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Good news for those of us with "not-exactly-green" thumbs! GroBal and GroBal Baby are stylish, ultra-modern planters with a unique watering system that does the work for you… just check the water filter indicator and refill when needed! Thanks to GroBal designer Karim Rashid, my houseplants might stand a chance at staying lush and green […]

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Looking for earth-friendly ideas for welcoming baby-to-be in style? Check out my Eco-Chic Baby Shower article over at TheCradle.com for some inspiration… And if you have any favorite “green” products or ideas of your own that would be great for baby showers as well, feel free to share them here!

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If you’re hosting a party or shower this spring, the Spring Parties Ideas gallery on marthastewart.com is full of inspiration! I especially love the idea of the butterflies on the paper lanterns (pictured above), and would love to try a super contemporary approach to this idea: maybe all-white butterflies on vividly colored lanterns like fuschia, […]

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This contemporary Ren Noodle Bowl & Chopstick Set is made especially for serving Asian noodles and already has me craving Pad Thai at 9 in the morning! ($29.95/set of 2) I’m also loving charming, zen-like quality of the coordinating Ren Teapot and Cups Set. ($39.95)

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When I hear the words “eco-friendly” used to describe a product, visions of natural, earthy tones are usually what come to mind – which is why these vibrant, colorful, and sustainable bamboo serveware products from Delight.com are a breath of fresh air! Trio of Colorful Sustainable Bamboo Nesting Bowls (in azure, tangerine, and watermelon) – […]

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For the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to peel myself away from the computer long enough to spend some quality time with the latest book by lifestyle & entertaining extraordinaire Colin Cowie , aptly named: Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life As It Should Be . The problem is – with everything going […]

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When it comes to entertaining overnight guests, kicking hospitality into high-gear is key! My post on Simply Stated: Celebrations today addresses this topic, and we’d love to hear your thoughts as well. If you have any special things you do to make overnight guests feel especially welcome – or maybe a great example of hospitality […]

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New cocktail recipes are up in The Recipe Box! A few favorites pictured above include: French Martini French Kiss (cute for bridal showers & weddings) Basil Grande Chambord & Champagne (super easy – just like it sounds!) More newcomers: Raspberry Manhattan, Midorita, Midori Melon Ball Punch, and Chambord Margarita.

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Jamali Garden is a fabulous resource for party and wedding decor – you’ll find everything from great centerpiece containers in (natural, ceramic, and metal finishes) to floral supplies, candles, and decorative accents like feathers and seashells. I’m especially loving Jamali’s selection of Natural Pots, which include vases and pots made from materials like bamboo, natural […]

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Thanks so much to everyone that entered the Divine and Branch Surprise Giveaway ! And the lucky winner of this super cute personalized prize package is: Stephanie , who said, "I do believe that my pup will love the personalized dish! She is very diva! ;-)" We hope your pup loves the dish too, Stephanie! […]

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Can you believe this artsy bird-themed creation was actually carved from fruits and veggies?! Genius! The festive arrangement served as table decor for one of the food stations at the super stylish, Asian-themed wedding of Lisa Ling and Paul Song. From Lisa’s gorgeous red wedding dress to the fact that her invitations read – “If […]

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Happy Monday! Thought we’d start the week off right with a fun giveaway from super-cute stationery boutique: Charming Cards ! Charming Cards is based out of Newport Beach and offers both online and walk-in customers a wide variety of personalized stationery and gift items from fabulous lines like Macbeth and Snow and Graham – all […]

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The presentation of these Fruit-n-Fluff Pops is so creative – and something you could easily pull off at your own parties! Even if you don’t want to get quite as fancy with the recipe as this one (sugarcoated frozen apricot Bavarian cream with velvety marshmallows Will Goldfarb ), you can easily incorporate this idea with […]

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I’m loving the offbeat shapes of this Wilma stoneware from cb2 – especially when the different pieces are stacked on top of each other, which makes for a great presentation. Orange and grey is actually a very nice color combo, so the 2 versions would look great mixed as well. A tabletop set with alternating […]

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Is it just me, or are these letterpress Funky Monkey baby announcements from Elum just about as cute as it gets?! Available in boy and girl versions.

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