summer’s on the way and it’s time for escape — even if it’s only a relaxing staycation in your very own backyard. one of the things i’m most excited about my new house is that i actually have a backyard, all my own. so i’m pretty excited to start decorating the patio and getting it summer-ready for dining al fresco. so when cost plus world market invited me to show you their new rivera escape collection i was happy to share! i love some of these seaside-themed pieces, and as always, i’m drawn to the neutral palette, too. i love the canvas umbrellas and rattan outdoor furniture. the whole collection takes me back to one of my favorite vacations in the mediterranean villages of cinque terra, italy! and to celebrate summer, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to cost plus world market .
to enter to win a $100 gift card from cost plus world market, simply:
• Pin or tweet the cost plus world market video above and hashtag it: @worldmarket” and #WorldMarketLove4Outdoors
• please enter by wednesday, may 27th, by 12pm PST.
• sorry, this time the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random on my my twitter account later the week may 27th, so be sure and follow along.
ahhhh, tulum. i have to say that it’s as magical a place as i had imagined, and even surpassed my expectations. i was there last week teaching ace camp with rena tom of makeshift society and i felt like one happy camper to be able to teach in such an idyllic spot. tulum is on the caribbean sea, just two hours drive from the cancun airport and once you arrive you feel as far away from the larger touristy areas as you can get. it’s one long strip of beach with small boutique hotels and wellness spas (nothing higher than two stories tall) and charming restaurants and shops you can easily walk or bike to. we stayed at the hip hotel, a small 22-room hotel smack dab on the beach — cute little beach huts, complete with individual decks and hammocks. be forewarned, there’s no air conditioning so i’m not sure what it’s like it the warmer summer months, but our ceiling fans and the fresh breeze off the ocean was perfecto. it’s just a little slice of heaven.
i want to give a shout out to some great people who provided gift bag goodies for our students — thanks to the always fun ban.do for the cute totes, drink holders and sunglass straps; photojojo for providing us with some fabulous iphone lens accessories; and to the lovely aesop for keeping us safe from the sun!
now let’s talk about where to eat. There’s the go-to spot hartwood, which people line up for every day at noon for evening reservations. It’s well worth the wait. Situated outdoors, under whitewashed pergolas, with a wood burning oven & grill, you can watch hartwood’s chef eric werner and team preparing the evening’s fresh catch of the day, along with other deliciousness like ceviche, plantains, and some of the best fall-off-the-bone pork ribs I’ve ever had. oh yeah, and some tasty signature cocktails, too. it’s a kind of be seen, be seen eating & drinking kinda place, so wear your best flip flops.
My personal favorite was posada margherita, and it’s not named after the Mexican cocktail concoction, but is actually an amazing rustic Italian restaurant (shop and hotel) on the beach. It doesn’t get more charming than this – envision a kind of anthropologie-looking space with walls made from repurposed shutters and windows, tables that sit with the prettiest ocean view I’ve ever seen, under sparkling globe lights and swaying palm trees. I had the best burrata salad I’ve ever eaten and some divine grilled prawns. Oh, and the fresh baked foccacia they bring to the table is irresistible. down the road along the beach we had a really fresh tasting lunch at casa violeta – delicious ceviche, fish tacos and mediterranean platters, too. another favorite meal was at casa banana — a really stunning outdoor restaurant that serves Argentinean tapas and killer cocktails.
as far as the shopping goes, definitely hit tulum centro (the main street in town) — it’s full of wonderfully inexpensive shops (mostly without names that I could find!) but you can find great leather goods, beautiful hammocks, embroidered linens and dresses, jewelry and pottery. most places will bargain, so don’t feel you have to accept the first price. in tulum along the playa, my favorite shop was coqui coqui, which i mentioned last week and a close second was la troupe — which has beautiful home goods, jewelry and clothing. i got some wonderful linen pillows for my new place. another spot for mexican handcrafts and folk art was la llorona – i found some gorgeous handmade table linens here, too. and then, when you’re not shopping and eating — it’s amazing to just lay there and soak up the color. i’ve never seen a lavender sky and aqua-colored water so beautiful, and that was my very favorite thing about tulum above all!
this is one very stylish bedroom small space. this bedroom lives within a 840-square foot loft in venice beach, california belonging to valerie wildes of mint + varnish and her husband andy. mint + varnish is a beautiful home goods blog, where valerie shares how to embrace living more simply, where less is really much more. valerie has really embraced her motto here in the bedroom, keeping collectibles to a bare minimum and simply using beautiful textiles to warm the space, making it still feel comfortable and cozy. thanks for sharing, valerie!
• photography by elizabeth kitchens.
this is one fine little shop indeed. meet fine life co. — founded by Emily Benziger. After years in retail and interest in ecommerce, emily turned her dream of owning an online shop into reality in 2014. Fine Life Company is a curated selection for women, based around the concept of new, found and made goods. Each piece is comprised of talent of individuals and companies with a strong emphasis on Well-Made in USA products. With collaborative effort, fine life co. brings you the finer things in life; whether that may come from a newly produced good, or something from their found section with a story behind it. their hope is to help you find that item you’ve been searching for, or introduce you to something new to love — from home goods, to magazines and clothing, i think you’ll find something to love quite easily.
Anthropologie is thrilled to debut a brand new summer home collection by supermodel, actress, maternal health advocate and lemlem founder Liya Kebede. The 15 piece collection includes bed and bath items along with home fragrances and will be available starting June 1st. The exclusive collection perfectly captures the light-filled essence of summer. These bright, crisp pieces are the perfect additional to update your home for summer — i immediately ordered the eshi pillow for my daybed.
the pieces are a departure from liya’s fashion collection, but feature lemlem’s signature neon colors, stripes and natural textures. Each promises to quickly and easily transform your room for summer — “Ethiopia is known for its 13 Months of Sunshine.” The project also allows liya to maintain her focus on her philanthropic efforts, “I’m excited to bring that spirit to any room. I am thrilled to extend lemlem’s style into home goods together with Anthropologie, in a partnership that also supports the Liya Kebede Foundation’s work in extending maternity care to more mothers around the world,” says Ethiopian-born Liya.