The Coffee Table with Jocelin Donahue

  Originally posted on HelloGiggles! You know when you see someone and you can instantly tell you’d be friends? It’s rare but exciting to feel an instant friendship connection! That’s exactly what happened when I shot a commercial with poised and … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Samantha Meis

Today’s guest on The Coffee Table comes from Phoenix, Arizona: a coffee gal who not only had hopes for starting her own business, but worked hard and followed through to see her dream to reality. With a degree in entrepreneurship … Continue reading

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 Tom Sykes

Joining us this week at The Coffee Table is social media man for Liquorice, Tom Sykes  from Cape Town, South Africa.

Currently Brewing

After taking a bit of a hiatus on the blog front, I have re-entered the wild world of animated GIFs and have just fired up TOMOHAWK.

Otherwise, I spend the majority of my hours curating a bunch of really cool Social Media accounts for Liquorice. Some of my favorites include: Lipton Ice Tea, Pepsi SA, Richelieu Brandy and Gordon’s Gin.

Favorite Drink

I really can’t find anything better than the classic cappuccino. When ordering it at a restaurant or coffee shop I make sure to always pronounce it, ‘capp-uh-chi-nio.’ It always gets a good reaction and I always get a cup filled to the top. Also, there had better be Bean There Burundian in that cup son! I’m not super particular about my beans, but those folks at Bean There have found a magical bean in Burundi. Delish.

It’s the Little Things

  • Kevin Spacey films
  • Everything Neil Armstrong did during his life
  • Winning indoor Cricket matches

My Coffee Table

The coffee table is from a second hand store in Stellenbosch, SA. It’s an absolutely solid piece of timber that’s been with me through three different apartments. If it could talk it would tell of a hundred different meals and two dozen friends that have sat around it and allowed me to call this house a home. 

I’m quite a simple man. Everything in my apartment is either useful, beautiful, or in a cupboard. On my coffee table I keep a copy of the Carhartt Brand Book, which was when I started investigating the history and depth of iconic brands before they needed gimmicks to stand out. Also, a copy of my first ever Wallpaper* Magazine (Nov 2010), which was when I started looking at design seriously. My SUPER sunnies are either on the end of my nose or on my coffee table. I use the same box my SUPER sunglasses came in to store odds and ends, but it’s mostly filled with coins now.

Words of Wisdom

“Knowing what you’ve got, knowing what you need, knowing what you can do without-That’s inventory control.”-Leonardo in Revolutionary Road

Follow Tom and visit his blog.

Thanks for joining us this week!

(Posted with love by Amanda)

The Coffee Table with Sunnie Brook Jones

Welcome to this week’s Coffee Table Q&A with Silverlake, CA based hair and makeup artist Sunnie Brook Jones! Take a seat, grab a drink, and get cozy.

Currently Brewing 

I’m launching an online beauty shop of thoughtfully curated beauty kits and products inspired by the looks featured on my beauty blog and youtube channel.

Favorite Drink

A dry non-fat cappuccino (my friends and I call it an Al-paccino). I also love espresso poured over ice cream…two of my favorite things in my tummy, oh and chocolate.

It’s the Little Things

  • People
  • the ocean
  • Heart to hearts
  • Music

    My Coffee Table

    The book Food, fashion, friends by Fleur Wood is full of pretty eye candy and creative ideas. My cup is handmade from an artist I met while in Israel last year. The rainbow of color against the grainy rocky texture is so pleasurable for me and the shape feels like I’m being kissed! I like to have my cup and bits near to me while I’m sitting. The table: This table made me smile because of the word cut outs (kinda reminded me of Rob Ryan’s art) and my favorite color is fuschia. It’s also very practical and easy to move, which is convenient since I like to do spontaneous furniture re-arranging! Plus it can go next to my bed for those early mornings when I need my coffee before opening my eyes.

    Words of Wisdom

    Never stop hoping and dreaming. Be open handed with everything you have from your heart to your home. Always love and forgive. Embrace each day one at a time and give your best.

    Follow Sunnie, visit her blog and youtube channel, like her page.

    Thanks for joining us this week!

    (posted with love by Amanda)

The Coffee Table with Marissa Maharaj

Welcome to The Coffee Table interview series! Have a seat, grab a drink, and meet Los Angeles based musician & lifestyle/wedding photographer:

Marissa Maharaj

Currently Brewing

 I’m currently working on a second album and I’m really excited for the challenge and growth that round two will bring! Last year I released my first EP, Letters, which was something I’d been working on for a while and finally worked up the courage to orchestrate. I had the privilege of teaming up with a few companies like ModCloth and Element, who used some of my songs for their videos and promos; I was blown away by the kind support of the incredible artist community in Seattle (where I was living at the time).

Favorite Drink

I’m all about the brewed coffee. Having lived in Seattle for over four years, you’d think I’d be a bit picky about my coffee, but given a blind taste test I’d probably choose diner coffee every time. No cream, no sugar, just give me a jug and I’ll be on my way.

It’s the Little Things

  • Snail mail. Which I never get, except from Bank of America, and those guys hardly ever write in cursive.
  • Taco Trucks. You can find them everywhere in LA. They’re pretty much like Santa on wheels, if Santa hung out in the Vons parking lot after 9pm and mastered the art of the perfect mulita.
  • When I do laundry and all my clothes don’t come out pink. (Happens more than I care to say.)

My Coffee Table

Succulents. We love succulents in this house! This does not mean that we can keep them alive. Do not be mislead.

Coffee Table

Magazines. My roomie Emma works with Kinfolk on occasion, and I love pouring over the pages as soon as we get a new issue.

Instax & Old Photos. Some instax from my trip to Paris this summer and old photos I found at the Long Beach Flea Market.

The table: My roommate Emma and I were out brunching when we ran into Casa Victoria, a tiny little furniture shop where we found the leather couch of our dreams. The owner, Robert, graciously offered to move it to our apartment, and when he arrived he had a coffee table for us as well! (He probably did some guess work and figured we were newbies who still ate on the floor.) We didn’t end up buying an actual dining table for another few months, so that coffee table hosted meals, office work, and actually one smallish dinner party. Needless to say, we wrote Casa Victoria a sizeable review on Yelp.

Words of Wisdom

My mother has more wisdom than anyone I’ve ever met- everything she
says could go on a tea bag. One of my favorites (besides “it can be fixed with a snack”) is:

two hours at a time

I can get overwhelmed in the midst of running my photography business, traveling, freelancing, and dreaming up new projects, and my mothers wise words always come back to me: “Two hours at a time- take life two hours at a time. Don’t focus on what you have to do this year, this week, or even for the rest of the day-just focus on the next two hours”. I don’t know if that would fit on a tea bag, but someone should certainly try.

Follow Marissa, visit her blog, like her page

Thanks for joining us!

(posted with love by Kathryn)