For Mom

Mama's Day is just around the corner! I don't know about you but May seems to always sneak upon me. One minute I'm thinking winter is dragging and the next, we're turning the page on the calendar from April to May. If you're struggling to figure out something unique for a Mother's Day gift this year, we have a whole page on the site dedicated to just mom.

I'm excited to also say that we've partnered with local florist Colleen of CEP Florals to offer beautiful custom bouquets for locals.

Colleen has worked her magic and put together two gorgeous options to choose from - one filled with whites and oranges and one with blues and purples. Each bouquet will be freshly made for you to pickup on Mother's Day weekend, wrapped and ready to gift to mom.

To reserve your bouquet, stop into the shop or order online here. Orders must be placed before Thursday, May 11. Don't forget to let us know when you would like to pick up your bouquet, either Saturday, May 13 between 9am and 2pm or Sunday, May 14 between 9am and 12pm.

Refresh Your Skin for Spring

Spring has finally arrived. Some days it may not completely feel like it, the rain is certainly making its presence known here in New England this month, and the temperatures aren't exactly warm, but the earth is showing signs that it is awakening. Although dark and rainy today as I write this, I look outside my window and I've never seen so much vibrant green as I do right now. 

As the earth awakens, so too do we. Our bodies feel energetic, full of life, and ready to take on a new season. The winter always seems to be a time for rest, preparing us for spring and summer, and all the bustle and activity that comes along with it.

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We recently began carrying a new skincare line in our shop, handmade right here in Connecticut by NaturalAnnie Essentials. Annie, the lady behind the brand, began her journey in natural beauty a few years ago when her daughter was born in an effort to give her daughter a healthier, chemical-free life. Since then, she has expanded her knowledge and started her own natural bath and body company. I was thrilled when Annie and I crossed paths, as I was on the hunt for a new skincare line, as well as natural soy candles, to add to our shop for the spring season. When I learned that Annie was local to us, it seemed to be a perfect match.

Annie so graciously gifted me two of her products to use for myself at home: her face wash and face butter, both of which we are currently carrying in the shop. I just began using both of these products a couple of weeks ago, and I can already tell just how special they are. For the past few years, as I've gotten older and learned to give my skin the extra love it needs, I've been very strict about only using all-natural and cruelty-free beauty products. No longer do I ever seem to find myself in a pharmacy shopping for beauty products or browsing the beauty aisle at Walmart. By following this practice, I now know the exact ingredients that I am putting on my skin and, essentially, into my bloodstream, and that's a pretty big deal. I'll admit, the NaturalAnnie Essentials Face Wash and Face Butter are probably the two best that I've used so far.

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There's really no better time of year to make the switch to a natural beauty line than spring. I urge you to know what you are putting into your body. Your skin will thank you, not just this season, but many seasons down the road, too.

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Check out our full collection of NaturalAnnie Essentials at TSC. And for the next 24 hours, all NaturalAnnie Essentials will be 10% off using code LOVEYOURSKIN.

Be sure to give Annie a follow over on her Instagram and her blog! She is the biggest sweetheart you'll ever meet.

Winter Days With Lamou Design

It's the middle of February. We just had a blizzard a few days ago so all the Earth is coated in multiple layers of that beautiful, white (but cold) fluffy stuff. It's straight beauty. It really is. Yes, it's cold. I won't deny that. I mean, getting out of bed in the morning and putting my feet down on the chilly hardwood floors, trying not to shiver too violently until I can locate the biggest, warmest sweater I own, it's almost painful. To take the dogs on our walks, I have to actually sit down to put on my boots and lace them up. It's not as easy as slipping on sandals in the summertime. Driving anywhere is freezing for the first ten minutes, until the car warms up. It's dark and grey and the days are long. But winter. Oh, winter. There's something so totally mesmerizing about you. 

I've always been a seasons sort of girl. I love the sun on my skin in the summer, but I love it as equally as the crunch of leaves in autumn, the fall of snow in winter, and the chirping of birds in spring. They all hold so much beauty, so much promise. We just have to choose to see it.

There's this term going around like wildfire -- hygge. It's all the rage, and I totally get why. Hygge is a Danish term that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful and beautiful. It's a quality of coziness and comfort that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. And seriously, what is better than finding hygge in the winter months. I'm all about it.

To truly savor and appreciate these winter days, I think it's important to love the space that you're in, because you are spending so much of your time indoors. Since we bought our house nearly three years ago, our living room has gone through many furniture arrangements, but to me, it's never really felt "finished" until recently. I think we finally settled on pieces that work well for my neutral-loving self and our crazy family (dogs included). It provides enough seating for all and finally feels completed.

I recently partnered with a wonderful company led by two incredibly talented female entrepreneurs (and you know I'm all about that). I was thrilled to be able to work with LAMOU Design to add the final piece to our living room. When LAMOU sent me this beautiful side table, I couldn't contain my excitement (there's an Instagram story somewhere in virtual space to prove that. Oh, and a discount code at the bottom of the post!). What I love most about this table is the warm tones of the design that I chose for the tabletop. It ties in so well with my goal of creating a cozy and inviting space, an essential part of hygge, not to mention happily surviving the winter months. Another quality that I was thrilled about was the quality. And I don't just say that. The hairpin legs are the real deal. Unlike most products from most home furnishing stores, these legs are solid steel, not hollow. They hold up like magic in my house with two extremely active pups running around and crashing into just about everything. The table top is made from real Russian birch, and it's absolutely beautiful. The quality of this table is unlike most. I know it's going to be a piece of our home for many, many years to come.

I've learned that you can't let winter control you, you have to take control of winter. Light as many candles as you want, always have a cup of hot tea in your hand and a simmering kettle on the stove, string twinkle lights across your walls, wear knit socks all day, light a fire in the fireplace, read your favorite books, cook a lot of meals, and layer on the blankets. Whatever cozy feels like to you, do it, and do it big. 

Even the dogs approve. <3

So while you may long to feel the sun on your bare skin once again (and trust me, I get it), take time to savor winter and all that comes with it. Take time to create a space that you love, and, most importantly, take time to sit back, soak it in, and enjoy it. Because as the snow falls outside, the indoors become even more special.

LAMOU is offering all TSC readers and customers a discount code for $10 off any order. Use code TSC10 at checkout.


Special thanks to LAMOU Design for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are wholeheartedly my own.