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Mother’s Day Gifting with Simone LeBlanc

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When it comes to gifting, I know one thing – I don’t like to be rushed. I ponder, brainstorm and search for unique gifts when it comes to friends and family. Lately, I’ve been turning to a mastermind when it comes to gifting - Simone LeBlanc. Through her site, Instagram and shop, I’m constantly getting inspired on different items to give and beautiful ways to wrap and tie the gifts. That’s why I wanted to share with all of you a new gift she’s put together just for all of our beautiful mothers out there. Let me tell you – this is my idea of the perfect gift. Read on to hear all about how Simone got inspired.


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How we chose the items:


All of our gift boxes and concepts are built around the idea of a customized experience. Because we’ve spent so much time creating bespoke projects and significant moments for clients, it’s important that we translate that feeling into every box we give. We choose the components carefully and each one is there for a specific reason. For Mother’s Day we were inspired to re-create the time-honored tradition of bringing mom breakfast in bed.


We included products that were created as a labor of love, that take time and care to create. They are all made with fine ingredients and thoughtful processes. The Napa Valley Bath Co. Lavender Hydrosol and Body Lotion, for example, is made by a mother of two daughters who harvests her organic lavender from a nearby farm in Napa and distills it locally. And Lite + Cycle candles are 100% earth-made with pure essential oils and hand poured to be just right. Everything from the product itself, to the packaging, including the way we put together each box in the studio by hand, is done with care and thoughtfulness. All of the elements come together to create a complete gift that gives her everything she needs to enjoy a breakfast morning with herself, all in one box.


Mother's Day Box by Simone LeBlanc


When thinking of a Mother’s Day gift, what people should focus on:


Mother’s Day is all about showing our appreciation for the time, wisdom and unending efforts that our moms have given us. Focus on something that she will truly enjoy, that’s all about her. I love the idea of a gift that gives her an excuse to take time to relax and unwind. That played a big role in the creation of this box.


Mother's Day Box by Simone LeBlanc Mother's Day Box by Simone LeBlancThe role that being a mother played in creating the box:


As a mother-to-be myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of life balance and how to be mindful and aware of that balance. Between career, motherhood, my marriage and personal time, it’s so important to be vigilant about this. The Mother’s Day box touches on keeping that balance with a little unapologetic quiet time for yourself – so important for a new mom especially!


A HUGE thank you to the ever so lovely Simone for sharing her beautiful Mother’s Day boxes with us. I hope they’ve inspired all of you to either create or find a gift for your mom this year!


Photography from Simone LeBlanc

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Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Brittany & Natalie)

Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Brittany & Natalie)

Our last and final gift guide for 2013 – I can’t believe Christmas is just days away . . . insert panic! Luckily this last one has amazing items you’ll want for yourself and won’t want to give away to family. Today, Brittany and Natalie are sharing their favorite things they are giving this seasons. Last year I knew I wanted to start two new series on Sacramento Street – but wanted to bring on contributors to help bring a fresh new eye. Luckily, both Brittany and Natalie have gone above and beyond this year bringing us bi-weekly and monthly content that has inspired all of us.


Brittany’s eye for sourcing and design is out of this world. I’m always in awe of how she brings together a room, finds cool new sources and rounds them out with the best accessories around. Plus, she’s one of the sweetest gals I know and although we’ve only known each other for two years, I feel like we’ve been friends forever.


Natalie, where do I even begin – her aesthetic, eye for color and creating the most beautiful arrangements is honestly the best of the best. I’m constantly being inspired by the simplest or extravagant things done by her. From two blooms in a bud vase to a huge arrangement that has tons of stunning layers – Natalie brings beauty to it all. Her Blooms in Season arrangements surpassed what I ever thought they would be. Plus, spending time with this neighbor is a sweet treat. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

 

Brittany’s Picks:

1. For Her: The Transport Tote (30% WITH CODE TOYOU)
2. Your Home: Hudson Grace Marble Cheese Board
3. Stocking Stuffer: Joie Garlic Twist
4. For Him: AREAWARE iPhone 5/5s Alarm Clock Dock
5. For The Hostess: Ace Bottle Opener
6. A Book: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

 

Natalie’s Picks:

1. For the Home: Mquan Long Medium Porcelain Bell
2. Stocking Stuffer: March Pantry Extra Bold Tellicherry Black Pepper
3. For Her: Leather Fishbone Necklace
4. For Him: Steven Alan 21 Jewel Automatic Watch

5. For the Hostess: Morris Kitchen Trio of Syrups

6. Book: ASSOULINE The Big Book of Chic


Don’t forget to check out our other Sacramento Street Team gift guides from earlier this week. And if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas pop over to our 2013 holiday gift guide section – you’ll find something for everyone on your list!

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Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Heather & Michaela)

Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Heather & Michaela)

I’m thrilled to have two more Sacramento Street team members share their favorite gifts today! Both Heather and Michaela have been instrumental to the team working on bringing you daily content and the design side of the business. Heather started this fall as our intern – all of these fabulous gift guides you’ve been seeing are designed by her. She’s uber talented, has an amazing eye and she’s also an incredible artist! Michaela you might recognize from the blogsphere. She is my right hand gal on all of my design projects. It has been a blessing having her come on board to help work on client projects. Collaborating with her has been a blast and I can’t wait to see what we create in 2014!


I hope you enjoy these two lovely girls gift guides and afterwards, head over to their sites or get to know them a little bit more over on our about page!

 

 

1. For Him: Logan Bag 
3. For the Hostess: Full Color Table Napkins 
4.For Her: J. Crew Cashmere Rib-Trim Scarf in Gray (30% off with code GIFTNOW
5. Stocking Stuffer: Wild and Wolf Dominoes
6. For the Home: Molly Berman Photograph 

 

 

1. For the Hostess: Gold Monogrammed Mug
2. For the Home: Silver Pouf
3. For Her: Tory Burch Boots in Briar Wood
4. For Him: Jo Malone Cologne 
6. Stocking Stuffer: Clarisonic

 

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Sacramento Street Team gift guide if you missed it. And if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas we have something for everyone in your family. Pop over to our 2013 holiday gift guide section.

 

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Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Caitlin & Claire)

Gift Guide: Sac Street Team (Caitlin & Claire) | Sacramento Street

This holiday season we’ve brought you a plethora of gift guides to help you shop for your loved ones and friends. With only one week of shopping left I thought it would be fun to have all of the Sacramento Street team members share a couple of their favorite gifts they’ll be giving or wanting this Christmas. Their picks do not disappoint – I put some of them on my wish list!


Friends, I have to tell you – without this team you wouldn’t have the daily content that goes live. They are amazing and I’m so grateful for each and every one of them! They each bring a different talent to the team, which makes us complete. Check out their profiles here.


Today we’re launching this last gift guide series with myself and Claire, our in-house lifestyle photographer. You’ve probably seen her name in many posts. Her eye for photography is amazing and I love the way she captures our collaborations and features we do here on Sacramento Street. I hope you enjoy these last three gift guide features!

 

Caitlin’s Picks:

 

1.) For Her: Clare Vivier Weekender in Camel 

2.) For Him: Alpaca Scarf 

3.) For the Home: Rebecca Atwood Grid Shibori Pillow 

4.) Stocking Stuffer:  Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water 

5.) Book: Life and Work: Malene Birger’s Life in Pictures 

6.) For the Hostess: La Labo Candle 

 

Claire’s Picks:

 

1.) For Him: Slim Vintage Oxford Shirt in Washed Red (30% of with code GIFTNOW

3.) For the Hostess: Nest Fragrances ‘Holiday’ Scented Candle 

5.) Book: Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto 

 

More of our favorite gifts will be giving this season!

 

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Gift Guide: Books

Gift Guide: Books | Sacramento StreetIt’s time to give the gift that will help your family unplug from technology. Each year, my family and I exchange stacks of books with the intention of turning off our computers, putting away our phones and hiding the TV remote so that we can dive into our piles to escape into the words or cook a few new recipes in the kitchen. Do you have any reads you’re putting under the tree this year? These are a handful I’ve bought for family and friends this year.


1. The Asylum: A Collage Of Couture Reminiscences…And Hysteria


2. A Life Less Ordinary – one of my favorite design books!

 
 
6. Maps – perfect for the littles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. It’s All Good Cookbook - every recipe I’ve made from this is delicious!

 

Check out more amazing reads for the whole family!


And don’t forget to check out all of our gift guides to help make your shopping easier this year – there are only 10 days left til Christmas!


Gift Guide: For Her

Gift Guide: For the Littles

Gift Guide: For Him

Gift Guide: Small Shops

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Gift Guide: Gifts Under $30

Gift Guide: For the Hostess

Gift Guide: For the Home

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