Our Hostess Gifts for Fall!

Whether you are headed to a Back to School Class Coffee, Halloween Extravaganza or a fabulous Pre-Holiday Cocktail Party here are some FAB gifts to bring along & impress your host or hostess (because bringing a bottle of wine is SO 2008)! Lilly Market Tote These $10 totes are darling & Lilly Pulitzer is always appropriate year round. They hold quite a few groceries or other items that one might collect during a busy shopping outing. They can be customized, but the plain would allow you to keep a few on hand just in case you get a last minute invite! State Oven Mitt I absolutely LOVE these! As with another item you will see later in this post, this is a great gift for someone you might be visiting long distance. It does involve a little pre-planning but what a hit it will … [Read more...]

HGTV Blogger Block Party for the best in DIY and Home Decor

HGTV Magazine's  3rd Annual Blogger Block Party was held in Manhattan this week to coincide with the NYNOW market week at the Javits Center. We attend the super fun and star-studded #bloggerblockparty in New York last week to celebrate HGVT Magazine  and their new September and October issues in the newsstands this month.  Always inspiring us with Home Decorating Ideas, DIY projects and more. HGTV Magazine  showed us they were all about color and the modern style. Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief of HGTV Magazine. Introducing our speakers was the lovely Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief of HGTV's Magazine.   Genevieve Garder of Genevieve's Renovation Designing for Big Impact: Fall Ideas Lots of talk about trends from the perspective of what we see in fashion, Our … [Read more...]

Ultimate College Shopping List!

303fc7c2950e2a00896d7c4d0e4c9a3fc4df3fbe0a6dd14202 Last year I sent my eldest off to school & so I reached out to some current college students to ask them what items they couldn’t live without. This comprehensive list is a great start to the process & it should hopefully make the task a little easier (maybe even a little fun), enjoy! Click here to download & print As you can see it is packed full of goodies from Lilly Pulitzer & kate spade new york to items you can find at Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Kmart, HomeGoods, etc. I love the “move in day essentials” which include a rubber mallet for pounding your bed together (or the futon you bought for your common room) as well as the tape measure & screw driver. I know that a few of the girls I spoke too … [Read more...]

Personalized Back to School Supplies from Frecklebox

My kids are in college & high school now & I’m kicking myself that I didn’t have something like Frecklebox to order their school supplies back when they were younger. The funny thing is though that I’d buy some of these items for my daughter who is entering her Sophomore year in college because they are so darn cute! Here are a few of my favorites that would definitely help keep your kids school supplies organized & the custom options mean that no one will get their gear confused with yours! Personalized Binders The Binders measure 1.5” & will hold up to 300 sheets. There are SO many more to choose from online & the fun part is that when you look at the individual styles there are other coordinating items that go along with the binders so that everything matches … [Read more...]

How to Install Your Home Security Cameras in 5 Easy Steps

Home security is important — only 17% of homeowners have a home security system, and the other 83% are three times more likely to be victims of a burglary. However, professional installation of a home security system can be expensive. DIY-installing video cameras in your home can be an effective way to deter and detect intruders, and the added security can help parents keep an eye on their children from another location. If you live in a large home, you’ll want security cameras to cover all potential access points. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, you likely need only a portable all-in-one device. The great thing about a do-it-yourself security system is that you can customize it to best meet your needs. Below, we show you how simple it is to set up your own DIY security … [Read more...]

Juliska in Stamford LuxeBloggers Event

Last week Jessica and I had the pleasure of hosting a local blogger event at Juliska, in Stamford, CT. I've been a longtime fan of Juliska since spotting them on the pages of my favorite mail order catalog many moons ago. Lucky for us they now have a beautiful 10,00 square foot retail showroom in our neighborhood, equipped with a coffee shop and lunch menu. I have a long wish list of table settings and serving pieces that I would like to add to my collection, so it was fun to preview all the new arrivals and additional products in person. This is a brand that celebrates artful and happy gatherings with unique handcrafted items to enhance any event. And their store is truly a visual delight of table settings, cookbooks, jewelry, gifts and more under one roof! L-R : Jessica and … [Read more...]