Thursday, December 18, 2014

Playful Holiday Ornaments by LladrĂ³ and FriendsWithYou

If you still haven't decorated your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush yet, perhaps these playful ornaments will give you the inspiration you need. The giftable holiday collection is a collaboration between renowned Spanish porcelain maker LladrĂ³ and American art collaborative FriendsWithYou, which is made up of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

8 Gift Ideas for the 8 Nights of Hanukkah

chocolates / pillow / menorah / earrings / platter & bowl / coasters / cookbook / dreidel

Happy Hanukkah! The Jewish festival of lights begins tonight, and what better way to celebrate than with some seriously updated traditions? Michael Aram's Rock Menorah is a super modern stunner, while this Lucite dreidel by Jonathan Adler puts a new spin (see what I did there?) on an old game. The foil-flavored chocolate coins of my youth get a much-needed upgrade with Veruca Chocolates' Gelt for Grownups in dark chocolate with sea salt, and Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi will come in handy for a holiday meal. (I got no fewer than three of these books for my wedding shower, and it's simply gorgeous—as much coffee table book as cookbook.) This latke plate and dip bowl are simply a necessity for serving fried deliciousness, and an Oy Vey pillow adds just the right amount of kitsch. And, I may be playing fast and loose with the Hanukkah theme here, but these blue and white sparklers from Dannijo and blue and silver Rablabs coasters certainly put me in a festive mood!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys

shave set / sweater / scarf / headphones / wallet / key fob / cuff links / soap / board games set / pajamas / glassware / messenger bag / driving gloves / watch

Men might be relatively simple creatures, but gifting them ties is just plain lazy. Show a little more effort this holiday season with clothing and hobby-related accessories in neutrals, leathers and (my favorite) buffalo plaid.

Goodies from The Art of Shaving and Kiehl's keep your guy fresh and clean, while a cozy scarf and luxe driving gloves protect him from the elements. Dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands alike can accessorize with this minimalist watch, a rugged messenger bag, and matching wallet and key fob. The subtly geeky Live Long and Prosper cuff links are an ode to Mr. Catwalk, pure and simple, though I'm sure he'd enjoy this wood backgammon and chess set as well. Audiophiles will appreciate the clear sound and low profile of Bose in-ear headphones, and whiskeyphiles (is there a word for that?) will love this marble glassware set. And, for opening all these gifts Christmas morning, buffalo plaid pajamas and a Jack Spade sweater make the perfect cozy uniform.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Temporary Tel Aviv Apartment

Modern beach vacation apartment in Tel Aviv
Modern beach vacation apartment in Tel Aviv
Modern beach vacation apartment in Tel Aviv
[all photos via Airbnb]

As I mentioned last week, I didn't find a loft in Tel Aviv, but I did find a pretty sweet furnished apartment for our first couple of months there. Since my husband's company is giving us a generous stipend for two months of temporary housing while our furniture find its way to us by boat, we were able to go all out on this uber-modern three-bedroom/three-bath just steps from the beach.

The only problem? No permanent apartment within our budget is going to match up to the likes of this!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Glamour Girl

Gift ideas for the glamour girl this holiday season
earrings / jacket / sunglasses / watch / Rouge Louboutin / candle / bag / gloves

Some girls crave the finer things in life, so why not give it (or at least the illusion of it) to them? A faux fur jacket from Topshop brings the drama without the the high price tag, and Christian Louboutin's prettily packaged nail polish offers a little piece of red-soled cache. It doesn't get any blingier than this sequined and bejeweled Kate Spade watch with interchangeable straps, while J.Crew's crystal earrings are more subtle in their shine. Cashmere-lined leather gloves keep posh hands toasty this holiday season, and Valentino's Rockstud sunglasses protect glamour girls from paparazzi flashbulbs. On the splurgier side is the most perfect going out bag I've seen all season: the Soleil Mini in platinum from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Finally, a Jo Malone candle in Frosted Cherry and Clove perfumes the glamour girl's pad for the holidays.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Rustic Modern Lofts in Spain by Dom Arquitectura

Rustic Modern Lofts in Spain by Dom Arquitectura
Rustic Modern Lofts in Spain by Dom Arquitectura
Rustic Modern Lofts in Spain by Dom Arquitectura
all photos by Jordi Anguera [via archilovers]

You may remember that I lived in a loft before I moved in with my husband (then boyfriend). While making the move was certainly worth it, I still miss that wide open industrial space that I had made so perfectly mine. So, as we begin our search for a new apartment in Tel Aviv, I can't help but be drawn to lofts.

These lofts were completed earlier this year in the small village of La Cerdanya, Spain. The team at Dom Arquitectura was tasked with rehabilitating a client's a small house and transforming a barn, warehouse and other spaces on the property into guest pavillions.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Jetsetter

luggage tagpassport cover / 2015 notebook  / sweater / headphones / watch / spray-on moisture / weekender bag / cosmetic cases / slippers / luxe city guides / pillow + sleep mask

If you spent any time traveling over Thanksgiving weekend, you know how important it is to travel in comfort (stylish comfort, of course). So, today's gift guide is for the jetsetter—for that semi-nomadic friend who is always taking off for parts unknown or for the slightly less glamorous business traveler who is endlessly crossing time zones.