gift guide | for the ladies {LA}

need a little last-minute gift inspiration for that hard to shop for gal pal? here are a few great gift ideas sure to please your sister, co-worker, mother-in-law, or your best girlfriend. happy shopping!!!

 {1}the take anywhere tote in red from baggu {2}the perfect gold bangles from dreamcollective.com {3} super cute owl salt & pepper shakers from designer jonathan adler  {4}must have magazine subscription to anthology {5} luxurious faux fur throw by west elm {6} soy based candles with amazing natural fragrances from archipelago {7} sea blue measuring spoons from west elm {8} loving this locket from antrhopologie {9} heartbreaking & inspirational must read, by caroline moorehead {10} functional art for the perfect hostess, the jujuy pitcher {11} add a little pop of color with the fun & funky driftwood hooks from kielmead

bright ideas {AL}


{zipper 8 lighting} a company started by allison patrick, a recent architecture graduate living in new york.  allison explains, “i was bored after classes ended for the summer and decided to start a design firm making cool stuff”. these beautiful, handcrafted light fixtures made from materials like books, maps, cocktail umbrellas, and plastic bags are one of a kind and affordable. check out allison’s etsy store here & read more about her as an etsy featured seller here.


happy friday {AL+LA}

gift guide | for the fellas {LA}

with the holidays just around the corner, i have been full-speed-ahead with my christmas shopping for friends and family. and because i travel across the country for the holidays, i do most of my shopping online. then have the packages delivered to the east coast – wrapped and ready for giving! while perusing the web last night i created “gift idea boards”, cataloging all of the great finds i came across. of course, i thought i would share some of the spectacular items i discovered for that handsome fella in your life. . . wether it be a husband, boyfriend, father or brother.

{1}the perfect travel companion, the doctors bag by peasants&travelers {2} sleek bar set by alessi {3} super comfy slippers by old friends {4} f-bomb paper weight at uncommon goods {5} 30for30 collector’s set from ESPN {6} a bit of a splurge, the sky prodigy automatic telescope {7} sophisticated shave set from steve&co {8} audiophile hd800 headphones by sennheiser {9} the ultra hip MONO case passport wallet {10} unique crow bottle opener designed by tadahiro baba {11} vintage scrabble found at restoration hardware {12} the perfect red holiday cardi by armani {13} fabulously striped socks from richer and poorer

the high {AL}

{high museum of art} last sunday, i went to see the picasso to warhol exhibition on view at the high in atlanta.  the weather was cloudy & crisp but the white sky with shades of gray was a beautiful backdrop to the architecture and landscape.  
the exhibit was amazing and displayed the works of 14 modern artists from the twentieth century.  these masters of abstract expressionism pioneered through traditional concepts & practices to open way for a new style of art through paintings, printing, and sculpture. the great 14 included: pablo picasso, henri matisse, constantin brancusi, piet mondrian, georgio de chirico, jackson pollock, alexander calder, romare bearden, louise bourgeouis, joan miro, marcel duchamp, fernand leger, jasper johns, & andy warhol.
i highly recommend a visit if you live nearby or happen to be in atlanta.  it only takes about 2 hours to walk through and it is the first time ever this collection has been on display in the southeast.  
{sculpture: companion passing through – KAWS}
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at a glance | november {LA}

a look back at november with {LALA}. . . can you believe december is right around the corner?!?
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happy {AL+LA}

inspired by | thanksgiving {LA}

planning last minute details for your thanksgiving feast, tablescape, floral arrangements?  me too.  taking inspiration from these fabulous photos! happy {last minute} planning!!!

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retreat to the trees {AL}

i went to the woods because i wished to live deliberately…
{treehotel} may be a little more than the essentials but these beautiful shelters suspended within the trees foster solitude and unity with nature.  situated near the lule river in harads, sweden, are 5 modern tree houses with varying thematic styles. i’m usually not one for themes but love these imaginative concepts. my favorite? i think it’s a tie between the mirror cube room and the cabin. 19 additional houses are currently planned for the future. look forward to seeing the next design. this place is definitely going on the bucket list!
the mirror cube room


the blue cone


the UFO


the bird’s nest


the cabin
all photography from treehotel

happy friday {AL+LA}

{photograph taken by {Gaston Batistini} on july 31st, 2011 when a world record was attempted for the most hot air balloons taking off at once in france.}