Ready to love again…

It’s been awhile since i’ve had this feeling...the flutter…the utter excitement of new love.

The Puki dot booties and Muton fur-trimmed boots both from, Chie Mihara, are my new favorites. I’ve been patiently waiting since placing the Fall ’12 order in February for these to arrive!!! They are here and they are FABULOUS!!

I actually went to Hoboken Glass yesterday just to have another glass shelf made for my curio at home where i keep my special pairs…pics soon to come!


picnic: à la peper and parlor

We are sooooo HOT! And we’re sure you are too!

We wish we could pitch a tent on the breezy waterfront  (or at least spread a blanket there) and cool down with some yummy goodies and a cute outfit! Here is our wish list for a hot summer day!



some sparkling wine…in a can = genius


a delicious sandwich


farmers market basket (& gorgeous bike)


the perfect koi printed dress by koch

recycled sari throws (to avoid those grass stains)

a little something sweet…cupcakes from sweet

and these beauties from Chie Mihara!

now that’s a perfect afternoon!


let there be LIGHT!

This February at Yomaira’s surprise wedding she received an IOU gift from her brother.

A few weeks later he dropped off the box at Peper&Parlor. It contained the loveliest pendant light:

We literally “oooohed” and “ahhhed” at this perfect little artichoke pendant. Each piece carefully pasted on this lightweight sphere.

Ever since we’ve been dreaming of experimental lighting..obviously these are too dim for the shop, but what about for our homes?

Why have a generic pendant or lamp when you can have a  piece of art?

What do you think? What kind of lamps or lights do you like in you home?

Any suggestions or favorites? Please do tell!

The Simplified Living Experiment: Part 1

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve lived in the same house in Hoboken for over 20 years. I started as a renter and bought the four-floor brick house over a decade ago. I’ve been fixing up the place here and there, trying to keep up on repairs while trying to parent 6-year old Arthur (aka The Cenz) and 18-month Beatrice (aka Baby-Business).

It’s not that i don’t love my big apartment…I do!  But after years in a triplex with lots of space and bathrooms etc., I’ve decided my need for simplifying is outweighing my need for space. My need for stuff isn’t really driving me-i want happiness, love, and art. NOT bins and bins of Disney characters and rows and rows of knick-knacks… The time is now. Arthur is 6 and Beatrice is 1. They are both small enough to enjoy the close proximity of mommy at any time. We’ve been sleeping in the same room for about 4 months now by choice and i’ve grown to quite like it. To come in at night and hear both of my babies breathing and to smell their baby-skin right near me has been a comfort.

It’s time to simplify!!

It may seem funny that a retail business owner would want to try having less (when we have all these clothes and goods at our disposal), but we see it as part of what we believe at Peper and Parlor: We only want what we LOVE, what will be useful, what we’ll have for years or forever.

June 1st begins the Downsize Experiment:

In just 7 days I will take my family that has been spread out on 3 floors with a bunch of bedrooms to just one 13.5′ x 40′ room. We’ll have a full kitchen area and a bath with only a shower (no more toddler swim lessons at bath-time!) and a tiny little yard (this is where the bubble-bath in the baby pool gets re-introduced!!). There are 2 window and 2 doors.

Things i’m most excited about:
Proving to myself (and my children) that less can be more.
Giving my son a memory of the above (my daughter will have been too young to remember)
The closeness.
Saving money on our overhead and being able to use it to do some overdue repairs to the one hundred yr old house and SAVE!
Cleaning only 1 toilet and one room.

Things i’m fearful of:
My losing patience with the children.
Arthur being resentful of his lack of distance from Beatrice and her death grip on him or his lego sculptures, papers, etc.
The closeness.
Not being able to see the children in the yard and Beatrice then eating dirt and uprooting all my sad, struggling plants.

Stay tuned as we embark on what i think will be an amazing experience! See the before photos below  –  the after photos will be up in a few weeks!

Our Patio (kiddie pool central!)

Studio living area

what we’ve been up to…

Soo its been over a month since we’ve written a post on our blog  (shame on us!). We’ve been swamped with the arrival of summer goodies to our shop, photo shoots for our site, and keeping up with our customers and our weekend shenanigans! Excuses, excuses…we know. 

Here are 10 things we’ve been up to!

1. We hosted our Spring Trunk Shows & Pop-up Shops featuring Sol Angeles, Twinkle, Twig Terrariums, and the like…we even had a DIY terrarium day! So. Much. Fun.

2. DJ “Dr” Peters & the Vinyl Snooze graced us with his presence once again (we cant get enough of this guy and his record player!).

3. Lots of our customers had babies! You know who you are! We love you!!!

4. We’ve been staring longingly at this bag…it makes us want to go on vacation…like NOW:

Imagestela 9 weekender $273

5. We’ve decided that Saturdays will officially become crafting days, we will be working on tons of DIY projects at the shop. Oh, and p.s. you’re invited!

6. Our plants are still alive! Please hold your applause until August when the jig will quickly be up.

7. We have a new favorite dress…feast your eyes on this beauty from Butter By Nadia! Commence the coveting:

ImageBBN Princess Seamed Dress $275

8. We are planning our summertime BBQ…we cant wait to unveil our games! The hula hoop competition RULED last year so we are keeping the fun coming!

9. It’s officially “summer” in Hoboken: we saw someone walking down the street in a bikini. A. BIKINI. And it wasn’t this one. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

10. We are having a Red, White, and Blue Memorial Day Special THIS WEEKEND 15% off all red, white, and blue! We’ll be here all weekend helping you with your blue jean and white tee summer gear! You heard it here first!


peper gals, over and out!

sneak peek: photo shoot

S P R I N G  =  Goodies galore at peper and parlor!

lucky for us, our BFF and professional model/actress Mayra Radzinski is kind enough to lend her talents to our lovely website.

These photo shoots are oh-so-long but we make it SO MUCH FUN!

The pics below will take you “behind the scenes”  at our photographer Craig Wallace Dale’s studio in Hoboken!

oh mayra…beautiful & funny!

the master photographer hard at work

we love this piece by Mes Demoiselles

the stunner

stylist, shoot director, crouching tiger


life imitates art? we love raquel allegra’s caftan!

mayra/yomaira: the curly expert summit

a star is born! you are ahhh-mazing craig!

that over-the-shoulder smile is to-die-for lady! teach us!!!!

this is it! we can’t stand the fabulosity!


green-thumbing it!

we confess.

we are delinquents.

we let our evergreens die of thirst. we knew it was happening. we just didn’t connect the dots!

2012 is a new year though…we are working on our green thumb in earnest.

see below for a photo update:

sad sad storefront

anne doing the dirty work

taking a big-time break

concerned neighbors try an intervention

so green! so lovely!!!!

mason jar? or traveling mug?

guess what we discovered?!

A lid for Mason Jars!!!

We may be some of the last folks on the planet to find it out, but the folks at CUPPOW are our summer-time heros!

Let’s talk about it…you know we love us some mason jars, and a little someone we know (named Courtney Jean) carries one around with iced tea…

guess what Court? We got you a fabulous sippy lid!

What other uses do you have for Mason Jars? Let us know in the comments below and WIN a Cuppow Lid from the girls @ Peper and Parlor!


So Tamara and Yomaira started a 21 day cleanse last week. They are on day 7 and are digging deep to keep strong! Their days  consist of a shake in the morning, a solid meal for lunch,  and another shake in the evening.  They cannot have their beloved Empire Coffee (for yomo) and Dunkin Donuts Coffee (for tam) which is the real kicker for those two caffeine junkies!!!  They bring such great energy to the store and I can’t imagine the two of them “down” for the next few weeks!!!

They began their journey with trips to Trader Joes and Whole Foods where they explored the vast world of organic veggies and poultry, non-dairy milks, homemade nut butters and more!  Ooooooh boy!!!  They started out a little sleepy throughout the day and I was afraid I was  going to come to work to find them napping on the sofa!! So far they’ve been feeling good and we are sending them both some good vibes!

However, not having cookies, scones, or sweets in the store for the next 3-weeks isn’t going to be any fun!  Tam’s also got quite the sweet tooth so keeping her hands out of the Tamara’s Treats jar sure is gonna be hard! Not to mention, foregoing our favorite Friday afternoon ritual of champagne and dancing around the store is going to be so sad (going solo IS an option)!

Mostly, I just hope the girls feel great and get the results they are hoping for!  Please comment if you have any great recipes, cleanse feedback or just wanna pass on a few words of support and encouragement!  Good luck!

Why do we love EVERYTHING? I’m asking myself…

After last week in the market for fall 2012, I find myself wondering why we can still love everything? It’s as if we don’t already have and have never had anything!  We’ve been besides ourselves all week reviewing and re-reviewing all the photos from the buy. Yomaira and I spent a good part of the week in the market shopping for fall.  We got so excited that we found ourselves cutting off each others sentences and spitting food out when trying to discuss the days sitings over lunch or dinner.  We saw so much adorable “prep” style with little touches of plaid and fair isle. We took notes on about FIVE coats from Lauren Moffatt that were all PERFECT! There are three new jean resources we wrote orders with, Naked and Famous out of Canada, Williamsburg Garment Co from NYC, and  Skargorn designed out of Los Angeles. All of these offered the clean, dark, rinse, dungaree-type look i’m obsessing over right now.

Boyish rinse denim-LOVE!

Coclico delivered the goods with the perfect city walking chic booties. The new addition was chartreuse pony fur low wedge loafers with grey suede trim.  Chie Mihara rocked my world (again) with amazing wedge booties with fur ankle trim (also known as the boot i’m ordering and wearing everyday from sept 1st until snowfall..), chunky lace-up platforms, and girly touches like 1″ polka dot pieces and dottie metallic applique that looked like tiny jewels…  (LONG BREATH HERE…..) I’m getting that rushy breathy feeling just trying to write it all down!! (where’s Yomaira when i need to be hyper and interrupt someone…?! 🙂 )

Oh yes, and lest i forget the new line for us, By Ti Mo, from Norway.  The order for them is chock-full of perfect wool-blend ribbed under-pieces like tanks with lace trim, long-sleeved layering tees, and the slips…oh the slips:

The undershirt for EVERYTHING!

The little slippie we neeeed....

Yomo and I jointly decided that EVERYTHING needs a tight slip. Over leggings, over jeans, under dresses, peaking out this way and that way under baggy Raquel Allegra tees and all the luxurious alpaca sweaters we found (see “Oh, the sweaters” below!).  The softer the better. The tighter the cuter…. We just couldn’t stop! Black, heather, nudie pinks, ashen greys and blues more nudie pinks… We are sick over it all. You will be seeing our asses just about everyday bopping around in these things as we bought a s**t-ton of them!!  Hopefully you’ll agree!  It’s starting with Spring/Summer but will be a full-blown obsession by the upcoming Fall!

The nudie pink we saw from almost EVERYONE!

This brings me to my new search for asymmetrical leggings and tights. I walked into one of the trade fairs telling my partner in crime that i NEED tights with a different front than back or different legs and we walked out with Hansel from Basil tights with gorgeous details like faux-knee pads, and contrast color back and front “seams”. Then just when i was having a conniption for this asymmetry we got great leggings from The Furies with grey/black zig zag print different on each leg. (not to mention the knit pencil skirt with the same pattern…) Which brings me to PENCIL SKIRTS.

The same as the tight slip-things, we NEED knit pencil skirts. I don’t know what is in the water around here but we are both drinking it and Yomaira and i  agree that just as we need the tight slips for under we need those damn knit pencil skirts.  So up coming are such items from: The Furies,  Butter by Nadia, Sol Angeles, Raquel Allegra, Mason, and anyone else who we thought did it right!

Oh the sweaters: Well we liked (sometimes loved) our sweaters this fall but clearly you did too! So this fall the FOCUS is on the perfect sweaters. Every single one of our clients seem to buy one ri-dunk-ulous sweater each fall and I simply don’t think we had enough to go around judging from the fact that it’s 30 degrees out right now and i think there are literally only 2 pieces of cashmere left in the store right now!  We’ve made it our mission to offer the absolute BEST sweaters ever! There will be alpaca, wool, cashmere, and cotton from Margaret O’Leary, Gary Graham, Velvet, Made By, Suss, Mason, Lauren Moffatt, and Hortensia! We will have it: cardigans, preppy fair isle, drapey off the shoulder, floor length dusters, capes, etc…..

Ok, it’s probably not even right that i could just rant about fall like it’s next week when as i write there are two boxes of amazing spring newness from Ulla Johnson and Graham and Spencer to unpack right now!! So stop in this week and check out the gorgeousness!