Archive | April, 2012

It’s a Wrap!

23 Apr

I love pretty packages. I also love my friends that appreciate the beauty of well-wrapped packages as much as I do.  Today, MB is back to talk a little about her favorite wrap styles. If you need further inspiration after reading then think of this the next time you throw something in a gift bag:

“Wrapping is self-expression. It is an extension of the gift. It is the soul of the giver communicating to the soul of the recipient.”

– Megumi Inouye

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I am one of those girls who has always judged a book by its cover. Thus, I have adopted the philosophy that gifts should be wrapped with as much love and care as went into selecting the gift. Here are some of my favorite sources for unique gift wrapping as well as a DIY project, which I will attest isn’t unique or that time consuming but a good “green” idea none-the-less.

Smock – Smock has become one of my go-to sources for all things paper. And the reason why? They use bamboo paper, which just happens to be a truly sustainable and renewable resource. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet; grows without pesticides or fertilizers; and requires very little water. Cool, right?! I also love the fact that their gift wrap has complementary designs on both sides so makes a really cute package with 2+ gifts. Check out the Chatham and Pollen wraps – perfect for your spring/summer gift giving! http://smockpaper.com/everyday/gift-wrap/

Chewing the Cud – A fabric wrap… why didn’t I think of this? As you will see, you can choose a wrap based on the significance of the gift: hope, bliss, luck, thanks, and wisdom. For a tutorial on how to wrap with fabric, check out their blog posting: http://www.chewingthecud.com/blog/category/tgif/

D-I-Y – I am fairly certain that since you are reading this blog you enjoy shopping almost as much as StyleGirl and I do. And as such, I am sure you have an endless supply of shopping bags in your closet. This past Christmas I decided to use my two large Saks bags stocked with shopping bags from every one of my favorite stores to wrap my holiday gifts. Simply remove the handles, cut off the bottom of the bag, and voila, you have some wrapping paper. For those simple craft bags that look like a grocery store bag, I simply added a little flourish with my stamp pad and created a custom and ever-so-green package.

Looking for some local resources for great wrap? My top three local spots are:

Rugg Road Paper Company – 105 Charles Street
Bob Slate Stationer – 1288 Massachusetts Avenue
Paper Source – locations in Back Bay, Cambridge and Brookline

And as I always remind myself, to give is to receive so enjoy giving a gift with love to those you love the most!

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Thanks for the great tips, MB!
Wink,

Style Girl

My New Adventure in Blogging

20 Apr

I’ve recently discovered a great blog that touches upon all the things I love – fashion, food, decor, events, Boston and charity. I’m excited to say that not only have I become a devout reader but I have also just signed on to be a contributor! Miss A is one of the largest and fastest growing online destinations for women. Miss A covers the intersection of charity and style in 21 major U.S. cities and offers informative content on a woman’s well-rounded lifestyle and interests. With a team of more than 30 editors and hundreds of writers, Miss A includes the latest and most relevant information on fashion, beauty, entertainment, food, family, city events and exclusive advice and recommendations for nearly one million unique visitors each year. Through authentic, informative, and witty editorial voices of writers in-the-know across the United States, Miss A informs, inspires, and entertains an audience of more than 95,000 unique visitors monthly. Miss A continues to grow organically by building a powerful online network of women.

 To follow my posts and those of my peers, please “like” our Miss A (Boston) page on Facebook. I’d also love for you to “like” the main Miss A page and follow us on Twitter @AskMissA.

Check out my first feature here!

Wink,

Style Girl

A Playroom for Bebe

16 Apr

Oh the little ones grow up so fast. Just over nine months ago I held my precious newborn in my arms. Today he is crawling around my house like a little truck (or as my husband says, a little Swiffer). Since my son is now too old for hour-long cuddles and stationary play, it was time to take his darling little nursery which held a twin bed  and significant hidden storage and make space so he can have some adventures of his own. As a reminder, our final nursery design looked like this first picture.

We needed to do a few things to make this space more kid friendly.

  • We needed to remove the bed to create floorspace
  • We needed to get shelving for books and supplies
  • We needed a changing table (we were able to avoid this initially by using a change tray on the bed)
  • We needed to find fun toy storage so that toys were kept tidy but accessible
  • We needed more floor coverage so he could get better traction as he crawled about

So, to start, we moved the bed out and got a decent looking changing table that provided ample shelving. I found ours on Overstock for under $200. We then bought a few fantastic canvas bins from 3 Sprouts which add color and character to the room. After searching high and low I found a great rug by Dash & Albert. Their rugs are versatile, affordable and washable – perfect!

I wanted to make this space functional and inviting – on every level. So I realized that we needed some floor seating. In addition to finding a great kid-size beanbag from Land of Nod, I purchased two blue and white poufs which can be seen in the pics I’ve posted here (I actually got a very good deal on One Kings Lane but you can find a million poufs on Etsy). I also purchased some letter pillows from Serena & Lily. For some visual fun, I placed his simple wicker toy chest in his new red wagon. The shiny new wagon was just sitting in our basement and since he’s still too young to enjoy it outside, I figured he could admire it inside.

The room will continue to change as his needs, interests and toys change. I love how this space is bright, colorful and inviting. He loves to play in his room but really who wouldn’t?

Wink,

Style Girl

I Heart Pinterest

9 Apr

I love to flip through magazines for ideas. Fashion and design magazines are at the top of my list (with Harpers Bazaar, Lucky and Elle Decor in the lead). I also will occasionally grab a lifestyle magazine like Real Simple or Everyday with Rachel Ray to get some ideas on work/life balance, space-saving tips and recipes (that I never actually make). I love magazines so much that I subscribe to about ten and I won’t buy a new bag unless a magazine fits inside (clutches don’t apply).

While magazines will always have a special place in my heart (at least for the articles…), a new forum for idea sharing has moved in. Welcome to Pinterest – an online social community that allows you to find and share ideas via virtual pinboards. I stumbled upon this site several months ago when I saw that people were coming to this blog by way of Pinterest. I realized that my son’s nursery had been re-pinnned to the site. Intrigued, I requested and invite and signed up. Now I’m hooked.  It’s creativity for the new world.

Still not convinced you should try it? Well here are some of my recent success stories using Pinterest:

  • I found a great green blouse in one pic – clicked through to J.Crew and it was mine two minutes later
  • I helped a friend find centerpiece options for her casual outdoor wedding. Mason Jars to the rescue. So cheap and chic
  • I got a load of ideas for my son’s first birthday party.  Pinterest has certainly reminded me just how many creative types are out there
  • I found a new shower curtain. I saw a great bathroom in one of the pics, clicked through to the real feature from West Elm and ta da – three clicks to a new shower curtain.
  • I have been inspired to create new Spring flower boxes. Goodbye old pinecones and hello fern, pineapple and baby vine tomatoes!
  • Desperate to find a new living room color, I stumbled upon some beautiful palettes in the Home Decorating category. Saved me loads of time at the store

You can post pictures of your own, share pins from others or use the Pin It! button and capture images on-line. The ideas are endless! Hopefully I’ve inspired you to check it out. If you’re on, follow-me!

Happy Pinning.

Wink,

Style Girl

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