Halloween costumes for babies



Halloween sneaks up on me every year! Usually, by the time I figure out a costume for Hudson, his size is sold out. (Though it hasn’t stopped him from being really cute of course… in my opinion. First he was a shark. And then a sweet strawberry!) This year, I’m going to be on top of it! Aron even requested an early day this year so that we can all participate in the city’s activities.

In my search, I came across these costumes for babies by The Wishing Elephant. They’re so cute. I can’t believe they all are based on something as simple as a onesie!


So perfect for getting in the spirit, even if you’re just answering the door with a 6-month-old in arms.

[All photos via The Wishing Elephant on Etsy; found via Poppytalk]

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Faking it: Door and Wall Moulding


Remember the faux-door moulding we created in our New York apartment? We used used a combination of crown moulding and miter cuts to add a little architecture. (You can see the “after” behind Hudson in this photo, and the “before” here.)

R and R Designworks, on Etsy, has created an inexpensive DIY kit that seems like a terrific, alternative solution.

They’ll work with you on walls, too. I’d love to see someone with the proper style of home go all out and do something like this…

P.S. More photos of our NY apartment; and our current bedroom and kitchen.

[Photos from top: HitherandThither/RandRDesignWorks/West Elm/West Elm/Ewering/ArchiExpo]

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Where do you buy art online?



I just saw on A Cup of Jo that 20×200 has closed its (virtual) doors. We’ve ordered a few prints from there recently—including the Sharon Montrose Flamingo pictured—and I had half-a-dozen more saved away in a mental pile of consideration. I’d found it to be a great source of affordable art (particularly photography) and had been checking back over the past few weeks hoping that the “we’re taking a break”-notice was not going to become a permanent break. So disappointing!

Some paintings we’ve found at the Alameda Flea recently are my most-treasured purchases thus far, but what are your favorite online sources of art? Who are you noticing on Etsy lately? I’ve pinned a few favorites to my photography and eye candy boards, but am generally slow to commit.

P.S. Funny enough, Joanna mentions Banquet as an alternative to 20×200. I just hung their cacti print this past week! You can see it on my Instagram—a rare non-Hudson photo.

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Gift Guide: For Her


(1) I’ve had these bags by Valhalla pinned for ages now. A very Brooklyn bag. (And P.S. Did you know you can buy Etsy gift cards now?)
(2) The Gilmore Girls Complete Series on DVD–because they’re not on Hulu or Netflix, darn it!
(3) Round out her collection with still-relevant, out-of-print issues of Domino Magazine.
(4) A beautiful Turkish Towel.
(5) Classic riding Boots will be a huge hit. It’s a thrill to open the giant box and get that whiff of leather. And these will last forever.
(6) These will come in handy when the weather warms up: A set of waxed canvas Panniers for riding bikes together.
(7) The new Eames coffee table book.
(8) I think the LemLem Split Scarf is gorgeous. But it’s the sort of thing I would never splurge on myself. I’m guessing there are many others out there who would love this just as much as I would.
(9) A gold-dotted dish for keeping her earrings in.
(10) Gorgeous coasters. I don’t actually like to make people use coasters, but for these might require an exception.
(11) A perfectly simple, gold, Michael Kors Women’s watch (that’s big enough to fit on a man’s wrist).

(12) All of the best cafes in New York seemed to use these Classic Italian Cappucino Cups.
(13) Cashmere socks  Completely decadent.
(14) Swedish Hasbeens 877 Zip It Emy Boots. These might be really for me.
(15) A trendy necklace for wearing with t-shirts and jeans.
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I was invited to be a Guest Curator for the Etsy Blog this past week. I packed my virtual bags for four hypothetical weekend trips with the baby: to the shore, the city, the moutains, and to the desert. Check it out here.

Actually, studies have shown that planning and anticipation is the highlight of a vacation! So thank you, Etsy, for giving me an excuse to plan!

Some other things I’ve been looking at and starring online lately…

This article from last year, also on how to enjoy a vacation, has been resurfacing in conversations with friends lately.
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It would be so fun to check out all of the bikes at the Manifest Show. I enjoyed this video clip about some of the entries. (Via The Fremont Bike, spotted on Design Mom)
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A covet-worthy collection of summer sandals (in kids sizes sadly), via The Littlest
Wind maps.
Nichole‘s beautiful book, Paris in Color, is out!
The Baby Elephant wallpaper by Jill Malek in this nursery is so lovely and subtle.
Can you believe this is an Ikea upgrade? And it’s awesome to learn of shared workspaces–woodshops, too!
Rumor has it that this black headband stays put? Going to have to check it out. (Found via Kate‘s friend, Emily!)
OK on Third was probably our favorite store in Los Angeles, so it’s no surprise that they would have a cool, under-the-radar baby shower gift.
This is wallpaper?
In college, lots of sort-of-hippie friends used canning jars for glassware, but I never liked sipping wine from where jam once was. But these lids, them I could get behind.
Once, when I was in high school, a friend and I were out late enough to see the flower market open. But we didn’t come out with anything this pretty.
And here are some more photos from that beautiful brunch.

Have a great weekend! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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