{ Holiday Gift Guide }

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It’s that time of year again, the chill in the air, the smell of pine trees, the twinkling lights…the holiday gift guides! With so many products out there the thought of holiday shopping can be overwhelming. Below are a few of my favorites to get you started…

For the Adventurer:

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I LOVE this mug from Wild and Wolf I even bought one for myself this past week. It’s a great reminder, at home, that there is always another adventure to be had and they also make camping mugs!

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How awesome is this scratch off map from Urban Outfitters? It’s a great way to keep track of where you have been, where you want to go, and it is an instant conversation starter when people come over.

For Her:

Jcrew Leggins

These cozy leggings from JCrew are so cute that they don’t have to be confined to the house. They come in two colors and are a best bet for any good friend.

Clare V Clutch

This Clare Viver clutch is kind of a splurge but very much a dream holiday gift. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can monogram it with her initials.

For the Fashionista:

Doie Lounge Tabitha Robe

 

Ok yes, I am plugging my own product here, but what better way for a Fashionista to get ready for a big night out on the town, than in a glamorous super-soft Doie Lounge robe? Use the code: Sparkle for 20% off (cannot be combined with any other promotion)

Bite Lip Colors

I have been coveting this lipstick set by Bite Cosmetics, available at Sephora. This gift-ready collection contains four mini versions of BITE’s High Pigment Pencil in a purse-sized tin compact, perfect for travel. The collection includes Pomegranate and Rhubard, as well as the new limited-edition holiday shades Winterberry, a deep raspberry, and Sablé, a peachy nude. I will be purchasing this for myself and a few others in the very near future.

For the Kiddos:

Jet Air Camper Play TentOk, you clearly need a playroom or back yard for this one, but I love this jetaire camper play tent from Land of Nod.

wishbone-bike-recycled-edition-5This bike from Wishbone Design Studio, is great because not only is it made from recycled carpet, but it can expand as your child grows, and is really like three bikes in one. Not to mention, it’s the most stylish kid’s bike I’ve seen.

For Him:

EDC KitI feel like you kind of can’t go wrong with this tool kit from Kaufmann Mercantile Inc. It has things like a brass compass, a magnesium fire starter and a stainless steel pressurized pen. What guy doesn’t get himself into a situation where he needs a steel pressurized pen? Just kidding, I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important and every man needs one.

Leather CaseMen love leather, and they love their computers, so this seems like a can’t lose gift, a leather computer case from Stock and Barrel (note- not recommended for hard core vegans).

For Anyone:

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Where do I even start with Heath Ceramics? They are my go-to holiday gift– from gorgeous serving bowls to elegant vases, their understated collections are on everyone’s wish list these days. If you don’t live near one of their locations, you can always order online.

PlantsI don’t know anyone who doesn’t like plants, do you? I didn’t think so. A gift certificate to a local nursery is always a welcomed holiday gift. If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Flora Grubb, it’s a wonderland of gorgeous plants both indoor and out.

Most importantly, give the gift of quality time with those you love this holiday season.

xx

Sara

The Right One

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 Photo: Studio 1923

Mike and I were married at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ on April 6, 2013.   Our venue was right on the water and had the most spectacular views of Manhattan.  We were married outside with the city as our back scape; it was the ideal spring day.  Our entire wedding weekend was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! 

My bridesmaids gifts were definitely something that I put a lot of thought into.  My girls mean the world to me and have always gone above and beyond, not just during the wedding process.  I wanted their thank you gifts to be ones that were truly special and something that really showed how much I value and appreciate them in my life.  I always knew I wanted robes to be a part of the gift, it was just a matter of finding the “right” ones.  When I came across Doie Lounge robes, not only were the pictures gorgeous, but every one of the reviews were nothing but fantastic.  I was sold.  To top it off, working with Sara was effortless and enjoyable – she was responsive, so accommodating and helpful and simply, just pleasant!

And of course, the robes…those spoke for themselves! Everyone LOVED LOVED LOVEDDD the robes!!!  They were all so happy to not have to worry about what to wear while getting ready and also to have such an incredible new robe they could wear after the wedding!  They all couldn’t get over how soft and comfy and pretty they are!  Of course, I was very impressed and pleased as well.  It is now a staple in my wardrobe and even came along with me on our honeymoon!  The number of compliments I have received on the robes are countless (even based on pictures alone).  I continue to recommend Sara to everyone I meet (bride or not)!  Thank you so so much for everything!!

 ~ Tara S. married 04.06.13, in Jersey City, NJ 

{Keep Calm And Get Married}

Today I am excited to announce that we have a guest blogger! Rona Bolton is a part-time writer for Chillisauce.co.uk and is a marriage counselor who also works with brides-to-be before their big day. She’s an expert when it comes to planning great hen party ideas (that’s bachelorette parties for those not in the UK).

{Photographer: Red Fish Blue Fish}

As we all know, weddings are fraught with all kinds of emotions bordering from positive, joyous ones to unfavorable anxiety attacks. No matter the strength of your feelings, the best way to keep everything smooth sailing is to remain calm and collected for the most part. Below are some tips on how to rein in your emotions on some common scenarios you might experience in your wedding.

Scenario 1: Wedding Preparation Meddlers

An all too common event in most wedding preparations are overbearing parents, siblings or in-laws who are entitled to think that they should have a say on all your planning and arrangement decisions. Although it’s certainly nice of them to suggest a couple of ideas, draw the line when they insist on having their own way. After all, it’s your wedding and it should only be you or your soon-to-be husband who gets to have the final say.

Of course, getting that message across should be done in a tactful and sensitive manner. Ultimately, you want to maintain cordial relations with your family or in-laws since all they really want is the best for you even if you guys differ in defining what exactly constitutes the “best.” You can do this by saying you appreciate their suggestions and then politely tell them that as the bride, it is your happiness that’s on the line and you would really be grateful if they could lend you a helping hand without treating their proposals as the absolute decision.

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Scenario 2: Bridal Shower Drama

Another often talked about case are bridal shower dramas. These are instances wherein one of the guests – usually a friend – who brings her personal issues into the party. What this does is that it shifts the celebration’s attention to the one bringing the drama instead of the rightful recipient, which is the bride-to-be.

There is certainly no excuse for this since as the bride, it is your proper time to shine especially seeing that you’re entering another milestone in your life. The best way to handle is to talk with your friend sincerely regarding how you feel. Tell her that you are aware of her problems and you feel for her, only that you would appreciate it if you guys can talk about it after the party. That way, you’re not entirely ignoring her plight and you’re just asking her for a leeway to celebrate this special occasion with everyone else.

{Katie Hall Photography, Bride in Doie Lounge Robe}

Scenario 3: Pre-wedding Jitters

On the morning of your wedding day, it’s normal for brides to feel a bit nervous in regards to how all their preparations pan out. Being jittery before the wedding is okay as long as you don’t get crippled with anxiety. To keep this from happening, have some proven calming measures ready on the day of your wedding. If listening to music or lighting some aromatherapy candles settle you down then by all means do so.

{Emerald Green} Pantone’s Color Of The Year

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had some time off to relax and celebrate the holidays. I enjoyed a full week off and celebrated New Years Eve with a little party at my apartment.

Being the color and print nerd that I am, I was so excited to find out Pantone’s new color of the year for 2013, Emerald Green 17-5641. Pantone is the authority on color, so if they say that Emerald Green is the “it” color, then we can expect to see it everywhere this year!

   “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty
that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” ~ Pantone

You can bet that this color will be a prominent theme in many weddings this year, so I’m especially excited  that Doie Lounge has two great bridesmaids robes featuring this Emerald Green color- the Millie and the Trixie!

Here’s to a lively, radiant, and lush year!

 

{White Wedding}

I always find it exciting and inspiring when a bride wants to do something a untraditional, which is why I was thrilled when Eve emailed me and wanted to go with white robes for her bridesmaids! I’ve had some brides who pick a robe other than white for themselves, but I had never had a bride contact me and want to get white robes for her maids.

There are two options for the white robes, so the bride herself also wore white, but she chose the Lilian for herself and the Bettina for her friends. I love how the pop of color on their robes makes her white dress stand out.

I thought it was a bold move on her part and the perfect gift for a summer wedding.

{Giveaway Winner} Alyssa Perri

Congratulations to Alyssa Perri, the winner of a Lilan robe from our contest with Style Me Pretty, NYC! I couldn’t wait to let Alyssa know that she had won the robe, but I was even more excited to hear the story behind her relationship and engagement. Read her story below and check out the adorable photos.

“My fiancé, Ed Leach, and I have been best friends for 10 years and have been dating for about 5 years. Being such great friends for so long before we started dating, really laid an amazing foundation for our relationship.
Our favorite place to be is at the beach. Ed proposed to me during sunset on the beach in Cape May, NJ. He had the ring for an entire year and I had no idea!! Following suit with our love for the beach, we had our engagement pictures taken in Long Beach Island, NJ, and we will also be getting married there in September 2013.”

 

Photos compliments of Kate Connolly of OffBEET Productions

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #5

Real Bride #5: Ellen Gardner

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Where did you get married and when?

We got married at Kiana Lodge on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington (a ferry boat ride away from downtown Seattle) on June 10, 2011 (we’re about to celebrate our one year anniversary!)

What was the best moment of the day?

Everyone knows weddings are expensive and it can certainly seem outrageous to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one day of your life. But having everyone you love in one place is incredible and I think that was truly what made the day so amazing. Other highlights were seeing friends/family getting to know one another, hearing the great speeches, the “first look” (where my husband and I got to see each other for the first time in our wedding day finest), and finally leaving the after party to go back to our hotel room where we ate wedding cupcakes and candy, drank champagne, and recapped the whole day.

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

There were SO many! One funny one: My mother-in-law is a minister and has officiated tons of weddings, so she had a lot of great advice. One piece of advice she gave us was to NOT tie the REAL wedding rings to the ring bearer pillow, because so much can go wrong (the rings can get lost, they can be hard to untie from the pillow under pressure, etc.). So we had two fake, decorative “rings” on the ring bearer pillow, but the best man had the actual wedding rings. Well, apparently no one thought to tell the little ring bearer that because when the minister asked for the rings, the ring bearer (7 year old cousin) was ready for his big moment. Then he saw the best man hand over the real rings. The ring bearer looked at his pillow with the “rings” and then back up at the real rings, and was completely crushed! After the ceremony he asked his mom: “What was I even DOING up there? I was USELESS!”

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

I would eat a s’more! During the reception, we had a bonfire with s’more stuff and I didn’t get to eat one!

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

We had a pretty long engagement (1 year, 4 months), and I think that’s just TOO much time to plan — you end up not making decisions because you have so much time! But I’d categorize the most stressful part of the planning as “people management” — trying to keep everyone in the loop and happy.

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

My 96 year old grandfather walked me down the aisle and he made several jokes (some of which the entire audience could hear), so I was laughing along with him. I also just kept looking around at all of the guests and it felt like a giant group hug from everyone I loved.

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

I joined a morning “boot camp” and worked out every day. The goal of looking good for the wedding was a great motivator (and my arms looked RIPPED!)

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

I’m not sure if this is advice, but I opted to pick bridesmaids from different “stages” of my life — even if we don’t talk every day now. So I had a childhood best friend, college friends, friend from when I lived in DC, friend from when I lived in LA, etc. A sort of “this is your life” of bridesmaids. Most importantly, the girls were all fun and helpful during the entire wedding weekend — love them!

What was your first dance song?

“You are the best thing” by Ray Lamontagne

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

I think I was actually more in love with my shoes than my dress — and I definitely bought them first. They were hot pink Kate Spade “Clarice” peep toe heels — and were super comfortable. My feet didn’t bother me at all.

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

I probably didn’t “work the room” enough! I was in the photo booth and dancing all night and probably neglected some long-lost cousins!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Take as many pictures as possible ahead of time so that you can fully enjoy the cocktail hour/reception. And speaking of pictures, I think one of the best things we did was have our photographers take one, giant group picture after the ceremony. So we have a picture of us with EVERYONE who attended our wedding. Priceless!

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

Yes, which was actually surprising to me. We’d been dating almost 10 years before we got married (and lived together for 4), so I figured we had the commitment thing down, but the wedding made it all feel real and legitimate. Plus, there was the whole combining finances/changing my last name stuff that we chose to do that made us feel like a real team when we got married.

PS: You can get Ellen’s cute robe here (shameless plug).

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q&A #3

 Real Bride #3: Bree Basham

 Photographer: David Michael Photography

Where did you get married and when?

Firestone Winery, Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2007

What was the best moment of the day?

Being in one place with all my family and friends, and my husband’s family and friends. It means so much to be surrounded by the people you love, all in one place!

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

My grandmother in the girl’s dance circle — my family is Greek but we didn’t have Greek dancing. When my grandmother heard a Black Eyed Peas song she swore it was a Greek song, and got up and danced with me and my girlfriends. She never sat down after that!

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

Not a thing, except maybe make it not rain.

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

Budgeting and financial decisions!

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

Um, I’m walking down the aisle to get married!

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

Those awful outdoor stairs down the bluffs in Santa Monica!

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

Don’t pick someone just b/c they picked you, make sure it’s who you really want in your heart. This didn’t happen to me, but I’ve known others tormented by this decision.

What was your first dance song?

God Only Knows by the Beach Boys

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

Impractical stilletos, and no, but they were cute!

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

Definitely able to enjoy!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Take it alllll in!

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

No different except there is a sense of commitment there of course that wasn’t there before.

 

{Weekend Inspiration} Print Inspirations

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! I was up in San Francisco visiting my boyfriend, my family, and some friends. Throughout the weekend I saw a lot of little things that inspired me. Although most of the Doie Lounge prints are designed by very experienced textile designers, I have tried my hand at a few—like the “mums” print on the Eloise robe and the Sadie robe. I am always on the lookout for cool color combinations and eye catching motifs. Below are four things that caught my eye this past weekend. I am often inspired by nature, animals, and everything Asian. What inspires you?