Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Guide: The Paloma

Exotic, tangy, a little bitter and when made with mescal (my preference) a bit darker, heady and smoky. This is your free-spirit drink best found on a bohemian beach. Treat her this holiday with otherworldly presents that celebrate her wild and free approach to life. 

For making magic at home - a beautiful shimmering garland that features the phases of the moon. Moon Garland from kestrel.
For a truly smoky stare - Eye Coal from Fat and the Moon on Etsy.

Or for a more shimmery stare - on a fresh face under lower lashes, it's otherworldly. Tate Eye Jewels Liner from Sephora.
For removing that liner, moisturizing skin, conditioning hair and just about any other beauty need she can think of - a cold-pressed blend of oils lightly scented with palo santo, sage, lavender and geranium. Everyday Oil.

For going even further with this moon thing and declaring it for all to see. Moon Child Pillow Cases from Gypsy Warrior.

For an alternative (or an addition) to her Moon Child pillows. Eye Cushion from Sun + Stars on Etsy.

For her sweet tooth and her mystical side - hard candies cast to mimic real crystal specimens. Crystal Candy from Sweet Saba.

For her savory tooth - a duo of delicious seasoned oils for flat breads and fresh cheeses (and most anything). Sohha Savory Topping Oil Two Pack from Food 52.
For serving spices or spiced oil, Spirit Eye Spice Cellar by Demetria Chappo on Peyote Moon.

For creating ambience - a return to the guides because is smells so good. Ai Incense Pyres from Blackbird. Want to give her the chance to sample several scents - try this.

For treasuring, and filling with treasures. Oversized Milagro Heart Wall Charm from Child of Wild

For correspondence - a set of serpentine stationary. Set of Ten Snake Notecards (and envelopes) from Brika.

For creating her own shibori-inspired textiles. A dye kit that boasts a formula thick enough to be brushed or stamped on to fabric. Easy Indigo Textile Kit from Yellow Owl Workshop.

For wintery weather - Byzantine Sweater Leggings from Free People.

For making a statement - Caralarga Texcoco Punk Tassel Necklace from Latitudes.

For speaking more softly. Eothen Necklace from Magpie & Rye.

For casting edible spells - an assortment of custom blends from health guru, Amanda Chantal Bacon. Moon Juice Sampler from Urban Outfitters.  For those past the sampler point, shop the whole collection here

For mapping the stars - an heirloom quality quilt. DIY Constellation Quilt from Haptic Lab. Want to skip the steps and enjoy the final product? Finished quilts here.

For chasing the chill on winter nights - a mystical hot chocolate whose description references a mystical owl, harmonious nature and alchemy, all that's missing are marshmallows. Zenbunni Canyon Coco from The Radder.

For inspiration - Burn Brite Pennant from Beeteeth.

Because it's true - Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe Tee from Spiritual Gangster.
For cocktails with character (and tons of instagram potential) - Pineapple Tumbler by W&P Design.
For cocktails with culture - Otomi Coaster set from Furbish.
For cocktails with clairvoyance. Tarot of Cocktails deck from Uncommon Goods.

For a (slightly) more serious reading - a deck and guidebook to finding your spirit animal and its meaning. Animal Spirit Guide Set from The Wild Unknown.

For coralling clutter or adding color to her walls. Salmon Plateau Basket from Indigo Africa  - a great company that supports female artisans and entrepreneurs in Africa, be sure to peruse all of their size and color options.

For lounging, colorfully. Babushka Bralette and Bloomer set from Spell & The Gypsy Collective.

Finally for bringing the outdoors in, every season (bare branches are equally beautiful). Wall Planter from Eco Deer on Etsy.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gift Guide: The Gin & Tonic

Smart and sharp, a polished professional our Gin & Tonic drinker is classy and refreshing with a very orderly view of his world. Spoil him this holiday with gifts that elevate his workplace attire or provide additional comfort to his much needed evenings and weekends off. 

For adding a splash of color to his classic dark suit. Red Shibori Pocket Square from Kirko.

For keeping it classy on his morning commute. A sleek and stylish helmet. Heritage Collection Helmet from Thousand.

For counting down until happy hour - Magnetic Hourglass from Amazon.

For making it to happy hour - a vintage aluminum alloy cocktail shaker. Bien Agiter Shaker from Ace Hotel Shop.

For hosting happy hour - a handsome set of napkins for five.  Linen Cocktail Napkins from Jayson Home

For filling that shaker, or pouring straight into his signature drink - a stellar local gin, Vigilante (only available in DC), or a fresh departure from the standard spirit, Barrel- Aged Gin from Koval or Smoked Gin from Empire Spirits Project

For mixing with that gin - and because it's the best. If you have lived without this bar essential up until this point, please remedy that this holiday season in every single flavor. Charred Grapefruit Tonic from Bittermilk.
For taking notes, and finding inspiration. Vintage Porsche Journal from Owen & Fred.

For caffeinated inspiration. Hustle Travel Mug from The Created Co.
For fighting a full day of screen staring - non-prescription glasses designed to filter blue light, cut out glare and add some magnification (if needed). Computer Glasses by Felix Gray.

For protecting those lenses, without adding bulk. A simple leather solution. Glasses Case from Maximum Henry.

For streamlining his pockets. Titanium Key Smart from Cool Material.

For further streamlining - a stick on phone case wallet with an easy pull tab to free his most essential cards. Wally Stick On by Distil Union from American Design Club.

For superior pronunciation and dinner party trivia. You're Saying it Wrong available on Amazon.

For stuffing in his stocking and fighting off the dry winter weather - a no-shine all-natural formula. Buckler's Chapped Lip Remedy from Need Supply Co

For classic casual - Timex Weekender Chrono from End. If he's been extra good this year, it doesn't get better than this

For his daily brew or a leisurely Saturday at home - a pour over system that makes coffee as good as it looks Osaka Pour Over available on Amazon.

For ensuring he never runs out - a monthly subscription to a curated coffee bean collection that features cult favorites La Colombe, Panther and Ceremony. Mistobox.

For keeping everything in it's place whether traveling across oceans or across offices. Leather Tech Envelope from Mark & Graham.

For everyday wear - the dress pants of the future, super technical four-way stretch makes a bike commute a breeze to a 'nano-sphere' repellant coating that means dirt, coffee and rain wipe right off. OG Classics from Outlier. If his office is a little more business casual, don't miss the Slim Dungarees.

For minding the details, in a very compact manner. Men's Emergency Kit from Uncommon Goods.

For weekends off, and filling his t-shirt drawer. Save Me Tee from PBS, Throhand T-Shirt from Saturdays and Nasa Vintage Worm Logo Tee from Trunk Candy.
Also for weekends - a truly handsome house shoe, with removable rubber soles for necessary trips to the outdoors. Mahabis

For weekend reading - a subscription (or several). Times/Economist/New Yorker/Atlantic

For smelling like George Washington - a collection of favorite presidential soaps featuring the choice scents of Washington, Eisenhower and JFK. Presidential Bath Soaps from Caswell-Massey.

Finally, because he is. Brave and True Cufflinks from Izola.