March 2012: Pin It To Win It – PoshTots’ Monthly Giveaway

We’re positively passionate about Pinterest  – and we know we’re not alone. So we’re combining two of our favorite pastimes, pinning and winning, in our new monthly Pinterest giveaway.

The rules are simple: repin our original pin, found here, and follow us on Pinterest. At the end of the month, one lucky winner will be chosen.

This month’s Pinterest prize is a fabulous vibrant pouf!

Hand-stitched Moroccan leather poufs make a great ottoman/footstool. Little ones enjoy them as a seat that’s just their size. Enjoy the versatility and color of this fun decor accessory in your home.

Happy Pinning!

Posh People: A Few Questions for Susan Wagner

You know that woman in the office who has so much sparkle and style that her infectious personality walks into the space before she does? We do too – meet Susan. While she’s one of the newest additions to the posh family, Susan already feels like an old friend. Take a minute to get to know her. We guarantee you’ll hear from this kindred spirit again sometime.

Name: Susan Wagner

Design background: BA in Fashion

Design philosophy: Eclectic. Do what you love as long as you’re mixing, not matching.

Inspirations? Influences? My design inspirations come from everywhere. I’m constantly inspired by new people, new cultures, music and lots of travel! My design eye is influenced by many including Kelly Wearsler and Milton Glaser.

Favorite books? Websites? Design Sponge, Decor8, The Sartorialist & Tastespotting

On my iPod: M83, City and Colour, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Cut Copy & The National

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Some things I like, in no particular order, include: french press coffee, ripe avocados, letterpress, NPR, Scottie dogs, swimming in the ocean, yoga, crazy art installations, ikat prints, farmers’ markets, rainbow macaroons, San Francisco, freshly laundered sheets, getting out of town, cookbooks, Instagram, Eames chairs & the NY Times.

Susan’s Posh Picks:

1. Marias Lamp in White

2. Catherine Mirrored Glass Dresser

3. Glam Glider in Choice of Fabric

4. White Moroccan Leather Pouf

5. Insigna Rug in Pale Stone

Spring Forward! Kooky Clocks We Adore

We just lost an hour! But it was dedicated to Pinterest, so we’re okay with that. While searching for some inspiration for daylight savings time, we fell in love with these kooky clocks!

This kiwi clock
is tutti fruity and would look fun in any bright kitchen!

The Sullivan clock
is hands down our favorite whimsical timepiece. Pun is certainly intended!

This train station wall vinyl
is a mix of modern functional fun, we approve.

This up-cycled floor clock
is as posh as they come, we are now on the hunt for an antique to turn fabulous for our own headquarters!

For all our fun clock picks, visit our Kooky Clocks Pinboard and don’t forget to set the clocks forward this weekend! While we do not look forward to loosing another hour, we rejoice in the idea of daylight after work and the sweet spring air that is on the horizon!

Destination Vacation: Escape to the perfect family getaway!

While winter’s chill lingers in the air, you can still add a spring to your step with an exotic island excursion. Whether it’s spring break with the whole family or a romantic getaway from the everyday, these dreamy destinations will inspire you to live life out loud.

Mark Twain once said, “”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Heed Twain’s advice and don’t let too much time pass before you take a peek at travel enthusiast and avid blogger Jordan Rozum’s top picks for a great getaway.

1. Mustique Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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The many islands of the Caribbean offer such a wide variety of wildlife, terrain, atmospheres and prices, it’s a daunting task to narrow in on just one island to visit. From the vast rainforests of Puerto Rico to the migrating whale sharks in Utila and the pulsing nightlife of Cancun, the Caribbean offers it all. One of my favorite dream destinations has always been Mustique. It’s a private island, technically part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, owned by the aptly-named Mustique Company. There are scheduled flights to several nearby islands as well as many operators that provide private charters. The island’s main draw is its beaches and its privacy, both of which have drawn celebrities and royalty from around the world. In fact, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited in January. Mustique also boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the region, like Macaroni Beach. The kids won’t be disappointed either with an equestrian center complete with pony camp, a tennis club and family-friendly films screened under the stars.

There are many villas and houses on the island varying in size; one of the most impressive is named Gingerbread. It’s a private six-bedroom home with an open floor plan perfect for enjoying the sea and its gentle breeze. The house comes complete with two private pools, a private vehicle, the most modern amenities and complete privacy.

2. Mauritius

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My second destination takes us halfway around the planet from Mustique to the Indian Ocean. No, it’s not that more well-known island nation starting with an “M” in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is located east of Madagascar and south of the Seychelles; it’s remoteness makes it a bit more difficult to reach but that much more intriguing. Flights are available from several major European and Asian air hubs (like London, Paris, Dubai or Hong Kong) as well as many major cities on the African continent (Johannesburg, Nairobi). Mauritius was originally settled by the French and it’s quite evident in the island’s unique cultural identity. (While the official language of the island is English, French remains the de facto language.) The island is surrounded by calm, temperate waters that make exploration of the thriving coral reefs a must-do. When taking a break from water activities, hiking and enjoying the island’s dramatic landscapes and local flora will leave you breathless!

Unlike Mustique, there is a wide range of accommodation available on the island. Backpackers can find budget options, while those looking for a more serene getaway can escape to places like The Oberoi where you can enjoy a sea-view villa complete with a private pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

3. Koh Samui, Thailand

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From the coast of Africa we travel next to the Gulf of Thailand, a region that has attracted travelers seeking fun in the sun for years. Koh Samui is the more well-behaved older brother of party-haven Koh Phangan, though good times still abound. Reaching Koh Samui requires travel through Bangkok or Singapore (the local airport has flights daily to both cities). Once on the island, be sure to explore the island’s vast rainforests and beaches, either by foot or by elephant. An easy way to do this is by arranging transport with a local tour provider to Ang Thong National Marine Park where the native fish and monkeys welcome visiting tourists. Afterwards, reward your body with a Thai massage at any of the island’s numerous spas.

While camping in the marine park is an option for the adventurous, The Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui provides accommodation that is a bit less rustic. Its villas carefully balance luxury with the natural beauty of the island – so you don’t feel quite as guilty sneaking in some time on your iPad while visiting one of the most stunning places in the world. The resort’s “Kids For All Seasons” program offers ample kid-friendly fun from coconut painting and seashell collecting to traditional Thai games and cooking classes.

For more of Jordan’s amazing advice, anecdotes and adventures, check out his blog:

Have a travel story you’d like to share or a dream destination to add to our list? Let us know!