Monday Mood

April 6th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Diplomatic

Pronunciation: /ˌdipləˈmadik/

Polite and tactful…  Diplomatic duo James Costos and Michael Smith feel completely at home in the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain.  See more of their lovely home in Vanity Fair Espana!

Photo: living room

Fleeting Moments…

April 1st, 2015
Butterfly Clip

Butterfly Clip

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Unlike the butterfly, we don’t have time enough to spend with our boys on spring break and write for this little blog…  So we’re enjoying the moments this week and will be back next Monday!

P.S.  For more natural beauty from Van Cleef & Arpels, click here for a delightful video and Happy Easter to all.

Monday Mood

March 30th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Jackie O at the White House

Jackie O at the White House

Charmed

Pronunciation: /CHärmd/

Extremely lucky…  Matchbook Magazine is closing its doors as founders Katie and Jane move on to new adventures.  We feel extremely lucky to have been featured in so many spreads like these and appreciate the support these girls have given our brand over the past four years.

The Matchbook Girl still believes in fairy tales and we hope yours have happy endings!

P.S.  To read Matchbook’s Best Of issue, click here.

Photo: dressing room

 

Loving Lilly for Target

March 27th, 2015
Porcelain Plates

Porcelain Plates

Just in time for spring entertaining on the terrace (that is, whenever spring decides to actually get here!), Target is launching its latest designer collaboration with the iconic Lilly Pulitzer no less.  While we can’t imagine mobs of preppy girls camping out at their local Target store ready to shop when the doors open on April 19th, we know this collection will hit the bulls’ eye so to speak.

Coffee Cups

Coffee Cups

Glass Votives

Glass Votives

Sporting 15 brand new and exclusive prints designed in-house at Lilly, the line will feature 250 items including jewelry, clothing, shoes, accessories, and home decor.  Best of all, prices will range from $2 to $150 with almost 200 designs under $30.

Patio Umbrella

Patio Umbrella

Chaise

Chaise

Lilly’s boldly bright and playful style has been a favorite for jet setters the world over (from Jackie O. to J. Lo) and now it will have a much broader audience with Target’s reach.  Picnics and BBQ’s across the country will be a bit more fun and festive with these stylish finds!

Basket

Basket

P.S.  Would you invite Lilly to your next party?  Have a fabulous weekend!

Photos: Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Insta Find: Flora Forager

March 25th, 2015
Blossoms

Blossoms

When the ever so stylish Orli Ben-Dor, Market Editor at Hearst Magazines says she’s obsessed with something, we tend to check that something out.  In the April 2015 edition of House Beautiful, Orli gives artist Bridget Beth Collins a shout out and we now know why she’s so excited.  Inspired by all things flora, Bridget Beth takes what she finds in the wildflower woodlands and mossy waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest and creates the most enchanting and whimsical art under the name Flora Forager.  We were immediately charmed by her Instagram page which is simply magical…

Floral Fun

Floral Fun

Primrose Piglet

Primrose Piglet

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Meadow

Meadow

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

Bibbity Boppity BOO!

From pictures of individual blossoms to more composed still lifes, portraits and landscapes, Bridget Beth transports you to a world where perhaps fairies and unicorns are real.  You just can’t help but fall under her spell!

Photos: blossoms / fun / piglet / frida / meadow / wand 

 

Monday Mood

March 23rd, 2015
Farm Fresh for Spring

Farm Fresh for Spring

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Fresh

Pronunciation: /freSH/

Full of life and energy…  Spring is a time to try something new so why not start today?  We love this quote from J.B. Priestly, “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

P.S.  Speaking of fresh, the winner of our Substantial Salads book giveaway is Rebecca Hively!

Photo: table

Fashion Friday Favorite: Kate Spade Spring 2015

March 20th, 2015
Flower Pot Bag

Flower Pot Bag

Technically, spring starts today at 6:45 pm on the East Coast and yes, it’s snowing again!  But that won’t stop us from doing a Friday Fashion and Favorite mash-up and celebrate the spring flowers to come.  Kate Spade makes it easy to stop and smell the blossoms…  and wear them, too (no wonder since Kate’s last name is Spade!)  The Spring 2015 collection is filled with pretty,  floral things from purses and clutches,

Lacey Clutch

Lacey Clutch

to fun frocks,

Blooms Peplum Top

Blooms Peplum Top

Garden Leaves Dress

Garden Leaves Dress

and accessories with bountiful blooms.

Spring Blooms iPad Case

Spring Blooms iPad Case

Pansy Blossom Necklace

Pansy Blossom Necklace

So, happy first day of Spring and here’s to springing forward in our gardens soon!

Photos: flower pot / clutch / top / dress / ipad cover / necklace

The Color Green Redux

March 18th, 2015
Shades of Green

Shades of Green

Six years ago tomorrow we launched this little blog of ours and never in our wildest imagination did we think it would bring us so much pleasure and so many readers from around the world.  And never did we think we’d be blogging for so long… but we’re still at it 920 posts later!

Lettuce Ware Plate

Lettuce Ware Plate

Watering Can Clutch

Watering Can Clutch

Our first post was inspired by a room we saw at Manhattan House designed by the king of color, Jamie Drake, so we thought we’d revisit one of our favorite hues: green.  Whether it’s the bright yellow green of new spring leaves or the bluer green of Paris’ park benches, we can’t help but love this color.  We know we’re a day late for St. Patrick’s Day, but contrary to what Kermit the Frog said, it’s so easy being green.

Palm Leaf Drinkware

Palms Drinkware

Green and Gorgeous Bouquet

Green and Gorgeous Bouquet

Wood Wallpaper

Wood Wallpaper

P.S.  Did you celebrate yesterday and in what green fashion?

P.P.S.  Speaking of greens – don’t forget to enter our Substantial Salads book giveaway!  Details can be found here.

Photos: room / plate / clutch / drinkware / flowers / wallpaper

Monday Mood

March 16th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Divine Desk

Divine Desk

Inspired

Pronunciation: /inˈspī(ə)rd/

Of extraordinaire quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse…  Doesn’t this setting just make you want to be creative?  We’re working on our new Fall/Winter 2015 collection and it’s not even spring yet!  What inspires you?

Photo: desk

Giveaway: Substantial Salads

March 13th, 2015
Yum!

Yum!

Those of you who follow us on Instagram know that we took advantage of a beautiful almost spring day to stop by one of our favorite stores, Terrain, for a cooking class and a bite of lunch.  On the menu were sumptuous salads, just in time for our coming-out-of-hibernation diets (yes, contrary to what you learned in school, female mammals who hibernate in the winter months and drink lots of wine tend gain weight, not lose it!)  Using award winning chef Caroline Hofberg’s book, Substantial Salads, as a guide, our charming chef walked us through the techniques of poaching salmon, smoking hazelnuts, roasting chicken and making a creamy dressing.

Chicken with Tuna Sauce

Chicken with Tuna Sauce

Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries

Bulgur Wheat with Chanterelles and Lingonberries

While most of us think of salads as a lunchtime staple or summertime dish, the recipes found in this book are filled with rich and hearty ingredients and would be perfectly satisfying meals any time of year.  We dined on three that were as lovely to look at as they were tasty to eat: Beet Quinoa with Chicken, Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon and Cauliflower with Blue Cheese and Turkey.  We were so happy with our class that we bought several copies of the book – two for ourselves and one to give away today!

Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts

Goat Cheese with Berries and Candied Nuts

Beet Quinoa with Chicken

Beet Quinoa with Chicken

Are you salivating yet?  If so, you need the recipes and you can enter to win a copy of Substantial Salads by leaving a comment below letting us know your favorite salad combination or email us at thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com with “Substantial Salads” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2015 (first day of spring!) to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon

Creamy Potato with Poached Salmon

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