@TTHBLOOMS

March 31, 2014

Taylor Tomasi Hill has been schooling us in how to wear florals for years—now she’s taking her love of flowers to the next level with her florist business, TTHblooms. Being the Instagram stalker that I am, I stumbled upon Taylor’s venture after seeing her tag @TTHblooms in several of her own photos (@ttomasihill). Oh hello, sweet little arrangements made up of miniature blooms all in cut glass jars and adorned with craft paper and bakers twine. I was more than a little impressed to find that that her eye and talent for all things beautiful in fashion extended into a…

Taylor Tomasi Hill has been schooling us in how to wear florals for years—now she’s taking her love of flowers to the next level with her florist business, TTHblooms. Being the Instagram stalker that I am, I stumbled upon Taylor’s venture after seeing her tag @TTHblooms in several of her own photos (@ttomasihill). Oh hello, sweet little arrangements made up of miniature blooms all in cut glass jars and adorned with craft paper and bakers twine. I was more than a little impressed to find that that her eye and talent for all things beautiful in fashion extended into a whole different category of creativity. A little snooping on the internets gave way to an interview the style mavin gave to ELLE Decor with all the details about her delicious flower biz.

“I’ve always had a passion for anything and everything lifestyle. A singular flower is a piece of art just as an arrangement can be. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.” – Taylor Tomasi Hill via ELLE Decor

After leaving her position as creative director of Moda Operandi last October, Taylor was able to devote time to putting together personalized “thank you” bouquets which she delivered after meetings. It wasn’t long before recipients wanted to know who was responsible for the darling blooms and after coming clean that she was indeed florist, Taylor opened herself up for business and started taking orders. As of right now the one size only arrangements are only available for local events (NYC) but Tomasi Hill says she’ll be starting to create wedding blooms available to international clients…maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to see her blooms in real life. Till then I’m more than happy to get my fix on Instagram!

(All bloom images via @TTHblooms & @ttomasihill . Other images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

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Bobbi Brown is a Boss

March 28, 2014

I will never forget the first time Molly and I started being allowed to wear “real” makeup. It was the Christmas when I was a sophomore and Molly was a freshman in high school when Santa brought us each a Kate Spade cosmetic bag (which we both still use religiously to this day) that had Bobbi Brown makeup thoughtfully placed in each zippered pocket. It only makes sense that the first makeup our mom thought to give us was Bobbi Brown – it’s natural looking, nothing too pigmented or extreme that we could go overboard with. We also both got…

I will never forget the first time Molly and I started being allowed to wear “real” makeup. It was the Christmas when I was a sophomore and Molly was a freshman in high school when Santa brought us each a Kate Spade cosmetic bag (which we both still use religiously to this day) that had Bobbi Brown makeup thoughtfully placed in each zippered pocket. It only makes sense that the first makeup our mom thought to give us was Bobbi Brown – it’s natural looking, nothing too pigmented or extreme that we could go overboard with. We also both got our own copy of her Teenage Beauty book, that I continued to go to for makeup application tips for years to follow. I still consider myself to be a rookie, at best, when it comes to makeup and its application but Bobbi’s products have never seemed intimidating or too professional for my novice hand. Something about that first makeup moment and has caused me to always sort of “look up” to Bobbi Brown herself as a role model to women. It’s been great to follow her over the years as she has only gotten better at what she does.

Last night I came across the interview, “Bobbi Brown’s Secrets for a Kick-Ass Life” on Refinery 29 and all the memories of that Christmas years and years ago came rushing back to me. Not only that but I loved so much of what she said in the write up that I couldn’t help but share it…

– “I have a very eclectic, rich life, full of incredible experiences, meeting phenomenal people, with things that you would never expect to happen. But, I’m really lucky because I also have a really normal, comfortable life at home with my kids, my neighbors, my clogs, and my big, comfy sweaters. There are two sides of me, and it’s really fun to have both.”

– “….As soon as I’m done with the photo shoot or event, I take off the jewelry and the high shoes, and I go right back to being comfy Bobbi. It’s almost like I’m a Barbie doll: There’s Comfy Bobbi and Bobbi Goes Out.” (This is me to a TEE)

– When asked how she feels about plastic surgery… “I think that lasers are so incredible; there are so many great things that they do. Trust me, there are days when I look in the mirror and I see my two lines, but I say, ‘Oh my God, what’s the big deal?’ I just won’t do it, because I’ve seen so many not-attractive things. I think when you start to fill in little teeny things, there is an imbalance in your face, and I notice it on people. I always find that I want to do something when I’m really tired.”

“So, my advice is to look at yourself on vacation. Everyone always does things when they are tired and don’t feel good. I look at women who are 70 and older, and the ones that look so good have a very rich life, and it’s not from money. It’s a rich life with people they love, with a lot of happiness, and that’s the secret. I can’t compete with someone taller, younger, prettier, thinner, so I might as well just be myself. I can compete with people who are not nice. I win on that.”

To read more pearls of wisdom from the powerful (and cool) makeup artist go here.

(Images via Refinery 29)

P.S. I am dying over her silhouette necklaces in the third image, so if you know where I can find those puppies, do tell!!

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Blue Moonbeam…

March 28, 2014

The last post I wrote about Blue was a little over two months ago, when he was 13 weeks old. I look at those pictures and can’t believe how tiny he was or how fast he is growing! Now just days past being five months, he is less chubby and more gangly but as sweet as ever. He’s developed such a great personality and I couldn’t be more obsessed with him. So, a little update… Sally and I affectionately refer to Blue as “the baby” or “bubble” and we marvel at his ombre ears and cuddly neck fur. He loves…

The last post I wrote about Blue was a little over two months ago, when he was 13 weeks old. I look at those pictures and can’t believe how tiny he was or how fast he is growing! Now just days past being five months, he is less chubby and more gangly but as sweet as ever. He’s developed such a great personality and I couldn’t be more obsessed with him. So, a little update…

Sally and I affectionately refer to Blue as “the baby” or “bubble” and we marvel at his ombre ears and cuddly neck fur. He loves his Auntie (what we call Sally) almost as much as me (the mommy) and when he’s not busy getting into his toys he prefers to be snuggled up next to one of us. Several times throughout the day he looks up at me and makes a few little cries to let me know he just wants me to sit on the floor so he can play with a toy in my lap. For anyone who’s read The Art of Racing in the Rain, will nod in agreement that “actions” are all that dogs have and you really feel like your pup is communicating with you at times. And for any dog owners who haven’t read the novel, I highly recommend it even though it will break your heart more than Marley and Me. Along the lines of communicating, Blue’s learned to wait by the door when he needs to go outside to potty and although I broke the habit of having him sleep in his crate when I got home from London (I couldn’t help it, I missed him too much not to let him sleep in my bed!) he wakes me up by patting me with one of his paws and then gives lots of kisses once I let him know I’m awake.

Blue loves to eat his food. It’s honestly his favorite thing and he’d eat all day if I let him. As soon as Sally or I ask, “should we get your food?” he’s up and running to the pantry and starts doing 360 spins and jumps while we get it ready for him. Then he chows at an impressive rate and goes back continually to check his bowl and see if he left any behind. Blue has a very loud, big boy bark. We think he picked this up while being at doggie daycare while I was in London and he uses it say hi whenever he sees other dogs or people. He means well and really only wants to go up and be friendly with either dog or human but his bark is so loud that I always have to explain that he doesn’t want to attack, just play. Silly puppy. He also doesn’t know how strong he is. At around 35 pounds, he can practically pull me over when he sees a dog or person he wants to go up to and I’m investigating getting a different leash so he will learn that he can’t enter into a full sprint when on the leash.

Can you tell that I could talk forever about this puppy? I could go on and on about all the cute things (and naughty things – i.e.: eating underwear) he does but this post is already long enough an any non-dog people are probably rolling their eyes (sorry!). I seriously don’t know what will happen to me when I have children someday because I am so attached and obsessed with Blue. There’s this book Sally and I read when we were little called Love You Forever about this mama who always rocked her little boy from the time he was a baby till he was a grown man (creepy, but tender?) saying, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” I feel like I’ll be like that—holding my baby in my lap even when he is 80 pounds (or more).

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(Biscuit Katie Dot Duvet // Biscuit Paul Euro Shams // Jonathan Adler Pillow)

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East West

March 27, 2014

When it comes to handbags, I almost 100% lean to carrying a larger tote-style bag. Hence why my Goyard tote is the most used bag I own. I will try to give it a break in order to take care good of it, but continue to come back to it. It’s the most practical size and shape for my constant on-the-go lifestyle and can be taken from school, to errands, and in the airport to tote my iPad, liquids, and other miscellaneous items. The bag itself weighs next to nothing, unlike this guy, which is an added bonus too. For…

When it comes to handbags, I almost 100% lean to carrying a larger tote-style bag. Hence why my Goyard tote is the most used bag I own. I will try to give it a break in order to take care good of it, but continue to come back to it. It’s the most practical size and shape for my constant on-the-go lifestyle and can be taken from school, to errands, and in the airport to tote my iPad, liquids, and other miscellaneous items. The bag itself weighs next to nothing, unlike this guy, which is an added bonus too.

For a few months now, I have been contemplating saving my money to buy some sort of similar styled handbag so that I can have something to switch out with my Goyard from time to time. While I was flipping through our Lucky magazine that came in the mail yesterday, I came across a spread on handbags. On the page dedicated to tote bags, was the most gorgeous kelly green-colored Smythson (a king of quality leather) tote. Considering the quality of Smythson products and their signature, durable “cross-grained” calf-leather, the price of the tote didn’t seem all that bad. Definitely struck me as a piece that would last for many, many years. Smythson’s “East West” tote comes in a variety of colors, but my favorite is the Dove Gray version. Its a neutral, but still shows the pretty leather detailing and would go with just about everything. Right now, buying this baby is only in my dreams, but it is definitely something to save my pennies for.

(Images via Smythson)

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Bedroom Office

March 27, 2014

The desk I sit each day to work is about four feet from the foot of my bed. Not the most ideal set up for a home office but for now, the bedroom office works. Having limited floor space to work with but needing a big work surface for all my “stuff” I scoured the internet for months to find the perfect desk. In my old apartment I had used a console table from West Elm (no longer available) as my desk and it worked well but wasn’t deep enough for much besides my desktop Mac and Sally and I…

The desk I sit each day to work is about four feet from the foot of my bed. Not the most ideal set up for a home office but for now, the bedroom office works. Having limited floor space to work with but needing a big work surface for all my “stuff” I scoured the internet for months to find the perfect desk. In my old apartment I had used a console table from West Elm (no longer available) as my desk and it worked well but wasn’t deep enough for much besides my desktop Mac and Sally and I repurposed it our mainroom to sit below our TV in our new place. I knew I wanted something pretty that I could use for years down the road and although I needed it to be simple and clean I didn’t want something all-white and typical. When my search landed on Wisteria’s Glass Desk I knew I had my dream desk.

Pros: the work surface is huge, it’s the perfect height for my current chair and will still work when and if I ever get this dream desk chair, and because it’s glass it doesn’t visually take up that much space in my small bedroom. Cos: no drawers to hide things in and being see-through means seeing cords and coming up with desk-top storage solutions. I’m a nut and seeing wires and cords drives me crazy so I bundled mine up into one strand secured with twist ties and hid them in this white cable box that sits on the floor. Because it’s glass it does show smudges, finger-prints, and dust quickly and easily but I’ve become used to it and just dust it constantly.

Working from home isn’t always easy (especially when your bed is within reach and the TV is in the other room) but honestly, having a desk I love has made all the difference in my productivity. Most days I work half the day still in my jammers and then hop into workout gear before going to an Exhale class, then come back to sit some more. Basically, it’s rare that I look as put together in the pics above. But Blue Moonbeam is often cuddled in my lap (savoring this before he gets way to big to fit in this spot), looking up at me from below the glass, or cozy beneath my feet and he’s the best distraction I have. I’ve got a lot of “stuff” on my work surface—a collection of cute but functional items from my mama, odds and ends I collect as inspiration, things from friends that make me smile, and favorite books.

My hope is that the next place I live in has a separate office so I can keep my bedroom and work separate and get file cabinets (love these!) and the like for additional storage…till then, I’m more than happy with the set-up I have.

Images taken by Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(Desk: Wisteria Glass Desk c/o // Container Store Chair // IKEA Faux Sheepskin Throw // West Elm Industrial Task Table Lamp // Container Store Clear Wall Pocket // Stop It Right Now Skateboard Deck // Well Read Photograph Print by Leah Viner // Sugar Paper Desk Calendar // Bobbi Brown, Teenage Beauty // Bobbi Brown, Pretty Powerful // Dachshund Letter Holder // kate spade ‘The Long List’ Notepad // Assouline, American Beauty // Alexandra Von Furstenberg Chiclet Bowl // kate spade ‘Escape The Ordinary’ Notebook // Alexa Chung, IT // Peace Sign Stamp // Chanchitos Piggie // Lacie Hard Drives . Wearing: AG The Marcel Shirt c/o // J Brand Photo Ready Jeans // essie ‘Splash of Grenadine’ Polish)

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