The Coffee Table with Sophie Jaffe

This week’s coffee table guest might sound familiar as I’ve raved about her superfood powders in a previous HelloGiggles item of the day post. A wife, mother, and business owner, this lady is balancing it all. Please give a healthy hello to Los … Continue reading

let your thoughts travel onto the page

Gabrielle Zevin

Amanda and I are suckers for great quotes, especially ones from talented and inspiring authors (like The Library Collection from Paddywax Candles). The image above is printed with soy ink on this journal…the journal is part of the “write now” collection. Great gift idea? I think soooo!



♥ K


balance brought to you by Osho

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be the roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.


♥ K

The Coffee Table with Jackie Shuman

Oh hi there! Happy Thursday! This week we bring you a Los Angeles born, Brooklyn-living lady who is sure to have you skipping to the beat of a new tune. Drumroll please for music supervisor:
coffee stain

Currently Brewing

I’m still reeling from all the incredible shows I saw during CMJ in October – Mac DeMarco, Slam Donahue, Team Spirit and Foxygen blew my mind…but I also came across some emerging artists I hadn’t heard before.  I get such a thrill out of incorporating undiscovered bands into my work and introducing people to their new favorite songs.

My next project is coordinating music for a short film from the very talented New York photographer Julian Ungano.  Julian has spent the past few years creating incredible video art in the fashion world for everyone from Narcisco Rodriguez to Esquire Magazine and I cannot wait to work on his first narrative film.

                                                        Favorite Drink

There’s a Blue Bottle Coffee a few blocks from my apartment in Williamsburg and I basically give them all my money.  Their “New Orleans” cold-brewed iced coffee is made with chicory root, simple syrup and whole milk…and it’s nothing short of incredible.  It supposedly takes an entire day for them to make, and I believe it.

                                                     It’s the Little Things

  • Clean white sheets, fresh from the dryer. I seriously value my sleep.
  •  My best friend, Stephanie. I only get to see her a few times a year since I moved to the East coast and every time we talk it lights up my life.
  • Those first few times you hear a song and realize it’s going to be your newest obsession, and then the following few weeks when it’s all you listen to.

My Coffee Table

Coffee Table old trunk

My “coffee table” is an old trunk I found on the street in my neighborhood one day last year.  I saw it sitting outside a house, tried lifting it and decided it was coming home with me.

billboard magazine

Sitting on the table right now: my glasses, a collar necklace I just bought from Jewelmint that I’ve been wearing with every outfit regardless of whether or not it makes sense to do so.  There’s also an old issue of Billboard, a gorgeous typewritten letter my friend Hannah sent me, today’s “to-do” list, some paint swatches for a wall I’m decorating, and perhaps my proudest purchase of the summer: a $1 CD of Fleetwood Mac covers by everyone from The Cranberries to Elton John.

 Words of Wisdom

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows no victory or defeat.”-Theodore Roosevelt

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(posted with love by Kathryn)

Kathryn raves about candles on Hellogiggles

*Originally posted on HelloGiggles *


by Kathryn and Amanda

Candles, books and inspiring quotes. These are a few of my favorite things.

Blend them all together and you get: The Library Collection by Paddywax Candles.

Packaged in book cloth covered boxes, the wonderfully scented candles are made out of soy wax (which burns cleaner than regular paraffin candles), hand poured and made in the USA. In my book, candles and reading arealways in style.

The Collection:

Leo TolstoyBlack Plum, Persimmon, & Oakmoss ”All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”

Jane AustenGardenia, Tuberose, & Jasmine “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

Emily DickinsonLavender & Cassis “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”

Oscar WildeCedarwood, Thyme, & Basil ”Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a lack of imagination.”

Charles DickensTangerine, Juniper, & Clove ”I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

Edgar Allan PoeCardamom, Absinthe, & Sandalwood ”All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Mark TwainTobacco Flower & Vanilla “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

Item of the Day: The Library Collection by Paddywax Candles

with literary love,


Happy Birthday to one of our favorites: Sylvia Plath

Today is the birthday of a very special lady.

When we first met, we were both reading Sylvia’s personal journals. We bonded over our marked up books and shared love for literature. As we celebrate her brief yet beautiful life, we remain inspired by her insightful writing.

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”