Cinco de Mayo

Anyone having a last-minute Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Preferably one they want to invite me to? These invites from Paperless Post are a great option if you’re throwing an impromptu gathering. I like my margarita on the rocks, no salt – thanks for asking.

From Paperless Post

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May is Lilac Season

One of my all time favorite flowers – I look forward to early May when the Lilac bushes are in full bloom and you can buy them by the bundle for $10 everywhere. They are the most beautiful shades of purple, fragrant, and I love their woodsy stems and green leaves. I can picture wedding florals using JUST lilacs. Now that’s my kind of wedding….

via Design*Sponge

Patent Wedge Sandals from Gap

Ducked into the Gap during my lunch break to get out of the torrential rain, and ran into these beauties. They look like Chloe or Jimmy Choo wedges but for $69 and happen to be super comfy to boot. The shade of pale pink (this photo shows them as nuder than they are in real life) is pretty gorgeous and summer worthy. A great purchase if you can still find them online or in stores – they are a find and will go quick at that price.

Patent wedge sandals from the Gap – $69

Easy Breezy West Elm

I received the newest West Elm catalog in the mail yesterday and wowzah, did they raise the bar this season. Traditionally, I’ve thought of West Elm as the city-dweller’s solution to mid-range, quality, but rather standard furniture. This season they have shifted gears with their ethnic-inspired patterns, sophisticated but funky glassware, and featured artwork from Etsy artists – creating more of an Anthropologie meets Calpyso meets West Elm. LOVING IT and excited to share some of my favorites below.

Lordes Sanchez Pillows – $29-$34

Modernist Bowls – $8 each

Mediterranean Block Print napkins – 4 for $16

Owl table lamp – $99

Fish Platters – $16 – $24

Sea measuring spoons – $14

Dimpled drinkware – $16 – $32

Island Ikat duvet and shams – $89 – $119

Tribal bath mat – $24

Jaipur printed dhurrie – $29 – $199

Royal Wedding Swag

Oh Cate and Wills – soon you will be wed. You were thinking destination wedding?! You know… some sort of casual affair with just a handful of close friends and family? Not gonna happen! You get to celebrate with hundreds of your closest friends and be under the scrutiny of millions of viewers. Sounds like a blast! No pressure or anything……..

I for one am pretty excited that this grand wedding extravaganza will be televised live. I will be up before sunrise, coffee in hand, hanging on to Katie Couric’s every word. AP’s bro is staying on our couch this week so I will be moving him into the bedroom with AP so that I can claim couch real estate for 5AM.  Pass the scones!

I may also purchase some commemorative Royal Wedding paraphernalia.  Check out these adorable pieces from London design shop, “The House that Lars Built” and their Etsy shop here.

Processional Map of Royal Wedding – letterpress and giclee print 11×17 for $65

Commemorative tote bag – $22.50

Commemorative dinner plate – $32.50

Commemorative mug – $12.75

50% off of Rifle Paper Co. Notecards TODAY ONLY!

Hurry hurry! Rifle is offering 50% off of their Folk Card set TODAY (Wed. April 27) ONLY – Now $8 for 8 gorgeously illustrated cards. This is a serious steal! Click here for the details.

Rifle Paper Co. Folk Card Set – $8 TODAY ONLY

Zebber Aztec Nails now available on Etsy

BREAKING NEWS, lovers of my sister’s fabulous nail designs and blog.  Since she has become such a blog supahstar, she has been inundated with requests for custom nail designs and tutorials.

You see, her followers are all over so she has found a clever way to bring her talents to all – she has started designing and selling her very own hand-painted press-on nails on her Etsy shop, ZebberCollective. Right now she has two sets of Aztec nails listed on her shop and is feverishly cranking out more. She will also gladly take custom orders so check out her blog for inspiration, or send her your own design inspirations and put her to work!

Aztec Nails at ZebberCollective on Etsy – $32

Morning Cup of Mud Truck

 

As I’ve mentioned, lots of new stuff coming your way on MercierBeaucoup. It has been such a fun experiment – pouring all the things I love into one forum. I am completely energized to carry-on so stay tuned for some great new features. 

Have I mentioned that I’m in love with my neighborhood? You probably caught on that I am pretty swoony over the East Village. And now that spring has officially arrived, it has become the very best version of itself. Love Tompkins, love people watching, love all the tiny restaurants, love the small retailers, and LOVE all the great coffee shops. You would be hard-pressed to find ANY chains in my neighborhood which continues to amaze me, and which is what I might love most about the hood.

Naturally, I’ve sampled MANY of the great coffee shops in the neighborhood and will be blogging about each of them in a little feature I like to call, “Morning Cup of .”  So although this isn’t a full post, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite cups of coffee to kick off the feature right.

Since moving to the East Village in January, I have been passing the MUD Truck on my morning commute to Astor Place. Every morning for the first few months, I found myself staring at the long line and wondering,  “What Up with this truck?! How good can it possibly be?! And who are these crazy people waiting in this crazy line?!” Now… I try to keep my coffee intake to a minimum so although its magnetic orange forcefield tried to draw me in repeatedly, I initially resisted.

One dreary winter morning, eyes all a-glaze and after nearly getting trampled to death by the morning stampede of commuters who obviously already had their coffee, I did a double-take at the line – only ONE PERSON and MAN do I need some coffee. I slid into the line, rain starting to pour down, and quickly ordered up a small Mud Mocha with two sugars and milk. One sip and I’m hooked.  The perfect blend of coffee and mocha, with enough caffeine to put some pep in my step but not give me heart palpitations. All this for less than the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and the line is actually really fast! Ummm… and that last bit of extra mocha at the bottom of the cup always puts me a great mood.

So now I’m an addict, and hopefully will turn you into one too. They are totally worth all the hype, and you can even hire the truck for private events. Check out their site for more information on their storfront and truck locations, and to learn more about the company.

Stay tuned for more “Morning Cup of “ soon!

Photo taken this morning by yours truly using Instagram