Summer Shade – Barbara Cobb Sunhats

570_570_Key Orange Hammock croppedSummertime is synonymous with sunshine.

Wanting to feel its warmth upon your skin. But, being careful not to get too much. So, staying stylish and smart is the key. I’ve long had my eye on these chic sun hats from Barbara Cobb and think they are worth sharing.

Barbara Cobb hats can be customized by style, material (both inside and outside) and monogrammed, if you wish. Here’s a peek at some of the stylish sun goddesses sporting these sassy lids.570_570_OK Girls 570_570_FullSizeRender (7) 570_570_5208293156242141920_690_family on beachI’ve just checked the forecast for the week….and it’s looking sunny!!


Holiday Gift Guide – Personalized Presents


‘Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gifts, if you haven’t already! Personalized gifts are always thoughtful and clearly let the recipient know that it was something ordered just from them, not fresh from the gift closet….but they do need lead time, so get them ordered before Thanksgiving.

Loving this custom illustration by Inslee, that can be personalized with a monogram, name or favorite phrase. Perfect for the “girly-girl” in your life. (Inslee by Design, $100)

preppypapergirlI don’t know about you, but I am a “coffee on the go” kind of gal. I always have to have my hot cup of coffee when I’m driving the boys to school . These monogrammed coffee cups with lids give Starbucks a run for their money…and no debate on what’s on the outside. You decide! I got gold to go throughout the season.  (LB Originals, $56 for set of 50)

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I’m starting to see more custom monograms and personal crests, but the original was by Patricia van Essche of PVE Designs. She made mine for me years ago and I still use it on stickers and stationery. If you know someone’s favorite flower or color, this is something they can use in so many ways! (pve, price depends on scope of work).


Initial charms for necklaces have been around for a while, but these are so well priced and I love how the letters are all different shapes and sizes. Makes it fun to combine the letters…by designer, Monica Vinader. (Net-A-Porter, $130)


Lists are always more fun when they’re on a colorful pad of paper…with your name on it! Leave it to the gals at Haute Papier to continue creating fun paper products. (Haute Papier, from $21)Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 9.25.39 PMFor the family that likes to play together…a double set of playing cards, in a variety of color options. (Mark & Graham, $49)

Hopefully, this gives you a few ideas for the people on your list this year. Make the list and check it twice!


Camo for a Cause

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With Veterans Day today, I can’t help but think of “camo”, one of my favorite fashion neutrals.

I was going to do a round up of favorite camo products, but this one particular company that I met at our school book fair, Designs that Donate, will donate 10% of any sales to the charity of your choice. And, how nice would it be to purchase one of these cool camo bags for yourself or as a gift and donate to Wounded Warriors or another charity that supports our military veterans and their families.

They can do a “goyard inspired” stripe in your color choice with a word or initials. After a quick consultation with a stylish friend, I chose the black and white stripe with “EBM”. Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 8.29.18 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 8.30.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 8.36.33 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 9.28.53 PM

Follow Designs That Donate on Instagram (@designsthatdonate) to see their full array of products…and they will always donate to your charity of choice with any purchase, camo not required.

And, above all, let’s remember our military today…their courage, their sacrifices and their families!

Do you “camo”?