Archive for December, 2013

December 16, 2013

Last Minute Gifts: for him & her

1. Wine Enthusiast glass and ice ball, $25  |  2. Areaware spatula, $65  |  3. Barbour scarf, $75  |  4. Haute Papier coasters, $30

5. Mark and Graham wine stopper, $10  |  6. Barbour hat, $49  |  7. Corkcicle, $25  |  8. Crate & Barrel bottle opener, $20

9. G&G mug, $28  |  10. Smathers and Branson key fob, $25  |  11. Nest candle, $32

December 15, 2013

Most Wanted: home

1. Ballard Designs corkboard  |  an inspiration board for jewelry, paper products, and more.

2. West Elm shadow box  |  ideal for showing off my favorite jewels and anything else I see fit.

3. Pottery Barn jewelry box  |  perfect for keeping + concealing small things like spare buttons + bobby pins.

4. West Elm salt + pepper set  |  who knew salt + pepper shakers could be so sophisticated + chic?

5. West Elm tray  |  because I’m tray-obsessed.

6. Dash and Albert rug  |  my sisel rug is looking tired and this is the perfect rug to brighten up any space.

7. Serena & Lily hurricane  |  I don’t own a single glass hurricane and I have so many candles. I think it’s time that changes.

8. West Elm boxwood tree  |  to add a bit of life to an otherwise lifeless apartment.

9. West Elm candleholders  |  antique-inspired, yet modern. I just love these.

10. Pottery Barn ornament  |  takes me home for the holidays.

11. G&G candlesticks  |  striped candlesticks: great year-round.

12. Serena & Lily napkins  |  perfect for entertaining.

13. West Elm flatware serving set  |  the prettiest way to mix up a salad.

December 12, 2013

Silver & Gold: home

Z Gallerie plates  |  Sur la Table candlesticks  |  Society Social bar cart  |  Serena & Lily vase

West Elm jewelry tree  |  Z Gallerie candle  |  Serena & Lily ornaments  |  Z Gallerie shaker

December 11, 2013

Crave & Save: The Backpack

I remember my first “designer” backpack… Kate Spade. Black nylon. Teeny tiny. I could fit my pens, wallet, and day planner and that was about it. I didn’t even own a cell phone then so the bag was pretty much useless. But it was so cool. I still have it–tucked away in the back of my armoire at my parents’ house. Maybe I’ll bring it back, who knows.

Well, backpacks are… back? And some of the price points are borderline offensive. It’s a backpack! Alas, below are my favorite highs and semi-lows.

1. Longchamp, $125  |  2. Baggu, $34  |  3. Kate Spade Saturday, $180  |  4. Style & Co., $52

5. Rag & Bone, $725  |  6. Alexander Wang, $1,050  |  7. B Brian Atwood, $350  |  8. Madewell, $248

December 10, 2013

…on an open fire

Since I don’t have a fireplace, I rely on candles to warm up my apartment–mainly my Thymes Frasier Fir candle–around the holidays.

When in doubt, a cozy candle and matchbox duo never fails. Some of my favorites, below.

1. Nest “Holiday”, $34  |  2. Henri Bendel “Silver Birch”, $30  |  3. Diptyque assortment, $84

4. Thymes “Frasier Fir”, $40  |  5. Nest “Apres Ski”, $32 (another favorite)

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December 7, 2013

Artifact Uprising

It was the longest Mike and I had gone without seeing each other so I wanted to do something special, yet inexpensive, to show him how much I missed him (hey, a girl’s gotta buy flights!).

This custom calendar, by Artifact Uprising, certainly fit the bill. I then took it upon myself to circle the dates of all of our upcoming visits in order to make it feel extra special, and made sure that each photo represented a memory or occasion from that particular month (Note the heart around December 7… I can’t believe I officially made Mike my boyfriend five years ago today!).

This is the perfect Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, or just because gift for just under $30 (it’s also magnetic!).

December 5, 2013

Christmas in the South

As the holiday season approaches, I must admit that it’s a bit strange being in a warmer climate. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to walk outside in a long sleeved shirt or sweater when my loved ones up North are scraping ice from their cars and bundling up in their ankle-length down jackets and scarves.

That being said, you need to try extra hard to get into the Christmas spirit down here, whether it’s listening to Christmas music, lighting a Thymes Frasier Fir candle, putting up the lights or the tree a bit early, or even stirring up some eggnog or eating a few candy canes in the beginning of December.

1. A Sea of Ink greeting card set  |  2. Furbish hand towel  |  3. Furbish pillow  |  4. Pottery Barn wreath

5. Pineapple ornament  |  6. Crane & Co. greeting card set  |  7. Lola & Company banner

December 4, 2013

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving Week

Wow, what a busy Thanksgiving weekend… it’s hard to believe I was home for nearly one whole week. Is that even possible?! 

I had a chance to catch up with friends, which then led to one too many glasses of wine and Bud Light bottles at one too many bars. Thanksgiving was spent severely hungover, per usual (yes, Dad, the term “dirty stay out” still pertains to me on the night before Thanksgiving, apparently), but I somehow managed to enjoy the day with my family and then make the drive up to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving evening with Mike and his family.

A much-needed weekend in NYC was spent celebrating five years at Il Mulino (they do not mess around with the antipasti) followed by dessert at Balthazar, catching up on Homeland, and Christmas shopping. We even spotted Santa at Saks! We then made it back out to Long Island just in time to put the Christmas lights up on my house and enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner.

Whew! What a week… Oh, and one of my best friends from high school got engaged! [Aside from missing my flight on Monday morning], good times were had all around.

dinner with the skulls | miss this face already | lobster pasta special at il mulino

my favorite dessert at balthazar | anniversary dinner | don’t you wish this were your apartment? me too…


the new york public library is ready for christmas

santa claus spotted at saks | riding in an empty subway car is amazing, yet creepy | riley wanted to help with the lights

December 2, 2013

Silver & Gold: flatware

It’s no secret that I love to mix silver and gold, so why not play around with the tones on your flatware? I’m actually obsessed with this particular set from West Elm and I am happy to say that it is the most affordable of the bunch. I think these would look so fun mixed with some matte silver flatware.

clockwise from left: 

West Elm  |  Marchesa by Lenox  |  Williams-Sonoma  |  VivaTerra

December 1, 2013

skulls for home

In honor of seeing my friends from home this past week, I feel it’s appropriate to bring back the skulls. And apparently they’re back in a big way for home…

1. Furbish sachet  |  2. Z Gallerie bookends  |  3. World Market bottle stopper  |  4. Furbish bank

5. 9SpotMonk stationery  |  6. Pottery Barn print  |  7. D.L. & Co. journal  |  8. Z Gallerie candle