Father’s Day Goldmine!

Perhaps you are like me and find Father’s Day to be one of the hardest holidays to shop for!  My dad is especially hard because he’s the unique combination of dynamic designer and typical dad. The guy can appreciate a good floral fabric but also likes his tractors. :) Now, I think I got a good gift this year (can’t post here because he reads this) but I did come across what may be the BEST source for father’s day gifts ever! Kaufmann Mercantile has this perfectly curated selection of GORGEOUS guy items- from a handmade leather football to North Carolina peanuts!  I love the way the site is designed, so clean and simple, but also the way they showcase the beauty of well made products.

Here are some items I thought might make good gifts for Dad (it’s next Sunday, in case you are finding time to be moving at warp speed like me). Also be sure to bookmark it for birthday/ holiday gifts for any guy in your life!


1. Leather wrapped hammer 2. handmade football 3. leather catchall 4. classic rope swing (for the big kid in him) 5. manly soap 6. whiskey aftershave 7. north carolina peanuts 8.leather camera strap 9. leather bike seat 10.pewter cocktail shaker 11. small batch tonic 12. pewter and crystal highball glasses 13. hot sauce  14. skinny ties

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts & A Great Giveaway!

I don’t know about you guys, but time is FLYING for me lately.  And when I’m in that warp-speed phase of life I tend to forget things- dates, names, what I’m doing, holidays….. Now, don’t worry Mom, I prepared this year- but in case you guys are all “Shoot! It’s Mother’s Day this weekend??” here are some ideas that are available right now!


1. Sometimes online flower delivery companies bring….ahem, less then stylish bouquets.  But this simple peony arrangement in a mint julep cup is simply gorgeous.

2. Wine. Always. Forever. Pick up on your way to visit, you ARE the reason she drinks after all…. ;)

3. A great book about hand-me-downs and familial style, Heirloom Modern via Amazon.com (overnight it!) or pop into a local book store!

4. Cupcakes! Bake them yourself, or buy a box at one of the zillion cupcake shops out there now. No one hates cupcakes.

5. I have this great popover top from J.Crew and LOVE it (wore it here-follow me!).  Flattering on everyone and ageless… oh, and in stock in your local store.

6. A Stella & Dot gift certificate delivered to her inbox instantly! So many fun new things including scarves and bags!

One of you can give your Mom (or yourself perhaps, if you are a tired Mom, or need a break from your Mom, or are trying to become a Mom ….ba-dum-dum!!) a $200 gift certificate for a getaway to the English Meadow Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine!  Andrew and I like to jet up there for a little quiet getaway by the ocean and luck you can now have the opportunity to go or give a getaway to someone deserving.  Just like their page on Facebook and leave a comment about which room you’d hope to stay in. I’ll pick the winner and email them TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 4PM (just in case you do want to give this as a gift!)

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And this is Bailey the inn’s Goldendoodle. I love him and every time I go I threaten to steal him.


Gift Guide 2012: Books!

Books are SUCH great gifts (unless you try to give them to my Dad who inevitably has already bought the exact one you have wrapped up).  There are quite a few books I’m keen to get this year, and here are some of my favorites!

Row 1: It’s currently on back-order but I really hope I can snag a copy of the new Miles Redd book– THE decorating book of the season// The much talked about Kate Moss book (she of flawless style) // Grace Coddington’s memoir, I know it’s on every gift guide this year but I really want to read this one! Plus she posted on Facebook once that she liked my blog, which almost gave me a stroke.

Row 2: For the girl obsessed with clothes- Style Book// For the blog reading chef-What Katie Ate// For the girl obsessed with Paris (ME!)

Row 3: For the fella in your life- The Art of Fixing Things– hey, it’ll help get things done around the house// For the bride to be-Vogue Weddings, Brides, Dresses, Designers // For the kids, the new Dave Egger’s version of Where the Wild Things Are with the coolest cover ever!

Row 4: I read this recently and it haunted me for days, it’s so good (but sad)- A Light Between Oceans// Would love this Claiborne Swanson book for my (new) coffee table- American Beauty// This is next up on Andrew’s reading list- Thomas Jefferson- The Art of Power.

Row 5:  For little designers to be-Draw Me A House/  For Audrey addicts, Audrey Hepburn Photographs/ For the stylish Francophile- Parisian Chic (* I want this one too)

Gift Guide 2012: For Her

Of course I would never forget us ladies! A few more gift guides to come including books, stocking stuffers, holiday beauty and my wish list for this year! But onto the laaaaaaaaaaaadies….

1. I really love (and want) a special, applique monogram jewelry case or makeup case from Monogram Goods for traveling.  So lovely and proper.

2. The bracelet we all want if we haven’t got it already. ( I finally broke down and bought it and wear it constantly)

3. I cannot get enough of faux fur in the winter- this snood is adorable, a great color and will go with any of her coats and sweaters.

4. How fabulous are the nail polishes from Ciate.  I love the little bows on the bottles- get a grouping of colors, I personally am liking the coral, burgundy, gold and deep navy.

5. The Sartorialist’s new book to inspire the fashionable friend.

6. I love these chunky gemstone studs from Loren Hope.

7. I don’t think I’ve met a girl who doesn’t like a good striped shirt, so gift this sweater version in navy and white or camel and pink to get on her really good side.

8. Leopard gloves. Love ’em. Want ’em. Awesome gift to spice up boring winter get-ups.

9. Chevron + elephants= HAPPY TIMES. This C Wonder trinket tray is a fab under $50 choice.

10. The beach-going gal would love a couple of these bright Pendelton beach towels.

11. A RYAN GOSLING COLORING BOOK. Do I need to say anything else?

12. Another “if she doesn’t have it she wants it” gift- the Clarisonic. I love mine. Andrew secretly loves mine too. (Not so secret anymore!)

13. I saw these awesome leather minaudieres and fell hard for them. So ladylike and totally glam. IN lots of colors and a calf hair version too.

Gift Guide 2012: For Kids & Pets

The universe (and my ovaries) have decided that it’s only to be Andrew and the dogs for me this Christmas.  And so for now my little muchkins Ollie and Bax ARE my kids- so I chose to lump pets and kids together in this guide. Here are some sweet little treats for little ones of both species. :)

1. How friggin’ awesome is this wee little faux fur vest? When I have a little one you better believe we will have matching ones. :)

2. Oliver is straight up obsessed with squirrels. And Baxter’s best friend in the whole world is a ratty squirrel toy named Smelly.  So I think they would really rock these sweaters, which gave me such a good laugh ( and $9 of each purchase goes to a charity of your choice!)

3.  This mobile is the most stylish, amazing thing ever! I could design a whole nursery around this beauty. A great gift for someone whose expecting and is into design!

4. Don’t have space for a ping pong table? This little set will thrill the kids once you clear off the dining room table or coffee table (and the ball is so light your vases won’t get smashed)

5. I love this rustic rope leash (NEED two for the boys!)

6. Pinhole Press has these fantastic flash cards you can make from your own photos (and a memory game too!) I love that you can teach kids from imagery they recognize from their own life.

7. Adorable books for little ladies- the Henley one’s cover reminds me of “I Married Adventure”, no?  And it’s never too soon to learn about Audrey.

8. Every little girl likes glitter shoes, I’m certain! (I’m, of course, partial to the leopard booties).

9. This striped sweater would look SO handsome on a little fella!!!

10. This fuzzy sheep rocker is both fun and so stylish in a nursery.  Really love it.

11. Pretty sure boys and girls alike would like to play around with this silly glasses set.

12. No more ugly pet beds- these look like stylish sheepskin rugs (which my dogs won’t get off!) They’ll blend right in with any modern decor.