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?!
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.
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!
The countdown to the holidays has officially begun. And so begins our series of gift guides, each chock full of some of our favorite tried and true items from 2011 and of course, a few products on our own wish lists. First up: some gift ideas for the urban girl . . .
(clockwise from top left: Ultrasone Edition 10 Headphones $2750, Bauble Bar Cleo Earrings $92, Catbird Knuckle Ring $58, Jennifer Fisher Peak Ring $125, Tom Dixon Light Pendant $780, Burberry Cashmere Beanie $165, Skywatch Chronograph $295, Leather Baggu $150, Bauble Bar Monogram Necklace $105, Charles Philip Flats $99, Brass Horseshoe Hook $10, BonLook Eyeglasses $99, Glacier Teaspoon Set $32, Tart Server $16, Coach Court Bag$258, Jennifer Fisher Peak Cuff $190, Keel’s Simple Diary $15, Valentine Goods Leather iPhone Veil $40, Luxe City City Guide $10, Barry Feinstein “Bob Dylan” Print $2250, Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent $62)