You can take it with you

Scenes from NYC

I was in New York this past week, staying in the East Village with one of my dearest friends and visiting my other favorite New Yorkers. Now that I live in Oregon, I don’t make it to New York all that often. But I keep a running list of new ideas and old favorites for when I do. And my favorite way to explore NY is on foot, so I don’t miss a thing.

Besides the photos and memories, it’s always nice to bring a little piece of New York back with me.

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January wishlist

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Here’s what caught my eye this month:

Time to relax: A winter playlist and cranberry scones

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Welcome to the time to catch your breath and cozy up with something warm part of winter. I have a playlist and a super tasty paleo scone recipe recommendation to help you along.


This playlist has been the soundtrack to my January. It’s mellow but not sleepy, with a hint of melancholy. Perfect for curling up by the fire (or imagining you are). Continue reading

20+ thoughtful gift ideas

Can you believe we’re under the two-week mark? I put together some of my favorite gift ideas and made them customizable, so you can choose your own gifting adventure. 20131211-231804.jpg

Who doesn’t love jam? Especially really good jam. Package up a couple of the following for a sweet gift:

  • Vintage jam spoons from your local antique/vintage shop, etsy or ebay
  • A jam cookbook, if they cook (or would like to)
  • Homemade jam, if you cook
  • Great jam jars, perhaps with a recipe tucked inside
  • Artisan jam from the store or farmer’s market, like Ayers Creek here in Oregon (so good!)
  • Fresh-baked bread or scones

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For those who like to entertain, mix and match items to spice up their next soirée:

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For new homeowners, choose a selection of heirloom-worthy ornaments like these from Schoolhouse Electric to help start their collection.

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For those who appreciate creature comforts, help them get cozy with one or more of the following:

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Jewelry is always a great option. Pair a stylish jewelry box with something sparkly. Or if you’re feeling unsure, tuck in a gift card for a local boutique or etsy. (Necklace, earrings and ring shown above.)

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Know someone who’s serious about teatime? Any combination of the following would be perfect:

Happy shopping!

Warming thoughts for a rainy day

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An almond milk earl grey tea latte sweetened with honey and warm-from-the-oven millet apple oatmeal muffins (recipe from this book).

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So good with a pat of ghee or coconut oil. Try Créme de la Earl Grey from Townshend’s Tea if you get the chance.

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Rugged yet streamlined, warm and waterproof boots. Love the caramel leather and grey wool combo. More waterproof leather boot picks here.

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Cozy fleece-lined boots in a blue denim leopard print.

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So-soft Japanese cotton washcloths and towels. I ran across these at Totokaelo on a recent trip to Seattle. I was so taken with the color and feel of these that I had to bring a few home.