Haute Heraldry

Crest_CR-2_HautePapierCouture crests and heraldry has been the rage on instagram and typically seen for new babies, new marriages or for use in personal stationery. It is very, very pretty, but can also be expensive.

Cue the top notch team at Haute Papier…where they have created a stable of ready-to-go crests that can be printed on any of their Executive Notepads. You have to use their color ways, but can customize with your name and initials for far less than having one created just for you.

Talk about a great gift!

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Prince George may be the newest “royal” heading off to school, but you’ll feel just as regal with your own crest when you’re jotting down your to-do list! Cue the trumpets!

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The New “It Bag” – Bergen Bags

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.29.15 AMThe hottest bag out there right now isn’t a Birkin bag…it’s a Bergen bag. Yes, as in Candice.

It all started when Ms. Bergen’s daughter asked her to paint on her Louis Vuitton duffle. She posted the results on Instagram and the rest as they say….was history. Since last summer, Candice has been taking orders and painting up a storm. She loves that she is doing something new at age 70. And, I love that, too!

If you have a bag that you’ve had a while, why not send it to Candice and have her personalize it. Instant conversation piece and treasure! More info can be found at BergenBags.com!Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.06.43 PM

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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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