Here is my ultra-eclectic short list for all kinds of moms! There’s still time for loved ones take your hints about some of this list as Mother’s Day is one week away. Otherwise, you can always keep these in mind for your birthday or just because.
1. Google Glass
Okay, so you have probably heard all about these sci-fi type glasses and frankly, I want a pair even though they scare and amaze me at the same time. Must be the daredevil in me! They do everything from take a picture, google whatever you want and many other commands just by saying them. That tiny bit of glass is actually the screen. At $1500 a pair, I think most of us will want to wait until they are fully launched and more fully developed at a more realistic price. If you must have them now, here they are!
2. Custom Family Portrait
Love these sweet custom portraits by Henry James Paper Goods. He has a conversation with you about the family, you send him photos and explain customary outfits that family members wear and voila! Check out his Etsy store here.
3. Dirty Little Secrets of Otherwise Perfect Moms
This is a great one for all you Bellissima Moms out there! This book by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile (authors of I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper) is a quick-witted and easy read of real Mom confessions. One thing I read in it that I must say I have been tempted to try myself: “My kids don’t wear pj’s on school nights. They go to bed in their school clothes so I don’t have to fight with them about their outfits in the morning.” Available here.
4. Yellow Teapot
I have a thing for teapots, which goes hand in hand with my thing for tea I guess…”My” tabletop series from Dutch design group Jansen+Co. has provided us with this unusual and simple teapot. I could really go for this! Available here!
5. Mother’s Day Petits Fours
If you are in NYC, there is still time for the hubby to go in and nab these perfect little petits fours from Dean & Deluca or if you want some for your Mom, go for it.
6. Aspinal Brook Street Bag
Here’s a luxurious one for all you handbag lovers. I confess. I want this Aspinal of London Brook Street Bag…wouldn’t mind the vintage car either!
7. Mother’s Day Tissue Paper Flower Card
And last but not least, here’s one for the kids to make for Mom! And the full tutorial is here.
I’m pretty excited about H&M’s new Conscious Collection for kids and tweens. Not only because the clothes are colorful, fresh, fun and affordable (Love the horse print on the dress above!), but because H&M has made big moves towards sustainability and are now the world’s largest user of organic cotton. You have to congratulate a global leader in garment production for an initiative like that. So, here it is: Congratulations H&M for this mighty effort!
You also might have seen the ads with Vanessa Paradis for the women’s line: Conscious Exclusive, a party wear collection that nods to old Hollywood glamour that is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. Here is the commercial with Vanessa and a bit of behind-the-scenes footage.
And besides the Conscious Exclusive collection, H&M has just released its Sustainability Report 2012. One of the highlights is that the company has become the first global retailer to give customers the opportunity to return old clothes from any brand, as long as they are reusable, to its stores. Very cool!
This is a guest post from Talia Handler, senior student in Childrenswear at Parsons, The New School in NYC.
Living in New York City, life can get very hectic. Something I have looked forward to for the last three years is my family trip to Telluride, Colorado in the winter. Telluride is a beautiful escape, and a great city for a family who loves the outdoors and breathtaking scenery. Telluride is a small and secluded town tucked in the mountains of Colorado.
The most popular activity Telluride has to offer is skiing and snowboarding on their endless mountains. They offer lessons for every age, and have mountains that are compatible with any skill level.
Telluride has one of the longest ski lifts in America, taking ten minutes to transport you to the top of a few of the slopes. The views on the ride make it worth every minute.
Telluride is a child friendly town, and great for families. Most of the kids go down the slopes faster than the adults! And for the kids who aren’t interested in outdoors activities, you can take them down the main street in town through the local shops, many of which offer eco-friendly clothing for all ages and allergy sensitive food choices, making it easy to dine as a family.
Another choice for those who are not into heights would be to take a knitting lesson at the local yarn store, Needle Rock Fiberarts, where all the yarns are natural and hand dyed. The store even has a children’s section in the back, offering delicate yarn choices and instructions on how to knit a mini sweater or stuffed owl.
Above all, Telluride is a great town for a family vacation, with something for everyone to take part in. If not for the skiing, go for the beautiful views of the Colorado mountains.
What a lovely and original Advent calendar from French designer, Zü. She has very generously shared the printable forms so that you can download and create this free advent calendar yourself. All you need is a printer, some paper and scissors and string. Instructions in French and English here, with of course, the printables.
Zü also has an online shop with her lovely creations such as vintage cloud cushions, sweet raindrops below and wonderful vintage posters. Take a look here.
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who are celebrating! Here are some great, rustic Thanksgiving Centerpieces. Some of them might inspire you, just in case you were still looking – some of them could be put together in a pinch. The one below near the lake really has me dreaming.
These ultra-colorful and creative socks, leggings and accessories from LA based company, Hansel From Basel, are calling me today. I am always looking for fun accessories to blast the winter blues, especially socks, for the kiddos. They also have mood-lifting accessories for the big kids. I especially like their wild stockings. Check out their arty blog as well.
I am a huge fan of Patrick Dougherty’s work as you might have known from this previous post. So, I imagine my joy when I realized he has an exhibition called Room by Room at the Springfield Massachusetts Museum and that we could swing by on our way back from Cape Cod (see our trip here)…which is what we did. I am trying here to give you a really good idea of the structure and beauty of this piece – it is hard to capture. The girls had a ball playing in this ultimate cubby house.
And I was just informed by Patrick’s peeps that Bending Sticks, the documentary film about Patrick Dougherty and his sculptures, will have its World Premier at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC on December 2nd, 2012 at 4PM. Tickets ($12) will be available after Nov 12 by calling the box office 919-560-3030 or at the door on the day. Film makers, Penelope Maunsell, Kenny Dalsheimer and Patrick will attend and there will be an photo exhibition too. See a trailer here. Wish I could go.
And then there is the is Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden. Just wonderful!
Has your city been visited by the Buddy Bears yet? Here they are proudly lined up in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Oona wants to make one like this, so she tells me…
Everything started in Berlin in June 2001, when the ”Buddy Bear Berlin Show“ was launched. The raised arms of the upright Buddy Bears communicated a friendly attitude and optimism. The Buddy Bears were such a great success that the exhibition continued until the end of 2002. At the same time, many companies and private individuals bought Buddy Bears for their home country or hometown, which increasingly turned the Buddy Bears into global ambassadors of Berlin.
And here they are in St. Petersburg…
and in Kitzbühel in Austria (where I worked in a ski lodge in my crazier, younger days)…
and in Cairo, where I also visited.