{Wandering Thoughts} Anne Sage

by Joanna on February 4, 2013

{This week we’re welcoming a new regular contributor to the blog: Joanna Hawley. In addition to writing for us here, Joanna is a housewares designer at Anthropologie and catalogs her creative inspiration at Jojotastic. Welcome, Joanna! —Alexis}

Today I am pleased to bring you the Wandering Thoughts of my dear friend, Anne Sage. An eternal Jane-of-all trades, Anne is a lifestyle writer, creative director, and social media consultant—and one of the wisest people I know. Ever ready to share new musical or reading finds, Anne’s got stellar taste to boot! Her style can best be described as nostalgic, simple, but certainly not boring, and tap dancing around the fine line between masculine and feminine. Since Anne recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles, nesting has been on her mind a lot. Here are her top picks for a soulful, peaceful retreat. Thanks, Anne!

  1. Quirky Animal Notecards from Le Canot Rouge. The website for this charming stationery company is intentionally vague. Who draws these cards? Who creates the characters and writes the stories behind each adorable creature? The details remain a mystery, but anyone who comes up with names like ‘Scruffles Wigglebottom Skunk’ is a person after my own heart.
  2. Materials + Process Earhart Carrycase. Let’s be real: New tech gadgets are just an excuse to shop for new tech gadget accessories. I’ve yet to pull the trigger on a case for the iPad that Santa left in my stocking. This butter-soft leather sack from my favorite under-the-radar San Francisco studio is the current front runner.
  3. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. If I one day write half as well as Cheryl Strayed, I’ll consider myself a success. This brilliant fiction and non-fiction author recently released a compiled volume of her once-anonymous advice column for The Rumpus. Tip: Read it alongside a box of tissue.
  4. D.S. & Durga My Indian Childhood Fragrance. This heady blend of patchouli and tobacco with tropical flowers summons memories of what I’m certain was my past life as a Vedic warrior princess. I spritz it on my scarves so that it swirls around me, and in my copy of Michael Ondaatje’s The Cinnamon Peeler so that I get a whiff with every page I turn.
  5. Arteriors Home Sabine Desk Lamp at Lamps Plus. I recently started fresh in a new apartment, and the move has made me realize how tacky 99.9% of lighting is. With its airy presence and memorable silhouette, this lamp falls into the 0.01% of options that don’t offend my delicate sensibilities.
  6. Crate & Barrel French Kitchen Collection. The je ne sais quoi of French interiors is just as elusive as that of French fashion. Do the elegant women in Marie Claire Maison inherit their marble platters and pedestals from their equally elegant mothers and grandmothers? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Crate & Barrel is offering up a darn good fromage dome lately, with no Gallic ancestry required.

{Top image by Anne Sage on Instagram}

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