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.
Here’s what caught my eye this month:
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
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.
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
For those who like to entertain, mix and match items to spice up their next soirée:
For new homeowners, choose a selection of heirloom-worthy ornaments like these from Schoolhouse Electric to help start their collection.
For those who appreciate creature comforts, help them get cozy with one or more of the following:
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.)
Know someone who’s serious about teatime? Any combination of the following would be perfect:
An almond milk earl grey tea latte sweetened with honey and warm-from-the-oven millet apple oatmeal muffins (recipe from this book).
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.
Rugged yet streamlined, warm and waterproof boots. Love the caramel leather and grey wool combo. More waterproof leather boot picks here.
Cozy fleece-lined boots in a blue denim leopard print.
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.