Posts in October, 2012

Costume Fun

Monday, October 29th, 2012

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Are you all ready for Halloween? We went to a fun Halloween party this weekend and I actually broke out my Madonna Blond Ambition tour costume from college. I can’t believe I found it and I can’t believe it still fit! My hair isn’t as long as it used to be so I bought a huge blond ponytail to wear. The silly hair piece has actually inspired me to grow my hair out again. I had my head set on so I was ready to sing all of Madonna’s greatest hits all night long. I know better than to post a photo of myself in a crazy costume, so instead of me, you get this adorable dog who is wearing a Pop Queen Pet Costume that is oh so similar to mine. This has to be my favorite pet costume – it’s the best! I am not sure how long you would actually be able to keep it on your dog but it is certainly worth a try.

Weather permitting, I hope you and your families have a great time celebrating Halloween the next few days. Here are a few last minute Halloween costume ideas for the kids and some fun Halloween videos too.

Charlotte Olympia

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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Not sure what to wear to your daughter’s piano lesson? Leave your flats at home and try these fabulous Charlotte Olympia Serenade silk super wedges on for a twirl.

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And while you are picking up Legos and Cheerios off the floor, how about Charlotte Olympia’s Dolly heels. “The Dolly is enlivened for Fall 12 with a matching ruffled detachable anklet, with a glistening crystal buckle, perfect for dressing from the feet up!” I saw these in a magazine the other day and just loved them. Seriously, with a simple black dress and these gorgeous shoes – you will certainly be the belle of any ball.

Minted Party Decor

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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I am so excited about Minted’s new line of party decor! These decorations are fabulous. There are a number of themes and holidays to choose from so you can find the perfect items for your event. From baby showers and birthday parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations – you will find a wonderful selection of decorations to make your party one of a kind.  I know that there are a number of you out there who have the time, energy and creative know-how to make wonderful DIY decorations, but then there are the rest of us who like to leave it up to the pros. At Minted, independent designers have done all of the heavy lifting and all we need to do is place our orders.

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The most important part of any party is the guest list. With great friends and family – you really don’t need much else (except for yummy cupcakes). But after people (and food!), what truly makes events of any size extra special are the little details. Minted’s party decor includes everything from personalized bunting banners, cupcake toppers, favor bags, table confetti, signage, stickers, plates, napkins, crowns, centerpieces and more. They have thought of everything and you can buy them all together in different party packages. They are adding more party themes regularly so check back often. Of course you’ll be able to order your chic invitations too.

 SAVE 10% and receive FREE shipping at Minted until 10/31/12 with promo code SWEETPEA12

 

Glitter Boots

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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Yes – you can wear glitter each and every day of the week… I know it is almost time for me to tuck my flip flops away and I have been on the hunt for a pair of fall boots. Originally I was thinking about something a little more subtle but I stumbled upon these fun
Betsey Johnson Padmaa Pewter Glitter Boots
and immediately fell in love with them.

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The low hight makes them super versatile. And as much as I love the glitter, I think it is actually the lighting bolt zipper will make me smile every time I put these one.  Why don’t we all skip the black leather this year and go for a pair of black glitter boots instead…

Kitchen Sale

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping? You are in luck! All week long, One Kings Lane is offering fantastic deals on kitchen products, appliances and furnishings. With the holiday season approaching, this is the perfect sale to make sure you have everything you need for festive parties and family get-togethers at your home.  One Kings Lane has everything from hanging pot racks and pretty glassware to a classic buffet table for your dining room. The prices can’t be beat so you won’t have to spend your entire holiday budget to make sure your kitchen and home looks beautiful for your guests.

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You can also stock up on some great gift items too. I love this cheerful tea set that is priced at just $17! And this polka-dot travel mug would make a great stocking stuffer for your sister-in-law or a cute yet practical gift for your child’s teacher or babysitter.

Plus, if you’re new to One Kings Lane, sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more. Head over to One Kings Lane now before these deals are over!

Lands’ End Suede Pouches

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

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I just spotted these suede pouches in the new Lands’ End catalog and I just knew knew I had to share them with you. This was the first time I had really checked out the Lands’ End ‘Canvas’ Collection and I just found so many wonderful pieces for fall. If I had a little more time tonight I would go on and on about the colorful cords I want too….but I will stick to pouches this time around….

I keep my Louis Vuitton Neverfull totally organized by using pouches in all sizes and colors so I always know where to find my things. Chapsticks and hair bands are in the orange pouch and pens and business cards in the red one. Zip pouches are an incredibly practical way to keep things organized and make it really easy when you switch from bag to bag.

I love the feel of suede (who doesn’t??) and the Lands’ End Canvas collection of colors is perfect for fall – pumpkin spice, washed green (not shown) and pomegranate – so warm and pretty. These bags are available in two different sizes as well. You can use these fabulous suede zip pouches to organize your clutter, carry your tech, or use them as a little clutch on their own. When you are traveling, you can even use them to carry your beads and baubles. And at affordable Lands’ End prices, it is fine if you can’t pick just one favorite color.

Shoe Dazzle

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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Shoe Dazzle is not just about shoes anymore. Shoe Dazzle has become a favorite shopping destination for women everywhere. It is all about fun, trendy, incredibly affordable accessories and fashion. When you need to add a little sass and sizzle to your mommy wardrobe and unleash you inner Kim Kardashian – this is the place for you. Everything is so affordable too! I love love love this chic black tote above. And guess how much it is? Believe it or not it is only $39!  Holy cow.

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Yep – they even have iPad cases, just like this shiny silver faux snakeskin case. What a fun gift idea for a girlfriend or for yourself.

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And yes – Shoe Dazzle still has shoes. From stilettos to wedges and a growing collection of booties and boots – your feet will love this place. These cool Splendid Moto boots were one of my favorites.

If you have a hard time deciding what to buy, you can use the Shoe Dazzle personalized stylist to help you out. They will pull together everything you need to complete your outfit. And for a limited time, you can buy two for the price of one on select styles. Happy shopping!

Personalized Books for Kids

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Every now and then when I am reading aloud to my son I will change the name of the character in the book to Carl. In that split second he spins his head around and his eyes light up in excitement with a sprinkle of disbelief. My son get a huge thrill hearing a story about himself or a story about a favorite character that shares his name. He loves it. Needless to say I purchased the entire collection of Alexandra Day’s Carl books!

I am thrilled to let you all know that Chronicle Books now offers personalized books so your kids can see their names in print. There is the Personalized Princess Book for your little princess, a Personalized Speedster Book for your little racer, and big brother and big sister options too.

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Chronicle Books has also launched the option of personalized dedications in a number of their top selling children’s titles. You can upload a photo of your child and write a little note that will be printed in the book. How fun! Not sure what you would write? They have some sample messages to help. I think I am going to order a personalized copy of Dinosaur Bones for my little guy.

A little tip – Shop early for Christmas!


30% off Chronicle Kids Books

Stella & Dot Scarves

Friday, October 5th, 2012

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Have you heard the great news?? Stella & Dot has just launched a line of chic, colorful scarves. I am so excited because I love love love to wear scarves. These scarves are the perfect accessory for modern moms everywhere because they are so versatile and so easy to wear. In two seconds you can add a pop of color to any outfit with a luxuriously printed rayon scarf. Love that! The Stella & Dot scarf collection offers 5 different colors and each one has a unique pattern. And yes – it will be hard to choose just one so yes – you can buy 2 or 3….

Shop this pretty pink scarf during the month of October and all net proceeds will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising women’s cancer research funds and promoting early detection awareness.

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I know there are many of you out there who are thinking, “Yikes! I just don’t know how to wear a scarf.” A few of my dearest friends find scarves to be a much bolder accessory than a necklace or bracelet and are simply too scared to give them a try. I happen to think they are the easiest accessory to just throw on over a simple t-shirt or even a big sweater. Depending on the rest of your outfit (and the weather of course) you can let it hang down, wrap it around closer to your neck, or do just about anything. Scarves are not just for bundling up in the winter! Stella & Dot created a little video called 10 Ways to Wear a Scarf in case you need a little inspiration. You will see the video icon on this page to check it out.

And for moms with little ones… a colorful designer scarf can easily cover up any ‘little mishaps’ your child has on your favorite top so you should always have one tucked in your bag.

Palo Alto Forest

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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I am thrilled to announce the opening of Angela Buenning Filo’s photo exhibition, The Palo Alto Forest, on Saturday, October 6th, 11:30 am – 5 pm as part of the Grand Reopening Celebration at the Palo Alto Art Center. It will remain on display at the newly-remodeled Palo Alto Art Center through April 14, 2013.

For this project Angela reached out to the Palo Alto community with the question: How do the trees that surround us impact our lives? She asked people to photograph a tree that is meaningful to them and to write a six word story about their tree. Nearly 400 people responded–including many children (and me!).

For the final artwork, she decided to print each image and story on glass. Suspended in a circle from the ceiling and illuminated from all sides, the trees join together to define a new space. This artwork was a true collaboration; she took her direction from the wonderful material the community presented her.

Since 2000, Angela Buenning Filo has been creating photographic documentations of the changing Silicon Valley landscape, which have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, and through the public art program at the San Jose International Airport. (I am honored that two of her pieces hang in my home too.) She has also turned her camera on Bangalore, India, and focused on the way the global technology boom has transformed the landscape there. She is an amazing mother to two little girls and I am proud to call this immensely talented women my dear friend (and my sewing teacher).

For the opening on Saturday, October 6th  the Palo Alto Art Center has a full day of interactive, fun activities planned for the whole family. Here is the full schedule. It is going to be a wonderful day for families all over the Bay Area to come together to celebrate the arts in our own backyard. I hope to see you there!