Friday, July 30, 2010


I did not intend to write three posts in a row about magazines.  But this is way too fitting to not mention.  Hollister Hovey just wrote about an old publication, Holiday .  I had completely forgotten about this magazine but now seeing their post, I recall seeing a few old issues in the ks creative department.  I might need to start collecting these!  I especially love the one of the Christmas trees on Park Avenue.


Take Me Home, Country Road

Fireflies in mason jars. 
The perfect Blueberry Betty recipe.
Tips on preserving mercury glass ornaments. 

Country Home returns to newsstands in September after a year and a half hiatus.  Just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas ideas! 

{Image via Magazine Agent }

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Secret South

I was introduced to the magazine, Garden & Gun, not too long ago and immediately wondered what I had been missing!  It's all about the South and the imagery is nothing short of wonderful.  Just take a look at these covers and you'll see why I fell in love.  Thank you, Miss Foshee, for the introduction!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

By Chance

The world is aflutter with the news about newly launched, Chance.  When I clicked on the website, it almost made me cry.  Chance was created by Julia Leach, former EVP/Creative Director of kate spade.  I'm so very nostalgic about my days in New York, specifically my six years at kate spade.  I always felt as though Julia was my secret guardian angel.  She hired me when the first kate spade store was the size of a tiny broom closet on Thompson Street and was always a peaceful presence when I migrated to the corporate office.  Jay Chiat of Chiat Day was her mentor.  What she doesn't know, is that she was mine...because she took a chance on me.  And so it stands to reason that I feel proud of her new venture, not to mention that I'm in love with every aspect of it!  I'd like to think she named the sun hat after me (wink).  Congratulations, Julia!  xoxo      

Images via Thayer Gowdy & Lox Papers

Bink & Boo

I wish I had found these darling booties when Stella was little.  I love that Bink and Boo shared with us their inspiration for them.  And how cool that the fabric was purchased at an estate sale.   

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Jim Zivic

Tiffany Wheat & I were the two Tiffanys for a long time back when we both worked for kate spade.  And for this reason, we were even forced to sing karaoke together at the company's annual summer boat party.  That was many moons ago.  Now she is married to Jim Zivic, a furniture designer who has created his works of art for the likes of Tom Ford, Yoji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, and more locally, Austin-based, Cravotta Studios.  When she shared Jim's website with me, I immediately fell for these leather storage bins, which are also available in felt in great colorways.  They are made in the US and the leather is complete cut vs being pieced together.  Now, these would make work fun, wouldn't they? 

Friday, July 23, 2010

petite alma

Oh, I'm so excited that petite alma is back on-line.  Once Stella can write her own letters, I plan on ordering her stationery from this "tiny atelier".  

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Behind The Scenes

You've probably seen the current Lonny story on the Highland Lake home of Deborah Lloyd, co-president and creative director of kate spade
But have you seen the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot?  Take a peek here: 

Also, kate spade home will be on sale on Rue La La on July 24.  If only they'd bring back the rose bowl with giant gold dots so I could add to my collection.

Image via WSJ

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Merci Beaucoup

Dear Empire Baking Company, I ran off with your March 2010 Food & Wine issue from your stack of magazines.  This is what you get for not having any more Chicken and Romaine Salads left when I came in today.  And for residing dangerously close to Baby Gap and Paper & Chocolate.  xoxo

While in Paper & Chocolate, my go-to for greeting cards, I learned a valuable lesson.  I was searching for the Thank You cards only to find out that they carry very little Thank Yous and suggest instead that you buy a beautiful card that is blank inside.  Apparently, proper
etiquette states that if the card reads, "thank you", on the front, you should not use the words, "thank you", again in your written message on the inside.  I love little tid-bits like that!  So I bought this blank card below by Natalie Wargin
She has beautiful cards for every occasion.  Here are two others I liked:
I picked up some from Tokyo-Milk as well.  They are much more special in person as they are laid paper frosted with hand-glittered accents.  

And this is perfect since we seem to have an invasion of crickets in Dallas lately and everybody that I've told that they should not be killed because they are considered good-luck had never heard of this Chinese belief.

Monday, July 19, 2010

On A Personal Note

We moved into a new (old) house just a few weeks ago.  So we feverishly scrambled to get some things into place in anticipation of family coming for a visit this past weekend. 
We hung paintings:
and painted shutters & bought flowers:
and monogrammed guest pillow shams (that need ironing again):
and recovered a little desk chair in Manuel Canovas striped fabric:
It was a long weekend filled with lots of laughing, pizza from Campisi's Egyptian Lounge, and fun with siblings and cousins who are like siblings.  Speaking of, my cute-as-a-button cousin, Courtney will be leaving TCU this fall to attend a journalism program in DC on scholarship.  While there, she'll be Bob Schieffer's first ever intern at CBS. I'm so proud of her and love her from the top of her head (we thought it was funny that she is the same height as Stella’s growth chart):
….to the bottom of her Renee Caovilla adorned toes (how cute are these sandals?!):
After a few nights in Dallas, our entire crew then took a mini road trip.  Here’s another set of cousins, Macey & Stella, with their Aunt Mindy, my sister.  These were happy girls with their DVD player and never-ending supply of goldfish crackers: 
 Once at the hotel, they couldn't resist jumping on the bed.  Who can?

A Reason To Have A Party

Remember my file for party ideas?  I might need to have a party just so I can use these adorable place cards by Timeless Paper. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Brooks Brothers

For the first time in it's 192-year history, Brooks Brothers debuts a children's collection.  Gingham, pea coats, plaid, Fair Isle, oh my!