Friday, December 30, 2011

la de da

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

5 things.

1. sally hansen salon effect nail polish strips

i've had a gold glitter manicure for the last 10 days... a little gaudy? yes, but it's the holidays and my 3-year-old niece thought it was pretty.  AND the strips finally broke my shellac addiction.

2. ikat bowls from anthropologie

these little bowls are pretty prevalent in the blog world... i stalked the website until they were back in stock but (once again) they seem to be unavailable.

i stow my bracelets in the blue bowl every night, and the chartreuse and grey bowls live in other rooms in our house.  (they make a sweet gift too... my mother, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law are all owners post-christmas.)  if you can't wait until they restock, there's a similar bowl available at     c. wonder.

3. my adorable niece

every moment is better when she's around and my heart melts every time i hear her say, "aunt sarah, will you play with me?"

4. the kind vet at our local veterinary clinic who answered my 4:30 AM call on christmas morning... without her, i wouldn't have known that the cookies, chocolate fudge, and seven-layer bars my pup consumed would not cause chocolate toxicity or neurological problems.

5. puppy chow and esther price.  christmas would not be complete without them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

gee, thanks.

'tis the season to write thank you notes.  here are a few of my favorites...



Merci Card

Gold Floral Thank You Card

Gold Painted Stripes Thank You Card

Assorted Girlie Dog Set

Kate Spade by Crane Stationery, Quip Thank You Cards

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Saturday, November 12, 2011

gift guide: stocking stuffers under $50

butter bride nail polish pack (contains pink ribbon, hen party and cream tea,) $36


or the baby's breath collection (contains pink ribbon, rosie lee, pearly queen, and muggins,) $45

adorable kate spade stationery, $20

all wrapped up cards

l'occitane shea butter hand cream: a must-have for cold weather... the 1 oz is the perfect size to tuck in your purse (1 oz, $10 or 5.2 oz, $26)

Shea Butter Hand Cream

fresh mini sugar lip polish and lip treatment, $22.50

Sugar Fix

kate spade i phone cover, $40

le pavillion iphone 4 case

and for the boys:

smathers and branson key fob, $25

pottery barn saddle leather catch-all, $29 

Saddle Leather Catch-All

kiehls no-shine moisturizing lip balm, $9

Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm

john derian paper weight, $30

John Derian® oval paperweight

it wouldn't be christmas without a pair of kitchy j. crew boxers, $18.50 (or 2 for $28)

Christmas tree boxers

Friday, November 11, 2011

tis the season...

for party dresses!

i rarely stray from a LBD, and this one seems a bit more festive than the norm with its laser-cut silk fringed sleeves (fashioned to look like ostrich plumes,) delicate lace trimmed hem, and a row of shiny buttons on the back.

vicki dress

available here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

pretty blooms.

olive and cocoa dropped off my radar (i blogged about the website some time ago) but i visited their site last week and (again) was taken by their pretty arrangements...

the blooms would make a perfect hostess gift...

Eloise    Eleida Rose
Rosemary & Rouge    Jardin BlancWoodland

available here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

right on target.

i love target... i know i'm not alone in my affection for the retailer.  i've never been crazy about their designer collaborations (although it seems i am in the minority in that regard) but i always seem to find a few home items i simply cannot not purchase.

my latest find is the vase below... i typically favor a more classic look, but the modern, inexpensive piece looks so great with a few buds in each receptacle, i couldn't say no.
Modern Serenity Decorative Quad Vase - Cream
(no longer available online, i found several at my local target store.)

Monday, November 7, 2011

gift guide: social butterflies, 1st ed.

with the holidays rapidly approaching (have you started your shopping?) i thought i would throw together a few gift guides... it's fun and (hopefully) helpful!  this selection of gifts would be perfect for a couple who love to entertain!

a pair of lovely champagne saucers

bubbly dot saucer pair

an assortment of olive oils
Le 9 Fruités Olive Oil Coffret

monogrammed glass coasters (from iomoi)

large sandy cay pattern navy with racer stripeChinoise Vase Pattern French BlueLing the Elephant Orange
coaster; coakley cay greenMonkeys with Umbrella NavyBamboo Pattern Pink

the madison mixer bar cart from society social

The Madison Mixer      The Madison Mixer

or the stanton bar cart (also from society social)

The Stanton     The Stanton

the gift of cheese... an appetizer spread from murray's.  yum. 

Gift of the Mongers

and a more comprehensive choice

Cheeselover's Anonymous

and even without the cheese, this slate board would be a fun serving piece

Brooklyn Slate Board

Sunday, November 6, 2011

ardor for barbour

the chill in the air and the frost on the ground brought something to my attention...  my wardrobe is lacking a solid fall jacket.  i have a knee length puffer coat, perfect for snowy, sub-zero days, and a beautiful fur ideal for festive evenings.  i'm lacking a jacket for the awkward interim time when the nip in the air permeates a wool sweater but a puffer coat seems overzealous.  

after surveying my options, it sees like barbour might be the perfect choice...

between actual royalty

and fashion royalty

Olivia Palermo wears the Barbour jacket for a sojourn in the city

i would be in good company.

here's my favorite style, available at orvis:

antique emily

Barbour® Antique Emily Jacket

for a more traditional look, the beaufort jacket

Barbour® Beaufort Jacket

and a less expensive option available at j. crew:

the downtown field jacket

The downtown field jacket

or size down and try the men's woodland jacket

Woodland jacket