January may be drawing to a close, but the new year is so young. To celebrate, we thought we'd share some of the things inspiring us in our lives and here at the studio. We hope you'll read something that inspires you.
- A new type of focus. I have Steve Jobs to thank for my mantra of simplicity and focus for the new year: "Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." As a creative person, there are often so many exciting ideas and opportunities around us. It's really being able to hone that is the key. Something to strive towards...
- Making time for baths. When I'm needing a reset or I can't find the time to get to a spa, a long bath is my ideal way to wind down. Aster + Bay bath salts are my current favorite ingredient for getting it right--from their cozy scents of bergamot and vetiver to the cool, minimal packaging. I love them so much, I had to include them in everyone's favorite Jane Box.
- Rethinking caffeine. Matcha tea lattes are our current favorite way to stay running at the studio all day long. Made from stone-ground green tea leaves, Matcha is not only healthy (rich in antioxidants), but uniquely sweet and earthy in flavor and beautiful in its powdery, spring green hue. We're making sure this brand of Matcha finds its way into some of our gifts in 2016.
- Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower. My mother gifted me this gorgeous book, and I often find myself yearning to settle back into its pages. Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower is very much a love story of and about nature, its varied contents spanning from the 16th century to today. It is a beyond beautiful look at "that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect." There is such a grounding aspect of being in nature, and this book actually manages to create that very special space and feeling.
- Do what you love. Easier said than done, right? But this quote from Rumi is serving as my grounding and reminder to do what I love every day this year, and always: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
- Setting written intentions. One of my goals this year is to really aim to be mindful and intentional, to write down the things and moments that come to mind as they do. One of the ways I am going about this is by keeping a bedside notebook. I love Mrs. John L. Strong tablets for this--it's why we include one in our Bedside gift.
- Wabi-Sabi and Cultivating Daily Rituals. Two books I received this holiday season, Leonord Koren's tome on the Japanese belief in the beauty of things imperfect, and Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, have been inspiring me immensely. They are both brilliant, easy-to-pick-up reminders to build routines and balance, and to appreciate imperfections and the process. Perfect for the New Year, they inspire thought into what it takes to be creators with healthy and productive lives and practices.
- Skincare that's a worthy splurge. My fiancee gifted me with the skincare holy grail: Rodin Facial Oil. It is pricy, but it is perfect. And in the effort of simplifying and refining all manner of self-care, it is so good that you can probably retire all of the other items cluttering your bathroom vanity.
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Your Illustrated Guide to Being One With the Universe. Yumi Sakugawa's whimsical, totally spell-casting book of illustrations and ruminations on the universe is meditative and charming. It's the perfect book to keep by your bed for a bit of introspection and sweetness, morning or night.
Glass vessels. I think we've all been wrapped up in a ceramics lovefest for some time--and I doubt we'll emerge anytime soon (ceramics are timeless, full stop). Lately, however, I'm feeling a gravitational pull towards glass. These heavy grooved vases from Mark Pavlovits, carried by Sophie Buhai, are weighing on my subconscious in a powerful way. They feel just right for the New Year mood of clarity and freshness.
IDEA Books Instagram. This London and New York-based book seller's Instagram account is everything a bibliophile could want for their daily scroll. Such surprising, inspiring, and unique finds. Perfect for someone whose 2016 they hope to be filled with great reading.
More podcasts. My favorite way to wake up right now is with a 30-minute or 1-hour podcast listen. It's the most effortless way to dip into an engrossing story or dive into some new topic and learn. This list of the best Podcast episodes of 2015 is a great place to start.