Monday
Dec152014

instantly framed

It's no secret that I love instagram and I've loved getting to see my photos as little prints. But, I've always considered printing them larger. Enter: Instantly Framed, an app that makes printing and framing your photos super quick and easy and has a flat rate of $65. I tested it out and was so impressed with the final product! The framing and matting is beautiful, as is the quality of the photo and the paper its printed on. The photos are printed on archival quality luster paper and then matted behind an acid-free mat and placed into a 12x12" American-made frame. 

All you do is download the app, connect to your instagram account or upload your own photo, choose the photo size and you're done! And to make things even better, Instantly Framed is offering Dreams + Jeans readers $10 off your order with code CIDREAMS10. The code is valid through January 4th, but I'd recommend ordering soon - a framed photo makes a perfect holiday gift!

Wednesday
Dec102014

Gift Guide: For Him

Next up, gifts for the guys in your life a.k.a. the hardest people on your list. If you're looking for the perfect something, hopefully these no-fail gifts will lead you in the right direction:

Leather + Maple Mousepad / Elevate his desk with this sleek mousepad, complete with a spot to put his favorite writing utensil.

Plaid Shirt / A classic style that he'll wear for years.

Leather Keychain / A one-size-fits-all, perfect-for-anyone kind of gift.

Grooming Kit / Treat him to a dopp kit filled with luxurious products from Baxter of California.

Beanie / Necessary for any guy's winter wardrobe.

Notebook / Perfect for writing down all of his brilliant ideas.

Colorblock Sweater / A unique twist on a basic sweater.

Saturdays Candle / An amazing blend of scents resulting in a woodsy, masculine candle.

Watch Box Set / Three watches for the price of one. This watch set comes with a leather band and two nylon bands.

Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves / You really can't go wrong with a nice pair of gloves and these will last forever.

Miansai Woven Bracelet / A cool bracelet that comes in lots of different colors and styles.

Brass Bottle Opener / A bottle opener that looks great sitting out.

Weekender / Much better than the sports bag he's been using (and with room for you to stash a few things inside!).

Mophie Phone Charger / So he can play Angry Birds twice as long.

 

Looking for more ideas? My favorite places to shop for guys are Everlane, Need Supply, Mr. PorterEast Dane and TRNK

Wednesday
Dec032014

interior envy: maira kalman

I don't think I'll ever tire of getting a glimpse into the homes of those I admire and Maira Kalman's home does not disappoint. Maira is an author and illustrator and so many more things. She has created an amazing home filled with unique artwork and collections and an incredible amount of books. I keep going over and over these photos and noticing new fun details of her home! (And yes, that is Mendl's bakery box from Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel!)

To learn more about Maira, I recommend watching her 2007 Ted talk.

Tuesday
Dec022014

Gift Guide: For Her

Like it or not, the holiday season is rapidly approaching! Here are some gift ideas for the special ladies in your life - your best friend, your mom, your sister (and maybe even yourself!):

Cashmere-Blend Sweater / Because who doesn't need another luxe sweater (and more stripes) in their life?!

Initial Necklace / I include this every year because it truly is the perfect gift! I wear mine every. single. day.

Aesop Hand Cream / Winter = dry skin. This lotion is one of the best out there and smells AMAZING!

Staycation Kit / An indulgence that no one will say no to.

Ring Dish / A pretty place to stash your delicate jewelry - and it's handmade in San Francisco.

2015 Wall Calendar / A calendar, in the best wall art kind of way.

Bucket Bag / Let's just say 2014 was the year of the bucket bag and we wouldn't want anyone to miss out on it.

Monogrammed Notecards / All the better for sending snail mail.

Rectangle Earrings / Delicate brass earrings, handmade in Los Angeles.

Gingham Pajama Top / Ideal for lounging around the fireplace, staying in bed all day, a casual brunch date...you name it.

Perfume / A smells good on everyone perfume.

Spotted Clutch / Perfect for stashing inside large bags or for a night out.

Nail Polish / Because everyone needs some extra sparkle during the holiday season.

Fig Branch Print / A limited edition piece of artwork that works with every type of decor.

P.S. A lot of these can be found at Need Supply and they are offering 20% off sitewide with code CYBER20 through midnight tonight!

 For more gifting ideas, follow me on Pinterest and stay tuned for more gift guides around here!

Tuesday
Nov252014

interior envy: the dean hotel

The boutique hotel is having quite a day. It seems like more and more uniquely designed, well thought-out hotels are popping up and I couldn't be more thrilled. I now have a list of places to visit, not only because of the city, but because I want to check out these hotels. These spots aren't just a place to sleep, but whole experiences and attractions themselves. 

My newest find: The Deal Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (thanks to Liz!). Not only is the hotel designed with beautiful interiors infused with the perfect amount of traditional details, it also has some standout branding and witty copywriting. There's nothing better than a business not taking itself too seriously. P.S. they also have a killer instagram!

Here are some other hotels I've stayed at and others I hope to one day visit...

Austin, TX — Hotel San Jose; Hotel Saint Cecilia

Ojai, CA — Ojai Rancho Inn

Los Angeles, CA — The Ace Hotel DowntownThe Line Hotel

Palm Springs, CA — The Ace Hotel & Swim Club; Korakia Pensione; The Parker; The Sagauro

Los Alamos, CA — The Alamo Motel

Nashville, TN — The 404 Hotel

Phoenica, NY — The Graham & Co.

New York, NY — The Wythe Hotel; The Marlton Hotel

Miami, FL — The Standard Spa

Let me know some of your favorites — I'd love to add to my list!

Friday
Nov212014

a few things

Happy Friday everyone! Popping in to share a few things with you...

+ Chatting all about nails over on the Paintbox blog this week! It was so fun to try a different kind of manicure and to share some of my inspiration and favorite polishes. Thanks again to Paintbox for having me!

+ Entertaining for guests doesn't come naturally to me, so I was excited to see Chelsea's laid-back backyard gathering. It made planning an evening seem so simple and natural! P.S. having major envy over her beautiful backyard!

+ Emma shared an awesome site she's featured on: 5 questions for 100 designers. Some of my favorite designers are featured including Michael Bierut, Roanne Adams, and Lotta Nieminen.

+ I woke up to a fun announcement from Everlane - they are now offering 1 hour delivery in NYC (and SF) using Postmates delivery service! I'm excited to try it out soon - maybe a new sweater or hat is in order?