THE QUALITY LIST :: ILA BY SUNDAY SUPPERS

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I had the pleasure of meeting Karen, of Sunday Suppers, many many moons ago out at her beautiful industrial studio and kitchen space here in Brooklyn. It's any party throwing - dinner party loving - gathering enthusiasts dream space. And I've basically wanted to be her ever since. Well, if there was any version of me that knew my way around a kitchen, do food photography or start my own company... but you see, I aim high.    

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If you aren't familiar, Sunday Suppers is a food and design community that focuses on seasonal fare and simple, thoughtful living. If you've been to any bookstore, Anthropologie or blogger's kitchen lately, than you've likely seen her beautiful cookbook laying around. It's an ode to the simplicity of meals shared by friends with some gorgeous food styling and tasty recipes. Their mission to gather friends, cook a meal together, toast and celebrate over the love of food is really why I've enjoyed following along with their journey these past few years. 

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Most recently, they have released a Kickstarter for their new line, ILA, which features home and kitchen essentials. I mean, dang.... that's some pretty pretty packaging. Never thought I would buy salt based on packaging, but here we are people...... what can I say, I'm a total sucker for it. 

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Their debut collection consists of olive oil, nine specialty spices, five kinds of salts, wildflower honey and maple syrup. Um, yes please!  All of the products are carefully sourced from farms, purveyors and artisans around the globe. I know my spice cabinet is in serious need of an upgrade and I can't wait for these to find a home in my (tiny) kitchen. Plus, I would never put that olive oil bottle away...... it's far too pretty that it would never feel like clutter on my counter. Just eye candy. 

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Be sure to hop over to their Kickstarter and show some love and get some of the kitchen essentials for yourself! They would make an amazing holiday or birthday gift for any foodies or fans of beautiful products. I, for one, love to see companies like this that have organically grown out of a passion and am constantly inspired to somehow do that in some way of my own! 

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THE QUALITY LIST :: LE LABO

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There’s been an obvious resurgence in craftsmanship over the past few years in everything from jeans to cigars to food. It’s become a buzzword of sorts for advertising and it’s hard to tell who is truly embodying the term and who is really just a sham. There are so many smoke and mirrors these days in the production process of our goods, that when I walked in to purchase my first bottle of perfume in person from Le Labo (Santal 33 club member here), I was taken aback when a lab coated mixologist took to blending up my bottle right there on the spot. It truly is what I imagine chemistry class was like…. had I ever actually attended. And I guess if my chemistry class had been about how to make semi-couture fragrances, well dang, I probably wouldn’t have skipped so much.

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With an aura of an antique apothecary,the store here in Soho is an experience all it’s own. Forget the sensory overload you get at a department store or Sephora, this little store slash laboratory is calm, welcoming and painfully chic in every way possible. The French just have a way of doing that so effortlessly. Ugh. Anyways, the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and you are encouraged to try anything and everything your heart desires. A retail note I hadn’t noticed until working at Warby, it makes such a difference to not feel like you’re in a museum surrounded by judging and watchful eyes. Try this and smell this! Yes, please!

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Besides the amazing experience it lends a customer to have their perfume mixed up and personally labeled upon purchase confirms that they are actually in the business of crafting fragrance as it was intended to be. Thanks to my lab coated mixologists chemistry lesson, he informed me that as some things get better with age (wine, leather, George Clooney) perfume is not one of them. As a perfume hoarder myself (save the good stuff for special occasions, ya know) this was hard to hear. So why Santal 33, I asked? Well, each of the 12 scents is named after its primary natural essence (Santal 33, Rose 31, Iris 39 ),  the numbers indicating the amount of combined ingredients in the resulting fragrance. Which is all basically pure magic for your nostrils. I have seriously never given much thought to where or how my perfume was being made. It's a pretty incredible, thoughtful and meticulous process.  

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It's Santal 33 for my daily scent, Rose 31 for laundry detergent and Santal 26 for candles. They literally have everything available to be sure your whole life just smells divine. So don’t be a stranger, they are generous with samples if you’re able to stop into the store, or you can also order samples online directly to try out at home. Brilliant!

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THE QUALITY LIST :: GILES & BROTHER

After Parker was born, I went on a sort of jewelry diet. This was a weird occurrence considering I always valued jewelry in the 'more is more is more' factor and could be found wearing gold chains (literally chains from a hardware store) around my neck. Once P came along, it was harder to wear chunky necklaces, since she’d pull at them or they’d snag while I was holding her, or even wear bracelets since they would make loud noises while I was cradling a sleeping baby. While my need for the large statement jewelry may have changed, my desire for jewelry that makes a statement, has not.

    

 

 

Enter the Giles & Brother line, which was founded by brother-sister duo Philip and Courtney “Giles” Crangi and currently resides right here in New York. Their line is timeless and truly embodies that authentic craftsman aura.  

My general style includes a lot of studs and metal and I love a classy skull and crossbones print, (see: Alexander McQueen)….. think slightly edgy but not biker chic extreme. The Giles & Brother line was introduced to me by a friend when we visited the GQ x Northern Grade Pop-Up earlier this year…. also known as that time Jenna Lyons, in the flesh, waved at my child….. and I’ve been following them since. Something about the mix of the metal, the spike action and monogramming just rung so true to my style. Some cuffs come with crystals for bit more of a feminine touch. They have a wide selection of other options, like leather wrap bracelets and more dainty rings and necklaces, not to mention the nut and bolt styles that come in earrings and this amazing simple, yet bold, necklace. My immediate love for them came from the railroad spike cuff, but they have a truly beautiful variety of unique and conversation starting pieces. Now, I haven’t gone fully over to the simple jewelry life….. the minute I saw the oversized railroad spike… I thought, ‘Now we’re talking’!

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Ideally, I'd love to collect one per child, have their name or birthday monogrammed on the cuff and wear them stacked on top of each other! Santa, can you hear me?

 

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