A Swell Summer Gift!

We are sooo excited to share this month's gift feature with you! Ji and I stumbled upon this gem while having some girl time after a meeting or what we like to call a "creative product peruse "which really just means  an excuse to check out awesome boutiques and be inspired by new products we see. And of course shop!!! These super fun S'well water bottles not only look amazing but are perfect for keeping your drinks cool this summer. They are great for exercise, a picnic, a walk around town , at work or what sold us was that the largest size (25ml) can hold a full bottle of wine and keep it cool  for 24hrs. Need we say more?!  This is a perfect summer or year round gift, as they also keeps drinks hot and don't sweat or leak. You can check out all the great styles and perks of these bottles here

July Maker Feature: A Heirloom

This month we are featuring a wonderful maker whose creations are perfect for summer parties or year round gifts.  A Heirloom is a Brooklyn based design shop that creates beautiful, wooden kitchenware.   This shop is run by former architects and husband and wife team Amy and Bill, who made  each other customized cutting boards for their wedding and then decided grow their unique product into the design shop that we truly adore.  Ji and I love their USA and state shaped cutting boards, but any A Heirloom  high quality creation is sure to spice up a food presentation!

June Maker: Owl Kill Studio

This month we are featuring Owl Kill Studio a design studio we've fallen in love with for their beautiful jewelry. Ji and I both are June babies and serious jewelry lovers. I knew one of their necklaces would be the perfect gift for Ji  because of its simple, neutral colors but still fun and eye popping design. Owl Kill Studio is based out of Brooklyn, New York and is a one woman shop led by Adelia Sugarman. All of her items are handmade and as much as possible she uses "locally sourced, vintage or discarded materials to use in creating our wares." Owl Kill Studio promotes sustainability in all of its designs and Ji and I are sure you'll love not only their beautiful jewelry but beautifully designed houseware!

 Adelia's Beautiful Studio!

Adelia's Beautiful Studio!

  Asymmetrical Vintage Beaded Necklace   (this is the one I got for Ji!)

Asymmetrical Vintage Beaded Necklace  (this is the one I got for Ji!)

Fun Summer Party Hostess Gifts

This week we want to share one of our favorite fun summer hostess gifts.  I love gifting a unique dish for that person's next get together! Gama-Go, a company that "designs gifts with personality" ,  has some of my favorite unique items for light-hearted summer party gifts.  They  began as  a small  silkscreen printed t-shirt  shop in San Francisco in 2001 and have since grown to a design shop for gifts that will for sure make you chuckle. Some of my favorite Gama-Go dishes are below!


Meet Our Baker!

If you haven't tried one of our delicious flower and cookie baskets you are missing out on the delicious creations of our partner and lovely friend Sara Tso, the owner of Matchbox Kitchen! Matchbox Kitchen is an all natural baking company focused on sustainable, organic, and zero waste practices. Sara creates amazing cakes and other baked goods with unique flavors highlighting organic California produce in her classic, pared down style.  We've been a fan of Sara's work for a while and were thrilled at the chance to partner up in 2014 for the launch of our first Mother's Day Cookie Gram Basket.  Since then we've done three other holiday baskets with Sara's yummy cookies that have been such a blast!

Sara is also the creator of the LA Cake Club a bi-monthly a meeting for dessert enthusiasts to share and enjoy homemade sweets.  The LA Cake Club has grown to over 75 members and 1300+ followers on instagram in one year! If you are interested in learning more about baking and connecting with other bakers we totally recommend attending a meeting. Sara also teaches class all over LA at different venues so check out Matchbox Kitchen for announcements on classes!

 Photo:  Ami Martin

Photo: Ami Martin

Make Your Garden Meaningful!

May flowers are here and we know a lot of people in your life will have gardens that are blooming. Keeping with our motto to Make It Meaningful, this month we wanted to share a gift that will bring inspirational messages to any garden. These painted stones are a great  decorative addition to any garden! You can easily make these yourself or purchase them at shop like Happy Emotions , whose style we absolutely love!

Fall Shedding

Fall is almost here!!!! We are excited but also stunned at how fast this year has gone by! This summer has been a lot about growth for Ji and I as individuals and for BITA. We've learned a lot by challenging ourselves but also taking small steps to get to where we want to be.  We hope that what we've shared about our journey has helped you through whatever your journey may be. We are definitely looking to continue in this trend and to go through some healthy fall shedding. There is something about fall that always feels like a full,  new start. Let this fall be a time for you to  take what you've learned this summer and  really transform into a new and even more amazing you!

Monthly Maker: Specks & Keepings

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend we wanted to share with you the work of an amazing Mother/ Daughter duo.  Debra Weiss (mother) & Hillery Sproatt (daughter) together are  Specks & Keepings ,  a handmade goods shop inspired by the  belief in special goods that comfort and age with us. Specks & Keepings has a strong, unique style that seems traditional but has a modern sensibility that we love. We also admire how they keep the love for design and making in the family!  This Mother's Day we hope you appreciate the interests and values that your mom may have passed down to you and that you continue to bond over them no matter how old you are! 

MAKE THIS MOTHER'S DAY SWEET AND BRIGHT

 Matchbox Kitchen and BITA have handcrafted a special gift basket this Mother's Day to help you celebrate the women who light up your life.  Our new basket comes with violet or yellow tulip trios, delicious and festive orange blossom or lemon watercolor cookies, and a handwritten note to the recipient.  Our yummy cookies may last one sitting but our colorful blooms will bring sweet memories for mom year round! The last day to order our baskets is May 3rd. To place an order please go to the mk/bita tab on our website or click here!

BITA x Oh Joy! Spreading Crafting Inspiration!

It is finally here! If you haven't already checked out Oh Joy!'s fabulous new book, you definitely must! And we aren't just saying that we because we are so thrilled and grateful to be a part of it, I promise! If you need some creative, crafty and colorful inspiration for events, gifts or just for fun, this is the perfect book for you. BITA's flowers were chosen as one of the 60 fun projects Joy features, but the project's range from fashion to food to DIY! Congrats to OhJoy! on this amazing project and thank you for continuing to inspire us. We hope you all enjoy the book and continue to find new design and style inspirations this Spring! 

The Perfect Gardening Gift!

With lots of flowers on our mind this month, we wanted to give you an idea of a unique gift for the flower lover in your life. Pretty gardening aprons are hard to find, but two companies we love are changing that. Hedley and Bennett create handmade, high quality and eye popping aprons that are both fun and extremely durable. We love their dedication to picking the best fabrics and bringing amazing designs to a garment that is often overlooked in those departments. Any flower lover in your life will also love Emily Thompson Florist's apron. As a floral designer herself, Emily offers beautiful denim & leather and canvas & leather aprons. Emily also offers one of kind gardening and floral arrangement accessories that could a great add on for a wonderful gift. We hope you spread floral love this season with these fun gifts!

 

 
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MAKER: YASMINE FLORAL DESIGNS

This month we are celebrating a maker who loves flowers just as much as we do! Yasmine Mei is an extremely talented LA floral artist whose romantic and diverse arrangements are impossible not to fall in love with. She describes her floral design as "ethereal" and "classic" and we couldn't agree more. Each of her bouquets brings a peaceful "ahh" to my mind and can effortlessly light up a room with sophistication.  We truly admire Yasmine's eye for color and her ability to create such simple but stunning arrangements. With Spring on the way we are excited to see what new blooms Yasmine puts together! For more floral ooo's and ah's check out Yasmine's instagram at @yasminemei!