterday. ;)
Love, love, love.

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, I am part Polish and Greek on my Father's side. :) I'd love to visit the Polish delis where you live. They make delicious foods, especially that polish sausage. :)

Have a beautiful Sunday day, love.


ps I am off to the trail now, where it brings me so much peace, and I can take pictures
at the same time hehehe.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful words. Yes, that is my hope, that the puppets will be cherished and handed down again. Did you see the video on my sidebar of the Royal Ballet dancing to Beatrix Potter?
Wishing you a relaxing evening dearest.

Ivy Clad said...

I just read your beautiful piece on Vicki's blog. It's so inspiring and poignant. I turn 34 tomorrow and am facing several changes, so reading about your transition at the same age was so encouraging. You are, as always, so inspiring to me.
Love, Keri

nélinha said...

félicitations pour ta belle participation tes photos sont à "couper le souffle" toujours autant de poésie et de romantisme dans tes magnifiques billets ma chère Anita
bisous tout plein et merci pour ta fidélité

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Thank you for attending the piano concert not once, not twice, but THREE times! You are such a dear!

Ela said...

Beautiful chandelier and a comfortable armchair !

Ela said...

Beautiful chandelier and a comfortable armchair !

Denise said...

Hello Dear Anita, I just had to get in touch with You. Your blog doesn't roll around to My long lost Coffeeberry Cottage much this past Year and to be honest, neither do I. I have been absent from blogland because I have been trying to launch a Business. Would You believe it,Me,with an online inspirational art Journaling mentoring and teaching from a Christian perspective.I want to help Women with their difficult Transitions in life(Change points). Well,to get back to why I stopped by in the first place...sorry,how ridiculous I got talking about Myself. I just now had one of those perfect quiet times, no one's home,fall is in the air and I just sat back and oped up My most fave mag.in all the world and there was Anita and Ruben Rivera : ) Oh My I am so delighted.I do miss visiting You like I use to.I feel like calling Jackie Jaggers up and telling Her what I've found.Thank You for the uplift My beautiful inside and out friend from PICO RIVERA to FAME-May God continue to bless You with His love and care-Denise

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