Monday, April 25, 2016

Mother's Day: On the Go

Today's gift pick has the on-the-go mom in mind, that badass woman who manages to balance everything--and then some. For me, the person who comes to mind is my sister--she's a talented interior designer with her own design firm, a devoted wife and mother, and still manages to be extremely social and involved in her community. From luxurious touches for her efficiency-maximizing tools (see: Hermès Apple Watch strap) to something as simple as a chic water bottle to keep her hydrated in between meetings, these gift picks are certain to stand out as creative ways of celebrating her nonstop lifestyle. I think my favorite item of the bunch is the MM. Lafleur bento box, which helps the recipient to maintain a stylish and versatile work wardrobe without having to do any of the shopping. Talk about a stylish time-saver!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Mother's Day: New Mama

Because my daughter was born just two days before Mother's Day, I tend to associate the holiday with the fuzzy blur of joy, exhaustion, and confusion that comes with having a brand new baby. Here are some gift picks that are sure to delight any new mama. 

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TaskRabbit Gift Certificate (you'll literally be giving her the gift of time)
Cle de Peau Concealer (this works wonders for under-eye circles!)

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day: The Entertainer

Hello, again! The past month has been a bit crazy, hence my blogging hiatus--some big work projects and gearing up for the upcoming birth of my second child have kept me pretty busy. However, it's good to be back at it, and given the major impending event in my personal life, it feels appropriate that I'm rebooting with a series of Mother's Day gift guides (the holiday is on May 8th this year).

Today's gift guide is designed for moms who love to entertain--lots of beautiful items for her next dinner party! And don't let the designer brand mislead you: those crystal Tiffany & Co. candlesticks are $65 each. Nicely packaged in their signature blue box, they will have maximum impact without necessarily breaking the bank. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ice Blocks

When I was a child, Legos were one of my favorite toys--I had a large box of random pieces and would often occupy myself for hours building whatever random structure I fancied that day. And now, I can add some Lego nostalgia to my beverages with this Lego Ice Bricks Tray! This is a fun and cute item that is sure to delight children and adults alike.

And since we're talking about ice trays, I have to share the best ice-related tip ever, which I learned from a friend who worked in the food & beverage division of the Four Seasons: make lemonade ice cubes for your Arnold Palmers--that way, as the ice melts, the drink doesn't become diluted and gross. Genius!

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Do Good

Benjamin Franklin was known to start each day by asking himself, "What good shall I do this day?" I've long admired this enamel sign from Best Made Co., as it's well-designed, appropriate for any setting, and a good reminder to live each day with purpose. On that note, happy weekend! Hope you all have a lovely one.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

Although Mean Girls, also known as the Greatest Movie of Our Time, came out twelve (!!!) years ago, it does not appear that people ever tire of making references to it. A co-worker introduced me to this awesome Dylan's Candy Bar item--a pack of popcorn flavored jelly beans featuring one of the best lines in the movie. I nearly fell out of my chair with excitement. This would be a great party favor for a girls' night, bachelorette weekend... any occasion, really!

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Color Me Sleepy

The Land of Nod has struck again--this time, with the coolest bedding ever! They are now selling Coloring Book Duvet Covers--black and white printed bedding that is meant to be filled in with fabric markers. I don't know about you, but I would have LOVED this as a child (and am secretly sad that they don't sell this in king size bedding for my current bed). Think about the fun and creativity it would inspire! And how cool to be enveloped by your own handiwork when you go to bed every night. The bedding is covered in whimsical doodles of cabins, bicycles, forests, hot air balloons, glasses, mountains, the ocean... basically, anything and everything. It doesn't come with fabric markers, but I found some on Amazon. It's made of 200-thread count percale and comes in twin and full/queen sizes. An fun and unexpected gift idea for any budding artist!

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