People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would’ve expected to answer “no.” Well, I was wrong–and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.
My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I’ve tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it’s the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I discover something new, I’m curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by “I want this.” My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my “blog life.” Well, someone’s gotta try all the new things.
Spring is here (or almost here for some of you!), and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. This time of year, I always try to clean house and look for great storage or organizational solutions. The Land of the Nod has lots of chic options that work for not only kids, but also adults.
I really love the Charming Baskets, which come in stripes, dots and herringbone (pictured above). The pattern is modern, yet also fits into multiple spaces and types of homes. The patterns are great to mix and match, but also work well by themselves or likely with other baskets you already have in your home. Even better, these baskets are “handmade in Senegal, West Africa by Wolof artisans using environmentally friendly, sustainable materials;” it’s always great knowing that your purchase helps others and is environmentally-friendly. I’m currently using mine for random throws and overally, as a catchall for the living room.
Check out the full selection at TheLandofTheNod.com.
Are you as over winter as I am? I’m craving sunshine, light breezes and spring-scented air… But since it’s still chilly, I’m turning to candles to bring in the scent of spring, while still providing coziness at home. Candles from Tocca are always a treat, and their scents let your senses escape to another place. These three are my current favorites! READ MORE
I’m always in search of chic accents to add some unique charm to everyday home life, and am guilty of an affinity towards anything European. I was happy to come upon Famille Summerbelle, a family-run company based in the UK. All products are thoughtfully designed by Julie Marabelle who has a background in Fine Art and Theatre Design, which is apparent in the vibrant color and artistry. The beautiful city prints and cut-outs are so whimsical, I couldn’t resist the renditions of my favorite cities, New York and Paris. My hand screen-printed silver print arrived from across the pond and I immediately began marveling over the nuances that only a New Yorker would recognize! The details are amazing- the tramway going to Roosevelt Island is so cute, as is the guitarist playing tunes in the East Village. I’m dreaming of summer days and outdoor bands! READ MORE
If you’re an anti-morning person like me, there’s nothing worse than the piercing sound of an alarm, followed by groaning and tears. Since retiring and sleeping in is not even close to being on the horizon, I’ve discovered the next best thing: a more natural way to wake up inspired by nature’s sunrise. The Philips Wake-up Light is a clock that, instead of an alarm, uses light to simulate a gradual sunrise, gently lulling you out of sleep to wakefulness. Not only do I avoid getting jolted from REM, but the faux-sunlight stimulates the body’s natural rhythms to transition to wakefulness, even before I even open my eyes. The whole day feels different for me, as I feel relaxed and ready to take on the world as opposed to groggy and counting cups of coffee. To my surprise, it even helps if it was a late night and I didn’t get quite enough beauty rest! If you’re worried that light won’t be enough to wake you from dreamland, there is a simple alarm at the end of the gradual “sunrise” which will ensure that you don’t miss that morning meeting.
Relax and unwind this season with a pairing that’s as cozy as it’s elegant.
Tea and a candle may not come to mind immediately as going hand-in-hand, but Harney & Son’s Donna Karan New York Blend tea and Petra Nemcova’s Be The Light Czech Holiday Cookie candle complement each other in just the right way. The gentle caffeine-free blend of chamomile, ginger root, and peppermint tea calms and balances while the candle notes of cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla envelope your senses in warmth and sweetness. Each is lovely on its own, but best experienced together as an evening ritual to unwind after a chaotic day. The pairing also makes a thoughtful gift for the haute hostess or busy woman and is equally enjoyable whether shared around the table with family or alone during a singular moment of escapism.
A few days before my wedding last month, I discovered what no bride wants to find–a quarter size stain right front and center on my delicate silk jersey dress! Since it was already way too late at this time to bring it to the cleaners, I had to take matters into my own hands. After my first attempt to find a stain remover pad failed, I reached for a makeup cleansing wipe. While that hack did remove a bit of the actual stain, it left me with a bigger (literally) problem–a rather displeasing yellowish water stain that now spread at least twice in size.
Thankfully, by this point, I had finally come to my senses and found my mini bottle of Tocca’s Delicato da Viaggio, delicate gentle wash. By applying the wash to a pristine, damp white towel (very important), blotting it across the area of the stain and then some, gently going over the spot again just with water, and then finally steaming over the entire area, I successfully removed all the stains, bringing the jersey back to its original pristine condition. Would I recommend at home laundering of your wedding dress just hours before the ceremony? Not exactly…but if you’re in a bind, Tocca’s Laundry Delicates are the way to go.
Formulated especially for very fine fabrics including silk and cashmere, Tocca’s Delicato da Viaggio are exceedingly gentle and designed to clean your delicate and special garments without harming or irritating the fabric. The detergents come in four of Tocca’s signature scents: Florence (English rose), Cleopatra (a light grapefruit cucumber), Stella (Italian blood orange), and Touch (a sparkling gardenia pomegranate). Your fabrics are left not only gently cared for but washed in delicate fragrance. The detergents can be used either with hand wash, in the delicate cycle of your washing machine, or as I learned–as a spot treatment.
If you haven’t decided which scent is your favorite yet, try Tocca’s Laundry Travel Set–a $22 collection that features all four fragrances. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TOCCA is donating 15% of net proceeds of the Delicato da Viaggio set to Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women,while providing support for high-risk individuals. Learn more–and give your favorite garments some extra TLC–at Tocca.com.
Maybe it’s the change of season or maybe it’s because you know..I’m getting married any day now..but I’ve been completely obsessing with stepping it up with the home decor (I’ve also been dreaming about a new apartment but that’s another story). Not only have I totally been going nuts on my Pinterest board with pinning alllll the inspiration, I’ve actually started buying new dressings for my home. The first place I turned to, of course, was Sferra— a long time favorite brand when it comes to anything and everything luxury linens. My top picks for fall are below:
My absolute favorite investment so far is the Sferra Dorsey cashmere blanket which I bought for myself as an early wedding present. I discovered the luxury of a cashmere throw completely by accident–the weather in New York had gottenmuch cooler practically overnight and the only thing I had in the house to cover up with was a large cashmere scarf. Despite the fact that my fiance called it a “postage stamp”–it was a scarf after all–night after night he fights me for just a little corner of the cashmere. It’s the softest, most cuddly material you could sleep under. Sferra’s 50×70 version makes it a little easier for us to share and even though it’s light weight, it’s blissfully warm and oh-so-soft. READ MORE
I have to admit a bit of a clean freak, which may have something to do with being a mom, so I end up washing my hands (and everything I touch) a million times a day! Since I spend a lot of time with soap, I love exploring different scents and ingredients, and even packaging. I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite brands, Kiss My Face, has come out with an all-purpose Peace Soap, which follows the same philosophy as their skincare line of using the finest and gentlest 100% natural ingredients. It’s made with organic olive, coconut, and jojoba oils, so it takes care of your hands while eliminating germs. The simple formulation is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! Grassy Mint is my favorite scent, which is simultaneously refreshing and a touch earthy and in the mornings, and it’s the first thing that wakes me up (besides a crying baby!). The other soaps are delightful too, and remind me of scents you’d find at a wellness spa- Lemongrass Clary Sage, Lavender Mandarin, and Pomegranate Acai. I know the soap is good when hubby voluntarily pipes up about how much he likes that it cleans well and is concentrated and efficient! READ MORE
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