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Q & A with Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew

31 Aug

Elizabeth Mayhew

Meet our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew!

Photo: Elizabeth Mayhew Instagram

Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day.

We are inspired by her Instagram posts which usually involve beautiful scenery shots and gorgeous baked goods. She has a keen eye for unique {and memorable} hostess gifts. We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Q.

What is your favorite thing about being the brand editor for Draper James?

A.

I love working with the dynamic and very talented staff of Draper James. From the design team to the store associates, everyone who works at the company embodies the positive Southern values that Reese Witherspoon, the company’s founder, established from the beginning. It’s a happy brand, where grace, charm, kindness, and good manners are prized. Plus I love the clothes!

Q.

What is one thing anyone can do to update their home?

A.

Install dimmers on all of your light switches! The proper lighting can easily transform a room from looking like an overlit hospital waiting room to a warm and inviting sitting room.

Q.

We know you love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?

A.

I bake every weekend and post images on Instagram, so my friends who follow me usually call to put in an order. My go-to dessert to bring to a party is some sort of pie, mostly because pies transport easily. The variety I make depends on the season—fruit pies for summer, cream pies for spring, and nut pies for fall and winter. I get the most requests for my lime pie (you could use key limes too, but they are harder to find).

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

You are the queen of an amazing hostess gift. What is your one go-to that’s always a hit?

A.

I have three go-to hostess gifts: if I plan well ahead, I like to order personalized guest towels from The Stationery Studio. If I have time the day or night before a party, I will bake a sweet bread, like banana bread and wrap it up in a dish towel so that the host has breakfast the next morning. If I have no time, I draw from my stash of Draper James Orange Blossom Special Candles—it’s my favorite scent!

Banana Bread

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

Q.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

A.

I love to bake of course (see above!), but I also am a big reader. A few of my recent favorites are: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. And if you haven’t read the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, you should!

Book images: Amazon

Fans of MLB can enjoy Personalized Louisville Sluggers

24 Mar

Personalized Louisville Slugger Baseball BatsI know a few people who absolutely cannot wait for opening day.  Since it’s on April 2nd this year, it’s right around the corner.  I guess since we’re from Chicago, and although fans of all baseball, we have a special spot in our heart for the Chicago Cubs. Their defeat of the Cleveland Indians in the seventh game of the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since 1945 and first win since 1908, makes it hard for us not to be excited about the coming season.

Our Louisville Slugger personalized bats are one of our favorite items to gift for Father’s Day, birthdays, coach gifts and even for new baby gifts.  They come in tee ball, little league or adult sizes and are available in black or natural wood. These are genuine Louisville Sluggers are just like the professional players use.

Fans of all 30 MLB teams can now have their own special piece of the game with their team’s favorite logo and color scheme on a custom personalized bat from Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. You can put a name between the words GENUINE and LOUISVILLE SLUGGER — just like the pros — or add a personal message.

These customizable MLB bats make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, team awards or celebrations of any kind for baseball fans everywhere.  In addition to MLB team logos, we have official “It’s a Girl” and “It’s a Boy” bats that are personalized and makes a thoughtful and unique memento of the special day, especially for parents that love baseball.

It’s a great time to celebrate the 2017 baseball season and gift someone special their very own personalized official Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Mommy Pads for Your Favorite Mom

18 Mar

Mommy PadsWith Mother’s Day coming up on May 14th, it’s a great time to start thinking about little gifts that would be meaningful (and helpful!) for your favorite mom. A personalized Mommy Pad is perfect for sending notes to document reasons a child might need to leave school or daycare early, arrive late, miss class or generally inform the teacher or care giver other details concerning a child.

Mommy Pads, as they are commonly referred to, are notepads which have a heading like “From the Mommy of” or “From the Mom of” or even “From the Dad of” or “From the Grandma of” — really any heading you want… and then often the child’s name (or children’s names) are listed with check boxes next to the name(s).  So, it’s easy to check the box(es) of who the note concerns when communicating with babysitters, teachers and daycare providers.

These notepads will help mom stay organized and communicate with flair. We have many designs so you can select something just perfect for your favorite mom.  If she’s more classic in style – we have lovely damask patterns.  Maybe she’s very youthful and fun and, if so, we offer very unique emoji-themes that not only she will like but her kids will love too!  There are a lot of offerings but no matter which you select, the pads will be very easy to use and will come in very handy.

The Stationery Studio offers many exclusive designs and styles you cannot find elsewhere. They are fully designed with mom (or dad or grandma) in mind.  A personalized Mommy Pad is an ideal gift for a mom with young kids through high school age kids. It makes a wonderful Mother’s Day present, birthday gift or a great gift for any occasion. It’s also a fun gift for yourself, for your daughter (if you are a grandma), for your sister or for a husband (from the Dad of, of course)!

Many Mommy Pads also offer optional envelopes help keep correspondence private to the party who is intended to read it! One thing is for certain – they will really be used and appreciated!

Best wishes,

Renee