Friday, January 23, 2015

The Art of Preserving Memories

The holiday decorations are finally put away and you're thinking it's time to work on getting organized. In fact, you've even thought about tackling those big bins in the basement or attic filled with your children's artwork. 
Winter is such a great time of year for a project like this. But, where do you start? It can seem so overwhelming. Well, there's a really great solution. 

Jumbodog, the brain child of 2 entrepreneurial moms, Jessica & Yaël, can help you sort through what you have...scan artwork, self portraits or any other creation with their commercial size scanner or professionally photograph things like sculptures and trophies...then compile everything artfully into a beautiful keepsake book. Memory book. Art book. Sports book.  Trip book. Your choice! 

With a background in Sociology and a Master of Arts (Yaël) and experience in Advertising (Jessica), these ladies bring a professional and artistic eye to your treasures.
Jessica and Yaël 
You saved things that are important to you. Let Jumbodog help you preserve them. This is such a great gift to give yourself, your child or a grandparent. Perfect for Mother's Day or graduations this Spring. 
Jumbodog is graciously giving my readers 10% off when they order a book by February 14thAnd, I am thrilled to offer my local readers in Westchester and Fairfield counties an extra incentive. They will waive the fee ($75) for an at-home pickup if you order by Valentine's Day. You can literally give them a bin of artwork, favorite stuffed animals, trophies, etc...and they will organize everything in a beautiful book. You can preview your book and make up to 3 changes before your book is printed. They can even help you decide what to include if you need an objective opinion. Just email them at jumbo@jumbodogartbooks.com and mention you saw the offer on Pretty Pink Tulips.

If you aren't close enough for an at-home pickup, the team at Jumbodog can help you coordinate mailing them what you'd want to include. If you want to keep the originals, they can mail everything back to you or give you copies on a cd. If this isn't the easiest way to preserve your memories, I don't know what is!

Got art? 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Giving Back - Glassybaby

At the start of the 2014-2015 football season, glassybaby introduced 2 new limited editions. Blue Friday and We Are 12 are a great addition to your current glassybaby collection. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Seahawks Women's Association, which goes to support the well-being and healthy development of women and children.

Last year's limited edition glassybaby raised over $40,000 for the Seahawks Women's Association. So, while you're planning your Superbowl decor, consider adding these new beauties. 

This is the kind of play where everyone wins!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Celebrating in Seattle

Maybe you heard….the Seattle Seahawks are headed to the Super Bowl! Since the Cowboys didn't make it this year (their time is coming!), I have to support the Seahawks. I've had Seattle on the brain for a while now as there are some pretty special friends that live there and I've never been before. It is my fervent hope that I am able to make a trip out there this year. 

In the meantime, I want to send them congratulations on their team's big win! 
Has someone you know gotten a great new job? Had their art shown in a gallery? Written a book? Had a baby? Gotten married? Taken a brave step in following their dreams? Well, let them know you're happy for them!! Stock up on congratulatory notecards, so you're ready for the next big announcement. 

And, don't forget the confetti. It's like a party in an envelope!

images: via Etsy (Thistlepress, Pearls & Pastries, Katie Lukes)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend At Home

It's a long weekend, which for many folks means hitting the slopes or if you're really lucky, jetting of to someplace sunny and warm. We're staying home. And, I couldn't be happier. No long lift lines. No airport stresses. Just me and my peeps taking it easy at home.

I have really been embracing the beauty of being. at. home. Especially during these cold and dreary winter days. Luxury to me means lighting a fire and playing a game of chess or backgammon (my husband beats me every time). 

Savoring something warm...to drink, to eat, to wrap up in.
Taking a really long soak in the tub. 
Wherever you are this weekend, give yourself what you need. And, if you're at home, treat yourself like you would your favorite house guests. Use the good soap. Light the expensive candle. Open the really good bottle of wine. 

No one deserves it more. 

images: hotel jerome, fig and honey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Design Crush - Grant K Gibson


Color. I am craving color. Winter in the northeast can be sooooooo gray. I like gray as a color (especially with hot pink), but I really don't like it as the color of the sky. We've had a lot of gray skies lately.

So, in my longing for color, I was delighted to rediscover Grant K Gibson's portfolio. It's happy. It's sophisticated. It's chic. Just what the doctor ordered!
Like what you see? You can see more of Grant's work here. Puppy not included.

Doesn't it feel sunnier already?!









Monday, January 12, 2015

New & Notable in NYC - Polo Bar

Thank you, Ralph Lauren, for bringing your culinary experience to New York!!! I kicked myself when I missed the opportunity to visit your restaurant, Ralph's in Paris, when we were there in June of 2010. It had just opened and we were even staying in the neighborhood of Saint Germain...yet I felt it was SO American and we were in Paris, so we skipped it. Big mistake!!! 

Those lucky folks in Chicago have had your restaurant, RL, since 1999, but I haven't had a chance to visit Chicago in a number of years.

So, finally....you have taken over the legendary space that used to house La Cote Basque, a bastion of high society in the 1960s. If those walls could talk, we would surely hear great stories from Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paley, CZ Guest and Truman Capote!
Now the feel is clubby, masculine and relaxed. I CAN NOT wait to be there, soaking up all of your amazing style. And, I know it will be a snap to get my husband to join me. Now, if I can just get a reservation!

If you're heading to NYC, call exactly one month prior to obtain a reservation. Phones open at 9am.

See you at the Polo Bar!


Friday, January 9, 2015

When Life Hands You Winter


Winter has really dealt most of us a big whollop of cold. And, it's easy to complain and find it irritating. Would I prefer being on a beach? Yes, probably. But, I'm trying to go with the flow and not against it. Don't you find that when you do... things seem easier, less uphill.

So, I am into embracing winter and reflecting on some of my favorite winter memories, be it snowshoeing on the tranquil paths at Twin Farms in Barnard, VT or sledding in our neighborhood with my boys. 
So, in the event you find yourself feeling the chill today…layer up, bundle up and watch your step. Once the day is done, find a good book and a fire and make yourself at home. Seasons change and bring us what we need. This is the season to slow down. Go with the flow. There's nowhere you need to go.

Sending warm thoughts from my cold corner of the world! And, when life hands you winter, don't forget your mittens!
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