Pinch me.  Did we just meet with a group of the most inspiring young men and women to talk about the creative process and the world of social media.  Oh and did we really just roam through the studios and office at Martha Stewart Omnimedia Living? Yes! 

 

Arriving at 601.

 

Pink storage.

silver coffee pots stored in the big fun pink boxes!

 

The studios were clean and so organized.  Would you expect anything less of Martha (and her team)?  Here is a tour of the editor’s offices.

 

Alanna Stang with Whole Living Magazine

 

Darcy Miller with Weddings

Her inspirational board is a little larger than mine!

Loved Darcy’s inspiration board.

 

Where the teams create…

Film department.

 

Studio space.

 

 Shall we check off ‘meeting martha’ on the bucket list?

 

I’ve hosted a few summer events this summer and have brought along with me a new summer favorite.

 

 

We know you’re stocked up on all our Lilly shifts this summer…but don’t forget she needs at least ONE Lilly bathing suit.  All prints available in all styles and all sizes!  And of course we have a few left for women too.

 

Check out this 18″ acrylic Lazy Susan for your outdoor entertaining.  

 

What a popular year for monogrammed seersucker!

 

One of our favorite new prints in the shop now.  Are you ready to garden by the sea? 

 

Lilly’s inspiration for the print?

 

“We could not kick off Summer and celebrate LILLY IN BLOOM without the ultimate summer floral. When Stacey designed this print it was an instant love affair.  It hung on the print studio door with its crisp white ground and teeny tiny black ants and we knew we had our lead print for the spring delivery. OF COURSE  there are little ants poking around, doing the samba on their way to the first summer picnic.”

 

Stop in to shop the latest collection.

1. Lana Top Slub $54 and Whitney Pant $118

2. Sandy One Shoulder $68

3. Lala Infant Dress $58 

4. Ruth Printed Swim $48

5. Little Lana Slub Top $34 and Little Callahan Short $38

 

It’s that time of year. Graduation parties, bbqs, pool time, beach time and any other excuse to have a party.  Order your custom and personalized napkins at The Monogram Shop.

 

Great baby gift for a girl in the south who goes by the name of Lilly!  Look at this adorable Lilly Pulitzer baby shift personalized with her first name.

 

We had a few bunnies hop in last week and together with photographer Kathy Blanchard we raised just under $1000 for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Miracle Network.   The kids loved the bunnies and the parents loved the photographs Kathy took.  

I first met Kathy when she photographed my wedding in 2006. Simply amazing.  Behind the camera and out in front.  She was just as graceful at photographing the children too.  She played with the kids, calmed them and captured the best of their personalities.  A huge thank you to her for creating more than a few lifetime treasures.

 

 

With a the little Irish in me (about a 1/4)  there is a lot of love for St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are a few of our traditions that I learned and enjoyed as a child.  Now it’s my turn to pass along the fun to my kids.

 

Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage.  This year our corned beef is from Trader Joe’s (sort of a cheat) but I had a sample in the store and it was delicious!  And here is the recipe for our family’s Irish Soda Bread.

Mix together

3.5 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

In a seperate bowl mix together

1 pint sour cream

2 eggs

Add the dry ingredients to the sour cream and egg mixture along with the raisins.  Then ‘dump’ the bread dough out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 60-70 min.  Serve warm.   Later toast and serve with butter and jam.

 

For dessert we make our traditional rainbow cake.  A fun surpise for the children to see all of their favorite colors inside.

 

But my FAVORITE tradition is the leprechaun trap.  We read the story That’s What Leprechaun’s Do in the days leading up to this holiday.   Then the day before St. Patrick’s Day we build our trap to catch a leprechaun.  There is no right or wrong way to build a Leprechaun trap.  Don’t forget the bait.  This year we have shiny shamrocks and glittery stickers.  They love color!  If you don’t catch one don’t be discouraged.  They are tricky and fast.  Perhaps he’ll at least drop some gold (chocolate coins) as he tries to escape. 

 

I love the intensity during preperation!

 

And the leprechaun leaves a few other goodies in our house.  Including Lucky Charms cereal and green milk in the fridge.