esselle is doing a Pop-Up shop event!
April 15 2014, 0 Comments

Have you heard?!

We are going to be at the beautiful DISPLAY Public Market in Emeryville to have our very first Pop Up Shop event!

The event will be full of great vendors ranging from fashion, DIY workshops, to lifestyle goodies, with live music and more!

It's going to be an amazing party! So don't miss out and come have fun with us!

 April 25th is the date.  5pm - 8pm is the time.  Emeryville Public Market DISPLAY is the place!  


DIY Inspired - Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
April 14 2014, 0 Comments

We are always looking for fun DIY inspirations.  With Easter right at the corner, we found these fun easter egg decorating ideas.  All these posts share some fun techniques that we can't wait to try.  We love the vibrant color and can totally picture them in our backyard ready to be found.  The question now is, which design should we go with?

1.Graffiti Art Easter Eggs DIY, 2.Sequin Eggs, 3.Golden Marble Easter Eggs, 4.Glitter Easter Eggs, 5.Watercolor Easter Eggs

Tablescape Essential - Cheese Board
April 08 2014, 0 Comments

We always like to start a party with wine & cheese, and are always on the look out for beautiful things to accessorize our cheese board.  Here are what's on our shopping list for a perfect Summer Al Fresco:

1. Handmade Cheese Marker; 2. Cheese Board by Milled Home Goods; 3. Vintage Mid Century Teak and Glass Cheese Tray; 4. Laguiole Cheese Knife Set; 5. Porcelain Round Cheese Tray by MB Art Studios

Short But Sweet Escape // Eats
April 04 2014, 0 Comments

Hey there!

It's nice to be back home, even though it's been pouring here in California!  It's as if I've never left the UK. 

I was lucky enough to sneak in a short vacation the last couple weeks to visit one of my best friends, and my sister who are both residing in Europe.  It was a vacation long overdue, and the entire experience being with family and friends made my heart so full!

I got to visit three beautiful cities- Milan, Edinburgh, and London this time around! And can't wait to share some of my travel pictures :) 

Here is a recap on some of my favorite restaurants on this trip! 

*Stay tuned for a recap on shopping and activities!*


Current Obsession - Geometric Pattern
March 10 2014, 0 Comments

It's March, daylight saving kick-started, and we can't wait for Spring to arrive.  We've been working on our new Hostess Box collection for months.  Before we can show it to you, we want to share our current obsession of fun geometric patterns!    

1.mountain tea towel 2.10" hardwood dinner plate 3.moon tea towel 4.hand painted geometric ceramic coasters 5.spear tray


Earnest Ice Cream
February 26 2014, 0 Comments

We spent this past weekend in Vancouver, BC.  We love the city.  It's clean, green, and so beautiful in many ways.  Although it's been snowing, it didn't stop us from trying the famous Earnest Ice Cream.  After all, what's better than ice cream by the fireplace in a snowy day? 

Launched in 2012, Earnest Ice Cream brings local and sustainable scoops of yumminess to Vancouver with flavors that highlight produce of the local farms.  If you pack a pint home (trust us, a scoop is NOT enough), it's packaged in reusable glass jar.  We appreciate the philosophy behind Earnest.  Moreover, we LOVE its whisky hazelnut ice cream!

If you ever go to Vancouver, don't forget to stop by Earnest Ice Cream:

3992 Fraser St. (at 24th Ave.)
Vancouver, BC
(604) 428-0697


Current Obsession - Copper
February 19 2014, 0 Comments

Like many of you, we go through phases of what we love.  Lately we are OBSESSED with beautiful copper/ bronze tone tabletop decor and want to share our shopping list with you:

1.Industrial Copper Candlestick Candelabra  2.Derby Mint Julep Cup Set  3.Bisotun Water Pitcher  4.Chopsticks Hand Carved  5.Bronze Age Flatware



Happy Valentine's Day from Esselle
February 14 2014, 0 Comments

We can't believe it's already February!  Sherry and I have been working on a couple exciting projects and can't wait to share them with you.  We enjoy meeting so many creative people in both San Francisco and Seattle, and are truly inspired by their great energy.

It's Friday and it's Valentine's Day!  Time to light some candles and make yummy dinner with the loved one!

Stay warm and have a great weekend!


 *psst... all candles are 10% off in store when you checkout with code lovecandle.  Restock them while quantity lasts.

New Home
December 16 2013, 0 Comments

It's been almost a year since we posted our first blog.  So many wonderful things have happened in 2013- We launched our dream online store, created Hostess Box by Bison & Lamb, and met so many talented people along the way.  Just when we thought nothing more exciting can possibly take place before the year ends, we found out that one of us had the opportunity to move to Seattle!  She is happy as a clam to be back to the North West after 3 years in LA.  So-Cal has been wonderful, but it's hard to replace having four seasons.

We can't wait to explore the city more and tell you all about it!  Now that esselle is in both San Francisco and Seattle, we feel like we can bring you even more of what we love, more of what's esselle.

Stay warm out there!

Holiday Gift Guide
November 26 2013, 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner, we know you probably have a million things to do.  Here is a holiday gift guide from esselle to help you checking off some items on your list.  Happy Holidays!

1) gold glazed pebble dish SM & LG; 2) campagne bowl in 4 different pattern; 3) moroccan glass tumbler in amber & azure

4) pink glass thistle compote; 5) rabbit desert plate; 6) laguiole cheese knife set
7) vintage yellow goblet candle; 8) vintage white creamer candle; 9) vintage red & white goblet candle

Thanksgiving is coming! (Christmas will have to wait)
November 12 2013, 0 Comments

We've been hearing a lot of people gasping about seeing Christmas decor being set up in major stores while Thanksgiving hasn't even arrived!

We feel ya!

Thanksgiving is big in the esselle family, and we can't wait to gather all our love ones to celebrate this festive holiday! 

Here is what we have in mind for this year's Thanksgiving entertaining...


We're definitely covered in this area with esselle's Bella Hostess Box! Our ready-made, and reusable table setting kit (which caters to 6 or 10 guests) will  help save time in searching for decor and allows us to focus on tackling that giant turkey. We all know that another big part of throwing dinner parties is the table set up.   Hostess Boxes are designed with busy modern hostess in mind :)...No more hours of strategizing which stores to hit while planning the entire dinner menu! 

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Remember those cinnamon sticks you have tied to your napkins from Bella Hostess Box? Well, what's the use for those sticks if they can't be functional, too? Don't worry, we had a reason.  Holiday cocktails choices are plenty and many are infused with cinnamon! So, we picked a couple cocktails that would pair great with your...sticks!

Main & Side Dishes

Every year we try to go outside our comfort zone and try something different.  This recipe of Martha's caught our eyes.  We can already smell the beautiful aroma of rosemary and lemon in the air :)

Nothing speaks more fall and festive than root vegetables.  This recipe looks super easy and yummy!  We love the color combination of all the radishes!

You can't call it a Thanksgiving without brussels sprouts.  Don't like brussels sprouts?  How about brown sugar and bacon?  Try this and we guarantee you will start craving for brussels sprouts :)

Mouth Watering Desserts

We've been following this young (but super amazing) food blog for some time, and we cannot get over how perfect each plate looks (and tastes!)  Be the judge yourselves and let us know how much you love The Gouda Life!

We especially are eyeing this recipe, Blue plum skillet cake ....Doesn't it look absolutely delish?

Post-Meal Drink

One word. Chai. There are many kinds of blends that can be found online, but we like this homemade chai concentrate in particular! Why? Because Tasty Yummies had me at coconut sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, orange zest, raw honey....and the list goes on.  There are so many ingredients that goes into this recipe that makes our heart burst.  We cannot wait to try this!  And not only that, her idea in packing the concentrate into mason jars(which can be served as gifts for guests to take home) is brilliant! Definitely a very happy thanksgiving indeed.

Let us know what you are planning for this Thanksgiving! 

Images via The Gouda Life, Tasty Yummies, Food&Wine, Martha Steward,

Holiday Table Setting Guide
October 20 2013, 0 Comments

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you probably are starting to think about how you want to set up your dinner table.  Lately we are madly in love with the combination of gold and dark blue with a splash of warm orange, so we decide to make them this year's color palette for our holiday dinner party.

For all the modern hostess, here is a list of things you need to set up a table like ours.  We promise you won't have to run all over town to create this fabulous tablesape :).


1. Organic Shaped Dinnerware Dinner & Salad Plate with Gold Rim from West Elm, 2. Gold Flatware Set from West Elm, 3. Bella Hostess Box from Bison & Lamb, 4. Fresh Orange Berry to Tie with Bella's Cinnamon Stick Napkin Holder from your local floral shop.  5. Stainless Water Glass with Gold Rim from West Elm, 6. Hip Wine Glass from Crate and Barrel,  7. Dry Wheat Bunch from your local floral shop, 8. White Baby Pumpkin from your local grocery store.