When the words “playful” and “bespoke heraldry” are used in the description of an artist’s work, you know you’re in for a treat… After all, who doesn’t love a whimsical monogram?! New York-based Rachel Rogers takes customization to a whole new intimate level by interweaving her clients interests into beautifully drawn insignias and crests, stationery and wedding designs, and special event collateral. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Rachel worked under the uber talented Rodrigo Corral (the artist behind 500 plus book covers including The Fault in Our Stars) before launching her own venture. We gravitate toward the designs with floral themes (naturally!) but even her animals have a charm all their own. Rachel’s fun, colorful ink and water-color creations are a Fabulous Find and special occasions deserve special gifts like these. Don’t you agree?
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Who doesn’t love blue and white in the summer months? We know it’s a favorite color combination for many bloggers (ahem…
Tina, Jeanne and Julie you know who you are!) and we have to admit, it’s one of ours, too. Inside or out, blue hues work beautifully with crisp, clean whites. With one of us packing her bags for some fun in the sun in the south of France, we thought we’d send her off with some goodies for the beach…
P.S. We hear The Vacationers is a beach book – has anyone read it yet?
There nothing more refreshing in the summertime than taking a bite into a juicy strawberry or a cold, sweet slice of melon… Just typing the title of this post is making our mouth water! Fruit of all shapes and sizes come into season between May and July and we can’t think of a better way to stay healthy and hydrated. And while we love taking advantage of this delectable produce at the farmers’ market, we’ve found some other juicy fruits we think are delicious.
Happy fruity Friday! June is just around the corner…
It’s no surprise that we have black thumbs so these boxed beauties would be a bit of a challenge for us but for all the green thumbs out there, they might be just the thing for you or make the perfect gift for Mom. Coloni, a Swedish gardening company founded in 2010, creates plant seed mixes according to a theme, much like a fashion designer would for a runway collection (and like we do for our own seasonal lines.)
Coloni’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, From Dusk Till Dawn, includes three mixes capturing different times of day. Early Shades has flowers that open to the morning sun like apple blossom bush and poppies, while Harvest Noon has meadow grasses…
and Into the Night consists of exotic, shade-loving blooms such nemopila and collinsia (also known as Purple Chinese Houses.)
We can just imagine a garden planted with these blooms and watch as the flowers open and close throughout the day… That is, if we ever got the seeds to grow. Perhaps next year we can even give our mother a real bouquet…
Are you “digging” these seed mixes? Hope your weekend is filled with garden fun and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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When we saw these great Stuart Weitzman shoes, we decided to rethink raffia… Not only is it the material we use to secure the moss around our orchid stems when we tie them to bamboo stakes (a little detail which really does make our orchids look real), raffia’s played a role in fashion and home decor for centuries.
Raffia comes from the underside of raffia palm fronds and the long fibers can be dyed and woven into textiles or kept natural and used as string. In celebration of Earth Day this week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite raffia finds for you. We especially love this Tory Burch satchel with raffia sides…
and of course, anything raffia covered from Oomph!
And if wearing raffia isn’t your thing…
you could always opt for a playsuit with a raffia print.
Now, back to tying up some orchids! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.
If you follow OscarPRGirl on Pinterest like we do, you’d know that Oscar de la Renta is an avid gardener and expert in all things lovely and botanical… Just take a peek at his beautiful properties in Kent, CT and Punta Cana. So it’s no surprise that this divine designer has collaborated with The New York Botanical Gardens to create a limited-edition home collection due out in early May (alas, not in time for Easter brunch but perfect for Mother’s Day!)
Pairing botanical artwork handpicked from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Rare Book Collections with bright, modern design, these new pieces will add a lively touch to any party. Our favorites include pretty peony cocktail plates,
a terrific trellis tray,
a whimsical salt and pepper set,
and a sweet French melon bowl with cover.
Wouldn’t these be perfect for a spring garden party on the terrace?
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One of our greatest pleasures now that the mornings are warming up is to bring our coffee out to the terrace and salute the sun as it comes over the ridge. Granted, we’re still wearing furry slippers and a down vest, but it’s truly a great way to start the day. And boy, do we love our morning coffee so the bigger the mug, the better! Luckily, ours are HUGE but not very pretty so we gathered some of our favorite mug shots here to consider.
What do you think of our lineup?
We’re finally in the last week of February and spring is just four weeks away… That means we’ll be coming out of hibernation and actually saying yes to social events, and planning some of our own.
It’s time to put away the holiday themed cards and invest in some springtime stationery to say thank you or wish someone a happy birthday. Top on our list is the new line of pop-up, laser cut cards by our great friend and the queen of entertaining, Kim Seybert.
Available at Neiman Marcus and Caspari, as well as on Kim’s own website, these lovely note cards come in a box of six and would make the perfect hostess gift. And what a wonderful way to let someone know you appreciate them, too!
Is spring popping up in your neighborhood yet?
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Valentine’s Day is a week away and while we’re not ones to really celebrate the holiday, we know that many of you do so here are some our heartfelt picks for your special someone… For all of you whose love is just starting to bloom,
to those who still sparkle after many years…
and for the “
ball heart and chain” in you life…
or the one who wears her heart on her
may all your cups run over with love!
We have a confession to make (but please don’t tell the boys!)… We haven’t begun to tackle our holiday shopping list and Christmas is less than three weeks away. Thankfully, blogland is filled with helpful gift guides and boy, are they helpful! Here are just a few we’ve been gathering…
Now, if only there was a gift guide for the picky in-laws! Any thoughts? Wishing you a weekend of crossing things off your list…