Archive for the ‘shopping’ Category

Hostess With The Mostest

July 26, 2010

I love giving hostess gifts. I think, for people who love to have guests over, throwing a successful dinner or party is really its own reward. But, it’s always nice to show your appreciation of the time & effort it takes to put on an event, however simple or small. I especially have this on my mind, since my first bridal shower is coming up in two weeks {fun!}.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Le Creuset Dijon Honey Pot with Silicon Stirrer, a Sur la Table exclusive ($25). This sunny little pot would be cute paired with some local honey, perfect for a tea lover. The silicon on the “dipper” makes the honey easy to serve and the material is easy to clean!
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics Herb Garden Stakes: How cute are these hand-stamped garden stakes? This would be perfect for the hostess who is also an intrepid gardener {a thing I may never be, though I do love the fruits of their labor}. The Portland-based blog / online store is chalk-full of fun, whimsical gifts… a fun read, if you’re so inclined.
  • I’m dying over these “TeaCupCakes”! How cute are they!? You can bake cupcakes right in them and then serve on little saucers. Adorable – these would be so great for a hostess who likes to bake. Alternatively, you could put little flowers in them to make tiny centerpieces or even individual flower arrangements at guests’ places. $17.95 for a set of four at Heliotrope.
  • Here’s an idea that could be super-inexpensive, but really thoughtful and high-customizable: vintage {or any} candy inside a pretty jar. Who wouldn’t love something pretty to sit out for guests to enjoy right then or to save for later. Bonus points if you find a cute way to label them!

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

June 22, 2010

Can you see me? I'm in the national gardens in Caracas, Venezuela. Spot the boots? Summer, 2007.

Do you have one piece of clothing or jewelry that seems to be present in a lot of significant moments in your life? It doesn’t have to be expensive (heirloom jewelry) or special by virtue of what it is (a Hermes scarf, for example)… just something that you love and makes you feel like the best version of yourself when you wear it. For me, it’s a pair of tan boots. Full disclosure, they’re from Target from years ago, right when the whole calf-length cowboy-style boots were becoming popular. I saw them (probably priced less than $30) and thought, “Why not?”

With my mom, Debra, at the fountain on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. Such a fun mom / daughter trip!

In front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris on the second leg of the Spain / France trip, 2006.

They have become my go-to footwear favorites and have traveled with me to France, Spain, Kenya, Venezuela and I was wearing them when Will proposed. They’re comfortable and pretty much “all weather.”

Playing with some little friends in Ngaamba, Kenya (couple hours from Nairobi), January 2009. You can sort of see the boots.

I'm jumping up & down & screaming... I don't even think I cried - just squealed!


When it came time to decide on outfits (or in Will’s case “clothes,” since he was quick to remind me that guys don’t do “outfits”) for our engagement shoot with Alea, I knew I had to fit the boots in somehow.

They’ve taken me from being a single, world-traveling girl to an engaged, about-to-be-married girl (it’s weird for me to say “woman”… I’m not quite 30 yet, so I can get away with it for a bit longer!)… And I look forward to taking them on many more adventures (hopefully around the world!) as Will’s wife!

Let Them Eat (Little) Cakes!

June 16, 2010

My fiance reminds me frequently that he’s “just not a dessert person” – these reminders tend to come when I look longingly at the dessert menu or even bring some kind of sweet treat home. I, on the other hand, LOVE dessert. I don’t have an over-active sweet tooth, but I would say that I have a healthy appreciation for chocolate, tarts, cupcakes, ice cream and such.

In lieu of a groom’s cake, Will has requested his favorite dessert – apple pie – be served at the end of our reception. I’m happy to oblige, but I also want something really fun and memorable for our wedding case – something that’s a bit of a departure from the standard tiered white cake. In my constant trolling of wedding blogs, I found this stunning wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. This super-creative couple (Leslie & James) in California didn’t tell their guests where the wedding was – they sent them invitations to meet at a specified location to board a bus and be taken to their venue (a re-vamped auto showroom – how cool!). They said that they wanted their guests to instantly to have something in common – in this case, all being left in the dark about where the wedding would take place. But, I digress…

My favorite part of their wedding was their twist on the wedding cake or wedding cupcake (quite a popular trend these days) – they are cake minis. How adorable!

The bakery that produced these is Cake Monkey in Los Angeles. They are mini multi-layer cakes – it’s brilliant! I’m not sure what the white one is, but the chocolate one has caramelized rice krispies. Y-U-M.

Some of their other fun ones are 1) raspberry red velvet 2) “vanilla gorilla” – vanilla cake with Tahitian vanilla frosting and sugar sparkles and 3) “must love chocolate” – devil’s food cake with crunchy Valhrona chocolate pearls and dark chocolate frosting topped with crumbled honeycomb.

Seriously? I wish Cake Monkey was in Atlanta! Bring on the cake tasting…

Where The Wild Things Are

June 15, 2010

If you’ve been reading for a while, you probably know that I have a bit of a thing for peacocks. I’m not entirely sure why (it was lady bugs when I was a child)… I think it’s because they’re just such stately, elegant looking birds. I hesitate to say this in the blogosphere, in fear of getting nothing but peacock parahpanelia for gifts from now on… However, are these plates not so fun? They’re on sale right now at Anthropology’s online site. They would be really neat accent plates for bright colored pieces on a table. Love them!


Chic on the Cheap

June 3, 2010

One of my favorite wedding blogs, Ruffled, posted a stunning wedding from Perth, Australia today. All of the photos were lovely, but my favorite part was Erin’s gorgeous and unique wedding dress. It looks luxe and so finely detailed. Guess what? The dress cost less than $1000! Can you believe it? A Sydney designer, Rachel Gilbert, makes cool and relatively affordable frocks (and some tops too!) that have interesting details – like the sequins featured below. Most of what I’ve seen of Gilbert’s designs online have a juxtaposition of structure and “floaty-ness”. Love them! I wish they could be found in boutiques stateside!

Australian wedding silver wedding dress

Australian wedding silver wedding dress

Photography by Aussie photographer Anna Rose.

Life’s Playlist

May 24, 2010

I’ve found a new fun website – called “Grooveshark.” It’s pretty cool – you just go online and you can make playlist widgets (such an odd word), searching different favorite songs and compiling them, even customizing the look of the little box.

You’re supposed to be able to graphically put them places (like a blog!), but in my technically-challenged state, I haven’t been able to figure out how to. So, instead, I’ll just link to the one I threw together this evening – a bunch of songs I love that I’ve been meaning to write down somewhere. Now, I don’t have to – J&TGP (jenandthegiantpeach) is sort of my online notepad for things I don’t want to forget.

Grooveshark Widgets – Music Playlists for Your MySpace & Blog.

Sweet Dreams

May 21, 2010

I haven’t really allowed myself to spend too much time thinking about what my home will look like – Will & I both have homes for sale, both of which need to be sold before we can begin looking for our house together. That being said, I found this terrific website – that had me salavating over all of their gorgeous homewares.

Look at this stunning hand-finished, tufted head & foot board!

At $3500, it’s not quite a steal… but it doesn’t seem unreasonable either. A girl can (and should!) dream.

The site also has cute things for babies (many monogrammed items), jewelry, and plenty of other homewares. Definitely a great source for gifts and decor. Enjoy, friends, and happy Friday!


Louboutin Fetish & Chance to Win

March 11, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bit of an obsession with shoes – the higher the heel, the better. I also have a habit of describing things that are fetching or fashionable as “fun.” Fun shoes, fun trips, fun fashion, fun dinners out… fun = fantastic. I’m not sure what the next step is (fun to the n-th degree?), but Christian Louboutin’s divine shoewear creations would definitely fall into that category.

The popular fashion site Net-A-Porter notes that Louboutin’s design ethos is “to create shoes that are like jewels.” The French designer, who launched his first collection to the public in 1991, certainly succeeds, with each design having something that makes it special and intrinsically alluring. From hard-edged cage heels to ethereal silk bows adorning leather peep-toe pumps, each shoe is artfully crafted. The designer’s signature glossy red sole on each soaring heel is like a lipstick kiss – a delightful and unexpected added touch.

As seems to be a theme in my life, Louboutins aren’t particularly budget friendly – consigned to the same elite category as Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks. But, aren’t they gorgeous?

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Right now, the fashion blog site Splendora is having an online sweepstakes, giving away FIVE of Louboutin’s divine creations – all selected for the lucky winner by Splendora’s editor Gina Pell. Sign up here before May 1.

The sign up page says, “Better love  heels, because there are typically no flats.” Yes, please… sign me up!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

February 18, 2010

I love It’s like an online marketplace for designers of all kinds of fun goods – jewelry, handmade clothes, letterpress stationary, decor, furniture. I found these cute “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards from a designer called Sweet Bella Cards. If you click the photo below, it’s linked through to the online store.

Will you be my Bridesmaid Folded Note Cards

In my excitement to ask my girls (Elizabeth, Brittany, Stephany, Nicole, Katy & Katie) to be my bridesmaids, the night Will & I got engaged I called all of them and asked them right away, over the phone. I wish I would have been more patient, and sent each of them one of these adorable keepsakes.

Ladies, if you’re reading this (even though you’ve already said yes!), “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Family Jewels

February 18, 2010

I have to thank my friend Elizabeth (and maid of honor!) for sending this to me. San Juan, CA floral designer Amanda Heer does more than just real flower arrangements for weddings & events. She does these gorgeous bouquets made entirely of jewelry! The best part is that, while live flowers die (disclaimer: I’m absolutely planning to have real flowers at my wedding!), these last forever and become family heirlooms.

brooch bouquets! or email
It’s simple: You collect pieces of jewelry (brooches, earrings, pendants, watches, etc… new or old) from friends and family. Send about 50 of them – they don’t have to be flowers – to Heer, letting her know which are your favorites. She’ll put them together ($350) and ship them back to you in just a week.
I found this photo on her blog – how special to give a brooch bouquet to your grandmother as a gift? It would be like an anthology of all of her special real & costume jewelry. Love this idea!