On this post, adding garden stools to your yard or home, trying the book table look out, a book for English Country House lovers, J. Crew’s new resale site and more..
It’s that time of the week where Juliet, Elizabeth and I share what’s new, cool, and caught our attention.
Wow what a week for Californians! If you live here, especially in So Cal, I hope you are doing well. We have had some serious storms and rain here.
Last weekend we headed to Tahoe with the kids as everyone had a free weekend and there was finally snow. They had given each other igloo making tools for Christmas and have been wanting to try them! ( Never too old!) We went up early Friday, but by Saturday morning we knew another storm was coming, so we high tailed it out of there by the afternoon to beat the storm. Grif and Max skied and I picked them up. ( I had sweaty palms driving in snow, but I’m getting better at it.)
We had almost two full days together. I love when the these twenty-somethings are like kids and having fun. They all appreciated the break from school and work..I stayed in the cabin and watched and made sure they had enough hot cocoa!
The kids left the igloo without a top as they didn’t want anyone trapped ( bear, bunny, or kids).
The book stack look..
With all the indoor time this week, I changed things up a bit at home and decided to try the book pile look on my coffee table. I have oodles of books, so it was just a matter of making them look good. After messing around with them I came to this configuration.
I’m sure Max will be wondering where he can put his feet up and coffee. I tried to leave some space for that at the end.. We’ll see how long this lasts!
I moved my Beaufort Tray to the dining table and added my heart napkins I bought from the White Company back in October with a little begonia from the grocery store, and a heart paper weight I had. I also hung a felt garland we have from the chandelier to make it a little festive for Valentines. ( They sold out of the napkins, but these are nearly the same and so cute.)
My Caliente placemats here. FYI- they now have them in sets at Homegoods and nearly identical.
Blue garden stools
I want to pretty up the yard for spring and on my list are blue garden stools -ala Mark D. Sikes’ California brick patio, below. At dinner I noticed this cute vignette at our local Luna Mexican restaurant the other night with the dark version of the stool. The look of one tucked next to planters is lovely. They are also nice for drinks.
I found two at my local Homegoods. I thought I’d bring them home and experiment…With the weather being horrendous though, they are hanging out in the house and looking cute.
The other is next to my chairs in my office. Great little drink table..
Hopefully we’ll have sunny days ahead and I’ll try them out in the yard. They are fun little decorative pops and you can find them in all price points.
Here’s a few of the stools that are out there and some tall woven vases and more..
J Crew Always – a new resale site!
J. Crew is encouraging people to upcycle their clothes and buy pre-loved clothes for the planet. Their new resale site in conjunction with ThredUp is wonderful and I’m slightly obsessed with it.
It’s still under the radar a bit, which is good. I noticed many looks from the Jenna Lyons era. I also have my eye out for those pieces that got away, like a swing trench with oversized buttons I once coveted! I noticed the ‘just in’ selection changes every few hours and the prices are good, so if you see something grab it. I’ve bought from ThredUp and it’s been easy to return. For example this cute gingham dress is $36 ! If it was my size ..
With this initiative, J. Crew also has a separate weekly drop of vintage pieces from the 80’s and 90’s handpicked by their team. (Check back if they have sold out.) You can also turn your hand-me- downs into J. Crew credit now, If you send in your clothes to ThredUp .More info about that.
So why buy pre-owned when we can have new? Clothes from past seasons are cooler, and more unique. It’s also a smart way to buy higher quality clothes at a more affordable price.
Fact: 73% of pre-owned clothes are sent to landfills or incinerated, instead of being reused or recycled.
Make it a 2024 Goal to incorporate more upcycled things in your wardrobe!
You can take this test to see how your carbon footprint rates here. Mine, as expected, could be better. At the end are tips on how to do better A lot of it has to do with how often you wash clothes, how you wash them, and how much you shop, and if you ship things.. Very eye opening!
I need to shop resale more, and buy less. I actually am good about washing on cold and air dry at least half my clothes, which helps.
If you don’t shop resale and vintage clothes, what is holding you back? I’d love to hear. If you feel icky about thrift stores, find local resale shops that look and smell nice for shop online. Stores like ThredUp and TheRealReal, won’t sell clothes that aren’t clean, and you can return most things. One of my friends has the coolest wardrobe and she finds most of her things at TheRealReal. I die over what she finds!
On My Radar
Are you all watching the big game on Sunday? One thing I know for sure is we will have veggies and dip and I want to try the healthier ranch dip that I keep seeing on Instagram. You take a cup of cottage cheese, and add 3 T of ranch seasoning, and (optionally add 1/2 c buttermilk and /or greek yogurt.) Whip it all up in a blender of food processor until smooth. I found this recipe where you can add your own seasonings instead of a packet, which is probably healthier.
At Kepler’s book a few weeks ago, I fell in love with Flora Soames’ beautiful book, The One Day Box.. This book is for those who love the more is more English Country house aesthetic and for the textile lover.
Are you following actor Kelly Rutherford on Instagram? Her account has gone viral thanks to her elevator selfies and I do love her taste and outfits! I noticed she had one of those Rue de Verneuil tote bags in plaid. I bought a small one on my UK trip.
Next Tuesday, Cindy and I will be discussing denim and jeans for February’s Signature Style. I’ve been doing a deep dive on all the latest styles and options for all our body types, so if you are a jean girl, like so many Californians, you may want to check it out, or make sure you are subscribed to the blog at the bottom of this post!
Thanks to everyone last week who gave me denim feedback! I saved every single recommendation in my notebook and spent a lot of this week trying on new brands and styles! I can’t wait to share with you all.
On last weekend’s post, I ventured into gingham and cottage core, fun pops of red, a new book on style, and the Dish hike/neighborhood walk to check out in Palo Alto.
Happy Weekend and go Niners!!
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