Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or you hate. I am somewhere in between. For those years I found myself single on Valentine’s Day, it was clearly a stupid day that was spent celebrating over one-too-many cocktails with my other single friends. Those nights never did end well. On the first Valentine’s day that my now husband surprised me with silly yet thoughtful Valentine’s presents sent to my doorstep, it was a fantastic holiday that I couldn’t get enough of. I have certainly been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to my feelings on this Hallmark holiday. BUT as much as I can say it doesn’t matter to me, if a gorgeous bouquet of wild flowers happened to show up on my doorstep anywhere near February 14, I would not complain. I have to admit, I would be sad if I didn’t get flowers, or at least a card. Check out the below list of some last minute gifts you can surprise your sweetie with, which will all last way longer than flowers!
For Her :
Coralia Leets Moonsilver French Wire Earrings, $195.00. I have one word. Jewelry. It’s really the easiest gift EVER guys…come on. A simple no-brainer. Girls love jewelry. No matter what the holiday, what the occasion…good things really do come in small packages. These gorgeous earrings are discreet enough for everyday but will add just enough sparkle to your evening look. They are simply stunning. I love this designer because her jewelry is simple yet adds the perfect touch to any outfit. If sparkle isn’t your thing, she creates the same earring in a variety of different colored stones.
We are SO very excited with the giveaway we have for today’s blog! A complimentary “Design Kickstart” with the fabulous Lisa Hershman of Play Chic Interiors. What is Play Chic Interiors you ask?? A fabulous interior design firm for kids spaces. From the words of Lisa herself, “Play Chic embraces a fresh, clean aesthetic with a sense of humor. Our interiors are uncomplicated and fun, with a touch of sophistication. Add in a few small surprises, some cheerful inconsistencies, a pinch of kook – and VOILA! That’s Play Chic.” One glance at her website and you will be hooked. Simply put, Lisa has impeccable taste. Her creations are whimsical yet still stylish…why should parents compromise their home’s sophistication just because there are children in it? Lisa proves you can create a space both adults and children will love.
We’re super excited to be able to have TWO giveaways in one week! Woo hoo! Now brace yourselves…because this is adorable and hilarious…
So when Luke arrived I was pretty excited to have boy #2 because this meant…clothes were all taken care of! Not that I don’t love buying clothes for my kids…but now I could go back to buying clothes for myself! I saved all of Gavin’s duds (well, the ones that were stain free!!) and of course kept everything neatly folded by age/size in bins like the OCD person that I am.
A few weeks ago my husband calls me to tell me he stumbled upon this awesome kids store in the east village. He continued on about how he bought our lil man a Run DMC tee and made friends with the owner of the shop for me…hmm. Interesting, I thought. He carried on and on about how cute and bubbly she was and how I’d get along with her famously. So he put the two of us in touch and today we met. I’ll tell you this – he was bang on with this gal Alex. She’s adorable! And her store is off the hook. I’ve actually struggled with finding cool kids stores in my hood and Alex’s store called Piccolini most certainly fills the void! With a clever assortment of toys that serve as incredible gifts from Melissa & Doug to Elegant Baby over to rocker tees and personalized blankets as well as a fabulous variety of books, rattles and other fun chuchkas to choose from.
After getting in touch via email Alex told me how much she loves our blog and we made a date to meet. Michelle and I went over to her store today and were greeted with a gorgeous fondant cake made by Alex’s mom who has a bakery in Brooklyn called Made in Heaven Cakes. Ok well heaven it is! Michelle and I had just eaten breakfast so Alex wrapped the cake for us to go. Of course I proudly displayed the cake on one my newly DIY neon pink cake stands and it couldn’t have looked any cuter…or tasted better. WOW! We will definitely be calling Made in Heaven Cakes for our next event.
To top of the fab meeting we had with Alex we did some shopping. Michelle bought a few gifts for friends with kids and I got the lil man a Veterinarian’s doctor set. What a way to use his wild imagination…as soon as I pulled it out of the bag he ripped it open, put it on and started to operate on the toy dog that this adorable, incredibly reasonably priced (at $35) Melissa & Doug dress up outfit came with.
I also couldn’t resist getting him a new pair of sunglasses since he was in great need for a cool set and grew out of the ones I got for him as a baby…so I grabbed a navy pair of Teeny Tiny Optics aviator glasses that are beyond precious. Ali happened to get a new pair of glasses earlier in the week…here are my beautiful models giving a thumb and a finger UP!
Finally I picked up a few gifts for a girlfriend of mine who we’re visiting on Sunday. She’s got a 4 year old boy who’s into dinosaurs these days and a 3 month old baby girl. For Hunter I got a Melissa & Doug dino stamp set ($10 bucks!!! GREAT value!!) and a Pink Floyd onsie, bow tied hair clip and mini Jelly Cat bunny for baby Ava.
Alex wrapped everything up to look super cute…
I am SO happy that we discovered this wonderful new kids store and cannot wait to go back. And a big huge thank you to Alex for treating us so well and making us feel so welcome in her store. Till the next shopping spree!
On the eve of Thanksgiving I wanted to give a shout out to a few sites that we at LMP are thankful for…
Oodles of gifts: A friend of mine sent around an email last week about one of her best friends from Wisconsin, Molly Bayer Sirkus, who’s mother has a store and website that makes personalized gifts. Molly’s mother is in a coma right now under very serious circumstances, but as Molly put it so eloquently she is “getting her beauty rest”. Molly and her crew have decided to take over her mother’s (Gail Bayer) business to ensure when she gets up, not only will all be well, but business will be booming.
I was extremely touched by this story and immediately checked out the site. They monogram the cutest items making the most perfect gifts with Fab ideas just in time for the holidays! My faves are the girls bloomers, blankets, tissue box covers and photo brag books…
Little Style Finders: I belong to a mom group called Bowery Babes and through this group I have been connected to some of the most incredible woman and for this, I am very thankful! A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a woman in the group who announced the official launch of Little Style Finer, a children’s style blog. Ehrin Ziccardi, inspired by her own budding fashionista and new baby on the way, decided to launch LSF for style-savvy moms (and dads) interested in new shopping destinations, tips, trends, deals and the latest in fashion for your little ones. I love the site. She has the cutest logo and gives you a daily does of topics such as style shopping guides, little style of the day, the scoop from industry experts (one being LMP! Check out the article Ehrin posted on us…), style steals, finds and more. Check it out and subscribe (for free) if you want to keep up to date with the LSF community.
One Love Organics: You may remember back in early October LMP threw a party for OLO at Shen Beauty. At One Love Organics, they like to avoid stuff. Not the good stuff, like fun, family and friendship. Or the important stuff, like health, home and environment. They love that stuff. They mean the bad stuff. The useless, meaningless stuff that clutters our lives and clouds our perspective. They created One Love Organics to offer a simpler approach to beauty: a sensitive yet effective alternative to all those ubiquitous bottles and the mysterious stuff they contain. Stay up to date on great lifestyle, health and food (recipe) posts by checking in on their blog! OLO is also a great product for gift giving this holiday season…