12.09.14

GIVEAWAY / BITTERSWEETS NY

bittersweets ny has great collection of eclectic and dainty jewelry, so you can buy the perfect gift for anybody! the prize for today’s giveaway is a tri-color ring + teensy diamond ring (of the winner’s choice). and don’t miss out on the 20% off discount code!

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12.09.14

CURATED GIFT BOXES

i love these beautiful boxes so much. i’d been eyeing them on instagram for awhile so i invited barrett, the owner of valleybrink road who makes these beauties, to bring a few by the studio so that we could shoot them. enjoy the eye candy below!

she creates a variety of boxes fit for every occasion from food, home, parenting and beauty. the beauty box above had so many amazing scents and products that i’d never tried and LOVE now (especially the lavender lotion.)

the boxes are hand delivered all over los angeles but she also ships out of state. you can email vbr.assistant@gmail.com for ordering inquires.

i like the idea of sending someone a sweets/beauty combo box. they get the indulgence of both worlds and the chance to try products that you normally wouldn’t stumble upon.

the home box with linens, candles and chocolate would make anyone feel less stressed.

the local LA deliveries come with a sweet arrangement of flowers and the others are sealed with a holiday garnish and bow. thanks for the gorgeous photos, brittany! they’re making my day.

gift boxes by: valleybrink road
photography by: brittany wood

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12.08.14

GIFT GUIDE / SUPER STYLISH GIRLFRIEND

I don’t know about yours, but my girlfriends are just the coolest girls around and I love them so dearly. And of course, it’s a treat to find a special something as colorful as their personality. Here are a few treasures that made it on my shopping list this year. –stephanie

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shop these items: 1. ceramic platter from gorman, 2. graphic socks from poketo, 3. dotted gloves from kate spade saturday 4. eye bracelet from baba souk, 5. ban.do iPhone case, 6. pom-pom beanie from kate spade saturday, 7. zara trainer, 8. sweater from zara, 9. matisse cut-outs from anthropologie, 10. clutch from zara, 11. zara backpack.
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12.08.14

GIVEAWAY / MANSUR GAVRIEL

happy monday! one of my favorite accessory companies at the moment, mansur gavriel, is giving away a red mini backpack (a $795 value!) to one of our lucky readers! this one is open to international. also, they are relaunching their shop tomorrow. good luck!

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12.05.14

HOLIDAY COCKTAIL

happy holidays! today, we’re sharing a recipe for these festive cocktails. i love the deep red color with the accent of floating cranberries. and, as an added bonus you can freeze the cranberries ahead of time to help keep the cocktails cool!

we made a slight adaptation on this recipe. we created the mint infused syrup but we also added floating fresh mint leaves and frozen cranberries before serving. they were delicious and the hint of lemon in the cocktail keeps it tasting light and refreshing.

what are some of your favorite holiday cocktails? i’ve been wanting to make homemade egg nog, i’m not a fan of the store bought kind but i’ve heard that the homemade version is completely different. do you have any recipes to share?

(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)

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