Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
We’ve all been there: a long day at the office, a little too much happiness at happy hour, agreeing to join the crew for just one more stop… and before you know it, you’re in the basement of a shop on Hollywood Boulevard finally getting that Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles mixed-tribute full back tattoo.
Let me suggest a less permanent idea: tattlys! Tattlys are the newest and most creative incarnation of temporary tattoos, and they’re fantastic. Designed by artists the world over, you can be sure to find a tattoo that suits you and your mood. I love that they’re ageless – unlike so many fake tattoos that seem to be for the under-fifteen set, these are just as perfect for hipsters as they are for the little ones. So grab a pack and enjoy!
(Pictured below: the Premier Set)
This past weekend whilst visiting our fabulous Aunt Patsy, Mia repeatedly reminded us that she wanted to fly a kite. We’ve been reading a lot of summertime stories lately and most seem to feature a kite. Naturally she wanted in on the action. Kites always seem impossible to find when you are looking for them on a whim, but that didn’t stop us from searching a 25 mile radius only to come up empty handed. My husband declared he would just make one. At first I was a naysayer, but remembered making kites in school as a child. Could they still be made? Were newspapers still in print?
Of course we all heckled our industrious crafter.
Soon the heckling turned to awe.
Look! Hurray for Daddy!
The kite was soaring. I loved it! It was a bit short lived but every bit worth it especially since I caught it all on film. The sun set and it was time to wash the sand from our feet, pack up our treasures and head on home. What a fun weekend we had.
For the rest of the United States, fall means leaves changing colors, breaking out sweaters and jeans, and heading to the store with school supply list in hand. Absolutely none of that applies to Southern California except for the latter, so our guide today will show you how to get your little ones stocked for school, and even excited for it to start so they can use all their cool new gadgets!
Starting a new year can be difficult, but what about starting an entirely new school? Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School is a good way to help show your little one that being new doesn’t have to be scary! Sometimes, too, keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings can help – why not make it a cute composition book? Make sure everyone knows they’re yours if they get lost with this stamp kit. It’s stamp fun and a book plate all in one!
As every good little artist knows, part of being a good artist is having the right tools. Why not step up coloring hour a notch with these metallic pencils? Robots, fairies, and fish have never looked so good! Make sure they keep sharp with this combination bear eraser and pencil sharpener. Everyone else at the color table will be wowed by these cool toys – which you can make sure are kept safe in the perfect pencil case. After all, who doesn’t love recess?
No one likes to do homework…so why not make it fun? Your kids will never want to stop playing USA Bingo! If they’re working on another language, Spanish Flashcards are a great way to keep them interested – especially if they’re competitive and keeping score. They might not be in chemistry yet (or for another six years), but you can never start learning too early; start with these periodic building blocks!
Now that your kid is settled and ready for school, it’s time to close the door, run the bath, and throw in some bath salts or elixir…because you deserve it
It’s hard to beat this hot summer weather we’ve been having on the westside for the past weeks (this must be when the weathermen go on vacation!), but the heat is making everyone around town a little more lethargic. I see it everywhere: people slowly strolling to lunch down Abbot Kinney instead of a quick pace; happy hours are filling up an hour later; friends take ten minutes longer to bike over than in the cooler winter months. Even my coffee buzz is taking twenty minutes longer to hit me in the mornings! These are the dog days of summer, and here in Dogtown we only know one remedy to combat the sleepiness and take advantage of the heat: go to the beach! (Or Alaska. But the beach is much closer.)
Even in the 1920′s, the beach was the go-to place to beat the summer heat!
First thing’s first – you need to be prepared to spend a couple hours in the sand. You’ll need a good sunscreen, cute sunglasses, and…a comfortable (and cute) place to sit. We recommend these turkish towels – they’re easy to pack and easy to clean, plus they double as a warm wrap when the sun goes down! If a traditional towel is more up your alley, Pendleton makes fantastic patterns; try one in an easy-to-find color like orange or yellow. You’ll be able to spot it faster when you’re coming back from a wave surfing sesh. Every time I go to the beach, I like to have a notebook on hand just in case of random thoughts, making to-do lists, or getting some cute surfer’s number – this driftwood decomposition book by Michael Roger is the perfect size for purse or beach bag!
If you’ve got a little one with you, we’ve got them covered, too! Make sure they’re protected from the elements with a hat – we love the weight of this cotton sunhat! This little cotton onesie by Mixt Studio keeps your little beach bum’s bum covered, at the playa and at home. And who can resist a beach cruiser with a bell?
The best part of living in Venice? It’s easy to transition into evening mode straight from a day at the ocean – especially with these options! Try this mint tunic dress by Free People, with a pair of comfy yet classy flip flops; we love Tkees. It’s an outfit that looks at home at the boardwalk juice bar and at Gjelina! Make sure to pair it with a couple pieces of jewelry – my favorite is this sea urchin necklace by Alkemie. Nothing ruins a good time like a wet swimsuit, however, so make SURE you store your wet suit in this waterproof bag before you head off to dinner!
Need some beach tunes? We’ve been digging Pandora lately – try the Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, or Beach House for some good stations. For bonus points, get some music by local favorites MK & the Gentlemen Enjoy!
I can feel the chill in the air. It’s so cold in the house that the heat is on. People that know me know that I rarely use a thermostat. Too technical. I’d rather sit in the living room in my parka, hat and scarf than turn the heat on. It makes no sense but that’s how I grew up. I am always a tiny bit jealous when I walk into someone’s home that feels toasty. It’s so easy to attain. I know. I don’t get me sometimes. What I do get is the justification for getting me a blanket. Pendleton blankets and towels are now stocked at Firefly. As I was unpacking the box, I just couldn’t believe it. They are all amazing. If fashion could just be a tad more lenient, I could convince you that blankets are ponchos and my moccasins are sexy stilettos. If I am not careful, I am going to wake up and find a teepee in the yard.
The towels are also incredible. If I had rustic guest quarters in my humble abode, I would get a set of six. If I had an extra closet at this point, I would be grateful. Also we have baby blankets at Kid. Mia (okay, her Mom) loves hers so much that we actually replaced it when it disappeared. They are amazing and sturdy and perfect for the park or to be more truthful, great on the living room floor.
I am such a huge, huge fan of Donna Wilson. I’ve owned one of her pillows for years, and I covet it every bit as much as the day I bought it. Her bright pop and folksy sense is just outrageously great. I feel nostalgic, silly and basically utterly happy when I look at her designs. She is one crafty lady. I’m waiting on a pouf that’s coming our way, and I can’t wait to rest my feet on it after a hard day’s work. Just look at this fab couch I found via Home Shopping Spy:
I brought a blanket home for Mia as I couldn’t help myself, but the husband asked if we really needed it, so back to the shop it went…(for now). Aren’t these the best looking hot water bottles you’ve ever seen? We have all sorts of items now in the shop and more are on the way. In addition to hats, gloves and scarves, we’ve got plush at Kid and just about the cutest baby blankets and pillows you’ve ever seen. That Donna is clever. I have a terrible sense of direction and am a bit slow when it comes to left and right. When I saw these gloves, I couldn’t resist. I’ll be seriously laughing at myself all winter long and will probably need to wear these in yoga class so I know which leg to lift when the teacher calls out a sun salutation. Namaste.
I’m telling you, folks, if you have a kid that’s looking for a good sippy cup, then this if the one you want. I didn’t originally understand it when a Mom was telling me that if she could invent one thing it would be Lollacup. I mean, I thought it was cute, but how different could one sippy cup be from another? I’m here to report that I have been converted. I am a true believer – Lollacup rules. While traveling this summer, ours got ruined by my near perfect mother-in-law as they don’t go in the dishwasher (thus relinquishing her from perfect status – what a relief!). We couldn’t find a suitable cup to replace it.
The straw part has a weight on the bottom, so no matter what angle your kid takes a sip from, they always get what they’re after. They originally came in orange, green and red and they’ve just added two new colors: black and purple.