I hope you all are enjoying 2013 – it’s been quite the year so far on this end! Our Holiday season was even busier than I had anticipated (and trust me – I anticipated an intense one) and I want to share with you a few images and some news from the studio before I get completely immersed in the Valentine’s Day-ness that’s upon us. Check it out – and let me know what you think!
We handled 1200 gifts this season hard to believe the studio walls could hold the constant production flow. I snapped this quiet moment below, as these little beauties were flying out the door. I love a little wrapping romance.
We stocked up in a major way on my favorite French candles, Mad et Len. Hand forged iron container, scents that appeal to masculine + femimine sensibilities and just a bunch of chic-ness all around. I’m a major fan. Stateside, you can purchase from Scotti & John over at Garde.
We created a special tasting set for a select clients recipients which included the divine chocolates from Compartes. A high risk, completely dangerous project in retrospect. Take 10 creative girls who are slap – happy from deadlines and present them with perfectly packaged chocolate in bulk. No flavor shall go untested….
One of my favorite shops, Terrain, ordered my gifting accessories and shadowboxes. Happiness, gratitude and giddiness ensued.
In the midst of it all….we created gifts. The 250 lucky recipients of these beauties below were spread across the country. Natural, black, crimson & evergreen were a color theme this past season. The packaging felt sleek and appropriate for many different types of recipients – while keeping the festive touch.
I had the perfect escape at Heather’s holiday wrapping party. Lovely ladies, laughs, wrapping and holiday cocktails carried us through the evening.
We created a gift of fine wine, etched glasses and these beautiful wood boxes for a new client. A new client that arrived on December 20th. Who needs to sleep in December?
I was thrilled as in thrilled to be featured on Martha Stewart’s blog. I gave my tips on thoughtful gifting and did I mention I was thrilled to be included?
Another new client popped up this season and we created some of my favorite graphics of the season for them. I’ll be uploading the full gift in all of it’s glory shortly on the site. The clients created a little known show called Top Chef and let’s just say the gift was about fine food. perfect packaging and a tasting trip from East to West.
Okay, a shameless self portrait, I know. I was thrilled to have my gifting go-to tips featured on Refinery 29. We had a blast shooting and the day was the perfect excuse to stop by a few of my favorite shops around the city and find a few key things to covet.
I worked with a leather maker to craft these lambskin boxes for some gentlemen Executive gifts. The boxes had embossed initials on them and inside, held a really beautiful repurposed wood desk lamp I designed. More pics on those later as well. They were really lovely inside and out…and I am itching to make some more.
After wrapping up (no pun intended) the season – I was at the same time excited, inspired and exhausted. After the last gifts were delivered, I rested for a few days before heading to Ojai for New Years. We had a group of 20 friends that all descended on this magical & restorative spot. I cannot wait to go back.
Oh and I must tell you about the most fabulous Chai that my friend Joanna turned me on to. It’s divine. How to find happiness through Chai recipe here.
Post New Year’s, we headed off to Sundance. My beloved produced 2 films that were in the festival – In A World and Big Sur. Check them out! We had a blast, the films rocked and I was thrilled to absorb the surroundings and the snow. I loved being an outsider having access to an insiders perspective. I aim to make inspiring gifts, not inspiring films after all…
Utah has extraordinarily peaceful sunsets, did you know?
I headed back to LA ready to hit the ground running. I’m so happy to have been traveling , sourcing and have had a bit of restoration from the Holiday season, yet I’m thrilled to be back at it. Valentine’s Day is upon us after all! And speaking of Valentine’s Day….
I had the best time working with Alex, the brilliant and talented founder & editor of Bungalux. We go deep into the heart of mindful and considered gifting…and offer some tips and how – to’s along the way. Do take a peek and I hope you enjoy. xxS