Monday, January 23, 2017

Not so New Neutrals, ahhhhh

Have you been shopping lately or had the chance to leisurely leaf through any new catalogs?

The trend that I am picking up on for spring is serenity, eco-chic, spa, super chill and not fussy. Colors are soft and muted, grays, oatmeal, cream, heather-ed pink and maybe a pop of navy if you dare. The fab bright tangerines and fuchsias that we've come to expect with springtime palettes aren't showing up at all and frankly would look garish in the sea of tranquility that seems to be favored. 

We are seeing this trend in everything from clothing, entertaining and even in baby. 

Could this be a response to what's happening in the ugly world of politics...? I think consumers need to feel a bit of calm and what better place to feel it than in our homes and wardrobes? That's my take on what's new....what do you think?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide from The French Hen, Part One

Here we are! It's holiday time and we are full of ideas for your gift list. As you know, we comb the aisles at the NYNOW giftshow and the floors and floors of America's Mart in Atlanta looking for the most fabulous decorations and gifts... ALL FOR YOU! We do this several times a year and it's always a thrill to see what we selected last January come together- nearly a full year later. This post is Part One of our "gift guide".    Here goes:

Sugarfina gummies....yes. please. candy for grownups. This stuff is the bomb....the concept, the packaging, it's chic, it's hip. If you have a girlfriend that wants to be on trend  pick up a cube of Sugarfina's Bubbly Bears...$20. I almost forgot the most important factoid: they are infused with Dom Perignon Champagne. insert mic drop here.
Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen Trees

Simon Pearce Vermont Evergreen trees...elegant in their beauty and simplicity. I want a full forest of these for my kitchen windowsill. Did you hear that Rob? They are available in several sizes, some with pure silver infused in the glass, some crystal clear and some with bubbles. These are special. You are special. You should have these, and give these... to your special peeps.

Swell Water bottles, let's keep our plastic out of the oceans. 
S'well bottles are a must for everyone that exercises, commutes, studies or just breathes. Super insulated double stainless steel walls keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and your hot beverages hot for 12 hours. Great for gents and ladies alike. Don't give a knock off, nobody likes a knock off.

TGK employees are transitioning or have transitioned out of homelessness
Give a gift that gives and gives. The Giving Keys are one of those items that have a beautiful backstory. Truly one of my favorite things to wear and to gift to my friends. I am always searching for lines that "do good" and are beautiful. The French Hen is proud to offer The Giving Keys. I have noticed that the 20-40 year old artsy-type of girl really loves these. Do you have one of those on your list? My key says "create" and yes, I'm way past the 20-40 age group, but I am a little artsy.

Part 2 of The Holiday Gift Guide will be along soon. stay tuned.

Friday, October 14, 2016

pay it forward

Something happened in the shop on Wednesday that I want to share. A very chic lady, who has been a customer for years, was in to see the store in our Chester location before meeting a friend for lunch at the River Tavern. Also in the store, a young lady assembling a gift for a girlfriend battling breast cancer. The two customers began chatting and having fun. The younger customer explained that she was an art teacher off from work for the jewish holiday... When the lady on her way to lunch checked out, she left a contribution for the gift for the art teacher's friend- with her finger to her lips in a "shhh" signal. Needless to say the art teacher was delighted and with glistening eyes said she was inspired to pay it forward. Me too.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Home and time to get cozy

The summer months had my husband and I on the move, we were in the garden, on the deck, on the boat, at the beach, eating out-basically every night and just never home. While the shorter days bum me out, I don't entirely object to the arrival of fall and the way it seems to call me home. And now that I am here, I see that this place needs a little love and attention. After a deep clean and a call to the window washers I wanted to find ways to make our house feel cozy for the fall.

First let's start with food! We are cooking and eating in our own kitchen. I found some new recipes and the results have been surprisingly wonderful. I am not at all talented in the kitchen so this is big news around the home front. A couple of our favorite new dishes are "cheater's chicken cordon bleu" and chicken/pineapple/bacon kabobs on rice. Our newly empty-nest has changed our approach to it feels less like a required duty and more like something nice to do for ourselves...sorry kids! It's just comes down to having more time.

Next, to freshen up the interior and transition it to autumn, Layering with new pillows, throws and scented candles. I don't waste money on cheap candles because here is where you really get what you pay for.  I am exposed to many, many candles and the difference between a good candle and a cheapo is significant. The burn (clean or sooty), the fragrance quality, the fragrance throw...all much nicer when you are willing to spend a little more. You're breathing this stuff in so go for quality.  Try one of our Lafco candles. They come in a beautiful mouth-blown glass vessel, they smell amazing and when burned correctly they last for 90 hours! My new fave.

Now to put out my Halloween decorations and probably get weepy because I miss the kids. I have the Lori Mitchell trick or treaters attired in costumes that my boys had. Pirate, fire fighter and sweet pea...sniff, sniff.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

at home in Chester

The French Hen is now in our 3rd month in Chester and we feel right at home. Many of our lovely customers are finding us and discovering the magic of Chester center. Chester may be small, but it's mighty. The options for dining are numerous and range from fine dining to pubs and coffee shops. Our restaurants downtown include (all conveniently within a stone's throw of The French Hen and not listed in any particular order):
1. River Tavern
2. Good Elephant
3. Pattaconk
4. Riverside Thai
5. Otto Pizza
6. Wheatmarket
7. Simon's Market Place
8. Homage coffee & art
9. The Villager

Plus, just outside of the village we have Moravela's Pizza and Rustica Italian.  If you haven't been to Chester yet, come soon because you are bound to find something wonderful.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

All moved in and lots of thanks to go around

It's been quite a week! Last Sunday we closed the door at the Essex shop for the last time at 5pm. While it was a little sad to end our run there, I was anxious to get to work...and work it was! Less than one week later, Friday at 5pm,  the shop was open in Chester.  The painting, cleaning, staining, packing, moving, unpacking and arranging have taken every moment of everyday and was utterly exhausting! But, the outcome is spectacular. The store is so beautiful, even better than I could have ever imagined. It's light, bright, airy and happy.

The transition from Essex to Chester would not have been possible without the help of my tireless husband, sons and many friends; A huge thanks to Rob, Shay, Dan, Beth, Andy, RJ, Nina, Drew, Patrice, Jeff, MaryKay, Jon, Geoff, Henry, John, Kevin, Zach, Dave, and Paul. My team of French Hen girls have been great too- Kathryn, Kay, Alicia, Stephanie and Rachel...I am so very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. Thanks to all of my helpers....xxxooo!

Stop by when you are in the will love the new shop! Now, time to rest these weary bones.

Monday, June 6, 2016

S'well Bottles

If you have been in The French Hen, lately, chances are you've heard me gush about S'well bottles. They are simply awesome. They look and feel great and keep my water nice and cold. I drink more water because I love my S'well so. I use the medium size for my personal use and the big boy for the boat and beach etc. PS:the big boy holds an entire bottle of chilled wine so concerts in the cooler or ice needed! This is THE GIFT for the graduates, golfers, boaters, yogis, tea totalers, wine lovers, hikers, bikers, teens, chicks, dudes...everyone!