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.
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.
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!!
Every guy needs a catchall, this camo leather version also from Mark & Graham would make a great Father’s day gift.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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…
It’s such a great way to get creative and let your imagination and your kids’ run wild. Even better in a tent.
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.
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…
“Why are there so many songs about rainbows…and what’s on the other side?”
I think it’s because they represent something magical, they give us hope and conjure the most positive of vibes, something we are all grasping for in the current climate of our world. I have a particularly personal affinity for rainbows, they have appeared, spectacularly, in the sky, when I needed them most.
There is a clear scientific explanation for rainbows, yet they seem mystical, not to mention, they are beautiful. In fashion, they represent a time when things were less complicated, that revolved around peace, love and inclusion. Rainbows are everywhere right now, I am taking it as a moment of optimism in an otherwise jaded culture.
Here are some rainbow pieces I am loving this season
This OTS bodysuit is back in stock on Revolve.com after being sold out for a little while, hurry if you want to snag one, my guess is it will sell out again
2. I love “sets” and this one from “Lover’s and Friends” is no exception. Makes me think: “Must work on abs.”
3. This sprinkle dot rainbow print blouse is so pretty and playful, perfect for adding color to your work attire.
4. Last in “tops” and certainly not lease is this Caroline Constas OTS blouse, with rainbow stripes…LOVE!
Ok, so I am a sucker for cute sweatpants with high pricetags…it’s sort of a problem. I love these by Lauren Moshi!
2. Spiritual Ganster brand is described as Yoga inspired clothing, swimwear & apparel for high vibration living. These rainbow sweatpants are giving me good vibrations.
3. Le Fave and a recent purchase, the Chaser pastel screen print rainbow sweat-pants are delish!
I love love this Beach Riot for xRevolve suit, not sure how much coverage it would provide the heinie?
2. Also from Beach Riot, I love this subtle tone, one-shoulder rainbow suit!
3. I feel like I owned this suit when I was in my 20s, Jcrew’s seersucker rainbow bikini is making me nostalgic and in my shopping cart!
The Alice and Olivia brand is “all in” on the rainbow trend for SS’18. These shoes are cute look very comfortable to boot.
2. YES, PLEASE!!! I am drooling over these amazing Loubitons
3. For the kiddos, however, I would definitely wear these!!! Jcrew has these adorable Girls’ glitter embellished rainbow slip-on sneakers!!
Can be worn as a coverup or a dress, this airy, playful 9seed cover-up mini was made for beachy breezes and sunny days.
2. This eye catching, OTS, rainbow striped dress is whimsical and summer ready.
3. This adorable metallic rainbow striped dress from Crewcuts, is beyond cute for the littles! An adorable dress that’s perfect for parties (and the playground), in shimmery rainbow colored stripes.
The power suit is back with a vengeance and I am loving it. Is there anything more chic than a perfectly tailored all white suit for day or night…this Rachel Zoe sequin tuxedo has me drooling, it looks amazing on the style icon. I am currently on the hunt for a fabulous new suit, knowing I’ll be taking more meetings for my new venture, my hope is to find a power suit that represents my style and speaks to my aspirations…high expectations, I know, but there are a lot of amazing options out there. A few suit sets from Rachel Zoe’s current collection would fit the bill. For example this denim suit, I mean, yes! Gone are the days where denim on denim is a fashion no-no, in fact, it is très chic to find the perfect double denim look, RZ’s “take” is next level. And how about this ever-so-pink metallic suit. Perfect for a day to night look. Olivia Palermo pictured below, pulls off the all denim suit flawlessly, but let’s be honest what does she not pull off flawlessly?!?
Alice and Olivia’s pieces, similarly to Rachel Zoe’s are feminine, whimsical and sophisticated. I’d pair the Dawn High Waisted Flare Pant with the Renee Side Slit Blazer, described as “expertly tailored blazer with a casual shawl neck and sexy side zips takes tradition and turns it on its head”. This suit from Jcrew, inspired by the designer’s recent trip to Paris, is gorgeous in Oyster Gray. It’s beautiful and can be dressed up or down, I love the double breasted look.
1. Rachel Zoe
2. Rachel Zoe
3. Alice and Olivia
There are so many ways you can do a suit, they don’t have to be boring and frumpy. I’m finding amazing color options, leg lengths and widths, it truly depends on your taste, there is something for everyone. Below, Gwyneth is wearing a simple white double breasted suit with strappy flat sandals, perfection.
I am loving these pretty pink iterations from Revolve. I am a huge fan of the brand Lovers and Friends. How cute is this candy pink set with cropped pants. Amanda Uprichard is another brand I’ve been loving, offering a similar looking pink suit.
1. Lovers and Friends
2. Amanda Uprichard
Tibi also has a great pink suiting option that comes in pink or lavender for a more affordable version check out this adorable River Island double breasted blazer and wide legged pants.
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.
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.
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;)
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
The fashions that done the MET Gala red carpet never ceases to amaze. This year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” made for some seriously fierce looks. I posted my favorites on my instagram feed this am. Here I’ll attempt to source affordable ready to wear look-a-likes. 99% of the attendees could wear a paper bag and make it look stunning but these pieces are show stoppers!
Kendall Jenner, now considered a veteran of the Met Gala red carpet, looked super cool in an Off-White OTS jumpsuit. The piece was fairly simple with a couple stand out details, sheer gloved sleeves and pant legs with trains! Her hair and make-up was flawless. She accessorized with diamond statement earnings and rings from Tiffany & Co.. In the side by side, I’ve pictured this white off the shoulder number from by the way, it’s so reasonable and adorable for summer, I think I have to have it.
The stunning and always elegant Lily Aldridgeis wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection dress with a metallic belt hand-twisted and hand-knotted and finished with Swarovski crystals. She finished her look with a Jimmy Choo clutch and shoes, and Bulgari jewelry. The Privacy Please dress from Revolve is a super reasonable take on the stunning Ralph Lauren look:
Other honorable mentions:
Chriselle x J.O.A. Cocoon Sleeve Dress
Express Wrap Dress
It was Talita von Fürstenberg‘s birthday and she looked like the belle of the ball in a beautiful sky blue gown designed by her legendary grandmother. I’m in love with Amanda Uprichard Amalia Gown for $334, the color is to die for, what a perfect dress for a summer wedding.
Gigi Hadid, always a favorite of mine. I love her style, california cool with a touch of NYC sophistication. She wore an incredible Versace with stain glass window-inspired detail, I can’t stop looking at pictures of the dress. While there aren’t many “real life” versions of this dress…the Michelle Mason dress from Forward.com, bares a resemblance with it’s single sleeve and high slit. I can see this being fabulous at a summer party in the Hamptons.
Gisele nails this event every year, I’m not sold on her look being on theme, but it was gorgeous none the less. The eco friendly custom Versace gown was the perfect color yellow, this Likely one shoulder is giving me similar vibes.
Anna Wintour’s diamond rosary and “Cardinal Chanel” dress were show stoppers. I can’t say that AW is often a muse for my style but in this case I was drooling. The neckline reminded me a bit of Gigi’s dress from 2016’s Met Gala. This Alexis Annabella mock neck sheath dress, has similar lines and texture.
Hailee Steinfeld is quickly becoming a fashion darling. Her style has evolved a great deal over the last couple of years, while maintaining her girly, feminine, youthful core, she has become increasingly more glam and edgy. Her look for last night’s Met Gala was fit for a fashion Queen, she wore a white Prabal Gurung gown, with crystal embellishments and a simple classic “popesque” tiara. This Versace V-neck ruched tulle slip dress on sale for $399 has similar crystal embellishments and lines.
That just about wraps up my red carpet review…What were your favorite looks?
When I slow down and really think about it: each and everyday is made up of small moments that, when compiled, amount to a pretty happy and fulfilling life. Recently, I’ve needed to force myself to take the time appreciate these moments as I’ve felt life becoming overwhelming and even more so overbearing. It’s easy to miss these moments, especially for a busy mom. Mostly, for me, moments of gratification and happiness come from human interaction, they can, however, come from other experiences, those perfectly peaceful 10 minutes of meditation in the morning, the endorphin rush while running on a warm sunny day, an amazing meal, a good hair day, music, a beautifully arranged bunch of flowers from my husband, an “almost” perfectly executed party, just to name a few!
This weekend was a particularly happy one for our family. My oldest daughter received her First Holy Communion. The celebration of this sacrament coincidentally landed on Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. The convergence of all of these events made for fabulously fun day. The weather was perfect, all of the elements came together better than I could have imagined. The planning started months ago, when I found this beautiful dress from Chasing Fireflies, she wore petal pink ballet slipper flats and a flower crown, she was a vision. I wore this ivory Amanda Uprichard midi dress with a flounce, with gold strappy heels and simple gold jewelry. My littlettes wore Oscar de la Renta and Janie and Jack.
My inspo for the party started with a gorgeous girly Cinco de Mayo celebration from It’s a Sparkly Life, it was love at first sight. The idea of planning a party that revolved around Mexican food, using the vibrant colors associated with this fun ethnic holiday to create a stunning aesthetic was a pretty good formula for my party planning prowess.
I had my incredible baker create a very similar cake to the one pictured here, ours had a beautiful cross instead of the 3D flower on top of this one. We served mint juleps in copper mugs like these from William Sonoma and margaritas along side food from one of my very favorite restaurants, Bartaco.
I ordered this fun balloon garland from Etsy along with this white Mexican wedding banner. We watched the Derby and had horse on a stick races in the back yard with the kiddos. To finish off the day we roasted S’mores. This weekend provided me with many of those moments and people that highlight how wonderful life is when you are taking the time to notice.
Weekday mornings, can feel so daunting, never like those commercials or movies where the children come bounding into the kitchen already dressed, sit down gratefully to a table filled with gorgeous, prepared food, get up (when finished) to put their dishes in the sink and fill their own backpacks. Nope, not in my house, I will save you a wince and not attempt to paint a picture of our dysfunctional mornings. Don’t get me wrong my kids are very happy little humans, they love their Eggo waffles and scrambled eggs, I would never give up their mid-kitchen dance parties for anything. That said, getting them out the door on time for school is truly a challenge! For now, we am working with what we’ve got, trying to bring some semblance of organization and calm to our chaotic little house. Eventually, I would like to land somewhere a little closer to the phony, perfectly lit kitchen with everything in place and grateful smiling faces kissing me on the cheek as they bound out the door…I do believe in miracles.
To be fair, my own preparedness, without a doubt, weighs into the equation. I’ve tried a number of tactics, some work, some do NOT. I love gleaning ideas from other moms, although, in my opinion, no single formula works equally well for every family. Here are a few things I’ve tried to help me get to a calmer more organized and punctual place everyday:
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve seen positive results in my own psyche with the use of meditation, of the apps I’ve tried and there are quite a few out there, Headspace was the most user friendly. I’d be lying if I said it’s as simple as getting up every morning and doing it, I’ve had to force myself to have a consistent practice, which is really the only way you see results. My vision for the perfect setting would be in a gorgeous sun-porch or 4 season room, like this stunning vaulted design, that is drenched in sunlight, I’m sitting on a Tulum-esque towel and I’m one with my practice! This room is beyond dreamy from The Lily Pad Cottage:
Outfit planning (the night before):
I’ve found that picking out my own clothes, as well as my girl’s outfits the night before is clutch. Now that my girls are getting a little older and they each have their own style my “picks” are often met with resistance. Recently, I took the kids to JCrew – Crewcuts for a “shopping spree” as they had been given gift certificates. They each picked outfits that fit their unique style, despite the chaos of taking three girls under 10 shopping, it showed them the potential of independence with regard to getting dressed.
Packing lunches the night before is always a solid time saver, we love these bento boxes from Pottery Barn. I am trying to get into the habit of washing and bagging fruit as soon as I get home from the grocery store, these reusable baggies are awesome.
Dry Shampoo is the holy grail to my morning. Most mornings it is as close as I get to clean hair, I actually love the way my hair looks a little dirty with Bastise Dry Shampoo (the best and I’ve tried every dry shampoo that has ever crossed my path:)) it adds the perfect amount of much needed volume. I have my eye on this curling iron, it automatically grabs your hair and curls it perfectly with out it snagging like other automatic wands.
Ok, that is all for now. If you have any tried and true morning time savers, I am all ears.
I have a good number of life aspirations. To name a few: I’d like to be happy to the point of contentment, a truly good mother, a good wife / lover, successful at what I love doing and described as classy.
For most getting dressed in the morning is a mundane task, especially if you don’t have fun and take risks. I work in a corporate office, while I love to have fun with my style, I’ve always got to bring it back to classy / polished. Mary Orton who writes the blog Memorandum is my queen, she pulls off classic, polished, fabulous and fun almost every single day; and THAT hair…
If done correctly, an all white outfit (yes any season of the year) can be the the peak of chic, classically timeless.