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Win an Amy Kahn Russell Necklace

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Statements by Amy Kahn Russell Bronze Carved Gemstone Pendant with 24″ Beaded Necklace

This beautiful and exotic Foo Dog Pendant by Amy Kahn Russell features hand carved artistry in lush green Aventurine gemstones. Foo dogs are known as guardians and are believed to bring luck and protection to their owners. One lucky winner will be wearing this lovely good luck piece compliments of Amy Kahn Russell.

To enter, please leave your name, email address, phone number and “like” Colleen Lopez on HSN on Facebook or “follow” ColleenLopezHSN on Twitter. One entry per person. Winner will be announced on Thursday, November 8th.

Amy Kahn Russell is a good friend to all of us here at what wouldmomsay.  It is our pleasure to introduce to you our very talented and accomplished friend.

Amy is a famous designer and jewelry maker who is featured on HSN and many boutiques and galleries around the country.  It’s impossible to not receive endless compliments while wearing an original Amy  Kahn Russell piece of jewelry.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get acquainted  with this extraordinary jewelry designer, and good luck!!

Summer Music Festivals-what to wear?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Dig out those cut off jean shorts, head bands, tattoos, face paint, head dresses and flowering dresses, it’s summer and time for the festivals.  Here’s just a few shots from last years’ Frendly Gathering.  Thanks again to Ali Kaukas and her excellent photo skills! Hayley, Nicole and Liza

Kylie H

Jersey boys!

Shelby

Vermont Skateboards

Shelby and Mason

Candy and Flowers for your Valentine?

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And so are you

Silly but it is all about sugar and flowers for the traditional Valentine.If you are buying for a boy friend, why not a nice potted African violet or some fragrant bulbs such as a pot of narcissus, or a hyacinth, both named for male gods and with interesting stories, though not really complimentary as narcissus liked to stare at his reflection in the water.

For a woman, anything! Not daisies though unless they are her favorite. They don’t even smell good, although the idea of their simple innocent  beauty is a powerful message.

You can still order chocolate and flowers on line for delivery tomorrow. I have sent my favorite men, my sons, Vosges Haut Chocolate. They are really unique, yet a bit expensive. They have spicy chocolates, and chocolate seasoned with spices from all over the world.

See’s Candy was a favorite growing up in California. Really excellent chocolate. My favorite is the bourdeau  truffles, having nothing to do with wine and everything about the rich butter cream filling.

Maybe a simple yet not so simple chocolate bar from the grocery. My favorite markets carry the great quality of Scharffen Berger chocolate bar for the discerning palate. Simply and elegantly packaged, not to distract you from the full bodied flavor inside.

So roses are always Nice, a bit cliche, but if they are in good shape and have fragrance you can’t go wrong. A single rose is just as sweet as a bouquet. No need to over do it. It is all about Love in the end and if you have that then you have a lot. Those of us who are single would love to have the love… But we don’t even get the chocolate and flowers unless we buy them for ourselves.

Viva l’ amour

Winter XGame Fashion

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

If your lucky enough to be in Aspen this week watching top athletes double cork in a frozen halfpipe, you’ll be treated to the other show in town, winter ski/snowboard fashion.  Aspen and the Winter X games coverage sets the stage for what to wear on the slopes next year. So whether you’re home in front of the fire watching the finals or hanging out at the bottom of the pipe, bundle up and by all means, do it fashionably!

Aspen Fashion Week

Dan in his mountain man look

B by Burton

fur boots from Gordscush

Apres ski by Gorsuch

Mens Moncler

William and Kate; THE ROYAL WEDDING

Sunday, April 24th, 2011


Obsession, marketing frenzy, phenomena?  I don’t know how to describe this.  A week ago, I swore to ignore it. It’s impossible, it’s everywhere. My sister-in-law is an anglophile.  She has mugs from Diana’s wedding. She gives us updates on the royal family every once in a while and has a lot of fun with it. This Christmas, Jay found a solar powered Queen Elizabeth to wave at her, a most successful gift. Solar Queen – Assorted Colors Randomly Chosen, This is a healthy kind of obsession.

I’ve decided, if you can’t beat ’em…I have my own mild obsession with Dolly Parton, so who am I to talk?

Here’s what I’ve found. William and Kate Paper Dolls: To Commemorate the Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29th April 2011and The Royal Wedding For Dummies, both available at Amazon.com along with 4,900+ more common Wedding Commemoratives.
You know, mugs, plates, books, tea towels.  The towels had been deemed unacceptable and in poor taste by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, perhaps because of this atrocity, but in the end, common sense prevailed.  There’s money to be made here.

This is all turning out to be too much fun. I’ve found a refrigerator, Kiss Me Kate beer,tea bags,barf bags, Pez dispensers and, can you believe it? Crown Jewel Condoms.

The search did turn up another, unrelated item that I find somewhat disturbing.

Does the Catholic Church make money on these?

Cookies! The Mom’s new favorite cookie company

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

The Mom’s applaude our friend Mimi and her start up company mimiscookiebar.com. Mimi is bringing us wholesome organic and very yummy cookies in at least 21 different flavors and a chance to make your own custom combination!

Mimi’s Cookie Bar is an eco friendly company in every way. The all organic and natural cookies are made from ingredients from local organic and fair trade farms.  Mimi takes green to the next level by packaging in 100% biodegradable cellophane and the website is 100% wind power.
Mimis started the company in 2009 with the idea of created a number of “custom” cookies for a group of snowboarders she has known since childhood. Everyone has their own different tastes like, Danny Davis’s “Double D” (oatmeal, peanut butter, raisins and chocolate chips or the Mitrani brothers “Jack’s PB & J(peanut butter cookie with jelly) and Lukes “Mitrani Mounds”(original cookie with almonds coconut and chocolate chips).

Thanks Mimi for sharing with us that a girls life’s passions can turn into profit. I guess you can have your cookies and eat them too!

Make sure to visit Mimi at mimiscookiebar.com

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Meeting the Parents

Monday, March 21st, 2011

WHAT WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE GIFT TO BRING WHEN MEETING MY BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND’S PARENTS?

If you have been invited to someone’s home, anyone’s home for a meal or an overnight, it is appropriate to bring a gift. I pulled this question today because there are a few cool places I’d like to share, that are perfect for small gifts.  Hope you enjoy!

Cindy’s Answer:If you are invited for a meal it is appropiate to bring a small gift. A plant, seasonal fruit, flowers, a bakery treat is always welcome. Do not give wine or any alcohol if you are not over 21.

While searching for St. Patrick’s Day, frog cupcakes, I came across a childhood memory. Judicke’s Bakery, in Bayonne NJ was the ONLY  place to get baked goods.  I’m not recommending the frogs as a house gift, just recommending Judicke’s in case you are ever in the neighborhood.  Baked goods are a good hostess gift, so if you have a favorite bakery, pick some up, and if you can, bake something yourself.

Sally’s Answer: A bottle of wine, flowers, plant or candles would all be appropiate gifts. Also write a nice Thank-you note.

If you need help, there are websites that will help you choose the right words for a thank you note.  I like this one.

Michele’s Answer: I like to bring different kinds of tea or coffee, for a more formal gift,add a Pretty teapot, or interesting coffee mugs.

While visiting Charleston, SC  recently, my nephew, knowing my penchant for good teas, took me to the Spice and Tea Exchange. There are so many ideas for small gifts here and they are online.  Cindy once received a tin of saffron.  I remember how much she liked it.

Joanna’s Answer:small orchid is one of my favorite gifts to give and to receive, Trader Joe’s always has a good deal on them. Whole foods, flowers and plants are a little bit nicer and healthier even though perhaps a bit more expensive,  and it is always nice to have the personal assistance in picking out a plant and get the growing instructions and find out about light requirements and watering instructions at a small nursery.

Check out the manners section for more advice on kinder and gentler behavior.  If You would like to ask the mom’s a question visit us here.

San Francisco ….Art and Shopping… Fillmore Street

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I realize in saying “San Francisco Art and Shopping” that I will just be giving a taste of that. There are so many neighborhoods of wonderful flavor and character to shop in… Then there is the food which I haven’t been spending a lot of time on in recent trips. As I have said in a previous blog, it has been a lot of running back and forth. There is excellent food of course, but as I have been in a hurry to get in and out, I have been getting a latte and a cookie for the road, or a salad at the museum cafe.

I can’t say that shopping on Fillmore Street is inexpensive, but I can say that you will find some unique places to explore.

Lilith clothes to the left here are ART themselves. With unique draping and folding, baggy pants and satin, silks and taffetas. This would be a great place to get inspiration if you are a design student. Maybe even costume design ideas would be inspired in this designer shop. There is nothing mundane about anything you will find in Lilith.

Jigsaw next is another clothing store that carries an original line of more classic design with unique flair. The fabrics are well chosen and one can find clothes for the office, a wedding , or everyday. They also have shoes and bags. I bought two of my favorite pairs of boots there years ago.

Betsy Johnson with color everywhere for the playful dress and accessories. Nest for home furnishings from antiques to dishes to cook books and wall decor. It has wonderful warm flavor and even if you aren’t shopping to buy, the atmosphere is creative and pleasant.
Parking is hard to come by. I was told that there is a parking garage nearby but I didn’t see it. I drove through on Sunday and it was bustling and crazy with crowds of people. Monday I went back before noon and found a few spaces available. Perhaps call one of these store and ask where the nearest parking lot in the area is.

There is also a Margaret O’Leary shop in the neighborhood. The sweaters here are amazing and they are pricey too. Think of collecting one every year or so… when you can afford to. If you take care of a fine piece of clothing it will last you half a life time. I have sweaters from decades ago that I still cherish… Remember… A classic fit will never go out of style.

I also saw an Athleta store. I shop from that catalog for exercise and yoga clothes. I didn’t have time to go in.

There were several quaint restaurants, some with a few tables outside.  One clerk in a shop mentioned a new fun jewelry store down by Lillith… I forget the name, and again I didn’t have time because I was meeting someone at a museum for lunch.

There is never enough time to see the City. Planning a day around museums and shops barely gives you time to stop for a leisurely lunch. I often do my city errands alone because there is so much I want to accomplish. When my friends from back east come out I really need to plan to have days set aside and planned and the home tasks caught up with because there is sssooooo much to do… And my friends aren’t happy with the cookie and the latte to go like I am… They like to sit and peruse a menu.

I need to slow it down a bit and find more time to invite a friend along to see an exhibit at the museum and have lunch or dinner on the way home.

There is so much more in San Francisco. I am looking forward to finding time for the Strybing Arboretum… the rhododendrons are probably in bloom right now…. Located in close proximity to the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The Japanese Tea Garden is a magic place between the two and the Academy of Science recently reopened after a long renovation… You can walk to it all. My nieces loved our visit to the Tea Garden when they were young. Now they are living in San Francisco going to school and working. I should ask them to meet me there one day. I’ll take you there some day with me. You’re going to love it!

San Francisco….De Young Museum…. Bouquets to Art Continued

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I just spent three days in the last week in and out of THE CITY. Now if I was back east in my adopted Vermont community, THE CITY would be New York. Boston is perhaps nearer to us, but some how Boston is Boston and New York is THE CITY. I love both, and they will probably appear in a later blog when I get a chance to spend time in these great cities again. I need to get back to both of them, but out west on the California Central Coast , MY CITY is San Francisco… even though the huge sprawling city of San Jose is just over the hill. San Francisco is IT for Northern California City-ness…. And what a city it is! I don’t think I have written much about it and how can that be… How do I ignore such a potential for blogging with the City by the Bay. Well there perhaps is so much to do and talk about and write about that I just didn’t know where to start.

Yesterday I raced to the City to see the Bouquets to Art. It is only there for 4 days. The flowers only have so long to look their best. Even yesterday being the second day some were looking a bit sad for lack of water. When arranging the masterpieces d’arte I am sure water was lost and water needing to be added was forgotten in the midst of the excitement. Que bellisima!… The art accompanied by flower displays so creative and unique! The more mundane were the not so simple huge bouquets of multi-colors or the mono-color mono-floral simple elegant expressive display. there was floral sculpture in every room.

It says a huge positive thing about people today that as much as we have busy lives and are entrenched with media and tech and … whatever…. people love art and are thronging to museums.

When I went to see the Japanesque exhibit at the Legion of Honor and the D’Orsay Impressionist exhibit at the De Young a few months ago, there were crowds of people immersing their day and their minds in the art.

Supporting the arts and culture… It is very important for us all to be involved. A membership at a museum, a purchase at a museum gift store, all this is necessary  so that we have these wonderful visual riches available to us. Arts open our mind. Let new ideas enter and bounce around like color and line and even sound.

The idea of matching artistically arranged flowers with works of art was curious to me. I had seen the coverage of the exhibits on the TV news in past years and was so disappointed to have missed them. This year I had looked into the dates of the show just in time. A week later and I would have missed it. I went to see the flower art show by myself and walked through it light on my feet as I was awed by the variety and color and often whimsy of the arrangements. Thank you flower artists… you have changed my world with your creations.

City decorating at a Country price-or someone else’s trash could be your treasure.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

When I say at a country price, I also mean from the country.  On a a recent visit to Vermont, my newly NYC based daughter acquired kitchy vintage items to decorate her apartment.  Lamps, pictures, antique silver plated serving dishes and well worn bed linens are just a few of the items you can find in flea markets, antique and consignment shops.

Yes, that is a Vermont state clock and a painting of the Statues of Liberty painted on glass.  Maybe the two things cost about $15.00. How about having your own mannequin? Dress her up and place her around your apartment.

Take a bus, rent a car and explore the outer limits of city life and the treasures at a discount.  Surf the web and find the auctions, flea markets and estate sales.

I love vintage bed linens.  They are always pure cotton and well worn into softness.  Tablecloths and quits make great slip covers for chair and throws for coaches.

Look for memorabilia that means something to you, vintage post cards to frame and antique maps of your home state. Find old gold leaf frames to reframe your family and friends pictures. There’s a whole great cheap world out there, check it out and find all the treasures you can.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and find a fairground clown!