So I just made my first purchase on The Real Real and am waiting anxiously for delivery. I'm most excited to see the item (of course) and how everything is packaged; it's important to me. Presently, I'm really impressed with Mr. Porter. I won't say what was purchased, you'll just have to see it on me!
If you're not familiar with The Real Real, the always chic Marcy Carmack and team have thought of something quite clever. Think GILT but vintage, Hermes and Louis Vuitton to Balenciaga and Chanel, and up to 90% off retail price. Sound intriguing? Join here.
"Your new closet is ready"... for shoes that is. I like seeing those words but, even better, I love that all shoes are $49.95 at Sole Society. First, take their fun style quiz (Are you bohemian or more classic?) and they will come up with a nicely curated selection of designer quality shoes. No monthly fees, free shipping, and you can cancel at any time. And yes, I did get a pair of lovely summer sandals. Here's how it works...
Love love the idea and convenience of the newly opened Dry Bar on Fillmore. Whether it's date night, girl's night out, or you just want that post-salon look, leave it to the Dry Bar to make your hair look its best. A wash and blowout are only $35. How great is that?
Not since Wayne Thiebaud have I stared dreamingly at food on canvas...until now. Each of these paintings, by Joël Penkman, is a miniature masterpiece - the saturated colors, curated menu of treats, and detail. I just love this wall of English eats, especially the crumbs around the pork pie.
Wonder if I can get my mince pies to look like as good as his this Christmas. You can view and purchase his lovely collection here.
I love this certificate of appreciation card from luxe paperie; it's a great idea for those dads who want something you cannot get from a shop. Here, you can give him that 5 hour bike ride that he rarely gets to take these days or time alone on the deck reading the entire Sunday paper or a dozen of his favorite homemade cookies. Whatever it is, deliver your personalized message with style. He'll love it!
For my son's 5th birthday, he really wanted a Star Wars theme party. Since we were having the party at a gym, I kept it simple with just a few basic items to carry the theme.
If it's true that invitations set the mood, these cards from the invitation boss were the perfect find. And, inserting my son's face for Luke's was the best gift of all. It's a little kitschy but so cute for the young ones.
Finally, the cake. Each year, it's a tradtion for my spouse and kids to select their birthday cakes from Birthday Cakes: Recipes and Memories from Celebrated Bakers. I got this book just before my daughter turned one, with the intention of using it for her birthday every year. The recipes have been an indispensable resource for all kinds of cakes for family and friends.
My son's favorite for the past few years has been Emily Luchetti's Grandmother's chocolate cake topped with Marion Cunningham's buttercream frosting. This year, buttercream was gray, which was fun to make for my crude interpretation of the Millennium Falcon.
Finally, after bouncing on bungee swings and jumping on trampolines, we sent tired kids home with light sabers and storm trooper wrist bands. Boy parties are much easier than girl ones ;)