Malibu Chic: Minnie Mortimor

Below are images from East Coast raised, boarding school grad and designer Minnie Mortimer’s Malibu surf shack. More like a perfect home to me. A combo of elegant and livable, sheik and comfy. I love the use of bright, fresh colors and modern elements paired seamlessly with classic. Surf’s up.



Surprises

Are so special- flowers and a card for no reason at all. Can you believe the taste of the special guy that brought these home? Sometimes I really have to pinch myself, how did I ever get so lucky?


LBD: Favorite Fall Staple

A wonderful thing arrived yesterday at the YogaSource Boston HQ. A gift from my most special person. I can tell you right now that this dress is going to be worn to threads this fall/winter. So comfortable, classic and screams for some huge heels to do the short hemline justice. I have been obsessed with the brand, EmersonMade, for some time and am so impressed with the quality of construction and packaging. A little bag of lavender was included in the box, precious!

Also LOVE this image from the designer’s blog:


Jonathan Adler & A Visit

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get a visit from one of my favorite gals, my cousin Virginia Rose. She is such a cool lady. Even though I am 3 years her senior I have always looked up to her in a way as I so admire her smarts, style, kindness, ambition, artistic flair and genuine timeless cool. Here we are long ago and not so long ago:

Us in silver & gold . You try to top that dress I am wearing. Dare ya.

 

Did I mention she is crazy gorgeous too?

We had such a lovely day brunching and strolling the Back Bay. About halfway down Newbury Street we popped in to the Jonathan Adler store because apparently we are now old enough to care about interior design. I must live under a rock and had no idea it was there. So fun. I love his chevron and zebra rugs, letter pillows, asian accent chairs and overall popage of color. Here are some of my favorite rooms he has designed.

Curtains. Rug. Throw. White Chairs.

 

I heart books forever


Where the Magic Happens

And no I do not mean that in a creepy MTV Cribs sort of a way… cue Lil Jon’s satin covered rotating love palace. Perhaps it is a bit pompous to call my daily life magic but hey, I love it. Home is where my heart is and I have been spending a lot of time here lately working hard. I thought it might be fun to share a few photos of where I spend so much of my time. I love where I live and am proud to share it with my buddies.

Lots of hours logged here.

Something's Cooking. Sierra, can you tell I love my vase????

My favorite present all dressed up with birthday goodies.

 

Feet up, Glass of Red, Bravo.


Le Cadeaux

A couple of weeks ago I was walking down Charles Street and saw 6 of these puppies neatly lined up in a storefront display:

Green Bistro Wine Glass

You can only imagine my delight when I went inside to find out that they are unbreakable polycarbonate, dishwasher safe,  and $48 for the set of six. Yes please and thank you. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed them since, they make something as simple as a glass of water seem elegant. Secretly knowing that they are cheap and that I won’t shatter them with my inherent clumsiness just ices the cake. The company is Le Cadeaux and below are some of my favorites from their site.

Blue Water Glass

Rooster Dinner Plate. Probably not polycarbonate.

Navy Flora Dinner Plate


A pop of color: Jill Rosenwald

I admire my older sister’s sense of style immensely. She has a most wonderful eye for all things stylish and an innate sense of how to put them together. She always knows about some great new designer, cool photographer, a gorgeous blog or the like long before I do. She also happens to be the best gift giver I know. I think all the kids in our family secretly hope that she picks you for the annual secret santa. For my birthday this year, she sent me this TDF vase from Jill Rosenwald. Isn’t she the BEST?

 

How gorgeous is that? I am already dreaming of filling it with white peonies all summer long.

Here are some of my other faves from Jill’s site


Happy Almost Mother’s Day!

I am very happy to report that I was able to scoot home for a quick visit last night to celebrate an early mother’s day with my beloved Dubs. Boston is a 1:45 drive from where I grew up right outside of Hartford, CT so an overnight is not only doable, but also pleasant. Although the visit was brief it was chock-full of goodness. Activities included: a visit to my grandmother, classic Grant’s dinner in the center, reading on the couch in the living room, and chatting over a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee. I am truly lucky to have such wonderful family so close. In honor of incredible mothers like mine everywhere, I have pulled together my top 5 gifts for the holiday that are full of love without breaking the bank.

  1. Beautiful flowers – save your money by not ordering the vase which most mothers have any way and spend instead on their most gorgeous blooms
  2. A great book – my gift of choice was “UNBROKEN” by Laura Hillenbrand, which is to die for
  3. Manicure/Pedicure – who doesn’t want one of those?
  4. A bight, colorful pair of Jcrew wedge flip flops to pair with white capris
  5. A cookbook – Gwenyth Paltrow’s new book is beautiful

Below are some shots from home; the yard is coming to life!


Palmer Davis Photography

My uber-talented uncle Palmer has just posted his new India photography series to his website and WOW!!!! The series, entitled “In the Mystical Realm of Color”, was shot on a recent trip East. I had the most difficult time picking out my favorite shots to share with you all. You can see his complete body of work on his website as well as order prints, read his bio, themes and inspiration behind this series and more. These are surely a most beautiful treat for the eyes and speaking as an owner of two prints, a magnificent addition to any home. Can you believe the colors????? 



Tulips

I wish I had my act together to post this on Easter but I was too busy eating candy, sorry. Those of us who live in New England know how powerful the first flowers of spring are. After a months of sunsets at 4:45 and blasts of frigid air slapping you in the face you as soon as you step out a door, those first buds are pure magic. My mother, who oozes style out of every pore (although she would loathe me to use the word ooze to describe her), always filled the house with the most gorgeous tulips in the springtime. Tulips popping up in window-boxes, gardens, or even on the side of the road when you are out for a jog. Pink, yellow, orange, white so fresh, so clean. My positive associations with this flower are endless. In honor of spring, and warm breezes and sunlight at 7 pm, here are some lovely images of tulips.