The Street Where I Live

British by birth, New Yorker by nature.

Gift Guides

Spring Dreaming

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1) Ulla Johnson Odessa Dress, because it's my fave from her collection this year, and, though pricey, is some made-to-last, future-heirloom, pass-down-to-your-future-daughter level shit 2) Mac Lipstick in 'A Sprinkle Of Magic' which makes your lips look like you just finished up a serious make out session 3) Marc Chagall's Lovers Under The Lilacs, cos, as mentioned, Spring is for lovers 4) Earth Tu Face Skin Stick because Spring beauty= a little moisture and the sun on your face 5) D.S. & Durga Poppy Rouge fragrance, because it is the sexiest, freshest most incredible smell 6) Elie slipper flats because they're part harem chic, part downtown minimal 7) A Room With A View by E.M Forster, because it's romantic, hilarious and has a great scene involving an epic kiss in a poppy field 8)  French Market Basket for carrying your book, wallet, water, a forgotten KIND bar, half a dozen dog-eared business cards of people you must call and that half smoked pack of cigs from karaoke the other night (these are just theoretical examples) 9) Gold Hoop Earrings, cos they're a classic, for a classic girl.

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Your Design Junkie, Fashion Forward, Cycling Enthusiast Dad

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stanley thermos

A classic Stanley thermos flask, $40, for his coffee on long car rides


le creuset egg cup
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Kiehls ultimate strength hand salve, $15, for dry Winter hands

smythson luggage tag

A Smythson luggage tag, $115, because he's always on the road

drink rocks poketo

Drink rocks, $38, for icy cold G'nTs

bike keys

Bike keys, $70, because they're super pretty and extremely functional

etro pocket square

Etro pocket square, $140, because every dandy needs one.

Lego Trevi Fountain, because its super nerdy and wicked cute, $49:99

mary berry

A History of Ancient Rome  the critically acclaimed new book by Mary Beard, $23.37


Marrakech Intense, £53, by the ever-wonderful Aesop

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Your Artistic, Sports Obsessed, Hotty Of A Husband

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Hartwood Cookbook

Hartwood Cookbook, $28, to remind you of the amazing food you had on your honeymoon.


Microwave Heat Pack, $38.95, to ease aching shoulders after carrying around giant paintings all day.

Benton's bacon , $30, (for four one pound packs) because it's hand smoked in Tennessee and legendarily good.

Leather House Shoes, $120, that are made by hand, modelled on a Civil War-era design and mould over time to the exact shape of his feet.

Tom Dixon glass and copper tank decanter, $145, because its next-level, future-heirloom beautiful


Tickets to a sports game, in this case, Dallas Mavericks vs Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Centre (there's a Shake Shack on site. YES) $50

wine gums tub

A giant tub of Wine Gums, $15.99, because you got him hooked on UK "candy" (sweets)

Burroughs Beard Oil , $28, which has an incredible woodsy, leathery smell. Hubba.

Boxing gloves TSWIL

Boxing Gloves, $99.99 for day-off fights with the training bags

Leatherman Multi Tool, $82.99, because, though terrifying looking, this is the kind of stuff that brings him joy

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Your High-Flying, Dapper, Gentle Giant of a Brother

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palo santo

Palo Santo, $10, to make his flat smell woodsy and Christmassy. 

eating with the chefs

Eating with the Chefs cookbook, $39.96, for beautiful photography and simple but foodie-minded recipes

antler bottle stopper

A Game of Thrones-esque real antler bottle stopper for left over Tequila bottles, $18

leather head handmade football

A leather head handmade football, $139, because, boys. And also beautiful enough to sit on a shelf. 

wood block print photo holder

A wood block print photo holder, $23.99, for his desk


The Gentleman's Basket, £65, from Fortnum & Mason, because at the end of the day, he's quite the British chap.

A good looking and practical key fob, $20, that's easy to spot at the bottom of his gym bag


A ukulele, $39.99 for late night sing-alongs with his mates  


Geo. F. Trumper Shaving set, £149,  for serious bathroom game

A classic tartan scarf, $85, because they never go out of style

The TSWIL Christmas Gift Guide 2015

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Christmas is nearly upon us, one and all (can you believe tomorrow is the 1st of DECEMBER? Where does the time go?). Anyway, in anticipation of the holiday shopping rush, and in case you're in need of some inspiration, I've put together a series of gift guides, inspired by the people I'll be buying for this year.

Like all things on TSWIL, all selections have been carefully edited to ensure roughly equal parts usefulness to loveliness. I'll also be featuring a great mixture of small businesses with a commitment to original design, sustainable makers and top notch ethical trading standards. 

Also, a good trick for those who are particularly stumped about what to choose for the ones they love, a few years ago a wise friend taught me a simple rhyme which she uses to organize Christmas gifting for her children. It goes like this: "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read". Isn't that so brilliant?  I've been trying to practice this rule of fours ever since.

Ok, let's go!

A Last Minute Valentine's Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day is mere days away friends! And before you protest, yes, I do support it, regardless of its Hallmark-ification- I'm all for a day that actively encourages romantic gestures. Having said that, it's important to wade wearily through the sea of sad factory farmed red roses and over-booked restaurants, polka-dotted, depressingly, by tables for two. I like an off-beat Valentine's; drinks somewhere cool, an in-joke or thoughtful gesture of a gift, and crucially, MOST CRUCIALLY, a card with a few carefully chosen words of devotion. Having said that, full disclosure, last year was an unmitigated disaster for me and Isaac. In February 2014 we were in the middle of the most stressful nitty gritty bits of wedding planning, where suddenly minutiae that wouldn't cause a goose bump in regular life becomes a conversation of Frost:Nixon gravitas. Anyway, we had a giant fight about the wedding guest list in the taxi on the way to our date. We yelled at each other for 20 blocks, then I flounced off down 2nd Avenue before we'd even clinked a cocktail.

Needless to say, as hilarious as that story now is, we're hoping to do better this year. 

Those pesky boys (and girls) can be so tough to buy for, so I've put together a few suggestions below.

Everelane twill weekender bag

1) A chic yet manly and practical carry on bag for business trips/weekends away, from one of my fave stores on the planet.


monogram socks

2) Monogrammed socks so that you don't keep stealing each others. Good lord does the King-Lyles household ever need these...

dallas texas vintage map

3) A framed vintage map of their hometown. Vintage map found at this cool Etsy store

black bird soap

4) May 18th soap from rad Seattle shop, Blackbird. It's unisex, made from Oregon peppermint, Washington geranium, Portland rose and Pacific Northwest cedarwood (swoon swoon) and it's called May 18th because it commemorates the eruption of the Mount of St Helens. A perfect gift to celebrate a love of similarly epic proportions.



5) A box of bbq delivered your door. Date night for the win! And now on sale!


maraschino cherries

6) For a thrifty Valentine, a jar of homemade maraschino cherries for a Manhattan habit. Recipe here. (P.S. I would use one of these cute jars for extra wow. And wouldn't this make such a great dinner party gift?)

7) P.S. This. I mean it's for them, right?

Or, you know you could just grab a bottle of vino, watch a movie and make out. More than fine.

I'm curious, what are you doing for Valentine's Day this year? Any unusual or inspired gifts I should know about?