Good morning friends! I had this post all written and scheduled to go up today, but in the wake of yesterday’s events, things like gift guides and celebrating seem to be quite secondary don’t they? But, there is one thing that still makes this post relevant today, and that is community.

I love this little city of mine quite a lot these days. There are so many people here that I cherish from the bottom of my heart. So many of them who are parents themselves. And after yesterday, all I want to do is get out and see them, and hug them, and hug their little ones, and support and strengthen the community we have here while we all do our part with thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families in Newtown.

So I’m off to start my morning with brunch with an old friend. Then to the Blak\Designmart pop up shop where to support local creatives and designers, some of which are featured here today in our Shop Small Seattle gift guide…

shop: 1. seattle sweets salted caramels // 2. nube green ikat blanket // 3. sweet petula soap // 4. iacoli & mcallister bottle opener // 5. kimberly baker ring // 6. earrings by shamila jiwa  // 7. faris necklace // 8. ampersand as apostrophe clutch // 9. ladies & gentlemen servers // 10. iva jean rain cape // 11. glasswing linen scarf // 12. history + industry necklace // 13. julep nail polish // 14. kari gran travel set (my everyday skin care!) // 15. jennifer ament lips linocut print

The rest of my day – lucky for me – will be spent with many many college friends as this is the day we all get together for the one game Gonzaga comes to play in Seattle every year! I’m sure many of them will have their kids in tow, and I can’t wait to see all of them and their smiling faces. I know many of us are holding our loved ones – especially the little ones – a bit tighter this weekend and sending hopes of healing to a community whose world was changed yesterday. Big hugs to you and yours, my friends.



  1. Diane Terry

    I don’t go anywhere without my Kari Gran Travel Set. Addictive skin care especially in winter time.
    Thanks for the tips. I might have to treat myself to numbers 1, 5 and 15! The lip print is priceless. Love your blog. Look forward to it all the time!


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About Cassandra LaValle

Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.

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