2016 Gift Guides // The Traveler

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Happy hump day, friends! We’re excited about today’s gift guide – gifts for your traveler! Whether they’re new to traveling, wanting to get into traveling, or are seasoned travelers, these items will excite the curious minds of people looking to experience new places.

Travelers want small, packable items that make life easier while on the road. Notebooks to document their trips, technology gadgets to ease their minds while being without power, and miniature sized items of their favorite things (cocktails, travel books, toiletries), are all great gifts for the traveler. We’re thinking we might add couple things to our wish lists…


1. Cordito Supreme Rollup
2. Plaid Sleep Set
3. The Carry On Cocktail Kit
4. Leather Luggage Tags
5. Kindle Paperwhite
6. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Collection
7. Clarity Clear Pouch 
8. Zagg iPhone Power Amp 6
9. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada
10. Field Notes Notebook


 

Happy Weekend!

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Happy {Halloween Weekend} Friday, loves! Everyone feeling frighteningly festive? We can’t wait to dig into that candy and get into that ghoulish spirit with some old school horror movies and some serious costume action. Have a fun weekend, all!


cct // With halloween parties starting tonight (!!!), check out some inspiration from The 59 Most Epic Celebrity Halloween Costumes Ever

rkv // Because we’re still trying to get through all of the apples we recently picked — homemade apple sauce tips and recipe

cct // I wanna try these 5 Surprising Ways to Eat Chickpeas for Breakfast

rkv // I think the human race has officially reached its maximum level of laziness. 

cct// I never really got into Pentatonix, but this song is beautiful

rkv // Apparently this is what an ideal day’s worth of eating should look like (health wise, not desire wise).

cct// Love Tuesday Bassen! Great little write up 🙂

rkv // Always looking for some ways to eliminate stress in our lives 


 

Love, Want, Need // Beach Coverups and Speakers

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With all of this warm weather and sunny days, we can’t help but dream about having our feet in the sand while we sit in our cubes. We’re loving ourselves some vintage inspired kaftan-style beach coverups & cutesy embroidered tops to throw on once you’ve had a little too much Vitamin D. And of course no beach day is complete without an easy-to-carry speaker. Seriously, grab yourself one if you don’t have on already, they make all outdoor gatherings that much better!


Love: H&M Dress // RFI6 Bluetooth Speaker

Want: Topshop Dress // SunnyLife Retro Sounds Speaker & Radio

Need: Zara Embroidered Dress // GSPON Speaker


Espresso Con Panna

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When I made the heart shaped waffles a few weeks ago, I ended up with a big ol’ can of whipped cream. And while I’m not mad about it, I do want to actually use it – those things have a habit of lingering in your fridge for ages. I got to talking with Curtis, and next thing I know, I’m googling adorable espresso cups because he started talking about a drink he had seen in Europe – espresso with whipped cream on the top.


 

Other adorable espresso cups I almost bought, here, here & here


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It turns out, that the espresso with whipped cream drink is called an Espresso Con Panna, and it’s amazing!

After picking our our espresso cups, and grabbing the Reddi-wip, we broke out the Moka pot. I had gotten Curtis this Moka pot a couple years ago, but it hadn’t been used in awhile, so we made sure to refer to the experts over at Stumptown for a detailed explanation of how to brew espresso. Easily enough, we filled the filter basket, heated up our water and brewed some delicious espresso!

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The most fun (and delicious part) of this little concoction is mixing in the whipped cream (not seen in these photos because it isn’t super pretty). The richness of the whipped cream pairs perfectly with the bitterness of the espresso, almost bringing out a chocolatey flavor!

So get with your European-self and indulge with a mini cup of espresso con panna 🙂 Happy drinking!

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Mom & Dad Holiday Gift Guides // 2015

 

How are you doing on present buying, friends? While it might be early December, we’re feelin’ a tad stressed! We’re excited to shop for our parents though, because they’re the most fun to surprise! We’re looking to treat mom to some luxurious beauty care she might not buy for herself, some great DIY or cook books that she’ll dive right into, and some fun and comforting items for around the house, like a good calendar, a useful tool or some cozy slippers!

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01. Origins Gift Set
02. Knitting in Plain English
03. Alex & Ani Bracelet 
04. Rifle Paper Co. Calendar
05. J.Crew Factory Slippers
06. Bag Stand
07. Mexico Cookbook 


And onto Dad! Treat him to some fun items like poker chips, unique & delicious beef jerky or some quirky album coasters, and hit his practical side with a fitness tracker, a comfy tee or an Amazon Fire TV stick so he can lounge on the couch. We can see the smiled on his face now 🙂

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01. Poker Set
02. Chipotle Adobo Jerky
03. Garmin Fitness Tracker
04. Record Coasters
05. Grand Canyon Tee
06. Amazon Fire TV Stick


 

Father’s Day 2015

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Why are Dads so difficult to shop for?? They’re such simple people with simple desires, and that makes it tough to find them a good gift. The key for Dad is getting him something that he’ll actually use, hence all of the food related items. Then there’s also the practical items, like the grill thermometer and stretching band (my Pop is always complaining about his hamstrings and calves), and of course personal items for things that strike his interest, like movies and books. Hope our finds help to inspire you in your gift hunt before Sunday!


01. iDevices iGrill2
02. Men in Green by Michael Bamberger
03. Popcorn Seasoning Set
04. Dijon Black Truffle Mustard
05. Jurassic World movie tickets
06. iPhone 6 Battery Case
07. Stretching Band and Booklet


 

24 Great Coffee Table Books

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We love books, people love books, people poking around your house love books — so give them some great ones to sift through! As you can tell we’re big fans of gorgeously designed, interesting & beautiful books to sit down with — and your guests will thank you! But don’t forget yourself! Use these books for inspiration, lounging around, or a gift to yourself — because these amazing things will last a lifetime.


TRAVEL
The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada
The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel the World
The Best Places to be Today: 365 Things to Do and The Perfect Day to do Them

FASHION
Grace, A Memoir
Tori Burch: In Color
The Little Dictionary of Fashion

MUSIC
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
The Beatles Anthology
1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

PICTURES
Kate Spade Things We Love
Underwater Dogs
The French Cat

ART & DESIGN
The Wes Anderson Collection
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Alex Katz: Revised and Expanded Edition

DIY
A Happy Handmade Home
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for a Digital Generation

COCKTAILS
Vintage Cocktails
Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

HOME DECORATING
Domino
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
Mountain Modern


 

 

For Your Valentines & Galentines

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February is here, and it’s time to start planning those little somethings for whoever it may be in your life. We’ve curated a few pieces that we think could be a perfect thoughtful trinket to let that person know they’re in your heart and mind – be it guy or gal!


Valentine
Red Velvet Pancake Mix
Timex Watch
Talisker
JCrew Factory Gingham Shirt
Garden State Vinyl
iPhone 6 Armband

Galentine
Ban.do Heart Weekender
JCrew Factory Drop Earrings
Tocca Roller Perfume
West Elm Heart-Dot Mug
Ban.do Drink Sleeve
“You Had Me at Merlot” Sweatshirt
Abercrombie & Fitch Sleep Shorts


For The Guy in Your Life Gift Guide

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Alright people, the days are counting down, and if you’re celebrating Hanukkah, then you’re already well submerged in that holiday cheer. So let’s bust through these last few work days, and pick out a gift or two that you know the dude in your life will love. These choices should all be easy to find, and hopefully won’t involve any expedited 2-day shipping charges!

Gap Fair Isle Scarf // Crate & Barrel Decanter // Old Navy Vest // Stolen Riches Shoe Laces // JCrew Factory Umbrella // Old Navy Backpack // Kindle // Jambox Mini Speaker // JCrew Factory Tie Travel Case

Copy Cat

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We love having fun with mixing prints, graphics, and colors, and since spring/summer is the perfect time to do so, we decided to steal this chick’s look, because we’re simply diggin’ it. The light cotton tee and the strappy sandals will keep you cool as the temps rise, but the pencil silhouette creates a sophistication. Pair it off with some diva sunnies, plus a bag and watch that pop, and you’re ready to rock. But to be honest, we’ve never tried this hair texturizer before — but the packaging was too cute to pass up!

JCrew Factory tank // Warby Parker sunnies // Zara pencil skirt // Drybar Hair Spritzer // Fossil boyfriend watch // Urban Outfitter sandals // Forever 21 crossbody bag