I’m a big fan of sending thank you cards — no matter how much times change, nothing can replace the handwritten note. So when my favorite stationery line, Rifle Paper Co. partnered up with illustrator / blogger Garance Doré for an exclusive line, I was in heaven.
First off, the quality is amazing. All of the printed materials are U.S. made and very weighty. I also love the custom black angled belly bands — the little details really make this line.
I am a huge fan of Garancé’s art prints and had the idea to buy the Assorted Girls Set to frame as mini prints across our guest room wall. Her work is so chic and quintessentially French.
Trying to be conservative, I ordered a box of cards and set of notebooks the first time around but once I saw how nicely everything was made, I picked up some more cards. It’s impossible to feel guilty splurging on thank you cards — it feels so good sending out something this beautiful to people I care about.
I couldn’t buy everything (trust me though, I was tempted!) so here are a few more of my favorites pieces:
1. Cape Card, 2. Canary Thank You Card, 3. Oui Pocket Notebooks, 4. Thinking Of You Card, 5. Sunglasses iPhone Case, 6. Femme Card, 7. Friends Card, 8. On The Go Notepad, 9. Hello, Darling Card, 10. Graphic Notepad, 11. Le Glamour Card and 12. Bonjour Card.
I love it when two worlds collide and collaborations like this happen!
Are there any collaborations out there at the moment that you’re super excited about?
Photos: Shauna Haider
Product images: Rifle Paper Co.
I’d been on the hunt for a basic side table for our living room for ages when I came across this version by Plum & Bow. Up until this point, the tables I’d found lacked style or were just overpriced for such a small, basic piece.
This table only had one review on the Urban Outfitters site but it was good enough to convince me to add it to my cart. It arrived today and though it’s not quite as bright of a yellow as the photo on the site suggests, it was easy to put together, fairly sturdy and let’s be real — the dipped legs add that extra dash of charm I was after.
I think it would be great as a bedside table, too. It’s the right size to hold a stack of books and an alarm clock. And if pale pink is more up your alley, they have you covered there, too.
Featured: Plum & Bow side table in yellow.
Yes, those are indeed llama salt and pepper shakers. Yes, my life is now complete. I’m completely, totally obsessed with llamas so when my friend Mary Bee recently whipped these out of a bag of gifts for me over dinner, my jaw dropped. Who knew such a thing even existed?!
Surely, these were molded off of the perfectly proportioned features of my handsome llama friend, Nigel.
Someday, I’ll have a pet llama (or two) but in the meantime, this fetching pair will have to do.
For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.
Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.
The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.
I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.
I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.
Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.
Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.
Over the last few years, I’ve gotten more adventurous with color and set the intention of working more of it into my overall wardrobe. But even with a closet bursting with color, I still have those moments where only black will do. And, I’m definitely having one of those moments right about now.
When it comes to rocking head-to-toe black, my teenage goth roots still ring true but I’ve never been a fan of frills, heavy lace or anything that’s overly tattered. I’m much more of a fan of the sleek and avant garde.
One of my favorite wardrobe treasures is this Rick Owens jacket. Found five years on Ebay for a total steal, it is my dream cyborg wardrobe staple come to life. It’s weird yet wearable and takes even the most straightforward basics from casual to spaceship chic. And that’s what I love about clothing the most — it has the ability to transform us into characters, even if those characters are just slightly more dressed up, more confident versions of ourselves.
On the subject of black, I’ve been drawn to the idea of different finishes as of late, especially when they’re mixed together like on my jacket. I’m especially loving matte black:
Shown above: 1. FCTRY Kudu, 2. Kartell Sofia Boots, 3. Chanel Black Velvet Polish, 4. Larke Optics Glasses, 5. Tangiers Pendant Light, 6. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, 7. Bodum Bistro Blender, 8. Eames Chair and 9. Microbomata Laptop Bag.
I wore: Jacket, Rick Ownens via Ebay. Silk dress, vintage. Tights, found in Iceland. Boots, Proenza Schouler.
All creatives need some solid gadgets and tech accessories in their arsenal but it’s always an added bonus when they’re well-designed. I’m especially loving the old school stylings of the Fuji Instax and the Lomo smartphone film scanner! How about you?
1. Fuji Instax Mini 90 Classic Camera, 2. Megaphone iPhone Amplifier, 3. Nooka Mirror Watch, 4. FRENDS Taylor Headphones, 5. Crosley Floral Record Player, 6. Block Dock, 7. AirPort Time Capsule, 8. Venus of Cupertino, 9. Pentax Q7 Camera, 10. Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, 11. Dracula iPhone Dock and 12. Rock Out USB Key.
This wish list is dedicated to the creatives in your life who enjoy a well-designed dose of beauty! Fancy hand cream, beautifully packaged nail polish and an intriguing fragrance can go a long way, especially when it comes to stocking stuffers.
1. Nana De Bary Perfume, 2. Make Post Impression Palette, 3. Kre-at Beauty Lash Cluster, 4. Topshop Lipstick, 5. Hay Mirror Mirror, 6. Beautyblender, 7. NARS Makeup Removing Water, 8. Lipstick Queen Look of Love Set, 9. RGB White Polish, 10. Blend Collective Unwinding Candle, 11. Rodin Olio Lusso, 12. Fornasetti Bocca Tray, 13. Pantone Palette, 14. Balenciaga Florabotanica Perfume and 15. Marvis Toothpaste.