Monday, February 21, 2011


OH! How I wish I could be here in NY to see Playtime the children's trade fair, straight from France and Tokyo and here now, for it's second season and this one has with a pop-up boutique!
(I love Pop-Up Boutiques).

It's not the kind of big Javits Center exhausting-walk-until-you-drop style show--this one is absolutely...beautiful, every corner brings surprises in a gorgeous raw space on Mercer Street in Soho- here you'll find all the most talented designers, toymakers, artists designing for children (including my favorites Bensimon (little sneakers!) and Ketiketa) this season made even more exciting with... a Pop-Up Boutique!!! Should be incredible, with designer samples from , Coral & Tusk, Agua by Trash-a-Porter, Lalé, Wovenplay and more.

I wish I could be there to be welcomed warmly by Hortensia and Sebastien and Marie and their crew and see what new surprises they have created this season. I will be in Paris of course, their hometown, exhibiting my "adult" stuff but, I promise, Bonbon is making a children's line so I can show at Playtime...Really really...

82 Mercer Street
March 5-7th,
Register here.
Run don't walk!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Paris + London

Did I tell you that Jim's going to meet me in Paris for his brithday (the last day of the show, March 8th!) and then we're going to chunnel over to London for a few days and see Ann and Charlie and hangabout?
Yeah. It's true.
Can you come?

some from the last one and a few from the new collection "les étoiles du monde".

Monday, February 14, 2011

Be My Valentines

Dear Lovelies,
Thank you for being such wonderful blog friends and introduced me to such a big wide creative world. I am so lucky that you come here and care about what I do, give me advice, leave such kind and supportive words, push me further. And thank you also for allowing me into your worlds and letting me care about who you are and what you do. You have opened up my world.

I am thankful for getting to know so many of you in real life, out from behind the ways we curate ourselves here and into real friendships with real heart that have added so much depth to my life over the past few years.
With love on Valentine's Day,

p.s. I elected myself chairman of my own Valentine board---trés romantique, non? I hope you do something nice for yourself today. I'm going to lunch now.

images from mschweitzer, julia roitfeld, hitchcock blonde, gardenmama, and love poems can be bought here

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Two (Valentine's) Cents

photo courtesy of le bernadin (thinking big this VD)

1: Whether you're coupled or singlish, take someone you love to lunch. Or make them take you. Go someplace fancy or at the very least delicious. Why botehr going to dinner since Valentine dinners are amateur hour. Just have a long lingering lunch and try not to leave until you have to or until the poor servers have to set up for the nightmare that will be February 14th dinner hour.
2: Make someone a valentine. Don't go out an buy a card, unless it's gorgeous like these. or these. Otherwise, make one. Draw a heart, cut it out and give it.

3: Flowers? Buy yourself some. Something romantic, like these would be nice.

4. On your way home , get some St-Germain, the insanely delicious liqueur that quite possibly was made by some kind of god. Get these ingredients while you're at it and make the most delicious heavenly cocktail you can even imagine. Or do the one with whiskey, the Paris Manhattan, which I find romantic too you know. I've been drinking these all week, just for practice and never during work.

The St. Germaine Cocktail:
1 1/2 parts St-Germain
2 parts Champagne (a rosé brut is more beautiful fo sho)
2 parts club soda or sparkling water
A twist.

Add the St-Germain last.

5. Then put on a little OK Computer and drift off into some kind of love induced haze. Seriously, you do not need a partner for any of this.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Be My Valentine Live

I love Valentines Day. I love it because it's a good day to remember to love. Love your family, your good friends, your animals. Know why you feel the love. I don't think it has to be particulary for "lovers" but just for feeling love. For appreciating someone else. That and the color combo of red and pink is mind-boggingly beautiful to me. Vanessa sometimes has to put a stop to my over use of it.

I'm also working on a collaborative Pop-Up event with Breck from Sesame Letterpess and Denise from Denise Fasanello flowers for little Valentines Pop-Up at the Brooklyn Flea this Saturday, February 12th. We'll have a special edited table of Love-ly items just for the occasion and a gift box special: a set of special-edition Bonbon Love earrings, a Sesame Letterpress card and little bag of Papabubble Valentine candies for $45. Half the profits from the box will go to the American Heart Association.
Ain't love grand?

O Sweet Spontaneous P: Takes From a Photoshoot

Saturday we had a small photoshoot to create some graphics for the Fall/Winter Collection I'll be bringing to Paris on the 27th (that soon? ayeeee!!)
P. came over to help me style the shoot which was mostly shot by my
sweet and talented husband and the collaboration was fun to say the
very least, inspiring to say the most.
Maybe I actually conned her
into it, always enamored by her incredible eye and her own beautiful photos,
I'm not sure which,
but she added so much to the entire day. Here's a little
sampling of some cast-offs,
some by me, some by P some by Jim,
fun none-the-less, especially when we talked her into
wearing some of it and letting Jim unleash his beautiful
photo style that I love so much, especially for
this shoot which we agreed had to be "watercolory"...

Maybe it was something about the sum of the day, but
she left this behind,
as she ran to catch her gypsy-cab, her
voice trailed, "I think you'll like thisssss..."

O sweet spontaneous earth
how often have the doting

fingers of purient philosophers
pinched and poked thee,
has the naughty thumb of
science prodded thy
how often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and
buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive gods
(but true
to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic lover
thou answerest
them only with
-- e e cummings

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining for Valentines

New Collection is Looking Up. And Is Up: And Here Too.
Orders for Valentine's Day come with a little bounty of real bonbons, sweets from right here in my neighborhood for orders by Feb 10th.

The collection is dedicated to my father, who told me once that every cloud has a silver lining, so we made little beaded clouds out of the antique seed beads Vanessa and I have been addicted to buying for a few years. Each piece is unique, each one just for you imbued with a lot of love, hope and optimism, now more than ever.

P.S. I bought some new fonts.