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17 December 2014

My Calypso Gift Guide



There is a lot to love at Calypso right now. I kinda want everything, from the maison side and also the fashion side. Calypso has the boho-glam thing pretty much on lock so when they asked me to pick a few of my favorite gifts from their selections to feature here on the blog I was kinda at a loss. There are so many good, bohotastic options and pieces that are really luxurious at affordable price-points, which makes gifting really beautiful stuff to girl friends and work friends a possibility.


My first pick was this set of Moroccan tea glasses. I picture gifting these glasses together with a mint plant. The gold makes the gift feel really festive and they add something seriously special to the glass cupboard.


My next pick was this trio of Tom Dixon candles. I’ve been lusting after these guys for a long time. You could either give all three to a BFF or you could also gift three friends one candle and it still feels totally special and luxe. And by the way, they smell AMAZING.


And then there is this Christian Lacroix notebook. It certainly looks and feels luxurious but it comes in at a super affordable $28. It’s the perfect piece to gift to a friend who is trying to get her ideas on paper and her dreams into reality.

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Lastly, Calypso mentioned I should pick out a little something for myself (thanks guys!) and I hooked myself up with this black Moroccan wedding blanket. It sparkles and is quite soft. I’m pretty smitten with these blankets and I haven’t seen the black ones anywhere else. It instantly transforms sofas and beds into a boho-glam situation I’m totally into.


Check out all the items from the Calypso gift guide right here. There’s a lot to choose from!

Photography by Danae Horst, Styling by Justina Blakeney
This post was created in partnership with Calypso St. Barth. 



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I was invited to check out the grand opening of the new Williams Sonoma store at the South Coast Plaza last week, and while I normally consider myself to be more of a flea (marketer) and less of a (mall) rat, there are certain things I prefer to buy new as opposed to vintage — and cookware and kitchen supplies are pretty high up there on the list, hovering just beneath undergarments and beauty supplies.  And while I love the convenience of online shopping, I really enjoy perusing brick and mortar shops to get inspired for display and organization. (more…)

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Being multiracial and also having lived in several different countries in my life,  I have come to learn something that I thought I’d share with you today. Weirdos and heroes come in every shade. And we all probably carry a bit of weirdo and a bit of hero within ourselves too, yes? I know I do! I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind all of the time as doing so creates space to judge people based on their actions and not their shade. That’s all. :)


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12 December 2014

The Art of Gifting to Dudes


I’m excited to share this last video that I made with Ebay. This one stars my BFF (and creative partner) Dabito.  When the kind folks at eBay asked me what I was going to get Dab for the holidays, it was pretty obvious to me. After traveling around the country shooting The New Bohemians with him using my camera, I knew just what would knock his socks off. To check out the other videos I made with eBay all about the Art of Gifting go here. And to dig around for my other gift ideas for the dudes, go here. Have a lovely weekend friends.

This post was created in partnership with eBay. Holla. 

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I feel like even for someone like me who loves color and mix & matching, with larger scale furniture items like arm chairs and a couch, most of us opt for the solid color so that it ‘goes with everything.’  Am I right?  I’m loving a furniture fabric fest right now and have found so many different ways to introduce this into your own interior.  Okay, so the above isn’t technically a couch, but it does make the simplicity of draping your furniture in textiles look pretty fab.  This is something you can do whenever you want a bit of a pick-me-up, but don’t want to commit to buying the patterned sofa or getting your current one reupholstered.

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If you are into getting a piece recovered, why not try it using bright flatweave throws brought back from South America or go Mexican like I did with my rattan chairs (above).

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I love the idea of something really outrageous that you wouldn’t normally expect to see in a lounge room, like the African textile for the couch and matching ottoman, the super vibrant primary colors in a white room or some amazing tie-dyed batik fabric for something a bit left of centre!

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Now, a floral couch is high on my wish list- you can’t go wrong!  I do love getting in touch with my inner little old lady, but there is something quite young and cheerful about a floral printed piece of furniture.


Maybe you don’t do the whole couch in patterned fabric, but just the back or the bottom edge and arms.  I also love the idea of this day bed made up of thin mattresses all covered in different fabric- looks amazing and reminds me of the princess and the pea ;)


I noticed that most of the rooms that these fun furnishings look best in are painted in solid neutral colors- I think white helps the piece pack the most powerful punch!  What do think?  Any ideas for recovering anything in your home over the holidays?  I’m eyeing my big, boring navy couch right now…

Photo credits: 

1. Marrakesh by Design 2. One Kind Design 3. The Transcontinental Affair,  Photography: Lauren Bamford 4. ‘Living With Color’, 1982  Deryck Healey 5. ‘Terence Conran’s New House Book’, 1985  Photography: Gilles De Chabaneix 6. ‘The Originals’, 2008  Photography: Holland Vandertol 8. Design Sponge 10. Jasmijn Stegeman

This post was created by Nicole Valentine Don for JB est. 1979.
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