Mi Golondrina

brand-designerIt’s no surprise that I’m drawn to the designs and handmade quality of the clothing and soft goods from Mi Golondrina. As a girl, growing up in Texas, my grandparents lived just 5 miles from the Mexican border. Crossing over from Brownsville, TX to Matamoras to buy Mexican dresses and huaraches was a summer adventure. These styles remind me of those….only better!

Christina Lynch was inspired by her mother’s Mexican heritage to bring to life a stunning collection, handmade by Mexican women in small villages. Each piece is hand embroidered.

For the coming Spring/Summer season, this is at the top of my list. The off-the-shoulder tops paired with jeans or the dresses paired with sandals will be the perfect items to toss in your suitcase for a Spring Break vacation…and to enjoy into the summer. Available in both women’s and children’s sizes…the quality is amazing! brand-processScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.40.56 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.41.03 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.52.53 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.52.31 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.53.14 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.09 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.56.14 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.27 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 5.55.37 PMEasy, elegant, beautifully made clothing….I’m ready to pack my suitcase and head South!

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Not Your Daughter’s Doll…Jess Brown Designs

Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.22.22 PMDolls aren’t just for children anymore.

Jess Brown has long been inspired by beautiful textiles and began creating rag dolls for her children 15 years ago, using cashmere and antique remnants that she would find. Over time, her dolls garnered more and more attention and she formalized her business in 2012. Each year, she creates some limited edition collections with other designers, so it was her collaboration with Jenna Lyons of J. Crew that finally drew me in.

As you probably know…I have two sons. No daughters. So, girly things are left to me. Could I actually buy a doll….for myself? I decided yes….I could. And, I must confess, it’s probably not my last.

I liken these hand made dolls to 3 dimenstional works of art….each unique, definitely collectible. You can choose the color of the muslin and add accessories, if you like. A perfect gift for the little or big girl in your life.jess-about-pic Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.22.41 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.23.03 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.24.20 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.31.50 PMThat’s my Coco. I absolutely love her, as she reminds me of my mother’s china dolls. And, I know that I will definitely take better care of her than I did the dolls of my youth. Most of those are missing limbs or hair. This doll will hopefully look as good when a future grandchild loves on her. And, in the meantime…I’ll pretend she’s mine.

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Poolside Totes

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.45.10 PMWith snow still on the ground in the Northeast, I am dreaming of a warm weather escape. And, many of you will be taking a Spring Break in the weeks and months to come. Getting your beach wardrobe together is part of the fun and a cute beach/pool bag is something that can make your lounging all the more fun.

These beach bags by Poolside are clever and cheeky and super chic! They have a collection of phrases that you can select from or you can do something completely custom. Especially cute for a warm weather honeymoon, bachelorette party, destination wedding or birthday celebration.

I don’t know about you, but I dread trying on swimsuits…so, I relish selecting something from the comfort of my favorite chiar.Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.45.49 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.46.23 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.46.44 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.48.27 PMScreen Shot 2017-02-15 at 2.47.06 PMThese bags may not be my first “beach tote rodeo”, but they sure are fun…..and that’s what you want to have in the sun!

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