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Gift Guide: Moms Who Like to Cook

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Mom's Who Like to Cook


What an exciting week! I am moving into my newly renovated home today and this weekend is Mother’s Day. A two-for-one week for me! I don’t know about you, but I am NOT one of those moms that gets mad about getting appliances or functional things for special occasions. In fact, I request them.

With my move-in happening, I cleaned out and donated a lot of my old things and I now need a new toaster and a new food processor – Williams Sonoma, here I come! But maybe for Mother’s Day, I will also get one or two of these pretties for my kitchen to use along with all my beautiful new Thermador appliances that were installed yesterday (eek! I am thrilled!).

And how about that gorgeous soft blue Kitchenaid above? I got a new Emerald Green one (my favorite color) last Mother’s Day and I truly designed my entire new kitchen around it. I can’t wait to set it on my bright and shiny new Dekton countertops today for the first time when I pull it out of the moving box. Watch for that ceremonial moment on Instagram, but I had to show you this beautiful color of icy blue in case it’s the mixer color of your Mother’s Day dreams.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I hope you get what your heart desires this Mother’s Day, which probably isn’t gifts at all, but time with your babies. Now I’m off to move in so maybe I can be all unpacked and organized before Mother’s Day arrives, and I can take the day off. After this big move, a day off might just be the best gift ever!






  1. Sugar Paper Recipe Box: I love this bright fuchsia box with scalloped dividers to hold all of my family recipes!
  2. Meyer Lemon Oven Mitt and Potholder Set: There’s nothing sour about these kitchen goodies! This matching set is not only durable, but gets your kitchen ready for spring and summer!
  3. Oval Au Gratin Dish: I love bold colors in my home and my baking, that’s why this stoneware dish is perfect! Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, this baby does it all!
  4. All-Clad Kitchen Scale: If you’re a baker, like my daughter and me, this scale offers precision measuring!
  5. Initial Dish Towel: This beautiful dish towel with a personal monogram and scalloped edge adds a personal flare to your kitchen!
  6. Salt Mill: Infuse bold color into your kitchen and cooking with this cobalt blue ombre salt mill!
  7. ‘All in Good Taste’ Cookie Cutters: Forget boring cookie cutters! These lady-like shapes such as a bow, apple, ampersand, and a spade will make fabulous cookies for your next girl’s night!
  8. Nest Measuring Cups: 8 stackable cups ranging from ¼ tsp to 1 cup in bold colors tuck away for neat storage!
  9. Marble Rolling Pin: This cool marble rolling pin can roll out dough with ease! Fabulous for breads and cookies (that I will now be baking in my new Thermador ovens…yay!) and looks super chic with your baking tools!
  10. kate spade new york Bowls & Lids: This set of 3 colorful bowls adds style to your kitchen while helping with easy food prep and storage! The scallop detail on the lids is so chic!
  11. Colored Paring Knives: Never get confused about which knife is for cutting your chicken or dicing a tomato again! This set of 3 colored knives have long-lasting stainless steel blades and are dishwasher safe.
  12. KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer: If you follow my blog, you know, my daughter and I love to bake! This KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a must in our house! I have an Emerald Green one but this soft and icy blue is so pretty, I just had to show it to you. Use it to mix up all of your sweet treats!
  13. Wusthof 2 Piece Mincing Set: Add minced garlic to your favorite spaghetti recipe effortlessly with this 2 piece mincing set! You’ll never have to struggle with a knife again!
  14. 4-Quart Rectangular Dish: This beauty has an exterior enamel that is resistant to stains and scratches, while the stoneware prevents scorching and maintains even temperatures across the dish while baking! I love to bring homemade dishes to friends, and this dish with a matching lid makes it easy to bake, store, and carry!
  15. “Neiman Marcus Cooks” Cookbook: You can find all of the great recipes here, even their famous chocolate chip cookies and probably their pop-overs too! Looks like I have some baking to get through!
  16. Ceramic Lemon Juicer: Weather for cooking, cocktails, or lemonade, this two-piece reamer and pitcher will make squeezing lemons easy and enjoyable! There’s even a strainer in the reamer to catch the seeds!


Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

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Being a mom is my biggest blessing. And my second biggest blessing is my own mom. I am sandwiched between my two favorite women in the world who happen to look just like each other, only one is 10 years old. I spend amazing quality time with them together on a regular basis. We travel as a trio, we cook together, we shop. They are my life’s biggest joys.

So when it comes to getting my mom a Mother’s Day gift, I work hard to get her something she will really use and enjoy. And that same practical side of me gives my mini-me and my husband a list of things I love to choose from so they can feel confident that I will love what they buy me, too. This is approach is a win-win for us. But if you can’t ever think of the right thing for the moms in your life and they aren’t prone to give you a list, here are a few of my favorite options that might just work for you!

Happy shopping and happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!








  1. Tory Burch Bath Soaps: Give your mom a gift she can enjoy everyday! These fragrant soaps are individually wrapped in beautiful floral paper, so they are perfect for everyday use or decor!
  2. Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask: Let mom relax today with this rejuvenating sleep mask that helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep. What can be better than skin care with no hassle?
  3. Cat Eye Sunglasses: If your mom is anything like mine, she is chic and fun! My mom would love these fabulous cat-eye sunglasses in tortoise shell!
  4. Embossed Leather Journal: As a mother, sometimes you need to just take a moment to yourself to reflect on all of the joyous occasions of motherhood. Keep a record of all of your accomplishments to reflect on when you start to doubt yourself.
  5. Lafco Duchess Peony Candle: The moms in your life will be reminded of you every time they light this fresh, floral candle!
  6. Dior Couture Smoky Palette: Let your mom spice up her make-up routine with the rich hues in Dior’s Couture Smoky Palette in a gorgeous black zippered clutch!
  7. Tory Burch for Fitbit Leather Wrap Bracelet: Being a mom can be quite the work out! Help your mom track her fitness milestones with this chic Fitbit leather wrap bracelet!
  8. Sensor Makeup Mirror: This amazing makeup mirror can sense when you are near it and automatically lights up! The light mimics natural sunlight so your make up can look fresh and natural!
  9. Live Colorfully Body Cream: Pamper mom with this luxuriously hydrating body cream filled with subtle layers of mandarin and water lily!
  10. Dylan Stone Pendant Necklace: This stunning Kendra Scott piece is available in a variety of colors, but I’m showing it off in one of my favorite shades of emerald green! A little bit of bling goes a long way for this mom! (hint, hint)
  11. Gucci High-Gloss Nail Lacquer: Mother’s Day is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a fabulous new manicure in this stunning shade of blush!
  12. Tory Burch Beach Neoprene Cosmetic Case: An easy little carry-all in my favorite shade of green! I always need these little cosmetic cases for lipstick, travel perfume, and other odds and ends that are so much easier to keep track of in this neat little case!
  13. Nike Juvenate Lace Up Sneakers: Add a bit of style to your mom’s workout routine with these funky sneakers in a bold color!
  14. Greek Key Alpaca Wool Throw: My mom, daughter, and I love to snuggle up together to watch movies. This fabulous greek key throw would be an elegant addition to our movie night!
  15. Wide-Brim Fedora Hat: The perfect hat to top off your Mother’s Day brunch outfit, this fun and chic hat will soon become one of your favorite pieces. I know mine has!
  16. Tory Burch Color Block Corssbody Bag: Like any mom, I always need a purse, but it is not always convenient to carry around! This little crossbody bag is just big enough for all of the essentials without any of the hassle!

Gift Guide: All Things Green

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We are in the home stretch, friends. Christmas is almost here whether you are ready or not. But if you are still one of the people out there looking for last minute gifts, I’ve got you covered, especially if you are like me and you are crazy about all things green!

Whether you call it Kelly or Emerald, many people associate me and my design work with this, my favorite hue! So take a look at this fabulous collection of all things green. Perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year!

Happy Shopping! xo,






1.  Drawstring Vest–I love a drawstring on jackets and vests, and in jade no less. Try this comfy and cozy Lafayette 148 vest on for size. It’s the best way to be chic and comfy all at once.

2.  Moschino Bow Mini Bag–How feminine can one be? Well with this little beauty, plenty. Feeling like splurging on something in your favorite green hue? Why not a girly bag that will be in fashion for years!

3. Michele Watch with Topaz Markers–This playful yet luxurious watch in lovely jade green with topaz accents is the perfect mix of casual and chic. The gold-plated stainless steel accents make it look luxe but it’s hardworking and waterproof, too. And with the signature Red Crown logo and wind piece, this lovely timepiece is the perfect POP of color for every day.

4. Essie Green Nail Polish–I love having my favorite color on my toes, even when it’s winter and hardly anyone sees it but me. Have a little fun this holiday season and beyond by making your tootsies emerald. They’ll look like a million bucks!

5. Stadium Cloth Wool Coat–I love the classic style and fab color of this wool coat by J. Crew. Inspired by the fabric from classic stadium blankets, this beauty gives you all the warmth but without the weight and for that I say, “Don’t wait!”

6. Malachite Box–Handcrafted of Limoges porcelain, these sophisticated desk accessories just took your office to a whole new level of style. Try this lovely lidded box or the matching tray or pencil cup to add the perfect punch of green to your desk. It might just make working more fun in the new year.

7. “All in Good Taste” Dish Towel–Leave it to Kate Spade to make everything fun, including cooking. A dash of whimsy on this kitchen towel makes the process fun whether you are the chef or the clean-up crew!

8. Caged Leather Jimmy ChooJimmy Choo takes green out of this world with these gorgeous strappy, leather caged sandals. These are the shoes that dreams are made of, so why not make the dreams of someone on your list this year?

9. Green Over-Dyed Antique Rug–Want a fabulous punch of green in your home? Then try this remarkable and luxurious dyed Oriental rug in your room. Whether as a complement to your layered and colorful look or the only pop of color in an otherwise neutral space, this green carpet will remind you that the “grass is greener” right there under your own two feet, especially when you splurge on this lovely piece.

10. Diptyque Fig-Scented Candle–Possibly my favorite candle of all time, Diptyque‘s fig scent in the glorious green glass jar makes any room a bit fresher and more beautiful that it was before. And with 90 hours of burn time, it will keep your space fresh for hours on end! The perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the candle-lovers on your list.

11. Silk “Dazzle and Delight” Pillow–Want a conversation starter on your sofa? Try piling on this whimsical Kate Spade “Dazzle and Delight” pillow. It’s a bit Audrey Hepburn but not too fancy to snuggle up with. Add some fun to your room with this adorable item or give it to the girly-girl on your list.

12. Garden Lattice Acrylic Tray–With it’s stylish geometric lattice design, this tray looks classic and trendy all at the same time. Use it for serving up drinks or gathering all your trinkets. It’s such a great price, you can buy one for all your friends.

13. Grace Kate Spade Sheet set–This classic white sheet set is beautifully simple mixed with a bold band of your favorite hue. It’s the perfect way to spice up your bedroom this year!

14. Green Lambskin Jacket–What’s not to love about this remarkably soft and dramatically stylish green leather jacket? I would like to put in an order for this please, Santa! I promise I’ve been good this year.

15. Staub Basil 5.5-quart Round Cocotte–I recently received this exact piece as a gift and I’ve been making fab soups in it ever since. The perfect color for my soon-to-be completed kitchen renovation, if you love to cook and you love green like me, you’ll love this classic French piece of cookware. Bon Appetit!

16. Green Onyx Teardrop Earrings–Vibrant Green onyx shines in these teardrop earrings made in Bali. Said to promote healing and balance, these Anna Beck semi-precious stones will make you look and feel like a million bucks!

17. Canopy Green KitchenAid Mixer–This beauty sits on my kitchen counter as we speak. It’s my second KitchenAid mixer, not because the first one wore out, but only because I wanted to replace my classic black model with a snazzy green version. If you’re a cook or baker and you’ve never used a KitchenAid Mixer, you have no idea what you are missing. It’s the single most important small appliance that every kitchen should have!

18. Lafayette 148 Tied Waist Shirt Dress–This tied-waist shirt dress is the perfect combination of classic and comfort. An easy-to-wear piece, if you love green like I do, this great dress will be your go-to item! Instead of the LBD (Little Black Dress), why not opt for your Little Green Dress instead.

19. “All in Good Taste” Oven Mitt–Keep your hands cool in more ways than one. This great green mitt will protect your fingers from the heat of your latest culinary creations and will have your friends thinking you’re “cool” too because of your cooking mitt’s charm. Have a little fun in the kitchen with this cutie!

20. 4-wheeled 25 inch Luggage–No more mistaking your bag for anyone else’s at Baggage Claim. It will be easy to spot if you’re sporting this gorgeous green, lightweight, rolling bag. No matter what Kermit said, this bag will have you thinking it IS easy being green!

21. J.Crew Quilted Vest–Love a vest but want yours a bit more casual…and warm? Then try the green quilted down version from J.Crew. It’s easy to layer and keeps the chill at bay. Plus, it’s super flattering with it’s slimmer silhouette and perfectly stylish with the gold hardware.

22. Glossy Green Hunter Boots–My daughter is wishing for shiny, red hunter boots for Christmas. I would like to put on my wish list a pair of these glossy green ones. Great for rainy days, gardening, and more, these shiny green boots would make my rainiest of days bit more fun! And if she and I stand beside each other, we will look like Christmas all year long. Ha!

23. “Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion” 12-month planner–Keep yourself perfectly organized with this witty planner. Playful sayings make each month’s planning more fun, but don’t forget this is functional, too. So stay organized and in style all at once! The perfect stocking stuffer for those organized “green-lovers” that you know.


Gift Guide for People Who Have Everything!

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Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Me either. But I am getting really close! At this point, I am always looking for the perfect gift for those people in my life who already seem to have everything. And if I’m honest, a lot of people in my life probably think that refers to me. Ha! But isn’t it true that so many of us are able to just get what we want when we want it and we don’t wait for special occasions or holidays? And then, when those gifting occasions roll around, we can hardly think of anything that we want or need.

Well today I am bringing you a fun round-up of things that are exciting and cool and hip and unique. Things that would be perfect for those people who have everything. Many of these are things that people might not know about or that they wouldn’t buy for themselves, so they would make fun and fabulous presents from you!

Good luck finishing your shopping, friends!


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  1. Jonathan Adler Lacquered Backgammon Set–My family used to play backgammon when I was a kid, but I haven’t played in years. Leave it to Jonathan Adler to make this old game fabulous and chic again! Choose from purple, blue, or orange. I’m partial to the purple interior with the white box. Game on!
  2. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker–How fun to make homemade soft-serve for your next party or just on the weekend with your kids! I love how it holds the cones and sprinkles right in the machine. And I don’t keep up with the Kardashians (I know, I’m about the only one) but I think I did see that one of them had this fun gift on their wish list, too.
  3. Neiman Marcus Famous Pop-overs–I have wanted to learn to make pop-overs for years and Neiman Marcus is known for these delicious treats in their restaurants across the country. Now you can give those “have it all” sort of people on your list everything they need to make these luxury pop-overs right at home.
  4. Wood Pillar Speakers–These fabulously handsome wood-patterned speakers have amazing 360-degree sound and 15 hours of wireless play. They connect to any bluetooth device and are oh-so-stylish! One of these may need to find its way to my hubby’s stocking.
  5. Monogrammed Kate Spade Tote–Apparently I have a thing for red bags this year, and I think this one from Kate Spade is extra special because it can be monogrammed with 3 letters in gold foil. How sophisticated and personal, right? I have a special person on my list that this would be perfect for!
  6. Firewood Canvas Tote–A fun and handy gift for your friends who love to sit fireside at home or in their vacation home. Personalize this handsome leather-and-canvas firewood tote and they will love how it looks, and how it keeps their clothes all clean and tidy when they carry wood in for the fire.
  7. Personalized Yoga Mat–No one will pick up your yoga mat if it’s personalized with your name or initials. This is a fun gift for all the yogis on your list this year.
  8. Personalized Gym Bag with Yoga Mat Strap–Take it a step further and add this great personalized gym bag as a companion to the personalized yoga mat. It even has a strap that keeps all your items together and organized.
  9. Red Beats Headphones–Whether working out or just hanging out, these beautiful bright red, wireless Beats headphones are great for anyone on your list, young or “not so young,” male or female. So if you have music-lovers on your list, how about a snazzy pair of these?
  10. Junior Chef Baking SetFor the teens and kiddos on your list who love to cook like my daughter does, Williams Sonoma has a whole line of REAL cooking and baking utensils like this baking set. They are regular-sized (not kiddie-sized) and perfect for aspiring and practicing cooks with a few safety features built in to make learning to cook fun.
  11. Pink Home Massage Table–Ever wanted to have your own massage room at home? That’s the ultimate luxury, right? And even more fun for your table to be PINK! This is perfect for the busy working woman in your life who needs to relax at the end of the day. Don’t love the pink? Well you’re in luck! It comes in a rainbow of colors.
  12. Fitbit Charge HR–Stay fit and keep track of the time, all in one device. The super-smart new version from Fitbit has all sorts of features, including tracking your heart rate, and you don’t have to double it up with your watch anymore.
  13. Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker–Pizza lovers take note, this table-top beauty has a pizza stone built right in to make all your favorite thick and thin crust recipes come out perfect every time. I asked for one of these for Christmas this year and my daughter is already planning the pizza parties we need to host in 2016.
  14. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker-Freeze the canister of this travel coffee mug and it instantly turns your hot beverage into iced coffee. A convenient and handy tool for all the iced coffee lovers in your life. 
  15. Jonathan Adler Domino Set–And if backgammon isn’t your thing, or you want a full-on game night, Jonathan Adler also brings us gorgeous lacquered packaging for his domino set. And the dominos themselves are even colorful, which designer-folks like me will really love!


Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

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Today’s Gift Guide is for all those Girl Bosses in your life. You know the one. She’s in charge, an entrepreneur, a go-getter, a real “She-woman”! But with all that Girl Power, we Girl Bosses still want to be feminine. So here is my list of the perfectly Girly gifts for all those strong women in your life. Girl Power Unite! (And check back tomorrow for my last gift guide. It’s a good one!)

Shop on, Ladies! xo,





  1. Diane Von Furstenberg Autobiography–In The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane Von Furstenberg gives inspiration and insight into how she’s built her dream life and dream business. From her childhood to her brilliant design of the wrap dress to today, she tells us how to achieve a life full of Passion and Focus. A perfect stocking stuffer for all the Girl Bosses or Girl Boss wannabes in your life.
  2. Christian Louboutin Nail Polish–The Rose Gold cap on the Louboutin “Nudes” collection of nail polish is perfectly chic. These are must-have polishes for the fashionistas and powerful women in your life and will make a thrilling surprise in their stockings! Who doesn’t want a little Louboutin in their life?
  3. Girl Boss by Sophia Amorusa–If you or the entrepreneurial women in your life haven’t read Girl Boss, what are you waiting for? It is the story of the meteoric rise of Sophia and her fashion brand Nasty Girl from E-bay to the World. This inspiring tale of how to go for your dreams and make it happen is a must read especially for young women who dream big!
  4. Rose Gold Metal Chair–This industrial-style Steel chair has been all the rage in home decor for a while now, but in Rose Gold, it goes to a whole new level. It’s like Jewelry for the dining table and it’s Girl Boss approved! By one (or a set) of these for your young entrepreneur. They would make her first dining room fabulous!
  5. Pink Champagne Ornament–Perfect for celebrating the Success of your Girl Boss this year, how about a little pink champagne on the tree or in her stocking!
  6. “Fancy Another” Tray–Entrepreneur by day, hostess by night. This fab tray will help your power woman be the hostess with the mostess.
  7. Fur Pom Pom Clip-add some girly charm to your favorite handbag and let the world know who’s (the fashion-forward) boss! This adorable faux-fur clip adds the perfect amount of fun when you’re feeling sassy.
  8. I am Very Busy Folders–You know you are, and now the world will know you’re busy too with these adorable Rose Gold printed folders. Perfect for the female-exec in your life.
  9. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge–In my opinion, this is THE best makeup sponge ever. And what Femaleprenuer can leave the house without her face looking perfect? So I say “Beauty Blenders for everyone!” “You get a Sponge! You get a Sponge! Everybody Gets a Sponge!” Stuff these in the stockings (Oprah Style) of all the gals you know and they will be thrilled.
  10. Emoji Earrings–As a Girly Girl and a Girl Boss, I’ve been known to use an Emoji or two in my text messages. I love these “wink” emoji Kate Spade earrings that celebrate Emoji-love. Get these for those super-texters in your life.
  11. Kate Spade Metro Dot Watch–For a pop of girly color in your Girl Boss Style, try this Dotted Kate Spade watch to keep you on time for your important meetings. Yesterday I showed this fun watch in the bright, bold and tailored multi-color version. But today our Femalepreneur gift guide calls for the flirty pink.
  12. Pink Silicone Watch–And when your Girl Boss is ready to work out, switch to this silicone pop of pink so you can sweat it out and still tell the time.
  13. Girl Boss Pencils–If your Girl Boss loves “School Supplies” as much as I do, she’ll love these Girl Boss coral pink pencils with gold imprinting. And she’ll be able to tell when someone in the office snags her pencil. This MUST go in her stocking this year.
  14. Rose Gold Bangle–This skinny bangle is the perfect amount of “pink and blinge” for your She-woman. In Rose gold, this pretty bangle is great for layering but it’s sassy enough to stand alone. From the chic style of Henri Bendel, this is luxury jewelry that really rocks!
  15. Tom Ford “Wicked” Blush–If your Girl Boss is perfectly sweet but wants to channel her “wicked”ly strong and confident inner executive, Tom Ford’s gorgeous Wicked blush will sculpt her cheeks and make her look and feel flawless while she steps into her role as CEO.
  16. “Eat Cake For Breakfast” Pink Journal–Life is Short and your Girl Boss knows it. That’s why she squeezes every ounce of work and life out of the time in her days. And maybe she also throws caution to the wind and eats cake for breakfast. If so, this is the prefect place for her to journal her thoughts and manifest her BIG ideas.
  17. Pink Gingham Sheets–For your Girl Boss’s country house or to fit the bed of your girl-boss-in-training, these charming pink gingham sheets bring style, personality and confidence to the nest of your current or future girly-CEO.
  18. Layla Rose Gold Headphones–For the Jet-setting Girl Boss or for when she’s working out, these gorgeous Rose Gold “Layla” headphones will help her pump her music inspiration, or listen to her latest business book or podcast, all while looking stylish and girly-chic!
  19. Gold Zebra Trinket Tray–A bit of glamour to hold your Femalepreneur’s trinkets. From her jewelry to her soap to her paper clips, this fabulous gold tray will keep her organized and feeling fabulous!