- We love this Classic Balance Bike at our house.
- Personalized photo games by Pinhole Press: memory, puzzles, and more… (We made this one.)
- Max the Raccoon (or another handmade cutie) from BRIKA
- This all-wood Fold-and-Go farm reminds me of the one I had in the ’80s, by Fisher Price.
- A playful wink in their bedroom—the Howkapow dog lamp.
- A Larry Gets Lost book about your hometown or someplace you’d like to visit—the pup gets lost everywhere from Los Angeles to Seattle, New York City to San Francisco…
- Stacking blocks that kids will love and that look good, too.
- Eco Dough, the closest you’ll get to the homemade playdough alternative, rumored to be less likely to dry-out.
- The Brio Pull Along Dachshund does an incredible job of staying upright, no matter how much he’s jerked around. No other brand of pull-along toy has compared.
- This Skootcase looks to be a case of “everyone wins!” at the airport. (I’ve been intrigued for a while.)
- A Janod Story Box Farm. The French company makes various themes of these sweet boxes of wooden figures (which are perfect for travel). We picked up the Firefighters Story Box in Paris, and Hudson loves it!
- Mahalo Ukulele makes a great gift for kids, precisely because it’s not designed to be a toy.
- Such a great price point for a classic moccasin: Minnetonka for JCrew Baby. (The entire new collection for babies is adorable!)
- An attractive Playmat—for under a baby’s play gym or a toddler’s train set.
- Who wouldn’t love The Original Slush Mug?
- Ubbas bath cups, to match their family’s form. (Here’s Hudson with ours.)
- A Playskool Digital Camera and Projector. How fun to get a glimpse of the world through a little one’s eyes!
- And, not exactly for the child, but new parents would love this beautiful Baby Milestone heirloom set.
Thanks to Aron, who wrote this gift guide for guys!
- Ashley and I love Apple TV, but Chromecast is a great, new, cheaper alternative—and it lets you cast anything you can watch on your computer in Google Chrome to your television… like Amazon’s huge collection of streaming video.
- A handsome BRIKA Handmade Leather Key Fob to replace the carabiner.
- This bike kit, to keep his running perfectly, and to let him know you’d like to keep him safe.
- If you already bought the nice shoes, try getting him a Fine Footwear Kit.
- If only…
- This camera takes the best photos I’ve seen from a compact point-and-shoot—AND it’s waterproof to 3o feet and drop-proof to 6 feet. I’m sure Hudson could destroy it, but he would have to really try. (We used it a lot on this trip.)
- Simple, but sweet. Something to remind him of his other best friend.
- Tools are commonplace on gift guides for guys, but there are only a few that I find that I really need. This drill is handy for so many different home projects.
- And, speaking of which, it’s a small gift, but if he doesn’t have one already, an all-in-one screwdriver is incredibly convenient.
- This timepiece is timeless.
- The original Astronaut Space Pen writes upside down, in unearthly weather, and is guaranteed unconditionally for life.
- The Wes Anderson Collection, in-depth overview of one of his favorite filmmaker’s work.
- You can’t have the perfect drink without the perfect ice cubes. Skip the stones.
- Attractive Coin storage .
- A dopp kit used to be given to GIs during WW2—and still make a classic gift. Fill it up to personalize it.
- If your guy has a commute, think about getting him an Audible.com gift membership—you can pick any one book for free each month—it’s a great deal.
- If your camera will accept a remote (many do), they’re awesome to have for family or group photos (or selfies, if you prefer).
- I’ve been really enjoying The Rip Tide by Beirut recently.
- Professional-quality, complete cake decorating tool kit to show her how much you love those desserts she makes. (Here’s a $10 credit for the site.)
- BRIKA Handmade Cord & Rings bracelet
- The cropped cape she didn’t even know she’d love.
- That decadently soft, cotton flannel robe from the Ace Hotel that she swooned over. (On a weekend away when you swooned over her.)
- That citrus tree she’s been coveting. This Kumquat can sit indoors or out, and its fragrant white flowers by tart and juicy fruit.
- Power Link Tassel USB Keychain, so that she’ll never have to hunt down a cord to download photos from her iPhone again.
- A monthly subscription to Kindred Photo Books (And, better yet, a few you’ve made for her—at only $5 each!)
- A cast brass necklace that will go with anything.
- Warby Parker Gift Card for the home try-on box program. Because it’s too hard to pick out frames for her, but you know she wants new glasses.
- Any of these boots, but this Sam Edelman Ankle Boot is a beauty!
- Ultra-compact extra battery for her phone (so she’ll always be able to reach you).
- A buttery leather tote she’ll use all the time.
- An all-occasion card box to help her out (because, otherwise, she’s the only one who remembers to buy the cards).
- A chic basket for her bike.
- This cheeky take on the Hermès wraparound watch.
- A beautiful hooked pillow from Pendleton.
- Beautiful hardcover books she’ll be happy to read and leave out—like the newly released Remodelista.
- Or… always a safe bets around here… gift certificates to JCrew, Madewell, or Anthropologie.
P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Her—which I just looked at again and which I still stand by 100% (and which still contains some things I’m wish-listing). And did you check out the iRobot from last week’s post? More gift guides to come throughout the week: for him, for kiddos, and for everyone else.
To celebrate the launch of Hither & Thither’s newly redesigned site and to get you jumpstarted on your holiday shopping (this would make an awesome gift for one lucky guy—or lots of cool gifts for many), Hither & Thither is teaming up with Sons of Trade, Kinfolk Magazine, Morris Kitchen, Faherty Brand, and Cliff Original to bring you a chance to win an awesome bundle of gifts.
Enter to win everything here, a total value of $344:
Sons of Trade Tactical tote in your color of choice
Aron and I both love this generous men’s satchel. It converts from a shoulder bag to backpack with adjustable straps and you can see how well it goes from Paris to Yosemite, as well as to the beach in Carmel this past weekend.
The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
A gorgeous collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world, brought to you by Nathan Williams and the creators of Kinfolk Magazine. (I’m a longtime fan and one-time magazine contributor.) This is the way dinner should be: comfortable, simple, slow and meaningful.
Morris Kitchen Gift Box Trio of Syrups
Bottled in Brooklyn, New York, Morris Kitchen syrups—both classic and seasonal—are absolutely delicious in cocktails, homemade sodas, or over dessert. This boxed set includes Spiced Apple Syrup, Preserved Lemon Syrup and Ginger Syrup (my favorite), and each comes with favorite seasonal cocktail recipe card.
Faherty Brand Boardshorts
The passion-project of two brothers (one who used to design for Ralph Lauren), the new label Faherty Brand uses ethically sourced, environmentally sound materials and quality craftsmanship to make great clothes. And how nice to find men’s boardshorts with a flattering cut! It’s summer somewhere…
Cliff Original Face Wash Brick
Another family business, Cliff Original makes small-batch, great-smelling grooming products for men that are free of parabens, sulphates, and harsh chemicals (and with no animal testing). And they give 10% of all profits to local charities! (provided by Thread.)
A Few Details on the Giveaway:
- You can earn entries in a multitude of ways. Just check the contest widget below and follow instructions there.
- Contest only open to US residents.
- Only requirement for entry is to Like Sons of Trade on Facebook using the giveaway widget.
- Be sure to use the widget below. It’s how I’m tracking all the entries for the giveaway (and you’ll have some additional ways earn entries!).
That’s it! Here we go! Good luck!
Have I mentioned that Aron is 6’8″ tall?
Every now and then I get questions from a reader with a similarly tall (and lean) husband or boyfriend about where on earth he finds clothes that fit. The answer? Online.
Actually, Aron is lucky to be able to buy most of his pants off the (in-store) rack, but virtually all of his shirts have to be sourced from shops with dedicated tall sections online. I have a few go-to’s that quickly come to mind (J. Crew button-downs and sweaters, and Gap’s tall t-shirts are in heavy rotation), but my friend Rebecca has put together a much more extensive list on The Daily Muse that anyone sharing this dilemma will appreciate.
P.S. This is what he was stooping to look at in the photo up top. Just a few sea lions along the 17-mile-drive this past weekend in Carmel. This whole part of California’s coast… just wow.
[Aron's plaid shirt is from J.Crew's Tall shop]
It’s been my experience that while you don’t need to buy a lot of maternity clothes, you’ll be a lot happier (read: more comfortable) if you get a few key pieces that don’t make you feel like you’re waging a war to squeeze into your wardrobe every day.
Here’s what I think you really need (for cooler temps, with links to my go-to sources)…
I don’t always make it, but I have a standing appointment in my date book for the first Sunday of every month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. If you’re in (or near) the Bay Area, it’s worth checking out. The food trucks and view of the San Francisco skyline would be enough to tempt me, but I usually have a few other goals in mind. One month, it was chairs. This month, it was art and textiles.
Just be sure to dress in layers: I was excited to break out a new Old Navy Color-Blocked sweater for the cool morning. But once the fog lifts and the sun comes out, one remembers that fall is the Bay Area’s summer!
Hudson discovered the joy of a tape measure and wanted to stop at every rug which, fortunately, was pretty convenient. Otherwise, I must admit, it’s gotten harder to truly scower the market, with a curious toddler in tow. He usually makes out best of all. (Remember the fire truck? There’s a new-old bulldozer in our midst now.)
In the mood to go on a treasure hunt yourself?
Here are the 15 flea and antique markets that are routinely named best in the country:
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Rose Bowl Flea (Pasadena)
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (pictured)
Scott Antique Markets (Atlanta)
All Night Flea Market (Wheaton)
Chicago Antique Market
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
Brimfield Antique Show
Brooklyn Flea (location varies by season)
Raleigh Flea Market
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show
Nashville Flea Market
Austin County Flea Market
Canton First Monday Trade Days
127 Corridor Sale (654 miles along the highway, from Jamestown, TN, to Gadsden, AL)
How many of these have you been to? Any other favorites?
On me: Old Navy Color-blocked Crew-neck Sweater, Gap infinity scarf, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Vintage men’s jeans, and Brogues by Skin & Threads.
On Hudson: Old Navy Uniform Zip-Front Sweater, American Apparel sailor shirt, Zara jeans, and Converse classic Chucks.
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.
Both would look awesome slung across a chunky fisherman’s knit sweater this fall, or across a breezy sun-dress next spring. Oh! And I personally discovered that the little handle on the Zara bag is just right for hanging from a stroller (and that the leather looks even better in person). So there you go.
P.S. Another dreamy bag from this heritage brand, the J.W. Hulme Mini-Excursion bag.
The trend for this season is ankle boots and I love the look. But I confess I’m not entirely ready to give up the equestrian style. After all, do those ankle boots come with longer legs?
So here are a few favorites this year, whether you prefer low or high. (Most come in multiple shades.) …
[Clockwise, short boots: Rachel Comey Mars Boot / Old Navy Textured Short-zip boots / H by Hudson / Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot // Tall boots: Madewell Archive Boot (extended calf option!) / Sam Edelman Perron Boot (I'm really curious about these) / Naturalizer Juletta Tall Riding Boot / and a lighter, packable model of Hunter Wellies]
P.S. Also check out: Clarks Desert Boots, Frye Melissa Button Boot (for another extended calf option); Clog Boots, my fall favorites last year (with high/low price points), and some good rain booties.
I can’t remember when, exactly, I last wore denim with zippers at the ankle, but it has been well over 20 years. I think it was around the time I was dressing as the punk-rocker incarnation of Madonna and lip-syncing to “Material Girl.”
Once I retired the last pair (likely with acid-wash and an upside-down triangle label on the rear), I never thought I’d see the trend again.
Never say never.
Turns out these ones have just enough stretch to fit snuggly on the legs and still accommodate my growing pregnant bump (so I’ve been wearing them all week).
I’ve never seen him so excited about a piece of clothing. It’s a bit warm here for sweatshirts (though the evenings are growing cooler), and still he didn’t want to take the hood off!
Are you into the zipper trend for fall? (I love that they mean getting to wear more brass and metallic embellishments.) Were you around for the first wave of ankle-zips?
On me: Rockstar Ankle-Zip Jeans by Old Navy, and (in top outfit) Necklace by Anthropologie,Tank by Zara, Slingbacks by Emerson Fry; (in second outfit) Peasant top by Edme & Esyllte, Watch by Michael Kors, Ankle boots by Sam Edelman (BTW: these ankle boots have the same look for about 80% less.)
On Hudson: Costume Hoodie by Old Navy, trousers by Zara, Salt Water Sandals by Hoy
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thank you for supporting Hither & Thither.
We’re back from Hawaii, and I loved using my new Caftan. (Though admittedly it was hot at times, and I could see how the shorter version might be more practical—if only my legs were my favorite feature!)
A few people mentioned that caftans are easy to make, with simple lines to cut and sew. It makes perfect sense—which really makes one wonder why they all have to be so darn expensive? Incidentally, both Emerson Fry lengths are on sale now.
Summer may be ending for many of us, but I know I’ll be seeking out a beach again come winter. I found two great tutorials for the more sewing-inclined of you…
Toronto-based Yvonne, of the blog Choo Cha, made herself this beautiful caftan and recommends looking at Indian fabric shops for a good source (bolts sold “for the purpose of making punjabi suits or sarees are usually about 6m of fabric”).
Read her instructions. I imagine you could make a short or long version for yourself depending on your preference.
Alternatively, Martha Stewart has a tutorial for a beach cover-up (shown at top) that takes a bit more of a poncho-shape but which could also be in keeping with the look. You’ll need two light scarves to sew together. Follow the link to read her simple instructions.
More beach cover-ups.
I recall talking with girlfriends at a park one afternoon, shortly after Hudson was born, and their reassuring me: “everyone tells you ‘oh, you’ll never do this or that again… you won’t travel or eat in fancy restaurants or go to the movies…’ but none of it’s true. Well, except for seeing movies.” They all agreed that they basically never go to the movies.
In New York, the going rate for a babysitter seemed to be $15/hour. A movie ticket, on average, costs another $15. So before you’ve even had dinner or concessions, you’ve probably spent $60. Time to get a Netflix subscription instead.
So, the funny thing is, going to dinner and a movie—typically a sort of average date—has become pretty exciting to me. Sometimes nothing sounds better or more romantic than sitting in a dark theatre beside one another and sharing a box of popcorn.
It’s made all the better when we get to see a new release downtown at the Varsity. Oh, and by the fact that everything costs a little less in Davis! (Don’t you love all the bicycle parking, by the way?)
Last week, we rode our bikes downtown to the old theatre, a Streamline Moderne building: built in 1949/50, the Varsity was built in a style that, at the time both incorporated and reacted against elements of Art Deco (think Airstream trailers). It’s now a historical landmark that shows more art house cinema.
There’s a cafe to one side, and a gelato and candy shop to the other (both owned by the same man), and they’ve struck a deal with the theatre so that you can bring items from either inside. I couldn’t resist the spicy ginger gelato.
If the movie is good, we’ll often end up in the wine bar across the street to keep talking about it. This time we saw The Way Way Back. Have you seen it? It’s funny, sad, touching, and memorable: Totally put-on-a-cute-outfit (I’m obviously obsessed with chambray), hire-a-babysitter, and share-some-popcorn worthy!
What have you seen lately that’s date-night worthy? I practically peed my pants I laughed so much at the outrageousness of The End, and I really appreciated the thoughtful Mud, but it’s been a while since I truly loved a movie. I’m really looking forward to that new Julia Louise-Dreyfuss movie, Enough Said, and I always like to see Woody Allen’s films. What else looks good?
Have you heard of ICU Eyewear? They’re a great online source for sunglasses and stylish reading glasses. Everything is priced under $30 (with returns or exchanges guaranteed within 60 days), and they give back: every year, ICU donates thousands of reading glasses, all over the world, to those in need.
They’re looking for consumer feedback to help them curate their reading line and are giving out 1,000 free pairs of readers—and a 40% off coupon to everyone else who votes!
I actually just entered to vote as a man and won a pair for my dad!
1. Go to the Read-In-Style Giveaway page to enter your email address and a gender. (You vote for the Dr. Dean or the Wink readers depending on which you select.)
2. Vote for your favorite pair.
3. You will then either be selected instantly as a winner OR receive a 40% off coupon for all readers on the ICU Eyewear site. It’s a win-win.
And even if you don’t need readers yet, I’m guessing you know someone who does! (Because apparently 98% of us will!)
(I’m thinking of trying round-frame sunglasses for a change. The wayfarer style at top is my usual go-to.)
Promotion valid through August 28th. This article is sponsored by ICU Eyewear, but all opinions are my own. Thank you!
I have a feeling that Ms. Coppola is actually not wearing a true Caftan (or Kaftan, if you prefer) in this photo (rather, a shirt), but doesn’t it look like the perfect poolside cover-up nonetheless?
We’re headed to Hawaii soon, a gift from family, and I’ve been using it as an excuse to finally splurge on that caftan I’ve always wanted. The long Butterfly caftan from EmersonMade was out of stock for a long time, and I was kicking myself for not buying it when it first came around… but it’s back!
Some other favorites:
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Remember that first trip to New York I told you about? The one where I went to H&M over and over because there were only a few stores in the U.S.?
Well this is a game-changer… all of H&M’s merchandise is on sale online now. Even the maternity, and the kids, and the home sections! I looked up the shipping and return policy, and it’s $6 each way with 30 days to return. Not bad!
[Shown: Patterned Kimono]
Aron is probably so tired of this question. (Though he has an opinion, I’ve finally discovered.)
You see I’m back to my usual dilemma stage… my hair is in that “side sweepy” bang stage (on a good day, something like this—if nothing like Daria Werbowy herself). Which always prompts me to ask him yet again, “bangs? no bangs?”
Maybe you recall that I carry around this image (from a March 2008 magazine!) for getting mine cut?
Here are some of the ladies who have me rushing in for trims…
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While in Paris, Aron and I both fell in love with this bag we were gifted from Sons of Trade. The Tactical Tote is designed for men by the same company behind the Petunia Pickle Bottom bags. And it’s big, maybe a little too large on my frame, but it makes a great gender-neutral diaper bag (it’s attractive, wipeable, durable, has tons of pockets, and converts from tote to backpack with a couple of snaps and the company sells a separate diaper pad/case to put inside), but we loved it as a travel bag, too.
The tote can be snapped shut on its own, but because the tote handles fold over and snap in place, we felt especially confident that no one was easily reaching into the sack. I loved the confidence that adds. Seriously: I felt like Vanna White when it arrived, showing Aron all of the bells and whistles.
You can order directly from the company and find accessories at Sons of Trade.
Just in case you’re doing some last minute shopping.
Shopping for Mother’s Day? There’s no one perfect gift for the grandmother, mother, sister, wife, and expectant spouse… Maybe a simple handwritten card or some flowers will do, maybe she’s hoping for the moon!
Here are a few ideas…
Quality, French Cheese Knives that look pretty atop her cutting board.
The most decadent cookies, straight from New York. (Or you could bake a batch, because she’d love those too!)
A classic Breton striped shirt (the new staple).
Pajamas she could stay in all day.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in a color she’ll love, because she still prefers handwritten notes.
But she shouldn’t have to waste precious time on the return address, so a custom Calligraphy-style stamp would be sweet.
A gorgeous new cookbook for her collection: Vegetable Literacy
A luxurious (and beautiful) Turkish Hammam Pestemal
Repeat after me: Keep Calm.
A set of stacking rings. (Perhaps pricey for the occasion, but aren’t they gorgeous?)
Gemstone Meaning Earrings (I’d choose the Aqua Chalcedony for endurance—something about marathons versus sprints?)
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series, because you know she’ll love Tami Taylor and this is ideal summer-time, nursing on the sofa, binge-watching television.
Nespresso Milk Frother, for the perfect latte, even if she never makes it out the door.
Cenitfolia Robe from Anthropologie: that place between comfortable and sexy.
An Air Plant: simple to care for, lovely to look at
Zoku Quick Pop Maker, because she really wants a popsicle, too.
A brag book with her favorite photos from Pinhole Press. She’ll love it forever.
Well-crafted with a story behind it: something pretty from BRIKA.
A book of essays written and illustrated by women: Equals.
And of course:
Anything made with love.
An offer of help. (True story: A few months ago, I happened to be at an event with the founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann. His wife, infant, and mother-in-law were along with him. I got to talking with the last of those three—who was visiting from across the globe—and I’ll never forget it: I said something to the effect of “it must be so nice to be here with your grandson.” And she replied “Oh, no. I’m not here for him. I’m here for my daughter. Everyone wants to take care of a baby; I’m here to take care of my daughter.” Amazing, right?)
P.S. My wedding anniversary falls on Mother’s Day this year, by the way. Just saying. Wink, wink.