Getting Gifty with West Elm

November 16, 2017

When it comes to the holiday season, there are certain beliefs that I hold dear: 1) Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" cannot be overplayed. Ever. 2) Peppermint ice cream can and should be consumed the entire month of December, and last but not least, 3) It's never too early to start the gift shopping. Even better if you can be strategic about said shopping. For me, that means doing a little "one-stop-shopping" - scooping up gifts all in one place. West Elm is the ultimate gift destination during the holiday season...they truly have something for everyone and each option is more perfect, fun, beautiful than the next! Being the organized gift-giver that I am (humble brag), I scooped up some perfect presents while at West Elm the other week and thought I would share. I will say that even though I love everything I got (and feel that they're perfect for all types of people on my list) West Elm has even more gift goodness online - all in one spot and broken down into multiple categories - and I've got more a cart started with more great things I can't wait to wrap up and give!

 

FOR: the Entertainer: Some people are naturals when it comes to having gatherings and hosting parties. These entertainers make the impossible look effortless and I love them for it. If there’s one thing I know about people that love playing host, it’s that they appreciate pieces that they can put to good use. West Elm has so many good things any entertainer would love. As soon as I laid eyes on this painter’s palette-inspired cheese tray by Fishs Eddy Cheese Tray (on sale!) I knew it would be perfect for my bestie that puts together the most delicious cheese boards. It’s fun and playful – ideal for someone that likes getting to switch things up with each gathering. I also love this 2-tier cake stand, this pineapple trivet (something every hosts needs!), and this set of marble & brass cheese knives.

FOR: the White Elephant Party: I loooove holiday parties. Especially annual ugly sweater parties (I have a solid sweater I always wear) and white elephant parties (where the goal is to entertain with a silly gift). Getting to pick out a random and hilarious gifts for a white elephant party brings me so much joy. I could not get over the perfection of West Elm’s snow globes this year…though there were some great options (a unicorn, a llama, and more) I could not pass up the Merman Snow Globe. Is he not incredible?! Who wouldn’t want to take him home and find a special spot to show him off? I also felt like the fancy dog figurine and felt cacti would make for lovely white elephant gifts.

FOR: the Mixologist: Bar carts will probably never not be having a moment. I think every person I know has some sort of bar set up and some live the art of cocktail making more than others. For the friend (or friends) who are at home mixologists, West Elm has great accessories and tools that any cocktail connoisseur will love. I picked up a Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker while in the store (it’s sadly sold out online) for my friends that always mix drinks from the “Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails” since the book authors also created the shaker. For the mixer who prefers to stir and not shake, this mixing pitcher & strainer is gorgeous. And I love this bar tools set – equal parts form and function that will look super glam out on display.

FOR: the Adventurer: I’m not a “bucket list” type person but several of my friends are and I couldn’t help but think of them when I spotted this DOIY Poster of 100 Things You Must Do Before You Die. I think it’s really fun that it’s interactive – with little windows that peel off similar to an advent calendar – and that the design makes it worthy of actually hanging somewhere. And hey, the adventurous person might also need the 100 Places You Must See Before You Die poster. And I bet I know the perfect person to give the 100 Movies You Must See Before You Die poster to. So glad that West Elm included these posters in their gift section…I think they’ll be fun to give again and again.

FOR: the Ornament Exchange: If you haven’t been to an ornament exchange you either need to host one for your crew or find one to get in on. Every person brings and ornament and draws a number, going in order of the numbers, each person picks from the pile of wrapped ornaments OR “steals” an ornament that’s already been opened. If you’re someone who gets an ornament stolen you can steal or pick again from the pile. It turns into a really fun event when the ornaments are as fun as the guests! Each year West Elm has an incredible selection of ornaments – ranging from traditional and classic, to ornate and/or handmade, with some whimsical and playful goodness mixed it. I plan on bringing the Glass Cactus Terrarium Ornament (I can’t pass up something that feels Texas related) to my upcoming exchange but I might just have to get the ski bunny and candy cane shark for my own tree!

FOR: the Lover of Luxe: Sometimes people with excellent taste can be tricky to buy for. When I’m shopping for these people I like to look for things that are beautiful – ideally something that can be displayed – and interesting enough that the person getting the gift wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy it for themselves. Not many items fall into this category West Elm manages to always curate a handful of pieces that fit the bill. I love the Glass Knot objects because they’re simple but beautiful (and great to give along with a coffee table book or two that could sit beneath!). Other items that caught my eye are all upgraded ordinary things – these enamel & copper vases, agate bookends, a copper watering can – that any love of luxe would appreciate

FOR: the Chef: Friends and family who love all things cooking and kitchen related are among my favorite to shop for. I like trying to find things that they probably don’t have but would definitely use and love. West Elm broke out groupings of gifts by recipient and the “cooks + kitchen enthusiasts” was so fun to look through. While I was in store I found a little Marble Mortar & Pestle and thought it was such a nice tool for a favorite chef in my life. That said, there were a lot of other foodie things that caught my eye…how fun are the colors of this SMEG Espresso Machine and Dash Mini Waffle Maker?! I’m also a big fan of this oil & vinegar set and this butter dish.

FOR: the Person Who Has Everything: We all have this person on our gift list…they are notoriously difficult to buy for. Mainly because you feel like they have everything. Every year there’s one particular family member that I get stuck on…how to you find something they will love but don’t already have?! Well, you spy something like the acrylic Deco Stacking Game and think, “bingo.” It’s like a fancier version of Jenga – fun, elegant, and has equal parts form and function. I’m a little too excited to give this baby away! And hey, if all else fails, pick out a pretty frame or two from West Elm’s selection and print pictures your “person who has everything” would love (bonus points if you and them are in the picture together). I love these acrylic and metal frames!

FOR: the Zen Master: So I don’t totally love that I used the term “zen master” but I didn’t know how else to describe the person that’s all about relaxing, minimalism, and pretty but practical. They’re like lovers of serene (re: zen). An obvious choice for a friend like this would be a pretty blanket or candle but there’s way more interesting ways to give scent that’s not a candle. Like incredible incense! West elm carries Uma Incense Sticks – if you haven’t smelled them before, they are pretty major – and I thought that a case of the “pure calm” with an simplistic but elegant Incense Burner would be the ideal combo.

Feeling the itch to get started (early) on your own glorious gift list? Do yourself a favor and head to West Elm. They have even more great stuff than what I talked about here…I just didn’t want to go nuts and list every single thing that caught my attention! Ho, ho, ho and happy shopping!

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Current Vibes

November 15, 2017

Our long awaited Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii as a family of three is tomorrow and we could not be more excited! Our flight takes off at 5:55am, which means that I will be scurrying around all day doing last minute things. Luckily, we're almost fully packed minus toiletries and one last load of baby laundry. I'm hoping to go to bed with our suitcases literally zipped up and sitting by the door. 5:55 is pretttyy early! The last time we visited someplace tropical was for our honeymoon a year and a half ago. We talked about doing this trip when I was still pregnant as a sort of way to celebrate a belated "baby moon", 30th and 31st birthdays and our second wedding anniversary. We have lots to celebrate around here! (read on for this weeks vibes...)

1. READING // CHARLOTTE’S BOOK: As Molly mentioned yesterday, we are complete freaks about skincare. Obsessed to say the least. I don’t even remember how I came across Charlotte’s Book, but I’m pretty glad that I did. Charlotte’s book has been called a “sophisticated take on Angie’s list” in terms of connecting consumers with the best of the best in beauty services. On top of this, the site also has loads of beauty content for people like me to spend hours upon hours reading. In fact, just while writing this post, I have become distracted with a link to this write up on Mind Body Green. Now my ever-growing list of beauty buys has grown even more. Shoot. Another favorite feature of the site is the Ask Charlotte Series – where I have found the answers to many questions that I too had wondered about. And I will now spend the rest of my day researching Cellfina. Needless to say, Charlotte’s Book is like the beauty consultant I never knew I needed. Maybe this will limit the amount of beauty questions I text Molly on a daily basis?

2.  OBSESSING // LOEFFLER RANDALL RESORT ’18: Dear Loeffler Randall, I just can’t with your new Resort 2018 collection. It’s just too. freaking. goo. If ya’ll haven’t check it out, this has to be one of the best ye. But then again, Molly and I seem to think that with each new season that LR releases. “Multi-colored ric rac ribbon trims, rainbow stripes, ruffled edges, fuzzy accents, and playful pompoms” make up the details of this collection and it couldn’t be a happier looking bunch. As always, we are loving the inspiration board behind Resort 2018. I’m finding it hard to pick favorites from the collection, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Bad because I may have to make multiple pairs my own. The Birdie in the white is candy colored perfection and pretty much irresistible. Why did I not purchase these before our trip tomorrow!? My denim Vera’s from this fall are one of the most comfortable shoes I own and were so easy to wear that its no surprise I’m eyeing them in the bright red kid suede – with ric rac trim, of course. And because Molly and I have been talking about wanting a pair of fuzzy slides for what seems like months now, the Isabel slide in navy is so.much.yes. Most especially love the navy shearling paired with the black leather sole because black + navy = match made in heaven.

3. WANTING // FOUR EYES EARRINGS: I have a pretty decent collection of statement earrings, but I don’t see my love for them stopping anytime soon. Truth be told, I get so much wear out of them, so I can easily justify the purchase of a great pair. I know, I know, I write about a good statement earring just about every Current Vibes, but I clearly can’t help myself. And the good just keeps on coming. So I’m practically obligated to share my findings, right? When Pencil and Paper Co posted about Four Eyes Ceramics‘ large-scale, handmade porcelain statement earrings, they immediately moved to the top of my ‘must blog about’ list. Sadly, I completely forgot to go back to Pencil and Paper and purchase a pair for myself from their pop-up with Four Eyes and am seriously devastated. This pair was screaming my name – how good is the green for fall and going into the holidays? Its a perfect green too. Sigh. Guess I’ll have to try to track them down, because I’m not going to be able to let the idea go!

4. READING // “SHE”: Meet the newest addition to my coffee table book collection – kate spade new york’s latest, “SHE: muses, visionaries and madcap heroines.” The latest tome from kate spade features fifty iconic women – muses, visionaries, and heroines and includes photography, quotes, words of wisdom, and personal essays from these inspiring women. Included in the book are the likes of Jane Fonda, Iris Apfel, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Draper, and Carrie Bradshaw. Often times we get a new coffee table book and I never quite find the time to sit down and flip through it. Sad, I know. Someday! But, this one I’ve had on my bedside table ever since it came in and have loved reading a few of the stories each night. With Christmas right around the corner, this would be a perfect gift for the amazing women in your life!

5. LASHING // LASHFOOD: I think I may have mentioned that a few months ago I got eyelash extensions and had them on for a few months. As much as I loved them and felt way prettier waking up looking less like a newborn baby mouse, they definitely did a number on my natural lashes. Ever since I have been aggressively trying to bring my natural lashes back to life and a decent length. It doesn’t help that Molly has the most insane lashes making mine look sad in comparison. Thankfully, LASHFOOD has an array of products at my rescue. The founders of LASHFOOD actually got their start in the lash extension business, which is why they created the company. The mother/daughter team spent years experimenting and researching the effects that powerful herb extracts and other pure ingredients have on lash growth. LASHFOOD’s Phyto-Medic Lash Enhancer is the world’s first and only Eco-Certified lash enhancing serum. Meaning that it is natural and safe from the chemicals that many lash enhancing products contain. While also remaining super effective in strengthening and nourishing lashes to look longer and thicker. I’ve been using this every night for just a few weeks now and cannot wait to see the results. Another LASHFOOD favorite is their Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer that contains lash extending, thickening microfibers to extend the look of lashes. I have been wearing this under my mascara and have seen such a drastic difference in how much better my lashes look. Seriously like night and day. Its almost as if when I apply it I can see my lashes instantly look longer. I am so sold on LASHFOOD’s products that the Eyelash Extensions in a Bottle is looking pretty promising to add to my collection.

6. WISHING // VINTNER’S DAUGHTER LIMITED EDITION: We’ve talked on the blog A LOT about our love and obsession for Vintners Daughter Active Botanical Serum. Since first purchasing the magic serum, that love for the brand has not wavered and if anything has only grown. This stuff is pure magic, people. If you want to read more about why we love it so much see posts here and here. Clearly, we’re big fans. I continue to rebuy bottle after bottle because its that amazing and is worth every penny. We’ve also converted our mama who has made her incredible skin that much better with the use of Vintners Daughter. If you have any questions on the amazingness of the product, a quick google search will lead you to article upon article touting just how incredible the serum really is. 22 of the world’s most active organic and wildcrafted ingredients don’t lie! This year, the company launched a limited edition 50ml bottle (the original size is 30ml) just in time for the holidays and gift giving. Is it terrible to want to gift this to myself? The bigger the bottle, the better. Vintners Daughter is also now offering a 3ml sample packwhich is awesome for those that want to try the product before committing to a full bottle.

7. LOOKNG FORWARD TO // HOLIDAY TRADITIONS: This year will be our first Christmas as a family of three and we couldn’t be more excited to start some Christmas traditions that we hope to continue for years to come. The past few years we’ve gotten a real tree for our house and decorated it with our growing ornament collection, but there is something about doing this with a little one around that makes it that much more magical. Last Christmas, my mom got us a little tree and ornaments for baby H’s room, which will be so fun to set up. We also have our needlepoint stockings that I cannot wait to hang above the mantle this year. With a third stocking of course, thanks to my mama and Molly working their little fingers to the bone stitching away for the past year. We usually drive around and look at the Christmas lights in Dallas which are crazy amazing, but this year I think we’re going to take a carriage ride as a family to see them. We’ll bundle baby H up in his Christmas jammies and bring hot chocolate because, duh. Even though he’s still so little, we know that he will absolutely love all of the lights.

1. Charlotte's Book // 2. Loeffler Randall Resort 2018 collection // 3. Four Eyes Ceramics x Pencil Paper Co. pop-up earrings ($75), get other pairs here! // 4. "kate spade new york: SHE: muses, visionaries and madcap heroines" ($25 on Amazon! also here) // 5. LASHFOOD Phyto-Medic Lash Enhancer ($80, also here, here and on Amazon!) // 6. Vintner's Daughter Limited edition 50ml bottle ($305) // 7. Highland Park Village (Dallas, TX) Holiday Lights

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Balanced Choices for Game-Day Goodness

November 10, 2017

Fall. It makes me think of leaves changing color (less of this happens in Dallas but my childhood in Kansas City was full of weekends raking and brilliant-colored trees), cozy layers (bring on the chill!), holidays within reach (no, I haven't started Christmas shopping yet), and football. Lots of football. I admit that I'm not the biggest sports fanatic...you won't find any jerseys or team paraphernalia in my closet and I'm the last girl on earth to throw a ball around (or run after one, for that matter). But my dad and brothers love watching sports so much I feel like the sounds of ESPN were part of the soundtrack to my childhood. As an adult, I've learned that there's way more to sports-watching than knowing teams, rules, rankings, etc. There's also eating. And drinking. And usually both. So with fall firmly in the air I welcome football season and the opportunity to partake in the food and beverage side of game day festivities!

Now, I don't just want to snack and sip on anything while I pretend to blend in with those legitimately invested in whatever game is happening. I want satisfying and somewhat indulgent but more on the healthier side of the spectrum than not. Recently I've been into a certain "tailgate" combo of nachos and spiked sparkling water. I know what you're thinking...nachos are not healthy and spiked sparkling water sounds a lot harder to come by than twisting the cap off a beer. Not so my friends! It's as easy as picking up the right toppings from the store and a case (or two) of Truly Spiked & Sparkling. Keep reading to see my fave healthy-ish nacho recipe and learn why Truly is my light drink go-to for game days and life in general!

Here’s what you need to know about Truly: it’s gluten free, 100 calories (!), has 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of carbs, and is 5% alcohol. What also makes it special is that it doesn’t contain any liquor or spirits – the alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. I kind of figured this beverage would be a “too good to be true” situation and that the taste wouldn’t live up to the hype. After trying all five flavors I can say that not only is Truly delicious, but it’s so light, crisp and bubbly that I feel great about my decision when enjoying it. It’s as refreshing as traditional sparkling water, just with a bit of booze! Truly was my go-to drink over the summer (so refreshing) and I’ve continued to incorporate the flavors into various cocktail recipes or have them on their own now that we’ve rolled into fall.

What I love most about Truly is that the flavors – which have no artificial flavoring or sweeteners – are all citrus based, making them tasty but not overpowering. My favorite flavor is the Colima Lime but the others (Lemon & Yuzu, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Sicilian Blood Orange) have the same smooth, light taste and fizzy bubbles. The fruit base of each makes them the perfect thing to pair with just about anything food-wise. And when it comes to football/tailgate/game-day food my brain automatically goes to nachos.

Spoiler: Truly + nachos = match made in heaven.

I learned the art of homemade nachos in college. Back then it was greasy corn chips, way too much cheese and a lot of sour cream and salsa. Not so healthy. With age comes wisdom and I’m happy to report that while I still like indulging in libations and making/eating nachos, I’ve found healthier ways to do both. My most recent go-to nacho combo looks like this:

  • A mix of blue corn and white corn chips (my favorite brand is Xochitl!) placed on a baking pan so that the bottom of the pan is covered but the chips aren’t overlapping too much (you want to get an even amount of toppings on each chip!)
  • Top chips with a light layer of shredded cheddar cheese (I really love getting the fresh shredded cheese from the deli but sometimes I feel less fancy and use a bag of Mexican style shredded cheese)
  • Top cheese layer with shredded chicken (my tip: buy chipotle seasoned and grilled chicken breast from the store and shred it at home!)
  • Put in a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes or till cheese is melted but not getting crispy!
  • Once out of the oven, top with fresh pico de gallo
  • Serve along side a bowl of guacamole and pickled jalapeños so friends and fellow snackers can dress them how they wish

Not the fanciest of nachos but 100% a crowd-pleaser and definitely more on the healthy side! To keep the healthier choices going, I suggest enjoying the nachos while sipping on Truly – the slim can mix pack has four flavors and is great to bring to a gathering so people can taste and choose favorites. I like to set out glasses, some ice, straws, and lemon and lime wedges so people can make Truly even more personalized.

So there you have it. Fall means football. Football and other sports call for snaking and drinking. More balanced – and oh so satisfying – choices like Truly and light nachos will be your next game day touchdown (couldn’t help myself, had to squeeze in a sports pun)!

Wearing: J.Crew "Amour" Sweatshirt // MOTHER HIGH WAIST RASCAL ANKLE JEANS (ON SALE! ALSO HERE) // KAREN LAZAR BRACELETS (WEARING SIZES SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE AND X-LARGE)

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Current Vibes

November 8, 2017

A few weeks ago Sally wrote about Reese Witherspoon's #bookclub in this Current Vibes post. Well, consider me a fan of her recommendations. I selected "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celest Ng as my pick for book club (hosting the meeting tonight!) and really, really loved it. Highly recommend if you're into stories about family dynamics.

For my Vibes today you'll notice a lot of collaboration love ('tis the season?) and then the typical randomness of things that have been on my radar or are making their way into my life. (go on...get 'em)

1. READING // “GIO_GRAPHY”: If you’re a fashion lover than you probably recognize the name Giovanna Battaglia – or you might just recognize her face and street style. Wether or not you know the Italian fashion editor and stylist by name or from pouring over fashion week archives, there’s no denying that she has a passion for fashion and way of dressing that’s uniquely her own. While at my bestie Mary’s house the other week she excitedly showed me her latest treasure: “Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion” (Giovanna’s recently released book). Mary might be Giovanna’s biggest fan…and while I’m a lesser devote, it took me a few flips through “Gio_Graphy” to determine that I needed a copy for myself. Aside from all the fabulous fashion and personal wisdom Giovanna provides, I just love the colorful, bold, fearless layout of pages. She arrives tomorrow. Pretty excited.

2. PUZZLING // CHRISTIAN LACROIX MASION DE JEU: I’m a self proclaimed puzzle nerd. My sweet grandparents got me into the activity at a really young age and I still love (love) working on a good puzzle (especially with my family when home during the holidays). Those 3D things aren’t really my jam but I love designs with complexity that make them more challenging to piece together. I recently saw the Christian Lacroix Maison De Jeu collection of pieces inspired by vintage French gambling houses and though the playing cards are beautiful, I immediately zeroed in on the 250 piece puzzle. It’s 2 sided! Which makes it doubly challenging and doubly cool.

3. BLENDING // MAKEUPDROP: Around this time last year I was reallllly into using a beautyblender for my foundation/CC cream/tinted moisturizer and concealer. And I liked it. But for whatever reason, I totally stopped using it last spring, tossed it (it had that not-so-great smell to it after consistent use), and never replaced it. I liked that the beautyblender make my makeup blend perfectly but I thought it soaked up a lot of product and I loathed the clean up. I traded my very well-blended skin in favor of using my fingers – not the best trade off and I can definitely notice a difference but figured “oh well.” Well.  Guess what. There’s now a tool that gives the benefits of blending but isn’t a sponge (so it doesn’t waste/soak in any product) and is antimicrobial and super easy to clean….it’s called the MakeupDrop. Defined as being a silicone makeup applicator, it’s the same price as a beauty blender ($20) and has a similar teardrop shop though the two are obviously quite different (the MakeUp drop is flat and the beautyblender is a rounded sponge). After seeing the MakeupDrop approved by the Violet Code (anyone else use VIOLET GREY as the final word when it comes to all things beauty and skincare?!) I’m even more intrigued and really want to try it for my liquid skin coverage, concealer, and highlighters. Anyone have it and love it??

4. PAJAMAING // LAKE x REBECCA ATWOOD: I love a good collaboration (as you’ll continue to see in the upcoming vibes on this list) and was really excited to see that textile designer and artist Rebecca Atwood teamed up with LAKE to produce a special collection of pajamas. The exclusive collaborative collection features one “flurry” print designed by Rebecca in two color ways – ocean (shades of blue) and blush – and made into various LAKE pj styles (all done in their signature super soft Pima cotton with contrast color binding. I pretty much live for my LAKE jammies (the sets that pair shorts with either short or long-sleeved tees are my go-to) and just love seeing Rebecca’s painterly hand made into this exclusive print. Pajamas make for excellent holiday gifts…just saying (;

5. WANTING // BOX BAG: Behold…a handbag that’s basically a mini suitcase! Different? Yes. Adorable? Indeed. Something about the simplistic structure of the Box Bag by The Daily Edited has me totally captivated. There’s something very lady-like, sophisticated, and old-world about it. Love that it can be carried from the top handle or worn with an adjustable detachable shoulder strap. And of course, I envision having one embossed with either a single “M” (sans-serif font, obviously) or maybe a pizza emoji (yes! they have TONS of emojis to pick from!) or even a simple heart. The website is so fun because you can play around with personalization and see mock-ups in real time. The Daily Edited has tons of other gorgeous bag silhouettes (all leather, all able to be personalized) and the Box Bag also comes in pale pink and peony pink. Also…check out tde’s collection for mini’s (aka little people/kids) if you want to scream over some cuteness.

6. LOVING // LOU & GREY x SUNDRY: Another collaboration collection! Lou & Grey specializes in creating comfortable, cozy, casual (but not sloppy!) pieces that you just want to live in. So it’s not a huge surprise to see them launch an collection with Sundry (a line of super soft pieces influenced by coastal casual and French chic). Lots of stripes and blue & white & red! When part of your daily uniform includes sweatpants, sweatshirts, and other knits it’s hard to resist wanting one of everything from the Lou & Grey x Sundry collection. I’m especially eyeing the Stripe Track Pants and Je T’aime Tee!

7. DREAMING // HILL HOUSE HOME x PRABAL GURUNG: And yet another collaboration! If you’re around me often enough you’ll more than likely catch me saying, “Some day, when I’m a fancy lady I’ll…” (fill in the blank). Not sure if it’s my way of putting my pipe dreams into the universe or being unnecessarily vocal about silly materialistic fantasies (ex: a backyard with a pool and astroturf, having Holy Kombucha on tap in my kitchen, etc.) but I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. And thus, I wanted to share that If I were a fancy lady, I would 100% buy the Hill House Home x Prabal Gurung Monogrammable Dinner Party Set. It’s exclusive to Moda Operandi, consists of 8 linen and hand embroidered placemats, napkins, and cocktail napkins. I’ve always admired the bedding collection by Hill House Home so this collab was really intriguing to me. It is very elegant, quite expensive ($1,700), and I picture a lovely fancy lady who loves hosting dinner parties/tea parties/luncheons having the set. Along with the pretty embroidered rose, each placemat has a line from Christina Rossetti’s 1877 poem “An Emerald Is as Green as Grass,” broken down and embroidered – line by line – across the top. Please, if you are a fancy lady, I implore you to indulge in this set and live out my fantasy.

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Baby’s First Year Get-and-Giveaway!

November 6, 2017

One of our favorite parts about having a blog is the relationships and connections with both brands and people that we have formed over the years. Molly and I consider ourselves huge supporters of small brands and businesses as well as women entrepreneurs. So many of whom we look up to and are a constant source of inspiration to us!

Living in Dallas, we find ourselves surrounded by some pretty incredible, hardworking, and talented women. Today, Molly and I are so thrilled to be working with and sharing some local retailers and women entrepreneurs who have very generously combined their products and services to create the ultimate "Baby's First Year" Get-and-Giveaway! These vendors will be gifting TWO adorable baby gift baskets to one A Piece of Toast reader. The winner will receive one gift basket for herself as well as one to gift to a friend. What could be better than getting and giving? Keep reading for all the details of the $820 value prize package!

  • $150 gift card from Miracle Milkookies: The most delicious lactation cookies that really work! I ordered these by the dozen – they do local Dallas deliveries – and love that mama’s outside of the DFW area can order them frozen or pre-baked. Seriously amazing cookies!
  • 1 fifteen minute mini baby milestone studio session + 10 edited digital images OR a credit towards a full newborn or family session with Natalie Yates Photography: Natalie is of the most sought after maternity, newborn, and baby photographers in Dallas…I can personally say that she’s a dream to work with and takes the most beautiful photos!
  • 1 seersucker backpack and 1 bloomer with custom monograms from SB Monograms: The winner and friend will get to work with Skyler to select the backpack and bloomer for either a girl or boy and choose perfect custom monograms.
  • 1 hour nursery interior design consultation from Peyton Riley Design: Peyton is a Dallas native and talented interior designer offering distinctly classic taste and chic sophistication to interior decoration. The nurseries and children’s rooms she designs are precious!
  • Set of 2 onesies and 1 teething bib from Pure Child Clothing: A precious line of soft, versatile, and all-organic pieces that are designed for maximum comfort. Winner and friend will get to select colors and sizes.
  • $100 gift card to The Tot: The Tot is the go-to for mindfully curated, safe, non-toxic, innovative and stylish baby and child products. We’re so lucky to have their retail locations in Dallas but their website is full of even more products and the best resource!
  • Wood keepsake box, children’s book, and wood teether from To & From Gifts: To & From is a Dallas-based gift concierge company that specializes in creating custom curated and sourced gifting options.

So many incredible gifts and services that any mom/new mama would absolutely love to receive. Each package is worth $820. The winner of the giveaway will get two packages (each worth $820) – one to keep and one to gift to a friend! Even if you aren’t a mama or don’t have a baby, we encourage you to enter and gift both baskets to friends! Giveaway starts today (November 6, 2017) and ends on November 17, 2017. The winner will be selected at random and contacted on November 18, 2017. Entries are only valid via the ViralSweep widget below. Must live in the United States to win. Spread the word and GOOD LUCK!

 

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