Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Select candles on sale! Relax for less!

The holidays may be over but our lives still seem to be crazy. . . well, at least mine is. This is the time when we attend multiple trade shows to search for unique product for spring, summer and even the fall. It's also a busy time socially and then there is school stuff for the kids and summer camp to think about. Look, I'm not complaining. I'm so grateful. I can't stand when moms complain about all the driving they need to do for all their kids activities- as if they are being tortured (certainly fighting kids in the back seat can feel like torture). But, they chose all those activities for their kids- no one forced them to sign them up. And they should also be grateful for being able to afford all those classes, sports and the incredible amount of gear that is required. I do believe kids are way over-scheduled! They don't know what to do when they are at home, by themselves. I think a little boredom is healthy- it spurs the imagination. I have to do camp because it gives my time to work but I would love it if they were just running around outside all day- exploring, discovering, pretending, etc. Anyway, I digress - this post is supposed to be about candles. Candles provide a great source of relaxation. Light one and take a hot bath- with a cup of tea or cuddle up with a good book. I'm reading a great book called The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Or, listen to some relaxing music- one of my absolute favorites pieces of music is Yo Yo Ma's version of the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite, Number 1. It is slightly over played now that American Express used it for their most recent ad campaign. I first heard it in the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Russell Crowe. They played this music while filming the Galapagos Island- just beautiful. Or light a candle and meditate. This is something I'd like to to learn how to do this year. Sounds strange to say that you have to learn how to meditate- but I don't think it comes naturally. Check out this great post from Gwyneth Paltrow's blog called Goop about meditation.

Lastly, if you are like me, you are cooking a lot of comfort food- casseroles, soups. The smell of onions can just linger terribly. Lighting a candles helps rid the house of that odor. Our candles are as much of as 50% off! Click here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Finally back . . . check out See Design by Donna Gorman

Aaaaah. I'm finally back to blogging. We had a very busy holiday season and I just could not fit in blogging which was so sad to me because I actually do enjoy it. There is always so much to talk about but it is just so hard to make the time to do it! Today I want to put a little shout out to Donna Gorman who designed our new line of casual, beach accessories called See Design. Donna Gorman, former designer and Vice President of the Finnish textile design house, Merimekko is quite a talented and fascinating woman. She left in 1992 to start her own design company with Merimekko as her first client. Since then she has consulted for Crate and Barrel, Target and Dansk, among others. Her aesthetic is clean, modern, sleek and very, very colorful. She was initially trained as a photojournalist and still travels to some pretty exotic places (Morocco, rural Mexico and India) to take photographs of anything and everything that she sees in daily life. Those photos eventually serve as inspiration for a textile design. She has been interviewed for some great magazines, such as Cookie, I.D Magazine, Abitare and most recently Metropolitan Home where her vacation home in Puerto Rico was featured on the cover. See pictures below. Her first book has already been published by William Morrow, called the "Artful Table."

Her home in Puerto Rico - just where I'd like to be right now!

Lastly, her design work is part of a permanent collection of the Museum of Applied Arts in Munich, Germany.

We picked up some great pieces from her new line called See Design. They are fresh, fun and very well-priced, perfect for your next warm-weather vacation or for your trips to the beach or pool. The tote holds a ton! The cosmetic bag is a great size, big enough for some shampoo / conditioner bottles and great for year round.

Check out See Design, click here.