I’ve stayed at my mom’s house throughout various ailments and recoveries over the past six years and it’s akin to staying at the loveliest Bed & Breakfast. Everything is super crisp, and cool Cali air wafts through the guest bedroom windows. Plus, you get three spa-like meals. An example would be a just-made fluffy oatmeal pancake and morning almond milk cap. These sunny carafes and glasses from Esque Studio are just the gift for a hospitible hostess. I’ll take the mandarin orange one in the orchid wallpaper-clad room along with some alkaline water, thanks!
I’m late to every social media party. Basically I arrive when the crowd is leaving. Yesterday I joined Instagram which felt exciting and not-so-monumental at the same time. My first picture? A very styled shot of my two year old, Cleo. Does anyone ever post anything that’s not art directed? Even Amanda Brooks’ cows look…Below, some amazing wild flowers from Flower Girl NYC that I can get behind for Valentine’s Day, which look very much like a gorgeous, styled Insti-shot. “Like”.
It’s that glorious time of year: school fundraisers. This year I have two separate galas with two different themes. Roaring twenties = I could do that in my sleep. Bizarre Bazaar = let’s just say do not google that phrase for inspiration if you are at the office. So does one go out and purchase a vintage stole and some fur antlers? The answer is: you’d be surprised what you can find in your friend’s closets. Below, a super amazing headress I wish I could sport but will not because it’s too un-PC for a multi-cultural school setting. But maybe I need one for another event on October 31st.
It’s that time of year: you receive a note asking your child to create, design, decorate and label thirty Valentines. Now multiply that times the amount of school-aged kids in the house. So that would be sixty for moi. This year I decided to do a card “toppings” bar and turn the dining room table into a smorgasbord of googlies, glitter pens, stickers and gems. I know. Gang-busters. But the star of the show might be these eeboo pom poms (which come in awesome shades like “Crab” and “Flamingo”). Lemons are now you-know-what.
One of the coolest places to buy art is Art Space, a curated marketplace that sells commissioned works by famous artists. I’ve been known to troll it from time to time and have discovered some great new names. This Mario Testino photo reminds me of my old store Presse, with its walls lined in framed images from French fashion magazines (which now hang in my home office). Miss Moss, who serves as the ultimate fashion inspiration for all mamas, turns 40 today. Happy wellies and hot pants!
Time for teacher gifts. Ahh, the choices. How many apple themed finds can the sites serve up? Pass. So if you happen to find yourself with a groovy teach this year, these monogrammed Baggu pouches could offer something new. The bag company teamed up with Flat Vernacular, the Brooklyn-based all-things-sick-for-your-walls company and came up with this funky alternative to Claire Vivier clutches. I am in the process of a custom order myself (see some examples below.) You can throw in your IPhone, lip stain, anti-bacterial wipes and car keys, and they can toss in their teacher-y stuff. And while the style harks back to those graffiti tees from the ’80s, there’s nothing wrong with bringing it back a bit.
I love finding the perfect gifts for friends and family but I despise – no actually I di-spise – wrapping them. Mostly because I appreciate a nice wrapping job so effing much and I am just so bad at it. My newest obsesh is with re-usable wrapping cloths. This gorgoeus Kelly Wearstler-y number from The Souvenir Society would make any special book an even more thoughtful gift. Imagine: a first edition find for your intellectual father or a chic coffee table tome for your stylish bestie. Either one is looking lovely when swathed in a kelly green 80s-looking scarf. And finally. I will leave you with words from my youth: Rhymes so loud and proud you hear it, it’s Christmas time and we’ve got the spirit.
In the Thankgivukkah aftermath we are left with: frozen almond butter millet blondes and also lots of art projects. We loaded the girls up with various Seedling crafts because they are fun to put together and let’s face it: look awesome upon completion. The feather headdress was a personal fave this season – it even looks rad just sitting on the dining room console. How politically correct of a gift was it for a holiday that overlapped with Thanksgiving? Not very but I guess I won’t have to worry about that for another 77,000 years.
A gifting season also means a thank-you note season. Last night I trolled the Felix Doolittle website like a world-class pyscho, mostly because I became obsessed with all the sweet little images. These lovely hand-painted cards make the perfect thank-yous while the amazingly elegant monogrammed versions are a beautiful gift (there’s still time!) You can make either one a thoughtful way to lure your child into learning how to write a proper thank-you (no, you can’t just beam your gratitude into someone’s mind, Generation Z.) Pick up pen and put to paper. You’re welcome.
Crystals are so ’90s but not when they’re lodged in a bullet. Unearthen’s sprouting styles house everything from phantom quartz to ruby and are small enough to sport on the daily. I’m far from New Age-y but there is something very grounding about wearing a semi-precious stone around your neck. My daughter spied these online as I was scrolling through my daily sites – she thinks they look like lipstick. And lipstick they are not, but might they give you the same sense of completion?