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Habitation Co. is committed to honoring the process of living in a particular place and the journey of discovering beautiful objects that reflect the unique styles and stories of artists around the world.  Every pretty item you purchase supports creative individuals, communities, and organizations on almost every continent.

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Shop Small // Give Big: Holiday Gift Guide

Hailey Fynaardt

The holiday countdown has officially begun and before we know it, we'll be reflecting on the past twelve months and making resolutions for the New Year ahead. Between the shopping, decorating, celebrating, and making, the last month of the year always seems to fly by, but the things we all truly crave don't come wrapped in boxes and bows: new adventures, time spent pursuing old passions, gatherings with loved ones, moments of rest and rejuvenation. What if we simply saw everything we bought this season, and beyond, as tools for creating more of what we really want? This year, we want to encourage you to think outside-the-box when it comes to holiday gift-giving. Instead of focusing on more stuff, imagine the mood, and memories, each item will inspire...

But, we know it can be overwhelming, so we've rounded up a few of our most popular gift ideas for the artists and adventurers on your list this year:

1. Vintage Embroidered Camera Strap - $34

2. 14K Gold Infinity Arrow Necklace - $52

3. Medium Pink Hope Basket - $48

4. One-of-a-Kind Tassel Scarf- $62.50

5. Coconut Hibiscus Bath Soak - $18

6. One-of-a-Kind Mala Bead Necklace - $128

7. Everyday Envelope Clutch - $78

8. Tretchikoff Zip Pouch- $12.50

9. Handcrafted Soap - $6.50

10. Upcycled Patchwork Yoga Bag - $78

11. Sari Song Bell Garland- $24

12. Magical Mandala Wood Block - $44

PLUS, get FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders 11.26-11.28 at midnight with code SHOPSMALL at checkout, and we'll include a handmade ornament with each purchase *while supplies last*, so you can worry less about waiting in lines, and instead look forward to the postcards and posts you will inspire.

When you shop small, you give BIG, by supporting the kind of world you want to live in. Thank you!

Enjoy the process!

 

 

 

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country

Hailey Fynaardt

 Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

If you don't count my trip to India last year, I haven't taken a "girls" trip since before I got married. While my husband is by far my favorite travel buddy, I seem to have more stories about the travel adventures I shared with my friends: strangers at hostels in San Francisco, odd Southwest road trip motels, and basically everything about back-packing through Guatemala to name a few... While this weekend is a girl's trip of a very different variety, I have been looking forward to it for weeks. Despite growing up in California and living only hour-long flight away, I've never had the opportunity to visit our beloved wine country, so when the idea of a girl's trip came up, it seemed like the perfect time to plan a getaway with a few friends.

The plan is to simply enjoy a casual weekend of catching up, sipping wine, enjoying the outdoors, and measure the days by brunches and happy hours. Since I'll only be gone for 3 days total, I wanted to keep my luggage light and only pack a carryon. The tricky part was planning for a variety of potential activities: casual days, winery visits, dressier dinners, and even a hike if the weather cooperates. Fall in California typically means warm days and crisp nights, so by sticking with a few basics, working with layers, and adding a few favorite accessories, the result is a versatile weekend wardrobe that fits neatly in the overhead bin (with room to spare!).

My Carryon Packing Guide for a Fall Weekend In California Wine Country:

On The Plane:

Around Town:

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

Happy Hour:

Wine Tasting:

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

Dinner Out:

Sunday Brunch:

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

Afternoon Hike:

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.
 Keep jewelry or small accessories protected in a small travel pouch like  these

Keep jewelry or small accessories protected in a small travel pouch like these

Packing a Carryon for a Weekend in California Wine Country // Habitation Co.

That's everything! Toiletries, toothbrush, and all, plus there's plenty of room to spare if I decide to bring home a few bottles of wine (and check my bag, thanks Southwest!). Ok, gotta run, I have a plane to catch!

Enjoy the process!

Hailey

Spicy Bloody Mary with Blue Cheese Olives

Hailey Fynaardt

From fancy pancakes to latte-foam works of art, it's not hard to see why brunch is the most popular meal of the weekend. But the best part about a lazy, late breakfast-lunch combo is the variety of delicious beverages that can be enjoyed along with it (especially when herbal tea just won't cut it!) This twist on a classic bloody mary is sure to hit the spot, awaken your taste buds, or help you ease into the rest of the weekend after staying up past your bedtime the night before.

Here's how to make it:

Spicy Bloody Mary with Blue Cheese Olives

Ingredients (one serving)

2 oz. vodka 

4 oz. spicy bloody mary mix (This one by Powell & Mahoney is organic & gluten free!)

Lime slices

Celery Stick

Blue cheese stuffed olives (pass on the pre-stuffed kind that come in a jar and grab a handful of  pitted green olives and a wedge of fresh blue cheese, the softer the better, and stuff your own!)

Make it:

Vigorously shake vodka, mix, and squeeze of lime. Pour over ice. Garnish with a skewer of olives, celery, and a slice of lime, and enjoy!

What is your go-to brunch beverage? Are you more of a mimosa or a mary?