Aren’t you just loving Lorae’s Company Memos? I am learning about businesses, products, and organizations I would have never heard of before! Today, I am on the way to Scottsdale, Arizona for a weekend with my college roommate and I am seriously kicking myself for not utilizing my Rent the Runway Unlimited Subscription. (I’m their favorite customer EVER because I bought the subscription in February and keep forgetting to use it!). Also, Chip and Joanna are EVERYWHERE, amiright? Have a fabulous weekend, girlfriend!
Wait: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
Most of us have already heard that Target is doing a major overhaul, eliminating their house brands Mossimo, Merona, Circo and Cherokee. We now know that 12 new lines will be introduced this fall, and one in particular takes the cake. At Target’s recent corporate meeting it was announced that Chip and Joanna Gaines, HGTV’s beloved renovation couple and Magnolia Market‘s King and Queen, are growing their modern farmhouse empire while holding hands with Target. We all want one of their house remodels, and they’ve got the market cornered on everything from paint to pillows, but now their line is going mainstream. Their Target line of home accessories will be high on style and low on price (most items are under $30). The first collection of Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, a multi-year partnership, will hit stores November 5 with over 300 pieces spanning tabletop, home decor and holiday gifts. And if you needed one more reason to heart Chip and Joanna, there will be a give-back component to the line. Details are still somewhat unclear but a percentage of sales will go toward supporting local communities and families in need.
Grow: Air Plants
I used to travel for work with a close colleague, and whenever we went away for business she would pick up a beautiful new succulent to add to her uber modern home. Fast forward a few years, I began to pick up hens and chicks succulents at our local nursery for teachers’ gifts. When we moved to Baltimore last year, I fell in love with the florist Crimson & Clover Designs. Their windows are full of air plants in varying milk glass containers. Now, I acquire one whenever I can (they remind my girls of a modern fairy house). If you walk into my home, you’ll find these beauties in silver terrariums and glasses hanging from wire enclosures. Plants have never been so easy to care for! This week I found a new coveted plant, the echeveria laui, a rare succulent. I cannot get over the color and the texture, its just gorgeous. Now the question: could I keep it alive? Stay tuned, I may give it a try.
Shop: Half United
Half United was co-founded by a brother and sister who came together with a $200 startup investment, a passion to helping children in need, and a bag of bullet casings. Each item you purchase a piece of jewelry, the company pays for seven meals. I love that they are addressing hunger needs locally and abroad. Meals are dispersed equally between the United States, Haiti, Fiji and Cambodia, and to date they have provided over 500,000 meals to children in need. This month HU has pledged that every product sold in the month of September will provide meals for Americans affected by recent hurricane disasters. My favorites are The Lyra Lariat Necklace-Honeycomb, Fighting Hunger Bullet Necklace in gold and The Hex Cuff in gold.
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Subscribe: Unlimited Fashion
I am a clothes horse, self-admitted. Though not a fashion maven—I dress fairly simply and certainly have friends who are more bold than I am—I love style just as much as the next girl. Many of my friends have used the services of Rockets of Awesome, Stitch Fix and Rent The Runway. Subscription services are hotter than ever. No one wants to go to a mall. We want everything delivered straight to our door with the ease of returning. This week I read Business Insider’s article on Rent the Runways Unlimited Subscription and I’m torn. Would unlimited access to designers really quell a fashion lover’s appetite? What do you think? When I think of the cost of new name-brand clothes, dry cleaning expenses, etc. I wonder if it’s worth it. I’d be curious to read a real review from a fashion blogger or stylist.