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A Hot Bath (& Friday Links)

Those photos of Jenna Lyons new apartment, circulating widely after her Times Magazine feature, make me want to take a hot bath! (As opposed to all of the news lately that makes me want to take a cold shower.) The light in the feature is so beautiful.

On a related note, someone wrote recently that they’d like to see more in the home & design category around here. I’m hoping to work on the editorial calendar over the break and would love to hear about any other topics you’d like to see more of. Please leave a comment to let me know!

Any plans for the weekend? We have our first holiday party, and I’m so excited! We’re also going to drive into the city to take the kids to a performance of the Nutcracker that’s geared toward children.

Some links of note, if you’ll be doing any browsing… 

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Late autumn in Lake Tahoe: Thanksgiving

Looking back at our Thanksgiving, I feel lucky that we got to catch one more view of the mountains before they’re blanketed in white. Cool mornings meant misty trails when the sun broke through; rivers, still full from last winter’s storms, fed a quiet lake.

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For Everyone Else

Today’s gift guide is full of ideas for anyone left out so far—the always-welcoming host, the white elephant recipient you just met, the friend at work, the neighbor who always brings back your runaway dog…

  1. For a voracious reader or bookclub friend, Out of Print Library Card socks
  2. For the one who is always entertaining. Everything will look better on this 3-tier cake tower.
  3. A beautiful little Bath Salt Trio to wrap up with a bow (and maybe a bottle of wine) for anyone who deserves a break.
  4. Ban.Do’s Self Expression Card Kit comes with blank cards and cool stickers so they can say exactly what they want.
  5. A Yes, I know that Guacamole is Extra tote bag for getting tacos together.
  6. I brought home this DIY embroidery kit from West Coast Craft. How cute are those scissors? For the aspirational crafter.
  7. This is amazing. Send in a photo or a logo to get a custom cookie-cutter.
  8. For the friend who likes to be prepared, a super-fast dual USB charger that contains a safety cutter to slice through seat belts, and a hammer made to easily shatter car windows in the case of an emergency. (Or a 5-port charger for the carpooler.)
  9.  I love the simple embroidery on this “Tough as a Mother” tee. 
  10. Game of Phones, since nobody can put theirs down anyway.
  11. World’s Okayest Employee Mug, for your water-cooler friend.
  12. This hand-thrown Olive Bowl is perfect for fruit and pit pairings. (Also, this budget version.)
  13. I love the simplicity of this glass ruler, that also happens to be a paperweight.
  14. A great little Salt Cellar for keeping out on the counter or handy for seasoning by the grill. Pair it with some really good fleur de sel.
  15. This travel pillow will be good for a laugh, but I seriously want to take it on my next red-eye flight.
  16. Scratch-off beer chart: A bucket list of craft beer, sorted into categories and subcategories, 99 beers in all. Each scratcher reveals an infographic for the one who will enjoy the trivia.
  17. Mix & Match Felt Letter Board. Be sure to give it with your own message to begin.
  18. Stay Classy . Who wouldn’t want a portrait of Will Ferrell? It’s the universal gift.
  19. But if you need something a bit safer, this Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is great German design at a great price. The ABS plastic is the same tough stuff that LEGOs are made out of!
  20. For armchair travels, The Great Wide Open or One Year on a Bike 
  21. Found: an attractive and practical (undated) deskpad for weekly to-do lists.

P.S. More gift guides—the “for everyone else” ones are always a favorite! And this year’s For Her, For Him, and For the Kiddos.

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