Happy New Year: Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

happy-new-year-2017This year has been one full of lessons, both personally and professionally. There is beauty in all experiences, whether joyous or painful. Something I’ve often had to remind myself of over the course of the year; whether adventuring in Portugal, dealing with product set-backs or feeling a gut wrenching sense of sorrow over the hate-fueled rhetoric and actions of my fellow Americans. As frustrating, maddening, and at times, disheartening, some of those experiences have been, I am grateful for the chance to grow, re-focus and keep moving forward. I am grateful for the greater sense of community, love and purpose I feel from my supporters, friends and family. I don’t know what 2017 will bring, but what I do know is that I will continue to build my business, nurture my relationships and continuing to do what I can to fight for those in need. What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Cheers to a peaceful, prosperous and joyous New Year!

xo
Alana

Etta + Billie in Gift Guides Around the Web

Still not sure what to buy for your mom, cousin, dad, co-worker, dog-walker, etc? Check out some of these great gift guides from around the web that happen to mention Etta + Billie. 😉

The Beverage Fanatic

The Tea Lover by Tea Squirrel

An awesome collection of tea and tea related items for the tea obsessive in your life.

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Photography: Anna Mariana

Chai Tea and Earl Grey Gift Boxes by Beginning with Bergamot

Beautifully curated tea gift boxes with some damn gorgeous mugs.

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Photograph by Sara Hamling

The Localist, Bay Area Editions

10 Local Makers To Gift This Season by BobCut

A hip list of incredible Bay Area makers.

 
Photography by Ashley Tarr, styling by Danielle Wallis & Teresa Tran

Photography by Ashley Tarr, styling by Danielle Wallis & Teresa Tran

The Only Gift Guide You Need by 7×7

Check out this gift guide by 7×7 with 100 Bay Area based companies that will definitely cover anyone on your list.

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Equality Advocate

Shop Blue by Maggie Mason

A kick ass gift guide focused on Democratic minded companies run by women and minorities.

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The Cool Dad

Dad Gift Guide by Tosan

Featuring some really rad items from a variety of makers and artists.

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Etta + Billie Gift Guide: The Food + Drink Lover

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Food + Drink Lovers are generally pretty easy to buy for. They like food after all, so worst case scenario you can get them a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant/coffee shop/bakery. If you want to give them a physical item, the biggest challenge tends to be that they have almost every food and cocktail tool, knick knack and book on the plant. What’s a gift giver to do? Here are a few of my favorite slightly more obscure (ok sans the cookbook) food + drink items perfect for the cooking, cocktailing, noshing person in your life.

p.s. I have Appetites and I love it and not just because I have a thing for Anthony Bourdain. 😉

  1. Appetites a Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever | $37
  2. 3 or 6 Month Indie-Gredient Subscription by Mouth | $65-70/a month
  3. I like Big Butt’s Pork Print by Drywell Art | $20
  4. Hot Bourbon + Lemon Soap by Etta + Billie | $12
  5. Japanese Copper Cocktail Shaker at Food 52 | $112
  6. California Shaped Cutting Board by American Heirloom | $48

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Cool Secret Santa

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Got a secret santa gift exchange coming up? Do not be the person that grabs something off the As Seen on TV aisle at Walgreens. Choose one of these cool gifts we’ve compiled that anyone would love plus they’re all from small businesses. Bonus, they are all under $20.

  1. Organic Lip Balm Trio by Etta + Billie | $18 | A lip balm for each bag (or desk drawer)
  2. Watercolor Feather Fake Tattoo Set by Tattly | $15 | Fun way to test out that tattoo your co-worker has been thinking about.
  3. Geometric Prism Concrete Planter for airplants by Geometric Fossils | $13 | Easy upgrade for any desk.
  4. Chai Tea Skin Balm by Etta + Billie | $12 | Smells great and hydrates hands + cuticles.
  5. Over Worked and Under Caffeinated Coffee Mug by Pyknic | $16 | Everyone needs a cool office. mug.
  6. Strawberry Lemon Basil Jam by Lemonbird Preserves | $12 | Who doesn’t like jam?

The Giving Season: Your Choices Matter

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UPDATE: Since we started our Move Forward campaign we’ve been able to donate over $1700 to a variety of organizations (listed below). I am so thrilled and I know that both my grandmothers would be so proud. We were able to do this because of your support!

As you continue your holiday shopping (and even everyday shopping), I hope you’ll continue to purchase from makers and local businesses, especially those that are committed to giving back. Know that every time you buy something from a small business owner, you are supporting their dreams and simultaneously helping build your local community. Total win, win. 

Thank you again for helping make my maker dreams a reality and for helping support the organizations that I believe are working to make the world a better place for everyone. We are all in this together.

xo
Alana

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Etta + Billie Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2016

Here’s a handy guide for all you procrastinators so you know exactly when the last possible ship date is for sending E+B holiday gifts (miss the cutoff? don’t forget about gift certificate options).

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Etta + Billie: Move Forward, It’s the Only Direction

Yowza, what a week. A lot of emotions and a whole lot of uncertainty but I will not let those feelings dissuade me from doing what’s important to me. Now more than ever, we need to come together to support our fellow humans and the organizations that uphold the values we hold dear. I refuse to go down without a fight. I refuse to lose hope. I will persist. I hope you’ll join me by taking some action in your community to help those around you. We are all in this together. We must move forward.

xo
Alana

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Etta + Billie Holiday Events 2016

We’ve got all sorts of ways to shop with Etta + Billie this month and next month. If you’re in SF, you can catch us at one of four holiday shows (we’ll have new scents and some new products launching at each along with special show only pricing), plus a show in LA in December for all you SoCal fans. Can’t make it to one of the events to shop? Not to worry, you can always order online (be sure to sign up for our newsletter because we’ve got something really special planned for the end of the month). Hope to see you at one of these events!

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We’re booth H27 (toward the back of Fort Mason on the farthest right hand aisle).
November 12 + 13
West Coast Craft
Fort Mason | SF
11 am  – 6 pm | Free

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Booth #99, 1/4 of the way down the center aisle next to our friends Lemon Bird Preserves.
November 19 + 20
Renegade Craft Fair
Fort Mason | SF
11 am – 6pm | Free

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Definitely going to be better than standing in line at a big box retailer on black Friday.
November 26 + 27
SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium
Pier 70 | SF
11 am – 5pm | Free

rcf-la-winter-2016Booth #41, near the giant xmas tree and right next to our friends Lemon Bird Preserves.

December 10th + 11th
Renegade Craft Fair
Grand Park | LA
10 am – 5 pm | Free

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Booth #6 in the main gallery area.

December 18th
SF Made Holiday Fair
California College of Art | 111 8th Street | SF
10 am – 5 pm | Free

Makers Gonna Make: Ginger Vanilla Almond Butter

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Almonds and almond butter have been all the rage for the last few years and I’m guilty of jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve spent tons of $$ on almond butter. But it was so damn good, especially in smoothies, and on bread and with bananas…clearly the list could go on. When I finally got my hands on a Blendtec blender, I started whipping up my own because it’s ridiculously easy and I can control exactly what goes into it (seriously love that blender more than almost anything, except my soda stream…). This recipe came about after trying some of the amazingly inventive butters from Big Spoon Roasters (who we also happen to do a limited edition soap colab with – sadly sold out but stay tuned). The flavors of this butter are great for fall (or anytime, really). Slater over toast, add to a smoothie or just eat straight from the jar. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • A cup of almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2-3 pieces of candied ginger
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 or 2 tsp of honey

Tools
Blender, 8 oz jar, roasting pan, measuring spoon, measuring cup, spatula

Let’s do it!

  1. Roast the almonds in the oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes, let them cool for 10 minutes before using them
  2. Put 2-3 pieces of candied ginger into blender, pulse until pieces are broken down almost to a paste (unless you want chunks them pulse until they’re at the desired size)
  3. Add the room temp roasted almonds
  4. Add a couple shakes of cinnamon, coconut oil and vanilla.
  5. Add a pinch of salt
  6. Add 1 or 2 tsp of honey
  7. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth
  8. Store the butter in a tightly sealed container in the fridge or dig in immediately!

Tips:

  • Add a 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of sunflower oil to obtain a more creamy consistency
  • Replace cardamom for the cinnamon, yum.
  • You can store your almond butter in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Remove from the fridge 15-20 minutes before you want to dig in for the best texture!

Travel Guide: Lisbon, Possibly My Favorite City on Earth

 

Photo Jul 10, 7 30 59 AMI can’t believe that it’s been over a month since I’ve been back from Portugal. It was truly a magical trip. The vibe in Lisbon and beyond was so relaxed, effortless and comfortable. I’ve never felt as at home, so instantly, in any place I’ve been. I love the aging buildings covered in patterned tiles, the steep cobblestone streets, the kiosks in small parks and the friendly atmosphere. People were engaging with each other at parks, restaurants, on the bus and in cafes. NO ONE was glued to their phone, except tourists. It was so nice to be surrounded by people connecting with each other! If you are thinking about visiting, do it. I’ve collected a few of my favorite places around the incredible city of Lisbon below (organized roughly by neighborhood).

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Castle St Jorge – unbelievable view from the top of the hill, plenty of tourists but big enough that you don’t feel crowded. Bonus, one of the two Wine with a View carts is stationed here. A truly brilliant idea and with some very delicious inexpensive wines. Who doesn’t want wine while they peruse a centuries old castle and the stunning clay tile rooftops of Lisbon?Photo Jul 02, 6 53 13 AM small

Fiera De Ladra – A great flea market with a variety of old quirky vintage items as well as chintzy cheap bric a brac. Happens every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm.

Tram 28 – everyone recommends it for a reason. It takes you through most of the main points of interest in Lisbon.

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Pharmacia – A restaurant with outdoor bar attached to the pharmacy museum. Great view, cool cocktails.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – Terraced park with another amazing view of Lisbon. You can see the Tagus, Alfama and Castle St Jorge. There are two kiosks for refreshments along with an outdoor bazaar.Photo Jun 30, 6 15 17 PM

Park – its a bar on the top of a parking garage. Very little signage so just make your way to the very top. Gorgeous view of the city, Tagus river and the 25 de Abril bridge.

Mercado da Ribeira – went here at least 4 times during my stay. So much food to choose from in a small space. I had squid ink risotto, octopus salad, croquettes, and the list goes on.

Paletaria – fresh fruit popsicles, very delicious and Instagram worthy (see photo above).

Cafe Carpe Diem – Part art gallery/installation, part cafe. Wander through to check out the current exhibitions and then grab some refreshment and sit outside in the old garden. A complete gem, not to be missed.

A Taberna da Rua das Flores – delicious. Modern take on some Portuguese classics without being pretentious at all. Menu changes daily. Lots of small plates for sharing. It was a long wait, go earlyish and prepare to drink wine on the sidewalk while you wait (we waited almost 2 hours, totally worth it).

Manteigaria – This place churns out a ridiculous quantity of Pasteis de Nata (the pastry of Portugal with egg custard and crispy shell). I ate at least one of these every day from a variety of places in Lisbon and these were my favorites. Slightly warm, creamy, crispy, sweet; the perfect companion for a rich espresso. I took a pack of six to go on our last day in Lisbon and ate almost all of them before we got back to San Francisco.

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Nannarella – some of the best gellato I’ve ever had. I went twice in the span of three days and would have gone again if I wasn’t trying to hit up other food spots. A MUST visit.

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Jardim da Estrela – beautiful park with a couple of ponds, ducks, peacocks, occasional open air craft market, a playground, a cafe and a kiosk selling anything from Tosta Mistas (toasted cheese and ham sandwich) to Gin and Tonics.

Mercado de Campo de Ourique – more subdued food hall with a good selection of fresh produce, meat, fish and of course loads of food/wine options.

A Tentadora – great old school cafe with some solid pastries and a good vibe (plus they have lots of outdoor seating on the sidewalk)Photo Jul 02, 3 30 47 PM smaller

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Frangasqueira Nacional – classic, basic and ridiculously tasty Portuguese BBQ. Go early because they tend to sell out. Take out only.

Jardim do Príncipe Real – a quarter of the park is dominated by centuries-old Buçaco cedar, a perfect spot to read or eat some of your Frangasqueira BBQ.