Make Your Home A Sanctuary

Graduation season and Father’s Day are approaching and below are three great gift ideas that are perfect for the home:

COVE HANGER-This patented Cove Hanger (launched April 11th) was designed by Jessica Davidoff when she became a mom and her wardrobe got longer-and her closet shrank! Longer garments take up twice the space (top and bottom). Traditional hangers cause wrinkling, collection of floor dust/pet hair and can snag clothes touching the lower rack! The hanger’s ground-breaking patented top locking feature secures the bottom half of the garment-place over and through the hanger then lock-a hanger for TRAVEL too! This unisex hanger accommodates all longer garments: suites/jackets/coats, trench coats, maxi/midi dresses, kaftans, skirts, jumpsuits and wedding/evening gowns. Made of recycled plastic and has an anti-slip velvet base. There is a scented ribbon with their custom fragrance, Morgan Park-a modern take on sachet fragrance for clothes that is also available. Both products are the first of many to come from Cove! Available: https://www.createyourcove.com

THE MAGIC WEIGHTED BLANKETThis comforting weighted blanket has been fondly referred to as “the blanket that hugs you back” and is the original “OG” of weighted blankets. Invented by a father, driving his young daughter who was playing in the back when she put a “beanie baby” toy on his shoulder and it felt surprisingly very comforting. He had an epiphany-what would a whole “beanie” blanket feel like? He came home told his wife and she made a prototype in 1998! Since then, research shows that weighted blankets bring down anxiety among other benefits. Manufactured solely in the USA, comes in a variety of the softest material coupled with the glass beads sewn into the blanket make this the best blanket on the market. What a perfect gift to give to anyone who suffers from anxiety or stress? It has been shown to also comfort people with autism or who suffer from PTSD. Available: www.magicweightedblanket.com

LumiCharge II Smart(est) Lamp-Rarely does one find a functional desk lamp that is design friendly in a home office, kitchen, bedroom, study or at the office! The LumiCharge II is it! Designed by an engineer whose desk was always cluttered. Between his phone charger, lamp base, clock, he needed actual room to work! So he designed a SLEEK and SOPHISTICATED smart lamp that looks good anywhere! LumiCharge dimmable LED desk lamp features include: charging station, Qi 10W fast wireless charger, a universal phone dock, motion sensor, aesthetically pleasing for both home & office décor, full calendar display with date, time, temperature settings, dimmable display backlight, multiple brightness level (remembers last setting) and “new” UV and ANTI-MICROBIAL paint coating to reduce the growth of germs on the surface! LumiCharge also has a T2W model with a bluetooth speaker.

Bedroom Trends That Are On Point For 2018: Home Decor Tips

There is nothing better than wearing the top style trends for 2018. You also know that being proud of your home is a must, and keeping up to date on all the latest trends isn’t always easy.

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How often do you look around your bedroom and wish you could completely change it out? It’s such a personal space to be stood in that you want it to look right. Everyone has different levels of comfort and while some want a popular mattress type, others want to have a firm or memory foam mattresses that are more supportive. Some people like pale yellows for the walls, while others prefer geometric patterns. Some people like pale yellows for the walls, while others prefer geometric patterns. The bedroom is where we spend the least amount of money compared to the kitchen and the bathrooms, but 2018 is the year for change – even in these last few weeks! Here are some of the trends that you could follow for the last bit of the year, setting your bedroom up for an amazing 2019.

Dark Colors. Think plum, mulberry, and navy for bedrooms in 2018. It’s all about the darker colors that really shout sumptuousness and relaxation. Duck egg blue and pale yellows have no place in the bedroom when these brave color choices can make your bedroom the perfect haven. Dark throws on the sheets in lieu of dark walls can still add that sensual atmosphere.

Color Splashes. Splashing color across the bedroom in the form of tropical prints against the darker walls and blankets can make a huge difference. The bolder colors are beautiful when they are accentuated against the darker tones.

Natural Textures. In 2018, natural textures are king. Rattan pieces in the bedroom are making a huge statement because it’s durable, stable and it just looks great! Hand-woven beds, furniture in different thicknesses for distinctive shapes and colors that vary in rattan (well, they stay natural in color but different contrasts) can make your bedroom stand right out.

Wabi-Sabi. It’s a trend that we’re touching on now, but there is a real trend for fashion that is less than perfect. The technique is to use concrete walls with a decorative crack through the middle. Mismatched sheets and throw pillows and textiles that just don’t quite fit are so fashionable now. Keep it simple and use bright colors on dark to create contrast. Something a little imperfect can remind you that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be comforting.

Tech Detox. Remove the TV. Remove the smartphones. Remove all technology from the bedroom and make it a zone for reading. Your bedroom being on trend means making it a tranquil sanctuary!

Your bedroom in 2018 can be on trend with a little thought and shopping. Choose the best colors and materials and make your bedroom stand out from the crowd.

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Lauren Conrad’s The Little Market 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Founded by women to empower women, Lauren Conrad’s The Little Market is a mission-driven nonprofit working with artisans around the world to curate and design beautiful products that preserve cultural techniques and traditions. Each purchase from the online store contributes to sustainable jobs and better lives for the artisans, their families, and their communities.

We are really excited to now share our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.  Here is a link to the digital copy of the holiday gift guide; what better way to give this holiday season than giving that also GIVES back?

Independence Day Holiday Decor

For those looking to cook up some BBQ faire Independence Day weekend, take a look at fun tableware and décor to dress the table at your holiday barbecue. The assortment of plates, bowls and table linens are a patriotic and stylish way to add some flair and fun to the party.

Please see selections below from popular brands such as Fitz and Floyd, Coyuchi, Ten Thousand Villages and Lagostina.

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Fitz and Floyd Color Soft Square Salad Plate, Red & Blue // $7.99
Exuberant, graphically designed plates and bowls celebrate the vitality of boldly colored dishes for your entertaining needs. Enlivened with modern color combinations and vivacious patterns these dishes make every meal a fiesta.

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Coyuchi Farmhouse Runner // $58
Woven from organic cotton and finished with simple self-hemmed edges, this runner brings color to the table every day. Yarn dyed to look great wash after wash. Cotton is 100% organic, made in a factory that recycles 98% of its wastewater, and certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). 18×108 Colorways: Midnight (New), Alpine White, Crimson, Deep Pewter, Mid Dusty Aqua

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Lagostina 11″ Grill Pan // $149.95

The 11 inch Lagostina Grill Pan is designed for perfect searing. Thick Triple wall construction on the whole pan guarantees perfect and even heat distribution from the base to the sides and its ribbed and grooved surface for typical sear marks and to drain fat.

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Ten Thousand Villages Hospitality Capiz Bowl Red & White // $16, Handmade in Philippines
Capiz comes from the shell of the windowpane oyster. This interesting name comes from the days when shells were used in windows, before glass became available in the Philippines. Soaked, dyed and dried, the process of transforming the natural shell into a work of art such as this bowl requires expert skill. From the artisans of SAFFY, Inc. which stands for Social Action for Filipino Youth.

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Fitz and Floyd Paisley Park Oval Serving Platter // $19.99
The liveliness of spring is captured to perfection in this new Paisley Park collection. The popularity of paisley is blended seamlessly with delicate blue and rose colored flowers and lightly painted arrays of green leaves. Whimsical detailed birds add to the appeal of this unique collection. Designed with gift giving in mind, Paisley Park is the perfect collection of functional pieces for all seasons and occasions.

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Coyuchi Farmhouse Stripe Napkin // $38
In fresh white cotton crisscrossed with yarn-dyed color, these napkins will brighten the table on their own, paired with the matching runner, or mixed with our solid Farmhouse linens. The fabric is soft, absorbent and sturdy enough for everyday use. Cotton is 100% organic, made in a factory that recycles 98% of its wastewater, and certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). 20×20 Set of 4 Colorways: Alpine White w/ Midnight (New), Alpine White w/ Crimson, Alpine White w/ Deep Pewter, Alpine White w/ Mid Dusty Aqua

Nevah Hard Square All-Purpose Bowl

Nevaeh Hard Square All-Purpose Bowl // $12.99 ; Nevaeh Sauce/Dip Bowl // $4.99 ; Nevaeh Hard Square Bowl // $7.99 ; Nevaeh Appetizer Bowl // $5.99
Sophisticated style meets everyday durability in Fitz and Floyd’s Nevaeh Dinnerware. Its clean, classic lines in chic white bone china create a versatile, modern tablescape that works beautifully for any dining occasion and it’s even dishwasher safe.

Coyuchi Simple Linen Napkin

Coyuchi Simple Linen Napkin // $48
Smooth, soft and super absorbent, linen is the perfect fabric for napkins. Ours have everyday durability and a classic simplicity that pairs as beautifully with stoneware as it does with porcelain. Linen is 100% natural. 20×20 Set of 4 Colorways: Misty Ocean (New), Pale Fog (New), Alpine White, Natural

Queenstown Premium Outlets – Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale

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Queenstown Premium Outlets to jumpstart summer with Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale event May 27 – 30
Premier shopping destination offers summertime specials and extra savings

To kick off the summer season with extra-special savings and deals, Queenstown Premium Outlets invites all fashionistas and savvy shoppers to join in on its annual Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale event! From Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30, guests can enjoy extended hours and save on their favorite apparel, accessories and home merchandise – all while taking in the weekend’s warm weather!

Shoppers will find outside store displays from brand-name retailers, including:

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Ann Taylor Loft Outlet
Bass
Calvin Klein
Clark’s Outlet
Columbia
Dressbarn
Easy Spirit
Gymboree
Harry and David
Merrell
Nine West
Stride Rite
Tommy Hilfiger
Wilson’s Leather

As an added convenience, Queenstown Premium Outlets will also offer extended hours to allow ample time for shoppers to enjoy all the savings during the holiday weekend.

Friday, May 27: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 28: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 29: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, May 30: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information and a complete list of participating retailers, please visit premiumoutlets.com/queenstown.

RESPECT by PRSVR – DC Lifestyle Boutique Grand Opening

Washington, DC’s fashion scene has something to celebrate! The newest RESPECT by PRSVR Lifestyle Boutique will be opening in the city April 15th. Located in the historic Shepherd Park neighborhood at 7610 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC 20012​, PRSVR will host a 2 day opening celebration on Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.

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Brandon Williamson, CEO of PRSVR, has been waiting for the opportunity to have a presence in the DC market. The Chicago born Elevated Lifestyle Brand will introduce a new concept where the entire store will be for sale. The lighting, art, furniture and of course the clothing!

RESPECT by PRSVR will launch with a 2­Day Grand Opening Featuring:
Friday 4/15/16​: Slayed ­ A Presentation of Style for Spring 2016 (7 PM­10 PM)
Saturday 4/16/16​: Squad Up: A Pop­Up BBQ for Cool Kids and their Parents (12 PM­4PM)

Currently operating a flagship store on the famous Michigan Ave, the family owned fashion powerhouse is ready to show a different side of the brand. PRSVR, which stands for Persevere, is based on thefundamentals of Passion, Resilience, Sacrifice, Values, and Respect. The Georgia Ave location, named RESPECT by PRSVR, will be the second of 5 new locations to open around the world. “We aim to fill a void in the marketplace. PRSVR is a brand that caters to families living and working in the city, and offers a unique shopping experience for those who strive to follow their passions”, says Margaret Williamson, Brand Manager for PRSVR. The store will feature one-of-a-kind artwork, clothing, footwear, and furniture all from minority and independent designers. “We are bringing back the old school boutique. The place you went to find that piece that no one else will have!,” says Brandon Williamson, CEO and Designer of PRSVR.

The DC outpost will be the brand’s only brick and mortar presence outside of Chicago. RESPECT creates an environment where men, women, and children will find unique pieces of clothing, footwear, and home decor to elevate their lifestyles. RESPECT by PRSVR is created for the new generation of “ballers and gangsters”, for those entrepreneurs and millennials who turn their passions into paychecks.

Experience the PRSVR lifestyle via www.shopprsvr.com, @PRSVR, and @RESPECTDC. For more
information, contact Margaret Williamson at 855­BY­PRSVR, or info@prsvr.com.

To attend the grand opening events, please RSVP to RSVP@PRSVR.com. For all media inquiries, please contact​ ​candice@candicenicolepr.com.

ABOUT PRSVR, or Persevere- An Elevated Lifestyle Brand owned and operated by husband and wife Brandon and Margaret Williamson. The Chicago based company caters to those who live and work in the city. “Our goal is to create stylish, yet functional pieces that complement a busy lifestyle,” says CEO Brandon Williamson. Launched in September of 2012, the collections of travelwear, footwear, and luggage are sought by celebrities, bloggers, stylists, and everyday city dwellers. Standout clients include basketball star Kevin Durant, actress/singer Zendaya, and Hip Hop artists Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj. The brand has been featured on Empire, in a McDonald’s commercial, and in several publications including the Chicago Sun Times, Fashion Bomb Daily, Good Day Chicago, XXL, 360 Magazine, and Athlete’s Quarterly.

Home Decor Spring Trends 2016 – Fox 45 Morning News Segment

Everyone’s updating their home for the Spring season!  Whether it’s purchasing new pillows, curtains or adding tulips to a vase, new decor can uplift any space.

Last week, I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 News discussing home decor trends with a technology flair.  Blindsgalore is a window treatment company, specializing in Bali Blinds.  This particular type of home blinds is considered eco-friendly and it operates from a smart phone/table app or remote control.  Customers can open their blinds while sitting on the couch or in a different area of the home!

A few of the other products shared included the Mcushion Massage Pillow, BedJet Climate Comfort System, and MyIvation Lamp.

Special thank you to Burlington for (also) supporting this segment and providing additional home products!

GuruNanda Essential Oils and Diffuser – Lifestyle Tip

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser (www.GuruNanda.com), an aromatherapy gift set that features two different oils (calming lavender and uplifting peppermint) and an ultrasonic diffuser with a color-changing LED light to add to the sensory experience.

This would be great for:

  • Natural products and aromatherapy enthusiasts
  • Alternative beauty and wellness enthusiasts
  • A holiday party hostess gift
  • Affordable gifts/gifts under $25 (It retails for $19.99)
  • Gifts for the home
  • DIY spa-ers
  • The woman who has everything
  • Stressed out holiday shoppers who need to wind down or reenergize
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The kit houses two different oils – lavender and peppermint  — and an ultrasonic diffuser that disperses them into the air, where they release their wonderful natural fragrance and the healing aromatherapy benefits.    It can transform a room into a mini DIY spa in seconds.    The diffuser also features a color-changing LED light to add to the atmosphere.

Best of all, at only $19.99, it’s an affordable, thoughtful, one-size-fits all gift with tangible benefits.   It will be available in November at Walmart.

National Coffee Month Lifestyle Segment – WBAL TV Baltimore

August was National Coffee Month and people everywhere celebrated this delicious beverage.  I’m an avid coffee drinker and brew a pot daily.  Some people like to enjoy a cup of tea but there’s a few tricks to brewing coffee at home.

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I like to use filtered water for the best results; add hazelnut (or vanilla) syrup along with creamer and sugar.  If you’re monitoring your sugar intake, substitute with a sweetener.  Take your coffee up a notch by adding whipped cream and cinnamon.  As a hobby, my mom and I like to purchase flavored coffee beans such French Roast, Pumpkin, or Caramel Pecan.  It’s fun to taste the various spices and scents!

Also, the best place to store a bag of coffee is in a cool, airtight container to ensure the flavor’s not lost.  Last Sunday, I had the chance to share coffee, espresso, and tea brewing products on WBAL TV Baltimore.  I am always enthusiastic about discussing fashion, parent, or home products.

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IMUSA Electric Espresso Maker | IMUSA Espresso Set | KRUPS Savoy Machine

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Krups Burr Grinder | Ten Thousand Villages Mugs | T-Fal Electric Kettle

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Chatting with Jennifer Franciotti

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Smiling with Miri Marshall, Meteorologist

I had a great time visiting WBAL – TV Baltimore and hope the items (shown) will encourage my audience to enjoy brewing products at home.