It’s the time of year for Holiday parties and office festivities! We’re heading to a few celebratory gatherings and get-togethers this weekend and we’re real excited to drink a few holiday cocktails, wear our most glittery shoes and dance to a tune or two!
There’s a lot of talk about what makes a woman successful in business and the word “likeable” has come to be a controversial one. Can a woman be liked and successful? Should that even matter? The Cut says YES! and that we should look to women like Jenna Lyons for inspiration and motivation. We inclined to agree that their must a be a way to be a boss but not a bitch…
P.S. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for your best friend or your mom, look no further than our GIRL Gift Guide! It’s packed with thoughtful gifts from female-founded, small businesses!
P.P.S If you’re hosting the Holiday party this weekend, why not try this!
When you’re looking for a gift for the best ladies in your life, it can all get a bit overwhelming. This year, in an effort to stick to our ‘less is more‘ mantra, I’m gifting with simplicity. SimpliciTee to be precise (yeah I did that). Also, sweatshirts. Because sweatshirts are Winter’s T-Shirts and it is COLD in New York. Find a few cool, funny, unexpected, she’ll-wear-them-all-year-long-tees (and sweatshirts) below and thank me later!
For your social media savvy friend: Reformation’s Look At Me Sweatshirt
For your proudly political friend: Free The Nipple’s Punk XX Tee
For your vegan, Organic, C.S.A loving friend: Sub_urban Riot’s Kale Sweatshirt
For your fellow francophile friend: Etre Cecile x Man Repeller’s Am I French Yet Tee
For your most flirtacious friend: Top Knot Goods’ Nice Eyes Tee
For your Queen Bey wannabe friend: Cake By The Pound Sweatshirt
For your jeans and a tee only friend: Everlane’s The Ryan Pocket Tee
This Holiday Season, we’re trying our best to choose quality over quantity and minimalism over mass consumption. In our effort to do so, we decided to craft a Gift Guide that features products made by small businesses. Specifically small businesses founded by women! There is an incredible pool of women who chose to branch out on their own and start a business, and in our opinion, that deserves some Holiday love! Plus, these items are always thoughtfully created by makers who often choose organic ingredients, American made goods and environmentally conscious practices. Take a peek at our Gift Guide below!
For The New Mama In Your Life
Billie Blooms — (pictured above with baby Oliver) They’re perfect for boys or girls and they come in the world’s most adorable prints. Plus, they’re American made and for every pair purchased, Billie Blooms will donate a dollar to Every Mother Counts.
Freshly Picked Moccasins — Again, ideal for boys or girls and insanely cute. Plus, that soft, buttery leather is comfortable for even the tiniest of tots!
For The Man In Your Life
Appalatch’s Custom Fit Wool Sweater — It’s simple, classic and unbelievably cozy. It’s also made of 100% Micron Rambouillet wool from Montana and it will last him forever.
MCMC’S Dude No.1 Cologne — The scent is subtle and warming with hints of cedar wood and sandalwood — we can’t get enough of it.
For The Best Cook You Know (Who Already Has Everything)
Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton — The new cookbook from our favorite chef and author has finally arrived, complete with her famous Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and more adventurous recipes such as Monkfish Liver with Warm Buttered Toast.
A Subscription to Cherry Bombe Magazine — Women, food, articles, recipes and everything else that’s good in the world all in one beautifully designed magazine.
For Your Most Stylish Sibling
The Perfect Shirt — Everyone needs a white button down and California Taylor’s Shirt No.1 is a relaxed take on a classic.
A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bell Bottoms to Boyfriends — The perfect pair of blue jeans is a coveted thing. Writers Emily Current, Meritt Elliott and Hilary Walsh explore the history, culture and timelessness of denim.
For Your Best Friend (With A Promise for a Girls Night)
Mullein & Sparrow Ultimate Pampering Face Gift Set — For cozy nights in together watching movies, drinking wine and wearing face masks.
For Your Mom Who Will Spend The Holidays Hosting and Cooking her Heart Out!
Serenity Tea from The Herb Shoppe — The Holidays can get stressful and a little serenity tea can work wonders!
Small Spells Moon Mug — Because tea is the answer to everything and the right mug makes a difference.
There are a few women in film that we simply can’t get enough of this week!
Frances McDormand talked with Katie Couric this week about women and aging — she challenges and inspires our concepts of beauty and for that we celebrate her. During the converstaion, Couric mentions McDormand’s Times interview so we’d thought we’d share that with you too since her presence in the press is so rare and her thoughts are so compelling.
Wild, the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s incredible memoir comes out this week. If you haven’t read the book yet, we can’t reccomend it enough. The film has had incredible reviews thus far and New York Magazine profiled Strayed this week. One of our favorite quotes from the piece:
“…when you really tell the truth, you’re actually speaking a universal language. I really believe that…if you go into that deep truth, you aren’t talking about yourself. You’re talking about what it is to be a human.”
Have a beautiful weekend!
This week, we’re all about getting into the spirit of things. For the next few days, we’ll be cleaning our studio, purchasing supplies and baking sweet treats in preparation for our Holiday Workshop. If, like us, you’re looking to keep this festive season simple, then you’ll want a little guidance from the masters of minimalism. Here are a few of our favorite sources:
And Odessamay Society shows us how to craft thoughtful wrapping paper with nothing more than butcher’s paper, twine and vintage photos.
And Apartment Therapy has collected a few charming ways to use your excess tree trimmings.
We’ll be sharing Holiday ideas and inspirations with you all week and we’d love if you could join us this Saturday as we celebrate the season with Erin Boyle — purchase your tickets here!
Somehow, we find ourselves at the beginning of December. It feels that just last week we were discussing Spring bulbs and Summer adventures. But here we are, the sun setting at 5pm and the twinkle lights lining the streets. Thanksgiving has passed and a flurry of Holiday parties, family functions and travel itineraries are headed our way. As the festive season approaches, we’re making a conscious effort not to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle. We’re attempting to take it slow. To release ourselves from panic buying, stress eating and office party drinking and to instead, embrace mindfulness and moderation.
This change of attitude re: The Holidays starts with the mantra “less is more”. Instead of saying yes to every event and occasion, instead of buying every single item on the list, instead of seeing every single member of the clan, we’ll be whittling it down to the bare necessities. With minimalism comes freedom and we’re looking forward to carefully curating our Holiday engagements. How do we want to spend our precious time off and who do we want to spend it with? Whilst we’ll surely attend our family functions and our office get-togethers, we’ll also be focusing on taking some time to ourselves; to have a bath, watch It’s Wonderful Life, drink hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and start a brand new book.
It’s a wonderful time of year and it should be a pleasure, not a stress. Before December 1st, take a moment to look at the month ahead and plan a few mornings or afternoons that are just for you. We would love for you to do it here with us, by booking a ticket to our Holiday Workshop. It promises to be a charming afternoon brimming with inspiring, creative women who are excited to cozy up in our studio for a few hours of crafting, connecting and Holiday cheer.
We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, we suggest you take a few hours next Saturday afternoon to sip on spiked eggnog, write your Holiday cards, craft some homemade gifts and join us in spirit.
Let’s all have a beautiful week!