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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Gift Guide 2015: The Agreeable Gifts

Gift Guide 2015: The Agreeable Gifts

1. Wilfred Hénon Sweater via Aritzia: $110

Canadian brand Aritzia makes some of the coziest clothes around. They specialize in basics, and as someone who loves an oversize top, I tend to get a little lovestruck when I'm browsing the Aritzia racks. This sweater looks both oversized and super cozy, which is right up my alley. And the diagonal seam at the waist will keep it from being too boxy and shapeless. Overall, a great winter staple.

2. Snake Embossed Leather Handbag via & Other Stories: $195

I'm desperately waiting for & Other Stories to make its way to the West coast. I have a sneaking suspicion it could be coming to The Grove soon (and I'm not the only one), but time will tell. Until then, I can stalk the website religiously and dream of the day I can see all these items in person. Like this bag, which would be great for winter, sure, but is truly seasonless if you ask me. I used to have a gold snakeskin Rocawear handbag (really) and it was appropriate for all occasions, year-round.

3. Floating Arrow Necklace via Madewell: $55

This necklace is the best of both worlds in so many ways. Tough and delicate. Long and short (it's adjustable). Gold and silver. I'm not a big necklace gal, but when I was browsing the Madewell site this made me stop in my tracks and say, "Ooooh! I'd wear that!"

4. With A Twist Teacup via Anthropologie: $12

Sure, it's a teacup. You can sip your tea in it and pretend you're the "wild" one on Downton Abbey. But you can also use this funky patterned teacup to hold your keys by your front door. Or collect your jewelry on your dresser or nightstand. Or keep your current favorite lipsticks in so they're in easy reach. Or hold all the crap you collect out of pants pockets before doing a load of laundry. Or a million other things. See? And here you thought this was just a teacup.

5. Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge by Kerby Rosanes via Amazon: $9

Coloring books for adults are having quite a moment right now. They're good for managing anxiety, or just giving adults a quiet, meditative activity to complete after a stressful day. Animorphia, however, adds an extra element to the adult coloring phenomena by creating images of animals that have other, smaller images within them. You're not just coloring, you're discovering! I'd suggest doing a Google image search for "Animorphia Kerby Rosanes" to see what some of the book pages look like, both un-colored and in-progress. It's a great idea, and I'm considering buying this book for myself as part of my self-care toolkit.

Gift Guide 2015: The Peculiar Presents

Gift Guide 2015: The Peculiar Presents

TSA PreCheck: Making Air Travel Slightly Less Toxic

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