6I’m coming up for air to share some of my January favorites with you, now that month has come to an end. The beginning of the year is usually a pretty busy time for Mother, so I haven’t done much at all other than work long hours, since the start of 2017. Excited for things to slow down a little bit over the next week or two. So, let’s jump right into my recent faves!

The photo above is of a giant ceramic bowl that I am completely in love with. It’s made by one of my favorite potters, Victoria Morris. It lives on my countertop and I fill it with fresh fruit and veggies each week. It’s one of my most treasured pieces, and interestingly enough, I’ve had two dreams that it has broken, so I am pretty overprotective of it. Ha! In the center is a unique and beautiful ceramic vase that Aubrey bought me for Christmas by Object and Totem. Apparently this is the last batch of these the designer Julianna is making, so I feel so lucky to have one. For those of you who have inquired about the boob mug seen in some of my past photos, it is made by the same designer. The candle pictured is a part of a new collaboration from Le Feu De L’eau and Edible Gardens LA. They released three scents and this African Basil one is by far my favorite.

In the photo below: The newest candle scent from Le Labo, Palo Santo 14. I haven’t burned it yet, but it smells so good. I love pretty much everything from Le Labo, and a girl can never have too many candles! Next to it is a new perfume that I bought called Baccarat Rouge 540 by Francis Kurkdjian. It is such an incredible scent that is unlike anything I have ever smelled before. It’s sweet, but also woody and masculine. To me, it smells like what I imagine sexy, Paris nightlife to be. It’s one of those scents where people are constantly asking “What are you wearing?” It’s intoxicating, weird, and I kind of love it!

21These are my newest pair of slides from Brother Vellies. We carry them at my store Two Son, if you’re interested. I love them and cannot wait to wear them all spring/summer long with jumpers, dresses, and jeans. BVs are traditional African shoes that are handmade, ethically in Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. Below is a book called Essays Against Everything that I bought a few months ago, mostly because of it’s beautiful cover art, but haven’t gotten around to reading until now. I am just getting started, so I can’t give a full review of my thoughts, yet, but so far, so good. A couple of other recent books that I am in the middle of reading (yes, I am one of those people that reads 4-5 books at a time. Does anybody else do that?) are Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace. My eldest daughter borrowed Salt before I had a chance to finish it and hasn’t returned it, yet. It’s an easy read of short, inspiring poems that will penetrate deep into your heart and soul. Highly recommended! The story of Robert Peace is a necessary read, I believe, especially given the current goings-on in America. I am hoping to finish it soon.

4A cute kids’ line that I am loving is The Animals Observatory. It’s the same designer that created Bobo Choses before she left the brand. I have always been a huge fan of her work and love that TAO has the same feel, but is totally it’s own. The clothes are for children, but not too child-like, if you know what I mean. I would wear most of the pieces myself, if they can in grownup sizes.

3b5I wrote about some of the beauty products I’m loving right now on Mother, but here’s a quick recap and a few others that I didn’t mention: Thermal Spring Water by Avène. I use this in the morning and night, keep a travel size in my purse, and use it throughout the day or while I’m traveling, as needed. It’s a great way to soothe irritated, dry, dull skin, and also a great addition to my cleansing routine. The Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask is incredible! I swear, it makes my skin so smooth that I can skip any skin tint or foundation afterwards. Seriously, it’s like a photo-filter in a jar. Glossier’s new Priming Moisturizer Rich is a must for dry, winter skin, plus it smells like lavender—’nuff said. Here’s a promo link for 20% off of your Glossier order, incase you want to try it. Next in line is the new MŪN Akwi Cleanser. This stuff is incredible. I love oil cleansers, and this one is right up there with my beloved Eve Lom, which I still use and adore, but the Akwi one is giving it a serious run for it’s money. The toothbrush is kind of random, but I have been using it daily, but not for my teeth. It is the best for combing brows! I prefer it over a spoolie. I use Clary Balm all day, everyday. It’s a 100% natural, all-purpose balm with calendule, chamomile, lavender, plantain, olive oil, and beeswax. I use it on my lips, my hands, my face, or anywhere else that I am feeling rough or sensitive. I have one on me at all times. Lastly, the XeraCalm A.D by Avène has been a skin-saver this winter. This stuff is recommended for skin conditions like eczema and KP, and works wonders at repairing skin.

87I bought this new cookbook called A Modern Way To Cook for a couple of reasons. The first being, I am a self-proclaimed cookbook hoarder and I cannot quit buying them. And also, I have this thing called Alpha Gal Syndrome. It’s a rare, sudden, and extreme allergy to red meat, including beef, lamb, and pork, and is caused by a tick bite. This is something that I plan on diving into more in a future post, but here is a really interesting podcast by RadioLab about it, if you’re curious. So, because of my new forced-lifestyle, I have been eating a lot more vegetarian and vegan dishes. Luckily, I am still able to eat fish and poultry. Pictured below, are my new boots that I bought while in NYC last month on a business trip for Glossier. I’m completely obsessed with them.

9b10I’ve been drinking these Daily Harvest smoothies over the past week and I really like them. The one pictured above is my favorite, so far. They arrive at your doorstep frozen and you pop them into the freezer until you are ready to drink one. Just fill the cup with coconut water or nut milk, dump into your blender, blend, and enjoy. They’re so easy, convenient, and good for you. I want to try out their soups next! Since the “new year, new you” mentality comes along with January, I have not only been trying to eat cleaner and take better care of myself, both mentally and physically, but I’ve also started taking some new vitamins that a couple of my friend’s recommended. The first are these Ritual vitamins for women. They contain nine essential ingredients that most women need and lack. I’ve been using for just under a couple of weeks now and so far, so good. I also stated taking another supplement with a high iron dosage, because I am anemic. And let me tell you, since having to restrict any and all forms of red meat, my energy has been L-O-W. So, low that I feel weak and exhausted all the time. I think it’s helping a little bit, but I am still wiped most days. If any of you have anemia or low iron and have an iron supplement you love, please share!

1112bMy last favorite is a record that is not new or fresh by any means (it’s 5 years old), but I kept finding myself spinning it all month long. Fear Fun by Father John Misty. If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re in for a treat! xxJ


  • Brooke

    Blackstrap Molasses is one of the best iron sources you can find in non-pill form!

  • Lily

    Floradix got me through both my pregnancies when I was anemic. It tastes good too!

  • Jessica

    Floradix is fantastic! I am also going to try MegaFood’s Blood Builder. It has a great form of iron, as well as B-vitamins and vitamin C to help the body absorb it. And it was created by a teacher of mine, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog!

  • Sophie

    I love the Santa Maria t-shirt.

  • Anna Swanson

    Hi James, I have been anemic over the years as well, and I like this chewable that I take when I feel the tiredness coming on. It’s been great as a supplement. Hope you feel energized soon! :)
    (It’s called Nature’s Plus – Chewable Iron W/ Vit C and I just get it from Amazon.)

  • Jennifer Lavelle

    Hi James! I’m super anemic too and have found that throughout the years I can’t tolerate iron supplements so I end up getting an IV iron infusion once or twice a year by my hematologist. Its super effective and boosts me with enough iron to last around 9 months.

  • Stephanie

    My mother was very anemic during her cancer therapy. She drank a lot of red juices and Floradix Iron and Herbs Liquid. Her doctors were surprised how fast her iron levels came back to normal.
    In Germany, where we come from, Floradix is sold in any pharmacy but you can also get it on amazon.com.

  • Micaela

    Love all of these and will be sure to make note.

    I am glad you called attention to Salt by Nayirrah Waheed. Alongside her poetry, I recommend milk and honey by Rupi Kaur.

  • Hannah

    James! You have Alpha Gal!? I listened to that podcast when it first came out and thought it was just about the most interesting thing ever. I mean, maybe it was all that is Amy Pearl, but it certainly made me think about how many people are out there that must be suffering and being told they are just batshit. I’d be really like to hear more about your experience. <3

  • Rachel

    So sorry you have to restrict your red meat consumption, is it forever?! I have severe anemia and these things really help: shellfish, floradix (but you gotta follow the directions and take it 30 mins out from a meal and 3x/day), b12 tabs that dissolve under the tongue every morning and every night, eat dark leafy greens cooked and served with fat & lemon ( body assimilate the iron) and finally I take one regular iron pill every 3-4 days. Hope you find a routine that helps!

  • Heidi

    Father John Misty is amazing live! I hope he comes your way when he tours for his new album because it is an experience that you will love. Both his albums are on constant rotation for me.

  • Cari

    Cook with a cast iron pan.

  • melynmarie

    Having suffered anemia most of my life, It hasn’t been until of late that I have finally recieved answers and guided help. [Years of heartache and extreme exhaustion suffered]
    The best place to begin is with finding an Integrative Medicine Practitioner so you may discover the root cause of your anemia. They evalute every aspect of your health and are amazingly thorough with lab work. You will know what is lacking and what is not. Most guide with foods and supplements. I will say this, I took iron most my life and suffered from the unpleasant side effects. My levels were always low regardless, if anything the iron was making things worse! The fatigue I suffered put great stress on my body. All along, what my body was deficient in was folic acid. Regular doctors dont bother getting to the root of issues. They deal with symptoms. Though not all folks suffering from anemia are suffering from iron deficiency. Seek the love of an Integrative Health Practioner, google one in your area [most do take insurance]. Perhaps visit with a few. I promise you will not regret it. I try to tell everyone I know to go be seen by one, even if they aren’t suffering from anything “known”. Disease doesn’t happen overnight! One deficiency causes another. We can take precautionary measures to find balance and harmony to prevent disease.
    Oh, and spirulina, spirulina, spirulina. I buy mine in bulk and add to my smoothie every morning. Add a touch of raw cacao powder (So good for you in so many ways) it counterbalances the super green flavor.

  • Melissa

    The Best of Bread! Yay!

  • Simone

    I’ve been cooking with “Community” by Hetty McKinnon. Highly recommend it if you’re looking for another veg/salad resource. Delish!

  • Kirstin

    I have Alpha-Gal too (when you moved and used to write about the deer in the back yard I used to think “oh no – ticks”), – I drink a massive green juice every day and I actually have really high iron levels – to absorb the iron in green vegetables you have to have citrus at the same time though. My iron levels are so high that I am having to only have my green juice once a week until I can bring it down again. Do you get anaphylaxis when you eat meat? I got this allergy 4 years ago, and now I get anaphylaxis when someone cooks meat, so I can’t even stand near a bbq anymore (I am Australian – everyone bbqs here – it’s been an adjustment but I don’t really mind so much, though I am starting to think I can’t eat cheese either which is sad. Good luck sorting out your iron levels. It’s a crazy allergy.

  • Naomi

    Quick question, but how can the BV shoes be made in Africa (and then somehow in Kenya?). Africa isn’t a country, its’ a continent.

  • Amela

    i like Anna Jones’s book. it is really helpful.

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