Two Hour Vacations, aka the Staycation

It’s a fun new word, the “staycation”. Meaning, gas is ridiculously expensive and so is everything else right now because of it, so what can I do locally for a much-needed break?! The typical vacation can be brutal anyway, the angst and panic that can set it when you plan to take a few days or a week’s vacation. The planning, the packing, the fun-making; it can overwhelm the best of us before you even leave the house. Suddenly the staycation goes from an interesting idea to something you are actually going to do.

Here are some ideas on how to freshen up your routine enough to feel like you’ve had a break without spending too much $$ or time.

(1) Treat yourself to a real manicure, pedicure. Schedule it at a day spa and read a magazine cover-to-cover. It’s okay to tell the nail technician you are there to “zone out” and don’t want to talk. Pick a bright, cheery color and bring your own polish so you can do touch-ups yourself and lengthen the amount of time it lasts.
(2) Consider a vocation-vacation. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a ______? Find one near you and ask them if they would mentor you for a day, a weekend even, and give your dream or curiosity a chance to bubble up to the surface.
(3) Go to a movie by yourself. I do this because a good movie gives my mind a great break from MY life and lets me focus on someone else’s for a few hours, plus I like to see the wardrobe choices on my favorite stars.
(4) Plan a themed dinner party for the friends in your life you want to re-connect with. Do something exotic like a Moroccan themed dinner party—you can learn to cook something new, have fun with festive décor, and remember how nice it is to do something different and laugh a bit. InStyle magazine always has great ideas and so does this site: HostessWithTheMostess
(5) Go to your Farmer’s Market and create a meal around the items you find there. Get the kids involved smelling the herbs, sampling the produce, picking the produce and really relish is the food choices that are abundant right now. Talk to the farmers there about the crops and how to pick the perfect XYZ. They are usually happy to indulge you.

Enjoy.

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Commemorate Moments

I don’t love the words push present but I like the idea, and beyond just the birth of your baby. I like to commemorate big and special moments in life with jewelry–not always uber-expensive, but special pieces for special moments. I have a diamond ring I wear on my right pinky, as did my mother and my grandmother. It’s been passed down for three generations. I have gold hoops that a dear friend gave me when my life was confusing and she wanted me to feel special again. I have my first Tiffany piece (a silver necklace) that I bought myself when I finally got a promotion I had been gunning for. The list goes on, including this ring I just made from one of my grandmother’s vintage earrings (more on that in a new post, coming soon).
My point is two-pronged: (a) as a stylist, I am always reminding clients that jewelry is a wonderful expression of who they are and a beautiful finishing touch to even the simplest outfits; and (b) jewelry with a story and a memory can be a powerful and uplifting little moment in your day. I like being reminded of the day my children were born (bracelet) and that my grandmother was a professional pianist (the right hand diamond ring) and of my wedding day (ring).

One of my favorite pieces was a gift when my twins turned one–that was a HUGE achievement! It was from Hot Mama Designs and has the kidlet’s names stamped on two disks. I love it. And I like the real deal kind of stuff–hers are still custom and hand-made in Boulder, CO, not a machined version of her great idea.

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Baby Shower Idea: A Sanctuary of Celebration

I just finished looking through the June/July FitPregnancy (the one with the gorgeous Jessica Alba on the cover–she’s also a Bebe au Lait user!) and was really struck by a great idea on the last page (144)

“In: Birth Blessings. Out: Baby Showers”

Regardless of mom’s religious beliefs, it offered the idea that the shower is really for mom, not just baby. They encouraged giving mom “offerings” of personal notes of advice, encouragement and quotes and explained that mom offers her guests a bracelet meant to be worn until the baby arrives. The mom they featured said, “A birth blessing really makes you stop and think about the fact that you are going to become a mother.”

This gave me many ideas for a shower I’m planning. I’m going to meld a beautiful, traditional baby shower with this advice and create a sanctuary of celebration, so to say. Since my friend is a serious yoga-girl, I’m going to have the guests dress comfortably and bring in a yoga instructor to take us through a relaxation exercise instead of playing any shower games. I plan to decorate with oranges and cool blues (baby is TBD) and place white orchids throughout the setting. I’m going to provide healthy, organic snacks and cupcakes (ok, those aren’t going to be healthy, found a great recipe from Sprinkles in LA) and have each guest read their blessing to the mom-to-be and then enclose them in a large envelope for her as a keepsake. I think we will all enjoy the chance to relax, reflect and celebrate in a modern, peaceful way.

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Gifting Like a Pro

Three new babies in my circle of friends. It’s time to shop for them, and for my 3-year old twins at the same time–it’s only efficient to do so, right? When I am preparing a gift for a personal friend, or a client’s, I always look for something with that special touch, something you can’t just pick up easily from a chain store. Of course there’s plenty a new mom needs from those big stores, but I always like to include something extra (and often not on the registry) and a bit unique that I discovered.

My gift formula takes into account what the mom’s lifestyle is like + what’s cool and hip right now + what she registered for + what worked really well for me as a mom and then I wrap it exceptionally well since half of the fun is receiving a gift that looks more like a couture piece of candy.

Here’s a rundown of some fresh ideas.

As we’re on the tail end of potty training (hip, hip, hooray! The “pee pee laser” metaphor is working!), My Wee Friend has been fantastic. It’s a little sticker that goes at the bottom of the mini, plastic potty and a shape/face appears when they go pee on it. The kids can’t wait to see the star show up. And for better, or worse, they like to use this travel potty more than a full-on restroom when we’re out and about.

My kids are just getting into really singing actual as well as made up lyrics to their favorite songs. So, I picked up CDs that include their names in the lyrics from Name Your Tune. American Idol 2020, watch out.
For those of you looking to add a little style to you children’s accessories, this company out of Sweden has some really cool stuff. I love, love their blankets and bibs–something really different but still simple and chic. Like nothing I’ve seen here in the States. It’s worth the international shipping for a special occasion or gift. We just gave some friends the Golden Edition pacifier for their new baby and can’t wait to buy more from Elodie Details.
The kids are getting into their book reading, or at least making up stories to go along with the pictures, these days and we found the perfect way to encourage it. A company called Bodemi sells the Reading Kaboodle and it is perfect for the kids to cuddle up on it with a pile of books and toys. It’s also become our go-to for long car trips, they use it as a blanket and cuddle pillow in their car seats.
My two lived in Robeez until their +6′-parent-genes caught up and their feet got too big. They are one of my go-to gifts for friends having babies because they worked so well for me/mine. I’m sure you’ve seen them before but what I discovered is that they have some larger size runs and crafty new styles like penny loafers and mary janes coming out soon. I gave a pair that look like skateboarding shoes to a friend with a new baby boy. He’s stylin now, can never start too early really.

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