Dec 18, 2013

A few favorite things

It's been a while since I've done of these item collages, and I forgot how much I enjoy putting these together. It's like a pin board of items I actually own and love. The bonus is part I get more practice with lighting still-life when I do these, and get to geek out about lighting setups.

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ONE // Safe to say I'm obsessed with Aesop products. When I visited the store in Sydney, the lady there squeezed this combination of the exfoliant paste and parsley seed mask in my hands and said it was a great mask for extra dry skin. Though I didn't pick it up at the time, I kept thinking about that combination on my skin, and finally went on a spree in one of the NYC stores (which all have beautiful displays).

TWO // CĂ©line Edge. Enough said.

THREE // There was an article in the NY Times recently about extravagant candles. I found myself nodding along as I read it. Yes, it's like burning money and yes it's kinda crazy, but the touch of luxury it can add to a space is worth it in my opinion. ;P This one is the Mimosa by Diptyque.

FOUR // A carafe by Teroforma. Sits beautifully in any room.

FIVE // Notes from the Larder by Nigel Slater. When I was at Cindy's in SF, she made meatballs from this book and I thought, hey I can do that. Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the pretty photos in it.

SIX // See number five. After years of making do with a few shallow fry pans and ordering lots and lots of takeout, I decided this Le Creuset was a necessary step.

SEVEN // Many people have written about this boot. I feel like I'm late to the bandwagon, but it's really a great comfortable every-day walking boot.

EIGHT // I suffer from extra-horrible hat hair since my bangs are so unwieldy to begin with, but I can't leave the apartment on these bitter-cold days without one. This one is from last season Club Monaco, but here's a similar one from this year.

NINE // This little Goyard has served me so well. It's incredibly light and can be worn cross-body so I'm totally unburdened by it.

TEN // My Mud Australia teapot is one of my all-time favorite things. Elegant and understated, it makes me want to have tea parties so I can maximize its usage.

ELEVEN // An eyeshadow palette where I actually like all of the colors.

TWELVE // A few recent ceramic acquisitions from the talented Clair of Clam Lab.

THIRTEEN // This Everlane scarf was a birthday gift and I don't ever want it to leave my side. It's incredibly luxurious and warm.

FOURTEEN // I can't stop admiring the photos in David Tanis's newest book. I've already bookmarked a number of recipes I hope to try. Refer to number six.

FIFTEEN // I've been on a bit of a sweater spree, but this is the only one I have that's not a solid grey, black or navy.

Getting off my soapbox now. Hope you've found something you can add to your holiday wishlist!


  1. I really love your collage, great idea

  2. What a lovely collage. Thanks.

  3. Boom, great post. I love Nigel Slater + David Tanis!

  4. Your photography is impeccable! Also, I love a good polka dot sweater. :)