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I’m a romantic at heart, and even though I’ll be single this Valentine’s Day, I still find the day worthy of celebrating. I realize it has become a “corporate” holiday over the many years, and, truth be told, we should honor those we love every day not solely on the 14th. But, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions, so a day to celebrate your love and commitment towards a significant other, or simply expressing the love you have for family and friends is a grand idea. Tokens of love are appreciated. Especially when there is plenty of thought behind the gesture.
A few of my favorite ideas:
Breakfast in bed. This West Elm handsome looking tray is just what you need to serve up all the goodies you present him while he relaxes in bed.
Take a weekend away, just the two of you. Gift him this Aha Ted weekender, and no matter where your journey takes you he will arrive packed in style.
Opt for a simple gift that could yield some not so simple results. Fleur Du Mal’s silk blindfold could play the part. And, while you’re there make sure to get something delectable for you to slip into.
Or, you could go the “home made” route. My girlfriend turns her fiance’s instagram account into a book every year. They’re both super creative people, and she loves to show her support and appreciation of his talent with this simple gesture.
Alexandra makes hers at Blurb
Neil Barrett “Jay De Niro” Jersey T-Shirt // Uncommon Goods Health, Wealth & Love Wishbone // West Elm Deco Handle Tray // Aha Ted Weekender // Fleur Du Mal Silk Blindfold and this (Sliquid Organics Natural Gel) //Apolis Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-Shirt
This year it’s about mixing things up. Changing the way you approach your free time. I’ve curated a list of ways to get the ball rolling and simplify the process for you. Try turning off the TV and listen to a podcast; camping in a decked out, luxurious Airstream trailor in lieu of a hotel; or listen to an autobiography audio book to put your self in someone else’s shoes rather than your normal radio stations. Who knows, this could be life changing!
Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
“He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision-making in Blink, the roots of success in Outliers, and the advantages of disadvantages in his latest book David and Goliath. In his latest project, Revisionist History, Gladwell examines the way the passage of time changes and enlightens our understanding of the world around us.”
Try tuning in to Revisionist History, a podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. A 10 week series where Malcolm takes an event, a person, or idea, from the past, and reinterprets it.
Inspired by the wanderlust of camping and the great American road trip, AutoCamp is a new type of outdoor lodging experience that’s unlike any other. The combination of modern and luxurious Airstream accommodations along with their unique, decked-out properties in California (Santa Barbara and Russian River) create the ultimate outdoor camping experience for both casual and seasoned campers.
These iconic silver bullets are outfitted with queen-size Casper mattresses and soft linens; modern, sleek bathrooms with walk-in showers and vanity sinks; kitchenettes; and a flat-screen TV with cable and built-in sound system. Top-notch toiletries include Malin+Goetz bath products and cozy robes. All that, and gorgeous scenery to boot. Count me in!
The team behind Eastern Safaris: Balloons Over Bagan In Myanmar have now launched an exciting new product in the spectacular Atacama Desert of Northern Chile. Balloons Over Atacama’s sunrise hot air balloon flights drift slowly over multi coloured and spectacular rock formations against a backdrop of distant snowcapped volcanoes. The makings of an experience that will never be forgotten!
The actual flight lasts 45 minutes, however, upon landing, while the highly trained flight crew is packing plan on enjoying a light champagne breakfast. The entire experience will last about 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
“Theaster Gates: But To Be A Poor Race,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, January 14 – February 25, 2017
“But To Be A Poor Race questions a particular kind of poverty, one that is not just about a lack of economic capital but one that is deprived of the basic elements from which one can make a living,” says Gates. For Gates, sculpture – as a derivative of the minor arts, craft, or the decorative and plastic arts – has been an important historical invention. Throughout Gates’ artistic career and especially during his time at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the need for divine acts to have material and human vessels has undergirded his investigations. The exhibition begins to demonstrate Gates’ thoughtful handling of sometimes imagined African reliquary objects and other historic Black forms, referencing the power that can be honed from ‘poor’ materials. But To Be A Poor Race offers a salute to the possibility of power and beauty. ”
Gates is internationally renowned for his cross-disciplinary practice that spans sculpture, painting, sound, and performance. Featuring all new works, many of which will be created on site, this exhibition marks the artist’s continued investigation into the relationship between visual politics, shamanism, and object making.
Learn more about Theaster Gates
“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce
Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run is not just an explanation of his vast record catalogue, and recalling of his many sojourns while touring the world many times over. While it does delve into those aspects, it is more of a raw, honest and in-depth telling of one’s life from an extremely self-aware man who has thought deeply about what his life experiences have meant. Listening to the audio version in my car, narrated by Bruce himself, was akin to having him personally tell me his story as I tooled around the streets of LA. Highly recommended. Thanks Bruce. I already miss you.
Buying the people you work for, with, and whom work for you can be a tricky maneuver. One that requires balancing creativity, decorum and skill. Though budget may be a consideration you always want to give the recipient a gift they’ll love, and that will stand out in the sea of received gifts! Today’s curated list keeps in mind multiple budgets while covering many genres: from Broadway Baker’s sweets-to-die-for (on Oprah’s Best Thing’s List), to Mini Me’s personalized Bobbleheads, to Simone Leblanc’s seasonal gift boxes, ranging in price from $50 to $750.
Shop the list and find a gift they will love at a price you will too!
Broadway Baker // Vanity Fair 100 Years From the Jazz Age to Our Age // Jackery Smart Fit Technology Portable Charger // Flores Lane Candles // Simone Leblanc Gift Box // 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said // Mini Me Personalized Bobblehead // Simon Pearce Weston Vase
There are a million reason to celebrate living in the United Sates. Traveling to its breathtaking scenic landscapes, and visiting the culture and urban life of its diverse cities are among some of the best. Here are ten of the top sites and cities to explore for summertime (or anytime) fun.
San Francisco, CA
What to do: Golden Gate Park, Japenese Tea Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Ghirardelli Square, AT&T Park, Legion of Honor Museum, ride a cable car, explore North Beach, Nob Hill, Union Square, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to visit Tiburon. Eat, Eat, Eat.
Where to stay: The Fairmont or The Phoenix Hotel
What to do: The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Buddha Beach, Crescent Moon Picnic Area, Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. Enjoy a few spa visits as well. Be Spiritual, it won’t kill you.
Where to stay: Enchantment Resort
New York City, NY
What to do: Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Broadway show, Barneys New York, Dover Street, Art Galleries in Soho, Cafes, eat out, check out Brooklyn, Empire State Building, go out dancing all night and come home when the sun rises, The High Line, American Museum of Natural History, Coney Island, Whitney Museum of American Art, grab a slice of pizza, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Square Park, West Village, Museum of Modern Art, High Tea at the Russian Tea Room, Times Square. Almost anything you damn well please!
What to do: Mirror Lake, Wapama Falls, Glacier Point, Half Dome, and drive through the California tunnel tree. Hike, Hike, Hike. Soak in the awe-inspiring beauty.
Where to stay: White Wolf Camp Ground
What to do: Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, Miracle Mile, Willis tower, hear some Blues, Grant Park, and walk Michigan Avenue for renowned shopping. Visit Highland Park and say hi to Michael Jordan. Try a deep dish pizza or two.
Where to stay: James Hotel
What to do: Hike Artist Point, The Geyser Basin, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Lake and Lower Yellowstone River Falls. Take loads of pics and hike often. Soak it in!
Where to stay: National Park Lodges
What to do: Smithsonian Institution, Theodore Roosevelt Island, National Mall, National Museum of Natural History, Kayak at the C & O canal, walk through Georgetown. Tour the Three Houses of Government – White House, US Capital and The Supreme Court.
Where to stay: The Jefferson Hotel
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
What to do: Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Island Alpaca, Larson’s Fish Market. Taste a Kimchee Burger at Henry’s at the Harbor View Hotel. Bring a few books and catch up on your reading at any one of the many beautiful beaches (South Beach, East Beach or Lobsterville Beach).
Where to stay: Mansion House
New Orleans, LA
What to do: The French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District, the Warehouse District, Audubon Park, shop on Magazine Street, eat a Po-boys and a beignet. Listen to as much New Orleans Jazz as you can! The Spotted Cat is a must go!
Where to stay: W Hotel
What to do: Haleakal? National Park, Waimoku Falls, snorkeling and scuba diving at Molokini, surfing, fishing, helicopter ride, read on the beach and go to a Luau. Get some exercise, learn to Hula dance.
Where to stay: Hotel Wailea
Today I’m celebrating my favorite day of the year — the official start to summer! There aren’t many duo’s better than long summer days (over 16 hours of sunshine today), and stick in your head, heart pounding, get-up-and-dance music. With that in mind, we continue our tradition of celebrating summer solstice with our third It’s F**king Summer annual playlist. Enjoy, and remember, music is meant to be shared, forward to your friends!
Happy Summer Solstice and have a rockin summer!!
More and more we are looking for our fashion choices to match, not just our aesthetic sensibility, but our ethical sensibility too. Companies like Tom’s and Warby Parker have inspired us with a buy-one, give-one-model. Thinx, the underwear company that could topple a multi-billion dollar feminine hygiene industry, follows their lead. In four pretty styles meant to accommodate different days of your period, these panties eliminate the need for pads or tampons and also provide re-usuable pads to women in Africa where the lack of access to feminine hygiene products can mean missing work and school. What do you think about Thinx? Would you consider abandoning your Tampax for a new way that seems better for the environment and the world?
The Hidden Gem in Tiffany’s Outlook – Access to Cheaper Diamonds