The holidays are here! I’ve rounded up a few gifts for cocktail lovers, holiday party hosts, and well… for yourself. Everyone needs a stocked bar cart this holiday for entertaining and dealing with hosting family! South Carolina salt for margaritas, mojitos and morning bloodys, shiny moscow mule mugs, golden skewers for martinis, colorful cocktail coasters, more pretty copper, and lastly a mallet for crushing ice… or for letting out some holiday aggression.
Holiday themed gift tags, stamps, mt washi tape, twine, and ribbon are now available.
You can pick up goods to DIY your own cards, tags, and wrapping paper or if you’re not the DIY type, snag a pack of stamped tags ready for wrapping!
From to-do lists, to doodles, or jotting down ideas, I’m not sure a creative person can have too many notebooks. Notebook #1 is a leather-bound notebook with lots of inserts and customization (seriously debating this one). #2 is extra fat and opens 360 degrees. #3 is a Moleskine + Evernote collaboration. Notebook #4 is also from Moleskine and designed for watercolour. #5 is a block style layout similar to a magazine spread, and lastly #6 is a beautiful pressed cotton-covered notebook.
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways – HBO documentary with Dave Grohl and band traveling to eight legendary studios in eight different cities across the US. They write and record their new album, and explore the musical history of each city. I really liked the Washington D.C episode.
Serial Podcast – I’m obsessed. If you like a good crime show, you’ll love this podcast. “Sarah Koenig, investigates the strange story surrounding the murder of a Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee on January 13, 1999.“
Bill Murray – This guy. “I realized the more fun I had, the better I did…”
TRANSPARENT – I signed up for Amazon Prime (because I forgot to cancel after my trial), but so far I’m happy to have it! Transparent is a new web series on Amazon Prime, and I’m really liking it so far. The cast is great and the story line touches on gender and identity with the patriarch of an L.A. family coming out as transgender. Happy to hear the show was just picked up for a second season!
Emmy Watson’s U.N. speech was so very good, and I’m listening to it on repeat. “You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN.”
Can’t stop thinking about Matisse after seeing this piece at LACMA. It looks like his work will be on display at the MOMA in 2015, and I hope to see it and maybe start experimenting with some cut paper work soon.
Trading Spaces flash back! Grace Bonney interviewed Genevieve Gorder on After the Jump last week, and it was good. “I have such a better understanding of how little I need and how special it needs to be.”
It’s been a few weeks since my trip out west, and I’m still day dreaming about sunny beach days and amazing meals. The trip consisted of a week in Vegas for work followed by two days in San Diego and four days in LA. I was lucky enough to have great friends in both places to put me up and show me around town.
The Vegas leg of the trip was spent mostly inside a convention center , and the Bellagio was by far the highlight.
That Thursday morning I took a 7am flight out-of-town and headed to San Diego. We started with brunch at Snooze, followed by a morning hike at Torrey Pines with beautiful views ,
had amazing tacos at Oscars, and did a little sightseeing around San Diego.
Friday was spent on a cliff side beach with pups running around having the time of their lives ( and me starting to miss my fur ball).The ocean there had a much stronger pull than what I’m used to on the east coast, and I was also nerding out on the seaweed.
Saturday morning we made the short drive to LA and started the day off with drinks and ping-pong at The Standard. That night we went to The Line Hotel to browse the Poketo store, have drinks at The Commissary and dinner at Roy Choi’s POT. Three spots I would definitely recommend hitting up if you are in LA.
Sunday we spent the day at Venice Beach and enjoyed a beautiful lunch at Gjelina . Their pizza’s were unique and ridiculously good. They now haunt me and make me sad when I realize just how far away they are from my belly…
Monday we did some shopping in Silverlake followed by a lunch (that I can’t stop thinking about) at Sqirl.
That pretty pink blob is brioche topped with ricotta and housemade jam. get outta here.
August and September were packed with trade shows and traveling so it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. I did manage to snap a few photos for a little home tour and interview with Josephine from the blog Courage & Dash. You can read my rambling and see more photos of our place over on her blog!
I have home improvements on the brain and I want to update a few lighting fixtures around the house. These solid brass lights from Cedar & Moss are at the top of the list. Our bedroom has been pretty neglected, but recently we’ve made progress by painting, adding new furniture and hanging a few things on the wall. I’m thinking a Cedar & Moss light for above the bedside table or dresser needs to happen. Too many lovely lights to choose from.
Lately we’ve had beautiful sunny breezy days, and the leaves on the trees are casting great shadows. I snapped a few photos and a video on my afternoon walk (computer eye strain break), and I’m hoping to reference them for some new paintings.