4.04.2014

Top Wardrobe Essentials for Spring 2014

Now that it's actually starting to feel like Spring in the Pacific Northwest (i.e. you can actually walk out of the house without your wool socks and a jacket some days), I asked one of my favorite friends, stylist Beverly Jacobs, to share her top wardrobe essentials for Spring, 2014.  I hope you enjoy this edited collection!  Beverly really does have an eye for style--always has, always will--but, it's her energy and zest for life that I truly adore. If you live in the LA area, look her up!  

And, while we all know that what you wear isn't the most important thing in life, it is nice to know where to allocate your budget or what gaps to fill.  I'm all about bang for buck, so a tidy list like this is quite helpful to a gal like me, who truly has no idea what's trending right now (my uniform tends to be skinny jeans, boots and a striped shirt. like every day. help!).  What I found helpful for me, was to move down through the list, link by link, to get an overview.  Then, I thought about what I already had and how I could wear it differently (or just actually wear it); and, hopefully pick up something fun along the way.


the oversized white button down   /   a boxy striped top   /   another boxy striped top   /   brogues

the perfect casual pant with the perfect amount of slouch   /  rounded sunglasses   

perfect little jacket   /   lizzie fortunato scale bracelet   /   high rise skinny jeans

floral top   /   tropical floral print bag one   /   tropical floral print bag two   /   slip on vans 

cable knit sweater one   /   cable knit sweater two   /   crew neck muscle tee

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3.26.2014

Joyfolie Handcrafted Shoes + a Spring Sale Today Only


Have you ever spotted the beautiful, handcrafted shoes over at Joyfolie?  They are all so pretty and look so special to me.  If you've ever shopped for children's shoes, then you know how difficult it is to find mini versions of the stylish shoes in your own closet.

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3.24.2014

Hello Kitty Birthday Party


Over a year has passed since I planned this little birthday party for my daughter, Sophie.  I hoped to share these images with you much sooner, but you know how life goes sometimes.  Things just manage to get in the way, now don't they?  I have to admit, I relish in that fact that at least one of my children still enjoys a homespun party (I'll be riding that train as long as possible!).  

Just before she turned six last year, we discussed the type of party she wanted.  She was emphatic about having a Hello Kitty Birthday Party, which initially I had no idea how to pull off without being tacky. Thankfully, she's the cutest licensed character of them all.  Also, thank goodness she is often accompanied by polka dots.   


While guests arrived, I led the girls to a little craft table in the family room, where they each made their own Hello Kitty mask.  This type of distraction gave the littles a chance to channel all their energy towards creating something of their own.  The craft wasn't fancy or complicated, just something short and sweet to amuse them for the first fifteen minutes.  The alternative is your home turning into a bounce house... :)  


I used some pretty spoons I already owned for mini serving ware.  Napkins were simple, white and from the local grocery store.  I simply stamped them and used a bit of baker's twine as an accent. Super easy! 


Since I try to keep all of my children's parties within a $100 budget, you'll notice I reuse many of the same things for each party.  I included online links below, but keep in mind these are things you might be able to find locally too (bottles-grocery store; dishes-Target; tablecloth-Craigslist).  


These basics create a clean, flexible base for each party.  Add in fun paper, ribbon, flowers, balloons, garlands, straws, etc. and you have a "new" party each time.  Another money saver is to make the cake or cupcakes from scratch, versus buying them elsewhere.  The star of the dessert table can be a real money suck and since cupcakes are so simple to make, go ahead and give 'em a shot.  If you can make easy muffins, you can make a basic cupcake recipe. Promise!  

I typically snag a cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart and then use the Sprinkles recipe for the frosting.  


In order to fill up the table with treats and make it feel special, I supplemented the homemade cupcakes with some store bought treats as well.  When you have a Trader Joe's nearby, it's pretty easy to stay on budget and fill up your cart :)  It's the best.  Anyway, I found some pretty vanilla meringues (the girls loved these!) and yogurt covered pretzels from TJ's, as well as a bunch of Pocky sticks from Daiso (where everything is $!). 


A few other notes...

For party favors, I slipped a Hello Kitty pen and a few matching erasers in a clear, cello bag. Also, per tradition, we sent each guest off with a balloon as well.    

Pin-the-blank-on-the-blank is the classic, go-to party game for every child 7 and under in our home.  I just can't stop myself.  It's so fun every time!  

Also, I typically double up on straws because inevitably one doesn't function properly (especially if the straws are paper) and because it's more fun to have more color!  


To peek at other parties, head here.  Enjoy!

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3.21.2014

Lynne Millar Studio Sale


If you're looking to expand your original art collection without breaking the bank, you must peek at artist Lynne Millar's studio sale this week.  Lynne, formerly of the acclaimed blog Sugar City Journal, is now allocating her creative energy towards other pursuits, one of which is painting (of which I am so happy!).  Her original paintings are beautiful, affordable and perfect additions to your gallery wall.

Last year, I hung one of her pieces in a bedroom at La Maisonnette and I love the energy and beauty it brings to that space.  This year, I look forward to buying another piece and I hope you do as well! I've never seen her shop so full, so this is a great time to make a purchase.

Studio Sale  |  Main Website  |  Real Life Home Tour 

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1.22.2014

Five Favorite Dinner Salads


If you're on the hunt for some delicious dinner salads that leave you (and your kids!) satisfied, I'm sharing my five favorites over at Zupas this month (including this incredible Chinese Chicken Salad shown above). 

You can peek at the round up here.

image by me

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1.08.2014

Vintage French Goods in the Shop


On our last trip to France, I filled an entire suitcase (and it was a big one!) with vintage French goodies I picked up at flea markets and brocantes, as well as a few French office supplies (because simple things like paper clips and notebooks are so much better from a design standpoint).  In my etsy shop, you'll find vintage French children's books, a vintage French schoolhouse poster from the 1950's, vintage torchons (or tea towels), a vintage French bingo game (a treasure!) and many other things.  

As an fyi, shipping is reduced or free if purchased with pie slice boxes; however, it is still reasonably priced (I only charge actual shipping--it's not padded) if purchased solo.  

View all of these items and others in the shop.  Merci~




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