One year ago today I made the decision to leave Boston, a city I had lived in for over a decade. It’s funny. Boston was never a place I wanted to live. I moved there for a boy. (Friendly advice: never move for a boy). I struggled for years to find my place. Fortunately, in 2006, I found it. 263 Clarendon Street in the heart of the Back Bay. I absolutely loved this spot. I was able to walk to work only a few blocks away at the Prudential Tower. I was minutes away from my favorite shops on Newbury Street (Fresh, Calypso, Nanette Lepore). I was around the corner from the Public Garden… one of the most romantic places I have ever been. It was perfection. Leaving was a hard choice but the right choice.

With the events that occurred last week, I felt a loss for my old neighborhood and realized a very important thing about home. Even if you leave it, it remains with you. I love Boston. I love the people of Boston. And while I am not there to be part of this difficult time of recovery, I know in my heart that all will be right again.

Day Job

Nantucket Looms. One of my favorite shops on the island. And now, I call it my office. I am so excited to be working with the very talented team at the Looms. What am I doing you may ask? Some may say I have returned to my roots as a shopgirl, which I love. But even more exciting, I am working on redesigning the store’s Web site and e-commerce platform. It has been a wonderful process. We sent off our proposed layout to the tech gurus this week with the goal of launching Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned!

This shop has always been my go-to for stalking my gift closet. We are known world-wide (can you believe that?), for our wildflower soaps. And at $6 for a box of 3, you really can’t go wrong. Do you keep a gift closet? I started a few years ago to purchase wonderful items to keep on-hand for those last-minute dinner invites. It has restored just a bit of sanity to my life. Here are a few of my favorite go-to hostess gifts:

– I just can’t get enough of Rifle Paper. Just when you think they have created the best product, they come out with an even better design. So is true with this shopping pad.
– Sticking with my slightly mild obsession with all things paper, this O-check is great for jotting down all your random notions. I keep one in my bag at all times.
– These playing cards from Hello Lucky! are the perfect gift for a friend hosting game night.
– For the epicurean in your circle, these little glass jars of herbs will be a hit.

What do you think? Any items I should add to my repertoire? Would love to hear!

Inspiration: Hugo Guinness

Do you all know Hugo Guinness? What creative genius! I was first introduced to Mr. Guinness at the John Derian shop in NYC, where I stopped in my tracks when I laid my eyes upon his “beautiful” print. Gosh, I hope this is mine one day! While catching up on some light reading this evening, I came across this little video, which made my day. And hearing this quote, ” “We forgive all of our friends who make us laugh, don’t we?” I couldn’t agree more!

Movie Monday

And just like that everything changes. This film by Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona retells the truly impossible story of a family spending their Christmas holiday in Khao Lak, Thailand, a resort town devastated by the tsunami of 2004 that affected 14 countries and killed nearly a quarter million people. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor are flawless. The story unimaginable but true. The lesson simple… life sometimes is a beautiful mystery. We don’t know why tragedy occurs but we do know to act with kindness and grace. Always lend a helping hand if you can. See this movie. It is one that will stay with you always, I am quite certain!

A New Day

Happy April 1st! I couldn’t be more thrilled to say good-bye to March. What a long month, don’t you think? Things on the island are starting to pick up, which makes me so excited for the months ahead. I have been doubting my decision to move home these past few months (the weather certainly hasn’t helped) but this past weekend reaffirmed to me that home is where I need to be. And there is so much to look forward to. One of my absolute favorite weekends here is Daffodil Weekend (more on this to come, I promise) and this morning I saw some little daffodil heads peeking out of the ground. Alleluia!