For some people this Friday is Friday. Not roses and romance and hearts and fluttery feelings. Not lingering looks and love and cherubs and chocolate. But fear not, whether self-imposed and you’re celebrating or inflicted upon you and you’re suffering, these will help.
Made by the artful and offbeat Dude, Sweet Chocolate, these potions give the perfect fix to the free-of-heart. Made to be mixed into martinis, drizzled on desserts, or enjoyed by the spoonful… or bowlful. I mean, who would know?
Well I am already a pretty big advocate of the Baggu, especially this size which I can’t seem to get enough of. They do such a great job creating simple, easy to pair pieces that are also very functional. And their eye for color is equally spot on, which is why it is so hard to choose just one. So imagine my delight when I saw the gold-dipped baggu tote and weekender – a collaboration between Baggu and West Elm. Stripes? Gold? I’ll say yes please to almost anything with either of the two.
About a year and a half ago, I got my first puppy. Adelaide. She is a rescue dog – a border collie, black lab mix. It took a long time for me to feel that I was ready to have a dog, after years of traveling for work and living in small apartments. I finally decided that it was time to stop waiting for the perfect time because I could be waiting forever. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I spent a while looking for the right puppy. I wanted a smart, athletic dog who could be by my side all the time. Nothing could have prepared me for this little 10 week old border collie, lab mix. I guess when I finally jump, I jump right into the deep end. But we got through that, and I can’t imagine my life without her.
So when it came to finding her a new collar recently, you can imagine that, yes, I spent a while looking for the right one. I wanted something that was stylish (obviously), durable (because we are always muddy or swimming or knee deep in snow, depending on the season), and something which spoke to Addy’s singularity. And finally I found it.
Found My Animal is a Brooklyn-based company which makes accessories for adopted animals and their people. The founder, inspired by a family member who was working as a fisherman, made her rescue pup a 3-strand, hand-spliced and whipped nautical rope leash. Nothing like it existed in the market, and after many requests for duplicates, she found her calling and launched Found My Animal.
It began with a nautical-grade rope leash, but has gone on to include so much more… waxed canvas collars and dog coats, rope collars and matching bracelets for owners, best friend charms and compasses, waxed canvas collapsible bowls and bags, ombre dyed leashes and collars, and new favorite, the new girl scout green canvas collar. All are made with rugged, all-weather materials and can be hand or machine washed.
And in addition to making the best pet accessories that I have seen, Found My Animal’s goal is to help raise public awareness of the urgent need for animal adoption. To learn more about how to support them and to read some really inspiring and touching stories visit them here. Now not only have I found my animal, but I have found a company which shares my love of great design, quality materials, and rescue puppies.
One of my favorite new accessories companies is Sud De Sur. Inspired by a road trip to Big Sur, Los Angeles based couple, Barrett Prendergast and André Vippolis, combined their diverse backgrounds in fashion and photography to create a brand aesthetic reflective of their taste, travels, and sensibility. The manifestation of this is Sud De Sur. And it is perfect.
The modern yet timeless designs, the astutely conjured color palette, and the impeccable construction speak to the couples’ innate design sense and their easygoing, worldly style.
A luxury accessories company informed by nature, the elements, and the rich California landscape, Sud de Sur is evocative of the modern bohemian lifestyle. With uncompromised attention to quality of construction and detail, Sud de Sur is dedicated to creating timeless pieces that are dynamic, playful, and sophisticated. The collection includes the Madera Mini, the California Clutch, and the Topanga Clutch which have all quickly become favorites amongst the stylish and in-the-know.
And now you know, too… and you should also know that they’re made in LA! Love it so.
Don’t know what more I can say besides, um, love. Anthropologie you continue to please. And by please I mean blow me away with your amazing finds. This leather is delicious, and the designs are exquisite. So yes, pretty pretty please.
I love this natural pool I found on Marie-Claire Maison. The image is so ethereal and other-worldly. So Midsummer Night’s dreamy… and exactly where I would like to be. Love the candles, the grouping of sticks, the raw tiles, the natural water which is such a deep, restful color, and the pillowed and bolstered couch. So serene and rejuvenating… yes, please.