For a little pre-Valentine’s Day shopping inspiration, owner Cindy and a few of our staff each compiled selections of Eden merchandise that we imagine would make dazzling, singular gifts to a beloved. Two Eden jewelry designers, Jess of Jesseca Anne Jewelry and Brehan Todd of Brehan Todd Designs threw in their picks. Next, we requested a little more input from multi-talented blogger, stylist and yogi Allison Jones of Allison Jones Design, who obliged us and rounded out the list to an even six. Here they are:
Eden’s owner Cindy chose this vintage toy soldier marionette ($150,) who could be gifted as a lovely symbolic gesture for hard-earned love and affection. Jesseca Anne’s bangle bracelets ($45) feature delicate chain tassels which provide a feminine touch to a classic and versatile style. Maison Bouche is an Oakland based chocolatier and these cat’s tongue chocolates ($14.50) are a sweet and sentimental gift for the cat lady (or cat man) in your life. Brehan Todd’s Volcano cuff ($112) represents a bold new direction for the Portland designer, who used glass, crystal, coral and bullet-shells on a vintage metal bracelet in this piece.
Julie always curates beautiful vintage and vintage-inspired outfits, so it’s no surprise that her Valentine’s selections are also heavy on the vintage side! Jan Michaels lariat necklace ($85) features a beautiful brass rope chain, smooth tumbled onyx beads and little chain tassels – Michaels draws inspiration for her jewelry from Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs. Tocca’s Cleopatra perfume ($68 for 50ml) is a full, deep fragrance with notes of grapefruit, greens, cassis, white jasmine, peach nectar, tuberose, patchouli, amber and musk. A beautiful silk robe from the 1920s ($275) displays a floral arrangement embroidered at front and back panel, with long tassels which swing as you walk. A colorful vintage tray ($68) shows an elegant lady out on her veranda on a bright day and could serve a number of purposes around the house (vanity table, serving cocktails, etc.)
Butterflies, slightly out of season in February, seem all the more poignant and interesting for Valentine’s Day. I also love the idea of a Valentine (such as this framed pair, $165) that could double as art to hang on a wall. This vintage glass vanity set ($85) is so darling with it’s tiny pink flowers and heavy glass stoppers (bonus points if it’s gifted full of a favorite candy!) The butterfly trend isn’t over yet – check out these wonderful, heavy metal bookends ($85.) Colored glasses make beautiful gifts, and the lily of the valley print screened on these ($8 each) makes a sweet present (these flowers symbolize sweetness and the return of happiness.)
This brass mirror ($95) would add charm and elegance to a dresser or vanity-top. A vintage Indian quilt ($165) is a thoughtful gift in which to curl up with your sweetie, and the romantic color palette of this quilt, in shades of charcoal and coral, make it a Valentine in itself. Serge Lutens Ambre sultan ($120 for 50ml) perfume is an irresistible, woodsy, spicy amber scent. Voluspa’s Mandarino Cannela candle ($16.50) provides a spicy, citrusy fragrance that when lit, transforms a space to be instantly cozy and inviting.
For the Valentine who loves editorial artwork and the printed word, La Vie Pariesienne ($39.95) provides a memorable glimpse at life in Paris during the early 20th century. This vintage lamp ($78) featuring an Art Nouveau lady against a little moon is small enough to fit into most any decor scheme and would make an original and unforgettable present. La Maison de la Vanille’s Absolu de Vanille ($100 for 100ml) is an incredible scent that blends woodsy and spicy notes against a vanilla palette. Maison Bouche chocolates (featured above in Cindy’s picks) also makes chocolate bars ($6.50,) including a limited collection for Valentine’s Day. With a number of incredible flavors (ranging from Creme Brulee to Violette to Rose with Mint) and sweet illustrated wrapping paper.
Allison Jones impeccable personal style is showcased in these selections. Mon Bijou’s Cort bracelet ($98) is sleek and modern, so you might not imagine that this design is actually based on an antique Turkish one! If you’re planning a Valentine’s excursion, this snakeskin print train case ($68) would be much appreciated (and useful.) Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood ($60) is a wonderful resource for style and fashion-history buffs. Voluspa’s Warm Perique Tabac candle ($28) has garnered a lot of nostalgic reactions from people reminded by the scent of growing up in the south, or those who say the scent (with notes of leather, wood and tabac) is strongly reminiscent of a man in their lives.
Allison Jones keeps a terrific blog, which you can see here – it’s a great resource for dressing, decor and color design. Jewelry designers Jess and Brehan also keep blogs that track their inspirations, see Jess’s here and Brehan’s here.
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We haven’t before highlighted a selection of our favorite blogs here on our shop blog but it seems like high time that we did! With the launch of our new website, we’re sponsoring a few blogs that we absolutely love reading – and hope you will too. Get the scoop:
Honey Kennedy: written by our friend Jen McCabe, the blog Honey Kennedy consists of a remarkably well-curated collection of all things beautiful. With Jen’s help, we feel like the first (well, second) to know about top-of-the-line beauty products, darling European childrens’ clothing, eclectic (and enviable) housewares and stunning travel locales we wish we could go to this instant (plus, Jen makes some awesome playlists.) Right now, Jen is hosting an amazing Eden giveaway on her blog – click here for details!
Clever Nettle: Anja Verdugo is Clever Nettle‘s mistress and the blog hosts a mix of Anja’s photography, clothing designs, vintage clothes and accessories, snapshots of life in Portland, and various fashion inspirations. Anja has a great eye for style and new design and a charming sense of humor to go along! This multi-talented lady also took some beautiful behind the scenes photos at our recent Look Book shoot; if you haven’t seen them yet, take a look!
SF Girl By Bay: Victoria Smith keeps this blog, which focuses on all varieties of design (a number of talented ladies working in the field of design also contribute). SF Girl By Bay features posts on an array of topics including photography, fashion, food and drink, vintage and interior design. Each and every one of Victoria’s posts is really inspiring, and her blog helps us out every time we’re looking for a little pretty pick-me-up.
Design Is Mine: Summer Allen, the woman behind Design is Mine is near and dear to us – in fact, you may find her on weekends behind the front desk at our sister store, Flutter. Even better, Summer also keeps Flutter’s shop blog. Design is Mine highlights everything from color-themed collections and images of inspiration to eye-catching flickr photos, thoughts-of-the-day, and more.
Hannah and Landon: Written by Hanna Metz and Landon Metz, Hannah and Landon shares a collection of the darling couple’s dreamy photography, abstract artwork, sweet vintage-inspired outfit posts, and more. Hannah and Landon live in New York City. Hannah is also the co-founder of The Loved One, a vintage-inspired lingerie collection that has been heating up the internet since its launch in 2009.