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.
Relaxing in Havana
Old Havana Dinnerware
So, who would like to join us?
poster / sandals / model / mojitos / model / dinnerware
Joseph de Leo
Steam Fog 2
and get this!
P.S. Clearly we’re still in a purple mood…
popsicles / painting / party
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.
La Laque Couture in Violet Baroque
Lara Backlit Clutch
Nina Ricci Silk Shift Dress
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
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
or treat her to a bag she can use at the beach.
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
And our bangles are the perfect accessory for a springtime outfit.
Finally, who wouldn’t want this lovely porcelain tray, perhaps paired with a scented soap.
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
cards / blossom / bag / placemat / bangle / tray
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
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.
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
Gerbera Maraschino Pillow
What’s not to love? Happy floral Friday, all!
necklace / wedge / dinnerware / bathing suit / bag / pillow
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout
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
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.
Here’s to spring!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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…
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!
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
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