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HOLIDAY GIVING + GETTING

Everyone’s doing a gift guide, so why not join in? Here, lots of ideas for the awesome babe in your life….

+For cat lovers only.

+An educational skirt.

+I already own two of Debbie Carlos’ insane halftone-printed posters, but this one — of jellyfish! — is my new favorite.

+Silk blouses at Steven Alan. (Sale this weekend, too!)

+This French press makes me want to throw mine out.

+Chez Panisse Menus — inspiration to flip through.

+A rainbow of lockets. (I’d put in tiny photos of pizza.)

+Pretty sure we can all agree that having the complete DVD set of one of the best TV shows of all time would make a sweet present.

+Everyone is wearing vintage Coach right now! Why not join in?

+You need a calendar for the new year. Both of these are so beautiful.

+A thick stack of records from Phonopolis. A nice end of year list from 2012 to inspire your purchases, here. (Some of my favorite albums this year were hip-hop: I’d go with a themed collection including Kendrick Lamar, Death Grips, Killer Mike, and Frank Ocean.)

+Stocking stuffers to make you thirsty.

+Super beautiful and graphic tableware.

+Now THAT’S a dress! That color could inspire poetry. Oh Sonia, you never get it wrong.

+A practical tote for lugging your stuff to work.

+Less practical, but pure awesome, and so cuddly.

+Classic sneakers that everyone should own.

+A spendy item, but these are stunning shades.

+Advance tickets to see Heart play the Bell Centre in March. Because you think ahead.

+A set of David Tanis’ two remarkable cookbooks. We own both and they are indispensable.

+An Amtrak gift card, for spontaneous weekend trips.

+A copper pot for making perfect jam. (A girl can dream, right?)

MAIAMI AND STAYING COZY

I’m still kicking myself for missing out on the awesome Primoeza sample sale from a few weeks ago. Now I can’t stop thinking about cozy, handknit sweaters. I don’t live in Portland anymore, but I still like to check in on Giovanna and see what she’s stocking at Una, my favorite clothing shop in the city. She has a talent for unearthing independent designers that you would never typically hear about — steering clear of the more ubiquitous hipster-chic labels that infiltrate most high-end boutiques. Her latest posts don’t disappoint — I’m seriously obsessed with this Berlin-based knitwear line Maiami, which has just the right balance of kitsch and utilitarianism. Just the thing for chilly Montreal nights. They remind me of my beloved thrift store sweaters collection, but in better, brighter colors, and more updated, slouchy shapes. Perfection!

PRINTED MATTER

I have really been feeling dusty teal + pink colorways for my clothing. These are two new pieces (top: Rachel Comey from Bird; bottom: Zoologist by Charlotte Linton) that I’m fairly obsessed with. It’s so funny, I can’t remember the last time I bought a solid-colored piece. For some reason, my eye just seems to automatically skip over them these days.

 

 

GOLDEN SUNRISE

I have been a mega fan of David Neale’s work (and his rad blog!) for a long time. But I’ve never bought any of his pieces because he makes mostly rings, and I hate wearing rings. (Also super impractical for a baker). But now that he’s making the Sunrise style in a beautiful gold bangle, I could see myself buying this piece… oh it’s so amazing!

[via The Golden Smith]

UNDERWATER LIVING

After weeks of waiting, my glorious A.P.C. quilt has finally arrived!! My bedding situation is a little chaotic (mismatched pillows, mismatched sheets, two thin airplane blankets, one duvet, one blanket purchased in Bali, and my quilt) (and no, I don’t turn on the heat in my bedroom), but the quilt pulls everything together. The quilt is super thick and warm and heavy, really amazing quality. Very substantial. Since I am missing the craftsy gene, I hope that this adopted heirloom will keep me company throughout my entire life.

The “curtain” is actually a beautiful piece of fabric my mom gave me for Christmas. She wanted me to make a top or dress with the material (she actually suggested I give the fabric to Jennifer — my mom is a huge fan!), but as a curtain I get to enjoy its beauty every single day. It’s slightly sheer, really heavyweight silk, so it filters sunlight as this gorgeous aquamarine color. It makes me feel like I live in the ocean. I’ll try to get better pics of it soon.

But really: thanks to Joyce for the original heads up.

MOLDINGS + NOT-SO-SUBTLE HINTS

Wouldn’t these be perfect for molded marzipan? They remind me of the shortbread molds my mother used when I was growing up, which featured elaborate engravings of old botanical drawings. They were beautiful.

I know my boyfriend reads this here blog, so I’m just gonna leave these images here and hope for the best. Not subtle, I know, but Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away, people!

[via House on the Hill]

NYC EATS

[Photo via Things I Like To Look At] It’s been a while since I’ve been able to have a real vacation in NYC, so I was extra stoked to relax and explore the city this time around. I had big plans (So sorry, Willem de Kooning, the Cloisters, and Warby Parker; next time, I promise), none of which were actualized. Basically, all I did was eat.

Fornino’s (Williamsburg): I had my stomach set on Patsy’s, the venerable pizza institution in East Harlem, but they were closed for renovations. We considered other options (Roberta’s, Totonno’s, Motorino), but ended up at a new place on Bedford, a Slice favorite. We shared five or six pies, but the best was the funghi misti, which was covered with a slick of black truffle oil. Also great bookends to the meal: fizzy Lambrusco and the affogato.

Zebulon (Williamsburg): Brooklyn beers, cheap whiskey, and music by my friends Steve Gunn, John Trucsinski, and Metal Mountains. A friendly standby.

Bianca (NoHo): I first read about Bianca on A Clapping Ritual. Really beautiful Italian food at unbelievably cheap prices (almost everything is less than $10!). They don’t take reservations, but you can wait at the bar next door, and the host will personally fetch you himself when your table is ready. I was impressed by the velvety bolognese, which was served over ribbons of delicate house-made tagliatelle. (Don’t forget the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo!) I was also blown away by the Ciambella con Marscapone, a coarse, lemony Romagna-style cake draped with a creamy sauce. Gotta learn how to make that.

Country Hill BBQ (Chelsea): My friend Evan, who is one of my NYC restaurant gurus, took me to this Texas-style restaurant, which serves meat like brisket and roast chicken by weight (their slogan is “cooked low and slow”). All hail the $34 beef short rib.

Walden (Williamsburg): Creamy chicken liver pate, bone marrow, braised chicken legs, duck confit over grilled radicchio, pork belly, pickled golden beets, a barnyard-y, juicy Gamay — we tried it all. Plus, festive champagne cocktails on the house. Nice.

Ontario Bar (Williamsburg): Air hockey and cheap beers!

Hungarian Pastry Shop (Morningside Heights): WHY can’t we have a place like this in Montreal? Everything about this cafe was perfect, right down to the classic movie-ready UWS setting.

Mermaid Inn (Upper West Side): $1 happy hour oysters and $7 chardonnay. Honestly, can you imagine a better way to spend an hour and $20?

Other places that were on the itinerary but will have to wait until next time — Prune (we naively walked in without a reservation and were promised a table at around 10:45pm); Dirt Candy (inexplicably closed); Vinegar Hill and Pies and Thighs (next time, I promise!). Next time, New York! In the meantime, I heart you. Forever.

WEARABLE CATS

I have just enough money in my Paypal account to get this. Do I dare?

FRIDAY SURPRISE

Weirdly enough there seem to be a lot of Thanksgiving-themed Black Friday sales here in Canada. Though I rarely go shopping these days, I took advantage of Anthropologie’s extra 50% off sale to buy a pair of Rachel Comey oxfords (with the perfect Southwest color palette!) that I’ve had my eye on all season. I seem to be averaging around two Comey heel-related purchases per year; the collection is growing nicely. Hunting around for her other designs, I found that Comey also designed the perfect pair of slippers. They’re so amazing and cuddly (and made from baby alpaca fur!).

(Image via Creatures of Comfort).

A FEW THINGS I LOVE

1. As per my ongoing backpack obsession, I finally bought one of the Shabd x Baggu backpacks and I love it. Tons of roomy space, sturdy thick canvas, lots of little pockets, the perfect shade of seafoam green.

2. My favorite piece of jewelry, a present from Sasha. I’ve only recently gotten into astrology, ever since discovering that my partner and I are both Libras. (It’s a heavy match). This pendant is ideal. Totally witchy and with a serious weight and presence.

3. Bought a beautiful new lipstick for summer. My Nars Heat Wave has been a great standby for nights, but I wanted something less intense for daytime wear, especially for stuff like work. Dior’s Rare Amber is the perfectly creamy matte rose hue. (Apologies for the beyond-chipped fingernail polish).