Inspirations

Colorful Cuba

Victor Minca - Trinidad Cuba

Victor Minca – Trinidad Cuba

With diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba warming up and travel restrictions easing, we predict that this exotic island will soon become the destination of choice once the twelve official reasons for travel are lifted.  We know we’d like to add some Havana nights to our bucket list and can’t wait to see the rainbow-hued houses and Art Nouveau influences.  We also know that we’d indulge in some tropical fashions and a variety of fruit flavored mojitos to celebrate our trip.

Pompom Gladiators

Pompom Gladiators

Harper's Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar

Raspberry Mojitos

Raspberry Mojitos

Relaxing in Havana

Relaxing in Havana

Old Havana Dinnerware

Old Havana Dinnerware

So, who would like to join us?

poster / sandals / model / mojitos / model / dinnerware

 

 

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday: Purple Rain

Ishigaki Drops

Ishigaki Drops

We were shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that Prince died in his Minnesota home at the young age of 57.  For those of you who, like us, were teenagers in the 1980’s humming along to this unique and prolific artist’s songs, here’s our tribute to the “Purple One”…  No Raspberry Berets but lots of pretty plums, violets, lavenders and lilacs.

Neeva Pump

Neeva Pump

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque

Lara Backlit Clutch

Lara Backlit Clutch

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

Yves Saint Laurent T-shirt

The world has lost a true musical prodigy.  R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson…  We’ll think of you Under the Cherry Moon this weekend.

earrings / pumps / polish / clutch / dress / t-shirt

Fabulous Finds

Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Blue Hydrangea Note Card

Blue Hydrangea Note Card

Why write your mother a just note when you can send her one of the many lovely gifts we’ve just added to our website!  Tell her your love is everlasting with a hydrangea

Blue Hydrangea Blossom

Blue Hydrangea Blossom

or treat her to a bag she can use at the beach.

Isabella Blue Bucket Bag

Isabella Blue Bucket Bag

If she entertains, she’ll love Holly Stuart’s placemats which take table dressing from everyday to elegant…

Dot Fan Placemat

Dot Fan Placemat

And our bangles are the perfect accessory for a springtime outfit.

Martinangel Bangle

Martinangel Bangle

Finally, who wouldn’t want this lovely porcelain tray, perhaps paired with a scented soap.

Wanderlust Tray

Wanderlust Tray

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

cards / blossom / bag / placemat / bangle / tray

 

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Temperley London - Florrie Print Top

Temperley London – Florrie Print Top

with this…

Diane James Home - Pink Champagne Peonies

Diane James Home – Pink Champagne Peonies

and get this!

Rebecca de Ravanel in Los Angeles

Rebecca de Ravanel in Los Angeles

top / bouquet / vignette

Fabulous Finds

Modern Blooms

Daisy Necklace

Daisy Necklace

From what we see in the style and shelter magazines these days, florals are definitely “in.”  If we had a say in setting trends, they’d never be “out” but that’s another story…

Laser Cut Wedge

Laser Cut Wedge

From bohemian and romantic to retro and sporty, floral patterns abound this year in fashion and in home accessories.  We’re especially drawn to blooms with a modern vibe which can be paired with our every day looks.

Sandefjord Dinnerware

Sandefjord Dinnerware

Mosaic Swimsuit

Mosaic Swimsuit

Whether cast in metal, laser cut into leather, crocheted with cotton or dyed into fabric, flowers are a fabulous springtime addition to any outfit or home.

Crochet Cotton Bag

Crochet Cotton Bag

Gerbera Maraschino Pillow

Gerbera Maraschino Pillow

What’s not to love?  Happy floral Friday, all!

necklace / wedge / dinnerware / bathing suit / bag / pillow

In the Garden

Garden Glory in Flower Magazine

May/June Issue

May/June Issue

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout

Patina Farm

Patina Farm

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire

Despite the rain we’ve been having, Mother Nature is slowly but surely giving birth to her buds and our gardens are beginning to show signs of awakening.  We have a ways to go before the lush flowers of summer take over and we can entertain our friends on the terrace.  In the meantime, we resort to the pages of flower magazine and marvel at the works by designers like Carson McElheney, Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Brooke and Steve Giannetti.

Gardening for the Senses

Gardening for the Senses

Carson McElheney

Carson McElheney

The current issue is filled with inspiring landscapes that delight and capture the essence of what a garden should be – a place to rest, to recharge and to dream.  Rarely have we lingered so thoroughly with a magazine and we’re so glad we did.  It was like taking a little vacation in the middle of a busy week.

Audrey

Audrey

Here’s to spring!

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Fabulous Finds

Taking Some Liberties at Paperless Post

Archival Florals

Archival Florals

We can think of a number of celebrations this spring that would merit a lovely invitation or note from Paperless Post and that’s why we’re so excited to see the new collection from Liberty of London.  Longtime readers of this blog may remember a post we wrote about our love for Liberty and in fact, our mother used to dress us up in smocked dresses from this iconic store any time she could.

Tresco

Tresco

Liberty prints are back in a decidedly modern way in the form of digital and paper stationery and they’re as fresh and pretty as always.

Phoebe

Phoebe

Ros

Ros

The 100 piece collaboration was created to celebrate the launch of Paperless Post internationally in the UK, Canada and Australia, with further extensions planned for later this year.  Of course, this collection features mostly florals, from delicate pastels to bolder, colorful palettes.

Edenham

Edenham

Loden

Loden

Whether you’re planning a Mother’s Day brunch, announcing an engagement or hosting a springtime soiree, you can’t go wrong with these charming invitations, save the dates and note cards.  Vive la Liberty!

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Fabulous Finds

Loving Luv Aj

In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

** Spoiler Alert **  For those of you who subscribe to Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style, if you don’t want to know what the hero item is for the summer box, read no further!

Full Bloom Charm Necklace

Full Bloom Charm Necklace

As Box of Style subscribers, we’re always eager to see what the “hero piece” will be for the next shipment and we’re never disappointed.  This spring we received a cute custom bucket bag by Shaffer LA, the perfect size for a night out with the girls or a day at Coachella (as if!)  Regardless of the occasion, we’re feeling very hip indeed.  Yesterday, an email popped up into our inbox revealing the summer hero item and we’re going to be even cooler.  How can we not be with an eye-catching lariat with delicate pave Swarovski crystals and an open crescent ring from Luv Aj?

Full Bloom Earring Set

Full Bloom Earring Set

Hex Stud Bracelet

Hex Stud Bracelet

For those of you not in the know (trust us, we weren’t either until we received RZ‘s email), Amanda Thomas, the wunderkind designer behind this “it” LA brand, started her business as a teenager and 10 years later is the darling of stylists and celebrities alike.  Her heavy-metal spikes, layered chains and chunky sparkles can change an ho-hum outfit into something special.

Full Bloom Ring Set

Full Bloom Ring Set

Full Bloom Ring Set

Full Bloom Ring Set

We’re loving the fact that her Spring 2016 collection is called In Full Bloom and there are a number of designs these fashion “late bloomers” would gladly wear.  Needless to say, we’re looking forward to our next Box of Style and sporting some “bad ass bling” this summer!

P.S.  If you want to join the club, sign up for the Box of Style…  It’s like Christmas four times a year!

in full bloom / necklace / earrings / bracelet / rings

Fun with Food

The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks

The 2016 Piglet

The 2016 Piglet

Some would say that our adventure into the Whole30 way of life is March Madness so we thought we’d introduce you to a different kind of competition, one that involves books and not basketballs.  Inspired by The Morning News’ Tournament of Books, the Piglet pits the years’ top 16 cookbooks in a bracket-style face off.  Created by Food52 and judged by notable chefs and taste makers, The 2016 Piglet had some great head to head battles and these two notable books were pitted against each other in the first round.  A Girl and Her Greens (oh boy, can we relate after a month of salads and kale!) by April Bloomfield elevates the humble vegetable into glorious meals with beautiful photographs and charming narrative.

Eat Your Peas!

Eat Your Peas…

Speaking of Peas!

Speaking of Peas!

American Claire Ptak settled down in London where she opened her charming cake shop and The Violet Bakery is a compilation of some of her fans favorite recipes.  We can’t tell how much we’ve missed baked goodies this past month so we know we’ll be spending some time with this book next weekend!

Baked Beauties

Baked Beauties

Yummy Blondies

Yummy Blondies

An honorable mention goes to Seven Spoons, the first book by food blogger Tara O’Brady which features stories and easy crowd-pleasing recipes from her Canadian home.

Seven Spoons and Many Recipes

Seven Spoons and Many Recipes

Only one of these books made to the Final Four which is a lot better than how our alma maters did this year…  One of our schools didn’t make it into the round of 64 while the other didn’t make it past 32!  March Madness is coming to an end this weekend so who will you be cheering for?

the piglet / greens / peas / bakery / brownies / spoons