Join Us + Mirth Caftans at Sabah House Dallas!

April 27, 2017

There are a few things I could talk about at length and with intense passion: my dogs, pizza, the Bravo Housewives (specifically of Beverly Hills and New York), and my entrepreneurial friends. I've been lucky enough to cross paths with some incredibly talented people who are doing amazing things - and then I've forced said people to become my friends. Though they each run independent brands and create different products, they all have a shared vision in that their goods are produced in far away places (Mexica, India, Turkey, Africa, China, etc.) and they strive to make special, quality designs while also shining a light on the artisans performing time-honored traditions and skillful practices.

When my friends Katie and Erin of MIRTH Caftans mentioned wanting to come to Dallas this spring for a pop-up trunk show I told them that they needed to do it with Mickey and Sabah. Pushy? Yes I am. But I have always thought that my MIRTH caftans and Sabah shoes made for an amazing pairing and I have always loved the idea of seeing my favorite small brands and entrepreneurial friends doing something together.

These three friends met over margaritas in Houston and my matchmaking dreams came true...Sabah House Dallas is hosting MIRTH while they pop into Dallas! Next Wednesday, May 3rd you can stop by the Sabah House and shop a selection of MIRTH's caftans! They'll be there all day (11am to 7pm) and trust me, you will never meet caftans more wearable than these. Their designs are so flattering and the hand-blocked, hand-woven and hand-loomed fabrics are beyond dreamy...I absolutely live in mine. And of course, they look just amazing with a pair of Sabahs! I couldn't be happier to see these two brands get together and feel super honored to play host for the event. Hoping some of you in the Dallas area can join us! (read more to get all the details)

Here are all the event details:

.Place & Time: Sabah House Dallas (2312 Routh Street) will be hosting MIRTH all day on Wednesday, May 3rd from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm! I’ll be at the store (wearing a MIRTH caftan and Sabah shoes, duh) from 4-7 pm!

.Shop MIRTH: MIRTH will be bringing their latest Spring 2017 caftans (beautiful blues, soft corals, the most airy whites, and insanely gorgeous hand-printed and hand-woven fabrics) as well as a selection from from their Resort 2017 collection. Try on and take home!

.Shop Sabah: Being that this pop-up is hosted at the Sabah House, you’ll be able to shop the in-house selection of Sabah shoes…their colorful walls of stacked leather and calf hair soles will give you a whole new appreciation for handmade shoes.

.Enjoy: snack on lite bites (with a taste of India) and sip a libation while you shop and visit…the Prosecco will be poppin’ around happy hour!

Don’t live close to Dallas? We will miss you dearly…but I’ll be sharing some of the fun from the event and you can follow @apieceoftoast on Instagram so you can feel like you’re there!

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Current Vibes

April 26, 2017

I told Molly that the closer I get to my due date, the more I feel that when I write posts, my brain doesn't feel completely all there. With a fully grown baby in the belly, its no surprise that my brain power is feeling a bit compromised! Either that or the fact that I am scurrying around, trying to get as much done as possible that has my thoughts going a million which ways. Either way, I hope you'll bear with me and enjoy this week's vibes. Crazy that this could be the last one of these I do before our little one comes! (vibes, vibes, vibes after the jump)

1. CHEERS-ING // BON VOYAGE: I’ve always been drawn to photography as art, so Gray Malin’s work really speaks to me. His newest Bon Voyage series is inspired by cultural icons as told through the window of an airplane. Individually, each piece tells a story of the person traveling by giving a small glimpse into their lifestyle while at 30,000 feet. From their drink of choice to their accessories. I love the idea of hanging them in a series down a long hallway – they would make quite the statement all hung together and make for some great conversation starters!

2. SAMPLING // FOLLAINFollain is a go-to shop for non-toxic and green beauty buys. Knowing that I can go to their site and every single product has been “Follain approved” takes the research and guess work out of buying clean beauty products – which can be completely daunting! I love the site for their curated categories like pregnancy & baby and the travel sized shop, making it easy to find exactly what I’m looking for, or what I never knew that I absolutely needed. Follain’s latest in the form of “Go-Clean Kits” is pure genius. The starter kits for skin and body contain trial sized products for whatever skin situation you may be in – normal, dry, oily, or combination. The kits allow you to try products geared at your skin type to see whether or not you like them before investing in the full sizes. They contain the stores best sellers so you know you’re getting the best of the best. At just $55, these trial products come with their very own pouch – which is incentive enough for me to buy!

3. STACKING // DANA REBECCA: Between Molly and me, she is the definite jewelry queen and has the absolute best taste in jewelry and truly knows how to invest in great pieces. I doubt she has ever regretted a jewelry purchase because each one is so well thought out. I am constantly going to her for her input in this arena as is our mom. Although she may be the expert, every so often I come across pieces that I can’t resist wanting for myself like Dana Rebecca’s new Poppy Rae stacking bands. We’ve both loved the brand since the beginning and have continued to add pieces to our personal collections over the years. Its been so much fun watching them grow and consistently continue to create beautiful, collectible pieces. The Poppy Rae bands are no exception and I have a strong desire to add them to a stack of other dainty gold rings that I have had for a few years now! I am also equally as obsessed with these bands. This is why I can’t even visit the site – I create a wish list a mile long!

4. BABY BUNDLING // OEUF: Bunnies are hands down my favorite animal and I know I’ve mentioned that on the blog time and time again. I truly cannot resist a bunny item in my life and having a baby on the way has only made this inability to resist worse! There are SO many precious bunny items out there for babies and little ones. The mecca of precious baby bunny pieces has to be Oeuf. In fact, the brand even has a “Bunny Shop” on their site. Yes. Please. I have somehow (miraculously) resisted the bunny shop thus far – mainly because shopping for a child that hasn’t entered the world yet and navigating sizing has been quite overwhelming! You never know how big he’ll be and therefore if things will fit “true to size”. I hate to make an investment only for the product not to fit. As soon as our little one is born, I have big plans to buy him one of Oeuf’s Bunny Hoodies for the fall/winter. Thinking it will be precious paired with bloomers and knee socks since the weather here is so mild!

5. SLIDING // SABAH BABAHS: Can’t stop, won’t stop when it comes to Sabah. Just this past week, putting on my tennis shoes for daily walks with the dogs has become quite the task because my belly gets quite in the way. It’s fairly comical to witness! When I’m not needing to wear shoes with laces, I am regularly turning to my Sabah shoes because they require no bending over which is most ideal. They’re also beyond comfortable – an added bonus for this soon-to-be mama. Molly and I each got a pair from the brand’s new Spring collection and have been wearing them non-stop. Roatan Rose for me and Thassos Tea for her. Our mama jumped on the bandwagon too and got the Isa Pink which is even more killer of a color in person. The latest creations from the brand come in the form of backless Sabahs, aka Babas, and we can’t seem to stop thinking/dreaming about them on our feet. The calf hair (!!) slides are currently in production now and available to order for delivery around June 1. Because the calf hair is all custom printed, there are limited quantities, which just further convinces me that I better purchase my pair before they disappear. Particularly dying to make the Cassis, striped pair mine!

6. HOOPING // THEORY WHITNEY: I rarely buy myself new bags because I continue to wear the bags I have over and over again and never truly feel a need for something new. Call me a creature of habit I guess! I did however purchase a “baby bag” that I had posted about a little while back and am completely obsessed. Aside from this practical purchase which will be used on a daily basis and used by both my husband and myself, I am realllyyy eyeing the Whitney Hoop Bag by Theory. If I’m not carrying a tote (my every-day bag of choice), I am either carrying a Truffle clutch or a cross body/shoulder bag. The Whitney Hoop bag is great because it can be worn multiple ways – as a shoulder bag, cross body, or held by its metal hoop as a smaller handbag. This versatility is what has me completely obsessed with the idea of owning one of these guys. The ability to wear it so many ways means that it could go from running errands during the day to a night out. I also love the idea that the “hoop” can be worn in the crook of your arm if you need two hands for something, which I always seem find myself in this predicament!

7. ORGANIZING // LE BATHROOMThis recent article on The Coveteur couldn’t have come at a better time seeing as I just spent the good part of my day yesterday organizing my bathroom. Nesting. I had been meaning to do this task for months, but just kept putting it off. Going through makeup, hair products, and body products, some of which is most definitely at least a year old can seem pretty overwhelming! Once getting started though, it was such a good feeling clearing out decent amounts of space and products that I no longer use. My makeup products are now super pared down and limited to only the stuff that I actually use and love. Why I had back stock of stuff I had purchased and never loved, I just don’t know – I can definitely tend to have a hard time parting with things out of sheer guilt for being wasteful. Don’t worry, everything will be donated or given to friends! I have a good feeling that my bathroom routine will be much more streamlined with this latest organization spree!

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Photo Gifts + Pancakes for Mother’s Day

April 25, 2017

Each year we ask our mom the same question, "What do you want for Mother's Day / Christmas / your birthday?" And every time she has the same response, "Pictures!" For someone who loves giving and receiving gifts as much as our mama, this simple request always makes us smile. She literally just loves having new photos of her kids and family and being that we're the more technologically savvy generation (and generally the ones with tons of pictures), she turns to us to fulfill her photo dreams. You would think that given her love of having fresh photos we would nail each gift-giving occasion in spades...but you would be wrong. We're constantly brushing aside her wishes in favor of other things we think she would want or need. Usually she is surprised and delighted - but she still has no trouble reminding us, "You know I would have been perfectly happy with some photos, right?"

This year the two of us started thinking about Mother's Day early and we determined that this would be the holiday where we would finally give our mama what she really wants - photos. Of course, we could have just printed her a selection of favorite shots in a few glossy sizes for her to pop into the collection of frames she has at home...but we wanted to get a little more creative. Naturally, we turned to Shutterfly and their selection of photo-ready products for us to personalize. Once we got started choosing favorite pieces, it became clear that we needed to do more with the finished products. We realized what we designed worked perfectly for hosting a little Mother's Day breakfast for our mamasita!

 

If you’ve ever perused the available options on Shutterfly, you know there’s a lot to be had. The company is of course known very well for their printsphoto books, and selection of paper goods (cards and stationery, calendars, etc.) but the array of gifts, home decor pieces and entertaining must-haves makes it a really one-stop-shop when shopping for sentimental, personalized items. We got really inspired when investigating their Design Studio and it emboldened us to do more than just upload family shots…

That being said, we did start by choosing pieces that we wanted to use family photo on. Sipping coffee or tea in the morning is as much of a ritual for the two of us as it is for our mom. When the three of us are together – whether at home in Kansas City, on vacation, or in one of our houses in Dallas – it’s a cherished time to wake up and visit before we start our day. We wanted to get our mama a few of the photo mugs and loved the idea that she would think of us when using them. Shutterfly has some really cute mug designs you can choose from with multiple-photo layouts, words and sayings, etc. but we went with the classic single image design and opted for colored handles and insides with hues that complement whichever photo was on the mug.

After selecting the mugs, we wanted to see what other table top pieces were available and we really liked the look of Shutterfly’s melamine plates. Our mom is a collector of dishes but she’s recently re-vamped her backyard and has been dining and entertaining al fresco more often. We figured that having a set of dishes that are non-breakable and dishwasher safe would be a great addition to her entertaining arsenal! Though we loved the idea of putting a cropped picture of each family member’s face on every plate, we wanted to give her a set that would be suitable for non-family functions (family faces don’t always look best layered with food on top!) and different from anything she has. The two of us had the idea of making the plates look like calcutta marble. The mostly white coloring and organic variations would look sophisticated and elevate the whole casual dining experience. We found a large jpeg photo of marble via google, cropped random sections of it into squares and individually uploaded them for each plate. It was super easy and we’re obsessed with how they turned out.

Once we had mugs and plates, we figured a pretty serving tray was the next must-have for the celebratory breakfast we were envisioning. Shutterfly has some super cute options you can personalize – fun borders, initials, multiple-image designs – but we chose to do a single image tray without any overlaid text. We went back and forth on whether we should pick a photo of our family (there are some great ones from our brother’s wedding last summer) but in the end, we figured that something bright but without faces would be better. The image we uploaded was a shot by Leslee Mitchell of one of the flower displays from Sally’s wedding. Our mom put so much love, creativity, and time into Sally’s day – and we were all SO obsessed with how the flowers turned out – that it felt like a perfect shot to put on display. The best part about the trays is that they’re lucite and completely waterproof!

To complete our Shutterfly order, we wanted to create something that really did fulfill our mom’s simple request of receiving photo prints. So we uploaded another shot of flowers from Sally’s wedding (also taken by Leslee) and used it to make a personalized frame to hold a black and white photo print of the three of us from the wedding.

Waiting for our order to come in was like counting down the days till Christmas….and getting to see all the completed pieces was so rewarding. We’re obsessed with how everything turned out and so impressed with the quality. Although we are spoiling the surprise for our mama by sharing early what gifts she’ll be getting this Mother’s Day, we were too excited with how our vision came to life and how it really tells a personal story. We’ll definitely be turning to Shutterfly again and again for gifts (Father’s Day is just around the corner – June 18th!) that are as fun to make as they are to give!

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Stripe Maternity Sun Dress

April 24, 2017

I love ASOS as a place to find pieces that may be a bit "trendier" for a lower price tag. This has been especially true with their maternity pieces - they have lots of great items for under $100, even under $50 like this dress! Come spring and summer, I find it hard to resist a great blue dress. Make it striped and I'm bound to like it even more. I was pretty pleased when I found this guy because most (ok, almost all at this point) of my casual blue sun dresses from last year are currently a little too small for this bump. This one was able to fill that void for the duration of my pregnancy and at a really reasonable price tag.

We’re now a week out from my due date, but know that it could still be even two weeks before this baby decides to make his appearance. Although we truly felt “ready” for a baby since the very beginning, the end seems completely surreal. Its hard to believe that it really could be any day ​now that we meet our little angel boy who has been growing in my tummy for the past 9 months – who we’ve been talking to, singing to, playing music for, and visualizing in our lives.

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