Going Away?

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.19.55 PMWe go away to get away.

And, it’s usually very exciting. Packing and the schlep through the airport usually isn’t part of that fun. Enter AWAY luggage, designed by Steph Korey and Jen Rubio, who cut their teeth at eyewear “unicorn” Warby Parker. The two women knew they could design a better, more thoughtful piece of luggage and make it for under $300. The original design has two compartments (one for clothes, one for shoes/toiletries), a USB charger and a TSA approved lock. Vogue called it “the perfect carry on”.

With a variety of colors, optional stickers and new monogramming….you can truly make this suitcase your own. And, at these prices…it also would make a great college graduation gift. Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.21.17 PMScreen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.15.12 PMaway-monogram-image Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.21.58 PMScreen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.13.08 PMScreen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.19.07 PMSo, where are you going away next?!

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Graduation Gift Ideas

Lately, I’ve had lots of requests for ideas for graduation gifts. You can always personalize something for someone, but there are two gifts that always seem to have impact. Words of wisdom and hard earned cash.

For grads of any age, I love these sweet picture books that espouse words of encouragement. We gave the above book to our 10 year old and each of us who attended his “graduation” from lower school wrote a note inside. It’s filled with quotes from Confucius and Plato to Wayne Gretzky and Eleanor Roosevelt. The type of things that you can turn to whenever you need a little boost.

For those headed to college, the practical and the inspiring.
To make this gift more special, hand write a note and include your favorite quote, then laminate it as a bookmark to be placed inside the book. Punch a hole in the top and tie with a ribbon.
When it comes to giving money, I love these creative ideas, that show you put some thought into the delivery. Make a box of “sweets” from a chocolate box, folding the money in various shapes.

Or, if you will be with the graduate, confetti balloons stuffed with rolls of bills will surely put a smile on their face. They may not always remember who gave them $ but they’ll always remember who gave them confetti filled balloons!

Leave it to Hallmark to have the perfect words to write in a graduation card. You can see that article here.
As the graduation announcements begin to flow in, I am taken back to when I graduated from high school and the many, many gifts and letters that I received…many times from people who I didn’t really know but who knew me. I think of them as I pay it forward.
Hats off to the class of 2015…it’s your time to soar!
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Monogrammed Mania – Emily McCarthy

Happy Monday!!! And, happy June! 

Things are a whirlwind around here, with school wrapping up tomorrow and all the excitement that has preceded it. So, just a quick post today on one of my all time favorite designers, Emily McCarthy. Not only does she continue to create new and exciting monogrammed items, but she just had her second child this week…baby Lillian! Can you just imagine what an amazing trousseau that little girl will have?!! Monogrammed everything.

Whether you need a refresh for summer entertaining or just some items to brighten your desk or bed, Emily has designed something for you. 

Linen cocktail napkins in unique monogrammed designs.

If you prefer paper…

 Looking for graduation gift ideas…these catchalls would jazz up any dorm room!

 Gift cards…keep these in mind for holiday!

 Bamboo? Why, yes I do!!!

Emily just launched her linen line last month, which includes customized pillows…select your colors and your monogram style.

But, my new favorite, might just be these paper coffee cups with lids (comes as a set of 50). You see, every morning when I drive my boys to school, I have a mug of coffee in my hand. This would be much more chic (and a lot safer).

 I think these would look pretty cute with E-B-M!

Well, there you have it….I’m off and running today. Just wish I had those paper cups already! I’ll be ready for the next school year!

Here’s to the start of June, a new week and a new adventure. What do you have planned for the week?