Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Made Company

I just came across Best Made Company while browsing through the latest edition of Lonny Magazine. I love their simple and beautifully designed products. Here's a few items I just might pick up for holiday gifts.

Playing Cards

These beautifully designed playing cards ($8) would make a great stocking stuffer. Printed by the same company that makes Bicycle and Bee brand cards, these sport nifty lightening bolts and cool stripes.

Steel Mugs

These steel cups come from a 100 year old factory in Poland. A set of two cups is only $32. Dishwasher safe or great over a campfire two. These cups are both sturdy and steadfast.

Japanese Higo Knife

A beautiful and useful tool.  These japanese folding knives ($60) are made of white steel with a hand-hammered finish and inspiring message of "courage". 

Monday, November 26, 2012

El Cosmico Provision Company

I've posted about El Cosmico--the amazing luxury hotel/artist retreat in Marfa, TX where you stay in vintage travel trailers.   I have not yet been, but love the aesthetic and hopefully will be able to go one day.

In the meantime, El Cosmico has launched an online store so I can recreate a little bit of the vibe at home.  Here are some of amazing treasures you can find there:

Brass Necklace

A hand-stamped 6-sided brass necklace ($85)  custom made for El Cosmico by Fort Standard.

Pink Pocket Knife

I love the contrast of this pink pocket knife--something sweet with something tough.  Made by Moore Maker of Matador, TX.  $40.

Bolivian Blankets

These colorful vintage wool blankets ($350) are hand-dyed and hand-loomed in South America.  Each one is unique.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Marin Country Mart

Larkspur landing goes upscale!  I just discovered the completely redone Marin Country Mart. Wow!  What a great place to stroll around and hang out in the sunshine with upscale shopping, great food, live music in the middle.  Here are the some of the new shops that have recently opened there.


Awesome men's store with high-quality clothes and accessories and a small selection of women's like the classic French striped t-shirt. Voted one of the country's 10 best independent mens stores by GQ Magazine and San Francisco's best mens store by SF Weekly. Visit online at unionmadegoods.com.

Calypso St. Barth

This shop features cool boho chic clothing and accessories from caftans to sparkly dresses for the holidays. There is also a selection of housewares like pillows with printed skulls, colorful pig statues and more. Visit online at calypsostbarth.com.
Erica Tanov Boutique, PHOTO: Erica Shires and Andrew Weeks

Erica Tanov

This Berkeley outpost arrives in Marin County. Erica Tanov designs upscale bohemian clothing with an emphasis on amazing textiles. Visit online at ericatanov.com.


Belcampo features a butcher shop and restaurant and also sells some other miscellaneous food and kitchen items. All of the meat is grass fed on their 10,000 acre ranch near Mt. Shasta. This company was recently featured in the December 2012 Sunset magazine.  Visit online at belcampomeatco.com.

Malia Mills

Malia Mills features swimwear and clothing for every body shape. Visit online at maliamills.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Wishlist 2012

Okay, Santa, are you listening?  I haven't blogged in a really long time, but what better occasion than just before the holidays when shopping is at a peak.  Here are all the presents that I would probably never buy for myself, but would be thrilled to find under the tree.

Equipment Silk Pajamas

These menswear-inspired pajamas from Equipment ($440) look so comfortable I might just be persuaded out of my ubiquitous sweats. In brushed silk with a drawstring waist, I love them in this bright fuschia shade that is oh so feminine. Available from Net-a-porter.com.

J. Crew Cashmere Wrap

I have been wanting a nice big cashmere wrap for travel--something that can double as a blanket on long plane flights, but is not so big that I can wear it as a scarf every day. This Collection cashmere wrap from J. Crew ($275) fits the bill nicely. I love it plain black.

DVF Fingerless Opera Gloves

These fingerless opera gloves ($275) in black leather definitely add a rock n' roll look to an evening dress. I would wear them with t-shirts and jeans and just about anything. Available from DVF.com.

Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume

I love the combination of floral and spice in Rodin's Olio Lusso Perfume ($220). Very earthy and simple--it is absolutely a scent I would wear every day. This is an oil-based perfume with Jasmine and spicy Neroli. Available from Barneys.com.