Valentine Style Guide

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Some believe Valentine’s Day can be pretty cliché -champagne and strawberries, sweet nothings and big romantic gestures. Whether or not you choose to view Valentine’s Day as a holiday designed to sell cards and candy, fact is, it’s the one holiday solely designed to honor and express gratitude for the special individuals in your life. Why not indulge whole-heartedly in celebrating love? Still not sure what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Find a way to express your sentiment of affection with The Artful Blog’s well thought out and stylish Valentine Gift Guide for him and for her. From the heartfelt and handmade, to the traditional and tasteful. #sharethelove ❤

Karma

Dogeared Karma Necklace, 18K Gold Dipped, one of Dogeared’s best-selling and most loved pieces, the Karma Necklace is a simple reminder to keep your own circle peaceful and loving. A beautifully delicate yet powerful necklace and message to gift your beloved, for daily wear. Founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke believed jewelry could be both beautiful and meaningful, and her idea that jewels should speak sparked the creative journey now known as Dogeared. Dogeared jewels are simple, modern, and versatile, inspired by California’s free spirited, natural beauty. Subtle, affordable classics, designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness, handcrafted to order in their Southern California Studio. Dogeared lives by their philosophy that what goes around comes around by handcrafting everything locally, respecting the planet, and partnering with nonprofit organizations that share their vision of a better world. #simplysaid

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Adel Chefridi Mezzouna Band, Chefridi’s 18K brushed Gold Diamond Starburst Ring, accentuated by delicate etchings. Born in Tunisia and now settled in Woodstock New York, Adel Chefridi creates unique jewels that cross cultures and time, and draw upon ancient and intricate motifs found in the art and architecture of his native land. Using natural gemstones, solid precious metals, and stone setting techniques ranging from bead work to microsetting, masterfully. If your plan is to pop the question or be married this Valentine’s, Chefridi offers exquisite designs of stunning beauty that emphasize simplicity, wearability, durability, and openness to light and movement. In sure to be future heirloom style. Available in a variety of bespoke designs for him and for her, at Adel Chefridi Studio Woodstock & Art + Soul Boulder. #artofthejewel

Shamballa

Shamballa Jewels Lock Cufflinks, In 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds. Ancient scriptures tell us of a mythical kingdom hidden in a valley in the Himalayas. A harmonious place populated by enlightened and compassionate people, the Kingdom of Shamballa when translated from Sanskrit means ‘a place of peace and tranquillity.’ Evocative of spiritual icons and symbols used since the dawn of time, Shamballa jewelry encourages you to find your inner Shamballa, and connect to your inner compassion and wisdom. The thunderbolt is a symbol for irresistible force across many ancient cultures. The double thunderbolt represents pure consciousness, a state that cannot be destroyed or corrupted and has no beginning or end. The Star of Shamballa -two intercrossed thunderbolts, represents the force created when creativity springs in a pure, conscious mind. Available from Shamballa Jewels and Harrods London in White or Yellow Gold. #omegaofstyle.

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Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch, Crafted with a 36mm case, this White Gold and Stainless Steel, circa 1972, Women’s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch features a custom-colored Salmon Rose dial, White Gold fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet band. Made in Switzerland. The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The simplicity of an original. Nothing says ‘our love has, or will, stand the test of time’ like a tastefully crafted, classic timepiece. The pinnacle of cool and clever gifting on Valentine’s Day, literally and metaphorically. Available from Barneys New York. #timelessclassic

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Tulku Aham Brahmasmi Amulet, In Sanskrit, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means, ‘I am God.’ Or as Deepak Chopra puts it, “The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.” The reverse side of the amulet is the Tibetan Mirror. Tibetan Dzogchen masters teach that ones true, ‘Buddha’ nature is like a mirror. It symbolizes emptiness and the perfect clarity of the essential Self, which is pure and unaffected by the reflections of the world. The three circles represent purity of heart, openness of mind, and integrity of action. Representative of Water and used for divination or to look into the divine side of the Self. Available in Silver, Gold or Copper, on waxed cotton cord for men. Each Tulka Jewels amulet is carved in repousse by master artist Rajendra Bajracharya -a 17th generation Buddhist priest, then blessed by a Nepalese holy woman known as Mata. These amulets are imbued with the power inherent in traditions where there is no separation between pure spirituality and the act of creation, thus in wearing, the power of the mantra will support, inspire, and protect your man on his particular path in life. #artoftransformation

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Byredo Parfums Mister Marvelous Eau De Parfum, Wonderful, exquisite, and astonishing, with a bit of strangeness as well -for a marvelous thing must be strange in that it must be like nothing else. Byredo’s founder, Ben Gorham, crafted this effervescent scent, rich in Neroli, Green Lavender and Bamboo, with a nod to the marvelous, world-renowned hair stylist Christiaan Houtenbos who currently embodies his idea of this fragrance. Based in Stockholm Sweden, Byredo was founded by painter-turned-creative-director Ben Gorham. Partnering with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jerome Epinette, Gorham’s scents are inspired by distinct places (such as Palermo Italy), moments in time (think 1920’s excess and avant-gardism), and works of art (for example, a photograph taken by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin), as well as memories and personal experiences. #fantasticman

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Roseshire Legendary Roses, Gentlemen, take note: 24 is the new dozen. With roots tracing all the way back to 16th century, the Rose is considered to be one of the most romantic flowers, a popular representation of affection -especially on February 14th. The Rose is a symbol of love and beauty, so when presented it must be fresh and nourished. Nasim Pakmanesh, the CEO of San Francisco floral brand Roseshire believes that it’s the company’s premium duty to guarantee that every box of long-stemmed beauties comes perfectly packaged to protect and preserve each individual flower en route. The roses are sourced from sustainable growers and presented in a sleek trademark box, black or white, that allows them to be arranged in a way that showcases each bloom. Roseshire offers three different kinds of arrangements of 1-4 dozen, available in Torch Red, Oyster White, and Fairy Tale Pink, with nationwide, overnight shipping. #royalromance

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Handwritten Love Letter, One of the best Valentine’s Day gifts you can ever give someone doesn’t have to cost you a dime -except the paper it’s written on. And few things will last as long, nor be as meaningful. A Handwritten Love Letter. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to receive one, you know what a treasure it can be. You don’t have to be a poet to write a great one, either. Just write what you feel. Think heartfelt Johnny Cash and Richard Burton old school style love letters. Tips: Write your letter on quality stationery or handmade paper, or artistically crafted ephemera from a vintage letterpress such as Atelier Austin Press. This is not the occasion for email or for the love of Cupid, a text message! Send it in a fun way. Mail it to him or her. Put it in a mason jar filled with Red M&M’s. Roll it up and tie it with a red ribbon and slip it under their pillow before bed. #straightfromtheheart

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Paris Review Gift Set, The Paris Review has curated a special Valentine’s Day Box Set to assist with your endeavors in gifting a literary minded love. It includes two vintage issues from the archive, a one-year subscription, a copy of their latest anthology, and their classic Paris Review T-shirt. What’s more, you can fine-tune your literary love letter by choosing from a selection of issues -with Ernest Hemingway, Italo Calvino, T. S. Eliot, and Adrienne Rich among the contributors. The Paris Review founded in Paris in the 1950’s, and based in New York since the 70’s, is a quarterly English language literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. Decade after decade, the review has introduced the important writers of the day -with an impressive archive to prove it. Their “Writers at Work” series includes interviews with Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Bishop, and Vladimir Nabokov, among many hundreds of others. The series has been called “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.” #literarylove

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Fine & Raw Chocolate, Take a step up from the classic Red box of chocolates and chose these super-stylish and deliciously crafted sweets. Show your sweetheart that you really care, and that you know your food, with this silky smooth, raw cacao bar from Brooklyn-based chocolatier. Fine & Raw crafts artisan confections in Williamsburg Brooklyn using conscious ingredients and innovative low heat techniques to keep the chocolate’s raw vitality and flavor. Raw chocolate = the quintessential chocolate experience. All of their ingredients are organic, the packaging is recycled and the inks they use are non-toxic and vegetable based. They want the planet to be strong so it can grow more chocolate. Yum! Available from Fine & Raw in several unique varieties, individually and as boxed gift sets. #rawlicious

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Glass Heart Bowl, There are two sides to being in love. There’s the whirl of feelings that pulse in your chest, and then there’s the vulnerable sensation of placing your heart in someone else’s hands. Artist Jim Loewer captures both ends of this spectrum in his artful, glass Heart Bowl. Handmade in Philadelphia, Loewer uses an ancient technique called lampworking to form the rim into an open heart. In lampworking the heart’s true form is created as the raw material is warmed over a flame, becoming soft to the touch. A treasured memento of enduring love in all its varieties. Available from UncommonGoods -an online marketplace that connects makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods. Products that express individuality and creativity, while also making a positive impact on people and the planet. #heartofglass

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Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip, Range Rover and Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up for what looks an unforgettable road trip. The Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip (itinerary) sees travelers touching down in five different continents, eight countries, and nine of the best hotels in the world. And your coach for the voyage is none other than the 2016 SVAutobiography -designed and engineered by Special Vehicle Operations, the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the ultimate variant of the British manufacturer’s luxury model line. This trip has a little bit of everything, from a drive through the Dolomite Mountains, to a personalised fragrance making class in the Lavender-scented hills of Provence, to a stay in a 16th century hunting lodge after a helicopter trip for a picnic on a glacier. A 21 day excursion meant to redefine luxury travel the same way the new SVAutobiography is attempting to redefine luxury automobiles. If you have the time and the means, this is the ultimate off the beaten track Valentine journey for the adventurous at heart -branded the most luxurious road trip on Earth! #theopenroad

Cabin_BookCabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Somewhere, by Zach Klien, Get inspired to build your love nest or retreat with a collection of beautifully designed, handmade homes in the world’s most idyllic natural settings, from the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York, Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site (and a co-founder of Vimeo) goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their picturesque settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. #lovenest

RumiLove Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems Of Rumi by Rumi (Author), Nesreen Akhtarkhavari (Translator), Anthony A. Lee (Translator), This new volume of Rumi’s works, the first-ever English translation of his Arabic poems, takes the reader on a journey of spiritual exploration, ecstatic union, cruel rejection, and mystic reconciliation. Rumi reveals his soul and welcomes everyone to his spiritual feast. This dual-language volume opens a treasury of Rumi’s mystic thought and startling poetry of desire and longing, mixed with sensuality and ecstatic celebration. Rumi found in his mystic poetry a vehicle for the expression of the endless spiritual bounties of love. He placed love at the center of his faith and doctrine, and he pronounced it to be the goal of his life and the only form of true worship. This collection is beautifully rendered by an award-winning poet and a distinguished translator of Arabic poetry. #sublimelydevotional

Moving The Giants

Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet, The short film Moving the Giants from The Storey Group tells the story of arborist David Milarch, as he helps California coastal Redwoods migrate northward to survive climate changes that threaten their current habitat. His is one path to promote “treequestration,” a mass movement to use one of nature’s most prolific methods to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the amount of future climate change. Currently touring the 2016 film festival circuit. Coming this Spring. Proceeds from the sale of Moving the Giants will support Archangel Tree Archive and tree planting efforts around the world.

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the Earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world -the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change- and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned many of the world’s oldest trees -among them giant Redwoods and Sequoias.

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Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

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The Milarch family operates the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive whose mission is to:  1) Propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone. 2) Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future. 3) Reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive including releasing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing beneficial aerosols and medicines: essentially a global warming solution. Their educational programs can help people utilize appropriate trees in their communities to help restore healthy environments. The Artful Blog encourages you to reach out to them and get involved!

Kiefer Retrospective

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Anselm Kiefer Centre Pompidou Retrospective Exhibition Paris 2015-6.

A massive retrospective of works by German artist Anselm Kiefer is currently on view at Paris’ Centre Pompidou -the first in France for 30 years, and runs through 18 April, 2016. It’s a poetic installation of nearly 150 works that encompasses every facet of his production, tracking his journey through various literary and philosophic worlds. Arranged both chronologically and thematically throughout 13 galleries, the presentation features 60 major paintings including many iconic works -from both public and private collections. An ensemble of artist books, works on paper, 40 display cases, and a site-specific installation has also been commissioned for the show, exploring themes of alchemy and Kabbalah. Curated by Jean-Michel Bouhours, the retrospective marks clear developments in the artist’s interests and techniques, which appear as distinct yet interrelated as chapters in a novel. Kiefer’s story touches on something that is simultaneously obscure, spiritual and universal. Beautiful, and significant.

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Vitrines view of Anselm Kiefer at Centre Pompidou, Paris 2015-16. Photo courtesy of Centre Pompidou.

Presented under glass, Kiefer’s vitrine environments address the fragmented world of a past industrial age, displaying arrangements of old machinery, photographs, filmstrips, and found objects like volcanic stones, ferns and leaden objects in the shape of anatomical organs. Rejecting the influences of abstract expressionism, pop art and minimalism, Kiefer is known for developing his own visual language, using materials such as lead, earth, broken glass, dried flowers and plant remnants. His canvases are lyrical studies of ruins, built up with layers of rubble, ash, sand, scavenged clothes and straw, and dense with historical and mythological symbolism. For Kiefer, the world is a cycle, and so there are positive and negative cycles. War, which he paints about time and again, is obviously negative thematically, but destruction contains within it elements of creation. Where there is darkness, there is also light.

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Anselm Kiefer, Margarethe, 1981, oil, acrylic, emulsion, and straw on canvas, at Centre Pompidou, Paris 2015-16. Photo courtesy of Centre Pompidou.

“I’m interested in reconstructing symbols. It’s about connecting with an older knowledge and trying to discover continuities in why we search for heaven.” ~Anselm Kiefer

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Anselm Kiefer, Abendland, 1989, synthetic polymer paint, ash, plaster, cement, earth, varnish, on canvas and wood, Courtesy White Cube Gallery London. 

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Installation view of Anselm Kiefer at Centre Pompidou, Paris 2015-16. Photo courtesy of Centre Pompidou.

The exhibition culminates in an immersive, site-specific installation. Dedicated to the French writer Germaine de Staël, widely credited with bringing the values of German Romanticism back to France through her contact with the likes of Goethe, Schiller, and Schlegel, the room is oriented around a painting of a black forest –Kiefer’s symbol for Germany. Before it, the gallery floor is covered with dirt, from which sprout bright little cardboard mushrooms bearing the names of great German thinkers, writers, and artists: Novalis, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Philipp Otto Runge. Here, Kiefer once more draws from the darkness the seed of transcendence, a moment of regrowth, healing, and nourishment surfacing from Germany’s troubled past -and one that underscores the transformative power of art.

Paris’s Centre Pompidou hosts “Anselm Kiefer,” a retrospective with works from the late 1960’s through the present, including paintings, installations, and collages. Here, the exhibition’s curator, Jean-Michel Bouhours, discusses the challenge of making Kiefer’s very complex oeuvre legible to the public, and the solution he came up with: spreading it out across 13 themed rooms. He looks closely at some of the show’s highlights, and talks about the thematic turning point in Kiefer’s career, the 80’s, when he moved from historical subjects to more mystical ones.

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Anselm Kiefer has been my favorite artist and a source of ongoing creative inspiration for the last three decades, and I have written about his work frequently within The Artful Blog. In fact, I began the blog five years ago this January, inspired by an Anselm Kiefer exhibition in NY. For more on Kiefer see previous posts: Kiefer Jerusalem, Kiefer Oceanic, Kiefer Mythopoetic, Kiefer Operatic.

A show at the National Library of France through 7 February, 2016, displays his handmade books, some of which are sheets of lead layered with sand, ashes, hair, plants and broken glass. The Royal Academy of Arts in London staged its own retrospective in 2014, and the Albertina museum in Vienna will feature more than 30 of his enormous woodcuts starting this March.

So Audrey

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How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World. The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace.

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So Audrey: 59 Ways to Put a Little Hepburn in Your Step, by Cindy De La Hoz. “So Audrey” is the most coveted of compliments among women who emulate Audrey Hepburn. To her legions of female fans, she is a paragon of class and style.

Little black dress? That’s So Audrey! Ballet flats? So Audrey! of you! A generous spirit? Well, it doesn’t get any more Audrey! than that. Legendary superstar, trendsetter, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn remains the epitome of style, charm, and humility in the face of enviable beauty for women of all ages. Filled with fashion and beauty advice inspired by Audrey, paired with gorgeous photos, this book imparts 59 little ways to put some Hepburn in your step.

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The Audrey Hepburn Guide To Life: How To be Lovely, By Melissa Hellstern. “Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book and remembering -because you can’t take it all in at once.” ~Audrey Hepburn

On many occasions, she was approached to pen her autobiography, the definitive book of Audrey Hepburn, yet she never agreed. A beloved icon who found success as an actress, a mother and an humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn perfected the art of gracious living.

More philosophy than biography, How to Be Lovely revisits the many interviews Audrey gave over the years, allowing us to hear her voice directly on universal topics of concern to women the world over: careers, love lives, motherhood and relationships. Enhanced by rarely seen photographs, behind-the-scenes stories, and insights from the friends who knew her well, How to Be Lovely uncovers the real Audrey, in her own words.

While she would have been the last to say so, Audrey Hepburn was an expert in the art of being a woman. How to Be Lovely imparts whatever wisdom and insight she found along the way to the millions who grew up, or will grow up, wanting to be just like her. Offering a rare glimpse into the woman behind the mystique, the definitive guide to living genuinely with glamour and grace.

Visual Poetry

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Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air ~
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music ~ like the rain pelting the trees ~ like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds ~
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Mary Oliver, The Swan

Winter Essentials

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Pema Chödrön Awakening the Heart 2016 Engagement Calendar, A beautiful way to start a new year, putting pen to paper in this well-crafted hardcover spiral weekly engagement calendar from an inspired teacher. This book features quotes from Chödrön’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, designed to help us cultivate compassion, courage, and awareness within the challenges of daily life through mindfulness and Eastern philosophy. Insightful quotes are paired with beautifully evocative and meditative nature photography.

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Pema studied under the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners. She has written several books: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time to Lose and Practicing Peace in Times of War, available from Shambhala.

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Farmhouse Pottery Fieldstone Hanging Bird Shelter, Winter bird feeding is one of the most popular ways for people to interact with nature, and most do it to help birds get through these tough months. Despite the widespread popularity of bird feeding, scientists are still building a basic understanding of its impacts, and whether it helps or hinders. However a number of studies show generally positive effects of bird feeding, for example, the overwinter survival of birds is enhanced. Especially true during the coldest times, when some hungry birds might otherwise lose the battle with the elements. Living in the forest, I like to provide a shelter for small birds, and find they return to nest year after year.

Love this hive inspired pottery bird house that can hang outside year-long and blend with natural surroundings seamlessly. Handmade in Woodstock Vermont by New England natives and Farmhouse Pottery founders Zoe and James Zilian, who have created a welcoming home pottery studio, workshop, and store with a modern farm aesthetic that represents farm-to-table values infused in traditionally crafted designs with authenticity and character.

Farmhouse Pottery Woodstock Vermont is in Country Living Magazine with a wonderful “Meet A Maker” feature in the latest issue. New England at its finest. A rural artisanal company with an ethos to sustain the next generation of local makers and farmers.

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Farm Sanctuary Valentino Tote Bag, This custom, hand printed organic cotton tote for carrying books or groceries compassionately, was created for Farm Sanctuary by Stephanie Conrad, an artist and animal rights advocate based in Austin Texas. Featuring Valentino Steer, Valentino was only about a day old when a horse-rescuer found him struggling down a stockyard aisle on his knees. Male calves are considered “byproducts” of the dairy industry since they won’t produce milk, and are typically raised for veal or cheap beef. Because of Valentino’s leg deformities, however, he was considered an unmarketable “defective” and would have been left to die had someone not stepped in. The Farm Sanctuary and Cornell University Hospital for Animals, were able to treat his many issues as opposed to euthanasia. Due to his small size, he was also diagnosed with dwarfism which may become more problematic as he grows. However, he is happy and playful despite his early struggles. A success story. Artful Inspiration.

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. They have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at their sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York, Northern California, and the Los Angeles area. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are friends, not food. They educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. They advocate for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion, and reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms. Farm Sanctuary is committed to ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts.

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Living The farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide, In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of living day-to-day in harmony with your basic values. A great Winter read for inspiration to get your life in alignment 2016.

Fisher

Eileen Fisher Fair Trade Ballet Neck Crop Sweater & Scarf In Handknit Organic Texture, I’m a fan of Winter Whites, and these handknit Eileen Fisher pieces are the perfect Winter White staples. Perfect for layering with a timeless shape and simple design ethos. Luxuriously soft and surprisingly light, made from an organic cotton knit that’s part of an alternative supply chain designed around community-based workshops in Arequipa Peru, which Eileen Fisher has been supporting since 2005. Where the cotton is local and organic, dyes meet the Global Organic Textile Standard, and workers are paid higher fair trade wages.

I was first introduced to Eileen Fisher philosophy and well-made eco artisanal products, by my sister who worked with Fisher in the Bay Area for many years. I was fortunate to be gifted classic pieces from the line, and came to appreciate their social consciousness, workplace culture, and brand aesthetic. The Eileen Fisher mission embraces simplicity, sustainability and great design. What’s not to love? Do Good Look Good Feel Good.

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Suti Rejuvenate & Nourish Organic Face Oils, From a luxurious relatively new organic skincare brand based in the UK that’s range harnesses the sumptuous vitamin-rich goodness of pure and potent plant and flower extracts, cultivated from homegrown gardens to the most elusive botanical corners of the world. The result is a line intelligently created by a Complementary Medicine Therapist, that researches ingredients beyond their scientific benefits -tracing them through history and their link in Mythology, studying the Doctrine of Signatures with their physical qualities, appearance and purpose within nature, gaining greater understanding of how a formula will perform both physically and energetically, to soothe, smooth and pamper the skin so it naturally glows with health and radiance.

Suti is a pure, honest, holistic skincare founded on the principles of aromatherapy, homeopathy, organic farming, crystal healing, and subtle energies. I love to balance and feed Winter skin with their Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil by day, and Nourish Organic Face Oil at Night, for an intensive moisturizing and healing experience. By day, the combined energy of Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Argan Oil, Sandalwood, Frankincense & Neroli, is calming and stabilizing to the Mind, Body & Spirit, to renew, regenerate, and connect us to the rhythms of life and our source, allowing for change and transformation. At night, with the intention of stillness, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jasmine & Patchouli, create balance for rest and release. An effective nourishing Face Oil that replenishes, strengthens and promotes skin cell growth while you sleep. Magical oils. Suti Love.

Perricone

Dr. Perricone MD No Makeup Vault Collection, An eight-piece, limited edition collection of No Makeup Skincare. A revolutionary approach to makeup and color, designed to reveal the glow of health and the flush of youth. Serious skincare from Dr. Nicholas Perricone –board-certified Dermatologist, world renowned healthy aging expert, award winning inventor, educator and philanthropist. Coming off of the success of the No Foundation Foundation, Perricone MD launched a full line of #NoMakeupSkincare cosmetics to get that no makeup look with the added benefits of Perricone’s well-known nourishing and skin-firming ingredients. The Perricone MD No Makeup Collection includes: No Foundation Serum, No Bronzer Bronzer, No Blush Blush, No Highlighter Highlighter, No Concealer Concealer, No Mascara Mascara, and No Lipstick Lipstick.

Clinical high-end formulas that harnesses the scientific benefits of neuropeptides to help regenerate and restore your skin, create weightless and breatheable second skin effects with semi-matte finishes, while containing a broad spectrum, mineral SPF 30. A universally flattering, Winter skin essential to create a natural looking, warm elegant glow. Be Your Best Beautiful.

2015 In Review

The 2015 Annual Report For The Artful Blog. Have A Peek. Thanks For The Readership! See You Back Here in 2016!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Holiday Hiatus

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The Artful Blog is taking a holiday hiatus through 2015. The 2016 New Year will mark The Artful Blog’s five year anniversary. In the meantime, do hope it has brought some joy, and continues to be an interesting and rich, artful resource to all that follow. Please enjoy the archives. Season’s Greetings.