15 January 2016

Meg Ryan At Home in Porter Magazine

Like countless other children of the 90's, I desperately wanted to be Meg Ryan when I grew up. After seeing You've Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly became my style icon and from fourth grade through junior high, all I wanted to wear was a t-shirt tucked into relaxed khakis with a cardigan. Those days have since passed, although I do still envy her character's cozy Upper West Side apartment and sometimes daydream of owning a charming little children's bookstore in another life... 

Another thing that hasn't changed since the 90's- Meg Ryan is still one classy lady with serious style. I was so pleasantly surprised to run across this feature on her in the latest issue of Porter Magazine. My favorite quote from the article: "There are more important conversations than how women look and how they are aging." 

Much like her care-free, confident outlook, Ryan's home in Martha's Vineyard is a giant breath of fresh air. Every room possesses the clean, airy aesthetic that we all crave come January. Bright natural light, shades of white, industrial farmhouse-inspired details, and clutter-free decor create a look that's as modern as it is timeless. I'd love to move right in! Meg, you're welcome to stay and be my roommate. Is that creepy? ;)

13 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

Here are some of my favorite things I've seen lately for the guys on your list. My husband would love the "Chewie, We're Home" shirt, as naturally all things Star Wars are especially popular at our house these days. I'm also a big fan of the buffalo check snow tube, which would surely be a hit at our family cabin! When it comes to shopping for guys, when I have trouble coming up with the perfect gift, my favorite strategy is to pick a basic, practical item they use all the time and upgrade it. This thoughtful approach is always appreciated, especially by the kind of man who rarely shops for himself.

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10 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

1. Personalized Camelbak Water Bottle  // 2. Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket // 3. Preserved Boxwood Topiaries // 4. Sorel "Joan of Arctic" Snow Boots // 5. Peonies of the Month Subscription // 6. Ostrich Feather Duster // 7. "Merci" Market Tote // 8. Emile Henry Ruffled Loaf Pan // 9. Maiyet for Warby Parker Sunglasses // 10. Audrey at Home, Memories of My Mother's Kitchen // 11. Miele Classic Canister Vacuum // 12. Gold-Tone Travel Comb // 13. Diptyque Wick Trimmer 

My apologies for the lack of gift guides this year! I've been short on time but I always enjoy putting these together, so this season, rather than skipping them entirely, I'm simplifying- one for her and one for him. This one includes some items I've been eyeing, plus a few pretty little things I've run across recently. When it comes to gifting, there's a fine line between a meaningful gesture of thoughtfulness and getting caught up in the consumerism of it all. The other day I ran across this great article via Camille Styles, "How to Be a More Thoughtful Gift Giver" and thought it was a lovely, share-worthy read, especially this time of year. Hope you are thoroughly enjoying this holiday season so far and taking moments to pause and find the peace and hope and magic of Christmas in the midst of the chaos! xoxo, Bri

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10 November 2015

Introducing ERLŪM Alpaca

After so many vague allusions to my "new job," "latest project," "big news," etc., I'm so excited to finally be able to share this with you! The luxury knitwear line I've co-founded, ERLUM Alpaca, officially launched last week! ERLUM's debut collection consists of high quality, ethically handmade alpaca knitwear for women, timeless classics with a modern edge. 

I've been working on this for over two years now, quitting my job last March to focus on it exclusively. After so many hours spent refining our vision, revising prototypes, and agonizing over every little detail down to the gift boxes and hangtags, to have the website up and our debut collection available for sale is surreal to say the least. For me, this launch represents not only the first big career milestone that I've been proud of, but also so many lessons learned along the way, so many instances of stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing past fear and self-doubt when I didn't think it was possible. 

Over the years, I've been so thankful for the support and encouragement you've shown me. As I enter this exciting new chapter of my life and career, I have a favor to ask of you, dear blog readers... Please check out our website, www.erlumalpaca.com and find us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. It would mean so much to me if you would take a look at the line and share it with anyone you know who might appreciate it! 


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