Dana’s Bakery – Macarons

Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.48.41 PMHappy Bastille Day!!

I thought for many years that I didn’t like macarons. And, then I went to Paris and discovered I had actually just never had a good macaron. These little morsels (gluten free and kosher) seem to be having their moment in the sun – perhaps taking the place of cupcakes and cakepops.

I was happy to discover that there is an American pastry chef (and former photo editor) in NY, Dana Loia, who has combined American flavor favorites with the French style of dessert. At Dana’s Bakery you can find flavors such as strawberry shortcake, fruity cereal, cookie dough, peanut butter and jelly, red velvet and champagne! Packaged perfectly for gift giving, these make a darling hostess gift of birthday surprise.

They ship nationwide, but also offer daily delivery to NYC! And, there are even macaron making classes this Fall!Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.52.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 11.53.57 PMViva la France…the American way!

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The Decorated Home – Meg Braff

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.23.06 PMI’ll admit the cover of this book drew me in.

It’s gorgeous and light and happy. But, it’s Meg’s approach, advice and page after page of interior design deliciousness that had me from cover to cover. This is one of the hands-down prettiest design books I’ve seen in a long while. And, I basically read them all.

Meg’s unabashed use of color, varied textures and edited details make for exhuberant interiors that are simultaneously stunning, yet completely approachable. You can envision the families that she is designing for living in and enjoying these spaces. Lucky clients!Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.22.51 PMMeg’s book comes after numerous projects have been published in all the best shelter magazines. And, if you are fortunate enough to live in the NY Metro area, you can take a trip to her shop, Meg Braff’s Antiques & Decoration, in Locust Valley, where she experiments with looks and generates new design ideas.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.28.28 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.28.41 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.25.07 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.23.33 PM Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 6.24.05 PMThis is the kind of book that you’ll want to have for your own library, but is just a perfect gift because it’s as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside!

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Kerri Rosenthal – Give Away!

IMG_0029-1I first met award-winning artist, Kerri Rosenthal, in 2011. At that time she was painting and painting and painting! She was on something of a creative roll and I could sense something special happening. You can read my first article on her here. A lot has happened in the ensuing years. Kerri continued to evolve her craft and her art began to reflect new styles, new subjects and to include photography (her new Le Biblioteque series is one I love), as well as interior design.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.50.22 PMHer work had always been admired and used by interior designers, so it was no surprise that her art began appearing in At Home, Domino, Luxe Interiors & Design, CTC&G and Traditional Home. Her “Drippy Heart” is a favorite of many and went stratospheric when it appeared on the walls of Amanda Nisbet’s office in Domino Magazine.thumb_KR.Domino_1024Fast forward a few years.

Kerri evolved from an artist into a full blown brand. Last year, Kerri knew the time was right and opened her namesake Concept Shop in Westport, CT where she extended her original art into a home and lifestyle collection, XOKR. She has already released 40 designs that she incorporated into fabric, wallpaper and an exclusive line of furnishings.

But, that’s not all! In addition to Kerri’s own XOKR designs, she has curated items from her favorite brands, so that you are walking into a shop of her “favorite things”. Lines that you’ll find include: Clare V, Kule Stripes, Figure Love, Current Elliot, Ace + Jig, Jess Brown Design, and her own XOKR Bijoux collection.

Everything is blended into a visual color package. Stacks of stylish books are mixed with art, jewelry, clothing and home accessories which create a serious style vibe that you might find in St Barths or Venice Beach’s Abbott Kinney. It’s everything you never knew you needed, but don’t want to live without. And, if you find that you want/need more….Kerri has a team dedicated to bringing this vibe into your home through her interior design firm, Space + CO.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 8.57.36 PMxokrIMG_0093IMG_0559HEART BRACELET_02 (GOLD_SILVER)IMG_0507-1024x768 IMG_0524-e1478051367255-768x1024 IMG_0129Even more important….it’s a happy place. A place you want to visit often, as I do! (You can read a post I did in on her shop here.) With each new collection, Kerri hosts a Pop Up event, creating a party atmostphere and one where fun and art collide. You can visit the Concept Shop at 10 Sconset Square in Westport, CT!IMG_0674But, today is a celebration of our shared love of tulips! And, one lucky reader will win 1 Tulip Nouveau pillow (100% linen and cotton blend, down filled with white linen backing), pictured below. The give away is actually happening on Instagram (@prettypink2lips) and will run from today through 10pm Sunday, May 7th. Winner will be announced on the blog and Instagram on Monday, May 8th!IMG_0030TULIPS NOUVEAU PILLOWScreen Shot 2017-05-02 at 9.38.58 PM

IMG_0618It has been my great joy and honor to watch Kerri soar with creativity and boundless energy, as she inspires me not only with her art but with her vision of creating a beautiful and meaningful life for herself and others!

Visit her in Westport or on her webite! And, visit often, as Kerri and her shop are constantly evolving!

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