shop girl visits mignon kitchen co.

“Mignon is pronounced “min-yawn” and means “cute” in french.” Rachel Ball

I used to be a “shop girl” and actually I sort of still am, but now I own my shop and it’s online. After years in retail I appreciate the work and time it takes to put into a retail space and even online shops. I have made an effort this year to source small shops that offer the sort of things you would expect to find on a trip to a small town or another country. So today begins my “shop girl” feature, look forward to learning about new shops you’ll turn to for gifts, home accessories, furnishings and pantry items.

I discovered Mignon after a day or reading blogs and was delighted by the owner Rachel Ball’s beautiful and simplistic approach to sharing food.  I especially love her “tips & tricks for happier baking”…take a look below.

Rachel Ball is a modern day dream girl who not only owns Mignon but is short story writer, a blogger and a jewelry designer. I see a lifestyle brand in the works! Click the photos to learn about her and shop Mignon.


Image credit: Rachel Ball


i am obsessed with le labo




I’ve always been drawn to rich, tobacco and leathery scents and one day after a trip to the bathroom at Joan’s on 3rd I fell in love with the smell. Hard to believe right? I mean it’s not everyday you walk into a public restroom and want your home to smell just like it. There weren’t any candles out, it wasn’t the hand soap and then I found it. Inside the cabinet was the remains of a simple looking candle and the label said Le Labo Santo 26. I immediately searched for it on my iphone and found a site with candles and other fragrances nearly as expensive as my favorite Diptyque candle, Baises. BUT these are personalized, see for yourself. Shop Le Labo online here. If you can’t get to Joan’s or one of their boutiques, you can order sample fragrances online for only $5.00.

combat the “blue monday” blues…

a little blue but so wonderful to listen to…

How to combat “Blue Monday”, January 23, 2011 a day declared by Dr. Cliff Arnall in 2005 to be the most depressing day of the year. He considered debt, low motivation, cold and gloomy weather, the amount of time since Christmas had passed and failing to keep New Year’s resolutions to be the causes of this sad day which falls on the Monday of the last full week in January.   A blue monday it may be but I happen to love the color blue. Don’t you?

curl up and watch your favorite movies

I suggest an esther williams marathon

or read the february issue of vogue cover to cover


be grateful

spend the day collection seashells

embrace the color in your home

plan a trip

take a long walk

give your old furniture a new hue

sail away

visit a friend

kiss the one you love

*all photos linked to sources

“window” shopping at

Intended to adorn your shoes but wouldn’t these be marvelous on gifts? The possibilities are endless.

madewell: jolie shoe clip $14.00

keep those toes cozy, a gift your friends will love

madewell: minnetonka chrissy bottie slippers $49.95

frame it: fresh decor in a child’s room or library

madewell: sights and sound storyteller scarf $55

the perfect day dress

madewell: cabana dress $178

weekend shopping clutch

madewell: the suede passenger clutch $78

It may be a chain but it has a collection of clothing, accessories and shoes that feels unique and special. I’ll forget about Madewell then receive an email for new arrivals and fall in love with a handful of pieces that I just can’t resist buying.

an la weekend…


finally! gluten free donuts

a morning at LACMA

metropolis II 

aka everyday life in LA

california design exhibit

california cool

zodiac heads

happy chinese new year…the year of the dragon

the wall street journal

late afternoon light reading

The morning started off with gluten free “fonuts”, they are the lighter and healthier version of the donut from the former pastry check of The Bazaar by José Andrés. Fonuts is located at Crescent Heights and 3rd, very low key and sparse space with an old fashioned oven as decor. I tried the chocolate sprinkle and chocolate hazelnut fonuts and my bf had the coconut chocolate, all delicious. They are less sweet than a typical donut which I really liked and of course there I felt a lot less guilty after eating them. Next up, LACMA to see the Metropolis exhibit. It was neat but we left unfulfilled and wandered into the LA exhibit then admired the zodiac heads outside which are a must see!

the library: manners by kate spade

As I sit here writing overdue thank you letters I’m reminded of a book I should have pulled out from the shelves weeks ago, Kate Spade’s Manners. While she advises to use the “three day rule” when sending a thank-you note she also says there is “no need to belabor” a tardy note. Phew. It also doesn’t hurt to use your very best stationery.

go-to shop for accessories: jayson home

One of my go-to sources for home accessories and gifts is Jayson Home, formerly Jayson Home and Garden, they now boast an updated website and are currently having a floor model sale. They mix flea market finds with classics every home needs like horn cups and beautiful serving trays. Below are a few of my top finds:


Dress up your bookshelves or desk with this set of horns edged in gold, Tyrol Horn Vase  $48 (a steal!)

A masculine touch in need of pretty pale pink roses, Brass Berksire Horn Cups $26+

Because you can never have too many trays, a place to lay your pearls or your treasured Tiffany & Co blue pen, Gold Athena Tray $45

Agate is having a moment, these are priced well and serve as chic cheese trays, Agate Cheese Plates $65+

If I had a few thousand to blow I’d get this slightly sinister mirror, Shield Mirror $3995


junking on etsy & ebay: equestrian

You don’t have to physically leave your house to go “junking”, with sites like etsy and eBay you can junk from your cozy bed or breakfast table. I like to have a theme when shopping for treasures, otherwise I easily get sidetracked and end up with a lot of random things I have to re-sell! Of course, I always have my wish-list in mind and if I fall in love, I buy. My top equestrian finds for the week:


My inspiration:

get inspired: “equestrian style”

I’m looking for unique antique pieces in glass, lucite, turquoise (color or material) or brass. I don’t really want anything made from wood. I’m already straying from my theme and realizing I’m really looking for neat horse motif’s, anything from polo to deco. Here goes!

shop my etsy find: art deco bookends from doveandclover

search term: horse bookends

shop my etsy find: decanter/vase from behindtheorangedoor

search term: vintage equestrian

shop my etsy find: (totally remind me of hermes) from susabellabrownstein

search term: art deco horse

shop my etsy find: riding pin from uppsydaisy

search term: brass equestrian

shop my eBay find: vintage horse lamps from vonda6643

search term: antique horse lamp

This piece is so unique I had to include it, wish the photos were in focus. This is a good example of  finding pieces in your theme of unusual materials or materials not typically associated with the subject matter, i.e. glass and crystals

shop my eBay find: Three Horse Heads from mommyehrler

search term: antique horse print

My best friend owns a larger version of this print from 1910, I’ve always admired it and now I’ve found it! This is what I love about sites like eBay.

the library: the perfectly imperfect home

One of my favorite online shops, 1stdibs featured Deborah Needleman, the former editor of Domino magazine (I’m still obsessed and count myself among one of the  devotees that continues to re-read my old copies) and new author of The Perfectly Imperfect Home.  I just ordered my copy, you can get one too at Amazon and if you order today you might get it in time for weekend reading.

every girl’s dream…holly golightly’s manhattan apartment for sale

Curbed recently reported Holly Golightly’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s Manhattan home was for sale. It’s a jewel box at only 15 feet wide and on the market for $5.85 million. Most of the scenes were filmed on a sound stage but it’s still a charming place to call home.

Photo: Michael Weinstein/NYT