The Purplest House Gift Guide! For the Cool Kid

Another gift guide, guys! I had a lot of fun with this one, because I am (not so secretly) still a child and I get excited about things like felt vegetables and paper dolls.

I actually don’t have a cool kid in my life; none of my friends or siblings have seen fit to procreate just yet, which is probably for the best. But most everyone I know has a rad little dude or lady in their life, and The Boy has seven nieces and nephews. I’ve spent a lot of time working with kids as a tutor and in my mom’s classroom, and I have to say… they are not always a delight. I’ve met one too many second graders obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. I’ve seen one too many ten year olds with iphones. So this gift guide is dedicated to those cool kids with cool parents who appreciate the magic of small, simple things.

1) Gorgeous Laser Cut Shadow Puppets – Think of the amazing bedtime stories you could tell with a set of these bad boys. Best babysitter ever? I think so.

2) Wild Boar Stuffed Animal – No words.

3) Bespoke Paper Dolls – These are a little pricey but they were just too cool not to share.

4) Felted Veggies – For the budding chef! (Psst if you get these for me for Christmas I will be your best friend always)

5) A Cute Print – Because everyone needs a lovely home.

 Check out more gift ideas for that cool kid, and everyone else, on my Pinterest!

The Purplest House Gift Guide! The Best Friend: Part One

Hi folks! Well, turkey day is over and it’s officially Christmas time. I know this because I went grocery shopping today and they were playing carols. Which means the poor employees at the Providence Stop and Shop will be listening to Rudolph for exactly 29 days. Yikes.

I’ve never done a gift guide before, because (frankly) it seemed like a lot of work. But this year I’ve been spotting perfect presents everywhere I turn. First up, let’s talk about great gifts for the best friend. Every girl should have a best friend, and I’m lucky enough to have three (not including The Boy). I’ll tackle each of them eventually, but this guide is for your beautiful, doe-eyed, slightly weird best friend who lives in Maine. You knew you’d be friends the moment you met, and you love her because she is acutely aware of the wonder of the universe, and she always wants to share it with you.

1) Wild Unknown Tarot Deck: So she can always find her way.

2) Starry Sky Nightlight: So she can watch the night sky, even when it’s too cold in Maine to go outside.

3) Lady Fingers Gloves: Because she’s the only person in the whole world with hands as tiny as yours… so you can borrow these adorable puffball gloves!

4) Cat Eye Mask: Because she’s your sassy kitten.

5) A Beautiful Print: Because everyone needs a lovely home.

Check out all of these plus more gift ideas on my Pinterest!

Dear Autumn: I Miss You (And Other Things I Thought I’d Never Write)

Welcome to Los Angeles. It is September 24th, and the today’s forecast is sunshine with a high in the mid-80s. In my air-conditionless apartment, the fans are never turned off. I take four showers a day. There is no end in sight.

And meanwhile, on Tumblr, Pinterest, and the so-called Blogosphere, everyone is talking about crisp days and crisp leaves, warm beverages and light layers. I was so excited to move to Sunshineland. I left the east coast at the end of a long and bitter winter. When I got to my new apartment, I was thrilled to hang my heavy coat in the back of my closet. I flipped the bird at “wintry mix”, at thick knit sweaters, at two pairs of socks. I said “see ya later, suckas” to ice skating, skiing, snow-shoeing, curling, and all those other winter games I can’t stand.

But what I forgot about was autumn. That brief, blissful moment at the end of September and the beginning of October, when all of New England gets a new paint job. That welcome reprieve from the oppressive heat of summer, so humid it hangs around your shoulders like a wet feather boa. Those fleeting weeks where the air is cool and refreshing, but not yet cruel and biting. I never thought I’d say it, but I miss driving through the rolling hills of Connecticut, past tiny white churches framed by crimson, burnt sienna, orange red, and red orange leaves, past rust red barns surrounded by rust red trees, past grazing horses just starting to grow in their shaggy winter coats, crunching through the dry brown detritus collecting in their paddocks. In the past few weeks, I’ve started to instinctively reach for tea, for cider, for soup, for Porters and Stouts, those dark, sweet, stick-to-your-ribs beers I love so well.

I miss that first day of fall. I don’t mean the autumn equinox, or any calendar date. I mean that first day when it’s still technically summer but you walk outside and even though it’s still sultry hot out, for the first time in a long time you smell just the faintest hint of musty dead leaves and burning logs. I miss pulling the covers up to my chin. I miss sweaters over dresses with boots. I miss that transition from the shouting, laughing, shorts-wearing, popsicle-eating days of summer to the quieter days of fall, that inward turn from splashing in the pool with friends to reading a book by yourself in the armchair by the window. I miss knowing that the world is changing, and therefore knowing that I am changing. I miss cider. I know I said it before, but I really miss cider.

But more than anything, fall is a time for lovers. Summer is so hot; we sleep stock still on separate sides of the bed, sweat pooling in the creases of elbows and knees. But fall–fall is a time for flushed cheeks, for holding hands, for kisses on cold noses. I think back on last fall and I remember one absolutely perfect thing: at night, in bed, I used to slide my feet between your knees, just to keep my toes warm.

Guess I’m due for a trip home, guys.

All images linked to sources.

 

Three Things: To Wear

Back again with three more things! Today it’s all about style. I feel like (among other things) my style is going through a fundamental change right now. On the one hand I’m still into all my staples: high drama, bright colors, big bows. But I’m starting to edge towards more classic, timeless looks as well. Am I getting older? Looks like it. Can I stop it? Guess not. But I think that I can find a happy marriage between those two looks. One of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received came from one of my favorite acting teachers. She told me I reminded her of old school Diane Keaton. She said, “Diane knew what she wanted to look like way before the rest of us had a clue. Kylie knows exactly what her style is.” Well if not, Pinterest is certainly helping me figure that out.

 THREE THINGS: TO WEAR

1) Flannel + Leather!

2) There are parrots and chili peppers on her dress, people. PARROTS. AND CHILIS.

 3) There’s something some classic and Parisian about this look. And it looks so comfortable! Like wearing your robe out to a party. Not that I haven’t done that…

So I’ll be back tomorrow friends, with three more things! Enjoy yourselves, and check out the rest of my Pinterest style here.

Three Things: To Own

So I’m trying to get back to writing every day. But sometimes this is difficult. Last winter I was living the housewife life. I had nothing to do all day but write posts, and read books, and make sure dinner was on the table when The Boy came home from class. This was nice, this was pleasant. I was hibernating. But now, with all the other things to see and do in my life, writing feels overwhelming. So this week, just to dip my feet in the water, I’m doing a series called “Three Things”. Each day, I’ll post three Pinterest finds all relating to a certain theme. I’m going back to basics, to remind myself of what this blog is all about: sharing daily inspirations with you kind folks.

So today I’ve got three objects I would like to own, from useful to useless. Because I’m me, they’re mostly useless… in the most useful sort of way. Please enjoy, and I’ll be back tomorrow with three more!

THREE THINGS TO OWN

 1) Paris in a Box block set. As a child (and adult) I loved my blocks. Look at these beauties in all their Parisian glory! And I never say nonsense like this but: wouldn’t these make a lovely and original baby shower gift?

2) Persian kitty birthday candle. And I do have a birthday coming up!

3) Brass toy pill bugs (or rolly polies, as I used to call them). What for? Who cares, I love them!

So those are my three things for today, friends. Stop by tomorrow for three more pins! And check out more inspiration on my Pinterest boards!

To be thy lips is a sweet thing; and small.

So I’m back home in California, a little sunburnt and a little blue. I’ve got a double dose of homesickness and lovesickness, so maybe that’s why I’m extra moony over this beautiful wedding, shot by Lydia Jane Photography. I actually got a little teary looking at these pictures, and I’m at work. Yikes, I miss The Boy. Or maybe it’s really just a really sweet, gorgeous, heartfelt wedding. They have alpacas, people. And sheep + cats. I want this girl’s life. Also, she illustrated her own invites: Continue reading

Well, now that Thanksgiving is over…

We can get ready for Christmas! Check out these projector decorations of Saks. I think this is so deliciously giddy and merry, a job well done.

I apologize for my absence these past few days, I’ve been busy at home catching up with family and friends. I’ll be around tomorrow though, I promise. Happy Thanksgiving, this year I’m extra grateful for this new outlet for my thoughts and creativity so, THANKS FOR READING!

Bitch Wanted

I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I want Krisatomic’s new, XL Bitchface print. I’ve had terminal bitchface since the day I turned 12 (an inheritance passed down year after year among the women on my mother’s side), so the message really speaks to me.

That’s all I can say today, folks. I’m back in my hometown and leaving in exactly seven minutes for a concert. Connecticut in the late fall is so stunning and, weather permitting, I hope to be out and about tomorrow shooting pictures of apple cider and red leaves. But of course I left my camera cord in Rhode Island, so you might have to wait until next week for those pictures.

Image courtesy of Krisatomic.