The weather outside may be frightful, so we’ve picked a few snow day necessities for being indoors or out!
Pictured above, top row, from left:
This Glamourpuss Signature Vest is snuggly and warm. Perfect for caroling or just sitting by a fire with a cup of hot cocoa!
No snow day is complete with out Sucre’s Peppermint Stick Drinking Chocolate. We promise you’ll be hooked in no time.
Rain boots are great, but Barbour lined rain boots are really the ticket for frightful winter weather. We think fleece socks make a great stocking stuffer for everyone on your list!
Pour that cup of hot cocoa in style with Vietri’s Old St. Nick Collection. And don’t skip the mugs and plates for cookies!
Second row, from left:
Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? This Frasier Fir scented candle gives you the glorious smell in every room.
Peter Nappi’s Lucano boots are both functional and fashionable. Perfect with jeans and a big comfy sweater on a cold afternoon.
Fur gloves? Yes, please. And they even come in fun colors!
No snow outing is complete without a cap. We cant get enough of the whimsical design on this Harding Lane “Apres Ski” Hat.
Sebastian Varney is a New York City native who enjoys spending time at his home in the Hudson valley and fishing in as many places as possible. He is best known as the President of Carleton V fabrics and Wallcovering. Sebastian grew up in the industry watching his father, the iconic Carleton Varney, decorate hotels all over the world while his mother Suzanne designed textiles in her studio. Here Sebastian shops for a few of his favorite finds on Taigan.
L.E.N Italian Calf Belt in Cognac- I’ve always liked nice leather belts for their longevity and the beautiful patina they develop over time.
Oyster Signature Series Bamboo Fly Rod- I fish as much as work allows. Having a fly rod that lasts forever creates a history for that rod that I remember every time I’m fishing.
Berti Fratelli d’Italia Roncola Pocket Knife – It’s always nice to have a good knife when outdoors. This one is perfect for morel hunting after the first rain in May.
Pommery Meaux Grain Mustard in Stone Jar- I have loved this mustard since I discovered it as a teenager traveling in France.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin- This is the single best piece of beef that I have had. I was introduced to it at a wedding in Vermont that was catered by the Perini Ranch. Now I send it to my best friends and special clients for holiday gifts.
Hand turned 14″ diameter Catalpa bowl- I love trees and have catalpas planted at my home in Standfordville, NY.
Red Orange Lacquer Bar Cart by Savage Interior Designs- A great bar cart makes entertaining easy.
The Bahia Luxury Dog Bed- Strongly endorsed by my Westie and Lakeland Terrier.
Carleton V Pillows ( Bukhara Print at Savage Interior Design) – I enjoy having a pair of these in my office, they are as comfortable as they are attractive.
Christopher Spitzmiller lamps- I’ve known Chris for a long time and have seen his talent and effort at work. He is simply the best at what he does.
Venice is consistently ranked among the top cities coveted by travelers the world over. And as a travel adviser I can attest to that. It’s iconic and sexy, from the narrow paths that sometimes end at steps to the water to the hidden squares with their charming cafés tucked away. The small churches and art galleries, and churches that have been turned into art galleries. The cuisine, the style, the way of life that is so different from nearly anywhere else in the world. I recently visited Venice while traveling northern Italy and found myself more in love with the city than ever before. From early morning walks through the gondola docks to afternoons spent sipping cappuccino in St. Mark’s Square to late nights restaurant-hopping with my husband in a quest to find the best pasta… If Venice has always been on your travel list, below are several recommendations for where to stay, where to eat, and what to see – Plus some fabulous Taigan Finds reminiscent of this romantic city.
The Gritti Palace
Authentic & historical Venetian elegance on the Grand Canal.
Bacarando ai Corazzieri
Bohemia meets Italia
A day trip to Murano (known for its hand-made glass) & Burano (known for its hand-made lace)
These colorful towns are easily accessible from Venice via water taxi.
Venetian-inspired Taigan Finds:
The Alexis Scarf by Katie Fong | $276.25
*The lace detail is very reminiscent of the beautiful hand-made lace in Burano.
Reactor Carafes by Orbix Hot Glass | $220
*Colorful glass such as these is what Murano is famous for.
Santa Maria Novella Rose Fragrance by Absolution | $125
*The flowers used in this perfume grow wild in the regions near Venice.
Merlot Kensington Clutch by MORTON + HUDSON| $337.50
*Genuine leather clutches can be found in nearly every boutique, and at exceptional value.
Colorato Mugs by Beipiatti | $25.20
*Beipiatti’s products are sourced from artisans in Italy. Love these classic white cups for cappuccino.
Gabrielle Leather Bootie in Gaucho Reverse by Peter Nappi | $445.50
*Comfortable & stylish for this pedestrian-only city.
Classic Apron with Front Pocket by Savage Interior Design | $74.50
*The stripes remind me of the iconic gondolier tops.
Trolley Travel Bag by Peter Elliot Blue | $1800
*Blue. Leather. Venice.
Classico e Moderno: Essential Italian Cooking by Books & Books | $50
*Every kitchen deserves a great Italian cookbook.
Wine Bottle by William Yeoward | $101
*Whether for wine, water, or juice this classic container is a staple.
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Venice, Italy contact Lila at email@example.com.
The Taigan team has been a big fan of Jess Graves and her blog The Love List for years now. Her honest approach to blogging is completely refreshing in a largely superficial space. Jess has spent the bulk of her career in freelance creative services – specializing in branding and social media since 2007, working with retailers, designers, and creative brands large and small – this year she took on her current role, as the Creative Director of Shops Around Lenox, Buckhead’s premiere boutique shopping and dining district. Here Jess shops for everyone on her list for the holidays!
1. For your hard-to-please Mother-in-Law: an A.Barclay scarf - My friend Anna set up shop here in Atlanta selling these sumptuous Italian beauties and I love them – they’re like wearing a deluxe blanket around your neck. I flat out don’t see how anyone could turn her nose up at a cashmere scarf, but then again, I could have given my ex-boyfriend’s Mom a new Mercedes Benz and she’d have probably complained about the color.
2. For the cocktail enthusiast and/or your guy friend with a neck beard: a bottle of Jack Rudy Tonic - In Atlanta we’ve got a part of Midtown we call “The West Side” that’s chock full of dudes looking like Avett Brothers all clad in chambray shirts. They’re the trendy type who take Garden & Gun as gospel and fuss over the fernet in their coupe-glassed cocktail. God love ‘em. I do. There are certain names you hear often in those circles – Billy Reid, Sean Brock, Jason Isbell… oh, and Brooks Reitz. I like to joke that he’s the unofficial Homecoming King of the South. I like Brooks and I like his tonic – so much that I’m on my third bottle of the stuff and frequently give it to expat Southerners as a host gift when I stay with friends in New York. Don’t worry neckbeards, Garden & Gun likes it too.
3. For the snowbird: a piece of House of Lavande jewelry - I lived on Palm Beach for awhile, and right near me on the island was House of Lavande’s home base, which I liken to a candy store for big girls. It’s all mirrored trays and glittering baubles, and going in there to pick jewelry for events was always something that made me feel extra-special. I dare any woman to walk in and not lose her mind cooing over vintage YSL clip-ons and estate cocktail rings. Anything you walk away with you can rest assured is an item no one else is gifting.
4. For the cheeky hostess: August Morgan cocktail napkins - By the “cheeky hostess”, I really mean myself. Me. Because I want these. Santa, are you listening? However I suppose if you don’t know me but do know someone else who likes to host lots of cocktail parties, these would work for her, too.
5. For yourself: fresh-baked Callie’s Biscuits - Because frankly who the heck wants to give these away to someone else? If you want one, you can come over to my house and I might give you one with some ham or jam. Maybe. But you sure as heck aren’t getting the whole run.
6. For your favorite gay WASP: a pair of CJ Laing ikat shorts - If you didn’t know, this is a thing, y’all. If you ever grace twitter with your presence, I highly recommend the @gayWASP follow. That being said, I know more than one fabulous man fitting said description with great legs who would rock these with a pair of Stubbs & Wootton slippers.
7. For your Mama who’s still got it: a Claridge + King night shirt - Back in the baby days of my blog, The Love List, I ran across this brand started by two Texas girls and immediately bought and wrote up these gorgeous pajamas (note that I said “buy,” contrary to popular belief, bloggers do not get everything for free.) I’m so glad I sprung for the monogram because it makes sleeping in that shirt all the more special – I even have it dry cleaned so it’s nice and crisp when I slide into it. The fit is pretty universally flattering – paired with a bath robe or a nice pair of socks, you can’t go wrong if you’re still a little stumped shopping for Mom.
8. For your sorority sister who moved North: a Glamourpuss hood
9. For your Labrador-lovin’ Uncle: a Harding Lane baseball cap - Because this is exactly what I got my Labrador-lovin’ Uncle Brad for Christmas. Spoiler alert, UB!
10. For your Southern-bred beau: an Old Try print - Before I say anything else – I advise you to spring for the frame when gift giving. That being said, the prints are affordable, sentimental Southern keepsakes that are made with love (literally) by a very cool husband and wife duo. The South’s like the Hotel California (even to expats), you can’t really ever leave – so these make a great gift to anyone with ties down here, even if it’s only their heart that’s in Dixie.
12. For your uberluxe Bohemian gal pal: an S. Carter piece - Because we all know a Jessa.
13. For your co-worker: Schermer Pecans - A little while back I was asked to speak at the Southern C Summit in Athens, Georgia which is where I was first introduced to Schermer Pecans. I am utterly convinced they secretly lace these with crack cocaine because I honest to God can’t stop eating them. They’re great to have around for that last-minute holiday party that you don’t want to go into empty-handed and also make great office gifts… if you have enough willpower not to eat them yourself.
14. For just about anybody: a Sydney Hale candle - Honestly, who doesn’t like nice candles? Everybody likes nice candles. And they consistently rank high on the things-you-don’t-buy-for-yourself-but-still-want list. Sydney Hale’s got a slew of scents and not all of them are girly, so between that and the unisex packaging, you could safely gift these to a guy.
15. For the whiner-diner: cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy - Because not liking cheese is like not liking French fries… or puppies.
16. For the style-setter who has everything: a Roarke NYC scarf - Beautiful, precious, and totally unique. Guaranteed to please even the most thoroughbred shopper.
17. For your Dad: Peter Nappi boots - If your Dad’s the rugged type or more the type who needs to feel rugged, guaranteed by lacing these boots up he’ll feel like a manlier man.
18. For the bro who just won’t stop fratting so, so hard: a Bird Dog Bay tie - Whether he’s actually still in a fraternity or he’s 29 years old, we all know that guy. His shorts are short and his car is a Chevy, and he’s going to need something presentable to wear with those croakies on gameday. Toss me a fratwater, Bro Montana. ‘Merica.
19. For letting the wild rumpus begin: Nathalie Lete children’s tin drum - For your inner child… or an actual child. Bonus points: give this rowdy noisemaker to your sibling’s kids as payback for the pummeling you endured as a child. Not into stirring the pot? Oh fine, get them a cute stuffed bunny you wuss.
We started Mi Ossa in 2011 after volunteering, post-earthquake, to build houses near the mountain village of St. Etienne, Haiti. We were amazed and inspired to see creativity persevering everywhere in the midst of such devastation. We knew we had to come back. Within a year, we were collaborating with horn and steel artisans to develop our line.
Horn has been used since ancient times for adornment. It is an upcycled, sustainable material, central to Christelle Paul’s designs at Ateliér Calla. She is a leading entrepreneur in the emerging Haitian fashion industry. Her team makes our “Brazlé Elektrik.”
The best hand-chiseled, recycled steel comes from the village of Croix-des-Bouquets. These artisans hammer out intricate designs with a nail or small chisel. At our studio in Charlottesville, Virginia we gild bracelets, handbag ornaments and pendants with white gold, rubbing them down until they have the look and feel of an artifact.
On a trip two weeks ago, we were hell-bent on connecting with more women artisan/entrepreneurs. In Leogane, we met powerhouse-single-mom of 12, Marie Lisa Lafontant who employs 16 artisans in her ateliér. They create hand-beaded Vodou “drapeaux”, flags, that are collected around the world. We took her some designs for bags and she agreed to work with us.
Everything in Haiti is rare and precious. Real luxury is defined as something rare. By the time the pieces get to Charlottesville, they have travelled so far they are downright sacred to us. We are so thankful to be connected to these talented artisans. Work, not charity, is what we hope will rebuild this beautiful country. Stay tuned for our next visit. In the meantime, shop Mi Ossa on Taigan. Viv Ayiti!!!
Until next time, XO– Shannon and Nora
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