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Happy Birthday, Prince George: Gifts For the Little Prince

By  July 21, 2014

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Our darling Prince George Alexander Louis is turning one year old! Can you believe it? The time has really flown, we can’t imagine how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, feel. Though, something tells us they’re probably just excited that their little one is finally sleeping through the night. In celebration of the little Prince’s first birthday, we come bearing gifts. Short of frankincense and myrrh, we’ve scoured the Internet for the best of the best to offer Prince George.

  1. Grandma is Greatest Queen Bibavailable at Café Press for $12.99
  2. Baby Japonesque Dolphin Nail Clipper and Fileavailable at J.Crew for $15
  3. Little Prince Potty Chairavailable at Children’s Funky Furniture for $119.44
  4. Harrods Guardsman Bearavailable at Harrods for $34
  5. Melissa Shoes Sugar Rain Rhino Boots, in Black, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $65
  6. The Little Prince, available at Amazon for $9.53
  7. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug Mouse Ride-On, available at Barneys New York for $85

Instagram Diary: Montauk-ing with Sweaty Betty

By  July 21, 2014

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There is nothing I love more than the opportunity to escape the city for a little getaway. Make that a fitness getaway, and I’m beyond excited. Sweaty Betty (a well made, not to mention, fashion-forward fitness apparel brand) out of the UK recently opened a store in SoHo, and I’ve been sniffing around the brand’s wares ever since. Founder Tamara Hill-Norton invited me and a few other editors to spend three days at Ruschmeyers in Montauk, investing in fitness and wellness with yoga, SUP, and a visit to Montauk Juice Factory, all while wearing enviable pieces from Sweaty Betty. Perfection, right?

Jenny Packham Lights Up Real Luxury with Crafty Candles

By  July 21, 2014

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Jenny Packham wants to light up your home, and it’s not through your wardrobe!

Following int he footsteps of Jason Wu and Mary Katrantzou, the British designer has linked up with luxury beauty brand Neom Organics on a pair of scented candles that tap into Packham’s balance of sweet and sultry. The candles will be available at both eponymous sites starting in September for $137 for a 50-hour burn time and a whopping $505 for 150-hour burn time. “We chose to collaborate with Jenny Packham not just because she designs the most inspiringly beautiful dresses in the world, but because of the way the dresses make you feel,” said Nicola Elliott, co-founder of Neom Organics. “A precious moment of utter luxury, this is the synergy of Jenny Packham and Neom.”

The first candle, called Real Luxury, taps into our inner silver screen femme fatale with seductive notes of lavender, jasmine, and Brazilian rosewood essential oils. The second, Happiness, takes a lighter turn with a vibrant blend of white neroli, mimosa flowers, and lemon essential oils. Even the packaging nails Packham’s preference for the glitzy side of glamour thanks to bold 18-carat gold prints on each. “I’m a huge believer that scent is linked to mood, and I think we all associate certain scents with certain memories,” Packham said. “Each scent befits a mood and a moment. I love both, as I think many women would.”

We can already see our selves spinning through our scent-filled spaces in one of Packham’s pretty dresses!

Luxury Candles to Set the Mood

By  July 16, 2014

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The time is right for relaxation and romance. Turn off that main switch and light a candle, why don’t you? What’s that smell? Is that … cucumber melon? If the idea of making your home smell like a popular body spray for teens sounds like a winner, read no further. If you’re looking to adorn your home with luxurious fragrance, read on.

Scented candles no longer only come in ginormous jars that smell like super sweet food items (although there is a time and a place for such a thing). For a grown up, sensual candle experience, consider these luxurious options.

Moroccan Oil hand-poured candle – The signature hair and body oil smells divine on its own, but when this candle is burned in your home, the fragrance takes on a warm and sensual tone that will fill your home.

Diptyque - This perfumerie has been producing exquisite Parisian fragrances for home and body since 1961, and their reputation for high quality and uniquely beautiful scents makes them a celebrity favorite.

Voluspa - Voluspa candles make for exquisite and special gifts, because they’re not only decadently fragranced, they are beautifully packaged decorative items. With sumptuous scents like “Crisp Champagne” and “Tuberosa di Notte,” you can’t go wrong.

Henri Bendel - Henri Bendel is a purveyor of many chic must-have things, but the candles are amongst the best. With a variety of fragrances from classic to quirky, you could make your bathroom smell like Linen while your kitchen smells like Tomato Vine (for example).

NARS - That’s right, the makeup brand we all adore also makes sumptuously scented candles in beautiful glass containers, that come in 5 unique fragrances intended to stimulate the senses.

Bond No9 - Beloved NYC perfumerie Bond No9 makes exquisite, distinctive, memorable fragrances for your body and your home, which come packaged in collectors-worthy containers.

Capri Blue - Capri Blue candles come packaged in gorgeous, covetable found glass and mercury glass bowls that will look glorious on your mantle or dresser, and come in scents like Volcano, Rain and Aloha Orchid.

Jonathan Adler - Is there anything Jonathan Adler can’t do? The designer and tastemaker has a finger in every pie, and his candles are to die for. They come in bold bright candle vessels, or basic white, or super fun and quirky perfect-for-housewarming containers, like Peace, Hashish or Muse d’Or.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Go Inside Ford's Further With Ford Trend Conference

By  July 14, 2014

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What happens when a car company invites a fashion girl to Detroit? She packs her Glam pink notebook, her metallic J.Crew wedges and gets ready to buckle down to learn about key trends that will impact the future of technology, design, sustainability and transportation at the fourth annual Go Further with Ford trend conference. She Instagrams Kenneth Cole speaking one the opening panel, gets a first look at the new Ford Edge, and is diagnosed by a lipsologist.

At one point during the conference, the automotive brand took the group of journalists, editors, bloggers and car enthusiasts on a tour of Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant. My first car was a Ford Taurus–my parents bought it in 1994 when it was the best-selling in its class at the time, kicking off my early Ford loyalty that was cemented after a trip to Dearborn plant. Let’s take a look, shall we?

 

4 Chic Home Design Tips from Jeremiah Brent

By  July 11, 2014

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Jeremiah Brent‘s work is synonymous with interior design eye candy that you can fill up your entire Pinterest page with (he did decorate Rachel Zoe‘s home after all). Naturally we jumped at the chance to pick his brain and get decor tips for our own homes during a recent luncheon he hosted with Wave Petunias at BLT Fish.

1. What are some current seasonal design trends to incorporate into your home?

Generally I’m not a huge fan of following “trends”–both in design and fashion. I think it limits people’s ability to work in a creative and personal capacity. I think your space should be derived from who you are and not necessarily what’s “in” at the moment. One thing that I’m noticing more and more of, however, is that there’s more of an emphasis on nature–natural materials such as geodes, stones, trees, plants, etc. are becoming widely used throughout home design. There’s a huge melding of the indoors and outdoors right now.

2.  Where are some unexpected places you can incorporate flowers or plants in your home?

For me, I love mini bouquets randomly throughout my dressing room and bathroom, such as a small bouquet on a dresser or on a round marble table next to the sink. Sometimes the smallest touches add the most to a space.

3. What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when designing interiors? How do you avoid/solve those problems?

People are often paralyzed when dealing with their own spaces and often find themselves rushing to make everything look like page 34 of a catalog. When they’re done, they can’t see themselves in their space. My biggest advice is: take a moment and reflect. If it’s not absolutely beautiful or absolutely functional, then you don’t need it.

 4.  How do you keep a home from looking too “designed” and still cozy and lived in?

I really believe that your home should be curated to yourself: your past, your present, and more importantly, who you want to become. To steal a line from my husband’s [Nate Berkus] book The Things That Matter: “Your home tells the story of who you are.”

 

Current Obsession: Indoor Plants and Their Placements

By  July 11, 2014

When decorating a space, we tend to think of the artwork, ceramic accents or little knick knacks that will fill our homes and give a glimpse into our personalities. But one of my favorite items for home decor gets glazed over by many. This month, I’m obsessing over indoor plants. They’re a great accent for any space and depending on the type you get, they can require little maintenance (perfect for the girl-on-the-go).

I just love how they look aesthetically – always so clean and vibrant – and how they’re able to clean and cool the air around you. Big or small, an indoor plant can be just the right piece to pull your entire room together. Below are the three ways I’m incorporating plants into my life.

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Hanging Plants - One of the greatest things about hanging plants is that they not only add dimension to a room, but they also fill a space without cluttering up your credenza or desk. There are some incredibly unique plants and hangers that will liven up your room – I’m a fan of this simplistic geometric-inspired Himmeli Hanging Planter from HRUSKAA on Etsy.

Succulents

Table succulents - The chicest of living centerpieces, succulents breathe life into a room and are ideal for those who haven’t quite mastered keeping plants alive. They come in an array of colors – purple plants are always welcome in my home – and textures. You can embrace a mossier centerpiece for an earthy relaxed feel or Hens and Chicks and Panda Plants for a clean, crisp look. And if you don’t want them lying around, place them on your wall in a gorgeous piece like Williams Sonoma’s Diftwood Wall Art.

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Single trees - One free standing plant might be all you need to brighten up your room, giving your space a fresh edge. Placing a tall plant in the corner can add a pop of color to an otherwise muted room. A Pachira plant (also known as a Money Tree) is the perfect way to include a unique accent to your living room. It’s not your typical plant – the trunk twists together for a conversation-worthy base. It’s also incredibly easy to take care of!

What are your favorite indoor plants?
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MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.

Day in the Life: Jess Levin of Carats & Cake

By  July 11, 2014

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Planning a wedding is no easy endeavor. From finding that dream dress to narrowing down the guest list, there are dozens of decisions to make. We can’t all have an event planner to help us with the details, but we do have Carats & Cake on hand, the soon-to-be bride’s premiere destination for all things wedding. Founder Jess Levin sought to set up a space where past couples can help soon to be newlyweds with concrete suggestions on vendors, from venues to caterers, using photographs and reviews from their own nuptials. The goal of the stunning site simple: bring bride’s vision to life with a little bit of C&C’s magic.

5:45AM Rise and shine. I get up extra early on Mondays to hit the New York flower market.
6:00AM Quick email check. I load the site on my phone to make sure everything is up and running.

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6:15AM Arrive at the flower market on 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue and wander around a few of my favorite vendors, depending on the season and my mood.
6:20AM Snap a few flower shots to send to our Digital Media Editor to post for Carats & Cake
6:30AM Head back downtown with plenty of fresh flowers for both the office and my apartment for the week. You can never have too many fresh flowers.
7:00AM I always make breakfast and bring it to the office unless I have a morning meeting. Today I put some Greek yogurt with granola from Café Cluny in a mason jar with chopped raspberries and nectarines.10362260_802672459757596_526858805_n
7:15AM Walk to the Carats & Cake offices in the Meatpacking district with a quick detour for an iced coffee at Ninth Street Espresso.
7:30AM Spend the morning catching up on email and getting organized for the day.
8:30AM Send out weekly email to Carats & Cake team with priorities and ongoing projects. Then morning meeting with the NY team to review the week ahead and go over anything urgent.
10:00AM Log into Carats & Cake and check our numbers and recent user activity and then respond to messages.
10:30AM Walk to Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee on West 13th Street. I am addicted to the Sweet Mary and their Iced Mocha with vanilla and soy milk. Call my mom and dad on the walk and wake them up to say “hi” (they live in California).
11:00AM Take a quick peek at this week’s social media features and select the content for Carats & Cake’s weekly emails.
12:00PM Weekly call with our design team in PDX to review priorities. We are working on some new things I can’t talk about yet!
12:45PM Walk to Chelsea Market, grab lunch to go, and eat outside with our interns. We talk about what they want to do this summer in New York and any ideas they have for Carats & Cake.
1:30PM Review wedding submissions with our wedding editor. Discuss editorial calendar for next four weeks.
3:00PM Buvette with one of my favorite wedding planners to chat about business and ways to grow her company’s presence on Carats & Cake10467940_254100571447384_2115120415_n
4:00PM Call with one of our advisors to discuss a potential business opportunity. Pop into Sockerbit on Christopher Street before heading back to the office. Stay on phone while shopping for candy.
4:15PM Back in the office with a giant bag of candy for the team. Respond to emails and make sure everything got done/responded to.
5:00PM Go over any questions that may have come up with the team during the day.
6:30PM Pilates.
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7:30PM Make (order) dinner with my love. I try not to have plans on Monday nights.
9:00PM Check emails on my phone and email myself a list for tomorrow of things that need to get done. Quick chat with our development team before plugging my phone in.
10:00PM Bed.

10 Confetti Inspired Party Ideas {HOORAY!}

By  July 10, 2014

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There’s something about confetti that just instantly makes me hear “HOORAY!” So it’s not wonder these tiny little bits of fun make a bit impact at any party. From DIY confetti balloons to party treats sprinkled with colorful fun, here are a few ideas for taking your confetti well beyond the table!

1. Confetti Birthday Printables Collection – via Hostess INK

One of the newest additions to our INK store (or as we like to call it, “Fresh INK”) is this Confetti Birthday Collection. We’re loving how versatile this look is — and we can also customize it for a bridal shower, graduation party, or any occasion that calls for a little extra confetti!

2. Confetti Cake Pops via Sweet Little Details

There are lots of ways to tie sprinkles into a party’s desserts, but I like the simplicity of these cake pops (plus the larger sprinkles seem more like confetti to me). They would be super simple to make and even easier to eat. ;)

3. Confetti Macarons via HWTM

Everyone loves funfetti cake, so why not take it up a notch for your party guests and offer them some funfetti macarons!? With a full recipe and step by step instruction, Tessa Huff (baker extraordinaire) makes macaron-making seem like a cake walk!

4. Confetti Sprinkles Rimmed Drinks via Sweet Style blog

Edible confetti is the best kind of confetti, don’t you agree? Here, a sprinkled rim makes party drinks even more celebratory! Make them adult-friendly by adding sprinkles or sanding sugar on cocktail glasses (wouldn’t that make a cute martini?!)

5. Polka Dotted Wooden Cutleryvia Red Carousel

These adorable wooden forks & spoons would go perfectly with all of your confetti themed treats! You can buy them here for a quick shortcut, or make them yourself with a plain cutlery, a pencil erase & different colored stamp pads!

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6. Confetti Crown via Best Friends for Frosting

Add some sparkle to your outfit with these adorable crowns! I actually originally thought they were headbands and still think that would be a really cute idea as well. These would be a cinch to make and would be perfect for a makeover/dress-up station.

7. DIY Tuxedo Confetti Poppers via HWTM

We shared these back in Oscar Season as a fun way to make your Oscars Viewing Party POP (pun intended). The step by step instructions are super helpful if you’re looking to make your own poppers, and they can be customized with any type of confetti and outside embellishments that you’d like!

8. Doily Confetti Holders via Daisy and Tea

If you’ve decided to not go the confetti popper route and just have your confetti loosey-goosey, these doily cones are the perfect quick fix (just make sure your confetti is large enough where it doesn’t fall through the holes).

9. Confetti Balloons via bonbon balloons

Large balloons are all the rage right now, and I’ve seen lots filled with round confetti, but these clear confetti balloons are extra special because you can send them (fully blown up) as a gift! They just float right out of the box when you open it. Beautiful hand-cut confetti and a confetti garland string make these over the top adorable.

10. Mini Confetti Bottle Party Favors – via Sugar & Cloth

For the ultimate party send-off, arm your guests with these little jars! These would be so stinkin’ cute to shower over the bride and groom at a wedding, or as the ultimate surprise at a surprise birthday party! Once empty, these are still such cute favors because who doesn’t love a good mini bottle?!

jen sbrantiContributing Editor, Jennifer Sbranti is a graphic designer and founder of Hostess with the Mostess®. HWTM brings stylish entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website, creative online community, and popular daily blog. Sbranti’s ideas have been featured in media outlets such as The Today Show, People, InStyle Weddings, Pregnancy, and Everyday with Rachael Ray. Sbranti resides in San Diego with her husband (& HWTM co-founder) Sonny Sbranti and their two young daughters, Macy & Rylie.

Oh, So Glam: Gray Malin

By  July 10, 2014

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Have you seen the latest photography collection from Gray Malin? You might know and love Gray’s previous work (the La Dolce VitaA la Plage, and Prada, Marfa collections are all iconic at this point), and if you’re a fan, you’ll definitely dig the new Aqua Glam photographs. Capturing the glamour of early 20th century Hollywood, the images were shot at the famed 1920s Annenberg Pool in Los Angeles, and feature the synchronized swimming group Aqualillies. Aren’t these pieces so whimsical and glamorous? Which one would you want to take home with you? You can shop the full collection here.

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Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a New York City based daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, TX, she’s blogged since 2008, and in early 2012, launched Vivaleur, a graphic design and blog consulting company. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find her exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy.