Sunday, May 20, 2012

Why Didn't I Think of That? Volume 4

Why Didn't I Think of That? 

Another round of WDITOT! This one is a no brainier for those koozies. I hate that ring around the bottom that leaves a stain on your shower.

What a great way to make your own box for rings! Just find an old cigar box- I always see them at flea markets and yard sales for pretty cheap. 


I know my husband would love it if I actually did this. Easy with just a rubber band!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Make your own magnets out of an old map! Love it!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Adventure- Nicola's Home!

I am so excited to be working for Nicola's Home! My last day with Kemp Goldberg was on Tuesday, and started with Nicola's on Wednesday (nothing like jumping right in!). I will be working with Nicola on all aspects of the business, which includes interior design, custom built homes and an amazing shop in the Old Port of Portland as Project Manager/Wearing A lot of Hats role! This is a dream opportunity for me, and I am so excited to be apart of her team! We have a great online shop (check it out here) with a lot of new things coming in for summer. I am not sure how this will effect my blogging- but hope you understand if I do not do as many posts as usual for a while. Thanks for you continued support and understanding! 

Nicola has amazing bedding, and beautiful custom made pillows! Her bedrooms are to die for. 

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Is this not an amazing alfresco dinner party. All of the pillows and tabletop wear is available at the shop and online!

We also carry beautiful Maine made wool blankets, hobnail glass candles, Libeco linens, Kerry Cassill linens and robes and much more. Find out about new product and sales on our Facebook page too!  Happy shopping! 


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Diploma + Special Someone = The Perfect Gift

Need some idea for that upcoming grad in your life? Here are a few ideas that I know I would have LOVED to get from graduating high school or college. To help ease the thought of school loans...surprise a grad with a special gift.

Monogram bracelet for that special girl! This will never go out of style. You can order this one from etsy at Marinette.

Source: via Jocelyn on Pinterest

For a twist on the traditional delicate monogram bracelet, go with a chunky charm bracelet with pearl charm.This one starts at only $39 from Handpicked.

A wool blanket is something you can have forever. It is a timeless and useful piece which make a great gift. This one is from Eleanor Pritchard who designs the patterns in her London studio and are made in a small Welsh mill by 100% new wool. You can check them out and buy them at Nicola's Homes.

You cannot go wrong with a nice picture frame. Although most of our photos are stored online, having a favorite photo on your dresser or next to your bed can ease homesickness (it did for me anyways). This Kate Spade frame is classy and simple and will go with any decor.
Source: via giggle on Pinterest

I know, I know...we never use pencils (or pens for that matter) anymore...but why not?! In class you will still need something to write with (even if it is exchanging numbers!) and why not have the cutest pencil case in the world. It makes a perfect gift for a high school grad!

I literally have five of these bags, and the more you use and wash them, the softer and more worn in they look. Add a monogram (several styles and colors) from LL Bean in good old Maine!

Need I say more? Could be good for college grads too...from my own experience. You can order them from Amazon for a steal. 

Source: via Kate on Pinterest

I love love love this iPad case from Anthropologie. The herringbone pattern is one of my favorites.

 Fill a laundry bag with detergent, dryer sheets and other necessities for the recent high school grad heading out into the real world! Urban Outfitters has cute ones!

Giving the every so popular cash money!? Spruce it up with a cute smaller wallet or clutch- you can get really great ones from Clare Vivier or more budget friendly J Crew.

Graduating in '12! How perfect is a Sea Bag with a 12 on it! Comes in tons of colors too. You can match the alma mater or future school!

I hope you find inspiration in some of these ideas. Be sure to share what you are giving
as gifts. Happy May!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Mason Mason Mason

I know mason jars have been 'done'...but I still love them genuinely. I have them in my kitchen as glasses we use for everything. Here are a few great ways to use a few of those mason jars you have kicking around. Side Note: You can get really old mason jars at antique shops (some in a really pretty blues) or buy them new at  your local hardware store. I have used them from my sisters bachelorette party favors (it was a southern Rodeo party) to center pieces at a rehearsal dinner.

Great raspberry cocktail- and the cutest straw to boot. You can get similar paper straws from Shop Sweet Lu Lu

 Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

 You may recall my DIY sewing kit made with a mason jar. 

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

My friend Suz over at Well To Do You makes great salads in a jar!

Unique take on your kitchen or dining room lights. 

Source: via Angelica on Pinterest

Cute way to accessorize your craft closet. 

Source: via Germaine on Pinterest

And a beautiful table setting at a wedding, this is one of my favorites! 

What will you be doing with your mason jars! 

Monday, April 30, 2012

iPad, working and fun!

Wow! A lot has been going on here! I have some exciting news (which deserves a post of its own, and no, no babies!) I have been working up a storm and trying to balance that with blogging, so apologizes for being a little absent lately!! I am excited for my board of directors meeting tomorrow night with Dress for Success of Maine, they are an amazing non profit I look forward to working with! We also got an iPad which I am testing out the blogger app with as I type this! It is OK, I need to learn more about it. We have also been trying to enjoy the weather and yard work. So I hope everyone is enjoying the spring! Don't forget to enter for the Tipsy Skipper clutch giveaway too... Picking tomorrow. More to come soon... Xo

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Getting a Little Tipsy on my Captain Morgan...Clutch!

I am so excited to introduce (for those who do not already know) Kearsley from Tipsy Skipper! I love this amazing company founded and run by Kearsley, a RISD graduate and fellow lover of all things New England. Living and growing her company in Rhode Island, Kearsley hopes bold colors and patterns evoke a sense of refreshing, adventurous and rejuvenating exploits – like a climb along the rocky New England coastline or a plunge into Block Island Sound. Kearsley says "many experiences and creative people have influenced her work, and owes a debt of thanks to the talented folks at Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer who, through amazing internships, have enhanced my understanding of commercial design and inspired me to embark on this fantastic voyage". 

You will see just how amazing her pieces are. Tipsy Skipper also does custom orders for weddings, sororities and other special events. I have even seen a few clutches monogrammed!

These flats are my favorite- something about gold and!
The Pinch Me pattern in a cute tote!
How perfect for a wedding! If only I knew about Tipsy last year! 

All Tipsy Skipper pieces are made in the USA!

Really cute flips too- perfect for the beach!
Kearsley with a cute Captain Morgan clutch (she is a descendant- after all!)

I am so excited to let you know that Tipsy Skipper is doing a giveaway to a lucky blog reader! You can win this adorable Petal to the Metal clutch with mint ribbon! I absolutely LOVE this clutch, and it can be so versatile. 

Here is what I would pair this clutch with- for vacation or a wedding!
Tipsy Skipper Outfit

Sooo...I know you want to win this amazing clutch! To enter to win:

- Please 'like' 16 Bourne and Tipsy Skipper Facebook pages
- Please follow us on Twitter: @sarahreaganauer and @Tipsy_Skipper
- And leave me a comment letting me know you already follow- or have followed us! 

If you would like another entry to win, please:
- Tweet about this giveaway- and leave me a comment letting me know that you did
- Share on Facebook about this giveaway and how much you love us ;-) - and leave me a comment letting me know you did!

I will pick the winner on Tuesday, May 1st! Good luck!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Basics + Prints + Budget = Sarah's Spring Must Haves

Now that it is OFFICIALLY spring, it is time to get some basics (that don't break the bank) to match with you splurges! Here are a few I have from Old Navy (if you pick through, you can get some great things there). They always have coupons and discounts be sure to always 'Google/Bing' Old Navy coupons before you head out to shop. Enjoy!

I have this top, have worn it twice with jeans and gold flats...would be really cute with white jeans too (after Memorial Day!)

I have this top on now, as I type this. Perfect for after work, throwing on with black calf length stretch pants and the gold flips at the end of this post! Side note: it is quarter length sleeve- although hard to tell in picture.

I have this tank, so cute with a white cardigan and jeans with gold flips! 

This is cute, again, with jeans or white jeans and teal accents. I love the muted tomato reds and corals with teal!

I literally have 6 pairs of these flips (from J Crew and Old Navy). Good basic colors are a must, like shiny black, gold, silver and grey. I will not lie, J Crew hold up much better, but if you want a cheap-o pair for around town, you cannot beat this price. I got mine for $9 with coupon.

So there are some fun basics that will afford you to save up for some favorite must haves. All go with jeans, white pants, and neutral colored skirts!