A few of my favorite things this Holiday season for ocean lovers...
Customized Coordinate Bangles from Dee Ruel $40
I love these stackable bangles handmade by fellow ocean-loving friend and jewelry designer, Dee Ruel. Available in gold, copper and silver. Keep the coordinates of your favorite beaches and surf spots close to your heart at all times with these delicate, stylish bracelets.
Coastal Throw Pillows, Samba to the Sea, from $45
My friend Kristen Brown knows how to live life to the fullest. She left her corporate job in New York City to move to Costa Rica and pursue her passions of photography and surfing. I love these handmade coastal throw pillows featuring Kristen's gorgeous photos of Costa Rica. The perfect touch of tropical paradise for your home year-round.
Buenlimon Apron, Fleur de Sel, Mariana Velasquez, $98
One thing fellow chef and food stylist Mariana Velasquez understands is that you can still be stylish while cooking in the kitchen. Mariana combines her love for food and fashion with her line of Buenlimon aprons, which she designs in New York City and are handmade in her native Columbia. The aprons are made from vintage and solid fabrics and flow like gowns. Naturally, Fleur de Sel is one of my favorites.
Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, Kalastyle, $7
Bring a day at the beach to your shower or bath with Kalastyle's Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soaps. Anthropolgy writes: "Husband-and-wife duo Kate and Lance Smith started Kalastyle over twenty years ago in a New England farmhouse. The brand has grown, but this family business remains true to its roots: a modern aesthetic, eco-awareness and simple, high- quality products. Their organic soaps use only natural ingredients to exfoliate, deep-clean and hydrate your skin.Seaweed: formulated for dry skin using active marine algae Sea Salt: sea salt soften appearance of skin Sea Aster: soothes appearance of redness. Available in classic or sea lilly scent.
Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water, Amazon, $24
A beachy home design and style book by interior designer Nina Freudenberger. Peek into surf enthusiasts and ocean lovers homes from Malibu, the Rockaways, Japan and Australia and unique design inspiration for your own home. A great coffee table book.
Handmade Ocean-Inspired Dip-Dyed Tea Towels, 12 for under $30
I created these handmade tea towel myself using natural coral reef turquoise dye and plain white kitchen sack towels. You can order the natural dye from Greener Shades on Etsy and the tea towels on Amazon. There really isn't a wrong way to go about creating these handmade gifts. I added a little sea salt to the water and gradually dipped the ends of each tea towel until I had the ocean look that I wanted. You then rinse with cold water until the excess dye has been removed and the water is completely clear. Wash, fold and tie in a pretty package with natural twine. These tea towels will add a touch of the sea to any kitchen.
Wood Magnetic Clipboard Photo Calendar, Artifact Uprising, $30
I am totally in love with these wood clipboard calendars from Artifact Uprising. Holds 12 of your favorite sea-side moments and has a 12-month rolling calendar, so you can order anytime. I will be very sad to say goodbye to this year's calendar at my house. So many fun memories from a summer in California, but I am looking forward to creating our new one for this year with more coastal dreams.