Gift Guide 2011: For The Adventurer

Anything, except granola, for the one who loves the outdoors . . . 

(clockwise from top left: LL Bean Monocular $30, Klean Kanteen Bamboo & Stainless Steel BPA Free Water Bottle $29,  Serena & Lily Indigo Herringbone Throw $225, Patagonia Lydia Vest $129, REI Classic Ragg Socks $9, Almond x Linus Summer Bike $1300, St. Kilda Matchstick Earrings $205, Triple Locking Steel Carabiner $23, Pendleton x Shwood Sunglasses $210, Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Scented Oval $45, Jambox Wireless Speakers $200, 8020 Adair Camel Boots $174)

Boughs Of Holly

I love how designer Benji Jones has decorated his Virginia-Highland home for the holidays. The decor is festive yet subtle and tasteful: sprigs of evergreen tucked behind paintings, miniature live pine trees in almost every room, a sunburst mirror turned into a holiday card display, and even a fabulous Mexican carved Santa Claus on display in the master bathroom. On another note, how stunning are the dark wood trims and accents against the robin egg blue walls?!

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Watts Towers

The Watts Towers, a collection of seventeen interconnected sculptures in Los Angeles, California, was created by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over a period of 33 years starting in 1921. The 100 foot masterpiece, also known as Nuestro Pueblo, was constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar, and embellished with tiles, glass, seashells, rocks and other found objects. Rodia worked without the aid of scaffolding, building up one level at a time. Today it’s recognized as the world’s largest single construction by a one individual. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, or are visiting, I would highly recommend paying The Watts Towers a visit. I still can’t believe I grew up in Los Angeles and had never seen it in person before. WTF

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Sachin + Babi Giveaway

Last month, while in New York City, we had the pleasure of meeting Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, the charming and dynamic couple behind Sachin + Babi. We spent the afternoon previewing their latest ready-to-wear collection, which is not only modern and wearable but flawlessly tailored with the utmost attention to detail. This season their jewelry collection was brilliantly inspired by Rorschach ink blots, with the idea that one image can represent something so different for every individual. Thanks to Sachin + Babi, we’re giving away two hammered gold and leather Rorschach bracelets to two lucky readers! Simply leave a comment, like Sachin + Babi on Facebook, and two winners will be selected at random on Monday, December 12th. (Sorry, limited to US & Canada residents only. Winner will be announced and contacted by email. Good luck! xx) **Contest is now closed. Congrats to Lizzie M & Angela L!

(Sachin+Babi Aurora Bracelet $145, Sachin+Babi Resort 2012 blouse; photos by HonestlyWTF)

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