Spring is in the air…

These days, I’m drawn to all things pastel and longing for a home filled with fresh cut flowers.

Spring is a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and rejuvenation.  Many of us celebrate Easter, which is a great reminder of all things Spring.  This year is special for me, as I await the birth of our third child this Spring.  I am carefully preparing our home for the arrival of our little one, and am inspired by so much these days, as I try to bring feelings of warmth and joy into our home.

I’ve been collecting a series of inspirational photos via my Pinterest account, which I’d like to share with you here.  I hope these inspire you to embrace Spring, and invite you to share your own thoughts on Spring with me.

Spring 2012 Ad
{Louis Vuitton}

 

Pretty in Pink..and other pastels...
{via Scrapbook blog by Melissah}

 

Pink Flowers for every room...
{via Scrapbook blog by Melissah}

 

Orange Creamsicle aka "Morir Sonando"
(via Dominican Cooking blog}

 

{Happy Spring!}

xo

~the sweetest mami~

{Happy Shopping}

Here’s one fabulous gift guide I wanted to share with all of you.  I hope none of you are planning to endure the chaos of Black Friday sales, and instead opt to stay in for all of your Christmas shopping, as I usually do.  This is the ultimate online gift guide, for all my fellow online shoppers.  Also, there are some great downloadable gift tags, starting on page 130, that are super cute and great for any occasion.  {Happy Shopping!}

Love the look of personalized stationery

Few things are more personal than a hand-written note, from time to time.  In these days of e-mail, texts, and Facebook posts, it’s nice to drop an old friend a line just to say hi, or to thank them for a sweet gesture or gift.

I’m a big fan of personal thank you cards and greetings, especially since all my friends and family live far, far away.

Here are a few pretty ways to stay in touch with your loved ones…despite the distance.

Summer Style

Now that the hot weather is here, it’s always amusing to see how it affects people differently. I can just spend a whole afternoon people-watching, and admire those who really know how to pull off a great summer outfit, while wondering why others simply don’t have a clue. Here are some practical tips I wanted to share with everyone, to help you be one of those admired…

DO

  • Keep it light. Light, airy fabrics are made for summer. Great pieces are made of cotton, linen, and (for ladies) sheer chiffon.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. There is nothing less sexy than a woman hiking up her strapless every two minutes, just because she thought it looked cute.
  • Lighten up your wardrobe. This is the time to wear playful, colorful clothes. Ditch the grays and dark browns for now, and bust out the soft blues and pinks (yes, even for men). The only exception to this rule is our universal black — that never ceases to look chic!
  • Wear summer shoes. Sneakers are made for running, not for shorts. Men – Do invest in a nice pair of sandals you can wear with slacks or shorts. Leather ones are optimal, for a nice night out. Ladies – Flaunt your summer pedicure with metallic and stylish flat sandals, and if you want to wear heels, keep them strappy.

DON’T

  • Overexpose. Keep the bare skin to a minimum; please leave something to the imagination, ladies. Fellas – this is not the time to bare your gut, unless you are blessed with abs of steel!
  • Roast. A summer tan is still very sexy, but the lobster look is not. Please be responsible when tanning, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Lose yourself in accessories. This is the time to be easy, breezy, nice and easy–and that means less is more. Don’t pile on the accessories now. Keep the focus on simplicity, and live with the fact than one great pair of hoop earrings is sometimes all you need.
  • Dehydrate yourself. Even when you’re out at a pool party, don’t forget the importance of hydration. Drink lots of water when you’re out by the pool or golfing. Not only will this help you party longer, it also helps your skin look a lot nicer.
  • Here are some summer looks that are perfect this season. Find these at one of my favorite stores – Banana Republic. Have a great summer!