A Hint of Mint

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ever since I painted our upstairs bedroom mint, I just can't get the color out of my head. I recently worked on a mint and fuchsia room for a little girl and I'm telling you, I think mint has become my go-to color for any space that calls for a little fun.

A Week In New York

Monday, June 29, 2015


I can't believe this is actually happening, but somehow I have managed to get an entire week, ALONE, in New York City. Alone as in NO kids. Alone as in NO husband. Just me, and after work me + one of my best friends.

Here is the back story about how this dream actually became a reality.


Friday, June 26, 2015

What a day! Ever since I heard about the ruling on same-sex marriage I have been crying happy tears of joy and doing a dance very similar to the queen herself, the notorious RBG. Knowing that my kids are going to grow up in a world where they can marry whomever they choose, (when they are much, much, much older) free from discrimination and hate truly means everything to me. To a be a part of the civil rights movement of our time is not something I take lightly, and I am so thankful to those who dedicated their life to fighting this necessary fight. 

My Sisters Wedding: The Bridesmaid Dresses

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I have a secret.

The reason that I volunteered to take the reigns in planning my sister's wedding is because I wanted to be the one to pick out the bridesmaid dresses.

Okay, I'm kind of kidding, of course this isn't the only reason I signed up but I'm not kidding about picking out the dresses. In fact, this was something I was very serious about. It's not so much that I cared about what exact dress I'd be wearing, but given that the wedding party consists of myself and my two other sisters, who are 12-15 years younger than me, I knew I wanted the majority say in the decision.

In short, I didn't want to look old.

Also, (and more importantly) the bride and I have very similar taste and the ease of this wedding has been in large part because if I know that if I like something, she is sure to like it... and vice versa. My younger sisters will look great in anything, and luckily for all, everyone loves the dress we picked out. Whew.

When thinking about the dress there were really only two requirements, 1) it had to be long (I'm not a fan of short dresses in weddings), and 2) I wanted it to have a airy feel to go with the overall vibe of the wedding. On our first outing we found the bridal gown right away, and thought we had also nailed the bridesmaid dresses, but after scheduling a "just to make sure" visit to BHLDN we stumbled upon the most perfect dress and just like with the bride's gown, we knew immediately it was "the one."

Behold the Annabelle.

Favorite Wood Consoles: A Roundup

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After the sofa, the first piece of furniture that I advise clients to invest in is the sideboard/ console table. The thing about the console is that it pulls double duty as being incredibly functional (I store stem-wear and serving dishes in one side and board games in the other) but it also really anchors a room giving a home to art (or the TV) and styling accessories. No matter what your design aesthetic is, there is guaranteed to be a console to go with it and for me it has truly become a must have for any living space.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

We made it! I know I shouldn't always be so surprised, but with two kids, a thousand bags and skateboards/ surfboards/ scooters it's always such a relief to walk in the door and know that we actually survived the journey. Before we left there was some chatter about another possible baby, but all it takes is one long travel day to remind us how lucky we are that we've reached the point of iPad + push pop equaling all day sedation. I'm convinced that the perfect birth control will always be an airplane ride with anyone under the age of 8. Seriously, the airlines should offer this as a service. 

New In The Shop: The RBG

Monday, June 22, 2015


After months of anticipation, I'm thrilled to announce that "THE RBG" is now available for purchase in the shop!!! When thinking about who should be next in our #BOSSLADIES series, RBG became the obvious choice considering that the benchmarks of her career have been championing women's rights and equally for all. As a former attorney, I couldn't be more proud to have her on our roster and given her unique and personal style she embodies everything the #BOSSLADIES brand is about; strong women who remain true to the themselves.

Like "THE JENNA" she retails for $35 dollars and ships anywhere for free. We care about the environment and these reusable totes are made from recycled cotton which complies with all fair wage and fair labor standards. All totes are machine washable on cold, and should be hung to dry.

Here she is next to our first #BOSSLADY! I can't even begin to tell you how awesome she is in person, and as I've been carrying her this week I've been stopped about 100 times by people asking where they can get their own! Remember each of our #BOSSLADIES totes are limited editions, so make sure to get your boss before she's gone!

I want to thank you all for your support of these tote bags. This has been such an incredible endeavor and I can't wait to keep adding to the series! 

To get your own RBG or Jenna (we have a handful left) head on over to the shop now!

We're Off + A BIG Announcement!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My apologies for the lack of posts this week. Tomorrow we are off to Costa Rica for almost a month, and between design jobs, friends visiting, and the million and one things I had to do before we leave, the week just got away from me.

In case there was any question, while we are away I promise not to do a disappearing act like in years past. Double pinky swear. On Monday, things will be business as usual around here and I'll try not to  post too many vacation pics! ;)

The BIG news is that on Monday I will be launching our next #BOSSLADIES tote and as I mentioned before it's going to feature the biggest female #BOSS of all, Ruth Bader Ginsburg!!!

You guys, just wait until you see her. My partner absolutely killed the design of this bag and I couldn't be happier with the end result. She will be available for purchase around 11am est and I'd make sure you get in early. Like the Jenna, she will be a limited edition and based on all the inquiries I've received RBG is going to move fast!!!!

Since I can't leave you all empty handed, here is a little teaser of the notorious RBG.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll be seeing you Monday!

My Sister's Wedding: The Venue

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I'm scared to even write this for fear that I will jinx myself, but I think my sister's wedding is completely planned. As in done and done. I leave on Saturday and return about 18 hours before the big event, so obviously this was the idea, but I have to admit there were times that I thought we may not meet our early deadline.

The Easy Trick For Platinum Blonde Hair

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


For the moment I've given up my quest for my bubble gum colored pink locks. Le sigh.

With Costa on the horizon, and the joys that come with Summer (like sun and swimming pools) my pink hair didn't stand a chance and now that I know I can do it at home anytime I want, the desire has somewhat lessened. In short, at least for the next few months, I've given up. Once the pink washed out I decided to go back to my roots, and by roots I mean the opposite of my "actual" roots, and I'm making it my mission to reclaim my platinum blonde hair.

Favorite Gallery Walls: A Roundup

Friday, June 12, 2015


Hi! My name is Robin and I have gallery wall obsession. 

Whew, I said it. 

I've been reading that gallery walls may be heading the same way as the accent wall, as in becoming outdated, but I swear that I will never give in to such nonsense and plan on becoming an old lady surrounded by my gallery walls. I say walls as a plural because yes, I have more than one, and yes, I want more than I currently have. 

Here's the thing about the gallery wall. I have kids, I have a past, and I like pretty things. I'm not alone in this and I find that if you want to display your personal and beloved objects, art, and photos you have two options. The first is buy a bunch of little frames and display them on every flat surface in your home. The second is to put them up on the wall and create a gallery display out of them. One can make your adult home look like your dorm room, and the second can make such a beautiful impact that you can't believe how empty your walls looked before. Trust me on this. I spent the first 33 years of my life with option one, and the last three with option two... I'm not going back!

I think my main hesitation in creating a gallery wall was that I just had no idea where to start. We had a bunch of random frames (most of which were white) and not that much small art. Sure, we had more photographs of the kids than we knew what to do with, but could I really make a bunch of pictures of my kids look aesthetically pleasing? I wasn't so sure. 

Giving 'Em The Shoulder

Thursday, June 11, 2015


If there is one big trend for summer, the off the shoulder look is it. Mark my words, you are going to see fashionistas everywhere rocking this trend and I could not be more onboard. I remember wearing my skirts like dresses to get this look as a kid and as I've aged my affinity for the shoulder-less look has only grown. Something about it makes me feel like I should be drinking negronis in Positano and lets face it, for most women it's hard to find something wrong with baring your shoulders. I feel like this is the most flattering part of the female body, and baring your shoulders gives off just the right amount of sexiness, without being too over the top. I have been lusting over this top from tibi since I first saw it on the runway and even though it sold out quickly I'm thrilled to find they replenished their stock, and added new colors! 

Whether it's a dress or a top, shoulders are going to be everywhere this season and for those of you who aren't afraid to show a little skin during the warmer months I've rounded up a few of my favorites at every price point down below. Negroni not included ;)

7 Popsicle Recipes for Little (and Big) Kids

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Are any of you big fans of the Popsicle?

I'm usually more of a baked goods girl myself, and pretty much only bought them for the kids in the past, but after my husband and I got hooked on these store bought ones I'm starting to realize that Popsicles aren't just for the kiddos. I recently began looking at recipes and I was surprised to find that some of the most delicious looking ones required very little effort. I bought these molds last year and was super boring and just filled them with lemon-aide, but this year I'm inspired to step up my Popsicle game and you can bet I'll be trying out the one with the vodka in it first! (In related news how is it possible that the kids have only been out of school a week... surely it's been at least 5? ;))

For those of you looking to make a sweet treat of your own, here are 7 Popsicle recipes for little (and big) kids that I'm dying to try out this summer!

Style Crush: Amber Interiors

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Once again my husband is talking about moving to California and as I've mentioned here before this is pretty much a cycle in our marriage. Every 3-4 years the topic comes up, we argue, we look at houses, we argue some more, we stay in Boston. I'm not saying we will never switch coasts but right now three out of the four of us are incredibly happy where we are, and unless its for work, we're not moving anytime soon. 

That being said, it's always fun to dream and even though part of the fun will be designing our own home (hopefully from the studs up) so I won't be hiring an interior decorator, BUT if I were, I can say with 100% certainty that the designer of my dreams is Amber, of Amber Interiors

The End of an Era + 7 Going on 17

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's the end of an era! Today marks the last day at our beloved nursery school and while I'm thrilled at the idea of one drop off and one pick up, I'm just heartbroken to think we will never again walk through these doors. In the last few years I've developed some serious anxiety when it comes to saying goodbye and after a sleepless night last night I am currently preparing myself for those last hugs and trying to not ugly cry like I did through my entire wedding. 

Found: The Perfect Drink For Summer!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The other night I went to a "girl's night in" with a few of the 1st grade moms to celebrate the end of the year and along with the sushi and wine which was flowing aplenty, one of the other mothers made a cocktail that was pretty much the best thing I've ever tasted. Strike that, it was the best thing I've ever tasted and I haven't stopped thinking about it since!

Oh The Places You'll Go

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Every year I have the greatest intentions of capturing the day to day minutia with regards to the boys, and every year I find myself coming up a little short.

My Sister's Wedding: The Linens Part 2

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Remember back when I was at a loss regarding what to do for the linens for my sister's July wedding? If not, you can read the full post here but the short version is that we had learned the hard way that 1) linens are expensive, and 2) what we were envisioning wasn't really out there in the rental market. After I posted about our dilemma one of my readers commented that she would be up for the challenge and I'm happy to report that we finally have a plan for the linens! (Reason 1,000,000 why I love this blog!)

A few weeks ago we touched base, and at the time I was debating runners vs full tablecloths. There were pros and cons to both. The pro of the runner was that it would use less fabric (read: be less expensive) but the con was that we were dealing with smaller circular tablecloths and I was having a hard time envisioning if in the end we would be getting the effect we were looking for. The pro of the full tablecloth would be that result would be exactly what we were looking for, but con was that we would need a TON of fabric, and it would be impossible to do the whole table without a seam in the middle. I was torn between the two and was really hoping that Susan would have another idea. Well, the stars aligned and after talking it through she suggested that maybe we should do a square tablecloth on the round tables. After a quick google search to see what this would look like I was sold!

Susan mentioned that because the fabric was a little stiff, it might be good to tie something to the corners and when the idea of tassels came up I pretty much lost my mind (in an incredibly good way!) After a little back and forth we had our plan and we tracked down these affordable tassels from etsy!  I wanted to bring some mint into the wedding after picking up some of these lanterns to use as decor and we figured the tassels were the perfect way to do this! My sister had ordered some cocktail napkins with gold in them, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that as well.

Up until yesterday this whole thing was just a vision in our head, so imagine my delight when I received these pictures via text last night.

Never did I think that I would get so excited about a piece of fabric and a tassel but just getting a sneak peak of the final product is so exciting and I am more confident than ever that we absolutely went the right direction by having these custom made. The icing on the cake is that all in, this custom job is actually going to be $200-$250 cheaper than it would have been for the rentals! The caterer is providing the white tablecloths to go under our custom ones (for free) and I think they will look great with our bright fabric choice. 

This just goes to show that when you can't find what your really want, a little help and a lot of creativity can go a long way!

Summer Hair Care

Monday, June 1, 2015

Considering all that I've done to my hair over the past few years it's somewhat surprising that my hair isn't all that damaged... yet.