All American Kids

Childrens June 30th, 2014 — by:

Patriotic picks for your kids
Between World Cup fever and the 4th of July there are plenty of occasions to sport red, white and blue these days. Get on the team USA bandwagon with these patriotic picks for the little ones in your life!

The Ashley Circle Skirt Dress is comfy enough for the beach, but is dressy enough for dinner. This is sure to be her go-to dress for the rest of the season. 

Your little one is sure to have a whale of a time in these red, white and blue Chris Board Shorts.

Homegrown everything is all the rage… including babies. Make a statement about the newest member of the family with this Organic Onesie.

The Cherry Red Tulle Skirt from Virginia Dunn walks the perfect line between dress-up and real life. Thank heaven for little girls, indeed!

For the little one that wants to look like a grownup, this Navy Blue Blazer from Peter Elliot fits the bill.

These Big Star Hair Clips are the perfect accessory for little girls celebrating the 4th. Wear one, or pile them on for a super festive feel!

Shop all of our patriotic picks for your little one HERE.

 

 

 

 

A Summer Smash

Food & Drink June 30th, 2014 — by:

It’s summertime and the weather is high, which of course means it’s time to whip up a batch of  refreshing cocktails. We recommend a Ginger-Blackberry Smash from Maureen Christian-Petrosky’s new book The Cocktail Club. Serve them up to order, or in a chic beverage dispenser alongside Tara Guerard’s lovely hemstitch napkins. Either way, people are sure to appreciate a little heat relief!

Ginger-Blackberry Smash

Maureen Christian-Petrosky

1 cup sugar
1 four-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 lime wedge
1/4 cup silver tequila
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
3 fresh blackberries
1 thin slice crystallized ginger

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and fresh ginger with 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let the ginger steep over low heat for about 20 minutes, or longer if you want your cocktail spicier. Strain the syrup into a container and let cool completely.

On a shallow plate, combine the salt and ground ginger. Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of a glass and dip it lightly into the mixture. In a shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, 1 ounce of the ginger-flavored simple syrup, and the lime juice; shake until chilled. Lightly muddle the blackberries in the bottom of a glass, then add ice. Strain the shaker into the glass and garnish with a sliver of crystallized ginger.

Cheers!

A Visit to the Garden

People June 16th, 2014 — by:

Who doesn’t like flowers?! Margot Shaw, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of flower magazine, has a deep appreciation for beauty and all things floral. The pages of flower inspire a floral lifestyle whether it be in interiors, art, travel, fashion, jewelry or entertaining. There is something for everyone who likes flowers…and even those who don’t.

Since its debut in March of 2007, flower has continued to grow at a steady pace, recently moving from quarterly to bimonthly, and available in all 50 U.S. states and 17 countries. Margot takes a look on Taigan for pieces that are inspired by some of her favorite flowers.


Photo image credit info: Photo by Cary Norton

Nature is such a source of joy and inspiration, and, of course, as Editor-in-Chief of flower I see it everywhere, in everything. I’ve had such fun finding summer picks that evoke—whether in form, color, texture or essence—a visit to the garden.

 

poppy pod + french wine bottle sign
This marvelously patinated 19th-century wine bottle sign reminded me of a big, fat poppy pod the minute I saw it, and would add a dash of provincial whimsy to a garden gate, ivy-covered wall, or even an exposed-brick sun porch.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Julie Soefer, courtesy of flower magazine

croton + wool loafer

My daddy lived in Key West when I was in college, and his courtyard was ablaze with crotons. When I spotted these one-of-a-kind loafers made from fragments of vintage Turkish rugs, I thought immediately of the stripey, orange-and-green tropical mainstay—and Dad.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/sarra22

butterfly bush + raw silk shawl

Though summertime is invariably warmer, if not unbearably hot, where I live, I always take a wrap when going out at night, as air-conditioners rarely adjust to the cool of the evening. Butterfly bushes are blooming right now and so will you in this raw-silk shawl. Maybe even pin a stem on your shoulder.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Tamara_Kulikova

silver brunia + alexander the great cufflinks

It’s all about repetition in shapes and colors. These rare, antique cufflinks emblazoned with Alexander the Great’s profile recapitulate the same timeless tone and form as silver brunia, and in their own way, feel just as organic.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Natasha Mishano, courtesy of flower magazine

trumpet vine + lucky charm necklace

This graphic necklace, with its bold reddish-orange tassel and elephant charm inscribed with the word “brave,” embodies the same plucky attitude as the trumpet vine. Both are small but not to be ignored, and cause for constant comment.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/PeterEtchells

 

stock + dennis stock

Aside from supplying the double entendre with the name of this book’s author, a whiff of stock may be one of the coolest scents around. So, I paired it with Dennis Stock’s primer American Cool, a must-have for all who relish the best of the best of our culture from the ’50s to the ’70s. Stock’s plainspoken self-assessment alone is enough to sell me: “I think there is a thread to be observed throughout my work. It’s that I am relatively affirmative. I am not inclined to make fools of people and I love beauty.” Pick up a bunch of stock, drop it in an empty Tang jar by your Eames chair, and settle in.

Flower image credit info: Photo by Liesa Cole, courtesy of flower magazine

 

fiddlehead fern + french garden bench

Art almost always imitates life, and in this case, the fanciful curlicues of a fiddlehead fern are repeated in the back of the 19th-century French garden bench by Maison & Co. It makes sittin’ pretty fun.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/pokergecko

 

sweet gumball + kosta large sphere

This naturalistic sphere constructed of oyster shells is every bit as rustic looking and mesmerizing as the beautifully architectural sweet gumball, but won’t prick your hands when you pick it up.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/DianaLynne

dogwood + wall sconce

We always think we’ve invented things… The time-honored quatrefoil, so popular in jewelry today and the decorative arts throughout history, has its origins in, among other natural things, the humble dogwood bloom. Niermann Weeks’ sconce is a wonder of nature even before you turn on the lights.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/wbritten

 

bluebells + swing dress

This swirly bluebell of a dress from Busy Bees is as simple and bright as the flowers next door. Both make me want to go outside and play.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/efired

 

bleeding hearts + heart leather coin purse

Sting sang, “That’s not the shape of my heart.” Maybe not, but this bleeding heart bloom is almost exactly the shape of Copenhagen de Luxe’s red leather heart purse. With the handy clip, you can wear it on your sleeve, or better yet, your belt loop.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/fotoclick

 

chrysanthemum + faux bois table 

Bob Christian, the master of hand-finishes, emulates the spikey pinwheel motif of a chrysanthemum in his faux bois table. Maybe a cluster of mums in a cachepot in the center of the table would be amusing—not to put too fine a point on it…

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/aristotoo

 

anemone + peanut butter and jelly cookie

When I was little, peanut butter and jelly was my favorite combo. What am I saying? It’s still my favorite combo! But part of what I love about these PB&J Big Awesome cookies by Sucré is the round, dark center that brings to mind one of my favorite flowers, anemones. Both the cookie and the flower have that playful vibe I love. But, please don’t eat the anemones.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Andyd

 

green pea & vine + green and ivory brimmed hat

It’s not everyone that can rock this hat, but it has a precedence in the vegetable garden, as you see in the curves and swirls echoed from the green pea vine. I wager you’ll spot this sassy chapeau this summer at races, tea parties, and even afternoon weddings.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/Nadanka

 

clover + bermuda bag

I’ve never found a four-leaf clover, but the ones on this Bermuda bag by Glamourpuss NYC are bound to bring you good luck, and are as vivid and iconic as the originals.

Flower image credit info: ©iStock.com/enter89

For more of flower magazine and just in time for all your summer entertaining, order your own subscription of the gorgeous publication yourself! flower is offering each Taigan shopper a special price of $16.99 with promo code 1TGN14. Enjoy!

Just add jam…

Food & Drink, Food & Drink June 16th, 2014 — by:

We’ve turned to the experts at Sallie’s Greatest Jams for a couple easy, refreshing ideas for summertime bites and drinks. Try one of these simple and delicious recipes for a night with friends.

Cocktail time.
Start off with a Peach + Mint Sweet Tea Martini

Gather:
1 ½ oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1 ½ oz. Orange juice

1 oz. sparkling water
1 heaping tsp. Sallie’s Greatest Peach + Mint Jam
Thin peach slice
Fresh mint leaf

Create:
Put it all in a shaker with ice. Shake to blend then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a peach slice and fresh mint leaf.


Pair up your cocktail with a starter.
Baked Brie with Blackberry Spice + Sage

Gather:
17 oz. round of Brie cheese

3 tablespoons of Sallie’s Greatest Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam
Fresh or Frozen blackberries

Create:
Slice the top rind off cheese leaving the side round in tack. Place Brie in the center of a Brie baker or pie plate. Put the Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam in the center of the brie. Top with blackberries. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese melts (about 10-15 mins). Serve with crackers and sliced apples.

Main Dish.
Scallop & Roasted Pepper Salad with Peach Pepper + Ginger Dressing

1 lb. scallops
2 large green or red peppers (or buy roasted peppers and skip this preparation)
2 tomatoes cut into wedges
1 cucumber sliced
1 small sweet red onion chopped (can use white sweet onion or 2 green onions)
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
Mixed salad greens or arugula
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Sallie’s Greatest Peach Pepper + Ginger Jam
Salt & Pepper to taste

Create:
Preheat broiler. Place washed peppers on rack in broiler pan. Broil about 15 minutes close to heat until charred. Put peppers in plastic wrap or a brown bag and let stand 10 to 15 minutes until skin wrinkles and can be pulled away. Remove loose skin. Cut peppers in half and remove seeds, then cut into I inch pieces. Arrange salad greens on plates (or in a bowl) top with peppers, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese. Pan sauté 1lb scallops or shrimp in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter. After browning on both sides, put 1 teaspoon of Peach, Pepper + Ginger in pan with 2 tablespoons water. Toss to glaze. Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Peach, Pepper + Ginger jam together. Toss salad with dressing and top with scallops or shrimp. Serves 6.

Sweet Finish.
Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Lemon Squares
Gather:
2 cups plain flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder
Sallie’s Greatest Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam
Create:
Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Cut in margarine to form crumbly mixture. Press in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Beat eggs: add sugar and lemon juice: blend well. Sift flour and baking powder and mix well with egg mixture. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is light brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars and top each with a teaspoon of Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam.
Note: You can cut the bars into triangles and top with smaller amount of jam for a beautiful tray to serve at a cocktail party.

 

Our favorite finds for summer all in one place.

 

WOMEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Shell Halter Bikini in Navy: Classic styled bikini with authentic shell detailing. Ties at neck with back hook for a perfect fit. Sunset Tassel Earrings: These swarovski crystal earrings will make any outfit shimmer in the sun. Charleston Dress in Ikat: This flirty dress with slightly ruffled shoulders and a zippered back will turn any ordinary day into a play date. Grass Green Knit Skirt: This rib jersey skirt is a great piece for any occasion. Dress it down in the day with a pair of flat sandals or dress it up with a pair of heels and the Sunset Tassel Earrings. Irene Wood Necklace: Add this bold statement necklace to a simple dress. Created from three strands of pale pink jade, hot pink painted wood and faceted dark cherry red quartz. Cream Silk Tunic Top: The ultimate essential tunic for your closet. Boars Tusk Beaded Pendant Necklace: A great addition for a summer look. Made from faceted speckled agate beads and gold accent wooden beads and featuring a statement boar’s tusk pendant. Infradito by Tapeet Sandals: Bring casual elegance to any summer outfit in these black flat sandals with gold details. Isotria Dress: Kimono dress in silk crepe de chine with poly chiffon pleats and a twisted back in a painted floral print.

MEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Caiman Crocodile Belt in Gunsmoke: This belt is the finest in Caiman Crocodile and hand-finished in gunsmoke with a natural edge with no top stitch. Debra Torres Cotton Causal Shirt: Stay cool and casual in this pima cotton shirt inspired by the guayabera and meant to be worn untucked. Bay Leather BagThis is an upscale version of a sailor’s duffel bag and built strong to hold your weather gear. The straps are belt grade thickness and hand sanded on the edges for a smooth feel. The contrast hand stitch is sturdy and elegant. Everything is fastened either with stitching or with leather knots. Red’s Outfitters Sunglasses: Made by hand in the Campania region of southern Italy. Frames are made from 8 millimeter luxury-grade Italian acetates which gives each pair the durability, fit, and weight you won’t find in any other brand of eyewear.  Strange Fruit Linen Pocket Square: A timeless accessory to brighten your summer look. The wooden button is perfection. Swims Rubber Penny Loafer: The must have shoe this season! Waterproof and easy to clean (mud just wipes right off), but also brings a fun, sportive look and they are breathable, lightweight with a antibacterial mesh vamp top.

GIRLS’S GUIDE: from left to right

Pink Classic Tank Swimsuit: Made to hit the beach! Pink Stipe Ashely Circle Skirt DressThe Ashley circle skirt dress goes from the beach to a family dinner with ease. Ridiculously soft and comfy, this is a dress your daughter will love to wear over and over again! Mina Silk Shift Dress: Princess-inspired, momma-desired. The sweet Mina dress is subtle and all in the details; from the lightly gathered neckline with lace trimming to the layered, ruffle hem. Floral Silk Pauline DressNothing says summer like florals, tulle and twirly goodness plus the Pauline dress welcomes the warmer weather with it’s lightweight materials. Milkshake One-Piece Swimsuit: This swimsuit comes intact with built in sunscreen! Made out of a lightweight, breathable, imported Italian nylon Lycra and UPF 50+ protection. Lucky Charm Bead Necklace: This Jacques + Sienna charm necklace individually designed and hand made in New Zealand. Crafted from colorful beads and highest quality sterling silver, each piece has an unexpected, positive and adorable message charm. These timeless keepsakes make perfect special occasion gifts for all ages.

BOY’S GUIDE: from left to right

Coco Organic Cotton T-ShirtDis Une Couleur makes the gentlest organic cottons and the cute collar around the neck it adds a special touch to every outfit. Shark Swimshirt: This cool shark printed swim shirt will quickly become a favorite. The lightweight and quick drying fabric goes from the sea to the playground effortlessly. And since it’s UPF 50+ protection, you will have peace of mind knowing your boy is wearing serious sun protection. Classic Polo: This polo is made from super-soft cotton knit and a classic for any boy.

 

BEAUTY GUIDE: from left to right

Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint: Naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen made with organic Rose Hip Oil and  rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C. Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Fair Oil: This hair oil will not disappoint. A quintessential blend of eight essential oils- a perfect hair care alchemy is achieved when its rich base of apricot oil fused with calendula, sweet almond, and sunflower oils is innovatively married to neroli, rosemary and juniper oils. All About Red Lip Gloss: These lip glosses add a touch of glow, sheer enough for even those who think they can’t wear red. Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic: Essential C Tonic purifies, cools and invigorates the complexion with an anti-oxidant rich blend of green tea and citrus extracts of bergamot, orange peel and lemon balm. Itrestores the pH balance of the ski and acts as a natural toner and detoxifier. Groove is in the Heart: A favorite for summer and a cure for the common pink: this candy-colored cream will sweeten up any outfit. Rose Geranium Body Butter: Want smooth skin? This extra-rich nourishing and protective crème contains the highest quality shea butter from Uganda. The healing and soothing ingredients penetrate deeply to help skin regain a fresh, supple texture. Developed to treat cracked, callused and parched skin.

HOME GUIDE: from left to right

Rattan Bench: This bench will look great in any room in your house – just add some decorative pillows! Agate Coasters: These coasters will make a perfect house warming gift. Cotton Herringbone Throw: This gorgeous, hand woven cotton herringbone throw makes a great wedding gift or wonderful accessory for your summer home. Versailles Wooden Floor Mirror: A dramatically-shaped wood frame gives this large-scaled “floor” mirror its great presence. Lavender & Green Houndstooth Wing Chairs: Add some color to your room with these unique chairs in a beautiful print. Ginger Mercury Glass Tabletop: This lamp reflects light and space and is great for tiny rooms, windowless corners, or a difficult-to-match style. Optic Pitcher in Amethyst: The perfect way to serve ice-tea. This hand blown glass pitcher features a unique ribbed design, a clear lip wrap and blown handle. Custom Painted Wastebasket: This beautifully painted wastebasket is a lovely addition to your powder room or home office. Navy and White Wool Ottoman: This medallion print favorite pattern is a wonderful indoor ottoman and a must have!

 

ENTERTAINING GUIDE: from left to right

Nantucket Wine Carrier: Headed out for a picnic or dinner party? This gorgeous Nantucket style basket handcrafted with cherry wood holds 2 bottles of wine. Watermelon SorbetThis light & refreshing offering is a crowd pleaser. For a truly Southern delight, top it off with a dash of sea-salt. Parentesi Rectangle Placemats: These pretty placemats are made in Italy and constructed of pure linen, coated and finished with a tailored double border in mercerized cotton. Their unique coating makes them stain and wrinkle resistant. Embroidered Grasshopper Cocktail Napkin: The perfect hostess gift. Faux Bamboo Flatware: Great looking flatware for everyday. Piquant Orange Slices: Les Moulins Mahjoub Piquant preserved orange slices originate in the bitter orange tree plantations of the Cap Bon region. The bitter oranges produced by these wild orange trees are grown entirely naturally, without fertilizers or pesticides. These are great for your summer palette along side grilled meats. McClure’s Spicy Pickles: Add these to your burgers! Intermingled with cayenne and habanero peppers, these pickles have a kick and you can use the leftover spicy brine to make our bloody mary mix or as a marinade for cooking. End Grain Butcher Block: These beautiful hand crafted butcher-blocks are made out of hardwood construction that is food safe and won’t dull your kitchen knives. The choice of gourmet chefs everywhere! Colorato Bowls and Plates: These festive colors are so fun for summer.

This month, we’re feeling tribal and so is Traditional Home. In their digital issue, there is a beautiful array of tribal inspired fashion and home finds, and guess who is among the crowd? Taigan’s own Imperio Vida 100% Thai silk pillow. See below for more info and the actual spread.

 

 

These gorgeous pillows are painted as they are handwoven in the old tradition of Southeast Asia while also adding a modern, edgy yet elegant flair. They are all limited editions as only 10-20 pillows per textile roll are made. This makes each pillow unique as the materials are not manufactured. And as you can see, the colors in this pillow are vibrant and will brighten up any room in your home just in time for summer.

 

To see more of Imperio Vida’s gorgeous pillows, click here.

 

Happy shopping!