Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Photo courtesy of Lisa Fine
Lisa Fine walking the streets of Paris. She calls New York and Paris home, but roams the globe the rest of the time. Her eponymous line of block - printed fabrics in wonderful colors and patterns was years in the making, as she gathered inspiration from her various travels.

She has been to India over 30 times. In the past 10 years, she has worked her way through two passports, sending both back for additional pages. Because of this, I knew Lisa Fine would be just the on-the-go gal to share her unique, beautiful and internationally-inspired gift selections with us.
The native Texan is someone who knows wanderlust very well.  The nonchalant chic textile and clothing designer Lisa Fine finds inspiration all around her. The world is becoming a smaller place, but with her focused eye, she shows us there are still a few far-flung goods worth seeking out that are not on everyone's radar.

Photo courtesy of Irving and Fine
In addition to her fabrics, her easy, chic clothing collection created with Carolina Irving has become a hit among those in the know. The Lucknow dress from Irving and Fine is has the signature flouncy sleeve of the first early styles.
 Photo courtesy of Barneys
For those on the go, a chic Passport case makes getting it stamped that much more special. This Smythson Chameleon version is a favorite, from Barneys New York. Give it in the favorite color of the recipient.

Photo courtesy of I Pezzi Dipinti
Airplanes get cold and temperatures drop in the evenings, so I like to bring along a wrap. Luckily, I Pezzi Dipinti just launched an e-commerce shop in time for the holidays. Their cashmere and wool designs have a certain understated chicness to them.  I like to give a matching cashmere sweater and scarf to ward off a chill. The Indian-made Wanka Khana Wool Scarf is hand loomed and tie dyed in varying indigo shades.
 Photo courtesy of Hiefer International
Give a farm animal to an impoverished family through Heifer International.
The recipient will receive a card of the type of animal and what country. Donations start at as little as $10 and go up. You can buy $1000 camel and split it among as many friends as you choose.

Photo courtesy of Greyledge Farm
For those that like a good steak, send over some packages of organic and grass - fed steaks from Terry and Libby Fitzgerald's Roxbury, CT-based Greyledge Farms.

Photo courtesy of Creel and Gow
Light up dinner parties with Fluorite votive candle holders from the recently opened curiosity cabinet emporium, Creel and Gow, www.creelandgow.com

Photo courtesy of Shompale
For the friend or special one, give an 18K gold ring made by Masai artisan women from Kenya's Shompale Conservancy. The profits help save the Elephants. This version is embedded with emeralds.

Photo courtesy of Leontine Linens
Personalization shows you went the extra step getting something made. Show your thanks with a custom made set of linen place mats and napkins from Leontine Linens

Photo courtesy of Random House
You can't go wrong with a new book, especially if it involves comfort food and entertaining at home. One such book is a new staple, My Beverly Hills Kitchen, Alex Hitz's Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist.

Photo courtesy of Rizzoli
For the decorating set, Charlotte Moss has her newest visual delight, A Visual Life, from Rizzoli, featuring her highly detailed collages interspersed with gardening, travel and entertaining inspirations. The red cover adds a festive touch this time of year.

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