Nantucket Playing Cards

There’s no denying what a special place Nantucket is to many. I could not have been more thrilled when Peep’s Paper Products unveiled their latest custom playing card collection featuring my favorite little island. The deck features 16 watercolor images of some of Nantucket’s most special spots…think: Steps Beach, Brant Point and Bartlett’s Farm to name a few. Start your Christmas shopping early (and if you really want to WOW someone special, be sure to check out the Nantucket deck packaged in a hand-made wood box covered in book cloth here)!

I especially love this behind-the-scenes glimpse into LouLou’s beautiful creation!

 

 

 

KYMA

I was recently introduced to Kyma sandals thanks to Bloomberg Businessweek. “Simple, handmade, affordable– Greek sandals to make your summer more stylish”. There’s nothing better than a chic, simple sandal. Check out their collection here.

Coleen & Company

I loved every nook and cranny in a recent house we rented on Nantucket–especially all of the light fixtures. I stayed with my daughter in a sweet little girls room and could not get enough of the pale pink Jardena Flush Mount by Coleen & Company pictured below. Just perfect.

Check out more beautiful handmade pieces here.

Wonderland Eyewear

Sconset Bookstore Wines, owned by the couple who runs Sconset Cafe, is known for their well-curated selection of wines (the Cafe is BYOB), home decor and gifts (see post here). I came across sunglasses by WONDERLAND and fell in love with their designs. Designed in California and manufactured in Italy, founder Chris Friel says:

“I think our customer is looking for timeless styles and subtle updates. We wanted the line to be very wearable.” Wearable with a reasonable price tag, too. Wonderland sells for $120 to $165 per pair.

Check out their vintage-inspired yet modern collection here.

Crisp Sails

I picked up this candle by Mer-Sea & Co at Sconset Bookstore Wines in Nantucket and can’t recommend it enough. The candle, Crisp Sails (their signature water scent), also comes with an agate coaster making it the perfect gift.

Beautycounter Sunscreen

I’ve been searching and searching for a safe sunscreen that doesn’t turn my son into a white mess. Enter: Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen. Stocking up for the last month of summer!

Created with the entire family in mind, this lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. What’s not included? Approximately 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals on our “Never List” that we never use to formulate our products.

The Tent Sale

The Serena & Lily Summer Tent Sale is happening now with savings up to 70% off.

 

Update your mantel with these hurricanes

Eadie needs her own pink La Jolla Basket to match her brother

Add a pop of color to your outdoor area with this planter

 

 

Follain’s Skin Care Quiz

I recently took the Follain skin care quiz and can’t wait to try the products recommended for my skin type.

Osmia Black Clay Facial Soap
{Black Australian clay and Dead Sea mud meet coconut milk to nourish, condition and soften skin as it cleans.}

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden
{Concentrated jasmine extract mingles with witch hazel and a touch of soothing vanilla and cocoa for a day’s-worth of healing hydration.}

Alkaitais Organic Day Creme
{Potent botanicals counter signs of aging; plumping peptides and a hardworking vitamin combination achieve a healthy glow.}

 

Peep’s Paper Baby Book

My friend Lou’s baby book is finally here! Now available on Maisonette and The Tot, this is the perfect way to document all of your baby’s milestones. The journal is made of all natural materials – bound in Japanese asahi cloth and printed on Mohawk superfine paper – allowing it to last over 300 years and become a family heirloom. So excited to put mine to use in just a few weeks!

 

Loeffler Randall Friends & Family

I finally pulled out my Spring/ Summer sandals this weekend and it felt GOOD. I also realized it’s time for a refresh. Loeffler Randall is offering 20% site wide with code: LRFAMILY. These scalloped block heels are a classic and these pom pom sandals are super fun.

 

AERIN x Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma has launched their first home decor collaboration with the lifestyle brand, AERIN. The collection is inspired by the effortless yet elegant design of Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach home. Just in time for the warm summer months ahead…check out the entire collection here.

Mintwood Home: Design Your Own Pillows

If only I had known about this site a few months ago while hunting for new couch pillows. Through Mintwood Home, you can create custom pillows in four simple steps (click here). An added bonus: you can have your custom pillows in just 14 days (industry standard is six-to-eight weeks!).

Little Luxuries

…from The Well Appointed House:
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45384{Haba Horse Baby Swing}

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14161{Hand Painted Vintage Toy Chest}

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{Outdoor Chaise Lounger}

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{Fiona Walker Sleepy Elephant}

Wiggy Kit Flash Sale

While we’re on the topic of resort wear (see here and here from this week)– I may as well add that the luxury resort wear line out of the UK, Wiggy Kit, is having a 50% flash sale through midnight in preparation for their new collection arriving soon. This sale only happens once a year so stock up on those classic sun dresses now! Use the code: Spring50 at checkout.

Matteau Swim

I’m attending a wedding in Mustique eight weeks after I give birth. Gulp. So, I’ve been on the hunt for a flattering and comfortable bathing suit (yes, I’m aware that nothing–not even a full body wetsuit– will be flattering eight weeks post baby). But, I think I found my match. Enter: Matteau Swim.

Matteau Swim was created to be the subtle swimsuit. The one you reach for to feel confident and at ease by the water. Simple, comfortable and uncomplicated, our styles are focused on fit and show to be flattering and firm.

Check out their classic bikini line here but I’ll most likely be sticking with this one piece featured on Moda Operandi.

 

 

India Amory

I am loving the new lifestyle and home goods company, India Amory. Julia Amory developed the concept for her business while searching for a printed fabric to use for the tables at her own wedding in Southampton. Unable to find the perfect print at an affordable cost, the solution was to design her own pattern using the Indian block print technique and produce the napkins and tablecloths herself. Truly beautiful designs. I have my eye on the Blue Fleur Provencal Tablecloth and Sage Spot Pareo for summer!

 

 

 

For the Easter Basket

A few Easter basket filler ideas below (trying to get ahead of the game before this baby makes her debut…)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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RH Baby Animal Hooded Towel

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Jellycat Bunny

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Roberta Roller Rabbit Bunny Pajamas

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Silly Putty Eggs

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Fiona Walker Bunny Stopper

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Monogrammed Bunny Lovee

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Organic Cotton Bunny Hat

Bunny Push Toy

The Runaway Bunny

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31azi-6v4jlBunny Pencil Case

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Dottie Doolittle Baby Essentials Sale

If you live in the Bay Area, Save the Date! From March 14th- 16th, San Francisco-based Dottie Doolittle is offering 30% off Kissy Kissy baby essentials. These super-soft 100% Pima cotton baby clothes are a classic (and are rarely on sale!).

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The Perfect Point Reyes Itinerary

Point Reyes…just far enough away from San Francisco to feel like a true getaway (great for people like me who want a vacation but can no longer fly!). We had a fun-filled two nights and highly recommend the itinerary below:

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{view from our walk to the Point Reyes Lighthouse}

Stay: The Coal & Feed

Do: Visit the Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse and the Point Reyes Shipwreck

Breakfast: Bovine Bakery

Lunch: Saltwater Oyster Depot

Cocktail Hour: Nick’s Cove

Dinner: Sir & Star

Click below to see more photos from our recent trip:

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OPI Fiji Collection

Of course I’m loving the new OPI Fiji Collection as I have a soft spot in my heart for this special place (our honeymoon destination). I can’t wait to try these new, fun colors for Spring and Summer:

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Living on the Bula-Vard!

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Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon

 

Home Decor Sites

Some fun home decor sites I’ve been perusing of late…

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Well Made Home

Bunny Williams Home

Jana Bek Design

Amy Berry

Chairish

Oomph

The Well Appointed House

Biscuit Home

Furbish Studio

Circa Who

Modish

New York Designer Fabric Outlet

Dash & Albert

Society Social 

Bohem

Natural Curiosities

Circa Lighting

John Derian

Blue Print Store

Birthday Supplies for the Kids (take two)

Last year, I published a post on Birthday Supplies for the Kids. I frequented this list of vendors while planning Hank’s 2nd birthday party and have a few more items to add to the list. Happy, happy!

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Glen Allsop- The Print Shop

Our favorite photographer, Glen Allsop, has launched his online print shop and I am swooning over all of the gorgeous black & white images (with options to frame!). I need this “Beach Walkers” print in my home…

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DIMENSIONS
22 x 17 inches

EDITION of 25

DESCRIPTION

Black & white giclée fine art print on thick, archival quality
308gsm subtly textured matte paper.
Printed and signed by the photographer.
Certificate of Authenticity included.

 

Spring Scarves

St. Frank just released the newest shades of their popular Baby Alpaca Throws. I am loving the sage and soft pink colors for Spring.

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Cuyana’s new striped silk scarves have arrived and I want one in every color!

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Bloom Nation

I’m late to the game on this one. A colleague recently introduced me to Bloom Nation, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and send unique bouquets handcrafted by local florists across the country. Just enter the zip code of your lucky recipient and you’ll see a curated list of florists in the area. I came across this florist in SF that I will most definitely order from soon (how beautiful are those blooms below?).

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ME Semi Annual Sale

Margaret Elizabeth is currently having their biggest sale of the season. With beautiful pieces up to 70% off—you won’t  want to miss these deals. Shop online (or if you are in the Bay Area, stop by their Chestnut or Palo Alto shops) through Monday. I have my eyes on these beauties below…a195b7e1994bcdd1da825a46d56ebfe9-er-4236_20aqua_2_large

Peep’s Paper Products x Goop

So proud of my dear friend Lou and her recent collaboration with Goop. The hand-illustrated Lover’s Card Set makes the perfect gift (even post Valentine’s Day!).

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Be sure to check out her custom options as well. Brides-to-be, take note…her custom playing cards would make the perfect addition to any welcome bag.

Stephanie Fishwick

While flipping through the March issue of House Beautiful, I came across custom crest creator, Stephanie Fishwick, and am dying for a custom crest rubber-and-wood stamp. So many amazing options to help spruce up your stationary collection. Brides-to-be: take note of her amazing wedding invitations (see below!).


“Stephanie Fishwick was my best-kept secret but her work is too good not to share. The invitation speaks to the tone of the evening and is the first detail of your wedding a guest will see. Stephanie can find a way to incorporate any unique and special images into a collage like invitation. I would imagine that this heraldic crest could follow a couple and find a way to embroider the pattern onto her bed linens or hand towels later in life.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo for Martha Stewart Weddings

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The Newport Master Table

Crisloid, famed for their backgammon boards, just released a new backgammon table that I will own one day;) It can fit in any room with their customizable options (see here). Transport me to that vineyard stat!

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La Ligne Sample Sale

NYC friends + readers: La Ligne is hosting their first-ever sample sale starting tomorrow through 2/11. Editors have called this brand, “the line to channel your inner French girl”. Run, don’t walk!

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Details:

Friday, 2/10 – Open to the public, 10am – 6pm

Saturday, 2/11 – Open to the public, 10am – 5pm

265 Canal Street, Suite 402

A Day at the Farm

Over MLK weekend, we finally visited the award-winning goat and sheep dairy farm, Tomales Farmstead Creamery. As we hiked up the pastures to visit the two-day old sheep (!), we were immediately transported by the gorgeous West Marin landscape. I highly recommend signing up for one of their guided tours on the first Sunday of each month. Tours include: a hike up to the pastures to learn about their organic pasture management system, a visit to their milking parlor, a visit with the animals in the barn and/ or in the pastures and of course, a cheese tasting!

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If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the list of restaurants, farmers market, markets and cheese shops so you can try their delicious cheese for yourself! Click here.

THIS. SALAD.

I was never a huge Brussels Sprouts fan until I tried Michael Chiarello’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Marcona Almonds and Pecorino this past weekend at Bottega in Napa. Mouth watering. Take my word and make this at home (serves 6):

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For Whole-Citrus Vinaigrette (Juicer Version):

2 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons

1/2 navel orange, or 1 small orange

1 shallot

1 1/2 cups pure olive oil (doesn’t have to be extra virgin)

1 teaspoon sea salt, preferably gray salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For the vinaigrette: Use a juice extractor to juice the lemons, orange, and shallot using the entire fruit with peel. Pour the juices into a small bowl and gradually whisk in the olive oil in a thin stream to form an emulsion. Season with the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Whisk again, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Makes about 2 cups.

For the salad:

6 to 12 large eggs, hard cooked (optional)

6 dozen (8 to 9 cups) Brussels sprouts

3 dozen (3/4 cup) Marcona almonds, finely chopped

1/4 cup grated Pecorino-Romano

To sieve the eggs: At Bottega, we push the hard-cooked egg whites through the sieve separately, then sieve the yolks and layer the two separately for each serving. If you want, sieve the whole eggs and forget about separating whites from yolks.

Using a mandolin (an inexpensive $30 version works fine), carefully shave each Brussels sprout holding the stem end. A finger guard with prongs is a good way to keep your knuckles away from the blade. You can also cut off the stem of each B. sprout and use the shredder blade of your food processor. You should have about 9 cups when all of the B. sprouts have been grated. In a large bowl, toss together the shaved Brussels sprouts, sieved eggs, and chopped almonds. Pour on about 3/4 cup of the vinaigrette and toss again. Spoon into chilled small bowls and top with the pecorino. Top with a little more of the vinaigrette.

ENJOY!

Baby Sales

I’ve got shopping for baby girl (sorry, Hank) on the brain and there are SO many sales not to miss right now:

Busy Bees– 50% off EVERYTHING with code: WINTER50

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bg3903q_front__45182-1478539187-1000-1000Neck & Neck– 60% off site wide

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Alex & Alexa– extra 10% off  all sale items

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

 

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{Embroidered Hearts Hooded Towels}

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{The Well Appointed House Silk Florals}

image_edb90993-4e3f-4611-a07a-44923a94dae3_grande{Nine Fair Custom Backgammon Board}

23020028030_19_1{Aerin Heart Frame}

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{Love You Forever Children’s Book}

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{Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash}

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{Alexa Pulitzer Kissing Alligator Notecards}

warm-sleep-sack-pink-strip-coral_1024x1024{De Buci Baby Pink and White Sleep Sack}

uma_body_oil_1024x1024{UMA Body Oil}

malle_candle_large_large{Frederic Malle Tubereuse Candle}

Happy Menocal x Paperless Post

Who doesn’t love to collect beautiful stationary? I’ve been a long time admirer of the artist, Happy Menocal and was so excited to see her collaboration with Paperless Post. I can’t wait for my Orleans Family Crest stationary to arrive! Almost makes you want to go write some Thank You notes…;)
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Glass Blowing Austin

When my mom and sister were in Austin together over Thanksgiving, they saw the most beautiful votives at Perla’s and tracked down the vendor: Glass Blowing Austin. Lucky for me, Santa brought me one for Christmas. I am absolutely in love with the aqua glass votive– it gives off the most beautiful glow that is just mesmerizing. If you’re in Austin, be sure to check them out or visit them online here.

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Rice DK Storage Boxes

Getting organized is probably one of your New Year’s resolutions. On the top of my list: deal with the overflow of toys from Christmas. Luckily, my friend sent over these darling toy storage bins from Rice DK–handmade with love in Madagascar. I am currently eyeing the CircusAirport and Aquarium boxes below. Finally, storage boxes you’ll want to show off!
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Marye- Kelley

During my stay at home for the holidays, I’ve been picking up little knick knacks for my home in the cute little town of New Canaan, CT. At The Linen Shop, I came across the cutest wastebaskets, tissue box covers and mail holders by Marye- Kelley. Some favorites below:

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wb658_wedgewood_blue_floral_tin_wastepaper_basket{Wedgewood Blue Floral Wastebasket}

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{Blue Waverly Tissue Box}

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