With the holidays, gift giving often becomes the main focus.
But with this, something else happens.
It’s also an amazing opportunity to learn about all the amazing things people all over the world are making.
Bellerby Globemakers specializes in bespoke table top globes. They marry traditional and modern techniques to create truly one of a kind pieces. If you want to give a gift that you will never be able to top, this is it.
The process is meticulous and time consuming, but the end result is an one of a kind globe full of heart.
Birds and scenes of whimsy from Japanese artist Takeo Takei.
Perfectly graphic birds and novelty scenes of valor make for the perfect combination.
All images via 50Watts.
Never have I ever come across a more perfect sweater.
This Japanese Men’s sweater is everything you could ask for. It has the perfect pull-over silhouette in a mostly cream fisherman’s pattern, then it has the added twist of an inserted patch in the most vibrant multi-colored yarn. It looks like a sweater made with true love should look.
Just another example of when it may be best to “borrow” from the boys!
Sweater by Cibone
Like clockwork, following Thanksgiving (the day after,) I get into full Winter mode. The cold no longer seems to bother me, for the charm of winter is the coziness and collective joy that seems to radiate through the Christmas season. Afternoons spent ice skating, evenings spent Christmas shopping, and taking any excuse to indulge in sipping hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons that the beginning of Winter is so wonderful.
With the beginning of Winter, I tend to feel some serious wanderlust for Eastern Europe. Prague, to be specific. Maybe it’s the Germanic Christmas traditions I grew up with, or just a kind of fairy tale I’ve fabricated in my head, but I’ve always associated with Prague and Christmas.
It has the dark narrow streets and gothic architecture I’ve always associated with Eastern Europe. In the photographs I’ve seen and the make believe wonderland in my daydreams, there’s a perfect mix of holiday warmth and seasonal chill. So as the season begins, I’ve been experiencing my Czech Republic holiday wanderlust once again.
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(as I have never been to Prague, none of the images are mine. please use links above for sources)
It seems like overnight it went from pleasantly “fall” to full-on winter. With the arrival of winter, all concerns with fashion vanish and my sole concern with apparel is wearing a uniform that will keep me warm. Generally, this means I am exclusively wearing jeans, sweaters, and boots for four months of the year.
Right as I have begun settling into my winter uniform, I stumbled upon La Marinière, a tumblr blog dedicated exclusively the Breton shirt. She has hundreds and hundreds of photos of celebrities, models, kids, and even dogs in the classic navy and white stripe shirt. Despite the subjects of the photographs are all wearing essentially the same shirt, they all have a distinct personality. While cataloging people wearing this classic piece, the blog also shows the versatility and diversity of the classic look.
While I won’t be digging out my Breton stripes until Spring pops back around….Until then, I’ll be drooling over La Marinière.
Photos of The Beatles, Jean Seberg, and Picasso with a cat from La Marienière.
Before I begin, I feel I must put a disclaimer… I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 7 years. I cannot support the wearing of real fur, however… if there ever was a season to fall in love with fur this would be it.
No matter what pattern, length, or color, fur is popping up in both clothing and accessories. It offers a great textural mix to what would otherwise be a very static season.
How amazing are these blue fur coats? They look warm and fun at the same time, a combination that is all too rare. They both have that perfect blend of high-end luxury and downtown cool.
Plus they’re so puffy, they might make you feel like a bird (in a good way.) Now would be a good time to add one to your holiday wishlist…
I’m fully aware that it’s a bit nutty to be pining over coasters….
However, my apartment has some beautiful wood tables and I have an affinity for cold beverages, so coasters are an absolute necessity in my day to day. As with all home decor items, I believe that each piece should be as beautiful on it’s own as it is as part of the whole. Coasters included.
So if you, like myself, are on the hunt for some truly beautiful coasters, let this be your guide.
1. Hardwood Discs, 2. Reclaimed Wood Squares with a Holder, 3. Indigo Dyed Leather, 4. Gold Trimmed Agate, 5. Jesmonite Hexagons, 6. Stone with Silver Edges
Chickpea Magazine is an amazing vegan quarterly magazine based out of Brooklyn. Each season they offer an amazing array of articles, recipes, and interviews related to maintaining a vegan lifestyle. The content is amazing, but combined with the images and layout, the magazine really comes together in the most beautiful way.
For the Winter 2013 issue, I was fortunate enough to contribute a feature guide to all things vegan and vegan-friendly in Philadelphia.
I’ve been living in Philadelphia for almost three years at this point, but it has just recently begun to feel like home. Writing this piece was amazing because it forced me to really dig into what really makes this city a special place and share it with the vegan community.
Philadelphia is often underrated or ignored, but working on this piece just furthered my opinion that it is a truly great city.
I’m still tickled pink that I was able to contribute a feature article (this is only half of it!)
Seeing my words and photographs in print is one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever experienced.
Make sure to go pick up your issue now (digitally or in print) and read all the other great content!
Having studied art history in college, people are always asking me who my favorite artist is.
The answer is very easy.
More often than not, the person I’m talking to is disappointed. They’re hoping to hear of some obscure artist who focused on the plight of the peasants in the late 1700s, or a post-modernist who hung out with the likes of Andy Warhol.
But I always stand by Picasso. There’s a reason everyone knows who he is. He simply is the best.
Case in point, his constellation drawings. With just a pen and ink, he is able to capture both the essence of modern line and form, while still exploring the vastness of the solar system. It’s the work of true genius. Who else could take a pen and make simple line drawings so complex, you could spend hours digesting them?
His constellation drawings are both the essence of outer space and modern art, simultaneously.
No one else would even think it possible.