Watch: I was too young to understand Twin Peaks when it first aired, and while listening to the soundtrack obsessively as a teen, I’m only seeing the show now, for the first time. It’s a pity there’s only two seasons.
Listen: There are so many great musicians in Scandinavia! Listen up.
Wear: I love the new jewelry line from Front Row Shop – it’s geometrical perfection.
DIY: A Christmas tree mobile would be awesome! Found on Curbly.
Great news, everybody! I found the perfect formula for gift giving, and it’s as easy as saying rock-paper-scissors. Oh, wait, it actually is rock-paper-scissors! Let me explain… Good gifts always come in teams, and I’ve found the winning combination: the actual gift (rock), the card (paper) and something you make yourself (scissors). With that in mind, I’ve thought of 7 types of people and what they’d like to get, based on their personality:
Crafty Cathy – Macrame DIY kit (TMod, $40.91) + Cat girl postcard (Audrey Jeanne, €2) + DIY cactus pin cushion (Plan B)
Busy Betty – Return address custom stamp (Sycamore Street Press, $65) + Animals notebook (Clap Clap Design, $16) + DIY mint lip duo (Alyssa and Carla)
Travel Tom – Backpack (Modernaked, $198) + Air travel framed print (Bykai, $33) + DIY passport holder (Always Rooney)
Indoor Ivy – Salt & pepper shakers (Drake General Store, $18) + Christmas spirit to go (ILaBoom, $14) + DIY geometric candles (How Did You Make That)
Trendy Tina – Navy bag (Nice Things Paloma S., €69) + “It” by Alexa Chung (Urban Outfitters, $30.84) + DIY gem hair pins (Minted Strawberry)
Gamer Gabe – iPhone & glasses stand (BushakanSF, $135) + Zelda card (Turtles Soup, $3.85) + DIY wood USB cover (Tuts+)
Hipster Harry – Log cushion (Donna Wilson, £78.75) + ( Minimal card (Inhaus Press, $5) + Ironic gnome knitting pattern (The Work is Getting to Me)
Last winter I made pearl gloves, so this year I decided on sweet snowflake ones. These pink ones are pretty old and rugged, so a makeover can only do them good. This idea is super easy, and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time. Here are the simple instructions:
What you need:
- white thread (silver would work nicely, too!)
Decide on a pattern, and thread the needle. Stitch various stars on the back of each glove. The best part is that, since no two snowflakes are the same, you can’t go wrong: some may be bigger, some may be wider, it doesn’t really matter.
Next, wrap them up nicely and adorn the package with a pretty gift tag. Choose your favorite one from the tags I made especially for this winter’s holidays – download here. The A4 .jpg file includes 16 gift tags with 8 different designs, each one measuring 40 x 22 mm.
You might remember Mona as one of the regularly featured shops on this blog. The lovely Tel-Aviv based label makes a lot of pretty dresses (like the one I’m wearing above), skirts and blouses, and their lookbooks are always a delight to look at. Because Christmas is quickly approaching, I’ve teamed up with Moriah, the designer behind Mona, to offer you a $50 gift card in her shop! You could use it to get this splendid pinafore (my fave) or any other piece from the Etsy shop.
How to enter: click here. Good luck!
If you’re too excited to wait until the giveaway winner is announced, you can still get a good deal: use the code KITTENHOOD30 for 30% off on all Mona purchases over $70.
The giveaway is open internationally and will end on 12/17.
Gift giving, no matter how wonderful as a gesture, may become overwhelming. These tips will help you do a good job this Christmas, and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Speaking of which…
1. Make a list. Just like Santa, make a list of the people you want to give to. Write down the first thing that pops to mind when you see someone’s name. For example, people always tell me they think of me when they see foxes. The same could be true about a certain song, movie, food or piece of jewelry.
2. Plan ahead. I know, I know, you don’t have time to think about Christmas in July. But if you had a folder of gift ideas (secret Pinterest board?) for close people, you could use it on birthdays as well as holidays. Whenever you see something they’d like, put it in the folder.
3. Stalk them online. You’re allowed to, if it’s in the interest of the perfect gift! This works even if you don’t know the person that well. Check out their Facebook page and find out what they’re always sharing. Is it a certain musician? Get the CD. Scenes from a certain movie? Get the poster. Even better, check out their Pinterest, and you get free access to their wishlist! Some items will be way out of your (and their) price range, but you’ll surely find something nice and affordable.
Watch: Community Christmas episodes are the best. This is one of my favorite scenes, although I love Annie’s sexy song too.
Listen: The Imaginist makes the best mixes.
Wear: The White Pepper launched an amazing leather bag, which can be worn 3 ways. I absolutely adore it!
DIY: How cute are these knotted earrings? You could make a bunch and give them for Christmas.
It’s funny and strange that there was smoking in 1960s knitting patterns. I’m amazed at how little people knew about it back then, and how popular it was with everyone, pregnant ladies included. Cigarette aside, this is a nice picture: cozy turtleneck sweater, long false lashes, the typical short haircut of the era… Lures you right in, doesn’t it?
Photo | Lashes – BH Cosmetics | Mascara – Clinique | Sweater – Fashion to Any | Pants – Uniqlo |