Happy Monday! It's getting cold and blustery here in Toronto- today was so icy and grey; we combated the yucky conditions with a late breakfast, afternoon lattes and looking at all the beautiful things at West Elm, and we're going for dinner at the delicious Grand Electric in an hour or so. I thought to ring in December this week (and to do nothing to stifle my crazy excitement to celebrate Christmas in a few weeks) I would share a few ideas for gift giving!
I have really stepped up my book reading this year, and from that have also ended up buying a lot of coffee table books as well. Here's what's sitting on my coffee table right now to give you a little inspiration:
"Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. This enthusiastic book breaks down into simple charts and graphs how be a great artist, from surrounding yourself with beautiful people and beautiful surroundings to a healthy work environment and encourages us to start anywhere.
"An Awesome Book!" by Dallas Clayton. I got this as a gift from my dear friend Lindsay Kapsreiter (shout out!), which was such a thoughtful and adorable gift. This book is about dreaming big and following your dreams and being (obviously) awesome. Perfect for that friend or loved one who is chugging along trying to get serious about being great.
"This Is Water" by David Foster Wallace. This book has been on loan to me for way too long (mostly out of forgetfulness to bring it along with me to work) but it's the book form of a commencement speech Wallace gave at Kenyon College. A philosophically challenging book about living a compassionate life and being mindful and present, it is beautiful and gripping and the kind of book that sits with you for a long time after you've finished the last page.
"This is For You" by Rob Ryan. As Rob Ryan puts it, "If you believe in love, but find it difficult to explain- this is for you". The illustrations themselves are worth getting this book for- each are hand cut by Ryan and are so sweet and endearing. The reason I love this book is it just bleeds so naturally, leaves nothing out about love- the hope, the disappointment, the secret feelings you can't say in the beginning, regret, elation... so lovely! On his website you can also get individual prints of his work which I would also highly recommend getting.
"A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton. The title of this book says it all: it is a lovely love story about two dinosaurs. My favorite exert is as follows: "I like this dinosaur, thought the lovely other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now." The completely adorable collection of Monkton's books are all a must-have. He is charming and endearing and everything he writes is just the best.
So that's all for now, go out and buy someone special any of these absolutely charming books and you will be the biggest winner ever.