Spring Has Sprung!
Spring has indeed sprung which means it’s time to switch our perfume from our winter favorites to something a bit greener and definitely more floral. For years, we’ve been wearing a lovely Tocca fragrance given to us by our blogging besty, Pretty Pink Tulips, but sadly it’s no longer made. So we’re exploring new spring scents and have found some that cover all the bases… If you like sparkling citrus with a touch of uplifting spice, Clarins Eau des Jardins and Tocca Isabel are for you.
Eau des Jardins
For those of you who prefer something on the herbal side with soft fresh picked floral notes, you might like the new limited edition Herb Garden collection by Jo Malone and Dolce & Gabbana’s Floral Drops.
The Herb Garden Collection
Dolce Floral Drops
And finally, Diptyque’s Florabellio is like spring break in a bottle – an invigorating coastal base is infused with green apple blossom for the perfect olfactory landscape that captures a garden by the sea.
What spring scents are your sporting these days?
Flowers / Clarins / Tocca / Jo Malone / Dolce & Gabbana / Diptyque
Spring has sprung in our part of the country… the daffodils are sprouting their green leaves and the birds welcome the day with their morning song. We’re looking forward to refreshing our home and our wardrobe with some pretty spring things and here are a couple of our favorites…
Stella Jean – Giornalista Kimono Blouse
Oscar de la Renta – Ornamental Floral Napkin
Parker Thatch – Lots of Love Notes
Yves Delorme – Enfleur Pillow
Fringe Studio – Beautiful Pouch
Is spring blooming where you live?
P.S. Do you just love that pouch? It’s coming to our website soon!
posies / top / napkin / notes / pillow / pouch
Gucci – Spring 2016
While some say that bamboo is back, we’re wondering if it ever went out of style. Even Gucci has revived it’s iconic curved bamboo handles in the company’s Spring 2016 collection of handbags and totes.
Arme de L’Amour – Ring
Juliska – Classic Bamboo Dinnerware
This signature handle design first appeared just after World War II in 1947 when the world was still rationing resources. Bamboo cane could still be imported from Japan so the artisans at Gucci developed a patented method to heat and bend the material and ta-da, the Gucci Bamboo Handbag was born.
Seda France – Malaysian Bamboo Candle
Wisteria – Bamboo Pagoda Mirror
The bamboo handle was so interesting and innovative that it became an instant hit and was carried through the 1960′ and 70’s as an integral part of the brand. And now it’s back gracing a range of bags printed with pretty petals. Bamboo is not only showing up in fashion accessories but also in home decor and here are some of our favorites!
Jonathan Adler – Bamboo Wallpaper
Not that we’re trying to bamboozle you…
bag / ring / plates / candle / mirror / wallpaper
Faux Bois Vase
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We Have Chemistry Terrarium
Along with the faux bois vase and “we have chemistry” terrarium above, here are some of our favorites, guaranteed to make your loved ones smile… A cutting board for the foodie who cooks up a storm…
Personalized Cutting Board
and a molecular mixology kit for the life of every party…
Molecular Mixology Kit _ Mojito
Chakra bath salts for the pampered diva…
Chakra Bath Salts
and a four season necklace for the stylish fashionista – these gifts will let your Valentine know they’re special!
Four Seasons Necklace
Head on over to this wonderful site and let us know what you think!
P.S. This post was written in partnership with UncommonGoods.
vase / terrarium / cutting board / mixology kit / bath salts / necklace
Heart Cocktail Ring
As January comes to a close, we’re reminded that Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. Time to think about some gifts for our loved ones (and ourselves!) Since we just launched several designs on AHAlife, an online source for unique lifestyle products from around the world, we thought we’d head over there first. After giving our fingers some love with the ring above, how about a pretty mandala pillow for the bed?
Mandala Petal Pillow
A bare wall seems so lonely without the perfect piece of art so we’re hoping to add this beauty to our collection – a painterly abstraction of a photographed bouquet by Robin Resch.
Floral Abstraction 3
The men in our lives would appreciate something other than red boxers, so we think this dapper one of a kind origami bow tie will do the trick (made of paper, they’re also eco-friendly) and they can wear it while they mix us a botanically infused G & T!
Origami Heaven Beaux-Tie
Botanicals for Gin and Tonics
And finally, to keep that New Year’s resolution of yoga once a week going, we’ll definitely be gifting ourselves this beautiful Sunset yoga mat – sun salutations never looked so go.
Sunset Yoga Mat
We hope you’ll take a look at all that AHAlife has to offer and while you’re there, please have a heart and vote for one of our designs by clicking this link – if we get 100 votes we may be featured in an upcoming gift guide!
ring / pillow / art / bow tie / mixers / mat
Happy Holidays by Rifle Paper
Last but not least on our lengthy “to do” list this week is to wrap the presents, even those fun finds we bought for the stockings. We’re big fans of Rifle Paper Co. and are excited to see that one of our favorite “blog-tailer” (a blog with an online store), Waiting on Martha, has a great selection of their cards, gift tags and wrapping paper. Rifle’s whimsical winter scenes are just the thing to make your gift special – add a pretty bow and voilà!
Garland Gift Tag
Reindeer Wrapping Sheets
Nutcracker Gift Tags
Mistletoe Wrapping Sheets
When it comes to creative cards, Rifle’s got them, too… How about an ornament card? Read the message, then hang it on the tree. So cute.
Berry Peace Ornament Card
The countdown begins and Christmas is two weeks away. Wishing you a weekend of merry, merry!
holiday paper / garland tag / reindeer paper / nutcracker tag / mistletoe paper / ornament card
Now that we’ve decked the doors and added some sparkle to the house, it’s time to shop for those fun gifts that make a stocking worth stuffing. Great things do come in small packages and we have some goodies on our list we hope Santa will consider (hint,hint!)
Boho Tassel Bag Charm
Did you know that hanging stockings at Christmas has been a tradition for centuries? Legend has it that once a upon a time there was a poor widower with three beautiful daughters who worried that his impoverished state would no allow his girls to marry. One Christmas, St. Nick heard about the family and wanted to help so he slid down the chimney and filled the girls freshly laundered stockings (which were hanging to dry by the fire) with gold coins.
12 Days Appetizer Plates
Box of Awesomeness
Hand Cream Sampler
These days, stockings come in all shapes and sizes – ours are needlepoint with monograms and quite large! Are you making your list and checking it twice?
clutch / charm / earrings / plates / makeup / hand cream
The Forest Feast
The calendar says September but the weather is still very summer-like (as in hot, hazy and humid!) Technically, summer isn’t over for another two and half weeks but we’re starting to look forward to cooler days, the changing of the leaves and fall feasts… Perhaps it’s because we’re in full production for our Fall/Winter collections and are surrounded by autumn flowers – our studio is overflowing with orange dinner plate dahlias, aubergine ranunculus and the most gorgeous red/gold oncidium orchids.
With fall comes more entertaining indoors so we’ll definitely be investing in some autumnal touches for the table…
Forest Walk Dinner Plate
And there’s nothing like ending the day with a warm floral-scented bath and a cozy throw.
Adrienne Landau Throw
Who’s ready for a fabulous fall? If you still need some inspiration, check out our first video now available on YouTube!
Photos: cookbook, iPhone cover, artichokes, plates, bath tea and throw
Bobbie at Work
With a trip to Canada planned for next week, it’s only fitting that we leave you with some fab floral fun by Vancouver artist Bobbie Burgers. As one art critic notes, Bobbie’s flowers “never feel excised from nature, but rather breathed in and exhaled as art.” Her colorful large-scale paintings command attention in any room and pair well with white walls and minimalist furniture, which is how they are displayed in Bobbie’s own home.
Those Blossoms You Gave So Freely #2
“Flowers, to me, are the opposite of still. Changing from minute to minute, they are perfect symbols for life, death, yearning, and beauty,” says Bobbie, and she captures a bloom’s natural energy so beautifully with her bold brushstrokes and vibrant hues. We think all of Bobbie’s work is wonderful and what a way to dress up a white wall!
Angels Or Demons #2
Happy weekend everyone and see you in a week (we promise this will be our last blogging break of the summer!)
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Garden Fiesta Plates
and the living is easy! It’s time to take the party outside and investing in some great paper goods, unbreakable glasses and pretty trays is a must. We like having our
cocktails dinners on our terrace surrounded by blooms, with the bees buzzing and the dragonflies flitting. Setting the table with disposable ware makes things even easier so we make sure we have plenty of these favorites on hand…
Endless Summer Napkins
Pom Pom Picks
Are you taking the party outside these days?
Photos: paper plate, wine glass, tray, napkin, serving plates and picks