2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Women

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Well, for all you procrastinators out there, the holiday gift guide is finally here!  Luckily there's still time to get all the unique and amazing presents for the ladies in your life.  At every price point, there's something no matter your budget.  Keep scrolling for gifts that would make any gal happy!

01. Baggu Travel Cloud Bag: This nylon bag is perfect for travel -- heavy duty and just the thing to corral all your essentials.

02. Rachel Comey Neale Earrings: These statement earrings are sure wow with any outfit!

03. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser: Diffusers make lovely gifts, and this stone one is a beautiful shape with an understated design.  Gift it with essential oils to make the whole home smell great.

04. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set: Beautiful pebbled leather travel cases look chic and they have an easy to clean lining.

05. Sin Ceramics Pronged Bowl: This sculptural bowl is beautiful enough to stand on its own, or be used as a fruit bowl or catch-all.

06. J.Crew x Chup Smartwool Socks: Smartwool is one of the greatest inventions if you ask me.  These socks keep your feet warm but don't overheat them either.

07. Everlane Beanie: Perfect texture in a neutral hue.

08. Sisters Complete Set: This all natural body set is free of parabens, silicones, and sulfates.  The bottle design is clean and appealing, and they donate 40% of profits to women's health.

09. Jenni Kayne Basil Candle: One of my very favorite candles -- they last super long and the Basil scent is incredible.

10. Dining In Cookbook: By far my favorite cookbook of 2018.  The recipes are great and unexpected but produce amazing results.

11. Great Jones Goods Dutch Oven: This dutch oven is a work horse - make anything from soups to braises and sauces.  It's a great price for the size and is so well designed.

12. Ugg Wrin Slippers: A cozy pair of slippers always makes a great gift.

13. Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask: This sleep mask changed my life.  No more sunlight waking me up on the weekends!  The silk feels luxurious, and the shape is super comfortable to wear.

14. Baggu Crossbody Purse: This bag is great for every day use, and the color won't show dirt easily.

15. Madewell Bandana: Wear them around your neck, tie them on a bag or in your hair - the options are endless.

16. Swell Water Bottle: I love the wide mouth version of this Swell bottle - makes it super easy to wash or add ice cubes if needed.  They keep your drink hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 as well!

17. Areaware Totem Pillar Candles: These are definitely more of a decorative candle rather than a burn it candle, but they're sculptural and look great in any scenario.

18. Herschel Supply Co. Suitcase: Nice luggage is one of those novelties you don't necessarily think to buy yourself, but it's always appreciated.  There's nothing worse than a squeaky wheel or loose handle when traveling, and this Herschel suitcase looks great as well.

19. Aesop Aromatique Hand Wash: My very favorite hand wash.  It smells incredible!

Melanie Burstin's Organic Minimal Home

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Today I'm super excited to share the gorgeous home of an incredibly talented designer and good friend of mine, Mel Burstin.  Mel and I got chatty on Instagram last year and met IRL at a Humble Ceramics sample sale while I had a crazed look in my eye and was crouching over a crate of ceramics.  I guess if she wasn't deterred by that crazy look in my eye it was meant to be! 

Mel is living on her own for the first time which has allowed her to design a truly incredible space with zero compromises.  Her style is minimal and organic and so so beautiful.  She has a knack for combining an array of beautiful wood tones seamlessly throughout her home which contrast so well against her gorgeous minimal plants.  Her bright and minimal space has me day dreaming of a house with no clutter where every single object I own is the most beautiful version of the piece that exists.  Her home was photographed by the epically talented Tessa Neustadt and was first featured on Emily Henderson's blog.

Leanne Ford's LA Bungalow

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Leanne Ford's beautiful Echo Park bungalow was featured on NY Times and I just about lost it when I saw her home.  The space has some incredible design details and it's been decorated impeccably with a healthy dose of vintage furnishings adding to the charm and overall aesthetic of the house.  She chose to paint the entire interior Sherwin-William's Shoji White, which is a beautiful warm off white that over time has started to fade and hint at the wood underneath.  The house has so much character, from the stone fireplace, to the lofted beam ceilings, in addition to well chosen accents like the stone floors Ford added.  I think the bedroom and the study are my favorite rooms, how about yours?  All photos by Tessa Neustadt for NY Times

Leanne Ford's kitchen and dining room

The March Edit

Monday, March 26, 2018

Well, Spring is finally here officially -- even if it doesn't quite feel like it just yet.  This month I'm buying into some trends - abstract faces, bold colors like mustard and rust, and easy silhouettes in culottes and jumpsuits.  Here's everything I'm craving this month:

01. Nalin Studios Anna Necklace: If you haven't noticed, modernist face-shaped everything is very much in right now, and I was thrilled to find it in a necklace!  Layer this beauty with other vintage inspired necklaces like this coin necklace for a collected look.

02. Clare Vivier Short Sleeve Sweatshirt: I was weirded out by short sleeve sweatshirts at first, but they are starting to grow on me.  I love this one with the subtle graphics for weekend wear.

03. Monserat De Lucca Itzel Crossbody: The shape and structure of this bag are so cute - just look at those round handles!  And in a fun yellow it'll add a pop of color to your outfit.

04. True Botanicals Renew Nutrient Mist: I just recently made the switch to using clean skin-care products, and this face mist is high on the list of my favorite products.  It smells amazing and totally reenergizes my skin whenever I need a little boost.

05. Quibe One Line Nude Art Print: I've been wanting to change up my gallery wall for a while now, and one medium I'm eager to bring in is drawings.  I love the subtle lines in this figure.

06. Glass Head Candle: This candle has a gorgeous glass vessel that can be used as decor once its burned down.

07. Everlane Wide Leg Utility Crop: Everlane's original culotte pant is a cult favorite of mine, so I'm really excited to try their new utility version.

08. Jungmaven Laurel Tee: Made from hemp and organic cotton, this easy tee will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe - I especially dig the gorgeous terracotta color!

09. The Food Therapist: Wellness and self-care is a big trend of 2018, and one that I'm fully embracing.  I've just started digging into this great read that's all about changing your relationship with food from a place of compassion rather than degradation.

10. Nicole Novena Carafe and Cup Set: I don't know about you, but I'm constantly thirsty throughout the night.  This bedside carafe is a beautiful shape and has great details like a round wood top that's sure to look beautiful on any nightstand.

11. Madewell x As Ever Coveralls: I'm all about style and comfort these days and am always looking for comfortable yet fashionable pieces to add to my wardrobe.


Kate Brien's Venice Bungalow

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Stylist Kate Brien Kitz  has a beautiful home in Venice Beach that was built in the '20s that showcases her laid-back SoCal vibes.  Her bright and sunny rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and new furnishings that come together in a relaxed, collected aesthetic with a subtle bohemian influence.  Her home was first featured on Rip & Tan, photographed by Nicki Sebastian.

All photos by Nicki Sebastian for Rip & Tan.

The October Edit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This month I'm all about pieces that can transition from late summer to fall seamlessly and easily.  I'm loving incorporating traditionally summer pieces like straw hats and off the shoulder tops in  unexpected hues that work so well in fall.  Interesting details like ruffles, fringe, and embroidery give these staple pieces a fresh look that adds intrigue to your everyday uniform.

01. Janessa Leone Panton Hat: This is a great fresh take on a straw hat - the deep rich color of the straw means this hat will transition well to fall, even in a more summery material.  The emerald leather accent band is also unexpected and stunning.

02. Apiece Apart Neroli Top: I'm still loving the off the shoulder trend and am loving this tiered silhouette of this top in a gorgeous fall olive green.

03. Le Labo Rose 31 Perfume: I was recently introduced to Le Labo and am totally floored by their unique scents!  The rose perfume is sophisticated and has earthy notes to it that balance out the floral nature so well.

04. Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash: I'm really excited to try this body wash from Glossier that claims to cleanse and get rid of dirt while also moisturizing.

05. St. Agni Kai Tie Waist Pantsuit: I'm still a fan of jumpsuits, and this kimono style top is beautiful and flattering for every shape.

06. Madewell Denim Chore Jacket: The chore jacket silhouette is a classic that will be around for years to come.  I have a more traditional blue cotton one, but desperately want to add a denim version to my wardrobe for fall.

07. Dragon Diffusion Bucket Bag: The bucket bag has been in for a while now, but woven leather brings a new twist to an otherwise classic piece, adding interest and intrigue with texture.

08. St. Agni Paris Woven Mule: Everyone should have a great mule in their fall wardrobe, and the texture of these woven leather ones make for a unique addition to any closet.

09. Sandy Hyun Geo Earrings: These statement earrings are sure to stand out with any outfit with great details like the arc shapes and pink fringe.

10. Cuyana Weekender Bag: Finally!  An affordable, classy weekender bag that's ultra chic.  I love the light grey paired with natural leather handles that will only improve with wear.

11. Velvet Jeslyn Pintuck Embroidered Top: Embroidery seems to be here to stay, and I love the beauty in the details that it adds to this swingy top for fall.


Iceland Part 4: Northeast Iceland

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

If you're just joining, today I'm sharing the fourth leg of our road trip around Iceland.  You can read about other parts of our road trip on the blog as well: Reykjavik, the South Coast, and the Eastfjords.  Today I'm covering the stretch of our trip from Egilsstaðir to Myvatn in Northeast Iceland, which was both an incredible and harrowing experience.  We unfortunately took a wrong turn and almost ran out of gas!  We wound up miraculously coasting into a petrol station in Myvatn in neutral.  There's hardly anything once you start heading north so make sure you've got a full gas tank before you leave Egilsstaðir!

We stopped in one very tiny town, Möðrudalur which literally had a church, a petrol station made of turf houses (this was before we took the wrong turn), and one very cute restaurant, Fjallakaffi, where we stopped for coffee and waffles.

We had planned on stopping at Dettifoss waterfall but couldn't afford the gas.  Once we made it to North Iceland and filled up the gas tank we had a much better experience.  North Iceland is quite a remarkable landscape, the colors here were very different from the beautiful green and brown hills and glacial blues we encountered on the South coast, instead there were sprawling landscapes with red dirt and bubbling mud pots.  The Myvatn region felt like we had landed on Mars.  Our first stop was Hverir mud pools, an area with a ton of geothermal activity and steam fumaroles.

After exploring a bit, we took our nerdy selves to Grjótagjá cave, a filming location for Game of Thrones, or where Jon Snow sealed the deal with Ygritte.  And yes, it was pretty cool.  Very close quarters though, it is literally a cave.

Since we drove the ring road, we opted to skip the Blue Lagoon in favor of the smaller, less expensive, and less touristy Myvatn Nature Baths.  I really became the biggest fan of soaking in hot bodies of water all throughout Iceland -- it is so relaxing!  Personally I don't feel like we missed out by skipping the Blue Lagoon, but if you're not traveling to Myvatn I would make sure to stop there.

We stopped for lunch at Vogafjós which is also a farm with lots of cows.  We wanted to do Viti Crater but lost a lot of time when our car wouldn't start (seriously, harrowing day!).  Instead, we continued on to Husavik.  Our evening in Husavik was rather remarkable.  The town is quite charming and is Iceland's whale watching capital.  It's unique waters grow many different types of plankton which attract over 12 different species of whales.  We of course opted for an evening whale watching tour and were lucky enough to see puffins, several humpbacks, and the rare blue whale (mama and baby - the largest animals on planet earth!).  After whale watching, we had delicious seafood dinner at Naustið with a great view overlooking the mountains and the bay.

Driving towards our hotel we got a marvelous view of Iceland's infamous midnight sun.  I'd recommend staying at The Arbol if you can, it looked wonderful but was fully booked.  Instead we stayed at Hotel Rauðaskriða where we would up with a flat tire.  The worst car luck that day!  It took quite some time to change the tire as we were parked on lava rock - not the most sturdy.  But we did survive!  And our night ended with a marvelous almost sunset.

Next up: North Iceland and Akureryi.
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