Today I Love

Today I Love

20 Nov


I was drawn in by the texture and color palette and then they had me at Hope. Believe. Carpe Diem.

I am loving the collaboration between New York jewelry designer, Catherine M. Zadeh (better known to be found in Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman) and Restoration Hardware. Of this comes the chic yet rugged "Words to Live By" collection of uber cool bracelets.

Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kids Wish Network, an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children experiencing life-altering situations.

I heartPink everything about this.


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14 Nov


Drink wine. Give to charity.

ONEHOPE wine has been popping up at a number of celebrity weddings and events lately. And for what better reason than 50% of the profits are donated to charity. So awesome.

I love that what was started by eight friends as a personal mission to help a friend who was fighting cancer has turned into a thriving business based on a simple principle: giving back is good business.

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Now one of the most recognizable cause brands, ONEHOPE has raised over $750,000 for a wide range of charities. An effortless way to make a difference...and more proof that passion is powerful.

This unique label is available in hotels, restaurants and in retail locations in select markets across the country. You can always visit ONEHOPE online and see if they ship to your state.

Let's give everyone hope and make a toast to ONEHOPE!


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Photo credit: ONEHOPE


12 Nov


I melt every time I see the chic, romantic designs from the Etsy shop, The First Snow. 

I simply adore the custom cake toppers but The First Snow really knows how to do chalkboard with perfection. LOVE their signage.



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Everything is hand-painted then digitally converted for printing. The attention to detail and ability to use custom colors to match your celebration makes for the most charming accents.

Super sweet yet a touch vintage...and a touch rustic.


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Photo credit: The First Snow via Etsy

07 Nov


Labor. Art. Ingenuity.

Inspired by the American Dream, Wisconsin artist, Alisa Toninato has created the coolest hand-crafted iron skillets on the planet.

With my strong Midwest roots, I am always partial to anyone who has had residency in Minnesota or Wisconsin, and Alisa and FeLion Studios is no exception.

I love her notion of utility art and her connection to DIY scene, hometown culture and American optimism. I love that she built her own small operation iron art foundry. I love that she uses old-school techniques of wood patterns and two-part sand moulds to pour her cast-iron skillets.

I just flat out love these pans. (And so does Martha Stewart. Alisa was recently named a 2012 Craft Honoree for the American Made Awards.)


Okay, so I can't stop dreaming about these pans. Envision the ultimate Wisconsin grilled cheese made to perfection in one of these seasoned skillets. 


Some of the original pans are for sale but I was excited to learn that she contracted with a Twin Cities foundry to manufacture the "Cook with Pride" Wisconsin skillet - with Minnesota and other states to soon follow!

Made in America. (Quite beautifully, I might add...)


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Photo credit: FeLion Studios

05 Nov


Love at first sight.

That was truly how I felt when I first laid eyes on Ila Handbags. Nothing short of stunning.

The husband and wife duo that make up Ila Handbags share strong backgrounds in design and branding. Started in 2010 and based in Minneapolis, each of clutch is impeccably handcrafted and a testament to vintage + modern perfection.

Box. Kisslock. Framed. Envelope.

Deco 1 large The-Muse 1 large
Meg Le Plaid.1 large Pretty in Pink large

Frenchie Blueberry-Sorbet.3 large

 Sequin- -Pearl 1 large 
2011 Fall.Winter 5

While I'm completely enamored with the chic ready-to-wear designs, my favorite option is the custom clutch. The suggestion of taking your mother's wedding dress, father's shirt or grandmother's sari and creating a truly heirloom piece is genius (and SO meaningful.)


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Photo credit: Ila Handbags





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