Fathers Day Gift Ideas

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It’s Father’s Day this weekend, 5 days left to snag something for Dad.  We have been so crazed with end of the school year activities, I have yet to take my girls out to find something special for Daddy.  If you are like me and you are in the market for a last minute gift, here are some ideas:

I love this monogrammed tie case from Mark & Graham.  The the case itself is sleek and distinguished with the subtle monogram placement, it’s a fantastic gift choice.

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My husband LOVES hot sauce.  The Collection from Senor Lechuga, would be a great gift for any dad who likes it hot.  This small batch hot sauce, handmade with the best ingredients in Brooklyn, NY, promises to knock his socks off without losing the delicious flavor.

 

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These light weight polarized sunglasses by Goodr are great looking and made for the active guys, specifically runners.  And for under $50, they are a steal!!

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Every guy needs a catchall, this camo leather version also from Mark & Graham would make a great Father’s day gift.

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Talk about doing the work for you.  This Tie-bar + Mark & Graham gift set is so sharp and comes in a bunch of color stories.  I am loving the red and blue, the set goes perfectly together without being matchy matchy.

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The perfect tee!  I love to buy my husband staples, he would wear the same t-shirt for the rest of his life if it were up to him.  Everlane has an awesome selection of clothing essentials.   This tee comes in 18 different colors and is only $18, get a bunch for dad for a gift he’ll definitely use.

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My hubby loves Jack Black products, although he rarely splurges on them.  A standard stocking stuffer in our house, this Jack Black grooming kit would make a great Father’s Day gift. dc39ba55706eff8cdbb400b5dc2edf29

All the guys I know love lawn games, get him these unfinished cornhole boards and let him pick a cool decal to personalize them.  Corn-hole board’s decals

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Good luck shopping.

xo

D

 

Guest Blogger Series: Father’s Day Edition

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Dear friend and style enthusiast Jamie Gorgas and I met recently to discuss my vision for Bennetts & Madison and to brainstorm development ideas for it’s future.   Jamie has worked in fashion for years and has a keen eye for style.  As Bennetts & Madison takes shape, I am happy to announce that Jamie will be a regular contributor.  She wrote a sweet personal piece on Father’s Day
Father’s Day : How to make it special…
Pete and I often say we’d rather spend money on an “experience” than a “thing”. Every holiday, birthday, special occasion I try to be creative and strive to be out of the box…I get this fro

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m my father who was always so good at surprises and unexpectedness…However, some of my most favorite memories and times I shared with my Dad were not about the crazy or unexpected surprises…they were simple and quiet times we had at home.
As a parent, I realize how important it is to have those moments highlighted in your life so you can revert back and reminisce. It means everything.
BACK TO BASICS
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One of my favorite memories was camping in the back yard with a tent, sleeping bag, tons and tons of pillows. I even remember how it smelled in the tent. It was an exciting adventure in my 8 year old mind and I’ll never forget it.
For Father’s Day, my role as the Mom, there are a couple of things I wanted to contribute to enhance the experience….

Your tent can be illuminated by these fun mason jars with wire lights that you can find at the super market and drug store. I might add a great table light for a summer party as well!

  1. Flickering Battery Operated Candle 2. Fairy Lights 3. Ball jars

In this day and age with every kind of technology at our finger tips, I want to make sure I tap into the things I loved as a kid and give those experiences back to be cherished. A night of finger puppets stands out for me. And all you need is a flash flight…ok maybe the flashlight app…

  1. LLBean LED Rechargeable Flashlight 2. Felt Finger Puppets from Etsy

It’s such a great way to get creative and let your imagination and your kids’ run wild. Even better in a tent.

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Lastly, a way to capture it all…

And back to technology a bit.
There is a great app called 8mm. Take videos of everything on your phone using the camera on this app. It allows you to use an array of vintage filters from  “film noir” to “60s”…whatever speaks to you.

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Pick your fav and you’ll make a full blown “Wonder Years” keepsake. You can pair the videos with songs in your library so, yes, With a Little Help From My Friends by Jo Cocker with your video and you are golden.
One of my favorites is Lucky Man by The Verve. It resinates with me and moves me to tears every time. Play for Dad on his special day and it’s pure magic.
Also bacon, that seems to work too…

 

PS…

  1. How cute are these matching family pjs
  2. Keep their feet warm with these cozy camp socks
  3. If you don’t own a tent this one from LLBean is awesome we bought it last year
  4. I love the plaid fabrics these pillows are covered in.
  5. Make it super comfy with this air-mattress
  6. Everyone can sleep together in this huge sleeping bag

 

xoxo

D

Memorial Day Selects: Day 3

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Ok, so I have to start by saying…I’m sorry, I failed to post every single day, as promised.  Where I would typically feel defeated for not rising to the challenge (a challenge I set for myself) I am seeing this as an opportunity.  This blogging thing, is not easy, that is a fact, but I’m thrilled to be doing it and I am using my “failure as fuel”.  A dear friend and childhood teammate posted a commencement speech given by Abby Wambach this week, it resonated, so much so that it brought me to tears.  It resonated not only with my 16 year old soccer-playing-self but also with the adult-mother of three girls-me, hustling to live my best life and be my best self.  Every failure, set back, moment where you feel judged is an opportunity to conjure the “wolf” (as Abby put it) in us, to overcome our fears and change the story.  This article written by a reporter for the Chicago Tribute did a beautiful job highlighting the speech’s most powerful points.   Ok, with that out of the way…back to the regularly scheduled program;)

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Let the games begin!!   We kick off with a pool party this afternoon and the festivities continue throughout the weekend.  Whether you are hosting or party hopping you’ll have some level of party prep responsibility.  This post is dedicated to the indoor and outdoor party decor and hostess gifts that will enhance your party experience.

INDOOR DECOR

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My house is filled with blue and white decor, making it easy to nail a patriotic color scheme by adding red with fresh flowers, flags etc.   Blue and white ginger jars are among my favorite accent items for any space, they can be found in every room of my house.  This, this and this from Aerin for William Sonoma would be perfect used as vases for a patriotic party.  I would use these blue and white gingham napkins from Wayfair year round, with these red and white gingham drink napkins and you have your perfectly patriotic napkin pair.   How cute is this vintage Airstream cookie jar from Pier 1.   Back to Aerin for WS, I would literally buy everything in the collection if given the chance but have been eyeing the blue scalloped edge pieces for a while now.   I love these subtle American Flag plates, too.  Finally, you could use these spatulas yourself or bring them to a party as an adorable hostess gift.

 

OUTDOOR DECOR

 

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If you are planning to host outside these retro drink coolers are perfection, it comes in red, white and blue.   I am thinking they would make an awesome Father’s Day gift, filled with the Mr.’s favorite beverages.  Always game for a photo prop, these are adorable.   Red, white and blue paper straws are a great touch for any patriotic party.  Amazon has an abundant selection of Flags, in all sizes.   This flag bunting from etsy on a yard fence or hanging of a deck would be adorable.   No outdoor party is complete without yard games, these red, white and blue Bocce balls from CB@ fit the bill.    We had a balloon garland for my daughter’s First Holy Communion celebration this month, while they look awesome when finished, be prepared for a least an hour of labor and frustration putting it together, snag this patriotic version on Etsy.   Stock your bar with these “Party in the USA” napkins, cover your tables with this or this and supply guest with these cute star plates and cups.

HOSTESS GIFTS

 

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You could say hostess gifts are my “jam”.  I love finding thoughtful gifts that are selected with the host in mind or specifically for the occasion, it always feels like a fun challenge for me.  This book was written by a family friend of ours from our beach club on Long Island.  I’ve given up on the idea that I might ever be able to make a burger as delicious as his, but his book has given me the opportunity to try (another great Father’s Day gift option).  This candle, diffuser set from the Aerin for WS collection would  make a lovely gift and is on sale right now.   We are suckers for big square ice cubes in our house, they make for such a cool looking cocktail.  I love the idea of pairing this ice cube tray with this chic wine and bottle opener set both from Anthro, perhaps add a bottle of red for the perfect “red, white and blue” hostess gift.   Giving a living plant as a hostess gift can bring beauty to  a person’s home for years, this gorgeous Hydrangea in a scalloped stripe pot from Terrain would make any hostess thrilled.   Finally for the parties that go into the later hours, how fun are these star sparklers for a festive hostess gift.

 

Mini Memorial Day Selects: Day 2

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Memorial Day kicks off summer and is the first of the 3 big patriotic holidays of summer,  we are super excited.   Our sweet little town, with a main street that looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, holds an awesome Memorial Day parade.    Unfortunately, for the past couple of years mother nature has not cooperated and the parade has been cancelled, making the focus of the holiday more about ushering in summer than commemorating our veterans.   Especially for the kids who need the visual cues of the vintage army vehicles to understand the true gravity of the day.  It’s important to me that my girls understand why we wear red, white and blue; that there are people who have fought and are fighting for our country and we are honoring them, not just scarfing down delicious hot dogs and hamburgers poolside;)

On a less serious note and getting back to my week long Memorial Day Selects, as promised.  Today I am sharing my Mini selects with you.   I have three little girls, therefore my “Mini posts” automatically skew “girly”, however, there are few things cuter than a well dressed little boy, looking ever so pumped about what the celebration has to offer.  I will try to incorporate “boy looks” where I can in my Mini posts.  Patriotic pieces are not difficult to find right now, most online shopping destinations have a curated sections of red, white and blue pieces, here are some of my faves:

Rompers and jumpsuits

Janie and Jack almost never disappoints, although I’d much prefer to buy their clothes on sale than full price.  When ever I scroll through their collections, I almost always say to myself “I wish this came in my size”.  Clearly I am not alone in that sentiment as the brand launched a “Mommy and Me” collection last spring.  Ok, on to my selects:  1. The vibrant hue and gingham bows of this ponte romper from J&J make it a stand out!    2. My girls are super active so this soft knit, roll sleeved, striped romper would be perfect with navy sneaks. 3.   This J&J windowpane romper with a single shoulder bow is tres chic and is one of those I wish they made it in my size.  4.  How cute is this striped jumpsuit for the littler minis, seen here on Amber Venz’s, of LiketoKnow.it, daughter Birdie.    5. MiniBoden how I love thee,  this strappy frill romper screams summer and 6. I’m gaga for this denim, star print Jumpsuit.

Tops and Shorts

This oh so French, striped, ruffled top again from J&J (do you notice a theme yet;)) with white denim cut-offs and red Zara bow sneaks would be such playful and chic outfit.   I’d pair this J&J tiered, peplum top with any one of the four pairs of shorts pictured below.  Actually, come to think of it, you could put your cutie in any one of these three tops with any one of these four shorts and they would look darling.  For your reference: (clockwise from left) 1. J&J Striped Ruffle top 2. Crewcuts white jean shorts 3. J&J royal shorts with crochet embellished pockets 4. J&J navy twill shorts with button front pockets 5. J&J red scalloped twill shorts 5. Crewcuts slightly retro royal smocked top 6. J&J All American striped tiered top

Kicks

There are so many good shoe options for the Mini’s to add to their Memorial day attire.   I selected a few that I love:  1. My girls would die for these scalloped edge red wedges from the Gap, they love anything with the slightest heel  2. Simple H&M Red sandals with floral appliqué 3. Adorable Navy with white polka dot H&M elastic lace slip on sneaks 4. My fave, Red espadrilles with adjustable laces from Zara 6. for the boys (or girls) Navy Adidas collegiate sneakers 7. Red New Balance 24/7 sneakers

Pool Pieces

I am slightly obsessed with navy and white striped anything, a touch nautical and a touch French.   Which is why more than half of the next group of selects are navy and white striped prints.  There are loads of read white and blue options in the swim wear category.  I have to admit my favorite of this section is the Boys star swim trunks, I think it’s the background color that has me swooning.  From left to right and around clockwise 1. I love a cute flouncy one shoulder suit, this one from Crewcuts Factory is adorable 2. H&M hits the mark with this equally cute navy and white striped one piece, not to mention you can’t beat H&M’s prices 3. Cat and Jack’s rash guard – one piece combo with a peplum skirt, adorbs 4. this red and navy rash guard for the Mr. minis, is simple and classic 5. Here is another J&J winner 6. My favorite the J&J Star Swim trunks 7. J&J Gingham and eyelet one piece suit.

Boy oh Boy

Let’s hear it for the boys.  I try not to lament the fact that I don’t have a little dude to dress everyday.  My husband would say that he bares the burden of that missing piece in our puzzle, as I offer my opinion on his outfit choices more often than he would like;)  If I did have a Mr mini, I would have pulled the trigger on these pieces for the weekend.

1. I’m loving the tone red in this Short-sleeved shirt in cotton pique with a ribbed collar from H&M 2. nostalgic and cute this top gun graphic tee is rad 3. J&J has so many cute button down options for boys, I am loving this perfectly patriotic rolled cuff version  4. Jcrew Factory Boys’ Gramercy short in sunwashed oxford blue, pair of chambray shorts is a must for little boys and would go with all three of the tops,  5. these cotton-linen combo are a classic, comfy pull-on short from Crewcuts that’s built for all-day play.

You’re So Fancy

What would a Mini’s post from moi be without a handful of dresses.  Ever the “Fancy Nancys” my girls are gluttons for girly frocks.  1. this easy drop-waist cotton dress from Boden is great for everyday wear or ideal for your Memorial Day BBQs, it has the most precious bubble edging and pin-tucked detailing simple and sweet.  2. Also from Mini Boden, but a bit more formal this white dress with royal embroidery adorned with the sweetest bow detail 3. This Tucker and Tate racer-back tank dress from Nordstrom is the perfect playful dress for a party especially if you are celebrating MD somewhere nautical, p.s. if you haven’t checked out Tucker and Tate on Nordstrom.com…you are missing out 4. J&J makes this striped frock in “firework red” and navy…  5. I am admittedly not a fan of the “cold shoulder” trend, for some reason though, I find it perfectly cute on minis…this blue and white gingham open shoulder dress from H&M is $18…WHAAAT!!

Ok, that’s all for now folks…

xoxo

D

Memorial Day Selects: Day 1

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Here’s the plan:  everyday this week I am going to share my selects for Memorial Day in reference to the topic I chose for that day.  Whether it be, Memorial Day fashion, parties/bbqs, minis, Mr. looks and gear, I’ll try to touch on it all.  Today, to kick off the themed week, I am going to start with my outfit picks for the weekend

Outfit 1

These Kate Spade gingham bow oversize pearl earrings are so cute with this simple scalloped edged one shoulder top, I’d wear with high waist navy sailor shorts, these amazing red, white and blue Gucci espadrille wedges and this perfect summer tote with bamboo handles.

 

Outfit 2

I am dying to buy a Petersyn top this summer, they are a little pricey at just under $300, but I love the detailing.  Low square neckline, smocking, peplum skirting and puffy sleeves, can you say vacation ready…  If I were to score this navy and white Petersyn top for the weekend, I’d wear with white cutoffs, red block heel sandals,  a royal Cult Gaia acrylic Ark bag,  how pretty is this David Yurman bracelet

 

Outfit 3

Who doesn’t love the perfect white tee, I’m convinced Petite Bateau makes the most perfect t-shirt.  One of my best friends gave me a turquoise PB t-shirt when we were in high-school.   I was surprised every time I put it on how much I loved the way it fit.   I now have many many white Petite Bateau t-shirtsThis MinkPink red, white and blue maxi skirt with buttons and a flounce, red block heels, red statement earrings and a Cult Gaia tortuous shell acrylic bag.

 

Outfit 4

Jcrew swimwear has long been a go to for flattering, affordable yet adorable suits.  This ’18 Spring Summer collection does not disappoint.  This tipped seersucker underwire(a must for me) shoulder-tie one-piece is so cute, with this effortless semi-sheer cotton Loup Charmant’s navy midi wrap skirt and Marc Jacobs gold flat slides from Zappos Luxury (I had no idea that Zappos carried high end footwear, score one for the online shoppers:)) add a touch of red with these super reasonable statement earrings and I see the perfect pool party outfit.  After a dip in the pool, cover-up in this lightweight navy embroidered beach cover-up…it’s on sale!!

 

Outfit 5

I am a huge fan of Perfect Moment Sports, I love my retro ski gear from the brand.   The brand has been creating ski gear for more than 20 years and is now offering high functioning active wear, with a retro flare.  Their clothing is similar to Aviator Nation, another one of my favorite brands.  This red, white and blue striped one-piece is calling my name, the grey marled sweat shirt with retro striped arm bands is a new item in my active wear wardrobe, with white cut-offs and summer staple sneaks navy Superga with my RWB adidas hat from PacSun!

 

Peonies Please

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It’s the Friday before Mother’s Day, the 11th of May and I’ve inevitably got peonies on the brain.  The flower is my favorite, with out question, I love the smell, the different stages of it’s bloom, the variance of colors, the time of year we are graced with it’s beauty, there are so many reasons, really.

I’m dedicating this mini-post to all things Peony.   The flower inspires clothing, home goods, beauty, parties, pastries, I could go on and on.

This pleated flare sleeved sweater in the prettiest shade of “peony” from Ann Taylor is so sweet, worn with white jeans and these linen and cork wedges for Mother’s Day brunch, makes the perfect ultra fem, casual and comfy outfit.

OMG this Rebecca Taylor, Peony Pinwheel Dress is beautiful and looks super comfortable.   Add these nude Vince Camuto block heels and accessorize with these Lizzie Fortunato fringe earrings, you are good to go!

For the approaching swimsuit weather days I am drooling over this Marysia Swim – Maillot One Piece in Peony, the price is more than I like to spend on swimwear but I’m still all “hearteyes”.   These Jcrew shades are darn cute.

Honorable mentions

  1. Ann Taylor Pintuck Ruffle Shell 2. Likely Driggs Dress in Peony 3. Coach Crosby Driver Loafer 4. Coach 1941 Rogue Pebble Leather Bag 5. Seven for All Mankind Ankle Skinny in peony

And finally, here are a few other peony items I am swooning over:

1. Bloom de Fleur, 2. Tory Burch, Eau de Parfum Set, from Nordstrom 3. Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum 4. Spring Eden’s Reed Diffuser, from Anthro 5. Shelley Hesse Watercolor Flora Wallpaper from Anthro. 6. Mistral Floral Soap Bar from Anthropologie 7. Pottery Barn Faux Peony Wreath in Champagne.

*sorry for the short post today, I am wiped from this week…looking forward to an energizing weekend!!  Happy Mother’s Day Mommas!!

XO

D

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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When asked numerous times over the last couple of weeks, somehow I had it in my head that I didn’t want any “things” for Mother’s Day this year… that a day spent cuddling would suffice.  While, I would thoroughly enjoy a day cuddling, it didn’t take long for me to come up with an extensive list of “things” I would love to receive, who was I kidding.
Every year on Mother’s day, my mother, without fail, says at least once “Mother’s Day should be everyday”, while I get her point, we wouldn’t have this very good excuse to drink mimosas and not have to do the dishes or laundry.   This brings me to my wish list / gift guide.  This year Mother’s Day happens to land on my Anniversary as well so the Mr. has double duty…pray for him;)
BEAUTY
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As I’ve mentioned, I have the hots for Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty collection, if money grew on trees I’d take one of everything.  I have quite a few products from her line at the top of my Mother’s Day wish list.  Pictured below in order from top right to left clockwise, here are my picks, 1. Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, 2. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect 3. Unisex Healthy Glow, Summer Tinted Moisturizer 4. Wonderglow, Instant Soft-focus beauty flash 5. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum 6. Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser 7. and for the completely unnecessary indulgence Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo.

SLEEP

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Every momma needs her beauty sleep and while she’s at it she might as well be sleeping pretty.  I love pajama sets, they are so chic and it makes you look a little less disheveled in the morning, it might even give your children the impression you’ve got things under control.  My sleep wish list consists of the following: 1. Three J NYC, Jackie PJ Set, it’s on sale for under $75, such a steal 2. JCrew Gingham Pajama set at Nordstrom 3. How cute are the Honeydew Intimates, Starlight Terry Sweatshirt and shorts for cooler nights this summer 4. I love a silk pillowcase, I’d love to try this Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase.  5. I have a Slip Pillowcase but need to get a new one, how pretty is this petal pink color.  6. Yes please to the Kiehl’s Sleep Tight Overnight Kit…their nighttime products are tried and true favorites 7. Rejuvenating overnight Tanning Oil…I’m sold, need to try this product from Tan-Luxe

PRETTY THINGS 

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I love love accessories, my taste is fairly simple and classic, I love to bring an outfit together with accessories.  They are also, always a good choice for a gift as there is very little sizing required when buying accessories.   Here are a few that I currently have my eye on:  1. The Tiffany T collection is so beautiful, I love the Cutout White Ceramic and Gold T Cuff  2.  these Deepa Gurnani Sasha Teardrop earrings are so gorgeous 3. Cult Gaia’s bags are without question the it bag of the season, the Ark Mini Amber Clutch is just plain sick. 4.  The Eugenia Kim, sky blue Courtney Fedora is the only hat I need this summer 5. The Chloe Reese Marble Aviator 6. I love the Dorothea bracelet from Oh Joy,  it’s giving my candy bracelet vibes 7. I’ve been eyeing this Bario Neal linear ring for sometime. would be a perfect Mother’s Day / Anniversary combo gift.

HOME GOODS

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Finally, we’ve been working on our house here and there, we had a break through this past month as we prepped for a party at our house last weekend.  I am forever looking for pretty vignette pieces, home scents and lovely table wear.  Aerin Lauder for William Sonoma so perfectly suits my style, I could literally buy every piece.  1. We’be been in search of a great set of sconces for our eat in kitchen area, these Aerin Penz Sconces would be perfect,  2. I am a sucker for a good diffuser, I was given one from Antica Farmacista as a gift once and I am hooked, I would love to try the Cucumber Lotus Flower, 3. the Aerin basket weaved cachepot is so chic, 4. the scalloped edged dinner plates will be mine 5. back to the diffusers, I think Antica Farmacista this gift set would be amazing for a mother in law or a sister 6. we just installed a new custom table and I would love to have these stylish rattan place-mats

 

xo

D

Feeling Blue

If you know me, you know that I love blue and white, it’s a classic, timeless color combo. So it should come as no surprise that I’m using the blues and whites to inspire my mother’s day brunch table.

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Here is an example of a blue and white table executed perfectly!  The use of lemons and oranges add pops of color while not taking away from the simplicity of the table!!

 

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This dress for summer…swoon.

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 The Aerin Collection at William Sonoma has everything you need to accomplish the perfect blue and white table-scape.
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Mother May I…

I’ll take one of each…  Here is my gift guide for Mother’s Day 2017:
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