Stories by: Grace

Mom & KidsFollowing Featherbottom

featherIt’s always a challenge to find the perfect gift for the new family who already has everything they need, especially because I like to keep it unique and personal. So when a very special newborn arrived this summer, I went on a search for the perfect gift which would be personal and a keepsake. The whimsical story of Felix Featherbottom and his sidekick Pierre du Pond chronicles their adventures flying all over the world, trying to find the letters of the new addition’s name. From an A in Antarctica to a Z in Zimbabwe, Featherbottom takes us on a trip which goes through cities, countries, and regions of the world, inspiring baby to get a passport. The best part is that from newborn to toddler, the book is a favorite because of the remarkable illustrations and colorful letters of the alphabet spelling the child’s name. Even babies enjoy rhymes and rhythm, and the witty one-liners will inevitably coax out that smile. By the time their first birthday comes around, babies already have all the sounds needed to speak their native language! The more they are read aloud to, the better and faster their own speech will come. I’d found that it’s a lot of fun to reference the locations of each letter with its place on a globe, with a starting point of home sweet home.

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Bath & BodyC.O. Bigelow Mentha Collection

lipI love the nostalgia of classic New York institutions, and C.O. Bigelow Apothecary is one of the quintessential neighborhood mainstays which remains trendy and relevant today. Whenever I’m in the Village and have some time to kill, I always stop by and leave with some goodies, my all-time favorites being their eponymous collection of soaps and lotions. I appreciate that the formulas are time-tested and high quality, so I can count on them to cleanse without drying, moisturize without being greasy, and basically do their job while lifting my mood with delicious scents. One of my favorite lines this summer is the collection of Mentha Lip Shine glosses. These natural mint-filled glosses nourish like crazy while cooling the lips. It feels glorious as soon as I have a layer on, and the shine stays even overnight (tried and true!).

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Mom & KidsRun with Umi Shoes

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A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

- See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

These cute tyke Mary Janes have fondly been nicknamed “playground shoes” by their pint-sized owner. The Umi brand has thought through everything a toddler and parent could want in a shoe- a generous fit even for chubby feet, easy on-and-off, nonslip stable rubber outsoles, and cute details like this cheerful daisy. Durability and longevity get high ratings for the Cassia shoe considering its top quality materials and workmanship, so these shoes will survive many playground playdates.

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Mom & KidsElks & Angels Cuddle Bear

Elks--Angels-Cuddle-Bear-in-ButtermilkTraveling this summer has been a blast- especially since our little lady loves hotels and planes. It’s amusing to see her zip through a new hotel room, exploring bedding and examining toiletries (could this be passed along genetically?). The one thing that’s always a comfort when away from home is a lovey, and her Elks and Angels Cuddle Bear has racked up more frequent flier miles than any other! Made of Australian sheepskin, the high quality softness is instantly addictive. I love it because it’s flat, light and easy to pack, and the natural properties of the sheepskin regulate body temperature whether it’s cool or hot! It’s also naturally anti-bacterial hypoallergenic, so I don’t have to worry as much about picking up germs.

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Mom & Kidsaden + anais Limited Edition (RED)

adenFor all my fellow aden + anais lovers, I’m excited to announce an amazing limited edition collection: (RED)! It’s bright and sharp, patriotic, and best of all, it supports the organization (RED) which was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS.

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The collection is selling out fast, so grab your chance to support victims of AIDS while swaddling your baby in ultimate comfort and style! (RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org.

Mom & KidsAppaman Kid Fashion

homepage_slider_2_catalog_boygirlI have endless fun dressing up my toddler, maybe because she can take the fashion risks that I’ve always dreamed of, and her exuberant personality can hang with the coolest designs. Her creative closet is now oozing street cred thanks to fabulous kids’ line Appaman. It’s named after Norwegian designer Harald Husum’s childhood chum, a corduroy ape! Appaman lets imaginations fly, because with a name like that, only adventuresome clothes can be showcased. The pieces tell stories of traveling through imagination, discovering fields and fjords, and celebrating the bond between best friends. Isn’t it great being a kid?

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Accessories, BagsLo & Sons Catalina Tote

catalina-dovegrey-springsummer-bedshot-783x485I have a soft spot in my heart for oversized bags because I love to have everything with me. You just never know when you’re going to need that extra jacket or tube of suncreen! Huge bags also have the added bonus of making me look small in comparison to it, so they always come off looking chic. I’m obsessed with the Lo & Sons Catalina Tote, the bag that’s always packed and ready to go this summer. It’s made of lightweight but high quality canvas and comes in colors that’ll match any ensemble. Even the shiny zipper pulls are made of durable metal that are easy to grab.

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Beauty, SkincareAnti-aging Summer Skin

dryoilI’ve decided to put on the brakes this summer. Not on everything- I’m still city-hopping, driving too fast, and staying up late, but I decided to stop aging! Of course it sounds facetious, but how to slow aging has always been a ubiquitous question. I’ve been considering a serious dive into what I refer to as investment skincare, and after getting some great recommendations from skin experts, I have finally settled into a stellar new routine. There’s no way I can get a facial every week or professional makeup done every time I go out, but I have literally put my face into the hands of the legendary La Prairie, a pioneer and gold standard in cellular anti-aging therapies. Their collection of lines and products can be overwhelming, but I’ve narrowed it down to two indispensable products which are easy to incorporate and give the best balance of results per investment. The products I treat my skin to day and night are the Anti-aging SPF 30 Emulsion and the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil.

Face oils have become popular lately, and the main reason for their superior effectiveness is that they lock in hydration and powerful nutrients in high concentrations. I’ve never even considered using an oil in the summer, as my face is already melting from the heat and humidity, but the Swiss Crystal Dry Oil is so light that a tiny amount covers my whole face and absorbs incredibly quickly! I was also concerned about looking super-shiny, but instead got a young, healthy glow. In my opinion, the dry oil is La Prairie’s best kept secret since it’s so concentrated and effective using only a couple drops. In other words, a bottle will last exponentially longer than a cream which is water-based. A patent-pending complex of Alpine flora found to survive in the Swiss Alps lends its natural secret of youth, powering the anti-aging abilities. Pure oils lock in hydration better than creams, so the formula is best applied right after a shower or facewash. The result is soft and smooth skin no matter which skin type, but works especially well on slightly dry or combination skin, like I have in the summer. It feels like the ultimate luxury to apply the dry oil, and I’ve loved the effects of the anti-aging complex on my skin as it repairs the daily stresses I put it through.

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Beauty, HairSHOW Pure Treatment Oil

showI usually eschew hair oils because my hair tends to produce enough on its own, especially in the summer! However, I was so taken by the stunning bottle that SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment Oil comes in that I couldn’t resist trying it, and I have to admit that I love what the lightweight treatment does for my hair. Since I’ve been growing my hair, the ends have been dry and more brittle, especially with the summer sun beating down. While the oil increases the elasticity of hair, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy as I was expecting. The argan oil-based formula allows me to condition and strengthen my hair while making styling so much easier. The SHOW beauty line was designed by Tamara Ecclestone, a British model and TV personality to fill a void in luxury hair care. She worked with fragrance leader Givaudan to create the delicate notes of rose water and rosewood with creamy caramel and almond butter, blending in vanilla and patchouli. I find the fragrance light and pleasing, and not overwhelming.

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Mom & KidsSnuggle up with Aden + Anais

8062_1-classic-sleeping-bag-up-up-awayThe transition to summer is always an exciting one in our household, between sunny afternoons by the pool, beach trips, and yummy barbeques. Sleeping in warmer weather is a little trickier though, because it can be either too hot or too cold, and I’m contantly adjusting the thermostat in the middle of the night. For my little one, Aden+Anais has the perfect solution to summer slumber, a super lightweight Classic Sleeping Bag. It allows a breathable and comforting layer to stay on all night without restricting moderate movement. I’ve raved about the signature muslin before, and have yet to find anything even comparable. It really does get softer with every wash! I just zip the bag over her diaper and pajama top and she’s snug as a bug all night.

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