Month: March 2016

Why Millennials Love Everlane (And Why I’m One Of Them)

Let me just say this. If you’re looking for a “no-frills” approach to clothing, look no further than Everlane. For those who aren’t familiar, Everlane is a San Francisco based online-only clothing brand that adopts a minimalistic design aesthetic for their clothing. They do basics: T-shirts, cashmere sweaters, leather backpacks, silk everything and crisp poplin shirts. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but you get quality items you can wear daily and still look stylishly cool for an affordable price.  As a customer, it finally feels like I’ve found my home and can see myself sticking around for a while. Here’s why. Initially I was looking for alternatives to fast fashion retailers (which comes with unethical fashion practices), and designer brands that carried too high of a price tag for what they’re selling. I was on the hunt for brands that believed in doing fashion ethically in addition to what they could offer their customers aesthetically. Everlane was one of those brands that stood out to me. First their story. Everlane is a refreshing gem in the already barren San Francisco fashion …

Spring/Easter Alternative Baby Shower Gift Ideas

It’s spring! It’s raining! And new life is arriving! I’m imagining that scene in Bambi when all the little animals were ‘twitterpated”. That’s the original use of the word “twitter” by the way. For those of you who don’t know what i’m talking about (you would if you were born in the 80’s), here’s a quick lesson on what it means to be “twitterpated”: Speaking of cute little animals, spring and babies… what should you give someone at their baby shower? Ever end up just rushing to Target last minute and picking something under pressure? Or re-gifting something that your child is too old for? Usually I’m just a horrible procrastinator who also happens to be a perfectionist. So, I decided to come up with an easy go-to list of non-mainstream items, that will help shopping be a breeze. No more racking my brain last minute! 1. Bonjour Petit I love the idea of gifting something unique to a soon-to-be new mother, partner and their new arrival. So besides the necessities like diapers, bottles, cute baby clothing and …

March Giveaway with Bonjour Petit

Hey busy momma’s! I know you’re pretty busy handling a million things that need to get done before you close your eyes tonight. But if you have 5 minutes (maybe while you’re on the toilet?), check out the giveaway announcement video we shot! Hope you enjoyed the video! Again a quick recap of the prize is a Moulin Roty Storybook Torch which comes with 3 disks/slides with pictures that tell a different story! You’ll also get 10% off any item from the store delivered to you inbox. With the torch, you can make up your own narrative to go with the pictures, and the idea is to develop your little one’s imagination and vocabulary through story telling with them. You can ask questions, make it funny, talk about emotions… things you can also do while reading a book, but it sort of breaks the mold of being read to. Best of luck! Eat Sleep Play Blog Bonjour Petit Giveaway Check out my feature story on Bonjour Petit and it’s co-founder Clementine here!

From Fashion Designer To Toy Shop Owner – The Story Of Clementine

Warning: This post contains seriously cute photos that will cause you to smile spontaneously.  It was the end of January; the beginning of a much needed rainy season here in the Bay Area. San Francisco’s infamous fog was slowly creeping in, and not before long, the rain started to drizzle on my windshield as I drove up the 280. I was looking forward to meet my next interviewee. I’ve been having a French moment lately. First, was my encounter with Pascaline of Pascaline Paris, and now I was on my way to meet another Parisian woman with a heart for adventure and entrepreneurship. Our appointment was arranged at Cafe du Soleil, which coincidentally turned out to be a French cafe. When I arrived, I felt like I had stepped right into a hybrid of Parisian life and San Francisco Hipster culture – with plenty of hipsters on their Macs sipping lattes. A few minutes later I met Clementine Marot – Co-Founder of Bonjour Petit. Bonjour Petit – Bringing whimsical european inspired toys to the Bay Area I’m always on the hunt for inspiring new shops and faces, especially in the …

Hong Kong Giveaway!

Just a little fun, souvenir giveaway that I picked up from my travels! If you haven’t read my blog post about it, check it out here! Starts now! Ends Monday March 14th! What I enjoyed reminiscing in Hong Kong was the blend of East (Chinese) and West (British). Having afternoon tea or “yum cha” for example is a much enjoyed pass time by locals. So I decided to share some local tea biscuits/snacks and Chinese Tea with you for this quick little giveaway! I hope you enjoy it! Eat Sleep Play Blog Hong Kong Giveaway

Travel: Hong Kong

It’s been a week since I came back from Hong Kong, and I’m still not feeling quite like myself. This jet lag has been really rough, because O still hasn’t gotten back to sleeping normally either. But thank goodness he’s gotten a lot better, and I’m just waiting for the day I can live my life in the light of day again! In the mean time I thought I’d do a quick jot down of some of the things we did/ate and places we visited while we were there –  in pictures (for those of you who don’t follow my Instagram)! Sorry this post isn’t going to be that thorough, mostly because I have a hard time remembering exactly what we did!  A bit of a heads up for those of you who don’t have kids yet, if you think our trip was pretty minimal, you’ll know why after you have your first child. Feel free to ask questions in the comments though if you’re interested in anything specific! At the end of this post, …

Sunday Shoutout: Mommy Blogger JustMeoMaya

I wanted to do a quick shoutout to a fellow mommy blogger Maya Claros of www.JustMeoMaya.com! I came across Maya’s blog on Instagram and I love her authenticity and creativity – especially when she busts out some original hip-hop on parenting! She shares craft and activity ideas you can do with your kids. And believe it or not, we share the same struggles with kids throwing tantrums at Target!  She also crafts her own skin care line/products – Polished Body Butter and Etherial Body Butter! And today, I’m going to share some of those products with you, because nothing makes my day more than to support another mommy blogger/entrepreneur! I recently entered and won a giveaway on her blog. Note: This was the first giveaway I’ve ever won in my life. So needless to say I was thrilled! So, let me show you what I won! I received these cute little beauties in the mail; all packaged in cute matching boxes and wrapped up in bows. Everything was hand-made with care by Maya. The giveaway included: One …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …