8.17.2015

FINAL MARKDOWNS have been made in our SUMMER SALE!

Yep, it's that time... we have made the final markdowns and so prices are at their rock bottom! Whether you want to find good deals on back to school or stock up for next summer... it's all there just get in there and get what you want before anyone else does!

SHOP NOW!

(prices as marked)

8.08.2015

EWG's Dirty Dozen: Cancer Prevention Edition | EWG

EWG's Dirty Dozen: Cancer Prevention Edition | EWG



I thought that I knew all the things I need to avoid but some of these are points were surprising to me... it's always nice to stay on top of these things and the Environmental Working Group is always my destination for the facts - be it in my personal care products and sunscreens, to checking which foods are pesticide laden (and which ones are maybe okay to buy non organic).

Here is their current guide to Cancer Prevention



8.06.2015

Cold Brew Coffee


Have you jumped on the cold brew craze yet? well get your butt on there! It's SO good, so much more delicious than regular coffee (and I like regular coffee!) - there is absolutely no acid taste at all! and I just love it. Everyone has their own recipe but here is mine.

COLD BREW COFFEE
you will need:
coffee - coarse grind
filtered water
large glass jar
strainer and coffee filter (but I have used paper towels too!)

My recipe is 1 cup of coarse ground coffee, and five cups of good filtered water. Put these in your big Ball jar. Stir up a bit and put on the lid. Leave it in a cool place (maybe the fridge? just add some brew time I think?) and let brew for at least 20 hours - the more you let it brew the stronger. I like to stir it up a few times as it's brewing too.

I strain mine into a large bowl with a spout. Strain with a strainer and a coffee filter so that you keep out the coudy stoff and it comes out nice and clear. Then I wash out my big jar and pour my cold brew back into my big jar. I use this straight as my coffee, some people make it like a concentrate but this works fine for me. I put this in the fridge and it usually keeps me coffee ready for a couple of days and then I make some again!

I like mine with almond milk and ice! THE BEST!


8.05.2015

recipe :: ginger cabbage


I don't know about you but at my CSA they are never at a loss for cabbage, and I grab it just about every time. Because I know I have this recipe in my back pocket if I need to make something super fast and super easy. I love to pair this with a nice, and I'm talking really nice - a grass fed, local..  steak on the grill. When we make it it's all we have just the cabbage and the steak - YUM!

GINGER CABBAGE
-one head of cabbage - you can use Napa, Savoy or plain old regular cabbage (I like Napa best)
-chop up into small squares or if you are using Napa or Savoy shreds are nice just make them nice and thin
-1 1/2" piece of ginger (or slightly more if you like it spicy) grated (I like to use a japanese ginger grater and then I squeeze out all the juice into the cabbage)
- salt and pepper

saute cabbage in olive oil - it will reduce a lot so don't get worried when you see I giant pan of cabbage! add salt and pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper!). When it cooks down add in the ginger and saute for a bit so it cooks into the cabbage and you are done!

yes, it's fast and YES it's delicious!

If you want to make it with more calories and make it creamy you can add a spoonful of creme fraiche. You can make it fancy by putting a layer of cabbage on the bottom of the plate and then add your steak on top or slice the steak and put on top... SO delicious!

7.31.2015

11 things to QUIT immeditately - hint: you will feel better

I used this photo because sometimes we need to think of things like an animal or a child, not attachments to the past or long running stories about ourselves - live in the NOW

I found this on a blog and thought it was a great story, not only for those who are feeling depressed but also for a better outlook in general. And even if you don't want to do all these things it's just nice to see it all in a list right here... take it as a reminder when you need it because sometimes you just need someone to move your needle to the center and get you back on the right track. When I read this article, that's what I felt. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did - the article is written by Carolyn Maul - I think I like her :)

read the full article on the link here

1. Quit resisting change.
Change is a necessary part of progress and growth and happiness and life! When we resist change we are essentially denying the opportunity for more love and abundance and amazing things to come into our lives. Change has to happen if you want to reach a goal. It has to happen if you want to advance in your career. Change has to happen in order for your kids to grow and thrive. So quit resisting the inevitable! You have the power to guide those changes into a future that is incredible.

2. Quit thinking you can control everything in your life.
This comes right after no. 1 because it is necessary to be clear on what you CAN change. You can change yourself, your thoughts, your feelings, your actions, but you can't change anyone else. You can't change the weather, the stock market, or your parent's deep seated beliefs. When you go around trying to control other people's behavior you will only be disappointed. When you try to manipulate a situation it only leads to frustration. Just stay in control of your own self, and everything else around you will fall in line.

3. Quit making excuses.
When we get down to it, excuses are just so lame. Everyone else can see that you are making excuses to buy time, or to keep procrastinating, or just avoid doing something that you are afraid of doing. Excuses are a huge waste of energy. Decide to do the thing or decide to not do the thing and move on.

4. Quit blaming other people.
No one else is preventing you from getting what you want. You are 100 percent responsible for your own life. Other people are not putting thoughts in your head or barriers on your progress. In actuality, there are far more people out there who want to see you soar to success then people who want to see you fail or hold you back. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.

5. Quit complaining.
This is another huge waste of your precious time. When you are complaining you are focusing on what you don't want and all the things you don't like. Guess what? What we focus on expands...and if your focus is on all the things you just hate those are the exact things that you will get more of. Your power of focus can be used to bring in more of what you do want. The key is to concentrate on the good, the positive, and the life-affirming things.

6. Quit criticizing.
This happens when we mistakenly believe in perfection. If you tend to find faults in every little thing, or every person that you meet, you will never be able to feel truly happy. Criticism is super negative and judgmental. If you are in the habit of pointing out faults, try to switch the habit to finding the positive attributes. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. Perfection is a myth...but beauty is everywhere. Search for that instead.

7. Quit telling so many negative stories to yourself.
All those stories that you have rolling around in your head become your life. If you are constantly telling yourself how much you suck, how you should be better, how you screwed up this that or the other thing you will keep undermining your happiness. To be happy, you must be able to tell the story of how everything is working out in your favor. You must tell the story of how much you are looking forward to that bright future that is in store for you. And then watch how things change....

8. Quit needing to always be right.
This is a function of ego. If you are always trying to prove to everyone else how right you are, soon there won't be many left to tell. No one likes to be put down, or argued with, or shown how you are always right and they are always wrong. The need to always be right ruins relationships and leaves you isolated. Compassion works way better.

9. Quit putting labels on things.
Again, this is about letting go of judgements. Letting go of needing to control others. When you find yourself labeling people and things and religions and whatever, its really just trying to understand them in relation to things that you have already experienced personally. We label things in order to try to make sense of our world. But the world is full of mystery and variety and 7 billion people's dreams and identities. Labeling makes the world smaller, but is that what you really want?

10. Quit fantasizing over the past.
Most of us have a tendency to either relive past experiences or create future scenarios in our mind all day long. It's a shame, because life is actually happening in the present moment. In this very breath you are taking in. Just this one. And if your mind is focused on the past and perhaps feeling regret or loss or anger over how things went down it is negatively affecting your present state. Please, do yourself a favor and say goodbye to the past. It had to happen the way it did for you to become who you are today. Today you have gifts to offer the world because of what you know, this is what to focus on now.

11. Quit living your life for other people.
Your life is unique. There is not another person on Earth who sees things the same as you or who has your beautiful insights. There are so many people who are living their life trying to please everyone else, or trying to fit in, or trying to prove their worth based on the standards of others. When you can start to incorporate everything I mentioned above, you can show up as a powerful and positive force in the world! You start showing up as YOU and living the life that only you can. Letting go of the past, of blame and guilt and shame and criticism of yourself and others frees you up to start making a positive impact. You can feel love and trust and happiness when you leave the need to control and the fear of failing behind.

And you can start this very instant.

I know I do all of these things some to a more serious degree.. I think I want to keep this in my pocket to remind myself to let go! - Have a great day!

7.14.2015

Monica :: professional traveler and creator of the two caftan collection


 Yes, monica is no stranger to traveling in fact I think she figured out a business she could have that would only be enhanced by her travels. Her collection of chic and comfortable caftans is always the way to go! All you need is a small duffel bag with her lightweight caftans rolled up inside, maybe some Jao Goe Oil and a bit of lip balm.. DONE
 

two mauve caftan top






Jao trio of favorite products - goe oil, face creme and inscence

my favorite shade for summer is Melon! (Monica wears clear!)


bon viaggio!

6.10.2015

Fathers Day!


Here it comes, that favorite day for Dads! I know that some people don't like to make a big deal out of these days, claiming it's just a day made up for retailers to make more money... but I say No-ho! It's a complete excuse to have a bunch of fun and make a really surprising, creative and fun day for Dads. My husband says he doesn't want anything, just a card and doesn't want to do anything, just go out to dinner, I say B - O - R - I - N - G.

Castle Hill in is a great place to enjoy Fathers Day!

We like to make this day a special crazy mix of everything I can think of all rolled into one. A morning of singing and Swedish pancakes or my mom's famous Waffles (see recipes here: pancakes or waffles), then we have our cards or gifts (we always make a bunch of stuff). Then we try to find something my husband would never like to do - say, play tennis or anything active, or maybe we will do something he really wants to do like go to a museum? and then the classic take him out to dinner, somewhere he has never been but me and the kids have researched just for fun! This year we are taking him to Castle Hill Inn. It's our favorite place in Rhode Island for special events, the open lawn, amazing food and terrific cocktails make it a perfect place for Fathers Day!

Here are some good gift ideas:


I just found this at my favorite store in Venice Beach, CA - Tortoise General Store - they have these gorgeous gardners cubes - they call them SOLA CUBE - one tiny universe at a time I can't think of anything more beautiful and Dad-like. I mean you can go for the tie, razor, book but this is collectible and so sweet.

After a brief stroll through the Tortoise General Store website I also came upon this... but really there are so many cute ideas for Fathers Day here... This mug with a wood handle, made with Hakusan Porcelain Hakusan Porcelain dates back to 1779 or 1958 as its current company. The town of Hasami, in Nagasaki-ken is known for its ceramic houses and Hakusan is the most prolific. visit their website here.

Lucky Fish Unisex Heal Our Planet Tshirt

Lucky Fish Protect the Elephants Tshirt

We have these lucky fish Tshirts which come in Unisex which is to say pretty much mens sizes (probably not the x-small haha) 100% organic cotton with great messages - Heal the Earth and Protect the Elephants! go to our Lucky Fish page and find them on our website.


Or what about a suite of wonderful - beautiful objects (also darts useful!) from Fredricks & Mae on our website! horse hair key chains, darts, and how about an elegant duster! or for that father who is always worrying... a gorgeous set of worry beads!

For that traveling dad.. what could be better than an amazing travel ket from Grown Alchemist. Their products are organic ingredients and using enhanced technologies to make your skin radiant and delightful.  This is a great little intro kit for only $69 from Grown Alchemist
Or the guys from Juniper Ridge put together this really extensive kit filled with many fun things for any father to try! The scents are completely natural and woodsy - no long lasting perfumes just natural oils, from wild pants these are GREAT!

I love this bag from Dries Van Notten... what a great chic gift to make any dad show-off with style! I found it at Mohawk General Store (where incidentally you can find anything great for fathers day gifts!)

So go get-em tiger... and have a great fathers day!!

see all our FAthers Day blogs here for some more good ideas (I found some great things to do just by re-reading these :)

6.08.2015

Visit Rhode Island!

Rhode Island home for rent at dusk

A friend is renting their beautiful home in Rhode Island. I get a lot of people asking me where to stay if they come to Rhode Island, I wish I could have everyone stay with US! (What a dream that would be...) There are many homes that show up on the various home rental websites, but I know this area pretty well and I would say that most of these places are rustic and not always in a good way. This home however will have you singing to the Rhode Island tune of fun, beach, surf and sand!

link to more information on VRBO here

home from the large backyard

This is such a beautiful and cozy and private home in Rhode Island that is available for rent, you will be able to bike to the beach, hang out at home, play in the nearby stream - and have the time of your life! It's a very casual and relaxed setting, close to some of the best surf spots New England has to offer. But the home lies on a quiet and secluded property.


outside deck

cozy living room

the perfect summer kitchen!
The house has four bedrooms, 3 with queen sized beds and 1 kids room with bunk bed. Sleeps 6 adults and 2 children. The master bedroom has walk-in closet and opens onto a large second story deck. Three baths, one outdoor shower. The ground floor deck is an expansive 900 square feet. Fully furnished inside and out. Mid-century furniture. Fully equipped, high-end kitchen. European windows and sliding doors. Working fireplace.

well appointed bedrooms
This is your chance to come and visit Rhode Island! and if you do stop by and say HI!

Here is the link

6.03.2015

Travel :: Trip to Thomas Jeffersons - Monticello


During our kids April school vacation we didn't really have any plans, I didn't want them to just hang around at home and wanted to find something for them to look forward to during their week off. We've been to Washington DC a few times (you can see one of our trips here), so I wanted to try to do something more planned and structured and DC is just far away enough that it's a good car trip - but not crazy. So while this was a good place to keep as our home base for our three day trip - we didn't do much here but eat, sleep and a quick car-sightseeing tour ("oh look! there's the Washington Monument", "quick over there... Lincoln memorial...") as we pulled out of town.


Our main attraction was to see Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, I had read so much about it and I knew of his fantastic garden and I knew this was a perfect time to go with all of the tree's in bloom and it was.. the drive is about 2.5 hours from DC to Monticello, pretty stop-and-go through small towns which was really nice - instead of freeways. We were going slow enough to look at all the blooms, the farms and to take it easy and stop when we wanted to take a break.

We arrived in the morning at about 10 when they opened, which I think was a good idea. It was a weekday, our Spring break falls at the end of April so we usually miss any crowds, which is lucky. However if you wanted to take a tour of his home, which is a guided tour, they were already quoting 3pm, but we were only interested in the Garden Tour, which is open to anyone who is touring Monticello. When you arrive there is a 15 minute movie about TJ that will make anyone an instant fan and knowledgeable enough to have a few facts in your mind while touring.


First of all I have to say that Thomas Jefferson was one of my favorite presidents. I love to learn whatever I can about him so this was really a treat for me, I was just dragging the kids along - haha they loved it too! We had a fantastic time and there is just enough to make it interesting and not overwhelming. The garden tour was filled with just the sort of facts that I love to know... like this one, TJ espoused that if you plant a thimble of salad seeds every Monday you will always have the perfect amount. He always planted two rows of 'food' in his garden and then a row of something bitter to keep the bugs away. He was crazy about Kale, he knew that the ginkgo trees were beneficial for the soil and was always resist drought. He planted China berry trees at the perimeter of his property, these berries are a natural insect repellant, he has a ring of these trees that surround the communal area of his property. I think we were lucky to have the kind of tour guide that I love - she was filled with interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson and all of his gardening and architectural know-how.


In the middle of the garden stands a 'observatory' just at the edge of the hill and overlooking the entire valley. It's not only a gorgeous look out, but when you stand in the middle of the open-air room you can feel the stillness of the energy - it's amazing! TJ was obsessed about being the first to harvest the bounty of his garden, so much so that he built a micro-climate on the side of the hill so that he could plant early reaping the benefits before some had even planted! (they spent three years digging out the side of the mountaintop so that there would be a perfect spot for his garden). Most beautiful is the fact that he kept detailed drawings and notes on all of his plantings so that Monticello stands today almost exactly as it was when he lived there almost two hundred years ago.

I will never forget this visit and it leaves me wanting to know more! I bought seeds from his garden which they sell in the visitors gift shop.

plan your vacation by visiting the website www.monticello.org

5.19.2015

New Lucky Fish T's just IN!


Our favorite summer staple Lucky Fish T's and we are in FULL stock at the moment on all of your favorites!

Which for now seem to be this one... the SNAKE!


All T's are unisex, hand printed in Brooklyn and the most favorite of any kid I know!

Sombody explain it to me but it's impossible to get a good photograph of a neon t-shirt -- this is really one of our favorites but the photo is not doing it justice... super cute LION on top of the world!

We have a nice selection on womens T's that just arrived and will be online very soon.. but if you NEED one immediately.. here they are...

Lucky Fish WOMEN:
(online soon.. this week.. I promise...)
Have a great Lucky FIsh Day!!



5.05.2015

travel :: Nantucket - Cliffside Beach Club


I love any kind of travel that involves a ferry boat, somehow it just makes things more magical and also more complicated for some so it keeps the rif-raf away, more remote for you! I have been looking to go to Nantucket for quite a while now but haven't been able to make the trip. One reason is that when you start the planning process you will find out that the ferry ride itself is a bit of a fortune. I was also never able to find a place that looked enticing enough to make the journey. Renting a house is always an option, and everyone I know that goes to Nantucket ends up renting. But when I go away I like to meet new people, so I like to stay at a place - kids usually find new friends and so do we!


So when I came upon The Cliffside Beach Club I figured this would be a delightful place. It doesn't come cheap, but I don't think anything does in Nantucket. Cliffside has 22 accommodations, which include apartments, rooms and beach houses. It's a family-run place (since 1958) and a feel that will put you in the French Riviera. Whether you sit poolside or beach it is all available on the property, so unique. While I love traveling in New England it's often characterized with far to quaint rooms for my asthetic, but here the rooms are simple, clean and full of character (in a good way!).


Even the in-house dining looks sweet and authentically Nantucket-y (as if I know what that means, but in my imagination this is it) ...


I think it looks great! If you do go... email and let me know how was your stay... or maybe I will come with you!

and don't forget to go and see the lighthouses!


This ones for you Mama!


Yep, that's my mama! She's the most gorgeous, generous and talented lady in the entire world! And that's my dad too, he was only with us for a short time but boy did he leave an impression, not easy to live up to this dynamic duo but we are trying. In honor of mothers day and all of the lovely moms out there that we love so much, please use code: 'mama' and get something sweet for yourself or someone you love!

take 15% off entire website
use code: 'mama'
offer ends: 5/10/15
(no stacking of codes, does not apply to past orders)

5.01.2015

guest post :: tada shop chat w/lizelle green

I recently had a chat with Lizelle Green about mothers day and all the hub-bub.. I'll take a day saved for mom any old week... but we started to talk about what we REALLY want to do... and then she wrote it down, well let's just say she edited our email conversation, she's good at that--cutting out my poor grammar! I figure you are used to my 'friend-speak' and I am going to share with you my unedited version (just because you'all are my friends and you understand my lingo)

visit our conversation on Tada Shop here

MOTHERS DAY

okay so mothers day is my favorite day of the year, besides my birthday (obviously I don't get enough attention day to day and I need these holidays!). It occurs to me that my family doesn't feel the same way about the day, so I am contemplating taking a completely different approach: Mothers day, a day to take care of yourself! - how does that sound? My poor family could never come up with the ideas that I have for the day... so I'm not going to make them, I'm just going to have the greatest day in my own way.

In general, given the time of year and the fact that we live in New England it would need to involve a trip to warmer weather - at this moment I have my eye on just about anywhere in Mexico. But I have some friends who have a hotel group called GrupoHabita, I originally found them on a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. After numerous trips we became friends with the chef, etc... now we love them! I am excited to visit their property in Veracruz called Maison Courtier (link: :::: MAISON COUTURIER ....)





SO, before I go I need to do some shopping... I'm good at that.. so this is what I need.

swimsuit - A' Detacher perfect swimsuit - A D├ętacher Erin Swimsuit - Navy when you have a shop you become friends with other shop owners and so I noticed my friend Michelle at Mille has this doozy of a swimsuit.





shoes - well, I just happen to have the best shoes for summer in my very own store - I love these shoes from Maryam Nassir Zadeh - I will go for the low heel but you can dive into the high as well (this shoe is a comfortable mix between an slipper and a shoe - my favorite combo!)


and the only other thing I need on vacation is a good coverup - just to wear all the time and then I am SET - this usually comes from TWO or Layla both in my store. Since I probably will never have the body I had pre-kids I opt for something I can comfortably spend the day in ... and I am ALL day!





and then products are key for me! I use Jao Goe oil for all my traveling needs, it's perfect for keeping my skin soft, pre-during and after the sun. I think if I only had to bring one product on ANY vacation it would be the Goe oil, the light scent that takes you away, the way it makes my hair soft and curly, my skin is perfect and after a day in the sun it's completely soothing.


as for my lips, I only use olio e osso all the time! I'm addicted to #3 - crimson but in the summer I really like the light color of french melon (#2). I like to keep a clear balm in my bag for those occasions when my kids or me have really chapped hands or face.



I am sorry that everything seems to come from my website but I kind of think if I love to use it -- it should be in my store!

I am always in love with a gift for myself and this year I will be getting a delicate piece of jewelry, I am planning to get another piercing in my ear (only two!) and add one of the Melissa Joy Manning diamond hugs! I'm so excited and I've wanted to do since I got them in the shop.. now's the time!
 
 
But I really feel that anything form Melissa Joy Manning would make me happy!

have a great mothers day and remember, it's just a day, but it's YOUR day - do what you want!

love - carina