DIY Sleigh Bell + Mistletoe Present Topper

I’m a strong believer that gift presentation is as important as the gift itself. A thoughtfully wrapped gift can actually serve as two presents in one: the actual gift and the anticipation of discovery. So when eos challenged me with creating a DIY with their collection of Limited Edition holiday flavors, I was immediately inspired to make present toppers. My family loves eos lip balms and they’re something I’d normally stuff stockings with, but this year, I’m wrapping and disguising them as little gold sleigh bells as an extra surprise. With the help of crepe paper master Anandamayi Arnold, I’m pairing the lip balms with crepe paper mistletoes so that after the holidays, your friends and family can hang them up year after year. Pucker up!

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Ariele Alasko

If you’re one of the nearly half million followers of Ariele Alasko on Instagram, then you’re familiar with her woodworking talents. And if you don’t, allow me to introduce you. After studying sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Ariele began working with wood as a hobby. Soon enough, the pastime became a full fledged career and today, she hand carves gorgeous sculptures and smooth surfaced spoons, brushes, boards and serving plates from maple, cedar, walnut and hazelnut wood. Her methods are painstakingly beautiful – just listen to the sounds of the carving. Mesmerizing, no? My favorite pieces are those using a traditional Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban, where the wood is charred black, scrubbed, buffed and then coated in wax. If only I can act quick enough to own one of her pieces. As soon as she updates her shop, her work sells out almost instantly. You can sign up here for updates . . . just make sure you don’t beat me to the punch, okay?


Gift Guide 2017: For The Impossible To Shop For

Happy Cyber Monday! How are we already nearing the end of November?! I say this every year, I’m well aware. Alas, today marks the start of my annual series of holiday gift guides, curated to make your holidays less stressful. First up: gifts for the girl that’s “impossible to shop for.” I know this person well since it’s what most of my friends and family use to describe me. What they don’t know is that I’m honestly quite simple to shop for! I love anything handmade, sentimental jewelry, tech gadgets and can’t live without beauty products. I’ve also never dissed a candle. See? Easy!


Small Businesses I Love: San Francisco Edition

One of best things about living in San Francisco is the cornucopia of unique small businesses. Local businesses are the backbone of any community, so I greatly believe in the importance of supporting them, especially in an era where it’s far too convenient to shop online. With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, I’ve partnered with Uber to highlight my top 5, best loved businesses. And thanks to the “Saved Places” feature in the Uber app, I’m able to efficiently bounce around town, hitting up my favorite haunts without having to deal with the hectic parking situation, especially this time of year. So, if you’re ever in The City By The Bay, be sure to bookmark these incredibly fun destinations. And if holiday shopping is in the plans this holiday weekend, I hope that you’ll get out this Saturday and support your local small businesses!


Metier, 546 Laguna Street, Hayes Valley: Sheri Evans and Trina Papini have been buying estate and modern jewelry for their stunning jewel box of a boutique for over 20 years. Their shared passion for storied trinkets and modern approach for procuring keepsakes means they’ve amassed a covetable collection of jewelry from nearly every era. I’m a sucker for antique jewelry and love that every visit to Metier is never without an awe inspiring, historical anecdote.


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