1. Meru. Our friends recommended this film over break and G and I went home that night and watched it. Despite the fact that I'm not that outdoorsy, I'm a sucker for any kind of mountain climbing, reach-the-summit book or movie. This follows three men and their quest to climb up the Shark's Fin of Mount Meru, known to mountaineers as one of the most challenging routes in the world. It's intense and well paced and the story of perseverance and loss is inspiring.
2. Le Labo Thé Noir 29. When I was pregnant and in my first trimester, almost everything was unappealing to me and made me feel sick. Luckily I've been able to incorporate a lot of those things back into my life (hi, chicken, shrimp and ginger!), but a lot of the perfumes I used to wear still turn my stomach. I've been on the hunt for a new scent for a while and am pretty convinced that I've settled on Le Labo's Thé Noir 29. It's different from almost everything else I own, which largely falls into the 'light florals' category, comprised of black tea leaves, bergamot, fig, cedar wood, vetiver, bay leaves and musk. It's complex but soft, and warms so nicely on the skin.
3. S'well Bottle. I'm notoriously bad at drinking water and feel like I walk around moderately dehydrated most of the time. Our editorial director, Alina, first introduced me to S'well bottles a few weeks back and I finally got around to buying one for myself. The opening is small (I hate those bottles that have such wide mouths that it makes you feel like you're going to drown when taking a sip of water), the design is sleek, and it keeps things hot or cold for hours.
4. Sugar Paper Calendar. Thanks to technology, most things that I used to see as necessities, like day planners and calculators (I'm terrible at math) are now obsolete. But one thing I still like to have on my desk is a monthly calendar. There are so few out there that look sophisticated and simple and I love that this one comes with a little gold stand.
5. Muji. I'd read about Muji, the minimalist Japanese housewares store, in Venice for a while, but only got around to visiting for the first time over the holiday break. It was beautifully curated and pretty much how I want everything in my life to look. I left with a hodgepodge of items - large white soup bowls, lucite desk accessories, the best thin, ballpoint pens, and hair clips - and can't wait to go back to load up on more random things I didn't know I needed.
6. Gjelina cookbook. Gjelina's been one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. from my first meal there, so naturally I had to have their cookbook. G and I went through page by page and have already earmarked at least a dozen recipes we can't wait to try.
7. Caudalíe. Over the holidays I received a gift certificate to Caudalíe, a natural, paraben-free skincare line, that I'd never tried before. While my parents were in town and we were walking around on Abbot Kinney (after eating at Gjelina, of course), we stopped into their boutique. I'm quite loyal to the plethora of beauty products I swear by so I was skeptical that I would find anything I loved. But by the time I left, I was a total convert. My three favorite items are their Divine Oil, which smells incredible and makes my skin feel so soft, their Premier Cru cream, that I swear has reduced the appearance of fine lines around my eyes after a couple of weeks, and the Premier Cru elixer, which is a half oil and serum and has helped enormously with my parched skin.
8. Alternative Apparel Yoga Pants. My mom bought a pair of these yoga pants and they looked so good on her that I got some for myself. They hold you in in all of the right places, hit at a good spot on the leg, and are really comfortable.
9. D.S. & Durga Fireplace Candle. Since I'm no longer burning pine candles (which is all I want to smell from late November through Christmas), but still want something that invokes a wintry feel, I've been on the hunt for woodsy scents. This candle truly smells like you're sitting in front of a fireplace and is the coziest thing to light on a cold night.
10. My Fitness Pal. This isn't a new health app, but I'm finally giving it a go after getting quiiiite off track after the holidays. It tells you how many calories you should be eating in order to reach your goal weight (it's a little horrifying), takes into account any exercise, and breaks down the nutritional content of what you're eating. It's certainly helped me get out of my denial phase of eating baskets of cookies/brownies/candy all day and has me feeling motivated about the new year in the best way possible.
11. Coloring book. I've been seeing coloring books for adults pop up just about everywhere, so I decided it was time to give one a shot. The book I have is all ocean-themed with intricate designs that are quite therapeutic to fill in. I rarely find myself with much free time, but when a few minutes pop up, it's a nice break to mindlessly color instead of just jumping onto social media.
12. Fates and Furies. I've been needing a new book to get into and several friends recently read Fates and Furies and had rave reviews. I've only read the first couple of pages, but I'm already hooked.