Charitable Design

For several years I’ve been passionate about Flying Kites, a Boston-based organization founded by a friend of mine,  that works to bring education and care to some of East Africa’s most vulnerable and orphaned children, so I was touched when they asked me to put together an inspiration board for the Boys Dorm they are currently building.  Knowing that this dorm will be providing a home for a group of kids who would otherwise be on the street is about as meaningful as a project gets!  I wanted the decor to be cheery, reflective of their heritage and passions (Leila says they love cheetahs and lions) and durable (as we all know young boys are tough on stuff!) And I think we succeeded!

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SOURCES: (some of these are “inspirational” and less expensive versions of the items will be sourced)

Safari shams //  Stripe sheets // Quilt // Rug // Sconce // Throw Pillow (similar) // Bunk Beds (similar for cheaper) // Wire shelves (similar) // Dressers // Wall map // Animal art // Wall Color- Horizon- Benjamin Moore // Hooks // Faux leather beanbags // Hampers

I am hoping to work with some vendors to get goods donated for the project (if you are interested in being a part of that please contact me), but I also wanted to share with you in case any of you were looking for a great charity to support.   Flying Kites also takes people on safari in Kenya (which is on my bucket list), so I can’t wait to see this in person and meet the little fellas who live there someday!

Photo by Cheryl Richards
Founder Leila de Bruyne and one of her little guys! Photo by Cheryl Richards

Fashion Friday: Shopping Like Your Mama

I wore some high heels last weekend to dinner and felt a tad wobbly in them- then realized that’s because I NEVER wear heels anymore.  I have come to value comfort as much as style now that my life is crazy busy with a toddler, and so my wardrobe is slowly shifting from binding party clothes (a la Cher Horowitz) to more comfortable, but still stylish basics.  Ain’t nobody got time to be uncomfortable in their clothing.  And while I still think I dress pretty decent, I have noticed more “mom store” items creeping into my atmosphere. Now I have not gone so far as to start ordering from Soft Surroundings and living in mumus, but I have noticed that traditional “mature women’s” shops have been stepping up their game a bit more when it comes to design and fit.  Chico’s has some seriously cool jewelry with a MArni-esque vibe, Talbots has had some awesome shoes as of late, and Ann Taylor has greatly improved their fit and style.  Even Garnet Hill has a bunch of stuff that I’ve dog-eared in the catalog.  So here are some recent finds that I think work equally well on someone 25 as it would on a 55 year old.  Lesson learned: never write off any store because it seems too “mom”. :)
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Our Perfect Country Weekend

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Last weekend Andrew and I took a whole weekend away. Alone. We have not been away for more than one night from Henry since he was born and it was about time.  We needed to relax and be alone and focus on us as a couple for a little bit. But I didn’t want to be TOO far from Henry quite yet, so we chose to go to a part of Connecticut I had not been to but had read and heard a lot about- Litchfield County near New York.  And we got to stay at The Mayflower Grace, which I had blogged about wanting to go to FOREVER ago (in 2009 to be exact) and is 2.5 hours from Boston and just over an hour from NYC.   The images that caught my eye and heart specifically were of the spa (above, which met every expectation).  I adore how this property mixes old New England charm and modern sensibilities.

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Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Review

So I actually thought last night’s Oscars red carpet was pretty boring. There was a lot I didn’t like, a slew I was “meh” about and only a couple looks I really liked. I hate it when that happens!  I still am craving to see people looking pretty and elegant (but unique), not edgy/ugly and “FASHION!!!!”

Nicole Kidman was my best dressed. Typically I do not like super pale complexions in nude dresses (which Nicole does allllll the time) but this one was amazing- the pattern, detail and neckline were stunning and that orange-y red lip made the entire look work on her.  Her hair, makeup and jewelry was also totally spot on (she didn’t look as Botoxed to high heaven as she normally does). Bravo.
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