I got a sneak peek at a bunch of new Kate Spade products at the National Stationery Show last month No handbags–these are primarily stationery and gift products that will be produced by Kate Spade for Lifeguard Press (you will be able to buy the products online this summer). Everything here looks delicious. Take a peek:
I brought my 9-year-old daughter with me to a press preview of the Fall 2013 Land of Nod collection last month. She is a design-phile (like her mom…we watch a lot of HGTV together) and the following picks are both mine and hers. Look for all of these items to be available at the Land of Nod website starting this summer:
I like this bright new geometric quilt for either a boy or a girl, plus the awesome hexagon-shaped wall shelves:
R. made herself right at home at this new mod-designed play table and low-backed chairs:
A closer look at that wall shelving. I like that you can use this to display knick-knacks, curious, and the odd toy that doesn’t fit in elsewhere or that you’d like to show off:
I’ve been impressed with Land of Nod’s lighting the past few seasons. Check out the rope base of this new table lamp:
This fluffy new girls’ bedding set has a bit of punk edge with the addition of black-and-glittered throw pillows:
Curious about how black-and-white decor can work in a kids’ bedroom? This is how–with pretty mixed patterns and splashes of bright yellow:
In response to customer demand, Land of Nod has added more toddler-sized beds and bedding sets. I love this Jenny Lind style bed sized down for toddlers:
Finally, look for a new collaboration between design house Duc Duc and The Land of Nod, featuring pieces like this 3-drawer dresser which would be equally at home in a kids’ room, guest room, or even in a hall or entryway:
A special Happy Father’s Day to an amazing dad (mine) and grandpa (my kids’). Whether babysitting at all hours of the day or night, teaching his granddaughter to ride a two-wheel bike, or making sure he never misses Relatives Day at his grandson’s school, he continues to inspire everyone around him with his devotion to his family. He is there for us 365 days a year, and my kids know they can always rely on him. I could not have raised them these past five+ years without his support. We love you, Dad/Grandpa!
Editor’s Note: This post was published in April 2011. And, unless you’ve been buried under a rock, you know that William and Kate’s first baby is due about a month from now. Any guesses whether it will be a future King or Queen?
I don’t entertain often, but it was easy for one of my oldest and dearest friends Vanessa (a true NYC glamorista, whom I’ve been friends with since 1994), to convince me to hold a Royal Wedding Viewing Party. Given my history with the Royal Family, and the fact that this was, of course, the wedding of the century (so far), I decided to have some fun. I invited my most special friends (particularly those who knew me during my Diana years) to come watch the festivities with me, starting at 6am. And I decorated my apartment with royal partyware and pieces of my cherished collection of Diana books and memorabilia.
These are just a handful of my Royal Family books. I started collecting books like these when I was 8 years old, the summer that Charles & Diana got married. I have over 250 books in total (yes, you read correctly). Most are at my parents’ house in NJ…and they want me to come get them!
I also have about four hundred magazines featuring the Royal Family, mostly between 1981 and 1997. I have some later ones here in my apartment, like this People magazine cover story on William’s 18th birthday in 2000.
For good measure, I also bought some current tabloids about William and Kate…and tiaras and bling for guests who forgot them at home (plus letterpress Union Jack coasters by Sarah Ridgely)..
My lovely friend Alicia Ybarbo–a Today Show producer and co-author of the TODAY Moms book–kindly sent me some commemorative Wills & Kate pieces (an Aynsley plate and these fun “kissing” mugs), knowing how much I’d appreciate them. Alicia, THANK YOU. You have no idea how much this meant to me.
I set everything up the night before. I woke up to my alarm at 5:15am and raced straight to the TV, just as William and Harry were arriving at the church. Turning the TV on then, seeing Diana’s little boys all grown up entering the same Abbey where they had laid their mother to rest 13 years ago, I was very teary. Perhaps some of you felt the same way. It seemed so cruel that Diana–who worked so hard to raise these boys “the right way”–could not see this wedding, while a gazillion other people could easily watch it on TV. I tweeted during the wedding along with a gazillion other people, and one one of my Twitter followers very kindly wrote, “Diana is watching. ”
On a sartorial note, I loved loved loved William’s red military uniform (even if it reminded me a teeny bit of an FAO Schwarz wooden soldier). Some of my guests said “Charles wore red at his wedding to Diana, too.” But he did not. I know these things.
As for the bride’s dress…I liked it a lot. It was not what I pictured when I hear Alexander McQueen. I actually thought much less trendy designers could’ve designed the same type of dress. It was far more modern and streamlined than Diana’s 1981 confection by the Emanuels. But overall, it remained a stylish and conservative choice, which was required of this occasion (it doesn’t matter that this is 2011, if you are the Queen-to-Be getting married in Westminster Abbey, your arms are covered!). I was actually glad that Kate was covered up with long sleeves. I think she looks too skinny otherwise. What do you think?
The ceremony was perfect, though I missed parts of it to chat with my guests (most of whom refused to be photographed, claiming they did not look good enough having woken up at 5am). I need to watch and dissect the whole ceremony again. I didn’t catch any references to Diana, which I was hoping for.
Oh, I wish I could’ve watched the TV coverage all day (I missed the newlyweds taking a spin in an Aston Martin, and arriving for the evening wedding party). But real life beckoned, with school drop-offs and pick-ups, appointments for the kids, and lots of work to do. I DVR’d a bunch of coverage and re-cap shows and don’t know when I’ll ever find the time to watch them!
At the end of the day, I felt elated and relieved…almost like a bride herself. I am so glad that the Big Day went off without a hitch for William & Kate. They seem very much in love and I believe (and really really hope) that their story will have a much happier outcome than Charles & Diana’s. And I continue to hope that Diana–whose greatest love ended up being the two young men she raised–was smiling from afar while we all cheered.
I want to hear from you! Did you watch the wedding? Attend any viewing parties? What did you think of Kate’s dress? Leave your comments below!
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When my babies (who turn 7 and 10 this summer) were teething, they didn’t have any fancy teething blankets or toys (I think Sophie the Giraffe hadn’t made her U.S. debut yet). They chewed on plain teething toys from the drugstore, or sometimes (gasp) a cold washcloth. So I was very impressed to see how far (and beautifully) teething “accessories” have come with these lovely teether blankets by made-in-the-USA Petites Frites. Made from two-layers of soft, safe-for-baby cotton, this square blankie has a teether attached at each of the four corners–each of the teethers is eco-friendly (the two pima cotton hand-crocheted shapes are my favorites) and can be removed. The whole blankie (minus one of the teethers, which is a removable, untreated smooth wooden ring) can be tossed in the washing machine too. Available in 8 colors, these make a thoughtful, unique baby shower or new baby gift. Buy one for $32 at Petites Frites.
Sometimes I stumble onto new brands or designers by checking who is following me on Twitter (so go ahead and follow me…you never know who I’ll mention here!). This is how I learned about es + es kids, a new kids’ clothing line from NYC that describes itself as “confectionery apparel for little girls.” These are dress-up clothes with a trendy edge; my favorite look (shown above) is the frothy tulle Harper Dress ($95) paired with a sparkly gold Kate Blazer ($80). The collection is small but growing; check it out at es + es kids.
My intrepid daughter (almost age 10) at Brooklyn Boulders.
Every day, lots of readers end up here via a Google search for doll strollers for taller or older girls. Since I last tackled that shopping question back in 2011, I thought I’d post an update. Here are my top picks of doll strollers on the market for older girls (say, ages 5 and up). Each of these strollers has a handle which can adjust to about 30 inches high (or even 32 inches high). Be sure to double-check measurements before you buy:
My Sweet Princess deluxe pram (on sale for $49.99, originally $119.99) at Amazon.com. This modern take on an old-fashioned pram is 32″ high and includes a free carriage bag.
Polka Dot Doll Pram ($79 at Pottery Barn Kids). Designed after vintage-style English prams, this stroller’s handle adjusts from 25.5″ to 32.5″ long, and is especially designed for preschoolers and older girls. The jumbo sized rubber wheels stand up well for outside strolling, too.
Joovy Toy Doll Caboose Tandem Stroller – Pink Dot ($79.99 at Amazon.com). This all-in-one stroller has a doll car seat carrier system; two-position front seat footrest; snack tray; and rear platform which accommodates two more “babies” or stuffed animals. Plus a handy storage basket for running “errands.”
Three Wheel Doll Jogging Stroller ($39.99 at Target). One of the less expensive options for bigger doll strollers, this sporty option has a height-adjustable padded handle (goes up to 30.5″) and folds easily for storage.