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Gifts for Her & Him, Home & Them

Growing up, my favorite moments were spent over winter break when the luxurious gift of time was bestowed upon little me — better known then as “Messy Jessie” for the many craft projects that blanketed our home’s hardwoods in glitter, twigs, and bits of tartan ribbon. I’d spend whole weeks making and dreaming and hunting for the perfect presents for loved ones. I found a sense of pride in punching above my weight, poring over endless aisles and catalogs to unearth the biggest and best gifts that my budget would allow. Then and now, my holiday compass points to what is joyful, useful, beautiful, and worthwhile. This year’s holiday gift guide is stocked accordingly with consciously considered ideas and objects that are ethical, sustainable, well-made, and filled with delight. I hope you enjoy them as you celebrate many merry moments this season. PS: 34 slow fashion, healthy home, and natural beauty spots and Cyber Week deals to shop. One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39 Smells like heaven in a bottle. Made …

A Better Black Friday

Here’s hoping you’re reading this note in your pjs, cozied up with a big cup of coffee and some seriously scrumptious leftovers, because let’s be honest — Cyber Monday is the jam. No lines, no stress, and plenty of time to research and compare carts before laying down ye olde credit card. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite online shops, prefaced by R&F’s most popular posts on smarter shopping. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend. Fashion | 5 steps to a better wardrobe, how to track what you wear, the empty hanger trick, one year without retail, a list of everything in my closet. Home | The life-changing psychology of tidying up + home tour, how to buy better wine, creating the perfect bedroom. Beauty + Wellness | 5 steps to get glowing skin (and favorite skincare ever), 7 tips for better makeup, autumn wellness ideas, how to edit your beauty bag, my 5 minute, clean and green, daily makeup routine. All sites and deals updated Monday 28 November, 10 …

Field Trip to Sweet Selma Farms

As I crossed the threshold into the warm kitchen of Sweet Selma Farms a couple weeks back, I had a sense that I was in for some serious Southern hospitality. As my eyes soaked up the cozy and colorful decor, sweeping past pegboard utensils rack and an antique jadeite sink, my ears tuned into the soft pa-pock of backyard hens hunting for bugs, while my nose took in the sleepy scents of a Sunday breakfast in the making.

Summer Staples: Blue Ridge Mountains, Tennessee

All you really need in the summertime is a tall iced coffee, a mountain to climb, waterfalls and forests to explore with your favorite people and pups, and a few solid outfits that will breathe with you through the afternoon breeze. For a recent weekend getaway wandering the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee, I packed a few trusty wardrobe staples along with some new favorites I’ve picked up this season.

Castles to Cliffs: Killarney and Dingle, Ireland

Betwixt unwinding along Ireland’s quiet northwest reaches and enjoying copious helpings of Scottish whiskey, we took the train down the Irish coastline for a weekend of adventures along the southern reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500 mile scenic route speckled with jaw-dropping views and castles along Ireland’s rugged westerly shores. With much to do and just a few days to soak up Ireland’s first national park, centuries of history, a gorgeous peninsula, and some incredible seafood, CPR and I hit the ground running as soon as the train slowed into Killarney station. Our first stop would be the surreal sanctuary of Friar’s Glen, a small bed and breakfast nestled away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Killarney in an ancient valley between the mountains of Killarney National Park. After dropping our bags and borrowing a flashlight (and quick history lesson) from the Glen’s innkeeper, we took off into the woods for a walkabout to Muckross Abbey. Evening had just begun to work its way down the quiet country roads that lead up …

24 Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

Between roaming the Irish countryside and touring through the Scottish Highlands on to Islay, we spent a wee bit of time in Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh. Although our stay was brief (and fell just a few weeks before Brexit!), we packed in a full day of culture and history as we stumbled across so many unexpected gems in this quietly beautiful, cosmopolitan city. One could spend an entire vacation wandering Edinburgh’s storied streets, taking in its spectacular architecture, enjoying incredible dinners, and learning about the city’s intriguing history and residents – J.K. Rowling, Sir Sean Connery (James Bond slash collegiate nude model, as we would discover), Robert Louis Stevenson, and medieval witch hunters (who drowned their victims in a loch that once filled Princes Street Gardens) alike have hung their hats in the affectionately nicknamed “Athens of the North”. Even with only a day to spare, there’s a lot you can see and do – a stopover in Edinburgh is definitely worth your while if you can fit it into your travels! If you’re overnighting, …

The Whiskey Trail: Scottish Highlands to Islay, Scotland

When you marry a whiskey man (or whisky man, as they say in Scotland) with whom you share an affinity for first editions, bedroom slippers, bran cereals, Ken Burns documentaries, gardening, and heavily peated scotch (we are essentially grandparents in the chrysalis) it’s tough to decide on a honeymoon destination. Oddly enough, we both landed on a tiny island off the coast of Scotland through independent research (another beloved Hunt-Ralston hobby) and soon realized it would be the perfect spot to unwind after exploring the wilds of Ireland and bustling Brussels. Halfway between Ireland and mainland Scotland, the remote Hebridean Isle of Islay is home to whitewashed harbor villages, deserted beaches, windswept hills, ancient ruins, a visit here and there from Ron Swanson – and some of the very finest whisky and gin that this good earth has to offer. We set out through the Scottish Highlands with our trusty Nikon D3300 and a notebook in hand and came back with the most unforgettable experiences, new friends, memories, and some seriously heavenly drams. You can …