Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Eco-friendly baby shower gifts
Our friends are expecting their first baby… and it’s a boy! We’re so excited for them and their new family, due in December. The baby shower is in a few weeks, and I’ve been pouring through all my favorite baby shops (obsessions), crafting the right package. While trying to find wintery baby accessories, I was also on the look out for eco-friendly designs that this modern couple would appreciate. Melding contemporary with traditional styles (love the color blue), I came up with these lovely little goodies for the soon-to-be-parents.

A classic Japanese onesie from Makie ($36) for those winter evenings. Baby sock box set from Jonathan Adler ($34) to keep tiny toes warm and chic. Organic rattle set from the Wind and the Sail ($18). And keeping with the nature theme, You Are My Baby ($8.99) because what child doesn’t love animals.

And if he was a she? Here’s another version.
best baby shower gifts for a girlsCertified organic and irresistably cute Cat Tee and Leggings from Oeuf ($31 and $27, respectively). Handcrafted bunny from Yume ($58), nursery decoration now and adorable companion later. Warm and fuzzy organic terry blanket from Winter Water Factory ($32). Stylish silicone all-in-one teething ring and rattle from Chewbeads ($18).

Whether you’re building a luxe gift set or looking for one fabulous find, any of these pieces would certainly be treasured and loved for years to come. Here’s to a happy baby shower!

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Happy Birthday Nonchalant Mom!

Nonchalant Mom Birthday 10% Off

Congratulations Carina and team on your 10th birthday! I can’t believe it was just eight years ago that my daughter wore her first Makie hat that was purchased from your shop. Fast forward and she’s now collecting favorites from Nico Nico, Atsuyo et Akiko, and Jess Brown. We thank you for always sharing fresh, modern, and fun styles for kids and moms.

Now until Monday, you  can enjoy 10% off and Free Shipping on your Nonchalant Mom purchase.
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I Love Quirky iPhone Cases

While I don’t plan on sitting on or playing Gumby with my phone, I can’t think of a better way to protect my new iPhone 6 than with one of these illustrious gentlemen waving off danger. But which one.. there’s the stoic Wes Anderson-styled Bill Murray, iconic David Bowie, or the debonair Downey Jr… What’s your favorite?

Bill Murray iPhone 6 caseBill Murray iPhone Case

David Bowie iPhone CaseDavid Bowie iPhone Case

Robert Downey Jr. iPhone 6 CaseIro… oops Robert Downey Jr. iPhone Case

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Cross-Country Clouds

beautiful sky in marin
We’ve been experiencing crazy climate in the Bay Area. This morning, our kids school hosted their annual cross country race. The event started with sunshine but ended with this moody gathering of clouds. Though a bit rain followed, the sky was quite beautiful.

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Sir Jonathan Ive

Jonathan Ive Bay Area Treasure

I heart my new iPhone 6, it’s light as a feather, loads faster than Go-Speed-Racer, and displays a bounty of crystal-clear visual candy. Thank you Jonathan Ive for constantly pushing design boundaries. Please join SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council in honoring Jonathan Ive with our Bay Area Treasure Award on October 30! There will be an exquisite seated dinner, plus an exclusive conversation with Jonathan Ive and Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, SFMOMA’s Helen Hilton Raiser Associate Curator of Architecture and Design. All proceeds from ticket sales support SFMOMA’s fabulous exhibitions and vital education programs! Help us support the museum by purchasing tickets here.

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Following 5 Topics & 5 Blogs

Blogging 101: Assignment #3
Begin following five topics and five blogs.

5 Topics that interest me…
Charcuterie (and other good food)
Kids Fashion
Photography
Typography
Modern & Sustainable Design

5 New Blogs – exciting!
Adventurous Glutton http://adventurousglutton.com/
Beyond Moda http://beyondmoda.com/
Helen’s Journal http://helensjournal.wordpress.com/
Modular 4 http://modular4kc.com/
Small House Bliss http://smallhousebliss.com/

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Favorite Fall Frocks for Girls

Girls Fall Dresses1. Zara Dress, Pink Chicken $70  |  2. Dress in Liberty Tiny Poppytot, J.Crew $180  |  3. Navy Check Dress, Burberry $179  |  4. Stuttgart Flannel Dress, Tea Collection $45  |  5. Party Dress (turquoise polka dot), Dagmar Daley $76  |  6. Charlotte Dress, Bella Bliss $58  |  7. Pug Dress, Mini Rodini $75  |  8. Bubble Dress (red abstract pedal), Dagmar Daley $68  |  9. Stripe Dress, Mini Rodini $75

I sometimes feel the beginning of fall is like the first act to a much-anticipated holiday performance. While our schedules are still reasonably sane, seasonal gatherings and events begin to fill up the calendar. In many homes, this time year means children need new outfits for such occasions. Whether looking for a dress for an after-school playdate, Sunday matinee, or dinner party, this season’s inspiration comes from vintage and contemporary textures and prints. Think modern corduroy, art-inspired patterns, as well as classic plaids. Styles that girls can easily transform from daytime to evening, with a quick change of sneakers to ballet flats, are a plus. Lavish floral print dresses are abundant and add a bit of charm and texture to a look. And speaking of charm, we love Mini Rodini’s stripe dress with its blooming ruffle collar, a must for this season. Finally, I’m thrilled that Pantone’s fall fashion color report put bold blues into the autumn mix. Welcome fall!

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