One evening a couple of weeks ago, after getting my kids to sleep and opening up a bottle of wine, I found myself at my computer eager to find some inspiration and new discoveries on the web. It's all so vast that we decided to narrow it down to some recently found sites after much research. Obviously, we still love our regulars like the FT and HuffPo for news, Life+Times for perusal, previously mentioned clothing sites, food sites/blogs like Food52 and What Katie Ate, and Jessica Seinfeld's pinterest page (!) but here are some we found and are discovering/loving.
From interiors, to recipes, to design, to people who fascinate - anything and everything web and app-wise that inspires and motivates.
Emily Weiss started ITG while working at Condé Nast, blogging early in the morning before work each day. Since then, the site has evolved and grown, but we still get to peek into interesting and beautiful people’s very curated daily routines and find out what’s on their 'top shelf'. From Isabel Marant to Iris Apfel – this is about people with true personal (beauty) style.
An ex-House & Garden and Domino editor leaves the city to restore her “this old house” in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Over the years, we’ve followed her through each step of the way. She has impeccable taste, and now a baby named Frances (for whose nursery she offers lots of ideas.)
The founding team at the somewhat mysterious Clé Privée invested two years travelling the world, trying and testing each and every hotel and escape curated on the site. Buy one of their keys as a gift for a friend (or yourself) for access to their edited selection of truly unique and luxurious hotels, special escapes, and their finds from internationally recognized and emerging artists. We recommend spending some time clicking around this elusive site to get a good sense of it.
We’ve been big fans of Erin McKenna’s healthy spins on sugary classics since the beginning and now her baking philosophy comes to life on her iPhone/iPad app. She breaks down her recipes with friends like Christina Tosi, Kiernan Shipka and many others. It’s pretty adorable. More fun videos coming later this month.
Caitlin Flemming blogs on interiors with a few fun glimpses of what she wears (or would like to), how she entertains and what she’s cooking. It's fun to see what inspires her and how she applies it to her own home.
A 17-year-old named Nick D'Aloisio came up with this genius free iPhone app. Choose your favorite news sources and it will present summarized content tailored to your interests. Our CEO thinks it's so cool that he invested in the company.
An app for kids to download on an iPod/iPhone and insert into the fuzzy costume it goes with. The first Smart Toy ® of its kind, it comes to life as a stuffed animal telling stories, jokes, and providing learning activities.
Making benefit and themed auctions accessible, this is a beautifully designed site offering work by today's leading artists. There's lots more to come from this site. For now, check out their gif exhibition here.