When the Mood Strikes

Grey, moody clouds greeted me from the window yesterday morning. It rained in L.A., and I loved every minute of it. Small signs of Autumn in a near season-less city.
I miss the dark, shifty weather of Fall in New England, where I grew up. So in an attempt to recreate the perfect crawl-under-the-covers-and-stay-there-all-day feeling, here are a few cloudy images from around the web.

Cloud cocktail napkins on Etsy and note card from Clay Wood and Cotton.
LL Bean Signature boots (photo via A Continuous Lean), Cloud and Umbrella earrings from this Etsy shop, and J.Crew Rainy Day Ballet Flats.

And last but not least, a vintage wool cape from GingerRootVintage, also on Etsy. Between the easy drape of the coat, the rich camel color, and the detailing of the squared-off buttons, this really is the perfect Autumn accessory.

Wantist: the answer to your gift giving SOS


Not that I’m trying to add to the angst of ALREADY seeing Christmas cards and decorations on store shelves… but, ahem… the holidays are only a short 2 months away.
For those of you who just broke out in anxiety based hives, and can’t possibly think of the stresses of the holiday season yet, please think of this as a helpful post for all those October and November birthdays/anniversaries you have coming up.

Each year, I attempt to craft, bake, or sew my Christmas gifts but never quite get it together in time. A lowly Martha Stewart wanna be. But this season, I’m determined to make it work, and have begun digging around the web for early inspiration.

That’s when I stumbled on Wantist. It’s a brilliant site that offers a curated collection of gift ideas depending on the type of gift, and style of the person, you’re shopping for. I’ve been using it mostly as inspiration for my homemade gifts-to-be, but everything listed is just so cool that I can easily imagine getting all my shopping done from there should my DIY plans fall through (once again.)

My personal favorites:

Does anyone else out there make their gifts? If so, please share! I’d love to hear what far more craftier people then I are up to.