NYE:2014

New Years is one of my favorite holidays.  It is the feeling of one chapter closing and another rolling in, waiting to be written.   It is a time of dreams and hope, and imagining the best for the future.  It is very refreshing to me. I have to admit, 2014 is going to be hard to beat, but we can't wait to see 2015! 

Here at Duchess and Lion we have seen incredible growth.  Growth that I am proud of.  Developing a team here that I am proud of, and a team that works endlessly.  We have grown from tiny sole proprietor, a 'one woman show', to a team of 13 people , house under an LLC who all work together to make this little dream of mine a reality.  What is better than that!  Not much, other than my other 'team'.  My little team of 3 here.  The ones that share my roof, and that inspire my crazy dreams, and better yet, support them.  My cheerleaders: the ones who challenge me, drive me crazy, and at the end of the day leave me feeling like the luckiest lady in the world. So here's to 2015 friends-- making your dreams come true, and loving the reality that you live.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And as for New Years Eve.  We will be cozy and warm over here, celebrating with a pretty low key celebration.  

1 // Shabby Apple Desert Modern Dress  – dressy enough for a house party, comfortable enough to relax in. 2 // ASOS Oversized Scarf with Stripes – a big, soft scarf doubles as a blanket for baby. 3 // Clare Vivier Black Suede Gosee Clutch – with gold monogramming, of course. 4 // Koolaburra 'Dame' Leather Harness Bootie – low-profile booties pair perfectly with maxi dresses. 5 // Zara Diamond Pattern Sweater  – warm and fun. 6 // Duchess & Lion 'Camp' Romper – comfy enough to fall asleep in. 7// Freshly Picked Gold Moccasins – even babies need some sparkle.

1 // Shabby Apple Desert Modern Dress  – dressy enough for a house party, comfortable enough to relax in.

2 // ASOS Oversized Scarf with Stripes – a big, soft scarf doubles as a blanket for baby.

3 // Clare Vivier Black Suede Gosee Clutch – with gold monogramming, of course.

4 // Koolaburra 'Dame' Leather Harness Bootie – low-profile booties pair perfectly with maxi dresses.

5 // Zara Diamond Pattern Sweater  – warm and fun.

6 // Duchess & Lion 'Camp' Romper – comfy enough to fall asleep in.

7// Freshly Picked Gold Moccasins – even babies need some sparkle.

Our Favorite Jewelry to Gift

It's officially gift-giving season! I love gifting jewelry because it's so much more special when you're not buying it for yourself. We've rounded up some of our favorites to gift the women (and littles) in your life.

one // La Terre Gold Necklace by Julia Szendrei, for your stylish, always-pulled-together best friend – this one's perfect for dressing up a sweater or tent top.

two // 10k Gold Dual Birthstone Ring by Chinchar/Maloney Fine Jewelry (also a favorite, the Original Birthstone Ring in 14k Rose Gold), for the mama of two – she can wear the birthstones of both of her babes.

three // Leather Bracelet by Thirteen Eleven Olive (buy a matching one for your little!), for your favorite babysitter – she can wear it two ways, and it would look great layered with a watch.

four // Multi Be Original Bracelet by 31 Bits, for your little – cute and fun, just like her.

five // Nicole Silicone Teething Necklace in Black Licorice by Mama & Little, for the new mama in your life and her soon-to-be teething baby.

six // Custom Hand-Stamped Necklace-Mini by Junghwa, for your sister – have it stamped with initials, birthdays, or her wedding date.

-Ruth