We actually had some downtime on Saturday after we finished our booth set-up so we ventured to Chelsea Market by way of the High Line. This was such a treat! The High Line is a walkway built on old train tracks above street level on the West Side. Since it’s sort of a raised public park with a variety of greenery and art installations, it was a wonderful respite from the noisy streets below.
This was my second time taking in the gloriousness that is Chelsea Market. It is my very favorite part of New York City at the moment. The food-lover’s paradise is housed in an old factory and contains all of my favorite things under one roof: several bakeries and restaurants, specialty gift shops for the gourmet enthusiast, and an Anthropologie. The Food Network also calls Chelsea Market home and there are tours offered, but I have yet to partake – it’s on my list of things to do, of course! We all enjoyed our meals at Friedman’s Lunch and then I got my dessert fix right across the way at the Doughnuttery. (The Doughnuttery! Is that not the cutest name?!) I really could spend all day – or maybe even several days – in this place.
Coffee table books are one of my favorite go-tos for gifts, they can be enjoyed for years on end and add some style to your home. For my friend Emily’s birthday I wanted to get something that was an expression of her style. She loves graphic prints and bold colors and probably owns more striped things than anyone I know! The Kate Spade, Things We Love, book came recommended to me because of all the beautiful pictures and glamourous gilded edge pages. This book looks good from all angles!
When I was sneaking a peek at the pages before I wrapped it up, I recognized a familiar pattern! Last season Kate Spade partnered with Florence Broadhurst to create all sorts of fun bags, wallets and accessories and this season The Gift Wrap Company is partnering up! So exciting!! This partnership is bringing the lovely patterns from Florence Broadhurst to the world of paper products to create bold and beautiful wraps, bags and other social stationary goodies! The full collection is going to be released later this spring so keep your eyes open!
Boston is finally blooming! (That was an awful winter we just had, glad it’s over.) So it’s now April and we’ve got showers, just as the rhyme says. To make the shift from winter drab to springtime fab, here are some of my fun finds:
1: Turquoise Trench Coat, because beige can be so blahhh / 2: This nifty umbrella‘s blossom design shows up when it gets wet, sort of like those Hypercolor T-shirts from back in the day / 3: Not usually a fan of animal print of any kind, but it’s oh-so trendy right now. These Hunter boots are actually making me rethink snakeskin. / 4: For the days I won’t be golashing around, there’s Netflix and my couch. (Have you seen House of Cards yet?? I’m obsessed!) / 5: I have a real hard time keeping green things alive. This Self-Watering Planter could really be a game changer for me.
Hope you’re all enjoying the warmer temps and the beautiful blooms as much as I am! Happy spring!
Since my sister Aimee just had her baby (congrats!), as you can imagine i have been doing a little shopping.
Like a lot of new parents today, she did not did not want to know the sex of the baby ahead of time, so I was on the look-out for cute gender-neutral baby items, and I have to say, gray is the new favorite color in baby. I have seen it on everything from nursery decor, clothing, toys, diaper bags, and i think it really is the perfect color for boy or girl.
1. this cute bib can be found on Etsy.com from babiease 2.bedding from target 3. Potterybarn Kids 4. Land of Nod, 5. Land of Nod, 6. Simply Boco at easy.com 7.Yassis Place on Etsy.com (here is the direct link to this site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/YassisPlace),
Arlington, MA is a charming little town just outside of Boston and it’s where I’ve called home for the last 2 years. It is my favorite place that I have lived so far – and I’ve moved around a bit (read: Navy brat). Arlington has clusters of charming little neighborhoods with beautiful homes – both quaint and grandiose, a surprisingly diverse dining scene (Turkish anyone? Or maybe Argentinean?), and a few very lovely gift shops. So lovely in fact, these two in particular carry The Gift Wrap Company merchandise! Almost-literally in my back yard, I can find some of our lovely wraps, bags, and containers!
Maxima Art Center
212 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, MA 02474 | 781-646-6835
What a gem this shop is! It’s pretty easy to find on Mass. Ave. I happen to pop in right before seeing a movie at the Capitol Theatre, right next door. I always find gifts for people here – whether I’m in the market or not! (And if I’m not, there’s nothing wrong with self-gifting, right?) When I was in there last, I made sure to snap a few photos of some Gift Wrap Company offerings. I always get a little giddy seeing our hard work on display.
487 Massachusetts Avenue | Arlington, MA 02474 | 781-643-6700
This is a relatively new addition to Arlington, and as the name suggests: it’s located right in the Center. Some localites may be familiar with Davis Squared (in Davis Square, Somerville obvi). Well, this is its sister-store and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a fun shop like this walking distance from my place. I especially like their card selection, kitchen accoutrements, and super fun socks. (Yes, socks!) Although it’s not gift wrap, I spotted some French Bull items last time I was there, so shout out to them as well!
Arlington is definitely worth an afternoon of exploring if you’re ever in the area! I’ve only scratched the surface here with a focus on gift wrap from these amazing retailers. Have you spotted any TGWC merch in your neighborhood??
I love that so much was handmade, and one of a kind, the place smelled of cinnamon and spice -and they were having an open house with cider, beer, wine and goodies!
When you are done shopping they wrap your package up in a sweet bag with the tissue fluffed up just right. What more could you ask for?
I am definitely feeling the halloween spirit now. Thanks Farmstead!
It’s NY Fashion Week ladies….. can I get a whoot whooot!?!
I am no fashionista, I like to look, but prefer jeans and a comfy cardigan on any given day!
To me fashion week is sort of my check list, not for what needs to be in my closet next season, but what needs to be in TGWC catalog!
We like to think of our products as accessories… what every posh party girl is wrapping with this year…. so it is important (and fun) to be on top of the trends, follow what is hot and not and try to disect from all the over stimuli what will stick! What colors, what icons, what finishes… no matter what industry you’re in, they all relate to each other.
So I present you … live from our little studio in Northborough MA…. a sneak peek at S/S13 if TGWC were invited to NYFW!
I have recently discovered Fab.com.
This online sale site may be one on way too many which I receive emails from multiple times a day, but this one is different. They actually have very cool stuff you actually want. Now I didn’t say stuff you actually NEED, but interesting, fun finds, unique gifts, interesting home decor items and artistic bits and bobs. In addition it is well laid out, easy to navigate and OMG did you see the use of the heart as the period? Too cute and also very cleaver.
I will admit. I have bought up a few frivolous items and become a bit obsessed with what’s coming next, but I dont feel so bad because Fab.com has a good method, a good heart (no pun intended) and a fab tag line which proves they are a company you can feel good about doing business with.
Fab also does some really great branding. Every box comes in with cute stickers and a thank-you card inside – really thoughtful and all well designed. It’s so great when companies go that extra mile to make it special and drive home the passion they have for their brand.
So check it out the site is worth exploring, smile a little, shop a little… your designed to!