{top five things i can’t live without}


{photography by Juliana Sohn}

Always new and exciting things happening, including a new feature, Top Five Tuesdays: discovering fun and intriguing things about fun and intriguing people . . .

First up is the very cool and down-to-earth Monika Eyers, Contributing Editor, London, for domino magazine, who shares her list of the Top Five Things She Can’t Live Without . . .

{iPod Touch}

ipod touch to organize my life: I tried desperately to go the pen & paper diary route but there is something so useful about having everything there at the click of a button. Calendar, contacts, google maps, music, etc. I never leave home with out my ipod touch (I’m waiting for next year’s improvements before upgrading to the iphone). Now I scribble out the dates on my gorgeous old Smythson diary and use it as a notebook instead.

{must confess that I also love my iPod Touch, relying on it to catch up on the latest runway shows through video podcasts . . .}

{Peugeot herb chopper}

Moving to London has miraculously domesticated me in the kitchen. I am borderline obsessed with my wooden handled Peugeot herb chopper. It does the trick in seconds and makes me feel like a bona-fide chef!

{Dyptique Chene candle}

There is something so lovely about walking into a home that smells good. It’s like being in Paris where every shop and hotel exudes a sultry fragrance. Dyptique’s Chene candle is my scent of choice and rarely a day goes by where the candle isn’t lit for an hour. I recently found out they are soon discontinuing the Chene room spray (eek!) and have since stocked up on that as well.

{Peonies in May}

Peonies are my absolute favorite flower. They smell as gorgeous as they look and as all good things must come to an end, they have a torturously short season. For this reason, come the 1st of May, I make sure to have a constant supply of fresh bunches at home for as long as possible. They always make a room feel just a little bit more special but run, don’t walk, they’ll be gone in just a few weeks!

{Waterworks baskets}

I have a bit of a reputation for being a hoarder when it comes to papers, magazines, newspapers, etc. Without my trusty natural abaca baskets from Waterworks, my husband would surely divorce me. They keep the chaos neat and tidy and I especially love that they have handles for easy transport – you never know which room you’ll want to settle down in and getting sorting.

25 Notes
  • Thanks, s. — would love to do more similar posts, but have been away for much of the summer, so perhaps can catch up in the fall . . .

  • Those are just stunning. Do another similar post soon, please!!!!

  • I so need that chopper!

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  • the candle is divine. I am a huge dyptique fan as well.

    the chopper is new to me though. something tells e I’ll be obtaining one soon!

  • What a great feature, I love it! I have had the privilege of meeting Monika on a few occasion, including dinner in London and she is such a nice person. Not to mention she has great style!

  • Love this post. Peonies and baskets are a must :) And I’ll take my vegetable knife over the herb chopper because I’m definitely an ornivore :) I recieved the iPod touch as a gift but haven’t used it for anything other than music, this is because not everywhere I go has wireless network, and even if it does it usually fails to connect. It feels like a crippled iPhone to me. Also, can’t live without my monthly glossy magazines (fashion and decor both).

  • Thanks, everyone, for your support of the new feature, and your kind words for Monika, who was perfectly gracious to answer this question on such short notice. It’s quite difficult to think of the things one really can not live without, and for this reason, I have not yet completed my own list. {Although, I must admit my morning coffee and cashmere cardigans are staples . . .}

  • Hmmmm – I do have peonies, although they’ve yet to bloom, despite it being May. What a great concept, naming your five favorite things. I would have to think a bit about mine – although what immediately comes to mind is a whole hour to myself – happens about once a month!

  • Goodness I love this feature! Peonies and an iPod touch…sounds like a well-rounded gal!

  • I love this feature too. It really helps you discover new, great people and getting a taste of their tastes is a wonderful flush of ideas!

  • Love this new feature!
    Will be here every Tuesday for sure! :)

  • Roseline, adding this feature was genius! Monika is so likable.

  • Definitely coming back next week for this feature. Love it! And now I’m just going to have to smell that candle.

  • I love this post! The peonies are my favourites and I missed them at the farmers market in Sunday. I also love the herb chopper, which we call a mezzaluna (half-moon) for its shape. They work so much better than a knife!

  • May be it will sound ridiculous, but apart from my family and pets, I can’t live without tea!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration )))

  • Peonies are my absolute favorite too! When I got married last Summer myself & my bridesmaids carried large, round bouquets of pink Sweet Peas & Peonies!!

  • Thank you for including the ipod touch. I purchased a nano about two or three months ago, but never opened the box, as I haven’t been sure if I made the wrong purchase. After reading this, and everything you can do with it…I’m definitely upgrading!!! Thank you:)

  • Kiki said...

    A varied and interesting list. The items on Monika’s list seem to honour the five senses.

    Great idea for a weekly post!

  • This is the best FEATURE! :) Oh I just love it.

  • Love this post! Great tip on the mezza luna chopper! They are fantastic!

  • Agreed. Peonies!

  • Great post! My favorite 5 things excluding my husband and kids because that’s a given ;)

    1. My Bible
    – It’s my salvation, my life, my guide for living my life.

    2. Palm Centro
    – I never forget important dates again, I can play sudoku while waiting in line and listen to my fav. tunes.

    3. Ju-Ju-Ju Be diaper bags
    – I have 2 (Packabe, BeTween) plus a few accessories (BeQuicks, BeMine) and I can’t live without the organization and style these bags give me.

    4. MacBook Pro
    – What would I do without a computer???

    5. Sunflowers
    – Their bright sunny faces make me smile.

  • such a cool feature + a really pretty list. i’m bummed about the short peonie season too…or perhaps the fact that you don’t get them for long makes them even more special.

  • I love this feature and I’ll look forward to it every Tuesday!! And those bunch of peonies look adorable!

  • GORGEOUS post! Loved this! You amazing girl you! And thanks for the inspiration from another amazing person, Ms. Eyers! I love her style!


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