One: I had always loved Amy Winehouse's music, but this heartbreaking documentary made me appreciate her talent in a whole new way. The critically acclaimed film stuck with me for days, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Two: On our hunt for office decor, we came across this hexagonal vase and I am so glad I pulled the trigger on it. It's one of those items that exceeds your expectations in person and looks far more expensive than it costs. The geometric shape provides a nice balance for feminine florals, and brass is one of the elements of our design scheme so it fits right in.
Three: Some of my best memories from growing up in northern California (and going back as an adult) involve the contrast of sitting in a hot tub in the cool open air. We don't have a hot tub, but our current version of that feeling entails sleeping in a toasty bed thanks to this heated mattress pad, while leaving the windows open for a brisk breeze. Cold room + warm bed = perfection.
Four: G introduced me to this addictive app named after Hemingway that simplifies your writing by color coding what's difficult to read. You paste your text, and it highlights the passages that are convolutedly worded. It's counterintuitive at first, but the basic gist is that the lower the grade reading level (i.e. sixth grade versus 12th grade), the better your prose. You can't get too carried away, but it's super elucidating and I am hooked.
Five: As I may have mentioned (probably dozens of times) on this blog, I am really particular when it comes to scented candles. Too many options smell cloying and drive me crazy, but this handsome version won me over at Steven Alan with its spicy sandalwood, tobacco, and leather scent. As a bonus, the container makes a succulent planter when the candle is burned up.
Six: G is a big rock fan, and we've been digging these cool lullaby renditions for Sloan. In addition to the Smashing Pumpkins, several bands we love as a family got involved, including Aerosmith and The Beatles. It's fun to have some tunes to play for her and actually enjoy them ourselves.
Seven: We just ordered our Thanksgiving turkey from this family-owned operation out of Texas. Their smoked turkeys are universally accepted by food critics as some of the best on the market, and they ship anywhere in the U.S. (P.S., I love that their url is "gobble gobble" dot com).
Eight: Nothing signifies holiday season to me like a festive pair of cozy pjs to curl up in again and again. I love this comfy plaid pair and only wish they came in a size small enough for Sloan to match.
Nine: Our editorial director, Alina, used to be a beauty editor and turned me on to this magic serum that's gentle enough both for highly sensitive adult skin and babies alike. It is in fact, technically, a baby serum, but that hasn't stopped me from using it for myself in addition to Sloan. It's incredibly moisturizing without clogging pores, and is 100 % natural.
Ten: I'm always on the hunt for cool jewelry that's simple but interesting, and this tusk earring in yellow gold is now officially on my Christmas wish list. I like that it's sold individually and not intended to be part of a pair.
Eleven: To say I'm excited, and proud of the Cupcakes and Cashmere holiday collection would be an understatement. I can't wait for you to see more of the pieces as they come out, but I'm particularly fond of this faux-fur lined jacket.
Twelve: We took a team field trip to Amsterdam Modern on our hunt for the perfect rattan chairs (spoiler alert: we found - and love - them), and it was essentially a crazy well-curated warehouse of mid century relics. It was a dream. The cute seal lamp pictured above was actually there and available when we went, and though we have no plans to extend our family just yet, my thought was that it was made for a little boy's room.