Friday, June 17, 2011

A Clever act of Kindness

I happened upon one of the most clever acts of kindness this week during my usual expedition through the blogosphere. This traveling poet is spreading her message to the masses.

repost via designmom

Check out the rouge seamstress here for the complete story!!

I love this. Spreading a little bit of joy and wisdom one garment at a time!!

What do you think?? Is this something you would dare to do in your community?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Don't be Deceived by the Name!!

New Yorkers Shira Entis and Alex Bell are the creative master minds behind the eco-friendly tote line Fleabags, founded in 2009. According to their site the duo were, "Frustrated by the inconvenience and environmental hazard of accumulating several plastic bags while marketing, they craved a convenient and fashion-hot tote that could fit all of their wares." 

Thus the creation of the beautifully crafted American-made totes.

The Original Flea: Nantucket; Salt Bag: Aquarium; The Original Flea: Pebble

Reasons to LOVE Fleabags!! via

Fleabags are ideal Flea market totes
Friends and family have used them for weekends away, trips to the beach, to the grocery store and to carry anything numerous or unwieldy.
They are sturdy and made of eco-friendly materials.
Organic Cotton / Hemp Canvas Vegetable-Tanned,
American and Italian Leathers
Water-Based Ink
Locally Made in New York By Hand In Limited Edition

Check out this wonderful story via The New York Times in which the pair offers great flea market shopping advice!!  

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Magical Night of Theatre

I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic evening of theatre this week at the incredible Winspear Opera House! This breath taking structure is the temporary home to the traveling cast of Billy Elliot: The Musical.  

My lovely parents and the mister joined me for the mid-week performance. It was a fun "double date" night to break up the monotony of the week. (And mid-week or matinee performances are always a little easier on the wallet)

I approached the show with an open mind since I wasn't really sure what to expect and I must say I was blown away. For starters, the production value was incredible. I have been lucky enough to take in a few shows on Broadway and compared the touring cast was fantastic. Billy Elliot: The Musical had astonishing depth and content far beyond the surface fun of the title. The leads and supporting ensemble dealt with real life political issues and struggles intertwined with the beauty of dance and song. 

I felt the masterful execution of the blend between the adult subject matter and the consistent childlike enthusiasm throughout the young cast members was extraordinary. (If you have seen the production, the best example is when the police/picketers are waring between the ballet class) Amazing!

My favorite scene above all the rest was the dreamlike ballet duet performed by the young Billy and his adult counterpart. I was almost to tears by the end of their dance. 

The show is only here a few more days, but the tour is nationwide! So check and see if it is coming your way anytime soon. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Paris on my Mind

Can you say Bonjour?? I know that I can! 

Blogger Jordan Ferney, of the incredible Oh Happy Day!, is making it easy by rewarding one of her loyal readers with the trip of a lifetime! Have you guess where yet? Why Paris of course!! 

Enter Here
The contest will be open from today until the end of the month, but you better get your entry in as soon as possible. Because at the rate people are entering, you don't want to be last on the list!! 

Wearing a Work of Art

As a walked through the office this morning, I happened upon a lovely piece of art. This handcrafted genius was not where one my expect hanging from the wall or placed to precision in my path. This unique sculpture of sorts was parading through the office on the feet of my co-worker!

I love when I am inspired to post by the creativity and vision of the people who surround me. My co-worker just returned from a recent trip to NYC. While there, she did a little shopping in SOHO and became the owner of a fabulous pair of Irregular Choice shoes!! 

Duke, Spat Attack,  Lola Clutch Bag

This England based enterprise, founded in 1999, offers an entire collection of crazy, elaborate and spectacular fashion. I have selected a few of my favs to share, but there are so many wonderful creations on their site to satisfy your Monday blues. 

Patty Clutch Bag, Abigails Party, So-Yeon Sarah

Here's to a little shoe therapy!! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mangos are in Season

I was so excited to stumble upon a delightful clothing line this afternoon!! Mango is a world-wide brand offering clothing for all!

The line is totally amazing. I have posted a few of my favorites here, but I would love to hear what caught your eye. Check out their site and leave a comment below of your favorite piece from the current collection!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Knowledge is Power

Today was a great day! The company that I work for is celebrating their tenth year in business and has created an awesome program, Ten Random Acts of Kindness, to honor the occasion. The program is designed to commemorate the achievement by giving back to the community that has helped them thrive. 

We participated in our third act of ten this afternoon. For the past two weeks, our office has been collecting children's books from friends, neighbors and local stores in preparation for a free book fair. In total, we collected over 800 books! Our company selected a school only a few miles from the office and set up the fair with the school officials. 

The team of volunteers went to the library this morning and set up a few tables lined with books. Teachers brought their classes by one at a time in 15 minute intervals and each student got to take home one book to keep for summer reading. It was awesome!! The kids were so excited and absolutely grateful. It was so neat watching them carefully select their prized piece of literature and inscribe their name on the inside cover. 

I felt so inspired by the simple joy of receiving and giving such a humble gift. It has motivated me to look for more opportunities to get involved in my local community! Do you volunteer? Is there a program that you recommend getting involved in? 

I challenge you to introduce this idea to your company, church or group of friends! You don't have to take on a whole school like we did. Start small. Maybe just one grade or a local children's program like the Boys and Girls Club. I guarantee any help you are willing to offer will make a difference to your neighbor.