Holiday Gift Guide for Women 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

For the procrastinators out there, here's a last minute gift guide for the ladies in your life, all under $100.  Make sure to check out the holiday gift guide for men if you missed it!  If you're looking for even more gifts, check out my pinterest board.

Under $25:

01. Marble journal: Because marble everything is always a win.

02. Penthouse keychain:  Everyone wishes they had one.

03. Cactus pin: For the classy flairist, this pin is just the thing.

04. Llama socks: Cute and wintery, everyone always needs new socks.

05. Rose face mist: This face mist is hydrating and refreshing, perfect when she needs a little pick-me-up.

06. Chrissy Teigen Cravings cook book: You won't be working on new years resolutions with this cookbook, but the recipes are savory and delicious, just like Chrissy's prose.

07. Circle 21 english pine candle: Just in case that christmas tree isn't as fragrant as you'd like. 

08. Rosebud salve: Inexpensive and versatile, this color will work on any skin tone.

09. Hair comb: Who can resist confetti?

10. Passport holder: Having a holder on my passport always makes me feel less likely to misplace it.

11. Hand cream: Always a necessity.

12. Card holder: Hold cards, cash money, and those coin things no one uses anymore.

13. Cat eye mask: An eye mask will seriously change your weekend sleeping and this fun cat shape is the cutest.

14. Marble coasters: Yup, marble anything is a win.

15. Leather glasses case: Protect the shades in a chic and shiny case.

16. Gold hair clip: Hair clips are totally back and brass will totally elevate that pony.

17. boss mug: Because you know she's boss.  Like the 90's.

18. Milk lip salve: This stuff is great not just for lips but cuticles too.

19. Grey hat: I have this hat and get a gajillion compliments on it every time I wear it, and everyone loses their mind when I tell them it's from Target and is basically free.

20. Gold list pad: She'll stay on track with this shiny notepad.

Under $50:

01. Floral gym bag: I can't believe the price of this cute gym bag!  It can totally double for a weekender also in case those new years resolutions don't pan out.

02. Bandana: I love this cute and modern pattern, throw it around your neck or tie it to a bag to add a little spunk.

03. Brass bottle opener: Hands down the prettiest bottle opener I've ever seen.

04. Woven necklace: Unique and funky, this fringe necklace is a great accessory to accent any outfit.

05. Copper alarm clock: Have you ever considered how you would wake up if you didn't have your phone?  Sometimes old school can be useful and it'll look pretty on the nightstand too.

06. Everlane card wallet: This small wallet is perfect for a night out when you only need a few things.

07. Linen sachets: Keep those drawers and closets smelling fresh.

08. Brass easel calendar: I really love this idea for a gift, it's so personal and you can choose images to use for each month.

09. Retro marble camera: Kind of ridiculous, but I love the idea of this on a book shelf!

10. Telephone compact mirror: For touch ups on the go.

11. Catbird ring: Even if you aren't a cat person (proud husky owner) this cute ring will be sure to be an everyday staple.

12. Bkr water bottle: Pink + spikes = yes.

13. Marble and gold bar tool set: Ok listen up here.  If there is ever any sort of combo of 'marble' and 'gold' in one product, you basically have an automatic win.

14. Recipe Box: She won't mind having this sit out on the counter and her recipes will never go missing!

Under $100:

01. Tassel earrings: Super unique yet trendy too.

02. Timex fairfield watch: This beauty is so affordable for leather and rose gold, it's a no brainer!

03. Cuyana cardholder:  A little shimmer might make her feel better about spending dough.

04. Alternative Apparel sweatpants: These are some of the softest, most comfortable sweatpants out there.  Perfect for cozying up on weekends.

05. Tiro Tiro ring: This ring will make a statement in a subtle, chic way.

06. Baggu weekender: Spacious in a cute striped pattern.

07. Flip top mittens: The ultimate if you want to stay warm but also be able to text.

08. Happy plugs speaker: This marbled speaker will look great on a shelf.

09. Buffalo check poncho: Stay warm and hide the holiday cookies in this cute buffalo check poncho.

10. Spike ear climbers: Just the thing to jazz up your ears.

11. Herschel backpack: Let's face it.  If you're over, say, 27, and you're still carrying your laptop and everything in a tote it's time to be realistic about your old body and be responsible about distributing that weight evenly on your back.  In a classy way, with tortoise shell straps.

12. Pour-over coffee set: When you just need one cup.

13. Chunky beanie: This hat is so cute, there's no way she won't love it.

14. Cinema Box light up sign: A cute piece of decor for the home or office.

15. Armor Lux wool slippers: Chic slippers that I wouldn't be above leaving the house in.

Holiday Gift Guide for Men 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Somehow the holidays seem to sneak up on me and then before you know it, they're gone.  I'm sure most of you are procrastinating shopping for the man in your life, because men are picky about gifts and have to have something useful in order to truly appreciate it.  Myself?  I'd be happy with a tiny basket that is too small to fit anything in it but just so cute you want to look at it on your shelves all day long.  But men are different.  They want things they can use every day and really need, but usually they buy those things immediately.  The trick is to figure out something that they don't even know they need!  Check out my holiday gift ideas for men at affordable prices for everyone.  And if you're looking for something for the lady in your life, head over to the holiday gift guide for women.  If you're looking for even more ideas, check out my pinterest board.

Under $25:

01. Big red beard comb: The beard needs grooming too, and I bet it's better with this classy wood comb.

02. Campfire coffee: Who doesn't love caffeine?  With a unique smoky flavor, this organic coffee is an exciting departure from the norm.  If he's a foodie, check out The Fare Trade's curated chef's boxes for a step up.

03. Portland General Store whiskey after-shave: This scent smells like whiskey without the hangover.

04. Brew coffee book: Who doesn't want to learn all about the best ways to make the most life sustaining sustenance in the world?

05. Cord taco: Keep those cords of his super organized with these felt cord tacos.

06. J.Crew socks: Everyone always needs new stocks.  Stuff them in that stocking!

07. CB2 cement pencil cup: Durable and modern, this is not your average pencil cup.

08. Carry on cocktail kit: Perfect for someone who travels often, he can always enjoy a great cocktail with this handy kit.

09. Waxed lunch bag: Bringing your lunch to work doesn't have to be a drab affair with this sleek lunch bag.

10. Charcoal toothbrush: This toothbrush looks amazing and has charcoal bristles that help fight bacteria between brushes.

11. Kiriko notebook: For all those random thoughts or the occasional doodle, sometimes analog can be extra useful.

12. Whiskey wedge: Keep whiskey cold without diluting by freezing the ice in the glass.

13. Upstate key tag: We can all pretend we're adulting hard and have more than one property to call home.

14. J.Crew bandana: Bandanas are back.  And if he doesn't want to wear this around his neck, I'm sure he can find another way to use it.

15. Harry's copper razor: One of the best looking razors I've seen for the price!

16. Imperial Barber aftershave: This aftershave moisturizer combo will be sure to soothe freshly shaved skin.

17. Kikkerland extension cord: Men always love useful things, and this extension cord is extra useful and good-looking too!

Under $50:

01. Buck Mason slub tee: I'm a huge fan of this brand; they make soft tees in the most beautiful hues at a fair price.

02. Kiriko pocket square: This pocket square is made from vintage kimono fabric and is the perfect thing to jazz up that suit and tie.

03. Mazama mug: In the look and feel of a vintage camp mug, these ceramic mugs are nostalgic and beautiful.

04. Craighill brass keychain: I love this small and compact keychain.  Major bonus not to have to use a key ring and break a nail!  Because you know guys worry about that.

05. Soma water pitcher: Did you hear?  You don't have to use Brita filters anymore!  Opt instead for these beauties and stop drinking water out of ugly pitchers.

06. The Monocle Guide to Better Living: From the famed Monocle magazine, this book is all about how to live well.

07. Billykirk headphone pouch: Men like to keep things organized and sometimes that means a leather pouch for headphones.

08. Frasier fir candle: Anyone would enjoy this amazing pine scent, especially around the holidays.

09. Brass business card holder: Because you know he's a classy broad.

10. Stitched leather coasters: He can never have too much leather, and these stitched coasters are manly and stylish.

11. Tanner Goods sailor cap: In some parts of the world, unlike Los Angeles, it actually gets cold.  But he won't with this hat.  At least not his head.

12. Swell water bottle: I love these water bottles, especially because they keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12!

13. Sokata mixing glass: So it might be the opposite of the Bond cocktail, but some drinks are meant to be stirred in beautiful mixing glasses.

14. Copper mugs: An essential for making the perfect moscow mule at home.

15. Pendleton bath towel: I'm not sure when patterned towels stopped being just for the beach, but I really support the diversification and love the iconic Pendleton patterns.

16. M&U Co. brass money clip: I feel like most people don't really know what paper money is anymore, but there are bound to be some guys out there that still carry it.

17. Billykirk valet tray: For work or home, he needs an organized place to keep his keys, wallet, and phone.  That place should also be leather.

Under $100:

01. Wool house shoes: These are the coolest slippers I've ever seen.  He just needs them.

02. J.Crew harwick duffle bag: A good looking duffle with unique details like leather handles for a great price.

03. In.Sek shave bowl: This concrete and wood shave bowl is modern and beautiful.

04. Tanner Goods classic belt: This company makes exceptional leather goods that will last a lifetime.
05. Japanese chef knife: A well made chef's knife will definitely have him stepping up his game in the kitchen.  More home cooked meals for you!

06. French terry sweatshirt: You always need more casual clothes that are acceptable to leave the house in.

07. Grown Alchemist skin care kit: Treat him (and his skin) to some high quality, organic skin care products.

08. Timex weekender watch: Seriously the best looking watch for such a reasonable price.

09. Warby Parker sunglasses: Chances are he's got black or tortoise sunnies.  Mix things up by gifting him a pair in a unique blue hue.

10. Whiskey jug: A manly decanter for whiskey or beer.

11. Apolis market bag: This reusable tote is spacious and sturdy with leather handles and a waterproof interior in case of any spills.

12. Walnut iPhone dock: Ditch the messy cords and clean up your nightstand with this walnut phone dock.

13. Bluetooth speaker: A good looking speaker that's portable with a leather handle.

14. Waltzing Matilda wallet: Guys can always use a new wallet, and this one is made from repurposed leather and comes with a lifetime repair warranty.

15. Bison mittens: For those of you with actual weather, treat him to some well made mittens.

16. Filson plaid scarf: This everyday scarf in a festive plaid is just the thing to keep him toasty warm.

17. Coyuchi waffle robe: This is one of those things a guy wouldn't buy for himself, but would appreciate and use if he owned it.

Boho Beach Bungalow: Dining Room Reveal

Monday, October 10, 2016

I'm really excited to share a tour of my dining room today.  A while back, Glitter Guide approached me about a home tour and interview of the boho beach bungalow, shot by the very talented Carley Rudd.  I've also shared my home tour on the blog, and I'm taking you through the house room by room starting today with the dining room.  Scroll down for the in-depth reveal and to see all my sources so you can get the look too!

The dining room is one of the spaces where I definitely took a more playful approach to decorating.  We started off by painting the entire house a nice bright white, using Benjamin Moore's Super White paint.  I'm a big fan of a neutral framework when decorating and like to keep things like wall color and bigger statement furniture (like sofas) in neutrals so that I can bring in color with accents.  It's a great approach if you change your mind a lot (I'm always rearranging!) or like color (you're likely to buy decor in colors, so make sure you have a versatile base that will work with the color you want to introduce in the room).  

I think the dining room might have been one of the most challenging rooms to decorate because it's full of architectural details.  With double corner windows, an octagonal stained glass window, an arched doorway, and two built in corner shelving units, this room took a ton of strategy and planning to decorate.  

Let's start with the gallery wall.  The house doesn't have much wall real estate, and one of the biggest walls is in the dining room, so I knew that was where our gallery wall would go.  I toyed with the idea of leaning art on picture ledges, but the stained glass window posed an obstacle.  In the end I decided to treat the stained glass window as a piece of art, and just hung the gallery wall around it.  When creating a gallery wall, its important to incorporate different mediums like prints, paintings, photography, sculptural objects, etc. for a well rounded collection.  When it comes to hanging, I like to lay out art on the floor first until I find an arrangement that I like.  As far as framing goes, try to either go for all the same color frames or keep it consistent and weave in two or three different finishes that complement each other, like white and wood.  That little rattan owl I found at a thrift store in Mississippi for $7 - I love those unique (and cheap!) finds that really give a space personality.

Here's the view from our kitchen.  I chose furniture with clean, modern lines, like the teak wood table with a mid century design.  With white industrial metal chairs, I layered in lots of texture to contrast with the modern furniture from the ground up, starting with a durable sisal rug.  I added sheepskin rugs to warm up the metal chairs, and added an indigo textile I found at the flea market as a runner for a little color and pattern.  The woven pendant light is the finishing touch of texture that brings in a ton of warmth and makes a statement while grounding the room by complementing the neutral furniture.

While we have a bar cabinet in the living room to store our wine collection and specialty booze, we wanted to incorporate a bar into the dining room for everyday cocktail mixing.  We used this white tray table we already owned with a simple and airy design that's also easy to move around if we have guests over to entertain.  We also switched out the cabinet hardware with some brass and leather pulls and knobs.  Changing up your cabinet hardware is one of the easiest things to do (especially in a kitchen) that can have a big impact.

These shelves were by far the most difficult things to style!  Because they're in the corner as built ins, it means the shelves are triangular (and have different heights).  Typically when styling a shelf I like to start by stacking books vertically and horizontally peppered evenly throughout the shelving, and leaning artwork to add depth.  Here, neither tactic works since the shelving is a triangle.  Instead, I chose to stack books and objects on top of and on either side of the books.  Then I used a large scale piece (the basket) that would take up most of the space in one of the shelves to top it off.

Well, thats the whole dining room!  If you love the boho beach dining room, I've rounded up almost all of the pieces so you can get the look too.  And don't forget to check out my home tour for a peek of whats coming next!

01. Pendant light // 02. Pink swimsuit print // 03. Grapefruit print // 04. Abstract mask print // 05. Sand dunes print // 06. Building print // 07. LA gold map // 08. Flowers print // 09. Macrame double plant holder // 10. Chairs // 11. Dining table (similar) // 12. Rug // 13. Indigo mudcloth (similar) // 14. Seat cushion (similar) // 15. Throws // 16. Leather drawer pulls // 17. Bar tray table (similar) // 18. Brass knobs // 19. White serve bowl // 20. Gold bowl // 21. Pink mugs // 22. White ceramic vases // 23. Small white vase // 24. Marble fruit bowl // 25. White sculptural vase

The September Edit: Must Have Pieces

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I can't tell you how excited I am that the 70's are back.  Suede, stripes, clogs, muted fall tones like navy, burgundy, mustard yellow...just thinking about it gets me so excited!  I can't wait for all the cute fall outfits I can wear and just pretend like I'm on an episode of Mad Men.  Now if only it would cool down in LA so I could actually wear a scarf!

01. Ace & Jig Anna dress: I discovered this company a few months ago and ever since cannot get enough of their beautiful designs.  I love the loose fit of this dress and the muted stripes.

02. Meyelo nubuck messenger: The slouchy shape of this nubuck bag is perfect for work or weekends.

03. Madewell river mountain scarf: These colors epitomize 70's vibes and add a little punch of color.

04. Bryr Studio Suzie closed toe clog: I bought this version of clogs this summer and I can't stop wearing them!  They are so comfortable and I can't say enough good things about Bryr Studio.  I can't wait to add a fall-inspired pair to my wardrobe.

05. Le Labo Rose 31 perfume: This scent is a fresh take on roses that doesn't smell like your grandmother's perfume.

06. The Great chambray romper: The latest line from Emily and Merritt is so amazing.  I'm dying for this chambray jumpsuit!  A great piece for warmer weather but would transition to fall perfectly with a suede moto jacket.

07. J.Crew felt hat: Hats are one of my favorite fall accessories to wear, and I'm loving the deep burgundy color of this one.

08. Madewell suede zip mini skirt: Incorporating different textures into your wardrobe can really add interest and intrigue and help to diversify your fashion options.  Suede is perfect for fall and the zipper adds great detail to an otherwise simple skirt.

09.  Tiro Tiro open arch ring: The cut outs in this ring make it a very unique yet simple accessory great for everyday wear.

Whats on your wish list this month?  If you like this post, be sure to check out more fashion posts.

Affordable Sources for Art

Monday, September 19, 2016

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's Manhattan Loft via Architectural Digest

A space without art is like a space without soul.  Artwork gives your home personality and is an important element of decor.  Whether you gravitate towards a more collected feel with gallery walls or picture ledges, or prefer larger scale statement artwork, theres something out there for everyone. These days there many great resources for art online, and lucky for you, there's no reason to live without beautifully adorned walls in your home.  Look for pieces that speak to you, and take your time collecting.  If you're going for a gallery wall, make sure to integrate different mediums for a collected look and feel (ie. paintings, prints, photography, 3 dimensional pieces like wall hangings, etc.)  Four of my favorite affordable online resources are Domino, Artfully Walls, Minted, and Urban Outfitters.  Here's a round up of some of my favorite pieces from each site:

Domino: 01. Palms from Below // 02. Things Will Work Out // 03. Blue Monday // 
04. Hawaii Green // 05. Salt Air // 06. For Like Ever // 07. Yellow Door // 

Urban Outfitters: 01. Cult Paper Mouth // 02. Summer Cactus // 03. Waikiki // 04. Mint Hut // 

Do you have any favorite resources for art?

My LA Home Tour: The Boho Beach Bungalow

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

At long last, I can finally share my home tour with you!  The lovely gals over at Glitter Guide asked to share the #bohobeachbungalow, and the amazing Carley Rudd shot the feature.  We moved into a house just over a year ago in Santa Monica, and I'm thrilled to leave apartment living behind me.  The neighborhood is great and we can bike to all my favorite spots in Venice and Santa Monica, and we have a great little yard for our newly adopted pup, Dakota, to run around in.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing in depth posts of the Boho Beach Bungalow and the design process for each room, and for more photos from Carley of my home and their interview with me, head on over to Glitter Guide!

Here's the living room.  Before we moved in, I had the whole house painted Benjamin Moore's Super White.  I like to experiment a little with color, so having a blank canvas that wouldn't compete with any other accents was essential for me.  I did my best to take my time decorating and not be tempted to buy everything all at once.  Instead, I slowly collected pieces that I truly love.  That amazing vintage moroccan rug is from Merchant Modern, and the leather pouf from Venice Vintage Paradise - another one of my favorite vintage shops in the neighborhood.  

The July Edit: Must Have Pieces

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This month I’m all about the details – a structured cross body, a textured ruffled dress, embroidery, etc.  Summer is finally here and I’m ready for some new pieces to elevate my wardrobe while still functioning as a solid basic. 

New Arrivals at Madewell

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Have you guys seen the latest at Madewell yet?  I'm loving all the summer trends this season: stripes, embroidery, gingham, chambray, ruffles, tassles...I can't wait to stock up my wardrobe with the latest for summer.  I'm dying for more gingham and embroidery in my closet!  Here are some of my favorites from Madewell's new arrivals.  See anything you like?

Madewell Rio dress
chanbray ruffle dress

Inspiring Spaces: Whites

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lately I am feeling so inspired by beautiful, bright white.  White spaces can be so relaxing, and when peppered with neutrals or natural materials (plants, wood, woven pieces) take me straight to vacation mode.  Here are some gorgeous white and natural spaces that have me wanting to make my home a neutral oasis.

hanging rattan chair
via Van Het Kastje Naar de Muur

The May Edit: Must Have Pieces

Monday, May 9, 2016

I can't believe almost half the year is already over!  Time is really flying, and it's finally starting to feel like summer.  This time of year it's still heating up in LA with sunny days and cooler nights.  Here are some of the things I'm loving right now:

Outdoor Spaces

Monday, May 2, 2016

One of my favorite things about California is the temperate weather.  We don't really have seasons or inclement weather, which means that you can really take advantage of your outdoor space year-round.  Our yard is one of the last areas that I've focused on - we have a couple chairs and a rug out there but that's about it.  I'm starting to look for inspiration to make our outdoor space a relaxing oasis now that the weather is warming up.

via One Kings Lane

I love that living in LA means a patio can be transformed into an outdoor living room.  This space transforms seamlessly from indoor to outdoor, and makes the patio just another room without walls.  I definitely want to focus on making our patio another 'room' of our house.

via My Domaine

I like how open and modern this space feels with low seating and string lights hung across the sky rather than along a wall.  Pillows and textiles warm up the space to make it more comfortable and casual.  And string lights are a total must in any outdoor space!

via One Kings Lane

I've been dying for a frazada (used here as a rug) and our patio might be the perfect place for one.  This space really feels comfortable without being too bulky, which is something I really want in our outdoor living space.

via Rue Mag

The textiles and cacti are what do it for me here.  We have bougainvilleas, a small palm tree, and lemon trees in our yard, but I'd love to create an area for an outdoor garden with a bunch of cacti.

via SF girl by bay

Modern chairs and an outdoor garden with a collected feel make this space an inviting oasis.

via Sunset Magazine

I love the idea of layering rugs outdoors, and since it almost never rains here, it could be a reality.

via My Paradissi

This small space is really maximized with lush foliage, seating, a rug to define the space, a makeshift coffee table, and floor pillows for extra casual seating.  I love how pulled together the space feels.

via Stories

Built-in seating is a great option if you have the space for it.  I also love that little peek of an outdoor fireplace - our skin is pretty thin here in LA and a toasty fire warms things up when it drops below 65.

I can't wait to make our backyard into a modern boho oasis.

Pendant Lighting Round Up

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rentals are tough to decorate in.  Without owning your own space, you don't want to make adjustments that you may not be able to take with you to your next home.  While you may not be able to renovate your kitchen, one option you do have is changing out your lighting which can make a huge impact.  I've been living with a terrible chandelier in my dining room for far too long and let me just say, it is ruining all of my dining room Instagram pictures.  Here's a round up of some lighting options I'm loving right now:

01.  Washi paper diamond pendant: I've recently come to realize that I am very drawn to the zen look and I think it give my more eclectic style a very nice minimal, clean contrast.  I actually decided to go with this pendant light for our bedroom.
02. Futagami brass pendant: Beautiful in brass, this would make a great statement.
03. Token pink geo pendant: This glass geometric pendant is pricey but so beautiful.
04. Schoolhouse Electric city chandelier: I have a lot of blue accents, and I love the idea of a pop of yellow to contrast.
05. CB2 vega lamp: This sculptural fixture with gold accents is stunning and affordable too.
06. Dot & Bo centurian pendant: Boho texture with a modern shape is the perfect mix of boho and zen.
07. Lost & Found kyris blue lamp: I love the look of paper lanterns, and this hand printed one has such a unique and beautiful shape and pattern.
08. Industry West flat iron lamp: I have been waiting for a great Lindsey Adelman style chandelier that is more affordable, and here it is! I love the drama of the branches in this fixture.
09. Lucent Lightshop square orb chandelier: There seems to be a wonderful trend with orbs and brass light fixtures, and this one has great lines with a modern feel.
10. Nelson saucer pendant: You've all seen this stunner pendant before, and there's a reason it's been cropping up in households since the 60's - mid century modern pieces have serious longevity and an iconic look and feel.

Which one is your favorite?  If you're craving more interior posts, check out these.

Interior Inspiration: Mantle Styling

Monday, March 21, 2016

Since moving into the new house, I've been thrilled that we finally have a serious architectural detail that has been a huge void in my life up until now: a mantle.  Our fireplace is bricked over and doesn't work, but I'm so happy to finally have a gorgeous surface upon which to put my things!  Here are some shots that are inspiring me right now, and even if you don't have a mantle, these looks could easily spice up a credenza or dresser.

via Dwell

via Mer Mag

via The Design Files

via Digs Digs 

via Lonny

via The New York Times

via Styled by Emily Henderson

via Viciously Cyd

via SF Girl by Bay (Nicole Franzen)

via Dust Jacket

via Rue Mag
 Which looks are your favorite?  For more interior inspiration, check out these posts.
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