mother’s day gift ideas {twelve of them + 1 that gives back}

Hello and how I’ve missed you!

It’s May first and and we are finally into Spring – a season of new beginnings.  I hope you’ve been able to take in the beauty of the sunshine and handful of warmer days.  With Mother’s day and summer arriving, I wanted to share twelve gift ideas with you based on what I am seeing from designers for this season.  Most of these items are from Neiman Marcus and the timing could not be more perfect as they are having 25% off for friends and family today through Saturday {some exclusions apply}.

As well I am sharing a gift/card idea that gives back to an organization in Boston doing wonderful things to help women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty get back on their feet.




1 | This fragrance from Creed is like summer in a bottle – it is very uplifting with notes of bergamot, lime, coconut, hibiscus, jasmine and tropical wood. A scent that can easily be worn all summer long.

2 | GOOP came out with her latest book sharing integrated health and wellness tips, including some of her delicious and healthy recipes, product and exercise recommendations for clean beauty.

3 |  Pool slides are such a trend this summer.  These adorned versions by Tory Burch would make for a really fun {and practical} gift.

4 | This pillow is referred to as the ‘age delay pillow’, in a shape to cradle the face, made with a smooth satin finish for the delicate skin on your face to minimize lines created from more traditional sheets/pillows.

5 | This luxurious body oil by Tata Harper is made in small batches in Vermont.  It smells like a bouquet of roses & is hydrating yet fast absorbing, so it doesn’t leave the skin greasy.   This product is made of botanical ingredients and is 96% organic.  I have used a number of body oils and find this one to be the most effective in terms of hydration.  The quality and scent makes it a beautiful gift.

6| I came across this florist on Instagram, and love her flower hat boxes.  She is based out of Newton MA, so you would have to check on delivery depending on your geography, but what a lovely gift to send to the mother’s in your life.

7 | Who wouldn’t want a fabulous beach towel?  These round designs by the Beach People are the only towel you need this summer.

8| This sandal is a basic with a flair.  I have a different version of this sandal and have to say it is incredibly comfortable for walking.  The neutral color palette makes it easy to wear with just about anything.

9 | Bell-sleeves are everywhere this season.  This take on them is subtle but elegant for those cooler summer days/nights.

10| Oversized sunglasses are always a good idea.  These square sunnies  by Karen Walker  are my current favorite.

11|  Gucci has hit it out of the park with a lot in terms of their designs – particularly these slides.  They are comfortable, practical and would truly make an outfit.

12| This handmade straw sun hat is super fun for the beach and a fabulous silhouette.

Mother’s Day gifts are always fun to give and get, but the gifts that make the most impact are often those that give back.  The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston is an exceptional daytime women’s shelter that helps change lives with unconditional support, dignity and tools to help women suffering from poverty and homelessness get back on their feet.  They are not federally funded and rely on individual and corporate donations, as well as funds they raise through their own events.   Each mother’s day they create a card designed by one of their guests.

For $25 you can order one for a mother you know to be personalized and mailed.  The $25 donation will go towards nutritious meals and other critical support services they provide for women – A $25 donation provides a nutritious meal for 14 women – it is one of the best Mother’s Day cards you can buy.

Wishing you a beautiful start to May!


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valentine’s day gift guide

For those of you affected by the snow, I hope you stayed safe and warm during the storm.  Valentine’s day is coming up so I thought I’d share a round-up of some fabulous gifting ideas for your Valentine this year.


For her {or yourself!}
1 | Sophia Webster nude sandal {also comes in a great slide}
2 | La Perla lingerie set {so pretty!}
3 | Roses candle
4 | Pink Ombre Rose Cake {gorgeous!}
5 | Metallic Rose heart BKR water bottle
6 | Impatiens flower drop earrings
7 | Brass heart bottle stopper
8 | For your little one.  This sweet rose Burberry puffer
9 | Tata harper love potion {smells amazing} and lip and cheek tint
10| Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer {obsessed}

For Him:
11 | Gazelle suede sneaker
12 | Fendi Monster eyes IPhone 6 cover
13 | Jonathan Adler tic tac toe set
14 | Gecko print swim trunks
15 | Feather bow tie {made in Charleston SC}
16 | Suede penny driving mock
17 | David Yurman Titanium Cuff
18 | Kiehl’s limited edition age defender collection
19 | Dark chocolate maraschino cherries

Wishing you a wonderful winter/Valentine’s weekend,

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a 2017 reset

Well it’s almost February, and I am just getting to sharing my January thoughts with you.  I hope you had wonderful holidays and that your 2017 is off to a good start.  I took some time away from work at the beginning of the year to reset my mind, body, and home {especially my closets!}.  The end of the year is always so hectic both personally and professionally, I knew before I entered another busy season, I needed to take a step back and regroup.

Here are some of the elements that I’ve integrated into my routine to carry me through the year during the busy times for optimal health and mindfulness.


1 | Two years ago, when I did a similar thing, I tossed all plastic storage Continue reading

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A few of my favorite things | December

Happy Post Christmas, pre-New Year’s Eve,

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty exhausted, yet incredibly content and grateful for another beautiful holiday.  This month I have been inspired by silver and white tones both in fashion and home décor.  In fact, I designed my Christmas tablescape & décor around this inspiration.

Wishing you a relaxing week in-between holidays and hoping you have some exciting New Year’s Eve plans in the works!


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holiday wishes

Happy Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah!

I wanted to take an opportunity to wish each and every one of you a holiday  filled with love, joy,  peace in your hearts & homes, and gratitude. I hope you are able to spend them surrounded by the people who mean the most to you.

This photo below is special because a dear friend of mine shot it at his magical home in Maine.  I thought it captured the essence of the peace, magic and  beauty that I wish for you this holiday and for 2017. {source}


Thank you for being a part of this journey with me and for another year of your support and loyalty, I am grateful to you beyond words.

Merry, happy and bright holidays to you.



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Gift Guide | 12 gifts for Her

Ten days until Christmas, how did that happen? Deadlines for shipping are approaching so this will be my last gift guide for this season.  I am likely hosting Christmas Day this year for the first time, so I hope to share some menu and entertaining inspiration with you next week as I pull my own thoughts and ideas together.  In the meantime,  I’ve included great gift ideas for her, including a few things on my own Christmas list.


Pilates for your face
An empowering yoga tank
A fabulous pair of kicks
For the spirit junkie
A beautiful body oil
A statement necklace that gives back
Rose gold water bottle
A puffer vest
For his or her sunglasses
Serious fashion for your phone
The latest in hair care
Healthy & delicious recipes in a jiffy
A fresh scent
A timeless clutch
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10 Holiday Gifts | For Him

Happy Weekend!

I hope you have some fun holiday parties this weekend and that you are keeping warm with this winter chill.  Below are my top 10 gift suggestions for the men in our lives this holiday season.


for the fashionable car enthusiast
a fabulous toiletry bag 
for the whiskey enthusiast
a super-fun & smart workout
a modern classic
for a weekend away
advice for a foodie
A shoe wardrobe staple
The gift that keeps on giving
for the traveling presenter
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12 Holiday Hostess Gifts

Happy black Friday and official kick-off to holiday shopping!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The time between now and Christmas is so short, I’ve committed to myself to finish my holiday shopping by the end of day Monday so I can focus on enjoying the holidays with my family and friends.  There are incredible deals in-stores and on-line starting today.

I thought I would kick-off the holiday season with my 12 picks for Holiday Host/Hostess gift ideas.  These would also work as holiday gifts for a variety of people on your list and make an impression on hostesses gracious enough to open their doors to their guests this holiday season.


a scented bauble | $15.00
swanky thank you notes | $30.00
a glamorous Christmas Ornament | $68.00
holiday beauty staples | $39
a treasure from the sea | $125
A book of beaches | $40
Christmas sweater cookies | $38
a lovely bottle of red wine {order here with complimentary delivery in Boston!} | $33
an indulgent & luxurious candle | $90
for the cocktail guru {or candy snob} | $65
THE wine openers of wine openers | $350
a Jo Malone Christmas cracker | $45

Happy Holidays – wishing you the best on your Black Friday adventures!



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fashion to fête

With all of the fashion week shows happening around the globe, and the holidays in a little over a month, {can you believe it?}, I thought I’d share some inspiration on how design inspiration can translate from fashion to events and entertaining seamlessly.


Plate | Shoes
Yellow & White Fashion | Tablescape
Bracelet | Cake
White fashion | Tablescape
Red tablescape | Red street style
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a few of my favorite things | September

Wow, Fall is here!  Fashion week in NY has come and gone, Fashion Week Boston is kicking off tonight {you can learn more about the events and access tickets here}, and just like that we are more than half way through September.  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite things of the moment.  In addition to Fall fashions, this transitional season inspires me entertain at home more often especially as we approach the holidays. It’s also the perfect time for hot tea drinks and cozy cashmere sweaters.



1 |  I love this quote by entertaining maven Ina Garten. When you entertain, Continue reading

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