Picnicking at a Gold Coast Mansion

by Hampton Ivy, 5/26/2017

One of the many reasons I love Long Island: the numerous historic estates with rich histories and stunning views. Along the north shore you can find plenty of beautiful mansions open to the public that were once homes, now museums, hotels, event venues and more. It's hard to pick which one to spend the day at, but for this day we chose the gorgeous Vanderbilt Mansion; a Spanish revival styled mansion that makes you feel as though you've traveled abroad when you see it.

Dress: Free People // Heels: Ann Taylor LOFT // Sandals: Palm Beach Sandals (always come prepared!) // Bracelet: Hampton Ivy // Purse: vintage

If you're curious what those delicious treats are for our picnic, they're from Studmuffin Desserts. Seth Raphaeli, the owner of this fabulous company, and a fellow New Yorker, was kind enough to send me some desserts to try. And how could I refuse? They're bite size, low calorie, some gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. Pictured are the Marie Antoinettes (cake flavored cookies with rainbow sprinkles), Bleecker Street Brittle, Red Velvet Space-cakes, and my absolute favorite, for both the taste and the name, Jackie Os (chocolate chip meringue cookies). Once I saw the name of those cookies, I knew I had to try. 
You can find out more about the company here and also where they're sold here

The location plus the delicious desserts, accompanied by Sanpellegrino Limonata, made for a very lovely day! I'd love to know, what do you friends usually bring on your picnics?

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and thank you for reading!

Mother's Day Gifts & Ideas!

by Hampton Ivy, 5/12/2017
last minute gift ideas for mom and shopping guide for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is only two days away! Can you believe it? If you can't, and you're still in need of some gift ideas for mom, I'm here to help. I've put together five easy, universal gift ideas that mean a lot and show mom you care. You can choose one, or combine a few, or combine them all! Or if you've already bought mom her gift, maybe one of these would be a nice extra.

  1. Flowers...
    They never get old! Maybe literally they do, but as a gift? No way! Buy your mom a bouquet of her favorite flowers, or roses if you're not sure. That's not all though! A bouquet of flowers is a beautiful gift, but if you're bringing it to her home, it's so much better to have them already trimmed and arranged in a nice vase; that way she doesn't have to do that work herself.
  2. Breakfast in bed...
    What could be better than breakfast in bed? My family is a huge fan of this french toast bake recipe that I make every year for Christmas; it's an absolutely delicious recipe that can be used for any holiday. It can of course be used for any day too, not just holidays, but it's so rich and incredible that we reserve it for special occasions in our house. 
  3. Spa day...
    Whether it's at the spa or at home, mom deserves to have some time off and be completely pampered. Find a local spa and get her a gift card worth a treatment or two, or go out and buy some DIY spa day treatments to do at home with her. 
  4. Dinner special...
    If you're getting together for Mother's Day dinner, it goes without saying mom shouldn't have to cook it herself. Grab your apron, your cooking tools, and whip up mom's favorite meal. It's always extra special when it's cooked by you. And dessert; can't forget the dessert!
  5. Custom for her...
    Whether it's store bought or handmade, it's always even more meaningful when it's uniquely for her. Monogramming is special and can be done on anything, whether it's a piece of jewelry, a handbag, a mug, a vase- you name it and it can be monogrammed. But a customized gift can also simply be a favorite family photo with a heartfelt note on the back, in a beautiful frame that matches her home. 
homemade mother's day card

No matter what gift you choose though, don't forget the card! Even a tiny card means something, and it can mean even more if it's handmade and personalized. Last year I made this one for my mom and taped a comical family photo on the inside. You can use any simple editing program to cut and paste whatever you want onto the card, just remember the front is on the right side and the back is on the left. (it took me about three failed attempts to finally figure that one out myself)

DIY Spa Day

DIY spa day and mother daughter spa treatments for Mother's Day

For the DIY spa day I mentioned above, here are a few items I think would be perfect to include! 
A plush robe and cozy slippers are a must for spa day. As is a face mask, and this one from Mario Badescu is perfect for firming and nourishing mature and sensitive skin. And to keep the hair out of her and your face while the mask is on, this headband is an adorable choice. Some extra pampering can be treating her undereyes with these patches from Tarte and brightening that beautiful smile of hers with this at home teeth whitening treatment from Smile Brilliant. While she's letting the treatments work their magic, you can light some candles. turn on her favorite mother daughter movie, and paint her nails a pretty color that'll match anything

(Smile Brilliant was kind enough to offer a special Mother's Day coupon and giveaway for any of you friends wanting a beautiful bright smile! Click here to enter their giveaway to win a $25 gift card and use the code hamptonivy50 for $50 off for mom!)

Breakfast in Bed

breakfast in bed for Mother's Day

The best meal of the day is even better when it's made for you and brought to you! After you make mom this absolutely delicious french toast bake, you can bring it to her, along with a cup of coffee or tea in this adorable "best mom ever" mug, on this gorgeous rectangular rattan tray or this circular wicker tray

I hope you all enjoyed this post and it helped anyone looking for last minute Mother's Day gifts!
And a special thank you and Happy Mothers day to all of the amazing moms out there. ♡
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wicker Handbags For Any Budget!

by Hampton Ivy, 5/04/2017
reese witherspoon draper james, the best wicker handbags

I'm sure we've all seen them, and I'm sure we've all fell in love with them too.. Wicker handbags. Otherwise known as wicker basket bags, basket bags, rattan bags, and straw bags. But wicker handbags have a unique beauty to them unlike any other straw bag. As I'm currently on the hunt for my own wicker purse, I've put together a whole bunch of recommendations for any of you friends also in the market! 

vintage 1960s preppy style

First, I have to mention Etsy. 
As you friends know, I sell Hampton Ivy on Etsy, and I love vintage pieces and thrifty shopping, which can be done on Etsy. I'm mentioning this because you can find SO many beautiful vintage and handmade wicker handbags there, especially 1960's wicker bags; they're all over Etsy! With the age of course comes the wear, but if you're okay with a tiny bit of pre-love then you can find a beautiful bag for a fantastic price. (How's $12 to $30 sound? Amazing? I know!) So go ahead and take a look there if you don't find the wicker bag of your dreams listed below, even though with all of the fabulous ones I found, I think you will! 

Crossbody / Shoulder

Wicker crossbody handbags, wicker shoulder bags, trendy wicker purses, crossbody beach bags and gingham basket handbag


J. Crew handbags, Vineyard Vines handbags, wicker clutch, straw clutches, wicker clutches and rattan clutches

5. KAYU Jane Clutch - $205


Bosom buddy bags, wicker totes, wicker tote handbags, straw tote, and straw tote handbags

1. Global Good Partners Market Bag - $34.50 (originally $46, but currently 25% off with the code FRIEND)

Satchels / Baskets / Baguettes / etc.

Vintage wicker handbags, vintage handbags, vintage wicker baskets, vintage purses, and etsy vintage handbags
6. Wicker Box Purse - $37.65
8. Wicker Bag - $39.71

Wicker satchel handbags, wicker satchels, straw satchel and straw satchels

6. Kate Spade Small Wicker Bag - $80 (consignment; costs $125 but new members get a $25 credit, plus use the code REAL to get another 20% off)

Wicker basket bags and rattan basket handbags

And that's the round up! You can find inexpensive wicker bags, more luxury wicker bags and any price in between! I've already gone ahead and ordered two wicker handbags I found from doing this post, so I hope you friends find one (or more) too! 

Do you have a favorite out of all of these options? Let me know in the comments below!
(it might just be included in my next giveaway!)