Posts in June, 2012

Summer Party Invites

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Last weekend my husband, son and I were absolutely delighted to attend 3 fabulous summer parties. So much swimming, sunshine, yummy food and friends. It felt like summer had finally arrived. My son lived in his swimsuit all weekend and we all had a blast. I guess it is our turn to host a summer soiree for our close friends. I can’t wait! First step is always picking out perfect invitations. Tiny Prints has so many wonderful summer party invitations to choose from you were certainly find one you love for your summer bash. I love the colors in this Tropical Popsicle invitation above. So cute!

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So break out the slip and slide and heat up the coals and have your friends over for an awesome summer BBQ. My husband always loves an excuse to break out his Weber grill. Who doesn’t love watching the kids run around giggling in the sprinklers while the moms catch up on gossip and the dads hover around the grill chatting about sports scores, the new Tesla and the vast improvement (or lack of) of their golf swings. Send out this cheerful Big Burger Summer BBQ Invitation and your guest will certainly come hungry.

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Hands down one of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. For some reason I feel very little guilt having a big bowl of mint chip on a hot summer day. If you want to throw a super simple summer party – send your friends this Scoop Schematic Summer Party Invitation and just serve up a selection of your favorite ice creams in the back yard. Throw in some rainbow sprinkles, a few napkins and you’ll be good to go.

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And of course we can’t forget the 4th of July next week. The best day of the summer to celebrate with our family and friends. If you order your invitations today, you may still have time to tuck them into your neighbors mailboxes in time for your 4th of July BBQ. This modern flag invitation designed by Petite Alma was my favorite.

If you order your cards before midnight tonight you can save 15% – just use promo code 15INVITES when you checkout. Promotion ends midnight Pacific Time June 26, 2012.

Striped Espadrille Wedges

Monday, June 25th, 2012

J Crew SEVILLE CANVAS AND SATIN WEDGE Espadrilles

I own more pairs of cap toe J. Crew ballet flats than I want to admit. I don’t know what it is but I just love them. They are the staple shoe for my everyday mommy uniform. So needless to say when I saw these fabulous striped cap toe espadrilles in a recent J. Crew catalog, I knew I had to place an order. They are fantastic! The canvas stripes are great for summer and I was so thrilled when I read the cap toe is actually black silk satin. That little detail makes them super chic in my book. And I have great news to share – these Seville wedge espadrilles are on sale too. Happy savings for all of us!

Gum Ball Rug

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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I was flipping through a large stack of catalogs last night seeing if there was anything I just couldn’t live without and getting ideas and inspiration for my own home (and closet!). I was completely smitten when I opened up The Land of Nod catalog to page 10 where I found this absolutely wonderful, super colorful ‘Dot Matrix’ rug. It is a 4′ x 6′ compilation of hand formed and stitched little balls. It looks like a work of art.

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My son has been obsessed with gum ball machines lately and I can’t help but compare this rug to a collage of sugary sweet gum balls, all tied together making a cheerful floor covering. I actually think it would look very cool hung on a wall too. I have a number of friends who are afraid to paint their walls anything but shades of beige, white or grey (I on the other hand am not afraid of bold colorful walls) but still want to make their home look warm and cheerful. This multi-colored wool dot gumball rug would be a perfect way to make an artistic statement and add some festive cheer to any room in the house.

Finn+Emma

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

finn and emma organic baby clothes

Welcome to the fabulous land of Finn + Emma and their amazing collection of clothes, bedding, blankets and accessories for baby boys and girls that are “stylish and sustainable, whimsical and sophisticated, classic and contemporary.” With a perfect combination of fresh prints (love the Vespas!), modern colors (love the orange & grey!), high quality construction (giving every sibling the opportunity to wear them), and all made with the finest 100% organic cotton and eco friendly dyes.

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I was so impressed with their entire collection – there are just so many cute items to choose from. You have to see their great handmade booties, rattles and blanket dolls.

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At Sweet Peas & Stilettos I love to showcase products where you can shop for a good cause. Finn + Emma products are produced in fair trade settings in Peru where they focus on creating social and economic independence for the local people, especially women. With these jobs the women are able to provide for their families in a safe and fair environment and have the resources to send their children to school. So inspiring!

 

Tea Collection’s HUGE SALE

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

ENDEK IKAT FLUTTER DRESS

It is that wonderful time of year when the sun is shining, the kids are playing in the sprinklers, we get to sneak off to the beach for sunset picnics and it is the SEMI-ANNUAL SALE at TEA COLLECTION. Yeah!

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They have a great selection of clothes for boys, girls, babies and women and many items are up to 50% off. Yes – that gives you the excuse to buy twice as much stuff. Do you have a lot of friends who are in baby mode? This is THE sale to stock up on incredible baby gifts as many of their adorable gift sets are also on sale.

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You’ll find fabulous summer clothes as well as jackets, hoodies, sweaters and more. Shop Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale today.

Be sure to check out the adorable Tea Collection summer collection too. You will find beach themed outfits, modern batik motifs, surfy stripes, breezy fabrics and more for both girls and boys.

Sole Society

Monday, June 18th, 2012

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I had seen a number of advertisements for Sole Society and was always a little curious to give it a try for myself. As much as I love fabulous designer shoes there are many times when I just want super cute, colorful, funky shoes and I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for them. So I did a little shopping recently on Sole Society and I must admit I love it!

Pictured above are my sky high Brianna’s. I have always loved the contrast of pink and orange together and these shoes have the perfect tones of each. They are so awesome that I actually keep them right on my desk near my monitor so I can look at them every day. Sounds corny, but it is true.

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I also love these navy shoes I bought as well. They are incredibly comfortable and look great with jeans. Overall I have been very impressed with the quality of the shoes at Sole Society, especially considering how inexpensive they are. Most of the shoes are only $49! Everyday they release a new shoe so there is always something new. From flats to wedges to sky high stilettos, boots and more – you will find a great selection of trendy, fun and fabulous shoes.

And I just wanted to let you know that I did need to return one pair and the customer service was excellent. I received store credit right away and was able to get a new pair of shoes ordered quickly. It was all very easy – no questions asked. And in case you were wondering, the only reason I returned them was that I realized I had another pair of shoes that was almost identical to the ones I ordered. No wonder I liked them so much!

So go ahead and sign up for Sole Society today and give it a try. I think you’ll be hooked – just like me….

The RealReal

Friday, June 15th, 2012

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Love love love love my gorgeous silver silk Prada shoes that I recently purchased from The RealReal. One of the very few emails I look forward to receiving is from The RealReal to see what fabulous items they have found. It is like stepping into a very high end consignment store and the prices on the designer clothes and accessories are amazing. When I first learned that they got many of the items from celebrities and stylists I immediately thought it was going to be all size zero and I would never be able to buy anything, but I have to tell you, they constantly have a huge range of items from size 0 – 14. Of course I usually focus on the accessories and have never ever been disappointed with their selection. A told a few of my friends about the site and they are totally addicted. It is so fun to see all of the gorgeous Jimmy Choo shoes, Versace tops and YSL bags they have purchased at such great prices.

A lot of fashion deal sites use the term “designer” very loosely these days. At The RealReal we are talking about Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Valentino. This is where you will find the good stuff. And their customer service is great too. I had to return one jacket that was a little tight for me in the shoulders and it was quick and easy to get my refund.

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If you love CHANEL – you must sign up – you won’t be disappointed – I promise… I won’t even tell you how little I paid for this Chanel tuxedo jacket…

Here are a few other places to shop online for great deals on designer clothes and accessories. Happy Saving!

Thank You Note Cards 50% Off Today

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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It is time for everyone in the family to stock up on thank you note cards. And when I mean ‘it is time’ I mean TODAY! Tiny Prints has an amazing sale going on today and for one day only, you can get 50% off all thank you cards. Holy cow! Simply use the promo code DOD0614.

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If you have a new arrival and you need to thank friends for gifts, or you have a graduate in your house – order thank you cards today.

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Thank you cards also make wonderful gifts for birthdays or can be given as a lovely hostess gift. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but if you are super organized you can even think about ordering some for Christmas…

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So click on over to Tiny Prints and shop today so you can get 50% off these very cute thank you cards. Believe it or not, they have over 1700 thank you card designs. With that kind of selection you should be able to find a design you love. Of course you can personalize them too with names and photos too. If there are too many to choose from, just email me and I can help you with your decision.

Oh wait – one last thing – use the promo code DOD0614 before 8:00am PST tomorrow (Friday morning) to get this awesome deal.

 

Donna Karan & Me!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Alisa and Donna Karan at SF Ballet Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show

Can you guess who I am talking to here in this photo? YES – It is me and Donna Karan! She is such an amazing woman and it was wonderful to get to talk to her last month in San Francisco. I first met Donna Karan at an event almost 20 years ago and I remember walking into the cocktail party in Las Vegas and noticed that there were only 2 people in the room wearing tennis shoes – me and Donna Karan. (At least mine were Paladiums I had picked up in Monaco…and I remember hers were white canvas sneakers that looked utterly perfect with her ensemble.)

Fast forward all these years and this time I actually got to speak with her about her incredibly talented late husband, Stephan Weiss, and the work she is doing to continue to share his artistic works. (He designed her very first perfume bottle if you remember…) We also talked at length about the phenomenal work she and her team are doing in Haiti. You may have noticed that her recent ad campaigns were all photographed on location in Haiti. Donna was wearing this fabulous dress for the occasion and the fabric was designed by Haitian artists and the incredibly cool black leather and wood jewelry she was wearing was also made in Haiti. And the white leather jacket on her shoulders was amazing too I might add. I mentioned my love of shopping for a good cause and she reminded me of the work she and her team are doing through her Urban Zen Foundation. Check out their website to learn more.

I wanted everything Donna was wearing and even more I wanted her passion, fearlessness and love of life. Donna Karan – the mom, the grandmother, the wife, the artist, the business tycoon, the philanthropist – she is an incredible inspiration to us all.

Donna Karan and girls at SF Ballet Saks fashion show

So here are me and the girls with gorgeous Donna in the middle. We are at the Ritz Carlton for the Donna Karan fashion show benefitting the San Francisco Ballet. The collection was amazing, the food delicious and it was great to be able to support such a wonderful cause as the ballet.

Huge thank you to Drew Altizer Photography for the great pics and to my friends Rhonda and Lillian for inviting me to join them for the lovely afternoon in the city.

Handmade Charms

Monday, June 11th, 2012

 

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What a wonderful message for new graduates! We should all live in the moment and be thankful for every day we have with our family and friends. Arlyn, the designer behind One Life Jewelry, reminds us all to: “Take notice. Focus. Be aware. Be grateful. For this too, shall pass. To live in the moment is awakening. It is humbling. It is liberating.” I love this message and think it is a good one to keep close to your heart.

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Have you ever wished you lived a more fearless life? This ‘Fearless‘ charm can remind you of your personal desire to just go for it. These pretty charms are great summer accessories for women of all ages. At One Life Jewelry you will also find some wonderful mom jewelry to show off your kids’ names and initials, or she can create a custom charm with your favorite message on it too.