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The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

in LIFESTYLE
 because finding love, of course, is the easy part- i’ve curated a painfully tasteful and exclusively inclusive gift guide to show your love to anyone and everyone in your heart, and where to find them in Brooklyn.

For your leading lady.

a handmade dream catcher
because she believes in magic. and she harnesses it by weaving intentional webs of hope and desire, strung spindly-thin and impossible to find your way out of once ensnared. and why would you anyway, if thus meaning you are her dream, you dear lucky lad?  pick one up from LAB brooklyn in greenpoint. 144 driggs ave.

 

the wild unknown tarot
we all must play the hand we’ve been dealt but there’s always room for a little slight of hand, a little twist of fate, and more than a fair measure of the wild unknown. these hand-drawn, hand-painted (and reprinted, ok ok…) masterpieces double as decor, but will bring about some wild spirits into that delicate house of cards you’ve assembledcozy love nest you’ve foraged, sturdy fortress you’ve built, dingey but charming bushwick apartment you’re renting. these, from maha rosa in greenpoint. 97 green st.

 

pablo neruda’s love poems
among the most romantic ways to practice the most romantic of the romance languages, other than while making sweet sweet love. romantically. poet laureate pablo neruda’s seductive book of love poems features each poem in spanish, mirroring it’s english translation. the perfect instigation for pronunciation, enunciation, fornication, and plenty of inventive iterations. this one found at spoontown and sugar sluts dammit! i mean spoonbill and sugartown, in williamsburg. 218 bedford ave.

 

stamp on passport
no no. this isn’t some game or book or album or ‘zine. it’s actual permanent ink on the (ideally) weathered pages of a well-loved passport, to be earned only by crossing through that fateful TSA threshold, hand in hand, with the woman you love. looking onward to the departures screen and to new adventures. keep your eye on the flight deal for daily deals and book something. trust me, it’s what she wants.

 

jewelry is always a good idea.
and can also be quite contrived. add a personal touch by taking a coin from your travels together, taking it to one of those charming and still-in-business polish jewelers on manhattan ave and then string it on a long chain. or you know, go to brooklyn charm and put together your own personalized creation. 145 bedford ave.

 

 

For the man in your life.

an engraved compass.
what is it about men and antique brass compasses? is it their inherent timelessness, their familiar-as-an-heirloom quality, the substantial weight they have as you hold them, their tendency to always be right when it comes to directions? wait. or is that what we love about men? either way, this seems like a perfect fit. and besides, he’s your true north <—UGH barf, if i ever say that, unsubscribe. no for real. this one found via etsy (which is based in brooklyn!!) so yeah.
a little bear bottle opener.
it’s your slow way of obtaining a permanent fixture in his home. a wall-hanging bottle opener. of the bear variety. fierce and relentlessly giving but also unassuming. it’s everything you wish it would be, as long as you can bear it. this one from burson and reynolds in greenpoint, 649 manhattan ave.

 

lingerie. of any kind.
you know it’s for him anyway. and how you use it, of course is up to you. but i highly recommend you use it to make bad decisions. just add yourself and mischief. and maybe a little whiskey. try anything from shag sex shop in williamsburg. 108 roebling ave.

 

deer antlers
natural. found. tough. one-of-a-kind. and more uses around the home than you initially thought! and again, i have just described your lover. whatever. perfect as a paperweight (why do these even exist in the first place? how drafty is your office space exactly??), a nifty coat hook, a gnarly back scratcher, a decor piece that pairs well with a back story, real or fake. these pop up periodically both at copper and plaid and dobbin st co-op, so go often. they’ve never steered me wrong (AH-HAA!). or, leave a comment here and buy a set from me. i have a bunch. (for real).
 

For the woman you can’t live without both because she’s your best friend, partner in crime, and pseudo (or real) lesbian lover, and also because of course she knows too much.

garance dore’s love style life.
for the creative, entrepreneurial, inspired woman who is moved by words, images, and traversing through all the noise in media to find and create something of substance. the way that garance embraces every bit of life and communicates it is enough to move anyone to seek more- in love, style, life, and everything in between. (yes, this was the valentine’s gift i bought for myself.) get. her. this. and, of course, check out www.garancedore.com for daily musings and inspirations. book found at word books, 126 franklin ave, greenpoint.
the novelty necklace
if you want to get personal, choose a coin from your joint travels, or one that represents her family, her heritage, or her aspirations. seen here, a czech koruna, drilled and strung by my local jeweler on manhattan ave. or if you prefer something sassy for yourself or your best friend, this unassumingly blunt NOPE heart necklace requires that you have to get just close enough to read. i’ve had many a male say sweetly, “oh, what is engraved there on your necklace?” and upon closer inspection and recognition of my smug smile, they get the message without saying a word. found at in god we trust in greenpoint. 70 greenpoint ave.

 

a little something sexy

you already know she’s a fox- stop by my favorite little lingerie shop in brooklyn that flawlessly combines seductive and sensual, tasteful and dangerous, intrepid and clandestine. and doesn’t require you to walk through a pink-polka dotted high school locker room to find what you want. i love this stunning pair for it’s sheer abhorrence to futility, just pure unadulterated aesthetic beauty. from brooklyn fox in williamsburg, 132 n. 5th st.

a sassy little ring holder (and something upon it)

simple, elegant, charming, these ring holders become a simple and unassuming little center of attention. slip a little something extra on it from brooklyn’s jewelry mavens at catbird, animal ring holders at burson and reynolds, in greenpoint. 649 manhattan ave.

 

giles + brother railroad spike cuff
made in new york, engraveable, delivered in 2 days flat anywhere in the US. this solid brass means it’s strong, tough, unassumingly eye-catching and will only get more beautiful with age. not.un.like.your.love. my engraving of course stands for a secret club with my best friend (and we’ll never tell.) so choose something clandestine, unique, personal, and distinctively yours. available at giles and brother and OAK, greenpoint. 55 nassau ave.

 

tom dixon copper coffee collection.
for the coffee lover-lover, wake her up with something pretty and european. because mornings should start slow, fragrant, and with a rosy outlook. french press or percolator- make it personal with coffee from your favorite roastery. i’m enjoying cortado coffee (from good friend and coffee connoisseur schuyler cox, out of kauai), but my local recommendations include stumptown, cafe grumpy, and brooklyn roasting. percolator, french press, and other daily necessities elevated to objects of indulgent desire, visit beam brooklyn, in williamsburg. 240 kent ave.
<3L.

A Very Brooklyn Gift Guide | Brooklyn, I’m trying.

in LIFESTYLE

a vinyl-based gift guide for everyone on your list? does it get more Brooklyn than that? no of course not. but that’s why you’re here, of course. yeah. it’s happening, right here. know your friends. choose a record. find the perfect gifts. curated right here, just for you. read on.

For the food and wine lover.

Am I wrong to assume that anyone who is a foodie and wine connoisseur is also a hispanophile? Nope. I’m not. of course. this friend is passionate and intelligent, they embrace flavors and life and love with an irrepressible vitality. gift them Spain. in all of its stunning complexity.
The Vinyl
Sketches in Spain. Miles Davis. The best dinner album and one that inspires so many scenes and flavors from the country that
Mini paella pan, paellita. from whisk, $30. They’ll hate you for this as paella will soon become their cryptonite but. do it anyway.
Bomba rice. van only be found st foragers in dumbo. And at despana. Which is on he big island.
This wine is not Spanish. But you know whatnot is? 30 years old. Find a wine either the vintage of said friends birth year or anniversary or simply one from /–, the oldest winemakers from la Rioja.
Recipe cards from whisk – Write your favorite recipes upon them. Or of course mine. Cads fro. Whisk.

For the Bicycler.

you know the type. revolvers, evolvers. freethinkers and drinkers. they’re stunning idealists and weathered enemies/opponents of gentrification. and this is exactly what they like.
The Vinyl.
Gil Scot Heron, the revolution will not be televised. which is fine because you don’t have a tv anyway. us cyclists are always revolving and evolving and now more than ever. So get them a gift that exudes hope.
Dried lavender, to bring freshness when things get stale. From the union sq farmers market, $7
How to be Parisian, Wherever You Are. aren’t we all planning an escape? It starts right here, right now. in your mind, go to Paris and let your feet and your heart intentionally follow. From word books, $
Mexican blanket. For hose who are believers in picnics and random/sudden meditation. Give the, a textile that keeps up and throws down. This from the greatest store ever, dobbin st co op. $20.
The wine bota that requires no explanation. From the original family, JB Siquenza.
Bike basket and rack, bs bikes. because you need to be able to transport all this ish.

 

For your hippest friend.

the vinyl
the new hotness and the oldish but relentlessly relevant institution jack garratt and lcd soundsystem. These albums are fucking everything. purchase at academy records in greenpoint.
The G magnet. This is a must. Because we can bitch and moan but we all love old gramps. Found t the transit museum.,
concert tickets. to all the cool ish. reference bowery presents and choose wisely. hint: they are all good choices. the best option.
A weatherable saddle bag. to flawlessly go from freelance gig to coffee shop to happy hour to warehouse party to after hours to late late night to brunch to bed to oblivion. best from the endless souks of agadhir (this one is made of camel hide nbd), but find yours at
Persols. when in doubt, be like Steve motherfucking McQueen. here’s where to start. next, the Ducati. Of course.
Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. this book, the most beautiful description of life in New York since goodbye to all that. I sink deeply and intentionally into every painfully flawless description. get it at spoontown and sugarsluts spoonbill and sugartown. i can never quite get that name right…
Life is a dream. For the impenetrable idealist who keeps hanging on. through the eyes and words of a spaniards, life of course is a dream
Choker, from Free People. this ish is only basic if you make it basic. and you know she won’t. try one with a pendant, from free people.

 

The friend who’s been here the longest.

 They speak about gentrification with a humbling observance, a bitter reality, an earth shattering soul shattering debilitation. they line forever got the New York of the past (quote from sweet bitter)
The Vinyl
Bob Dylan, Paul Simon. Ah. it doesn’t get any better or any more new york than these two albums. walk out on your fire escape in tight jeans and a silly hat and know you’re still crazy after all these years. or smoke cigs and believe in the LES.
Alexis Bittar. from a jewelry designer that toes the line between edgy and intention, a stunning and bold exception. his pieces are remarkable and just so New York.
Disappearing store fronts. This stunning book, which features everyone’s apartments and makes tu feel good and sad at the same time. my spot is on page.
Chronicles of old New York. Includes city walks and tales that make you believe in and embrace the New York that was here and alive just before yours.
Ray Ban aviators. never go out of style. just like this city. and this friend of yours.

 

 

 

For the Gypsy Soul.

The Vinyl
mujer divina, natalia lafourcade. This woman. This album. She reinterpreted renowned folk singers , reimagined, breathed new life into. I could die within he grooves of this vinyl and my life would be so beautifully validated. Also. I bought the last available vinyl for less than $80, but trust me it’s worth it. Get yours for your favorite Gypsy soul.
an antique suitcase. functional? no of course not. beautiful and an ideal addition for the temporary nesting place of a wandering soul? you betcha. try dobbin st co-op and copper and plaid to snag one.
a mexican blanket. for warmth, for picnics, for meditation, for wrapping up in the arms of a lover you have discovered and want to continue discovering. this one is from dobbin st. co-op and no they didn’t sponsor this post i just really fucking like them k?
these beautiful compasses. engraveable on three different sides. ship in two days from istanbul. to offer a little direction when they’re seeking it.
make them a coin necklace with a coin from your travels, or from theirs, or from yours together.
a leather journal to accompany them on their adventures.
this book, by italo calvino. invisible cities. it’s a series of letters written by marco polo to kublai khan, who at the time could sense the end of his empire was approaching. marco polo sent him letters from cities he saw all over the world, in hopes that it would ignite a sense of hope, purpose, and wonder in kublai. this is the perfect gift for the gypsy soul and wandering spirit. get yours at word.
your own passport. hahaha jk it just looked good in the pic.

 

 

For the Writer.

they’re always working on the next project. and maybe sometimes you think that might be you.
The Vinyl.
leon bridges’s deep, soulful melodies have a relentlessly vintage feel that will keep their minds and hearts open as long as they keep it spinning.
polaroid note cards, a stack of for all of their correspondence needs.
a leather journal, this one happens to be from florence. that is ideal, but if not, try to get one that’s handmade right in our lovely little town. sturdy, delicate, and full of potential.
chasers of light, by tyler knott gregson. his beautiful and simple prose will leave you constantly fighting the urge to put the book down and pick up a pen while constantly craving the next word he says.
a hand-typed poem. because writers like words. pick one out that seaks to them. this one, of course, is the relentlessly simple “this is just to say” by william carlos williams.
quotable magnets. cheesy? whatever fine then don’t get them this. but i like to make sure anyone who comes into my kitchen knows that “the only people for me are the mad ones”
these beautiful compasses. engraveable on three different sides. ship in two days from istanbul. to offer a little direction when they’re seeking it.
a 35mm camera, for the slow and observant photographer. and some film too, if you can find it these days.
a sturdy hat. because writers should wear hats, lest their thoughts and words just scatter into the wind.
oh and, a natural little decorative piece to place upon their desk. antlers are my preference, but just search around dobbin st co-op or copper + plaid vintage on manhattan ave. you’ll find something perfect.

For your partner in crime.

The one you keep close because she knows too much, or maybe just enough. she’s the you you want to be and also maybe already are. you’re the same but perfect compliments. so give her these things.
the vinyl.
because the walkmen are the greatest rock band of our generation, next to the national. and this album is everything.
this vintage arrow, from dobbin st co-op, to give her some direction. and protection against intruders. of whom we are all just steps away from or voluntarily towards.
you are a badass, the book and the mentality. Jen sinceros voice presents the secret of the secret with more passion, vibrancy, and ferocity than it even knew it contained. buy one for you and one for her at word in greenpoint.
this evil eye to protect her from evil spirits and bad intentions. and, you know, to generally keep an eye on things. shown here from the grand bazaar in istanbul, get yours at union sq holiday market.
just because it’s winter time doesn’t mean she doesn’t need dope shades. these, from madewell.
a beautiful embodiment of things that we hold in high regard, love, style, life from the lovely garance dore. get this book. from powerhouse arena.
the most perfect gift, a railroad spike cuff. made in new york and engravable, from giles and brother. get- her favorite city, or you know, be part of the cool kids club. #nbo
A subway silhouette of her favorite city. Yeah. I know perfect gift. found at the union square holiday mArket.
when in doubt, candle. candle. this one embodies the warm, inviting, and necessarily invigorating nature of the season. from burson and Reynolds.
a totem. yeah. a fucking totem. why? because we are solo travelers. seeking adventure and connection in equal doses. give her something that embodies that belief. my preferred totem, this guy of course. #whyisntthatelephantalwaysthere

 

be merry, brooklyn. it’s what we’re here for.

<3L.

a gift guide for lovers.

in LIFESTYLE
because finding love, of course, is the easy part- i’ve curated a painfully tasteful and exclusively inclusive gift guide to show your love to anyone and everyone in your heart, and where to find them in Brooklyn.
 valentines
1 garance dore’s love style life.
for the creative, entrepreneurial, inspired woman who is moved by words, images, and traversing through all the noise in media to find and create something of substance. the way that garance embraces every bit of life and communicates it is enough to move anyone to seek more- in love, style, life, and everything in between. (yes, this was the valentine’s gift i bought for myself.) get. her. this. and, of course, check out www.garancedore.com for daily musings and inspirations. book found at word books, 126 franklin ave, greenpoint.
2 the novelty necklace
if you want to get personal, choose a coin from your joint travels, or one that represents her family, her heritage, or her aspirations. seen here, a czech koruna, drilled and strung by my local jeweler on manhattan ave. or if you prefer something sassy for yourself or your best friend, this unassumingly blunt NOPE heart necklace requires that you have to get just close enough to read. i’ve had many a male say sweetly, “oh, what is engraved there on your necklace?” and upon closer inspection and recognition of my smug smile, they get the message without saying a word. found at in god we trust, 70 greenpoint ave.

 

3 a little something sexy

you already know she’s (or you’re) a fox- stop by my favorite little lingerie shop in brooklyn that flawlessly combines seductive and sensual, tasteful and dangerous, intrepid and clandestine. and doesn’t require you to walk through a pink-polka dotted high school locker room to find what you want. i love this stunning pair for it’s sheer abhorrence to futility, just pure unadulterated aesthetic beauty. from brooklyn fox, 132 n. 5th st, williamsburg.

 

4 a sassy little ring holder (and something upon it)

simple, elegant, charming, these ring holders become a simple and unassuming little center of attention. slip a little something extra on it from brooklyn’s jewelry mavens at catbird, animal ring holders at burson and reynolds, 649 manhattan ave, greenpoint.

 

5 giles + brother railroad spike cuff
made in new york, engraveable, delivered in 2 days flat anywhere in the US. this solid brass means it’s strong, tough, unassumingly eye-catching and will only get more beautiful with age. not.un.like.your.love. my engraving of course stands for a secret club with my best friend (and we’ll never tell.) so choose something clandestine, unique, personal, and distinctively yours. available at giles and brother and OAK, 55 nassau ave, greenpoint.
6 tom dixon copper coffee collection.
for the coffee lover-lover, wake her up with something pretty and european. because mornings should start slow, fragrant, and with a rosy outlook. french press or percolator- make it personal with coffee from your favorite roastery. i’m enjoying cortado coffee (from good friend and coffee connoisseur schuyler cox, out of kauai), but my local recommendations include stumptown, cafe grumpy, and brooklyn roasting. percolator, french press, and other daily necessities elevated to objects of indulgent desire, visit beam brooklyn, 240 kent ave, williamsburg.
<3L.