Friday, August 30, 2013

Preparing for Labor Day Weekend

Life has a way of passing us by far too quickly. In recognition of Labor Day, let’s take a moment to slow down and do something that’s not only good for our bodies, but also for our hearts.

As we all know, there are good ways and bad ways to deal with stress. Sometimes in the midst of the chaos we forget how take a deep breath and calmly move forward. We know that exercise is one of the best things we can do for our bodies and minds, but what if your time is limited? Some days we only get a few extra moments.

A lot of us work in offices where we will primarily stay seated at our computers during day. Standing, stretching and walking throughout the day will do wonderful things for your mind. Asking a coworker to take a walk with you (or go alone!) after lunch can be a great way to settle your meal, clear your head, connect with another person and hopefully see some nature.

Let’s challenge ourselves to walk away from our phones and other distractions at least once a day. Pay attention to the nature, wildlife and the serenity that can accompany us during this time. Make it a tradition to walk with your spouse, children or friends after dinner. Or make it a personal ritual. 

Here's more on the benefits and history of walking:

If we take good care of ourselves, the dedication and care we provide for our loved ones with be so much stronger.

Happy Labor Day to everyone! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Table Wear: Rue du Bac

It's hard to go wrong with classic grey + white, which is why we created our Rue du Bac collection, named after a famous street in Paris known for great shopping. Combining various shades of greys with neutrals is effortlessly chic, both in your wardrobe and the home. 

TOP: Dress | Cardigan | iPhone case | Necklace | Tote | Sandals | Nail polish

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Déjà Vogue: Stylish 1950's Housewife

Channeling the 1950’s housewife, this week the classic trend is still going strong. Flashback to the iconic styles of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, for that perfect and polished look.   

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tabletop Props: Summer nights with friends, Mojitos, and card games

Here in Seattle the summer has been remarkably pleasant. The sunsets are inspiring in shades of sherbet and the evenings are perfectly warm. One of our favorite ways to spend an evening is with good company, mojitos, and a deck of cards. Rosanna Mojito glasses, fancy bar tools, the chicest paper napkins, and the freshest ingredients from the local market ensure a fantastic mojito. A great vintage coaster set and a crisp deck of cards tops it all off and a lively, entertaining evening is sure to take place! Cheers!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Honey's Many Wonders

Oh, honey! There are so many reasons to love it! Honey is a natural topical antibiotic, a cough suppressant and is good for your skin. It's also a natural sweetener that can boost energy.

Natural honey is hard to come by these days. It's true that what you find in the grocery store may not be everything you hoped it would be. Often times the pollen is completely filtered out. Bee pollen is full of protein, vitamins, minerals, lipids, and carbohydrates. The pollen from flowers is packaged by the honeybees with nectar and enzymes, which then turns it into a super-food.

I spent months traveling through Washington and Oregon to find the perfect honey. I wanted something wholesome and different. Aside from selecting honey that is truly delicious, it’s also raw (no pollen filtering!), unheated, Kosher and gluten-free.

Farm Belle honey comes in clover, lemon, raspberry and blackberry. For Fall, I’ve added lavender and pineapple-lemon pepper honeys. They all pair so beautifully with teas, toasts and other wholesome snacks.

So, indulge in something sweet and feel good about it!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Table Wear: Vino

This week on Table Wear we're creating a wine country-style room inspired by our Vino collection. Focusing on vibrant purples in varied hues and complementary rich wood tones, we've recreated a little slice of Napa. We even snuck in our own pressed glass goblets placed atop this gorgeous upcycled wine barrel tray. Cheers!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Déjà Vogue: High Waist Bikini

Flashback to the groovy beach scene this week as high waisted bikinis become a top trend this summer. Channel your inner Sally Field and surf’s up!