I have discovered a problem I didn’t know I had. Going on vacation makes me want to shop more. I have visions of great outfits, amazing jewelry, and the bags…oh the bags. It can probably be blamed on the fact that I have started to think of life in photographic snapshots so the vision of a flowy skirt blowing in the breeze while on a cliff overlooking the sea while wearing super cool jewelry and holding an awesome bag, I mean that can totally happen, right? With Turkey quickly approaching, I thought I would share what has tempted me most recently, i.e. my vacation wish list. However, I will say that what is actually going into my bag will be a lot what I currently own and love quite a bit. From my amazing lightweight colorblock scarf from scarf shop, perfect for darting in and out of locations that require head-coverings, a few pairs of well loved (and broken in) sandals care of Aldo, Rainbow & Madewell, a plethora of skirts below my knee, and of course my camera and a lot of camera cards to go with it.
Sometimes you find something that is so perfect, brilliant and amazing that you want to:
a. share it with everyone
b. give it to everyone
c. hide it away for yourself and tell no one (but be the super awesome gift giver)
Because I blog, I felt like I needed to go with option a, however, my aunt and mom wanted me to go with option c so that they could utilize the greatness that is Wantful before news of it’s wonder got out to people they know (and give gifts to).
Here is how simple it really is (per the website):
How it works:
- Tell us a bit about the person you’re buying a gift for.
- We’ll help you curate a set of 16 perfect gift ideas.
- Your collection is delivered in a custom printed gift book.
- They choose the item they love the most and we deliver it.
I have taken the quiz based on different people and curated a variety of different collections to get a feel for the site and I love it. The items are wonderful with a vast amount of option at varying price points, so it is pretty easy to stay within your budget. You can select 16 items per collection and options range anywhere from decor, jewelry, hammocks, electronics, totes, bar ware, food, and art, so you will always find items to, well, fill a whole book. You may now become everyone’s favorite gift giver.
Wantful can be found online at wantful.com
So this find may be a wee bit off the norm for me (mostly because I don’t have kids). But I spend a lot of time with some pretty cute ones and I’m thinking that pretty soon several of them may be getting this super cute coverall hats from etsy vendor NYrika.
I mean, how can you resist this sort of cuteness?
You can find NYrika on etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/NYrika
There are days when you want something pretty to just appear on your doorstep, and then there are those other days. The days when you wished you owned a sewing machine and had every possible crafting item known to man-kind. At the immediate moment in my world, that has come out in the form of packaging. Then I found Knot & Bow on Etsy.
So for all those who love browsing through real weddings or sees awesome glitter twine on a design blog and wonders where they can get something like that, you’re welcome.
the Knot and Bow shop can be found here: www.etsy.com/shop/knotandbow
Balloons. Who doesn’t love them? How can you not smile when you see one? Doesn’t everyone dream of a giant balloon with fringe? Okay, that may have been pushing it a bit far. Moving on.
Geronimo balloons has been creating what can only be called balloon art for less then a year now, but is already much loved. Especially for the fun element it brings to photos. It also can’t help but bring a smile to your face when you see it.
Have I mentioned they are giant?
More information can be found online at geronimoballoons.com
I have been waiting a pretty long time (read: a month) to regale the blog-world with my love of the Brooklyn Slate Company (instead of just little snippets). Also read: I had to wait that whole long month because well, you can’t talk about how great something is when you family reads the blog and you bought a cheeseboard form BSC for your aunt for Christmas.
Long and complicated I know.
I know it seems kinda nuts to be this excited about a thin slab of slate, but just imagine the endless possibilities in the land of “making one’s food pretty on the table for guests”…or we could just call it plating.
And it comes in a great burlap bag, which, is pretty great for storage.
Really, is there anything that doesn’t look awesome plated on a piece of slate. These Brooklyn Slate folks are on to something.
To purchase your very own visit: www.brooklynslate.com
Oh, and all the fun stuff:
Photos care of the BSC website
I am not affiliated with BSC nor do they even know who I am (but in case they were wondering, I am a girl that really really loves their product but can’t decided what to buy first. But I’m leaning toward the slate placemats)
Day four went something like this…..”Josh, pleeeease take me to Venice.” Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but I whined, because, well there was a cake stand calling me. But it was in Venice.
There isn’t any official signage. But there is a telltale sign to know that you have found the right place. About a million and one cake stands stacked in the window. Josh was a bit nervous to walk in, heck, I was a bit nervous to walk around. One false move and a tower would fall on top of you and I’m pretty confident you wouldn’t be found for days.
There are more than cake stands. Actually there was a $9200 set of chairs, but I wasn’t there for those. Though a super cute vase, that may have jumped into my hands, or something like that.
A wonderful trip to the hipster beachy area. I may be the proud owner of a few more things then I walked in with. Oops.
Day One in NYC:
A bee researcher on the bus. Taking my new scarf on it’s first public outing. Dinner at Westville East (thanks for the great pick, Julia!). Dessert at Veniero. But the best thing ever….
Meet my new hat.
Today I am getting my seasonal shopping on while in the Big Apple. So, since I pursued the Union Square Market yesterday upon arrival, on to the Grand Central Holiday market, the Brooklyn Flea Market, Murray Cheese and other such “not chain store” wonders. And with that, I leave you with this small business tidbit found by Mother Porter.
Happy Holiday Shopping.
The family + sarah decided this morning that we were renaming today, because black friday just sounds so dark. So pick your favorite color and confuse every retail worker out there.
I however, think that now is a great time to support all the small businesses out there with amazing products. Some of my favorites:
Hand & Cloth, with their amazing Kantha Blankets
Scarf Shop, must I explain such a wonderful scarf-ness.
skinny laminx, a South Africa pattern designer with a variety of table lines, pillows, etc
maptotes, from amazing locale-centric gifts…this is your go-to
1canoe2, an awesome etsy letterpress vendor
nourishing notes, a foodie-friendly vendor that provides great letterpressed cards
makecheese, an etsy vendor with cheese-making kits. creative Xmas present? i think yes
Is there a small business shop out there that you love? I would love to hear more about it as I continue the never-ending search for awesome and unique gifts.