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little things : one of our favorite books

little things : telephone, by Mac Barnett | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

every night we read stories to Wolf. he gets to pick out 4. Wolf has a TON of stories but there’s a few that ALWAYS make the cut – no matter what. it seems like we read those over and over so it helps when it’s one that both kiddo and parent enjoy. Telephone is one of them. it’s an adorable story by Mac Barnett with a little twist on the classic game of telephone, except this time Peter the Pigeon’s Mother wants him to come home for dinner. the message gets sent down a telephone wire by a silly group of birds. I like to read each bird’s character in a different voice and it cracks Wolf up every time. if you get a chance to check out Telephone and other books by Mac, you won’t be disappointed. Mac’s stories are fantastic. we’re also digging his latest – Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

little things : telephone, by Mac Barnett | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things little things : telephone, by Mac Barnett | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things little things : telephone, by Mac Barnett | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things little things : telephone, by Mac Barnett | photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

currently coveting : commodity fragrances

currently coveting : commodity goods | unruly things

I’ve been obsessing over the fragrances from Commodity for a little while now. the branding is incredible and the scents, with names like Gin, Moss, Book and Tea, are completely intriguing. I love that they handcraft their fragrances using premium ingredients in small batches, leaving more room for attention to detail and perfection. and I especially love that you can test out, every scent from their men’s or women’s collection for only $9.

currently coveting : commodity goods | unruly thingscurrently coveting : commodity goods | unruly things

I was thrilled when Commodity contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in receiving one of their fitting kits to test out their different scents. now, I have to be honest. I am not much of a perfume wearer. I used to be, then for what ever reason I stopped wearing it. then I had a hard time finding a new scent that I loved that didn’t give me a headache. I’ve got a sensitive nose I suppose. but I was up for a challenge and truly loved their concept.

my favorites were Paper, Pinot and Rain, but ultimately I ended up loving a men’s scent the best: Whiskey. it’s warm and inviting, like a good Whiskey drink. I’ve been wearing it every single day and since I’m pregnant, I figured, when you can’t drinking, wear it.

for a limited time, Commodity is offering 55% off their 100ml bottles. that’s one incredible deal, you guys! enter code SOMUCHWIN at checkout.

currently coveting : commodity goods | unruly things
currently coveting : commodity goods | unruly things

for more inspiration, check out Commodity’s Pinterest page, full of lovely images.

{fitting kit c/o Commodity, but all the words and opinions are of my own. I love this little company and hope you do too! thanks for supporting the brands that support Unruly Things.}


curated for : vuela boutique, mother’s day edition

curated for : vuela boutique, mother's day edition

Vuela Boutique has some fantastic gift ideas for Mother’s Day, from cute leather pouches to birthstone rings. here’s just a few of my favorite picks that not only would I send my mother, but I’d love to receive myself.

one : a bright new necklace / two : a locket to store pics of her sweet babies / three : a ceramic plate for all her trinkets / four : a sapphire ring for mamas with September babies / five : a fresh collection of tea towels for her kitchen / six : an emerald ring for mamas with May babies / seven : stylish earrings for date nights / eight : a clutch that doubles as an iPad case / nine : a pretty hanging planter 


my illustrated vacation

Illustrated Vacation by Brittany Powell Parich

I love photos.  it’s so fun to flip back through old pictures and reminisce on good times.  so when Brittany contacted me about her latest project of painting custom watercolor snapshots of people’s vacations – I nearly lost it.  such an amazing idea right?!  and much more unique than hanging another photo on the wall.  plus, they’d make amazing gifts to commemorate a special trip.  I asked Brittany to paint this photo of Wolf and I from our most recent trip to the Philippines and just love how she interpreted it and can’t wait to hang it up on our wall.

Brittany is offering a special discount of $50 off the Small Illustrated Album if ordered by December 7.  just mention that you’re an Unruly Things reader!

Alyson Brown Philippines photo

thanks to everyone who supported the Philippines Typhoon Relief funds I posted about last week.  your support and kindness means the world!

{illustrated vacation photo by Brittany Powell Parich, original photo taken in Coron, Philippines by Levi}


gift guide : for that beatiful gal that you love

unruly things gift guide for her

this list is part of my own wish-list this year as well as some gifts that would be perfect for your wife, girlfriend, sister or best friend.  it’s the stuff that she loves and makes her feel beautiful.

one : that parka she’s been coveting / two : a greenpan skillet for perfecting fried eggs / three : a cookbook all about her favorite meal of the day / four : a cardcase monogrammed with her initials / five : a new perfume with woodsy notes of jasmine and chai tea / six : moon earrings so her son can see the moon all day / seven : a pair of lounge pants {now sold out}, perfect for snuggling with a hot cup of tea / eight : a colorful hat that brightens up her mostly black wardrobe / nine : a terrarium to keep on her nightstand / ten : cozy wool slippers to warm her feet all winter long / eleven : a throw blanket for extra chilly nights

see all my 2012 gift guide

{watercolor gift tag by Lauren Spencer King for Unruly Things}


gift guide : for your beautiful mother

unruly things gift guide for mom

whenever I think of what to get my mom for Christmas, I always think of things that I would want for myself.  do you do that too?  I always picture cozy and practical.  I still haven’t decided what I’m getting my mom, but just about everything from this list sings her name.

one : a cardigan in her favorite color / two : a bold polish color / three : the lightest weight, yet warm merino shawl / four : an initial necklace with her favorite grandson’s initial that she can add on to / five : cashmere lined leather gloves / six : the prettiest notepad for jotting thoughts / seven : a few leather pouches for organizing her purse / eight : a few ounces of your favorite chai tea / nine : a new mug to enjoy it from / ten : the best face lotion on the planet / eleven : cozy slippers / twelve : a subscription to a beautiful quarterly magazine to enjoy all year {the last day to order is this Sunday, Dec. 9!}

see all my 2012 gift guide

{watercolor gift tag by Lauren Spencer King for Unruly Things}


introducing little knot!

Little Knot

hi friends!  happy thanksgiving!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day.  I’m thrilled to finally share a big project I’ve been working on with you – Little Knot, a collection of kids bow ties developed in collaboration with General Knot.  our first collection includes hand-picked vintage fabrics and three exclusive prints designed by yours truly.

Little Knot

Andrew Payne of General Knot contacted me way back in January with the prospect of a collaboration. after many emails back and forth, I suggested the idea of developing a kids line for General Knot, and Little Knot was born.  working with Andrew, we collected, curated and paired select fabrics for the collection.  I also designed the logo, which was a combo of hand lettering and vintage typefaces.

Little Knot

Little Knot is available from the General Knot website in limited editions.  I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled with the outcome.  I’ll post a few pics of my sharp dressed little man in his very own little knot.  I hope you like them, see more here!!