It's kind of a gloomy day in Dallas and yesterday was about the same - so I feel like the brightness of today's vibes are giving me a little bit of a pick me up! If you haven't scooped something up for Mother's Day (it's this Sunday, le duh) maybe some of what you see will inspire you in the gifting department. And don't forget, if you want to order pieces from MacKenzie Child's Taylor Collection you have until May 14th to get your order in...if my mama and the love she has for her personal collection is any indication, it will make for a wonderful present! (mmmmk now get on to those vibes!)
1. COLLAB LOVING // COACH & RODARTE: Can’t remember where I first learned about the COACH & Rodarte collaboration but the limited edition capsule collection totally caught my attention. The embellished pieces – bags and ready-to-wear clothing – are so gorgeous and dimensional…they definitely capture the classic spirit of COACH and the innovative avant garde of Rodarte. Both brands looked to each other’s heritage to blend aspects of both. The most notable part of the collection (at least in my option) is the sequin detailing (a key part of Rodarte’s embellishment) reimagined in metallic leather (to keep with COACH’s leather heritage). The pieces are selling out but I’m dying to get my hands on one of the bags before they’re all gone…the quality and craftsmanship looks insane! I’m really loving the pale pink bags (this one!) with neutral metallic sequining, but the whipstitch eyelet pieces are so dreamy (hello, this dress) and I love the bags, sweaters, sweatshirts (love this), and tees printed with archival COACH ads from the 1970s.
2. WATERCOLORING // SPLASH OF COLOR: If you haven’t heard, adult coloring books are one of the latest crafting crazes. And they’re wonderful because 1) you can find some super beautiful books with black and white line drawings just begging to be filled with color, and 2) you don’t have to be crafty to color inside the lines (or outside the lines). I have a couple coloring books that I whip out from time to time for a little zen zoning out action (it’s seriously therapeutic) but the latest book I just added to my collection is “Splash of Color” by illustrator extraordinaire Liz Libré of Linda & Harriett. Done with Liz’s distinctive and bold hand-drawn style, the removable watercolor paper pages come with a backing board to make coloring or painting easy to do anywhere. I highly suggest getting the the set of 10 L&H designed Watercolor Pencils to use on the book…they can be be used wet or dry – working like regular colored pencils alone or then brushed over with water to blend into watercolor effects. Seriously so fun to watch the pages come to life!
3. SUPPORTING MOMS // SACHIN & BABI x SICKKIDS FOUNDATION: Raise your hand if you love Sachin & Babi and really swoon for their hand-beaded earrings? Okay, put those hands down. I right there with you. The brand does some insanely beautiful clothing but the “Grapes” and “Coconut” earrings are instant outfit makers and I’ve always coveted a pair for myself (as has Sally). Well, the husband and wife team has always been active in charitable causes and after learning recently about the SickKids Foundation – an organization dedicated to supporting mothers with chronically ill children – they were so moved by these women’s stories that the brand immediately wanted to find a way to help the foundation. In honor of Mother’s Day and to celebrate the strength of the mother’s of SickKids, 20% of all earrings sold on the Sachin & Babi site between May 1st and May 14th will be donated to the charity. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pull a trigger on a pair of Grapes or Coconuts for yourself (or for your mama!), I highly suggest making that time now. I got my own pair of Coconuts in Rose and could not be more in love with them…makes me feel happy knowing that part of the splurge went to such a wonderful cause!
4. EYEING // HAND-PAINTED LEATHER: Our friends at The Loveliest are so full of talent, we weren’t all that surprised when they debuted hand-painted leather clutches. Made with love by the team that already has us swooning for their wonderful embroidered color combinations and heirloom-quality goods, the leather clutches are all cut, stitched, and painted by hand in Dallas. I’ve seen them in person and can tell you they’re even more awesome up close and personal. The flat design is perfect for an iPhone, few cards, and a little lip gloss for a night out or as a makeshift wallet in your tote, I’m obsessed with the combination of 100% vegetable tan leather and pretty painted colors. Get one while their in stock…I have a feeling they are going to start selling out!
5. BUYING // BOOKS: I’m slightly ashamed to say that while I’ve been on a back-t0-back book reading kick, I managed to not even start the book I was supposed to finish by today for a book club meeting. The shame! I still plan on reading the club pick (“A Gentelman in Moscow” by Amor Towels) because it sounds amazing but I’ve added another book to my iPad – “The Night She Won Miss America” – thanks to seeing it on Luella & June (Bradley always has the best book recommendations!) and just scooped up Assouline’s coffee table book “Flowers, Art and Bouquets” after seeing it displayed in Sally’s house (y’all the pages are so insanely gorgeous they have to be turned daily when propped open in this acrylic stand). Excited to have two good novels to read and one beautiful coffee table book to enjoy…
6. DOWNLOADING // WEEKNIGHT SOCIETY: True life confession: I am horrible at cooking for myself. I say it’s because cooking for one sucks (which is kind of true, right?) but really, I think I’m just lazy and uninspired. Meal planning and making a grocery list for a week of meals feels daunting. It’s for these reasons that I was so excited to learn about Weeknight Society. The app is the brainchild of lifestyle expert and working mom of three Alexandra Hedin, and she created Weeknight Society for busy parents who, like her, wanted to create easy, healthy meals for their families. I might not be a mom but I still think the app is genius because every Saturday, weekly menus are uploaded to the custom app, complete with step by step photography and an aggregate grocery list (which allows you to check off items as you shop). Each recipe contains seasonal ingredients found at a local farmer’s market or grocer, so you can take advantage of the freshest flavors of the season. No more searching for recipes, or organizing a grocery list, or forgetting things and needing to make multiple runs to the store. The $3.99 per month app promises to get you from prep to plate in 35 minutes or less (!) and every recipe I’ve seen so far looks both delicious and easy to make. I’m starting my first month with the app on Sunday and can’t wait to finally cook consecutive meals for myself!
7. OBSESSING // PATRICIA’S COUTURE: If you watch Bravo’s Southern Charm then you already know about the fabulousness that is Patricia Altschul. And if regularly tune into Watch What Happens Live you may already know about her line of caftans, Patricia’s Couture. The southern socialite was on Andy’s show the other week (watch full episode here) wearing a bold silk caftan (her go-to ensemble of choice) covered in…pug faces. But not just any pug, but her personal pup Chauncey. Of course I was tickled to learn that Patricia’s custom creation could be made with the photo of any beloved pet via her Couture line. The description on the site: “Delicately hand-crafted crystal and pearl embellishments add glamour and sophistication to this flowing custom printed caftan inspired by YOUR pet. Chic, refined AND versatile, this caftan can be worn from the beach to a barbecue to a cocktail party or black tie event.” Can you even? Be honest, do I need one for Blue and Rosie?! Don’t worry, the pet pajamas (like the pair she gifted Andy) will be available soon…