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Holiday Entertaining!

December 5th, 2013

You’ve all seen how I’ve decorated for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean were done discussing it! I love the variations of decor people use in their homes- just take a peek at a few of these inspirational images that show some fabulous ideas in all sorts of styles:










I am sure so many of you are hosting parties or gatherings this season, so here are some fun things I love you can pick up to help make your them festive and fun!


1. Spoonflower has a HUGE selection of unique prints you can have made into wrapping paper!

2. & 3. Black and white or even leopard ribbon dresses up even the simplest paper.

4. HILARIOUS ugly Christmas sweaters dress up a bottle of wine.

5. Equally hilarious is this wine tote.

6. My favorite champagne coupes (I treated myself to a set this fall!)

7. A set of these stag print cocktail glasses would look great on a bar (and totally affordable too at under $4 a glass!).

8. A slate cheeseboard lets you mark which cheese is what- and also is a KILLER gift for a hostess.

9. Love these string light pillars!

10. Peppermint Bark is my major holiday weakness. I cannot say no.

11. Oh, and it comes in hot chocolate form too??? I’m in trouble.

12. Malachite print paper cocktail napkins are glam.

13. ADORE these antler stocking hangers. Andrew says I can;t have any more antlers but…..

14. A fux fur tree skirt- my dogs would prbably think this was their new dog bed!

15. A sweet little gold dish!

16. Faux mistletoe (because real mistletoe is DEADLY to pets and children- do not hang it in your house! I learned the hard way with a $1,200 vet bill!)

17. These otomi print stockings are so great!

18. These Nest holiday candles are a fantastic scent to fill the house with!

19. You can’t have a holiday party without a cozy fire- this log holder is chic an anything!

20. A square boxwood wreath looks great on your door or inside the house!


Sponsor Welcome: Ex Voto Vintage

December 4th, 2013

This serves as both a welcome for a new sponsor, but also may help you with your Christmas shopping! Ex Voto Vintage is a unique jewelry company based in Alabama that creates one of a kind pieces from vintage finds or are vintage inspired . All of these pieces are hand made in the USA and a portion of each sale is donated to pediatric brain cancer research.  Take a peek at the collection and perhaps find something special for an antique lover in your family!


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I also love this fab clutch they have!

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Thanks for being a sponsor Ex Voto!

Three New Boston Shops of Note

December 3rd, 2013

I’ve been so busy finishing up the book that I feel I’ve not had a second to just take time to explore what’s happening in the city these days. I think next weekend I’ll spend a day wandering downtown and seeing what’s up.  What reminded me of this was the discovery of two new South End boutiques, Evolve Residential and Farm & Fable and one new bridal boutique on Beacon Hill, Ceremony.

Evolve’s retail shop is drop dead gorgeous and I cannot wait to pop in and see it soon- the grey walls and trim make me swoon pretty hard.











Farm & Fable is a vintage cookbook and kitchenwares shop with such a great look, no? Plus, check out the space they’ll be using for cooking classes! How fun!





Ceremony in Beacon Hill looks like the best place to spend a day trying on gorgeous gowns, no? And now there will be someone carrying my favorite bridal designer, Lela Rose, in our fair city! (Where were these guys 8 years ago when I was getting married?)





Images via Instagram & Racked Boston

Gift Guides 2013: For Home & Cyber Monday Sales

December 2nd, 2013

Now that we are past Thanksgiving it’s time to get serious about shopping for Christmas! Here is my “For Home” gift guide as well as a few sales of note today! Most end tonight so get clicking!


1. & 2.- Shameless plug, but I DO happen to think a piece from my Bateau collection with Jill Rosenwald is perfection. :)

3. Coolest block of knives ever (and on sale today with code EVENMORE!)

4.  Expanding stars are great tabletop decor and entertainment.

5. The PRETTIEST candle I’ve ever seen in my favorite malachite pattern!

6. Everyone wants a Vitamix (including ME!)

7. Love the cover of this book in one of my most beloved wallaper prints!

8. A pretty bay leaf wreath for anyone’s home!

9. Andrew & I use our melamine plates ALL the time- a new set is in order, like these with a monogram (you pick the colors to match their decor!) 20% off with code THANKFUL.

10. Isn’t this the prettiest plaid blanket you’ve ever seen??? 20% off with code THANKS20!

11. My favorite little modern vase by Jonathan Adler.

12. Adore this lemon crate complete with a tiny Myer Lemon tree to keep by a sunny kitchen window!

13. Monogrammed linen napkins are always perfect- especially when 25% off!

14. Fill this GORGEOUS glass and gold vase with flowers to make the complete gift (and it’s 25% off today with code THANKS20!)

15. LOVE LOVE LOVE this marble and brass tray.

16. A personalized address stamp- need one of these!!! (20% off with code THANKFUL)

17.  A pretty rock crystal votive (or two or three) for a chic friend.

18. I have this gorgeous candle in my own home (and have put it in a few clients too). It’s a mix of sculpture and scent- and 30% off today!

19. Everyone needs a dash of leopard. EVERYONE.

20. A gold salad server set for the gilt obsessed hostess.


* West Elm- Up to 25% off your entire purchase with code EVENMORE.

* Zinc Door- 20% off sitewide with code THXGIVING.

* Serena & Lily- 20% off sitewide with code THANKS20.

* Layla Grace- 20% off sitewide with code THANKFUL.

* Furbish Studio- 25% off your purchase of $100 or more with code MONDAYMADNESS

* Cost Plus World Market- 20% off sitewide with code CYBERSAVE.

Gift Guide: For Her (& Black Friday Guide)

November 29th, 2013

Ok, shoppers, on your mark, get set….

While Monday tend to be the best online shopping day, today has some crazy deals too. So here is my gift guide for her, along with some notes on sales happening today!


1. Monogrammed jammies are luxurious yet under $100.

2. & 3.  Lacquered jewelry boxes for her dresser that are kind of reminiscent of Tiffany & Hermes boxes. Such great accents!

4. A beyond cool lucite cuff (30% off)

5. The most chic monogrammed clutch (I have it and get endless compliments).

6. What girl wouldn’t want a collection of Diptique candles? GENIUS. Someone buy this for me please.

7. The perfect little date night makeup kit from Bobbi Brown.

8. A ladylike print for her bathroom- super affordable and awesome.

9. A monogrammed cell phone case is the perfect gift always.

10. The perfect horn chain link necklace (goes with everything, totally dying for one myself).

11. & 12. Aren’t these the most gorgeous aprons you’ve ever seen? Monogrammed too. The full one looks like a gorgeous dress and half one has a monogram front and center! I think this is the BEST gift for a cook! (20% off)

13. A tweedy/ stripey infinity scarf is just right and matches any coat. (20% off)

14. A gold monogrammed mug for $10 pairs great with their favorite beverage.

15. I swear, every girl who has tried this face wash LOVES it. I am totally hooked.

16. My signature scent- it’s SO lovely.

17. HELLO leopard armed trench. I believe I will be ordering you today (40% off).

18. A gorgeous gold tassel keychain.

19. A little clutch that CHARGES YOUR PHONE! Tuck it into a bigger purse or carry on it’s own. Amazing.

Revisit my other gift guides as a bunch of things are likely on sale now!





Some sales to note:

J. Crew is 30% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY.

Banana Republic is 40% off sitewide with code BRGIVING.

Gap is 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY

Ann Taylor is 40% off sitewide with code GET40.

Anthropologie is 20% off

Shopbop is 15% off 250+, 20% off 500+ and 30% off $1,000+ with code BIGEVENT.

Piperlime is 25% off sitewide with code GIFT.

West Elm has tiered discounts with code STOCKUP.

Layla Grace is 20% off sitewide with code THANKFUL.