Today’s post is highly self-interested in that I’m sharing some options for two seemingly random, possibly boring household goods that I spent a decent amount of time hunting around for over the weekend: a perfect picnic blanket for an upcoming picnic in Central Park, and a chic decorative storage basket for Tilly’s stray dog toys. (*Photo above from Camille Styles.)
Les Best Picnic Blankets.
+Budget: This fouta striped style or this fruit-print style, which conveniently fold up into a square that can be carried over the shoulder. (Amazon also has a ton of well-priced foutas in a range of colors, but the H+M one has a water repellant side which would be convenient on grass.)
+Utility: LL Bean.
+Alternative: Use a quilt that can be repurposed in the home, like one of these chic Roberta Roller Rabbit Quilts (especially love their monkey print!) or one of these shabby chic styles, which is what the lovely Julia of Gal Meets Glam used here.
Les Best Decorative Baskets.
Currently, we toss Tilly’s handful of plush toys in the closet or behind mini’s toy bins when we want them out of sight and out of mind. This has the unfortunate consequence of inviting Tilly to nose through mini’s toys when in pursuit for her own — so I decided that we needed to find a dedicated spot for her belongings somewhere else. We already have a lot of browns and neutrals in our living area, including two seagrass baskets (this would be a great, inexpensive alternative!) we use to contain mini’s books and toys, so I was hoping to find something that would introduce a little color or interest to the space, although I also came across some great basics.
Below, my top finds:
+This leather-handled rope version — under $20!
+I then went down a long rabbit hole considering one of those African prayer baskets: there’s Serena + Lily’s blue styles, which would work well in our space given the blue of our armchairs; this more affordable Pier 1 version; these ultra-colorful, one-of-a-kind, printed ones from Etsy (expensive!); or this happy rainbow style or this Swiss Cross style from Anthro; or this neutral style.
Finally, because searching for a picnic blanket made me feel very summery, some other amazing summer fashion finds — all but the basket bag are under $200, and most are under $100!. Click the images to be taken to details, or see links below!:
+Sunhat (under $20!)
+Ruffle fit + flare dress ($130!)
+Marysia lookalike ($40!)
+This bag looks very Balenciaga to me, but is under $100!
+Chic striped blouse (more colors available).
P.P.S. Neiman’s is having an incredible shoe sale RN. I have these booties in my cart; though I’m so NOT in the mood to buy winter clothes right now, I know I’ll pat myself on the back come next October. I also think these heels would be heavily worn in the evening, and am in love with these cork-heeled pink babies! To me, they’re the perfect Sunday Mass shoe — comfortable, not overly-high, ladylike, but on-trend.