Hello there, pretty mommas! Just wanted to pop in here to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day from Montreal! We’re having a ton of fun here on our family vacay and are about to head out for a scrumptious brunch - yum yum!! Hope your day will also be filled with delicious meals and lots of LOVE!! xo Jeanne & Hayden
While you’re drooling over these Thai Chicken Enchiladas , I’m probably on my way to the airport or have already landed in Montreal! Anyhow, Ive been wanting to give this recipe a try and thought you may want to try it over the weekend too. Looks oh-so-delish, no?
Since I’ll be heading to Montreal this week, there’s a lot of French on my mind! I would love to dress little Hayden like a little frenchie girl while we’re there. Wouldn’t it be the cutest?!
This sale at Rue La La is coming in at the perfect timing! Jacadi, the iconic French children’s brand is going to be featured on Rue La La, Today, May 8th starting at 8 a.m. Jacadi was created in 1976 with a mission to create the premiere luxury children’s wear brand based on a subtly nostalgic and deeply French sensibility. Their designs are timeless enough to be worn for many seasons, and often become treasured heirlooms.
This sale will last for the next three days, but I have a feeling the pieces will sell out very fast! So if you’re looking to add a little French to your baby’s closet, here’s a great chance to snatch up your favorite piece at the Little Rue. Lots of goodies up to 50% off!
(Images and post sponsored by Rue La La. All opinions are my own.)
Hello everyone, I can’t believe it’s Monday again! I hope all of you had a nice weekend.
I just wanted to send out a huge “thank you” to all you who commented on my Things I’m Afraid To Tell You post. I really didn’t expect to get such a great response. All of your thoughtful and heartfelt comments really touched me, and some even brought tears to my eyes. It’s still really weird to me how the web & blogging can bring such emotions to us. And in all honesty, I think we can all be really good friends in real life!
Ok, now that I lifted some stuff off my shoulders, I’m ready to get on with this week. Well, this week will be an exciting one for me… because come this Thursday, we’ll be taking our second family vacay, and this time to Montreal! Yay!!! Not only am I excited to spend quality time with George and Hayden, but I’m so excited to explore and get inspired. Isn’t that what traveling is all about?!
With that said, this week’s blog post schedule will remain the same. In fact, a new series is starting tomorrow called “What To Wear”. And yup, you guessed it, my contributor Katie will be heading the series. We had so much fun with the last two on what to wear to weddings and job interviews that we thought we should really make it a regular thing. So, rest assure, there will be lots of outfits to inspire you on all different occasions. Oh, and we’re also going to be taking requests from readers, so feel free to contact us if you have any special request. That should be really fun!
After this week, I have an exciting line-up of guest posts to come! They’re all really wonderful people and I can’t wait to introduce them to you. I will also try to pop in here and there to say hi as well. Otherwise, you can catch me on my Instagram (@shopsweetthings) because I’m pretty darn sure I’ll be snapping quite a bit on my phone. :) Alrighty friends, I wish you all a happy Monday and make sure to treat yourself something sweet this week! :)
My sweet tooth is kicking in again. It happens once a day (at least!)
This coconut & lime macaroon recipe caught my eye today, and I thought it’s about time I try to bake some. The recipe is actually a lot easier than I thought. Literally- 5 ingredients, 4 steps, 15 minutes later - you got yourself a nice batch of macaroons to enjoy all weekend long!
Flats are pretty much my best friends these days. As much as I love to picture myself chasing Hayden in my Louboutin stilettos, it ain’t going to happen… it’s just too torturing! So when I’m not out attending events or with friends, flats are all I wear! And lately, I feel like my flats collection is getting a little stale, so I was browsing to possibly splurge on a new pair.
Well friends, I’m super indecisive when it comes to splurging for a new pair of shoes. I boiled down to eight pairs. Which pair of these would you go for if you were me?
Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in to thank all of you who participated in the INDi Custom Denim contest with us on Pinterest. After a week of repins, INDi was pleased to randomly select a winner… and the winner is… Mae Spahr! YAY, Congrats! Thanks so much again for repining and I hope you will enjoy a pair of custom jeans.
I received my pair of white custom jeans and am so happy with it! I got the skinny cut and it fits me so well in all the right places (muffin top - gone!) I can’t wait to wear them out! It’s perfect for the warm weather that’s been happening in SF, and hello, the all white trend? I can’t wait to try that out. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it on my Pose very soon.
I love flea market shopping. But I can also be the first one to admit that I’m not very good at it. I get overwhelmed, I’m really bad at bargaining, and I cannot buy anything unless it’s perfect. Yes, you can laugh at me… because with this attitude, I know I’ll never find anything at these markets.
But really, flea market shopping is a talent. There are lots of good stuff to be found but you also have to be very creative - meaning you need to think outside of the box (a lot!) and see how you can give a piece a new life! I really admire people who can do this really well, and I happen to know two fabulous ladies here in SF who know how to do just that! In fact, they know how to do it so well that they recently launched their new online shop called “Le Cart”
Meet Mary Graf and Jenny Moore (the two co-owners of the shop and in the picture above.) I went to their launch party recently and was so impressed with what they have done. I cannot believe the pieces I saw were all from the flea markets. The colors, the fabrics, and the finishes they used to refurbish were all so perfect!
While my taste are usually more on the contemporary side, I also like to make room for ornate and decorative pieces from time to time and the pieces from Le Cart are just right up my alley. I was so blown away and inspired by their passion for this that I just had to do some Q&A with them! Check out what these two young entrepreneurs and new mommas have to say:
1. How did you two know each other?
We grew up together in Nashville, TN and have been great friends since we were about 3 years old. We both randomly moved to San Francisco after graduating college, Jenny just after college and Mary a couple of years after that and now we are lucky enough to live 4 blocks from each other. It’s the best and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
2. How did you come up with your shop’s name?
At each flea market we’ve been to we wander from booth to booth picking out what we want to buy, then we’d grab a cart to haul our finds away. We were always obsessed (still are) at looking at other people’s carts to see what they had found and like to think people were also looking at our cart to see what we scored. It was a natural progression when thinking of a name since we are essentially now bringing our “cart” to other people. The “Le” came about since we both are drawn towards French style and French inspired pieces….hence, “Le Cart”!
3. Were there any chanllenges starting the business?
We started talking about doing this in January of 2011 and launched in March of 2012 so it took us over a year to get it together, and in the meantime Jenny had her first baby in July and Mary is busy with her two little girls so keeping the momentum up was and is the biggest challenge. Once we set hard deadlines for ourselves it became easier to stay on task. Another challenge is working in spurts, since neither one of us has full time childcare, we never have a full day to work. It’s been an adjustment to go from focusing on your children, then switch to work mode then right back to “mom” mode, when needed. We are both still trying to master that skill, if that’s even possible!
4. Since you both have your own children, how do you juggle being a mother and run a business together?
Nap times are a god-send and we actually share a babysitter. Jenny has her on Mondays and Fridays and Mary on Tuesdays and Thursdays so we each have few hours of uninterrupted time by ourselves on those days. We talk on the phone constantly and have meetings once a week at night at one of our apartments after the children are all asleep, which is pretty much the only uninterrupted one on one time we get unless we can sneak in a 5 minute conversation at the playground. It’s crazy but we’ve managed to make it work so far!
5. Which flea market(s) do you go to?
Pretty much all of them in the Bay Area. You never know what you’re going to find so we love to try and seek out treasures at the most unexpected places. We are planning on going to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in August. We are so excited to see what it has to offer and we dream big so one day would love to hit the Brooklyn flea in New York and maybe, just maybe the Paris flea?!
6. How do you know what to buy? In other words, any tips or secrets on scoring that perfect piece? What qualities do you look for?
We truly buy what we love and generally speaking we have the same aesthetic and agree on most purchases, although Jenny errs on the side of more modern and Mary on the more traditional side. I’m sure there’s some marketing strategy that we’re not using as far as having “x” amount of accessories and “x” amount of lighting and “x” amount of upholstery but if we love it we buy it and hope that our passion for each piece translates in our descriptions on our website and people can easily picture each item in their home.
7. Top three vendors in the city Le Cart uses to refurnish its goods.
We love to use local vendors and even try to stick to the neighborhood we both live in. For re-wiring lighting we use Phil’s Electric on Lombard. We LOVE Fredericksen's on Fillmore. The guys in the paint shop specifically have been so helpful with any questions we've had about refurbishing a piece and for reupholstery and pillows we use Trish at R-Space in Sausalito, while not in the city is just a quick jaunt over the bridge.
Thank you so much to Mary & Jenny for sharing their insights! Many congrats on your beautiful new shop!