It’s a new year and we have exciting news . . . we moved to Burlington, VT! Boston was great these past 7 years but it was time for the next chapter in our lives. Teddy will be joining the firm Wagner Hodgson and I’ll be joining the incredible team at Ursa Major. We couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities and to be calling Vermont home. Feels good to be back in my homestate. Looking forward to sharing our adventures in our new home here on N’East Style!
“I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who have almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont.” - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in Bennington on September 21, 1928
I’m so excited about Ursa Major’s first cologne. Not only does it feature some of my favorite scents like spice, citrus, bergamot, and ginger, it had me at the name Willoughby. Although named after the majestic Lake Willoughby, I think all you other Jane Austen fans will concur it’s an excellent choice*. It’s a cologne that both men and women will feel confident in wearing. Add it to the list of perfect stocking stuffers, especially since 1% of sales will go to the Vermont Land Trust. Why not feel good about gifting this year?
*For you non-Austen fans, Willoughby is a dashing (albeit cowardly) character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
My good friends Ursa Major up in the motherland (Vermont) have launched their summer sweepstakes – a year supply of their Essential Face Wipes! I never travel without these wipes, they are deep cleansing, fresh, and good for your skin (no parabens or any of that icky artificial stuff). They’ll be drawing one winner on August 15th so follow the link to enter. And stay tuned because every weekday till then, they’ll be doing a drawing for a 20-pack of wipes giveaway. It’s what I like to call, Christmas in August.
I’m in love with my dear friend Kate Jones’ new bracelet from her jewelry collection, Ursa Major. Each Bowline Bangle is hand-tied in wax before casting so no two are the same. It reminds me of summer on the coast in Maine – in an entirely non-kitsch and authentic way.
Ursa Major and Skida are two peas in a pod. Two Vermont peas to be more precise that are both making products that celebrate the greatness of the Green Mountain State. The two decided to collaborate on a product in time for Valentine’s Day. The result is a limited-run gift set with a selection of Ursa Major’s best sellers along with a cold weather bandana by Skida featuring one of their classic plaids with an Ursa Major twist. The “Queen City Plaid” is in honor of their shared city of Burlington and is perfect for any occasion, stylish around town or functional on the mountainside. I say it’s definitely a better gift option for him than a box of chocolates (although delicious, it’s usually gone within minutes).
Only 200 were made so lucky for you readers, I’ve got one set to give away! Simply comment below and I’ll pick one winner at random on Thursday, February 6th at 12pm EST so that I can get an address from the winner and mail it in time to get to you by Valentine’s Day. Only US addresses please. Good luck and don’t forget to share!