People are nice

November 17, 2009 |  Category:   friends







Gotta say it again. People are nice. Thanks for all the supportive emails, orders and comments and all that over the past few months. It’s made ALL the difference in our lives, you have no idea. What can I say…it’s been a pleasure to meet such great people via this blog and if you haven’t done so before, please consider dropping a comment so I can know who you are (only if you want – I checked my stats for real over the weekend during our hosting fiasco to see what we were dealing with over on this end of things. Um, there are so many more of you than I thought).

I’ve received a few gifts over the last few months and want to share.

1. Stella, one of our favorite customers from 80%20 handed these cheerful, stripey bow flats over to Mark one day at the Flea to bring home to me. They are just happy shoes, aren’t they?

2. The mug is from my friend Rei Jin of Baily Doesn’t Bark. It’s one from her old series before she relaunched her line, so it’s “vintage” BDB. The girls freak out whenever they see the ants on the cup, hehe.

3. Lecia sent me this beautiful calendar of her photographs. It’s hanging in our office.

4. Jennifer gave me this lovely lovely necklace that I’m wearing right now. She is a blog reader living in Booklyn with a Hawaii connection who reached out to us and subsequently did some research for me and even babysat the girls. She taught them to properly do the hula and brought back grass skirts from her last trip home to Hawaii.

5. I’ve already mentioned the hats that were sent to us by Wiebke of Line and Liv in Germany. You can buy your own here.

6. Products from Amala! My friend Nichole sent me a generous care package in exchange for using a photograph of mine on their blog and now I’m in heaven. I was just thinking that day that I should maybe consider buying some eye cream because my beauty regimen had basically been reduced to nothing or whatever they have stocked at Costco (which isn’t bad – Cetaphil and Elizabeth Arden Night Cream). I was never a makeup and product junkie, but like any person really enjoyed splurging on a nice lipstick or some face cream when I had more disposable income. When we made the move to really cut things from our budget when we first had Mia, beauty products and facials went out. I started using drug store brands or nothing at all and I was fine with it. It was a far cry from the days when I worked in the beauty industry and basically had a steady supply of free products from every brand imaginable (I was using La Mer for awhile for God’s sakes). But the other day I really missed that special, nice smelling bottle of lotion. Then the package came. I piled a bit of everything on from every bottle and tube all at once. I was making up for lost time. Doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Oh, and I can’t forget Claudia from Brazil who sent the girls Havianas which I took a photo of back in August. Claudine clutched hers around for a week wherever she went like they were dolls. And Gregg from the Backdrop, one of our seasonal retailers. What other wholesale account sends YOU a thank you note when they receive your order (and ice cream over the summer, just because)? Good lord, you’re killing me with kindness.

Thank you.

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  • Marta November 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

    How nice to see that in these supposedly lonely and alienating times people still make the effort to reach out sometimes. Also, the photo of the necklace is perfection. πŸ™‚

  • Floren November 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

    That mug is AMAZING!

  • Paige November 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Amazing. I am continually feeling the same love in our store. This last Saturday, a customer invited me, the boyfriend, AND the parents out to her house to have a Thai feast with her extended family of 7. They bring me breakfast and tea and birthday presents and airstream shaped birdhouses and barkcloth pillows and continual love. Life is good.

  • Lecia November 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Your family inspires lots of friendship! Thanks for all you add to the world…. Glad you like the calendar.

  • natalie November 17, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Let me add some thanks… your site is a bright spot in my day. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • mon ami November 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    these are gorgeous gifts!

    you have some lovely friends around you.

  • janet November 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

    such great gifts! your blog is one of the few i enjoy reading on a daily basis. love your girls, your stories, your trips, and your sense of style. i’ld like to see more photos of your home. love the furniture i’ve seen in some of your pictures! keep up your wonderful blog!!

  • Jenna November 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Janet, thank you. did you see our house tour over at Design*Sponge?

  • julie November 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

    yeap…super site!! your girls are so precious too! xo julie!!

  • Claudia November 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    ItΒ΄s a honor for me to see your gratefulness in the blog. I keep reading it every single day and I always identify myself with your posts regarding to kids, work, life etc. Reading your blog is part of my daily ritual. If someday I and my family will visit NY, I hope to meet you personally and buy a lot of Whimsy & Spice cookies. πŸ™‚

  • janet November 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    oh no, i haven’t. i’ll check it out right now! thanks jenna!!

  • Stella November 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy to be called a “favorite customer” and that you like the shoes. πŸ™‚ I think it’s the little, unexpected things that just add sweetness to sometimes rough days.

  • annabel November 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    aww that’s so nice!!

  • Ryan November 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    My husband, Mark, contacted you (with me pestering him) regarding your site disaster. I hope he was able to help!

    I love your site- I’m another daily reader who is appreciative of what you share and what you add to my day. Thanks!

  • kaylovesvintage November 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    it”s wonderful to have good friends
    and snailmail is the best

  • Jenna November 17, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Ryan, your husband was awesome and helpful! If only for the fact that he made me feel like I was not insane for thinking that this was a crazy way to deal with customers! thank him again for me.

  • carina November 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    wow – you have been spoilt! so many lovely things and friends πŸ™‚

  • quyen huynh November 17, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Its nice to know that there are still lots of kindness out there. Reading your blog feels like a nice little community. I always look forward to reading about the girls. So adorable!

  • Josephine November 18, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Hi – I’m one of the ones that hasn’t commented yet, but I’ve been lurking for a couple of months now…

    Just wanted to say that your eloquence and openness (not to mention your gorgeous photos) are what keep me checking in here. Don’t be too surprised that people want to give something back!

  • Elina November 18, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Greetings from Finland! I love your blog and hopefully someday I can come there and taste all those lovely treats and cookies – or order them here. All the best for your family : )

  • joslyn November 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    people *are* nice. some days i have to remind myself of that, but usually i too am overwhelmed by how great other people are.

    love this post!

  • Chai Ling November 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I am so in love… so in love with your blog ~

  • forex robot November 19, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Nice post & nice blog. I love both.