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Summer Obsessions


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Well, hello again friends! Sorry for my in and outs these days. I’m trying to enjoy my summer to the max. Thus far I have a season of Orange is the New Black & House of Cards under my belt. I’m attempting to tackle the next great American novel {what do you mean it isn’t White Girl Problems} and I’m solving world peace.

Oh right, not quite. {No joke about the Netflix series of course. I never joke about Netflix}.

My summer has been mellow, albeit hot and thunderstorm-filled. We are laying low for the most part and I’m trying to soak it up.

I thought I’d share a few of my latest obsessions with you. I’ll try not to be a stranger more often than not

1. Gentle Souls. Thanks to this post I popped over to Zappos and invested in a pair. No lie, I might have to have these physically removed from my feet. They are orthopedics but they are also chic. Ali walked for miles {no pun intended} in NYC this weekend without a peep. Trust me, good investment.

2. Ladies of London. I tend to fawn over the latest and greatest at Bravo, so it was no surprise  for my love affair with Ladies of London. Cole only raised his eyebrows at me a few times this weekend when I demanded we purchase shortbread cookies and drink tea with milk. What can I say? I’m invested. Now in search of all things Union Jack.

3. Coconut Oil. My sisters have been praising its benefits for quite some time now, but it took me awhile to go to the dark side. Now I keep a big jar right in my shower. Before I event dry off I douse myself in it from head to toe. It might be the best lotion I’ve ever had.

Hope your summer is so far filled with reality tv and fabulousness!

xoxo,

Niki

My Office. A Love Story


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papery & cakery / office


Dear New Office,

I love you so much, it’s difficult for me to express it in words.

You see, when we first moved into your lovely building, you were dreary. You didn’t inspire me. I pondered my next move. I created inspiration boards. I pinned things. And finally. I executed.

It’s hard to say what I love the most about you.


papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office


Perhaps its that beautiful cork wall, where I can save all of my most favorite scraps, photos and inspirations.


papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office


Or perhaps it’s the white lacquer cabinets, filled to the brim with invitations, papers and knick knacks that have meaning in my life.


papery & cakery / office



papery & cakery / office


Oh wait, I do love that gallery wall of prints and quotes and photos that brighten any day.


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papery & cakery / office


And these gem stone mirrors. And my giant wall calendar.


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Or the way my bland black filing cabinets are now graphic statements with these o’verlays and a white ikea countertop.


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Or my white dining room table of a desk. With gold office supplies.


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Or this little guy that sums up my philosophy on glitter.

Oh it’s just too hard to give one reason why I love you so much. There are just about a million.

Hope you enjoy!

xoxo,

Niki

{desk / white under desk filing cabinet / acrylic chairs / gold scissors / tape / gem stone mirrors / giant calendar / white overlays / lips print {similar} /  elliot erwitt print / max wanger photobutterflies /  bookshelves {discontinued but similar} / aqua bins /  drawer / lucite file / lucite clipboard}.

21 drops


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21 drops / papery & cakery


R + M are currently attending school everyday. This means germs, colds, coughs and quite a few trips to the pediatrician. As someone who prides herself on natural treatments and remedies, I’ve been at my wits end, trying to “cure” R + M of these weekly maladies. When I heard that essential oil treatments could be used on kids, I started doing lots of reserach. Enter: 21 drops.

21 drops uses combined essential oils to treat and prevent, nurture, fortify and heal. Ooh, and they are safe to use on kiddos! Hooray!!!


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21 drops / papery & cakery


I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with 21 drops founder, Cary Caster in her Delray Beach office {which is seriously to die for} and solicit her thoughts on essential oil treatments for children, especially young children. In fact, R + M joined me on the trip which made it quite the little field trip. {They keep begging me to return!}


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21 drops / papery & cakery


21 drops is just that. It utilizes 24 different oils in 21 varying combinations. I was particularly drawn to headache, de-stress. sleep, and immunity {um, who wouldn’t want more sleep?}.


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Cary filled me in on her background as a certified clinical aromatherapist. She explained how she always treated her own family’s various ailments with the use of essential oils. The oils are 100% natural and carefully tested for purity and effectiveness. And the smell…. oh they smell amazing {and that’s part of the point!}.


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21 drops / papery & cakery


I was drawn to the gorgeous colors of the 21 drops, but especially loved their “kid safe” protected packaging {the glass is wrapped in a rubber coating so it can’t break if it falls} and rollerball application. Oh and so did Raya. She was ready to douse herself. Luckily, Cary says layering the oils is part of the fun and a great way to utilize the products.


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According to Cary, the most important thing when treating kids with essential oils, is to avoid eye/mouth contact. Therefore for smaller children, use them on pulse points behind their neck. At night, the bottoms of their little feet are a great way for safe absorption.


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21 Drops is also fabulous for mew moms. Cary recommends uplift for postpartum and calm to survive the ebbs and flows of caring for a newborn.


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We explored their stunning gardens where 21 drops grows a wide variety of plants and herbs.


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The green thumbs is seriously out of control insane.


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Raya was obsessed with smelling everything she could get her tiny little fingers on.


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21 drops / papery & cakery


It was really a fabulous day. Even Baby Miles joined in on the fun.

Since our visit I’ve been using the immunity everyday and have noticed the lingering tickle in my throat and cough seem to have dissipated much quicker than usual. Last week, headache nipped my impending migraine in the bud. Super impressed!

xoxo,

Niki



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