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A Dog & Cat Moment

Our pooch and kitty section at our First & Spring shop grows and grows. Where would we be without our four-legged friends? From books to calendars to artwork to salt and pepper shakers and a whole lot in between, it is an ever evolving display. The ‘I Wish I Could Text My Dog’ mug a personal favorite. It is an area in the store where I always see folks smiling and looking supremely happy.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

We have begun work on our new shop website. Incredibly exciting and a tad stressful as it is a busy task filled road until it launches by November 1st. My goal is to have 2500+ goods on the site. This week I began shooting said goods. Here are My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

A Bag In The Wilds

My brother-in-law Walter snapped and sent me this pic awhile back when he was out & about doing errands. Made my day! I love seeing our reusable WK shopping tote out in the wilds seeing the world. If you are ever out and see one, take a picture and send it to me. Or if you are loving yours and want to show me your bag in situ, I would love that too. Initially created in honor of our 20th anniversary last November, we decided to keep it in the mix as folks have liked it so much. Sturdy as all get out, they just need a wipe down every once in awhile to look brand spanking new.



 

 

Molton Brown Geranium Nefertum at WK

Just In, a new scent from London based Molton Brown, Geranium Nefertum. Available in both bath & shower gel along with body lotion, it is a summery duo that will be enjoyed year round. You know I am crazy for anything with geranium in it–this fits the bill through and through. I put a few healthy dollops in the bathtub before I take my shower in the morning. The whole bathroom a symphony of geranium goodness when I get ready to step in. The exquisite packaging makes for a lovely gift too.



 

 

A Host/Hostess Gift Idea

As the 4th of July festivities kick into gear and parties/gatherings begin, I thought I would share a few go-to host/hostess ideas starting with a jar of jam. While flowers and wine can be lovely, we try and think a bit out of the box most times when it comes to gift giving. There are so many good jams out in the world and I have yet to meet someone who could not benefit from a good jar of jam. Insert large smile. Then spiff it up. Add a big block of French butter, a fresh baguette and wrap it all in a dish towel. Or go the cheese route, choosing a yummy piece of cheese that you think goes nicely with the jam, then add a horn spoon, presenting the trio on a little cutting board. Let your gift giving imagination run wild!

Have a lovely & safe Independence Day all. From WestWard. X, T2+B



 

 

Jot Off a Quick Thank You

I find the surest way to send off a ‘Thank You’ note is to have a variety of cards/tags at the ready. That way you have one at your fingertips easily and can get down to business of jotting a quick note.



 

 

Maison Louis Marie at Watson Kennedy

Just In, body and hand wash along with body lotion from Maison Louis Marie. The scents coordinate with the divine candles we have been stocking for some time. This has been such a lovely line to add to our shop offerings. Liked by both women and men, the scents are pretty darn heavenly. I love the super clean packaging too. The trio makes for one super fab host/hostess gift for Summer week-end trips visiting friends or family. The body lotion a major treat after a day at the beach. Happy last Saturday in June!



 

 

A Gift Sparks a Table Setting

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to spark creativity. Be it to paint on a canvas, create a stylish room or set a comfortable table. My friend Kathy drove up from Portland the other day. She brought us the most lovely gift of Italian horn handled flatware from her collection. She knew of our fondness for horn as she has seen me set tables using it over the years. It was the driving force for the table setting last night for supper–I could not wait to cook a meal so we could use it. Celebrating/using/enjoying gifts we receive is of great importance to both of us. So much so for me, it is the business I am in! It honors and pays homage to the giver. The knife and fork set the tone for the table. New square placemats we carry at Watson Kennedy I have been eyeing had to come home with me for this table. English silver salt & pepper shakers, French napkins and horn napkin rings, as well as my favorite dotted glasses, all from WK, got pulled into the mix. Then it was a simple Wednesday night meal at the table with Bailey curled up on her blanket on the floor between us.



 

 

Display Case Day

Display is pretty much a constant at the shops, with each day things getting straightened, added to, and refreshed. Others days mean full on re-do of entire areas, or in the case yesterday, changing up display cases entirely. My friend Kathy drive up from Portland with a carload of vintage goods for me from her collections. The above William Yeoward crystal pieces so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I have long admired both the man and his work and was incredibly sad to hear of his passing a few days ago. This case is an homage to him.

Preppy goods are always near & dear to my heart. This case a nod to my friend Lisa Birnbach and her Official Preppy Handbook. Think tennis racket corkscrews and golf putter bottle openers. The below a gathering of John Derian works honoring his whimsical decoupage pieces. They always look so great massed together telling a visual story. Cases do just that.



 

 

the SHOPKEEPERS, Watson Kennedy

Honored to be chosen for the list of shops from around the globe which are highlighted on the SHOPKEEPERS click here. With a tag line of, Featuring The World’s Best Shops, I of course am over the moon to be added to the list. The site is a fabulous resource when traveling.

“Strolling through a town or a neighborhood, stopping for coffee and visiting shops unique to that destination. How sad would our villages, towns, and cities be without independent shops to add variety and individuality to our travels? I believe that independent shops are an integral part of our lives, whether local or faraway, they add vibrancy and community.