Happy New Year! As if you needed another reason to be pumped this January, I’ve got 5 of them: 5 things to look forward to in 2015! Cheers!
1. Erica Bryan’s NEW Video + First Show of the Year
Yesterday my girl Erica Bryan released a brand NEW music video, a cover of Bad Suns’ Cardiac Arrest like you’ve never heard it before. Start the New Year with NEW music! Watch the latest video from Erica Bryan on her YouTube channel now! AND catch Erica in Atlanta later this month for her first show of 2015. She’ll be opening for Old Dominion at Smith’s Olde Bar on January 21, plus she’s got something special in store for the first ten to arrive – FREE beer anyone?
2. Laurel Hill Hair Accessories
I’m absolutely obsessed with the jewelry of Athens-born, California-based designer Laurel Hill. I cannot wait til she releases her 2015 collection, which includes a NEW line of hair accessories! Stay tuned to her website and Facebook page this month for more details!
3. GIRLS, HBO
It goes without saying I marked my calendar months ago when they set the official premiere date of HBO’s GIRLS Season 4. I cannot wait to see what my fellow writer Lena Dunham has worked up for this season’s script!
4. Blog Conferences
This one is for all my bloggers out there. Fellow blogger Hillary Dixon of Style in a Small Town was awesome enough to share this comprehensive blog conference directory for 2015. I’m paying it forward and passing it along to all of you! No matter where you live… whether you’re a veteran blogger or just entertaining the idea of starting a blog in the New Year… this list is worth checking out!
5. NYFW F/W 2015
Last but certainly not least, NYFW F/W 2015. I’m always in eager anticipation of fashion week and the amazing energy it brings to the fashion community. However, this year I can’t even put into words how ecstatic I am to have the thrill of experiencing fashion week while living in New York City. I have no idea what type of opportunities I may or may not have to get involved come February, but the simple notion of being in the city and buzzing off the NYFW energy will be enough for me!
We all have big plans for 2015, and we need somewhere to write them down and keep them organized. That’s why the best way to set yourself up for success in the New Year is to start with a new planner or agenda. I’ve used a number of different planners over the years in all sizes, layouts, and colors. I’ve also found that as my life has changed, my agenda has needed to change with it – from student to employed to self-employed – each has required a certain type of organization. However, the one thing that has never changed when shopping for a planner is finding one that is charming and inspiring. So, I’ve rounded up 5 perfect planners for 2015 to cater to all your scheduling needs. Plus, each planner is beautifully designed to suit your personal or professional style. Make 2015 the year you plan for success by organizing your time, tracking your progress, and dreaming big! Start the New Year with a fresh new agenda to write down your goals and aspirations for the year ahead!
1. THE BIG CALENDAR WEEKLY PLANNER, $24
Gain an outlook for the weeks and months ahead with The Big Calendar’s Weekly Planner. This hard-cover agenda with sweet floral watercolor design is sure to help you maintain an organized schedule in 2015! Includes yearly calendar, international holidays, notes pages, and monthly overviews upon request for no additional charge.
2. SARA PINTO WEEKLY PLANNER, $20
This Sara Pinto Weekly Planner is the most affordable of the planners showcased and features an assortment of three available patterns, including this unique and girly camo print. Includes three year snapshot view, monthly view, notes pages, weekly view, special days, future planning, and telephone/address section.
3. NINJ & NINJ WEEKLY PLANNER, $25
As a writer, I’m quite partial to this Ninj & Ninj Weekly Planner, which features a Shakespeare quote from a Midsummer Night’s Dream on the front cover: Though she be but little she is fierce. It’s also perfect if you’re petite like me! Includes 12-monthly weekly planning pages with notes section, 2015 and 2016 years at a glance, monthly overviews between each month, separeate notes pages, and storage pocket.
4. MAY DESIGNS AGENDA, $22
A friend gave me a May Designs Agenda a couple years ago, and I absolutely adored it. May Designs agendas are completely customizable – the planner pattern, monogram shape, typography, colors, and inner pages. If you want an agenda that absolutely suits your style and organizational needs, look no further than May Designs!
5. SHE PLANS TO DO LIST PLANNER, $36
I splurged on this ShePlans agenda for the New Year. If you know me, you know I’m a major maker of to-do lists, so this was the perfect planner for me to kick off 2015! Includes A LOT!
• Colorful laminated Monthly Tabs
• Notes Pocket in the back of the planner
• National holidays on both weekly & monthly pages
• 10 pages of notes (including a specific tab for notes) at the back of the planner
• A User’s Guide – great information on how I use my To Do List Planner
• Important Dates & Personal Goals for 2015, by month
• Gift Giving page to jot down ideas as they come to you throughout the year
• Holidays & Observances at a glance for 2015, 2016 & 2017
• 2015 & 2016 calendars at a glance
MONTHLY SPREADS include
• inspirational quotes & space to reflect upon those quotes
• large format calendar for maximum writing area
• national holidays
WEEKLY SPREADS include
• My MASTER LIST of things to do
• Monthly “at a glance” calendars for previous, current, and next month
• Moments that make this week special section to reflect on the week with gratitude
EACH DAY includes
• Today is Special section to note birthdays & celebrations
• Appointment times from 7:00am – 7:00pm
• Evening Plans for meal planning, late night practices, or anything you’d like to accomplish at night.
Please note: In order to celebrate the holidays with her family, Ashley (owner of ShePlans) only has printables available Dec 20th-28th. All planners will be available for sale beginning on the 29th. Ashley is awesome to work with, so feel free to send her a message if you need additional assistance purchasing your planner.
One of my best friends from college came to visit me in NYC for my birthday last month, and while out for a little retail therapy, we stumbled upon a NYC tradition: the Union Square Holiday Market. It was one of the days where you let the city guide you, so we instantly found ourselves wandering through the market and winding in and out of the countless booths. In honor of my new home, today’s post is exclusively for my fellow New Yorkers: I’m sharing the best of the Union Square Holiday Market.
A C C E S S O R I E S :
Charm NYC was one of my top discoveries of the Union Square Holiday Market. These hats are impeccably made with high quality fabrics and superb craftsmanship. With styles for women (left and center), men (right), and kids (not pictured) there’s truly something for everyone at Charm NYC.
A L L A G E S :
Working a puzzle on Christmas day is a holiday tradition in my family. It’s the perfect way to bring everyone together, young and old. A great jigsaw is an amazing gift for anyone and everyone, even those people on your Christmas list who are most difficult to shop for.
B E A U T Y :
Don’t be deterred by Lotus Skin Care’s hands-on (pun intended) approach to beauty. There’s a reason they set up water basins at their booth to demo their products: because they want to show you how they work and how amazing they are. Our skin truly takes a beating in the winter season. I approached the Lotus Skin Care booth complaining of my incredibly dry hands, so they gave me the demo. I walked away without purchasing, and as I enjoyed the rest of the market, I noticed how hydrated my hands felt. It goes without saying I made my way back to purchase some products for myself and for gifts!
D E C O R :
When I first moved in with my man, I declared posters were the first thing that had to go. Then I discovered Pop Chart Lab, a company that makes posters for adults. My personal favorite are the alcohol-themed posters that are perfect to hang above the bar cart. These make a great gift for the men on your Christmas list!
E D I B L E S :
A gift box from Spices and Tease is another awesome gift idea for those people on your Christmas list who have everything. They have a number of gift box options to fit your budget, and each and every one is customizable for any palate with a combination of dried spices and loose teas.
H O M E :
No, this is not just another candle. As you may have guessed by its name, Dr. Softskin incorporates skincare into all its products, even this candle. Instead of being made of wax, their candles are made of oil, and once you light and start burning, you can dip a finger right in and moisturize your hands, elbows, or other dry areas with the hydrating oil. A unique gift option for a hostess gift or stocking stuffer!
J E W E L R Y :
There are so many amazing NYC-based jewelry brands, it was hard to chose just one to showcase, but I had to highlight We See Stars for their combination of beautiful quality and affordable prices. If you’re stumped for a full-proof gift for the ladies on your Christmas list, you can never go wrong with jewelry.
K I T C H E N :
NY Cruets are the ideal gift for the cooks on your Christmas list. These stunning hand-blown oil and vinegar dispensers are decorative and functional. If you need a gift for your mom, dad, or in-laws, look no further than NY Cruets.
S E A S O N A L :
Everyone loves hot chocolate during the winter months, particularly the holidays. No Chewing Allowed doesn’t just make delectable chocolates that literally melt in your mouth, they make a pretty kick ass hot chocolate, which is an awesome option for a gift swap or stocking stuffer.
T E C H :
Last but not least, Remodo! Remodo is known for is amazing boxed rooms, which are perfect for college students, young adults, new homeowners, kids, vacation homes, and more. BUT if you’re looking for a smaller gift from Remodo, this portable phone charger is sure to please! These battery packs hold a full charge and are compatible with any phone that uses a USB. Simply plug in your phone cord and get charging. And, of course, they’re decorated with classic and cute Remodo designs. This is the perfect gift for those who travel frequently for work or play!
So far in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide advocating shopping small, I’ve showcased three amazing small businesses from around the country:
1. Native Bear in Atlanta, GA
2. Woodbury Lane in Milwaukee, WI
3. Must Love Sparkle in Chicago, IL
4. Jordan Grace Owens in Durham, North Carolina
I discovered Jordan Grace Owens back in college at an artist market in Athens, GA and instantly fell in love with her designs. Jordan Grace has the ability to capture the unique personality and essence of a person while keeping her signature illustration style. She has a number of items that are ready-to-buy in her Etsy shop, but she is most well known for her custom work, specifically her personalized paper dolls. Yes, I said paper dolls, but before you shrug off the possibility of purchasing something that sounds old-fashioned, take a look at Jordan Grace Owens’ designs and think again. Jordan Grace started making her illustrations into paper dolls in “an effort to make art that people would want to touch and interact with,” then they took off (Need Supply Co interview)! If you’re looking for a unique way to capture your family or friends, send Jordan Grace your photos and she’ll draw and assemble their likeness for a one-of-a-kind portrait.
J O R D A N G R A C E O W E N S
A girl can never have too many totes. This hand-screenprinted Leggy Canvas Tote is ultra feminine, fun, and functional. It’s sizable (15″ x 10.5″) enough to serve as a pseudo-purse, grocery sack, in-flight carry on, gym satchel, weekender bag – the applications are endless!
Out with the old-school concert tees and in with the cute graphic tees. This super-soft fitted tee has a lovely sentiment and sweet illustration. It’s perfect for any lady on your Christmas list, young or old!
Partners, pets, parents… spouses, siblings, even friends… the possibilities are endless when it comes to Jordan Grace Owens’ custom-made, personalized paper dolls. Unfortunately, JGO’s paper dolls are so popular there is a 3-4 month wait list. So, the best course of action for the holidays is to purchase a gift certificate.
About the Business:
Jordan Grace Owens is an artist, illustrator, and maker based in Durham, North Carolina. Her intimate and stylized designs have caught the attention of numerous publications such as Design Sponge, Need Supply Co., and Real Simple magazine. Jordan Grace’s work is also featured in the book 1000 Portrait Illustration: Contemporary Illustration from Pencil to Digital. With a fine arts background, two years working in graphic design, and plenty of artistic encouragement growing up, Jordan Grace has built a flourishing business on Etsy and made a career making drawings.
The holidays are a time to come together with the special people in our lives who we don’t see often enough throughout the year. This season, ditch the typical holiday happy hour, break tradition, and think outside the box. Spice up your seasonal get together with some festive fare and a healthy dose of holiday spirits. Wine tastings at Osteria Mattone are a stylish way to gather your closest friends, family, or co-workers this holiday season.
Nestled in the heart of Osteria Mattone is an intimate wine room stocked wall to wall with dozens of bottles, each of which have been hand-selected by in-house sommelier, Dan Pernice. To develop the wine collection at Osteria Mattone, Dan coupled his knowledge from the James Beard Award-winning wine program at The Modern in New York City with his time spent in Italy, all while following a simple, guiding principle: the wine has to match the cuisine. This is the same fundamental idea behind Osteria Mattone’s wine tastings.
Bundle up (the wine room is kept at a chilly 62° !) and cozy up to a group of your friends, family, or co-workers for a night of eating, drinking, and being merry. Osteria Mattone currently offers three Wine Tasting Packages, each of which include carefully curated wine and food pairings.
1. Tour of Italy Tasting
$50/person*, limit 8 people
Package includes: 1 White Wine, 2 Red Wines, and Chef’s selection of Salumi and Formaggi
2. Advanced Italian Tasting
$75/person*, limit 8 people
Package includes: 1 Sparkling Wine, 1 White Wine, 2 Red Wines, and Chef’s selection of Salumi, Formaggi, and Antipasti
3. Custom Tasting
Price dependent on wine and menu selections*, limit 8 people
Package includes: Working directly with the in-house sommelier to curate a list of wines that are exciting for their innovative styles, off-the-beaten-path regions, or unique personalities.
*For each package, there is a flat fee of $100 to reserve the private, temperature-controlled wine room.
To purchase and book a wine tasting or to discuss further details of a custom tasting, email Osteria Mattone to start the process!
Please note Osteria Mattone’s holiday hours:
Tue-Thu, Sun: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Fri-Sat: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Lunch, Tue-Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Christmas Eve: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: 5:00pm – 9:30pm