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4th of July Party Prep

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 8.03.09 AMIf you are planning your 4th of July celebration, here are a few ideas to help make your party extraordinary.

I totally love the idea of our personalized Hershey bar wrappers for S’mores. So fun!

Coasters

Placemats 

Coffee Mug

Large Acrylic Tray

Place Cards 

Candy Bar Wrapper

Small Round Sticker

Wine Tags

“Where have you been?”

My late grandmother used to call me and say “Krissy, where have you been?” Mind you I may have spoken to her the day before but I guess unconditional love comes with limitless worry. I must admit it used to drive me crazy but now it is one of the things I miss the most.

Anyway, I know it has been a few weeks. So, in addition to counting down the days still school ends (say, what? I know, my kids are still in school) here is what I have been up to.

I have been reading a bunch of amazing books. I recommend them all!

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May ended with another candle on the cake (more on that later) and a quick trip to Boston. No much to report on that trip other than dinner with my roommate from college, Gretchen. You have to love when you are such good friends with someone that it feels like you saw them yesterday instead of months ago.

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After Boston, I headed to New York for a few days. Even on a rainy chilly day, the ocean looks beautiful.

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I had lobster at Oaklands and Star Boggs. I also found this new yoga studio that just opened and is owned by a mother /daughter duo. I have had “Barre” on my list of things to try so I can finally check that off my list. I loved it. I “ran into” a few of my fav stores, Gloria Jewel, Calypso and Imrie. I also had a chance to go to my fav restaurant, Tutto il Giorno.

 

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Here are a few things I picked up during my travels or was gifted.

Current Elliott The Fleet Admiral Jacket ( I got this at Imrie but avail at Saks and on sale)

Hermes Belt White 

JCrew Button Front Ruffle Top

JCrew Smocked Square Neck Top (this neck line is so flattering)

JCrew Strapless Cross Front Top (my fav)

Rodin and Fields Intensive Brightening Toner My virtual best friend sent me this plus a few other goodies for my birthday. I am sure it comes as no surprise that my VBF is a make-up and product junkie too.  This toner is incredible.

CP Shades White Gauze Button Down (this is one of my fav brands). I got this at Imrie too.

Theory Cashmere Sweater It was freezing in Boston and I had packed my “Summertime Barbie” wardrobe so I picked up this pretty lightweight cashmere sweater. You know I love a gray cashmere sweater and white pants.

Rahani Slim Button Down Shirt ( also love the Army Green color)

Fresh Petal Lipstick This also from my VBF. I would describe it as heavenly.

Replica Beach Walk I cannot get enough of this fragrance that perfectly captures leisurely summer days on the beach. Keep in mind, I am wearing to work. Sigh…

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I know I am not a model but I don’t think the pics above do some of these “must-have” pieces justice. I love an all white outfit. It is a no brainer. Looks so polished and classy.

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Next up – Chicago. Here is the view from my fav hotel, The Park Hyatt. So pretty, right?

I hope your summer has gotten off to a great start.

 

 

Teacher Gift Ideas Under $30.00

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 3.21.38 PMHow is it possible that another school year has passed? I can’t believe it! In case you are looking for some great teacher gift ideas too, here are a few suggestions all under $30.00.

iPhone Case $26.00

Spiral Note Pad (New!) $26.00

Personalized Coffee Mugs $18.00

Small Acrylic Note Pad $26.00

Caitlyn Jenner

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Well, you know I had to purchase this book given my love of a good memoir. Say what you will about Caitlyn and the Jenner/Kardashians (depending on what is is, I might agree) but here is one thing I know for sure. Caitlyn has opened up a conversation about the transgender community and her transition has provided an opportunity for people to gain a better understanding which I think should be applauded. Understanding provides an opportunity for acceptance. I hope she has found happiness and I applaud her bravery in sharing her story.

Sephora Finds

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 1.58.43 PMPlease, please, please tell me I am not the only one who can spend hours in Sephora. Even if that isn’t true, lie to me. I need to know I am not alone.

Over the weekend, I somehow qualified for some higher level of membership and I don’t know the qualification requirements but I do know it can’t be a good thing. I am fearful that it is a result of spending some ridiculous dollar amount since I became a member. I imagine that a drug habit would be cheaper than a Sephora habit!

Anyway, here is what I just found and loved. If you are not a Sephora addict like I am then let me share that you can ask for samples of any products. It’s a great way to try before you buy.

Ouai Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. OMG this left my hair crazy straight, smooth, soft and shiny.

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick. I purchased the color “Hey, Stranger” because I don’t have any pink-brown lipsticks.

Replica Beach Walk. If  their goal was to bottle up the sweet smell of a day at the beach, then “bravo” mission accomplished.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Here are a few great ideas for your favorite mom!

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New spiral notebooks.

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Large journals.

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iPhone cases, 5 and  iPhone case 6.

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Small Round Personalized Stickers

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Personalized Mugs

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Single image Mugs

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Love the idea of personalized nail polish tags for your friends!

 

The Weekend in Review

One of my favorite new quotes is the following…

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And so because a rainy chilly weekend was not part of my plan… I reluctantly improvised. Here are a few things I read, watch, purchased and enjoyed you might be interested in too.

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How to Murder Your Life. Memoir + Magazine Editor = Super Love. I cannot put this book down!

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I had a a terrible time choosing between my book and this amazing Netflix show, The Fall. OMG!

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I attended two of my favorite 10 year old’s basketball games. (One plus for Basketball over Hockey is the environment is warm!). I am very pleased to see that my $1,500 investment in the hoop plus installation is paying off.  Not to mention, my own personal time spent outside playing with Jackson. Jackson brings an incredible about of energy and enthusiasm to the court. It is contagious and a quick “mommy moment”, when he scores and breaks out that million dollar smile we are both beaming with pride.

Side Note: The $1,500.00 doesn’t include the amount it is going to cost me to fix the dent in my bumper from backing into the new basketball pole. If anyone was making bets – it was 3 days, 3 days until I backed right into it!  Good times.

For fun, here is a recent conversation between Jackson and me while leaving the doctor’s office. (Jackson hurt his toe and it is always a catch-22 with something like this… If you go to the doctor, it is fine. If you don’t it is broken.

Jackson: “I am playing point guard in my basketball games this weekend.”

Me: “Teriffic!” ( let the record reflect that I said this with a ton of enthusiasm)

long pause

Jackson: “For some reason, I feel like you don’t really know what that means.”

Me: “What?” (acting highly offended)

I did get called out for clapping for the other team a few times. I told Jackson that I think sometimes it is important to clap when the kids do well, regardless of the team. A good shot is a good shot.

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I gained one GIANT point in “me vs my closet”.  It was not a question of “sparking joy” but “Have you worn it recently/ever?” and “Do you plan to wear it again?”.  I have also been weeding out items that have been replaced with an upgraded version too. I am not sure how long it takes most people to de-clutter but as you can tell it has taken me awhile. I am happy with my pace and progress.  Maybe there should be a working girl, mom, entrepreneur version of the book where it gives you twelve months to complete the program. Anyway,  I can share with  you two interesting things.

  1. I don’t miss a single thing I have thrown away, given away or sold. Not one.
  2. When I was looking for my 4th grade photo the other day. I went to the basement and was shocked by the fact that there were only a few photo bins. And when I looked thru the pics to get that one masterpiece, I noticed that all the pics I flipped thru were “keepers”.

Any chance you got the new NM Beauty Catalog? I did and fell in love with this perfume…

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Prive Pivoine Suzhou

“A peony accord that is lightly opulent and ultra-feminine, its addiction intensified with Centifolia Rose Absolute and rose essence.”

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Prive Eau de Jade Eau De Parfum

And this one which is actually my favorite!

“Giorgio Armani’s Eau de Jade magnificently refines Eau de Cologne by Giorgio Armani with an infusion of the world’s finest bergamot: the Calabrian Bergamot, fresh and subtle. A masterpiece in lightness, this fragrance reflects the radiance of Mediterranean mornings.”

I could not decide between the two perfumes above. Can you guess which one I got? Yes, you know me so well. Both. Life is too short to have to make such a big decision over the weekend!

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Prive Rose Alexandrie Eau De Toilette

If you like perfume with a Rose undertone, this is to die for. I loved this one too…

And, I totally set myself up for failure in trying this dress on knowing that I would love it and have to have it. It needs to be hemmed but I swear if it didn’t need an alteration, I would have worn it home. I loved it that much! I am not even going to lie and say I needed it. I am going to say I wanted it and every birthday girl needs a party dress. Am I right?

 

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Vince Dress

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I know I don’t need to justify my purchase, but I have always loved a nice new dress for my birthday.  I am providing evidence from 40 years ago. Just in case.

Side Note: I loved that dress I am wearing. Shocking it is White, right? Oh, and look closely at the pink satin ribbon that tied around the waist. Fabulous!  And I just noticed my cake is on a Silver platter! I cannot stop laughing. Priceless.

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If you are local, Hampton Paper will be featured this coming weekend at Chick’s Picks by Hillary. I worked on packaging some of our best-selling products including our gift wrap, gift tags, framed prints and our new spiral notebooks. The Show is April 27-30 at Vanish in Leesburg, VA. More info here.

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And finally, every rainy weekend needs some beautiful flowers, even if you have to buy them for yourself! I love, love, love the smell of Lilacs.

 

 

The Devil Wears Prada

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 5.16.16 PMThe Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite movies. What makes it even better is that I have watched it probably 100 times with my son, Thomas. I can’t even begin to quantify the milage and laughs we have gotten from so many lines like the following…

“By all means move at a glacial pace, you know how that thrills me!”

” I am just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.”

“I rarely say this to people who are not me but you have got to calm down!”

“Why is nobody ready?”

We incorporate the lines into our daily lives like at the Caps play off game on Saturday I handed Thomas my clutch to hold for a second and said, “Yeah, it’s the Chanel.”

I realize everyone may not get our humor and banter but like I said, we think it is hilarious and per a previous blog on motherhood, these are my favorite moments, the ones that are just little inside jokes between us.

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The belt scene above, you tube video here, is my favorite.  So, when I was packing for our trip to Kiawah, I noticed  these two Calypso shirts in my closet and I started cracking up. I ran into Thomas’ room and said, “Which should I bring? They are so different.”  Truth be told, I am still laughing…

Picture Day!

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 9.40.05 AMOn Sunday, I had the opportunity to chat with my neighbor who happens to be my favorite ten-year-old girl. I am always delighted to chat with another fashionista and what could be more important that a serious conversation about what to wear for picture day?

My neighbor is in fourth grade and shared details about the dress she was planning on wearing and without skipping I beat, I shared what I wore for my 4th grade picture.

A few things to note about this photo:

  1. I thought I looked AMAZING.
  2. I loved that dress. I can’t remember exactly what brand it was (maybe you recall) but I loved it.
  3. The Today Show did a segment in the fall on fashion and recommended adding a turtle neck to a summer dress in an effort to convert it to a winter look. I wanted to share this months ago as I think it is important to acknowledge that I created this look 35 years ago.
  4. Note, even at ten, I loved a white shirt.
  5. There are Purple flowers on the dress. Can you believe there was a time that I loved Purple?
  6. Typically, the two image photo was an option and I always opted out bc I think it is hideous but for some reason, this year it was the only option.
  7. Note the details on the dress. The satin piping and the pearl buttons. Oh my!
  8. My hair was cut at an angle and I took great pride and time every morning to achieve that look with a curling iron.

And, how about you? Can you easily remember what you wore for your 4th grade school picture?

P.S. My sister totally made fun of me for this “look” and when I had an outfit like this one that I loved, I wrote it weekly, usually on the same day each week. She teased me about that too. Please keep this in mind as I am going to write another blog soon that may mention a few things that I did growing up that were, well, not so nice.

Hourglass

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 2.01.14 PMYou know I love a good memoir and let me be the first to tell you, Hourglass by Dani Shapiro doesn’t disappoint! I find myself forever curious about someone else’s journey and I love when I read something that makes me understand myself better. I find another perspective offers comfort when it is something I can relate to, and even when it is not directly applicable to me, I find it increases my ability to be more compassionate.

I don’t want to share too much in case you plan to read this book but I will mentioned that there are so many thought provoking ideas for consideration and  a few beautifully written sentences that I read over and over because they deserved that level of attention. (You know the kind that stay with you long after you finish the book.)

This was one of my favorite passages:

“How do you suppose time works? A slippery succession of long hours adding up to ever-shorter days and years that disappear like falling dominoes? Near the end of her life, Grace Paley once remarked that the decades between fifty and eighty feel not like minutes, but seconds.”

I also loved her introduction of several thought provoking quotes and poems including,”Could Have” by Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska. She  said she typically gives the poem to her students and asks them to write about what could have happened.

It could have happened.
It had to happen.
It happened earlier. Later.
Nearer. Farther off.
It happened, but not to you.You were saved because you were the first.
You were saved because you were the last.
Alone. With others.
On the right. The left.
Because it was raining. Because of the shade.
Because the day was sunny.

You were in luck — there was a forest.
You were in luck — there were no trees.
You were in luck — a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,
A jamb, a turn, a quarter-inch, an instant . . .

So you’re here? Still dizzy from
another dodge, close shave, reprieve?
One hole in the net and you slipped through?
I couldn’t be more shocked or
speechless.
Listen,
how your heart pounds inside me.

 

Thought provoking, right?