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Pink Diva Chair

So most of you know about my slightly unhealthy obsession with all things MacKenzie-Childs. Check out the Barn Sale post if you missed what is my certifiable insanity for courtly check.  Anyway… this October at MacKenzie Childs, Buy Pink to Defeat Breast Cancer! Any MacKenzie- Childs product you buy that has “Pink” in its name, MacKenzie-Childs will donate 10% of the retail price to the Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund.

From Pink Fish Rugs to Pink Honeymoon Dinnerware to the seriously ridiculously amazing Pink Diva Chair – it counts. Check out all of the MacKenzie- Childs pink-named products.

More about  The Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund

The Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund was created to improve access to care and patient education and to support research in breast reconstruction. The Fund’s mission is to ensure that all women faced with breast cancer have the opportunity to restore a sense of self-esteem and overall well-being.

Ok so get shopping girls. Shopping for a cause is the best kind to do.

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Jake & Nicole- our tropical destination couple we featured a few days ago has one of these lovely signs hanging on the wall of their new home. They’re super cute and you can work with Etsy seller Java Jane Designs, to create something perfect and uniquely you-0 or the couple you’re giving it to.

Last Name Letter Sign

Fill in:
1. Name or Word to be designed
2. Optional text or message (font sampler will be provided)

High-quality professional matte prints using archival pigment ink that will last for 100+ years. Prints are water and UV resistant and are carefully shipped in protective sleeves in bendproof mailers.

My Alphabet Letter Photo Art™ is created from photographs of architecture ‘alphabet letters’ that spell out any name or word to design your own distinctive one-of-kind custom piece of artwork.

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Also… since I occasionally kill the plants on my patio…I sort of love this.

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Fits right in your refidgerator door and keeps fresh herbs fresh instead of dead and gross after 2 days. Amazing.

If your couple is super environmentally in the mood, these are the super posh Benz of Composting bins.

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

These 1 or 1.5 gallon pails sit on your counter and ABSORB ODOR for 6 months. amazing. Then all you have to do is replace the filter an toss these babies in the dishwasher.  Because you can.

Hi lovelies!

It’s June. How did it become June? I don’t understand. This year is FLYING by already! Madness. Anyway… here are some of my favorite Etsy finds this week. Happy Hump Day! 

 

Lavish Head Froof from LaurelandMagnolia on Etsy.

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

 

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

 

Neck Froof from Twigs and Honey by Myra Callan

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

 

Custom “Eat, Drink and be Married” Rubber stamps from Crafts by Candice

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

 

Engagement Party or Backyard Reception fun with this vintage bowling set from Domestikate

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

 

Pretty paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn on Etsy.

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

 

Mindy Weiss on One Kings Lane

Ladies, if you haven’t already, stop what you’r edoing and head over to One Kings Lane. It’s the Gilt Group, Rue La La equivalent for your Home.

AMAZING.

Beautiful designer tabletop items at a GREAT DISCOUNT! 

Right now… shop Mindy Weiss (America’s favorite Wedding Planner). She launched a line of super cute wedding items for the new Mr. and Mrs for Two’s Company in 2008. 

Some of our favorites…

Groom Survival Kit
Was: $42 Now: $19

Groom Survival Kit

 

Mr. & Mrs. Passport Cases
Was: $44 Now: $22

Mr. & Mrs. Passport Case

Set of 2 Bow garters in a Box
Was: $20 Now: $10

Bow Garters in a Box

Also check out the beautiful crystal candlestick collection from Godinger.

Happy (Discount) Shopping!

My mother is an artist, so it seemed common place growing up to have a mother who could create beautiful things so easily. As I’ve gotten older though I have developed a greater appreciation for art, particularly those beautiful creations around my house.

I started giving artwork as birthday gifts to close friends and family a few years back. I mean, here we are in our twenties…. with very naked walls.

If you have a beer brand, a pot leaf or Jim Belushi on your wall, you need to trade up…fast. Preferably to something in a frame.

(No. Jim Belushi in a frame is not ok either. Go throw that away.. now.)

But here’s the thing about giving art as gifts…it’s really, really personal. You can’t just give anyone any piece of art. When you’re looking at something you should be very sure the person or people you are gifting are going to love it. It needs to match their style and ultimately mean something to them for a very long time.

For me, art is like jewelry. I love receiving it because I admire it, but often don’t buy myself very much of it.

I have a few go to artists that I truly love, and probably always will, but there are so many beautiful options out there for a relatively affordable amount of money to give as wedding gifts.

I’ll say it again though. Art is non returnable. So be very sure what  you’re giving them is something that they will like. Especially if you’re dropping a good chunk of change on it.

Here are a few of my favorite artists. Art is totally objective. Find options that work with your world.

Storypeople is one of my favorite, favorites. I have a few framed prints and I love the note cards they have too! My roommate in college gave me one for my birthday ages ago and they have been a great go-to gift for birthdays, graduations and showers.You can purchase prints for $30 and framed prints for $35. They also have fabulous furniture, books and other gifts!

Side By Side $30- Storypeople

Side By Side $30- Storypeople

We sat side by side in the morning light & looked out at the future together.

Mr. Right - Storypeople $30

Mr. Right - Storypeople $30

He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.


True Things- Storypeople $30

True Things- Storypeople $30

They came to sit & dangle their feet off the edge of the world & after awhile they forgot everything but the good & true things they would do someday.


Just F riends- Storypeople $30

Just Friends- Storypeople $30

I saw them standing there pretending to be just friends, when all the time in the world could not pry them apart.


Beginning- Storypeople $30

Beginning- Storypeople $30

he followed the sun & she followed the stars & in dreams they listened closely for the beginning of all things, for that was where they knew they’d find each other

You Make Me Happy (Green)- Ashley G & Drew Etsy Seller $20

You Make Me Happy (Green)- Ashley G & Drew Etsy Seller $20

Elephant Love- JulieAnna Etsy Seller $15

Elephant Love- JulieAnna Etsy Seller $15

( I have friends who got engaged on an elephant in Thailand. This might be cute for them.)

Come Fly With Me- Carambatack Design- Etsy Sller $20

Come Fly With Me- Carambatack Design- Etsy Seller $20

Love Tree 2 Limited Edition- Carambatack Design- Etsy Seller $22

Love Tree 2 Limited Edition- Carambatack Design- Etsy Seller $22


My love affair with Froof continues…

I’m all for letting your bridesmaids carry whatever bag they want on the day of your wedding, but how cute are these clutch/wallet/cosmetic case bags from Made by Hank.   They are of course one of the many talented Etsy vendors, and I am a big fan of the froof on the bags! Fill it with some of your favorite makeup and skin care products and tuck it into an adorable welcome basket for the bachelorette, shower or wedding weekend for your bridesmaids, or buy each of your lovely ladies their own personal color as a thank you! Plus they are completly unique and totally affordable!

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20 (back side of pink bag)

Made by Hank- Etsy $20 (back side of pink bag)

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $20

Made by Hank- Etsy $18

I’ve never had the pleasure of registering for anything. I thought about throwing myself a shower a la Carrie Bradshaw and registering at wonderful out of reach places like Saks and Manolo Blahnik but…then I woke up.

If you do find yourself standing  in a Bed Bath and Beyond with a terrified looking fiance next at your side, do yourself a favor… give him the gun. It’ll be like a real life video game, but instead of shooting aliens, he’ll be shooting china. It’s a win-win.

* DO keep a watchful eye, or you just might end up opening a new set of golf clubs or the last four seasons of Entourage on DVD at your bridal shower. Awkward.

I’m life, I’m a big fan of Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie Home, Williams-Sonoma and Target. I love Target. But Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s are super practical options that just about everyone has access to via the Internet if not at their local strip mall. I would suggest registering at no more than 3 places if you can help it.

Also… a little hint I picked up after a majorly shocking discovery that a friend had registered for a BED for his wedding. Yes. You get a discount on the stuff that people don’t buy you if you decide to buy it yourself. So a 20% discount on a bed…pretty major.
Go ahead and register for furniture.  Bed, Bar, Hutch…whatever your little heart desires.  Although I would avoid anything of the couch, giant appliance, dining room table realm.

Just don’t register for stuff that is going to make you look like a seriously insane person. A bed is one thing. It’s a good group gift. It’s your bed. Isn’t that nice. Years later you can say to your children…”Ten of our friends bought us our very first bed.” It turns into lore.

Anyway… below are some of my Top Picks from some Top Retailers… Under 100… because after all this is stuff you’re going to “need” right?

Target

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

From Top Left: Range Kleen Wrought Iron Oval hanging Pot Rack $59.99, Trademark Poker 650 pc Set $80.99, Folding Poker Blackjack Table $59.99, Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker $39.99, Cherry 7-pc Salad Bowls, OXO Softworks 22 pc Gadget & tool Set $49.99, EGO Ice Waterproof ipod Sound Case $99.99, KitchenAid 7-speed pink Hand mixer $69.99, Teaposy Garden Gift Set $59.99, Furitechnics Rachael Ray Bamboo Knife Set $99.99

Williams-Sonoma

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

From Left: Personalized Recipe Card & Embosser $69.00, Monogrammed Vic Firth Maple $65, Waring Pro-Bottle Wine Chiller $99.95,  Monogrammed Highballs & Double Old Fashioneds Set of 4 $59, Siena Glass Tumblers, Assorted Set of 24 $76, Olive Wood Salt Keeper $49, Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt $12.50, Emile Henry Ruffled Cake Stand $70

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Photo's courtesy of Potterybarn.com

From Left: Glass Sphere Hurricanes $26.99- $39.99 (On Sale), Lemon Toile Serving Platter $29, Emma Cake Stand $38, Great White 3-Tier Stand $45, Lisbon Serving Bowl $39, Oblique Finger Bowls $19.99 (Sale), PB Classic Glass Caniseters $19-$44, Mercer Bathtub Caddy $59

 

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

From Left: Pyrex® 21-Piece Bakeware Set $54.99, Hotel Collection Spa Towels 100% Egyptian Cotton $7.99 to $16.99, Waterford Ballet Ribbon Crystal Glass Collection $69.99 to $79.99, Cuisinart® Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster $79.99, Cuisinart® Smart Power Duet™ Blender/Food Processor Combination $79.99, Copco Journey 2 1/2-Quart Tea Kettle $29.99, Lenox® Park City™ 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set $89.99, Eureka Optima Lightweight Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum $69.99

While monogramming is often left to the popped collar, prepster brigade I have to say, for bridesmaid gifts, and for wedding gifts, it’s kind of a nice thing to do. Not that the person you’re gifting is going to forget their own initials, but it’s just a little bit more fun than boring old registry gifts.  You can still buy them what they want on their registry, just add something personalized to make it more personal

Plus, monogrammed “stuff” turns into a great “possession to pass down”. Didn’t you know your unborn children are actually interested in crystal goblets with scripted initials on them.  They are.

Here are some of my favorite monogrammed swag for bridesmaids, guests and the bride-and groom-to- be.

  $14.99 Palm Gifts

I LOVE these coozies. First of all, you can monogram them and second of all you can pick your fabric. How great is that!? They’re so cute! Include them in welcome baskets, bridesmaid bags or hand them out at a casual BBQ style rehearsal dinner for guests to use.   They also make great shower and bachelorette party favors!  These are $14.00 from Palm Gifts.

 

 $18.00 Palm Gifts

So I don’t know how many people still use sleep masks. It’s kind of an indulgence that disappeared in the 80’s, but something tells me there’s a market… particularly on the Upper East side, but maybe… just maybe… it’s one of those things you would never be caught dead buying for yourself… but wouldn’t mind getting from someone else. These are adorable, and again you can personalize the fabric and the script. They would go perfectly in a bridesmaid swag bag for a bachelorette getaway, or in welcome baskets for guests for a small intimate wedding.  They are $18 from Palm Gifts.

 

 $20.00 at Palm Gifts

$10-$15 at Williams Sonoma

These are super cute and very practical. Not that bottles of wine should be left unfinished, but in case they ever are, these wooden wine-stoppers from The Palm Gifts, and sterling silver ones from Williams Sonom, with personalized initials are the perfect way to save some for later. pair them with stemless wine glasses and a corkscrew as a shower gift. They also make great bridesmaid gifts with a nice bottle of wine and a pair of monogrammed glasses. (See below)

 

 $16 for a Box of 10 Cards at The Palm Gifts

These are perfect to give as a bridesmaid gift with a beautiful pen, or stationary set. They are also a really great shower gift for the bride-to-be. Have her new initials monogrammed on the note cards and give them with a beautiful photo album, or desk set.

 $34 at The Palm Gifts

 $99 at Williams Sonoma

Perfect for the culinary loves in your life. Monogrammed cutting board would make a great shower gift for a bride-to-be along with a nice set of monogrammed knives from Williams- Sonoma, an adorable monogrammed apron and a fabulous cook book. 

 

 $54 for a Set of 4 at Williams-Sonoma 

$38 for a set of 2 from Williams-Sonoma

 

 $30- $85 Silver Plated Jewelry Box from Pottery Barn

This is a great bridesmaid gift. Put matching necklaces or earrings to be worn the day of the wedding inside and hand these beautiful silver boxes out at the rehearsal dinner. Your bridesmaids will thank you.


For the Guys:

 $34.00 Monogrammed Golf Balls at Red Envelope

For the groomsman who loves to golf, these monogrammed golf balls from Red Envelope are a great gift, especially when they’re paired with silver or brass finished golf club links, also from Red Envelope.

 $40 – $60 at Red Envelope  $40-$60 at Red Envelope

 

 Special- $48- $58 at Red Envelope

This nickel-plated, monogrammed humidor is perfect for groomsmen who like to light up from time to time. Cedar lined, this stogie home is perfect storage for a couple of cubans… Make it a really nice gift and add the cigars before you give them the box.

The New York Times Style section ran some of this season’s hot new registry trends. I gotta say this is a pretty nice list. It’s focused on cooking outdoors, but there’s a little bit of everything there… like this lovely little beer scooter.  I think I know several people who would absolutely appreciate a 14 MPH Scooter/Cooler on wheels. Most of them are men, and I think registering for this little beauty would a) make that china look a whole lot more reasonable and b) it’s a great group gift from your groomsmen or bridesmaids…Definitely worth checking out.


A few years ago one of my best friends got married and registered for a bed. Seriously. Mixers, toasters, place settings and a humongous sleigh bed from Pottery Barn. I think I called immediately yelling at him saying things like “You registered for a BED?!?”, “Who’s going to buy you a bed?!?!”, “Are you out of your mind?!?” and “Seriously, it’s like $1500!!”

This was my first brush with the high ticket registry item. I was accustomed only to baking sheets and blenders. I didn’t know what to do with a bed. My friend explained to me that registering for the bed was really for their own benefit. They knew no one would buy it for them. But apparently, if you register for something, no one buys it and after the party and the “i do’s” you still want it, you get it at a discount.

“Ohhhhhhhhhh.” I said, sounding half relieved and half annoyed that I was learning this from a boy and wasn’t already well versed in the tricks of the registry trade.

“But do you really think someone’s going to buy you that bed?” I asked again.

And for that wedding, someone did buy them that bed. We did. Fifteen friends of the bride & groom came together and presented the bride and groom with a card at the reception that said, “Surprise! We bought you your bed!”

I have to say it was one of the best moments I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of. So from that moment on I decided group gifts and big ticket items are totally worth it and really the way to go. The thought of someone treasuring something that big for a lifetime rather than five years, which is my hypothetical guess as to how long some a blender might last, just seems like a much better gifting plan.

For a wedding we’re attending in June, we all decided to buy the bride and groom, another set of our very dear friends, their honeymoon tickets to Puerto Rico. In my opinion it’s just more meaningful than sticking to the registry or buying single gifts.

There’s a few caveats that you should think about before you start to rally the troops though.

Give all members of the group gift plenty of time to save up money and cut you a check for their share. This should avoid any last minute excuses that include but are not limited to: “I have no money”, “I spent all my money on booze, gambling and hookers”, or my personal favorite “Wait… we’re supposed to give a gift?”

Give all members of the group extra time if they happen to be living in far away places like Japan, New Zealand and Finland… this is actually my life right now. Yes, my friends are world traveling kick ass people, by the way.

Spell it out for people, especially boys, who may not know better. (Though, I will say MOST of my guy friends are very good about the group gifts, there’s always one.)

Something like, “Put $10 away for GROOM X and BRIDE Y from now until MADE UP DATE WITH BUILT IN BUFFERS. Then you’ll have enough to give me for their INSERT AMAZING GROUP GIFT HERE,” will go a long way.

My parents got a bed from my godfather, my father’s best friend, when they got married. As the story goes they didn’t have one when they got married… I actually have no idea what they were sleeping on until then, and there’s a good chance I just made that part up … but when they returned home from their honeymoon, they had a bed. A big beautiful bed that later became mine, and is still mine on the weekends that I’m home.

A very good gift that lasted well beyond the blender’s lifespan.

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