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Maker's Gift Guide: Isobel Schofield

posted on: December 8, 2016



Bryr is a collection of hand-made clogs inspired by the West Coast lifestyle. Based out of our workshop in San Francisco, every pair of Bryr clogs are hand-made to order by our small team. Dedicated to the simple idea that the best products are made with the best materials, Bryr clogs are constructed using most supple American leathers and the strongest European wood bases. The name Bryr means to care in Swedish, because believe in putting our heart into everything we do things.

-What do the holidays mean to you?
The holidays mean family to me, time to unplug from the world and spend time together.
2 Quart Vegetable Fermentation Jar 


Annual membership to SFMOMA


Stacked rings from Calleen Mauer Designs


Dinner at the Shed, 

Anything beautiful and timeless from Elizabeth Suzann 


A product of your very own that you love (makes a good gift)?

I think one of the biggest pleasures of getting Bryr clogs is getting exactly what you want, so I always suggest people give a bryr gift card, and let her choose her own perfect pair.


-One organization you would like readers, friends, and family to donate to this holiday season?

One organization that is dear to my heart is Friends Of the Public Library. Not only do they do amazing work raising funds for the Public library and promoting literary across the city, but they are lovely people (my wife works there!!!:)


(Thank you so much, Isobel! Illustrations by Cali Sales for LaTonya Yvette. If you missed it, the other makers and their guides.)


Christmas Card Traditions

posted on: December 7, 2016

Even though we have been a family for 7 years, I feel as though we are still developing our own family Christmas card traditions. Initially, the photos felt silly, Peter is a videographer and also worked as a photographer, and shot photos of our family often. But when River grew a little, the need to document  and send updates on her growth grew greater, and as did my love for cheesy Christmas cards.


We did not send traditional mailers this year, I really enjoyed dropping cards in the email accounts for our friends and family, accompanied with a little note. While doing so, I realized that we usually go for more relaxed scenes; couch, bed, stoop, and I believe it is a testament to how we Often feel rounding out the year and bringing in a new one. Home and relaxation, with each other feels safe, comforting, and joyous, and this is the message that I hope we expressed in our parenting and our family and friend relations in the year. 

We ended up not choosing any of these hilarious photos, and opted to use a more semi-serious one (so hard for our goofy bunch!), but I wanted to share them because they make me laugh so much! A special thank you to my dear friend, Maia, who shot all of these for us (with her 2 year old at her feet or on her hip or shoulders!).


Do you have any of your own funny or sentimental Christmas card traditions? I'd love to hear! 

P.S I'm wearing my favorite dress by Orla Kiely. 

Maker's Gift Guide: Nikisha Brunson

posted on: December 5, 2016

From Thanksgiving on, we enter into what we call the most wonderful time of the year. And as it is so; it is the time for gifting (and receiving)—and wonderful, like they say, that comes with some pressure. For me, gifting is a sign of hearing and seeing someone; it's a test of paying attention. As humans, we need to pay attention; as a blogger, I try to emphasize that. 

It’s in that spirit that wanted to share a series of gift guides. These guides will pay attention to the WOMEN makers and the people and organizations that they support and love. I want to know what drives them to create, and in turn, support their creations. 

As this blog, my own creative outlet, has become a full-time job over the last two-years, I wanted to make a point of bringing other creators and their creations to my readers. Over the next three weeks, you'll get to meet six women makers and the gifts they are considering for their loved ones this year. And as a bonus, some of them will offer discounts or giveaways, along with sharing organizations they are supporting in this season of giving. 

What keeps the world spinning? Those who give. With that in mind, I really hope you enjoy these gift guides. 

-What do the holidays mean to you?
As a Christian the holidays remind me it’s not about material things but to be grateful for the birth of Jesus and why he came.

Cooking For Artists for my mother-in law.

Big Spoon Roasters Seasonal Nut Butter Set for my sister and brother in-law





Chay Palo Santo candle for my friend. 



A product of your very own that you love (makes a good gift)?


-One organization you would like readers, friends, and family to donate to this holiday season?



Thank you so much Nikisha! You can follow Nikisha and Folie Apothecary on instagram. Illustrations by Cali Sales for LaTonya Yvette

One Big Holiday Design Tip

posted on: December 2, 2016


We keep a storage unit a few blocks away with close-to-the heart baby relics and vintage furniture that was passed down to me, but no longer fits into this much smaller apartment. Within it all, you'll find one plastic Ikea bin full of all our precious and not-so precious Christmas things. This year, we somehow managed to lose the stockings--, but the ornaments we're mostly still intact. The ones that were broken got tossed, and I felt myself letting the notion of keeping anything of this nature for far too long slip through my fingers.

When it comes to things and design overall this holiday season, I find that the middle ground is a place I am finding myself. As a New Yorker, but maybe more-so as one in a large bunch of an expanding brood, you learn to cater your expectations to your situation. New York living isn't just small living, it's a subject hard to explain. There's so many boxes to check off your list; the radiator, the ceiling length, the corner stand of which you'll purchase, the cart you'll drop it in to tot it home, if your lease actually allows one, and what corner will you hide it in as to not have it in the middle of it all.  It's difficult and magical all at once.

Two days ago, a follower asked how do I get Oak not to pull down all the ornaments off of the tree, and I like to look at our approach on it as an overall design perspective. We don't expect him to not touch them, so we moved the dangerous ornaments up, and let the soft ones live on the bottom. The kids made their own ornaments and they adorn the bottom half of our lanky tree as well. Our tree this year is larger than last year's and that's because we have kids who are a tad older, and a living room that could fit it more sufficiently. We strung colorful lights on the bottom half and white lights on the top. There's a string with felted balls knotted on one end of the tree and again on the next. It's barely hanging on, but River insists. The oranges we dried and sliced have holes because Oak has taken to snatching the wooden stirring sticks from the cafe and burrying them in his stroller until we come and I realize he stuck all the sticks through the oranges. The decorations might not make it to the 25th, and our tree looks like it walked into a bar at noon, left at eight, and then got dressed with one eye open. The reality of our small space--the overall design of it and the wonky-ness of my children and I, allow us to take on this less than ceremonial Christmas tree approach.

Many of you will hit the streets this weekend  and drag your trees home to sit in space for the next month or so. Some of you will hit the corner stands and throw one over your backs or plop them into your rusty shopping carts, to only haul them up a few flights of stairs..because that's what New Yorkers often do. Don't worry about the preciseness of your holiday execution or the preciousness of ornaments that often won't make it. Be present. Make a mess.

Maker's Gift Guide: Brookes Boswell Hats

posted on: November 30, 2016

From Thanksgiving on, we enter into what we call the most wonderful time of the year. And as it is so; it is the time for gifting (and receiving)—and wonderful, like they say, that comes with some pressure. For me, gifting is a sign of hearing and seeing someone; it's a test of paying attention. As humans, we need to pay attention; as a blogger, I try to emphasize that. 

It’s in that spirit that wanted to share a series of gift guides. These guides will pay attention to the WOMEN makers and the people and organizations that they support and love. I want to know what drives them to create, and in turn, support their creations. 

As this blog, my own creative outlet, has become a full-time job over the last two-years, I wanted to make a point of bringing other creators and their creations to my readers. Over the next three weeks, you'll get to meet six women makers and the gifts they are considering for their loved ones this year. And as a bonus, some of them will offer discounts or giveaways, along with sharing organizations they are supporting in this season of giving. 

What keeps the world spinning? Those who give. With that in mind, I really hope you enjoy these gift guides 


-What do the holidays mean to you?
The holidays are always about spending meaningful time with family. Whether it's just my boyfriend and I relaxing on our own, or traveling to visit our families, the holidays mean taking time out of our busy lives to spend quality time with our loved ones.



My boyfriend deserves a matchstick dog by Eleonor Bostrom, but custom to match our own puppy. 




My brother is a designer and I think would really like this Correll Correll sweatshirt.


My mother loves simple everyday jewelry, I love these beautiful Another Feather pieces.


I'm going to gift myself these shearling mules for the seasons holiday parties, but The Palatines.


- A product of your very own that you love (makes a good gift)?


The Optimo straw hat - it's packable. Something even the non-hat wearers can get behind for traveling and trips to the beach. 


-Name one organization you would like readers, friends, and family to donate to this holiday season?

I'm donating 10% of all hat sales between Nov. 30 - Dec 31st to Planned Parenthood. An organization that I truly believes helps everyone- men and women no matter their circumstances. 



Thank you so much Brookes! You can follow her on instagram. Illustrations by Cali Sales for LaTonya Yvette