Present Picks {HOME}

November 30, 2012

Presents for the home could quite possibly be our favorite.  Seeing as we’ve been in the process of slowly but surely changing things in our own little “home” (apartment), we love receiving gifts for the home each Christmas and find them to be fun memories of Christmas’ past.  Our mom started a tradition with us of giving us each a pretty coffee table book and it has been so much fun to create a collection that way.  Depending on the person, items for the home can sometimes be an afterthough or something that they wouldn’t normally invest in which is…

Presents for the home could quite possibly be our favorite.  Seeing as we’ve been in the process of slowly but surely changing things in our own little “home” (apartment), we love receiving gifts for the home each Christmas and find them to be fun memories of Christmas’ past.  Our mom started a tradition with us of giving us each a pretty coffee table book and it has been so much fun to create a collection that way.  Depending on the person, items for the home can sometimes be an afterthough or something that they wouldn’t normally invest in which is why we think they make such a great gift.  The Voluspa candle above is one of our recent home purchases from our Austin trip (we each got our own of course) and it smells beyonnddd amazing.  Anyone would love a great smelling candle along with any of the insanely cool things above.  That Crocodile dish?  No words.  

(1. Crocodile Dish // 2. Circling Swallows Clock // 3. Form + Pheromone Wall Art // 5. Gold Bowl // 6. Wool Plaid Throw Blanket // 7. Voluspa Crisp Champagne Candle // 8. Taschen’s Bookstand // 9. Alexandra Von Furstenburg Acrylic Tray // 10. House // 11. Kelly Wearstler Little Kiss // 12. Zebra Tangerine Pillow // 13. Skull Doorknobs)

Other Present Picks for 2012: Best FriendBossGuys, Little Ones

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Hope to see you tonight!

November 29, 2012

…At the 7 For All Mankind holiday shopping event!  Small bites, drinks, make-up touch-ups by Smashbox , and dress up – what more could you ask for on a Thursday night?  We will be at the 7 For all Mankind store in  Northpark Mall tonight from 6:00-8:00pm and we are so looking forward to shopping with some of you.  If you need to convince yourself to come, just visit the 7FAM site to see all their denim and clothing goodness for yourself…  And don’t forget that when you spend over $250 you will get an awesome VIP gift bag with an iPod Shuffle, Smashbox Cosmetics, and…

…At the 7 For All Mankind holiday shopping event!  Small bites, drinks, make-up touch-ups by Smashbox , and dress up – what more could you ask for on a Thursday night?  We will be at the 7 For all Mankind store in  Northpark Mall tonight from 6:00-8:00pm and we are so looking forward to shopping with some of you.  If you need to convince yourself to come, just visit the 7FAM site to see all their denim and clothing goodness for yourself…  And don’t forget that when you spend over $250 you will get an awesome VIP gift bag with an iPod Shuffle, Smashbox Cosmetics, and a subscription of VOGUE!  Here’s to hoping that we will meet some of you tonight 🙂

(All images via The Blonde Salad – and yes, all the jeans pictured are 7 For All Mankind!)

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Present Picks {LITTLE ONES}

November 29, 2012

When it comes to picking presents for the little ones, I always have the hardest time.  More than any other person on my list.  Its easy to resort to the usual toy, barbie, etc…but I like to find something with a little more longevity and a bit of use to it.  Something that won’t add to the clutter and dare I say it, crap, that I know most moms with little ones have as a result of birthday party presents, Chick Fil A toys, party favors, and the like.  Something that the little ones and their mamas will be excited…

When it comes to picking presents for the little ones, I always have the hardest time.  More than any other person on my list.  Its easy to resort to the usual toy, barbie, etc…but I like to find something with a little more longevity and a bit of use to it.  Something that won’t add to the clutter and dare I say it, crap, that I know most moms with little ones have as a result of birthday party presents, Chick Fil A toys, party favors, and the like.  Something that the little ones and their mamas will be excited about.  In the past I have gifted the above popsicle kit and it was a huge hit.  I also love the idea of a monogrammed robe or slippers – personalized and all children love to get cozy before bedtime.  There is nothing quite like seeing a little one light up when opening a present!             

(1. TOMS Personalized Classics // 2. Wooden Miniature Tea Set // 3. Trumpette Bouncy Cow // 4. Popsicle Making Set // 5. Super Adventures with Sophie in the City // 6. Modern Piggy Bank // 7. Fuzzy Rainbow Stool // 8. My First Piano & Learning Kit // 9. Fjällräven Classic Kanken Backpack // 10. JellyCat Edward Bear // 11. Farm ‘Fold & Go’ Play Set // 12. Let’s Make Some Great Art // 13. Minnetonka Tramper Boots)

Other Present Picks for 2012: Best FriendBoss, Guys

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Number One / Le Jus

November 29, 2012

You might remember last week that when I posted about a pair of Repetto Camo-print ballerina flats I’m obsessing over, I mentioned that I saw them at the opening of Number One / Le Jus.  I’m finally getting around to sharing the photos I took that night (two weeks ago) because I can’t get the little café & juice bar off my mind… Number One is a new store concept in Highland Park Village, and Le Jus is the café and heart of the space – it serves up specialty and all organic juices, coffees, delicious small plates, and baked…

You might remember last week that when I posted about a pair of Repetto Camo-print ballerina flats I’m obsessing over, I mentioned that I saw them at the opening of Number One / Le Jus.  I’m finally getting around to sharing the photos I took that night (two weeks ago) because I can’t get the little café & juice bar off my mind… Number One is a new store concept in Highland Park Village, and Le Jus is the café and heart of the space – it serves up specialty and all organic juices, coffees, delicious small plates, and baked goods (gluten-free foodies rejoice!).  The opening allowed Sally and me an opportunity to taste a few things and both of us were so impressed with the complex flavors and freshness.  And for anyone who has tasted Blue Bottle Coffee (a San Francisco legacy) you will be excited to know that they brew their coffee at No. 1/Le Jus!  So happy I get to re-live the New Orleans cold-brewed coffee I had when Sal and I visited San Fran.

So aside from the tasty treats, I think you can tell that I was pretty enamoured by the space itself… It’s so unique and perfectly nestled in Highland Park Village.  Definitely a new go-to spot for early weekend mornings and a place to take out-of-towners when they come to visit.  I only wish that the baby Frenchie we met at the opening would be there full time! 

First image via Four One One blog // All other Images by MBM for A PIECE of TOAST

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Present Picks {GUYS}

November 28, 2012

For the guy in your life or just your brother or male friend.  Looking at this you would think that the guys we know only like alcohol, leather, knives, and wood.  That may or may not be true.  We like to keep our men guessing when it comes to presents – giving them things they want and need but putting an unexpected twist on things when we can.  Technology gifts are a no-brainer but it can be hard to venture outside of your local Apple store to find gems like this wooden keyboard and track pad tray or the bull…

For the guy in your life or just your brother or male friend.  Looking at this you would think that the guys we know only like alcohol, leather, knives, and wood.  That may or may not be true.  We like to keep our men guessing when it comes to presents – giving them things they want and need but putting an unexpected twist on things when we can.  Technology gifts are a no-brainer but it can be hard to venture outside of your local Apple store to find gems like this wooden keyboard and track pad tray or the bull USB key chain… When in doubt: boxers will always be worn and appreciated and necessary objects like shoe horns are bigger hit than you would think.

For more gifts for guys you can check out our spread in the To & From gift guide magalog here!  We are pages 22 and 23… Loved being included in this jam-packed digital gift guide for Holiday 2012 😉

(1. J.Crew Leather Shoe Horn // 2. Fossil Estate Framed Duffle Bag // 3. Anthropologie Horned Beauty Bottle Openers // 04. Whiskey Stones // 5. J.Crew ‘Santa Girls’ Boxers // 6. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm // 7. Wooden Mac Keyboard Tray // 8. Coach Bleecker Bull USB Key Chain // 9. Smythson Folding Cardcase Wallet // 10. Beats by Dr. Dre // 11. Black Animal Head Shot Glasses // 12. Spartan Wood Swiss Army Tool // 13. The Hungover Cookbook // 13. J.Crew Wool Gloves with TouchTec)

Other Present Picks for 2012: Best Friend, Boss

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