Guys are always the hardest to shop for (read my friend Jenna’s trial and tribulations of buying for her husband), but there are actually a decent number of options out there once you start to search. Sure, they’re not necessarily showstoppers, but I’m not sure guys have the kind of expectations we do. Jewelry! A romantic getaway! A new puppy! Chances are, these aren’t on his mind. My husband is more than thrilled with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. How easy is that?
Don’t wait until the last minute and stuff junk into the stocking. Take some time to find a few treasures. Marimekko has lot of colorful stocking stuffers, including iPhone cases, pouches, potholders, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, mugs, and more.
The Frieze London art fair features work from over 1,000 living, contemporary artists from over 150 galleries, from Berlin to New York and London to Tokyo. It’s housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke, in Regent’s Park, Oct. 17-20. And, it’s within walking distance to Frieze Masters, which features a wide range of works, from ancient to modern. Here’s a preview of 15 artworks from Frieze London, compliments of Artsy.
Anyway, as old habits die hard, I happily snapped up the stuff, seeing how it’s sunscreen and I’m pretty darn pale, and gave them a test drive in Delray. High marks. The packaging is lovely (green IS my favorite color) and works well (the dispenser on a tube was a fun surprise). The day lotion sunscreen went on smoothly and while initially shiny, soaked in with a smooth, dry finish within ten minutes. Plus it is scentless. SO important! I didn’t burn, though of course I was also wearing a hat. (Sun = poison pour moi.)
I adored the lip treatment ($9.99). While I’m addicted to Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for night time, I really like the Own lip treatment for day, with the SPF of 10 (zinc oxide is the active ingredient). The pen-like tube is cool, and is better for tossing in a handbag. Application was easy. . . it has a roller ball. Remember those kissing potions, those of you who were little girls in the ’70s & ’80s? The good news is that you get the nostalgia without the scent or gooeyness.
House Beautiful’s 4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt kicks off on Wednesday and I’ve got a chair in the mix. The magazine has assigned StyleCarrot this ikat-patterned Dane recliner by La-Z-Boy. Like it? You could win it.
On Wednesday ant Thursday, the HB team will hide 20 black and white chairs (including this one) in iconic locations around Los Angeles. Follow @HouseBeautiful and @StyleCarrot on Twitter for clues on where to find and win my chair in LA! We’ll be marking tweets with hashtag #hbchairs.
UPDATE: On Thursday, March 7 at around 2:30 PT the HB team will hide this chair in the vicinity of the Urth Café at 8565 Melrose Avenue between Robertson and La Cienega. FIND IT!!!
With its classic lines, I can easily picture this chair in the New York City apartment of Laura, the 1944 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. In addition to fitting in with the decor, the ikat swirls also reflect the dizzying machinations of Laura, the femme fatale, who captivates the men around her.
If you’re wondering what the occasion is, this is all in celebration of House Beautiful’s March 2013 “Color Combinations” issue, for which they’re toasting the most classic color combination of all—black & white—along with the glory days of cinema. The event is called “Beautiful in Black & White.”
Other chair brands include American Leather, Crate & Barrel, Hickory Chair, Kravet, Room & Board, Target, and more, and participating bloggers include Tobi Fairley, Lisa Mende, Tamara Stephenson of Nest, Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow Eight, Christian May of Maison21, Jennifer Mehditash of Dec-a-porter, and plenty of others. Feel free to gather clues for all of them!
Finally, stay tuned for House Beautiful’s Pinterest contest in which you will be asked to pin the chair from this post. Meanwhile, follow StyleCarrot and HouseBeautiful on Pinterest.
Entertainment Cruises is giving one StyleCarrot reader a pair of tickets for the Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise on Saturday, February 16 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship in Boston.
The romantic cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, champagne toast, a rose, and amazing views. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Boston. (I’ll avoid asking about Valentine’s Day for fear of sap.) Contest ends Sunday, Feb. 10 at midnight ET.