2016 Calendar Roundup

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I was a little excited to be ahead of the curve this year when I already had my 2016 wall calendar from Karolin Schnoor ready to go January 1st.  I have been absolutely in love with her illustrations since I featured her works in my former retail store, Schatzelein and am so happy to get to look at her beautiful work every day in my home.  For those of you not so ahead of the curve, there is still time to snag a calendar for yourself, and I’ve rounded up a few that might just do the trick.

For the botanist or anyone with a green thumb {or someone just wishing for one}, the 2016 Botanical Art watercolor calendar by Inslee will blow you away. The folk calendar by Rifle Paper Co, includes hand-painted illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art, Japanese textiles and more.  Sometimes the moon rules your life, and in that case the Moon Calendar by Margins Imprint fits the bill.  And for small spaces, try the compact yet visually powerful calendar from illustrator Leah Duncan.

 

Shop 1 Karolin Schnoor / 2 Inslee Botanical Calendar  / 3 Folk Calendar Rifle Paper Co  / 4 Moon Calendar / 5 Leah Duncan

 

Be Our Valentine

 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve got you covered.  Snag a little something sweet, like our Fish Earrings starting at just $30, or blow her away with our Slope Ring in 14K gold & diamonds.  There’s even something for the guys with our Elongated Hook Keychain or 3 Piece Rectangular Spirit Chain, among others. I’m sure we have something to fit your valentine’s taste and your budget.

To sweeten the deal, we are offering 25% OFF the entire site.  Use code BeMine at checkout.

The Guide: 1 Half Moon Hoops / 2 Pewter Disc Crescent Earrings / 3 Rectangular Spirit Chain / 4 Fish Earrings  / 5  Galena Necklace / 6 Elongated Hook / 7 Slope Ring

Birthstones: January

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illustration by LaPetitMascarade

“The origins of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – the tanzanite was added to December.” The American Gem Society

I wanted to start expanding my own knowledge of gemstones and minerals and thought that focusing on each month’s birthstone would be a great way to dig in.  Before January slips away, I wanted to find out a little more about garnet!

Identification

Color: red is common but garnet comes in virtually all colors
Mohs Hardness: 6.5-7.5

History

Garnet signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  The word Garnet was derived from the word granatum – which means seed.  It’s called this due to the gemstones likeness to a pomegranate seed. Historical references to garnet date back to Egyptians in 3100 BC when it was used to inlay jewelry.  Though its most associated with the color red- the name represents a group of minerals available in a rainbow of colors – from deep red to vibrant green. It’s most commonly sourced in Africa, Sri Lanka and India.

Physical, Mystical and Spiritual Properties

It’s revered and prized for its strong curative properties and protective energies. It’s known as a source of creative energy and is a sensual stone representing the primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It’s thought to reduce bodily toxins, regenerate the body and stimulate the metabolism.

According to Crystal Vaults, the stone has been said to help with the cardiac rhythm, acne, low libido and even relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain.  Garnet can help sharpen your perceptions of other people – allowing you to open up the heart and bestow self-confidence. It’s known as a stone of commitment – boosting devotion and understanding.

Retailer Love: Willy’s Detroit

 

 

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Willy’s Detroit is a special vendor of ours with a flagship in Detroit and newly opened second store in Plano, Texas. As part of the Shinola family, you can find not only US made Shinola products, but also a variety of handmade and unique pieces from vendors like Steven Alan, Herbivores, Kerosene fragrances, fail jewelry (of course) and more.

They’ve curated a wonderful selection of indie brands and a variety of objects that would make wonderful gift ideas. If you are searching for something extraordinary for yourself – or someone else, locals can pop into their shop in Detroit or Plano. To keep up with store happenings and their latest finds, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

 

Currently: Five Things I Can’t Live Without

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We all have things that we can’t imagine not having and not using, and I wanted to share a few of my current favorites with you.

I have been searching tirelessly for an actual comfortable pair of boots- the ones I can walk in a city like New York or San Francisco for days.  I finally found them!  These teva boots are quite literally the most comfortable and stylish pair of boots out there {believe me, I tried them all!}.

My biggest “LA” moment, getting hooked on Butter Coffee!  Putting butter and coconut oil in my coffee not only offers some incredible health benefits, but is also delicious. Drinking this in the morning can help you burn fat – all day and is a dose of healthy fat to reduce the risk of heart disease.

While we’re on a health kick, the Cloud of Protection is a staple in my bathroom and car.  It cleans bad smells out of any environment – immediately. The formula contains anti-microbial essential oils to fight airborne bacteria and viruses. They clear out an air of negativity and cleanse the space.

I also recently discovered the beauty of Air Plants as a great way to enhance a space. I use these plants to fill artful vases that are on display, but rarely get filled with fresh flowers.

And lastly, I never go anywhere without my cashmere dipped scarf from Fig & Bella – whether you are taking it to travel or simply add that extra layer – it keeps the cold out, and keeps you looking pretty stylish too.

Shop this image: 1 Teva Boots  / 2 Fig & Bella scarf / 3 Air Plant / 4 Butter/ Coconut Oil Coffee / 5 Cloud of Protection

 

 

Mobiles Galore

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“Suspended decor is having a moment.” – The Wall Street Journal 

Everywhere I turn, mobiles seem to be the new “it” decor item, with even the Wall Street Journal noticing the trend featuring Ladies and Gentleman Studio’s earlier this year.  I have been a fan of mobiles for quite a while (here, here, and here) and wanted to bring a few more beauties to your attention.

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As we enter the New Year, consider simple ways to update the interior of your home or office with your own mobile. Mobiles are a beautiful way to add a bit of character to any space while catching the light and airiness of the atmosphere and adding delicacy and beauty. Whether they are for an entryway, bedroom, office, or a nursery- shop my 3 strand and 5 strand mobiles, along with the 4 piece rectangular tiered mobile and an organic 4 piece tiered mobile. Mobiles from fail are hand-cut brass sheets with forged wire and brass chains. See all of my mobiles here and the full article in The Wall Street Journal here.

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photos: Ladies and Gentleman Studio