Gift Guide: The Starlet Stylist

(Hi! I decided to share my holiday ‘Wish List’ this year, and it morphed into a gift guide for some very stylish women. I’m the kind of person who ends up buying presents for myself while shopping for others… and so this year (to save cash and stave off guilt), I’ll be sharing all of my favorite things here!)

This gift guide is for the naturally elegant girl who gets dressed up at every opportunity. She wears her heart on her sleeve and dips her inner tomboy in gold.

1. Sesame jasper necklace from one of my all time favorite jewerlly designers The Vamoose. Oooh, think of how effortless and beautiful this would look with #6, #10 and a white tee shirt and jeans! £32.00

2. Pretty pretty pretty fine art antler print, for the woodsy princesses. $30.00

3. Intricate and unique gold and crystal barnacle ring. So so cool. If it wasn’t out of my price-range I would buy it and make my current favorite ring it’s best friend. $?

4. Get some Hollywood spotlight with an industrial style vintage lamp. (Similar here and here)

5. Vintage gold cocktail glasses for the after-party. (Similar here)

6. Smoking Slippers for instant sparkle (and a menswear touch). $150

7. Is it possible to be elegantly badass? Yes. Add edge to your Christmas sweater with a shark tooth necklace. $130

8. The perfect simple party dress for all of the seasonal celebrating. $262

9. Me and You pencils to inspire your inner romantic. $12

10. Join the timeless trend of all movie starlets with red lipstick. Not sure which colour is best? A beauty editor claims this colour is perfect on everyone.

This is the last gift guide in my series this year, hope you all found something to give or be inspired by!

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Gift Guide: The Travel Stylist

(Hi! I decided to share my holiday ‘Wish List’ this year, and it morphed into a gift guide for some very stylish women. I’m the kind of person who ends up buying presents for myself while shopping for others… and so this year (to save cash and stave off guilt), I’ll be sharing all of my favorite things here!)

This gift guide is for the busy girl on the go. Her favorite pieces are well designed and practical. There is no point in bringing something with you if it slows you down!

1. Escape in over-the-top style with this Kate Spade Westward Runaway Duffle. $647

2. Cute leather mittens that can still use a smartphone! £35.00

3. A sleek and sexy Japanese designed Swiss Army tool in mint green. Chicly designed and affordable. Yes please. $24

4. Aldo leopard slipper shoes. £49.00

5. Gorgeous snake vertebrae bracelet that I’ve been coveting forever. Slightly creepy, yes, but that’s part of what makes it so awesome. Someone: “Oh hey, cool bracelet! What’s it made of?” “Oh you know, bits and pieces of a snake…”. $98

6. Vintage Mug Shot Print for inspiring adventure and mischief on the road less travelled. $10

7. A timeless, classic, leather banded Nixon watch. £140.00

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Meowdoodle

A few times a week I fall in love with a new cat via the amazing illustrations featured at Meowdoodle. Artists and graphic designers draw portraits of their cats, attempting to capture each unique kitty personality. I love collaborative projects. And kitties. And portraits. And illustrations. And Meowdoodle.

Images; ‘Holden Catfield (aka Akitten Sane)’ by Sherwin Sullivan Tjia, “Hood Cat” by Keenan Cummings, Captain by Emory Allen, and Sophia by Dan Cassaro.

Steve Kim

Paintings by Steve Kim. He has some very interesting work. I’m really drawn to his restraint and geometric emptiness. The selective colour palettes are my favorite, the colour blocking style of painting, the thin narrative lines continually leading your eyes into the sweet spots. I posted about Steve before, but I love how his work is changing.

Sometimes, my interest catches in what the artist leaves out.

Via Booooooom.

It’s in the Strokes

I love seeing the personality of the artist come through in the line work of their drawings. That’s another reason sketchbooks are so exciting. The process, the mistakes, the overlapping ideas… It’s a reminder to experiment and get messy. No one has to see the ugly bits.

Artwork (from top to bottom) created by Jen Collins and Caitlin Shearer and Adara Sánchez Anguiano.

A Sunday Kind

The thing I like most about this song is that it is sung out to no one in particular. It’s a matter-of-fact ‘this is what I want’ and I’m putting it out there ballad. You can hear an optimism and hopefulness here that is often drowned out when a love song is directed at that one person they’re pining for.

And ain’t she pretty.

Beth Rowley – A Sunday Kind Of Love (from the soundtrack of An Education)