Good Reads: 13 February 2015

Let's talk about this weekend.

Are you a Valentine's Day fan, or do you hate it? Even though I'm (obviously) in a relationship, I really like the sentiment of Valentine's Day but I'm not an over-the-top type. Don't get me wrong – I accept gifts, chocolate, and flowers all day, every day – but it's more that we've just always gone with the flow when it comes to holidays and anniversaries. 

To celebrate in our laid back way, we're headed to one of my favorite restaurants in London for a special Valentine-versery dinner – because yep, this weekend also happens to be our three year wedding anniversary. (How old am I?) I'm also looking to catching up with this gal over dinner, and eating lots and lots of chocolate overall.

Have a good one – I hope you're up to something fun!

a reminder about valentine's day and the meaning of love

this is one of the best pieces on New York I've read. (thanks to Jess for the recommendation!)

"people have always been inherently curious, but the beauty of right now is that people are more willing to share than ever before." – Waiting for Saturday on OKREAL

the kinspiracy.

you guys – THIS HOUSE

agree: in workplaces around the world, women help more but benefit less from it.

this graphic novel has been on every single blog, and I love it.

reminder: 40% off california tailor's new collection

this, so much.

but the question is, do i love cats or donuts more?

valentine's day gift ideas for gals here and for dudes here

my longing for this suitcase, coupled with my daydreams of linen sheets and organic silk pillowcases, tell me that i'm old.

for new york ladies with a free saturday afternoon.

a quick note: Austin jewelry line Moulton hosted a holiday giveaway where entry requirements included sharing a story about a loved one who you were grateful for. the idea was that whoever had the best story would win the giveaway and their loved one would win some jewelry. however, jen of Moulton received so many heartfelt responses that she decided to give everyone who entered jewelry and a handwritten note. isn't that the nicest thing you've ever heard? that is why i believe so strongly in supporting small businesses

finds this week: strolby / finery / Meus / Alas 

Shopping List: Valentine's Day Gifts For Dudes

I hope you like indie designers and makers, I really do, because this week I'm going to be sharing a lot of stuff with you guys from the indie designer and maker world starting with Huckberry – a giant of a San Francisco e-boutique that focuses on showcasing the best emerging brands in the menswear market.

The designers stocked by Huckberry are no accident. In fact, the Huckberry team does a ton of research to finds brands that inspire more "active, adventurous, and stylish lives". They're also storytellers, and great ones at that (check out the Journal). I'm no stranger to menswear so I plan on frequenting Huckberry both for myself, and for this guy.

And speaking of that guy, Valentine's Day is soon. Like, very soon. Maybe you're a fan of the day, maybe you hate it, but either way it's a good reason to support an indie maker, wouldn't you say?

To help your on your merry way, I've put together a little Shopping List of Valentine's Day gifts for guys, or for yourself. 

wool linen chore coat ($249.98) by apolis

commonwealth boot ($174.98) by boston boot co.

merino foot soldier blanket ($129.98) by fairbault woolen mill co. 

campfire cologne ($12.98) by antler&co

marled watch cap ($16.98) by columbiaknit

stay true linen banner ($72.98) by three potato four

laptop case ($459.98) by this is ground

coho sweatshirt ($59.98) by finisterre

timex weekender watch ($88) by formfunctionform

biran 1 scarf ($59.98) by vacation days

fair isle socks ($27.98) by american trench 

coffee sampler ($17.98) by pony brand coffee

hammer print ($34.98) by roo kee roo

moscow mule mugs ($49.98) by huckberry

clay mask ($16.98) by fig + yarrow

elements travel wallet ($139.95) by bellroy


Product was gifted from Huckberry in exchange for this post. However, Huckberry is a business with a mission I truly believe in.

Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Second Floor Flat. Have questions? Don't like this? Let me know!

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

Happy Friday and, of course, Valentine's Day!

Tonight we're off to the Churchill War Rooms for some champagne and potentially-awkward swing dancing, then tomorrow it's dinner at Foxlow where I plan on drinking a Tom Ford and eating some Goat's Butter Crisps.

In the meantime, here's the best links of the week in case you missed it:

Thanks to illustrator Aaron Favaloro and SUITCASE Magazine, I'm a cartoon!

Shirley Temple, what a star.

This girl built a treehouse in her Brooklyn loft. Insane home inspiration. (Co. Exist)

Actually dying over this.

What it's like to create content for the web. Yeeepppp. (The Oatmeal)

I can't put down this book.


Annd a few more things from me this week:

17 Cliche-Free Valentine's Day Dresses

13 Unexpected Valentine's Dates for Londoners

City Guide: Austin, Texas

Striped Pieces for Spring