UXUA Casa Hotel

Nestled in the colorful fishing village of Trancoso, on Brazil’s idyllic southern Bahian coast, is UXUA Casa Hotel. This sustainable and spectacular retreat was created by former Diesel designer Wilbert Das, in collaboration with local artisans, using traditional building methods, reclaimed materials, and Brazilian antiques and art. Four of the ten casas are restored fishermen homes on the 16th century town green called the Quadrado, while the rest sit in a lush garden. My kind of paradise . . .

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DIY Chindi Reindeer

The moment I spotted these colorfully wrapped reindeer and moose at Anthropologie last December, I knew I had to DIY it for HonestlyWTF this holiday season. Created in the style of vibrant Chindi rugs from Jaipur, India, these wrapped reindeer are incredibly fun to make, are a clever way to repurpose old t-shirts, and make fabulous gifts!

You’ll need:

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The Kooples

I have absolutely fallen in love with The Kooples‘ ad campaign, which features real-life couples looking drop-dead cool and outfitted in interchangeable separates by Kooples, of course. A bit of rock ‘n’ roll with a British edge, the line was founded by three French brothers who turned to Saville Row for their iconic ateliers. Saville Row is a street in Mayfair, London, made famous for its bespoke tailoring. If fact, the term “bespoke” is understood to have originated in Savile Row when cloth for a suit was said to “be spoken for” by individual customers. Check out the rest of the too-sweet videos from their campaign here!

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Gift Guide 2011: For The Dudes

A few gift ideas for the men in your life . . . most of which we wouldn’t mind borrowing for ourselves, like his Ursa Major shaving cream, Persol sunnies, vintage Levi’s wool cardigan, and traveling shot glasses. Ok, and maybe that gorgeous backgammon set too.

(clockwise from top left: Good Heavens neckties$33, Gully handplane $70, Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream $22, Levi’s Wool Cardigan$140, Nixon Microblaster Earphone $100, Orvis traveling shot glasses $39, Bulldog Bottle Opener $15, Todd McLellan “Old Photo” Print $50, London Undercover Umbrella $175, Alexandra Llewellyn pheasant backgammon board $2790, Saddleback leather briefcase $555, Persol Sunglasses $220)

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