Shauna & Tash
Shauna & Tash
We’ve rounded up our fave gift ideas for the plant lover (or hoarder!) in your life. Let’s face it – succulents, cacti and houseplants basically became accessories this year thanks to instagram. Greenery became must-have home decor items, from actual plants to prints, patterns and decor made to look like your favorite plants.
Does the plant lover in your life need some help in the “keeping the plants alive” department? With these cactus prints from Etsy, your plant lover can enjoy the view sans taking care of it. This millennial pink version would look gorgeous with a gold frame or, opt for a lighter color print and pair with a white frame. Gift both so your bestie can style them in her gallery wall. How adorable are these cactus salt & pepper shakers – they’d make perfect stocking stuffers. If your bestie is a self-proclaimed interior decorator – she needs a few of these faux Monstera leaves from West Elm. It’s perfect for styling on a mantle with a clear or geometric vase. Lucky for you, this Pineapple Air Plant Magnet just got restocked. Air plants need minimal attention and care, and these look totally adorable on your fridge or bring some happy into your cubical. For a more personal, delivered-to-door gift, opt for a succulent garden gift box from Lula’s Garden. These succulent sets are eco friendly and long lasting! Ditch the go-to classic floral delivery and pick your garden size and succulent combo. Never let your plants go thirsty again with these vintage plant misters.
1. Vibrant Cactus Print – $4 (from $5.90!)
2. Cactus Print – $6
4. West Elm Faux Monstera Leaf – $12 (from $16!)
5. Pineapple Air Plant Magnet – $18
6. Lula’s Garden – $25+
7. World Market Vintage Plant Misters – $25
A plant connoisseur can’t live without the essentials in their kitchen. Think Rosemary, Basil, Thyme or Oregano (yum!). Gift this Anthropologie Herb Planter Set for just about anyone in your life: the hostess or chef, perhaps. For a less practical but more statement piece – add this West Elm Freeform Terrarium to your collection. Easily display your beautiful blooms in this open glass case. We’re also loving this marble + glass terrarium. It doubles as a coffee table focal point or “shelfie” fave.
8. Anthropologie Herb Planter Set – $32
9. West Elm Freeform Terrarium – $34-48 (from $49-69)
10. West Elm Marble + Glass Terrarium – $41 (from $59)
If you’re looking for even more ways to bring the outdoors in, try this Anthropologie trio plant hanger. In this gorgeous hammered gold, it looks less “plant hanger” and more like a decor item that’s sure to be a centerpiece. Hang in the kitchen or living room and enjoy the greenery.
11. Anthropologie Gold Trio Plant Hanger – $78
These are gifts that will definitely keep on growing (with a little help, of course). Happy planting!
S & T
Everyone has that one person on their list thats always traveling. So what do you gift your bestie or family member who’d love a plane ticket instead? We’ve rounded up our favorite (and most practical) gifts for the traveler in your life.
Ditch the extra baggage weight of hair products and add this mini Living Proof Dry Shampoo to your packing list. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer, too! Globetrotters have no time to worry about bad hair days. These Patchology Eye Gels are a lifesaver for those dreaded red-eyes. Just apply mid-air and de-puff. To make your home away from home feel zen just flip on this Portable Mini Diffuser. It will easily fit in any carry on! For the stylish (international) traveler, gift this floral Anthropologie passport case. I love how easily your passport fits so you can breeze through security and customs.
1. Living Proof Dry Shampoo – $12
2. Patchology Eye Gels – $15 (now $11.25!)
3. Portable Mini Diffuser – $20
4. Anthropologie Floral Passport Holder – $24
If you want to feel refreshed post-flight, throw on this Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask. Infused with copper, it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. The one essential item a globetrotter can never have enough of: a universal power adapter. Plus, never lose it with this adorable case! Is your traveler a fashionista? This Halogen reversible wrap is seriously so cozy and adorable. I hate feeling “bulky” while flying; wear a lightweight tee under this wrap for easy on and off.
5. Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask – $35
7. Reversible Wrap – $49
There’s nothing worse than living out of a suitcase especially when dirty clothes are involved. Stay clean and organized with this Flight 001 Clean Bag Set. Keep your laundry and shoes separate from the rest of your travel gear. One of my fave items when traveling has to be a portable charger. When traveling to a foreign city or country, having your phone die midday is not an option. This Anker charger is perfect for capturing those gorgeous insta-story-worthy views or getting you from point A to point B (it charges phones over 7 times!) For weekend trips, pack this Sole Society weekender duffel. It comes in two color options, plus it’s vegan! At this price point (under $90!), it’s a total steal.
8. Flight 001 Go Clean Bag Set – $52
9. Anker Portable Charger – $60
10. Sole Society Vegan Weekender – $85
When I travel, I like to make sure that everything has a place. Store your makeup, toiletries or jewelry in these gorgeous Cuyana leather travel cases. Lost lipstick or spilled perfume, no more. Plus, they come in 12 colors – from neutral to bold. No trip is complete without photos. Capture every moment with this super fun, retro Fujifilm camera. If you’re like me, staying organized while traveling is a must. Store your iPad, cables and cards with this Mark and Graham Leather Envelope. It’s perfect for airports or foreign Starbucks’ alike. I love the blush color.
11. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set – $110
12. Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera – $117
13. Mark and Graham Leather Tech Envelope – $129-149
Where would you love to jet off to next year?
S & T
Be the best house-guest ever, skip the go-to bottle of wine and up your gift-giving game with the best hostess gifts. Or, be the hostess with the mostess and upgrade your party gear with some of our go-to favorites. From a welcoming entrance and upgraded party essentials, these hostess gifts are sure to be the center of attention at this years holiday soirée and beyond.
The perfect hostess always knows how to break the ice. Prosecco Pong is a classier take on beer pong, just make sure you don’t spill too much Vueve! Make sure you have Recyclable Champagne Flutes for a toast later (they’re also $13 for 12!) to go sans broken glasses. These Marble Coasters or colorful Geode Coasters are as much practical as they are beautiful. Is a unique gift more of your thing? Opt for this personalize-able Wine Caddy perfect for picnics (or moving from room to room).
1. Target Marble Coasters – $10
2. TOSSWARE Recyclable Champagne Flutes – $13
3. Anthropologie Geode Coaster – $14
4. Mark and Graham Wine Caddy – $19
5. Prosecco Pong – $25
A hostess should always greet her guests with something pretty. This Boxwood & Myrtle Wreath is gorgeous for the front door, pair it with this Wine/Work Door Mat for an absolutely adorable entrance. Dress up the table with this patterned Wine Decanter and Marble Monogram Cheese Board. For the healthy hostess, gift this all-natural, calorie and sugar free cocktail mix. The variety pack includes Cucumber Mint, Ginger Lime and Margarita mixes, just add booze. Our fave was the Ginger Lime in this whiskey cranberry cocktail recipe. Hello, guilt-free signature cocktails and EVEN BETTER the company is woman owned!
6. Anthropologie Wine Decanter – $28
7. be MIXED Variety Pack – $33
8. Boxwood & Myrtle Half Wreath – $38
9. Wine Door Mat – $34
Turn your hostesses home into a vineyard a la this Wine Flight Board. Jot down each wine type on the slate board, just make sure to have your cheese pairings handy. If your gal is a cocktail amateur go with this Bartender Prep Board. It has everything you need and more – tips, tricks and measurements! Plus, it can be personalized. For another darling-door-option, show up with this Olive & Thistle Wreath. Nothing’s better or more welcoming than a great smelling home, gift her a Baies, Figuier and Roses Candle Set, or, split them up and gift to multiple friends and fam!
11. Wine Flight Board – $52
12. Mark and Graham Bartender’s Prep Board – $59
13. Olive & Thistle Wreath – $65
14. Diptyque Candle Set – $100
With these fab gifts (or two) in tow, you’re sure to be the first to catch an invite year after year.
S & T
Way back in the day, when I was working at Boston.com we did a really cool sponsored content program with The Grommet (then The Daily Grommet) where we encouraged local makers to compete to have their product launched by both sites. Being part of that project, getting to meet and empower local makers, was so special. I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
The site carefully curates it’s makers and products, referred to as “Grommets”. Even better? I love that you can choose to shop the site with personal values in mind, think “Made in the USA” and sustainable items.
For this round up I gravitated towards grommets that are practical, foodie/wellness themed and just plain fun and unexpected. All items are under $60. Click around to meet their makers and see their stories!
The Grommet has two pop up store locations:
Monday through Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
328 Newbury Street
Monday through Sunday: 10am – 8pm
I’ll be taking over @TheGrommet’s instagram account on Monday, December 4th to share some more gift giving goodies (say that 3x fast!) and a look inside their Newbury Street pop up!
This post is sponsored by The Grommet. Products, opinions and experiences are my own.
Holiday season is upon us, with traditions old and new in full swing and it’s time for one of my favorite holiday traditions, a night at the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. I was an avid ballet dancer growing up which meant this time of the year was spent rehearsing for my little studio’s version of the classic, while dreaming of being in the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
My mom and I went to opening night of this year’s enchanting rendition of The Nutcracker and it was everything I dreamed of and more, a perfect way to kick off the 2017 holiday season. From the oh so perfectly detailed costumes to the amazing dancing to the beautiful sets, I’ve on on a Sugar Plum Fairy high ever since. Just being inside the Boston Opera House dazzled up on all of its holiday glory was special.
For my showtime look, I kept it cozy in a deep burgundy sweater dress with tie sleeve details. I love burgundy anything for the holidays and beyond – it’s more muted and doesn’t scream “holiday” like Christmas red. Opaque tights, block heeled booties and a matching lip color completed my look. The flirty feminine details of the tiny bow ties and open sleeves added an unexpected something special to an otherwise simple dress. I also love this off-the-shoulder option for a night out paired with over-the-knee boots.
Similar sweater dress options with unexpected details under $50:
Whether you’re a first-time Nutcracker goer or seeing the ballet has become a go-to tradition, you can’t miss the 2017 rendition, running through December 31st. (Looking for NYE plans? Grab a cold glass of bubbles and be prepared to be entranced!) Visit bostonballet.org for tickets.
One of my favorite easy trips is a weekend getaway in Newport, RI. It’s quintessentially New England with cranberry red colonial homes, cobblestone streets and views of the water. Recently, my guy and I headed to Newport for our second annual late-fall getaway. We love visiting in the off season, particularly November, because there’s still plenty of things to do but it’s much more calm and peaceful, It feels like the whole city is all yours to explore. Here are a few of my quick tips for a weekend getaway in Newport, Rhode Island.
Where we stayed:
This year we stayed at the The Attwater hotel. It’s located right off of Bellevue Ave which makes it super easy to to walk downtown. I love how colorful and adorable all of the rooms are; the hotel felt so cozy. Last year, we stayed at the Mill Street Inn which is a bit closer to the main street, with more of a rustic feel versus the Attwater’s preppy vibe. I highly recommend both!
Favorite things to do:
Newport Mansions. If you’re a history buff, into architecture and design or just love all things pretty – be sure to pop into one of the many Newport Mansions. The Breakers is a must-see. It was once a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt family (imagine?!). Rosecliff is another iconic “home”, think chandeliers and all marble everything. Visiting in December? Be sure to see the mansions all dressed up for the holidays.
Cliff Walk. This 3.5 mile walk runs along the rocky coast. From the walk, take in spanning ocean views and the backyards of the Newport mansions. The Cliff Walk is a perfect to-do during the summertime. Tackle sightseeing and being active. Win, win.
Ocean Drive. Grab a latte and hop in your car. You’ll see miles and miles of breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and gorgeous homes. There are plenty of stop-off spots for photo ops, too! Insider tip? Ditch the “itinerary” and plan to hop in and out of your car to see the numerous points of interests on the way. Are parks your scene? Visit Fort Adams State Park for salt water bathing (in the summertime, obvs), boating and picnicking. Or if you’re a total JFK and Jackie O fanatic, be sure to check out Hammersmith Farm aka where JFK and Jackie’s wedding reception was held. Looking for a dining option? Or maybe wine-ing? Check out Castle Hill Inn for drinks with a view.
Stroll downtown. One of my absolute favorite things when visiting Newport (or anywhere) is just strolling around and taking it in. If you’re looking for shopping, head down to Thames Street. The storefronts have historic charm. Be sure to wear comfy shoes to tackle those cobblestone streets! If you’re looking for shopping plus seaside scenery, head down to Bowen’s Wharf. There you’ll find local shops and restaurants upon restaurants down by the water. Stroll down to the dock for panoramic views.
J.Crew. A classic, go-to. If you’re like me and never seem to pack the right clothes (or maybe you just have your eye on something), be sure to pop in here to have a look around. You’re sure to find a thing or two.
Yummiest places to eat: Disclaimer: there aren’t any actual pictures of our food because it was so delicious we just couldn’t wait. Last year, we ended up staying in Newport during Restaurant Week without knowing and it was the best thing ever. Aka a foodie’s dream. So this year, we were sure to head back to Newport’s Restaurant Week and book our fave places. We also added a few new faves, too.
Perro Salado. An upscale take on Mexican food. The vibe in here is seriously so dreamy. Also, the blood orange margarita is everything.
Jo’s American Bistro. If you’re looking for classic, yummy eats – visit Jo’s. We stopped in here for lunch to warm up with a sandwhich and a glass of vino.
Diego’s. Another amazing Mexican option located in Bowen’s Wharf. Think of this place as more laid back and casual. Be sure to try their margaritas, too (I love the passion fruit one – do you see a trend forming?)
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for a special-occasion-kind-of-place, this is it. From date night to a celebratory dinner. Picture a candle-lit setting with views of the water (during the day, that is). Their french onion soup is seriously one of my favorites. 22 Bowen’s is definitely our go-to when we visit Newport.
The best part about this mini-itinerary? It can easily be done any time of the year. I’ve visited Newport numerous times in both the summer and late fall and it’s just as gorgeous and are there are just as many things to do in the off season.
If visiting in the summer, be sure to add a beach day or two! My personal fave is Second Beach.
We love to keep it low-key when visiting Newport so we always leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Fall in New England is unlike anything else and can easily make you forget about impending winter. One of my favorite things to do is take an easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts. Luckily, the Mohawk Trail isn’t too far away and you can make a whole day of leaf peeping and site seeing on this two hour drive. Part of Route 2 and 2A, the 69 mile trail runs from Athol to Williamstown, the very last town in Massachusetts before New York. The best way to tackle the trail? Road trip style. Just get in your car and drive along this gorgeous road. You’ll see so many adorable farm stands, lookout areas and picture-perfect spots.
Here’s a list of must-see places along the Mohawk Trail for the ultimate easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts:
The Hairpin Turn – We started our road trip at the end of the trail and worked our way backwards, making stops along the way. As you near the end of the trail, you’ll approach the hairpin turn, a 180 degree turn that takes you down towards one of the last towns in Massachusetts, North Adams. From the hairpin turn, there’s a lookout spot to take in the panoramic views. For miles and miles, you can see rolling hills spotted with colorful trees. Take a peek through the lookout lens and see teeny, tiny houses sprawled below.
Shelburne Falls – Shelburne Falls is one of my favorite stops along the Mohawk Trail. It’s such a charming, sleepy little town. Its downtown is home to cafes with fresh, homemade eats, antique shops with their vintage goodies spilling out on the sidewalks and galleries and bookshops. It seriously looks (and feels) like something straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. If you’re stopping around lunch or dinner time, be sure to check out the West End Pub. It’s located right on the water and overlooks the colorful and gorgeous Bridge of Flowers. Also, the falafel is delish.
Bridge of Flowers – Flower lovers rejoice. The Bridge of Flowers is the focal point of downtown Shelburne Falls. The bridge is lined with greenery and florals, overlooking the water. Dahlia season is in full effect here, try to control yourself from picking these beautiful blooms.
Mohawk Trail State Forest – As you’re making your way down the Mohawk Trail, your drive will start to climb up. Once you hit Charlemont, the trail will start to wind and turn. The road is lined with autumn-hued trees hanging over the road, creating a beautiful canopy. On one side, you’ll see a river running. If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want to take in the fresh air), stop off to the side and take it all in. The air feels so crisp and the river is calming. If you’re looking to get in touch with your nature side, this part of the trail is it.
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge – This little abandoned bridge is off the beaten path. To me, it seems so quintessentially New England in the fall. It’s the perfect road trip photo op.
The perfect fall road trip uniform? Keep it simple and cozy, since you’ll be in and out of the car exploring all day. I paired my fave white v-neck tee (less than $10!) with a long, camel cardigan. My cardi is a go-to from last year, I’ve linked a few similar options here, here and here. These Hudson jeans are seriously so soft and feel like leggings, and the high waist gives them a little something special. The right shoes can take you any where and for this trip crisp white Adidas sneakers were a must.
Shop my look:
J.Crew Factory V-neck Tee – $9.50 (from $19.50!)
Long Cardigan (similar, plus comes in a few colors) – $79
Hudson Jeans – $195
Adidas Sneakers – $50 (from $65!)
Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody – $295
Where are your favorite places to view fall foliage? Happy leaf peeping!
1. Mark and Graham Daily Leather Tote $199 | 2. Sole Society Statement Earrings $20| 3. Sole Society Slip-on Bootie $89| 4. J.Crew Gingham One-shoulder Blouse $49| 5. ASOS Frill Shirt $29| 6. French Connection Ladder Jumper $69| 7. J.Crew Rollneck Sweater $69| 8. French Connection Bell Sleeve Top $78| 9. J.Crew Crop Pants $79| 10. New Balance 96 Sneaker $99
No one wants to use that drab computer bag that comes with your laptop, but why are cute options so hard to find? This navy option from Mark and Graham fits most standard laptop sizes, comes in pebbled leather and it can be monogramed! I’m going to get one with my soon-to-be initials.
Bold earrings can change your look dramatically. Dress up a plain tee and jeans or go all in on glam with these statement earrings and a sheath dress.
Nothing says fall like new boots. To freshen up your footwear try an unexpected color, like these suede and leather Sole Society Natasha booties in washed navy.
I love this frill shirt from ASOS (less than $30!) I’m also loving these dressier options: a bell sleeve tee (now 50% off) or this ruffle front blouse. Another on-trend option is this front wrap round & tie blouse with scallop detailing – perfect for date night or when you’re feeling extra girly. Another trend I’m loving, combining statement sleeves with a nod to nautical in this bell-sleeved navy stripe top.
Once it starts to cool down, I basically live in sweaters. This French Connection ladder-detail jumper is a good transition (and talking) piece. A must-have essential for fall and beyond is this J.Crew knit. I love how it combines the classic, chunky look with the modern slim fit. If you’re looking to splurge on a sweater, this French Connection fluted sleeve sweater is so gorgeous. I would seriously never take it off, ever.
Incorporate this fall color story into your every day work wear in move-with-you crop pants. J.Crew redefines “work pants” as comfy, flattering and you’ll want to wear beyond 9-5. For a more on-the-go look, I’m crushing on these casual joggers. I practically live in joggers come the weekend.
I’ve recently become quite the sneakerhead (aka definitely hopped on the sneaker-trend bandwagon). I love this suede, navy New Balance pair. I already own two pairs of New Balance sneakers and definitely plan on adding more to my collection. They’re seriously so comfy and I love how they look with a simple t-shirt + ripped denim or joggers for running around!
Which navy peony picks caught your eye and will be making an appearance in your fall wardrobe?
S & T
I just got back from a quick trip to San Diego and we got to explore some of the most instagram (2017 for photogenic) worthy places around town, from vegan restaurants to the bluest beaches. I’ve rounded up a few of my absolute faves here, let me know where to visit next trip in the comments!
Holy Matcha is a pink and green cafe with wallpaper (can I get this installed in my house please?) as good as it’s matcha based drink concoctions. I tried the iced horacha matcha and it was a sweet yet spicy treat that was amazing. Beyond matcha, they have dairy and GF soft serve and the usual suspects like avocado toast. A morning must-stop.
Civico 1845 is nestled in San Diego’s italian neighborhood, little Italy and one of the only restaurants in the city to offer a full vegan menu. Seeing that it had absolutely awesome reviews, we had to go. Dining without vegan friends is always a challenge, but not here. The atmosphere was very low-key, lots of white and black, with beautiful painted tiles. The vegan menu was surprisingly robust and I even got my non-vegan family to try the caprese (rice milk mozzerella), to their delight. For my entree I had the fusilli alla bolognese with seitan ragout (pictured above) and I couldn’t put my fork down. It was so hearty and filling. A lot of times vegan meals leave me feeling unsatisfied, not this one. I’d fly back to town, just for this, a seat on their patio and a good glass of wine.
Cafe Gratitude is a small plant-based food chain that I wish I could franchise in Boston-you feel so light an airy just walking in. From smoothies to kombucha on tap, this place has everything to make your vegan heart flutter. The menu was overwhelming in a good way, with so many options I didn’t know what to do with myself. Kasey and I ended up ordering two items we knew would be amazing and sharing. First up was “liberated”, raw pesto kelp noodles. Honest to god, I could have had four orders of this and not have had enough, they were SO good. We also shared the “gracious”, a summer salad bowl. Yum, yum, yum.
Pigment might be the most beautiful shop I have ever visited, every nook and cranny was perfectly curated with “I have to have it” items, in the most beautiful colors. The build your own terrarium bar was an absolute game changer. Pick your vessel, sands, stones, plants and assemble on site. How amazing is that? From cacti to birthday cards and party accessories to cook books, this gift shop is a must stop.
Scripps Pier isn’t technically in San Diego but it’s close enough, so I’m including it here. Located in La Jolla, this pier separates a popular public beach and the coastal reserve. On one side, surfers and families and on the other huge rock formations you have to climb around on to get by. Worth the walk from the public beach and the drive from San Diego.
3118 University Avenue
1845 India Street
1980 Kettner Boulevard
3801 30th Street
8602 La Jolla Shores Drive