For our fourth installment of Show and Tell, we asked Australian-born, LA-based actor Hayley Magnus to showcase a few of her favorite things. A lover of books (check her insta for short and sweet reviews), dairy, and her rescue pup, Pip, Magnus feels like a true kindred spirit.
I've got a fireplace and I’d like to brag about it. Last year I went through a real melancholy moment but reading in front of fire with a cup of tea was a difficult place for those feelings to last.
This is my favorite glass to drink out of. I never had ambitions to make elaborate cocktails, it’s mostly a vehicle for chocolate milk.
This is just a small collection of some of the ceramics I’ve made over the last three years. As an actor, much of my work can feel ephemeral and intangible so I find it very comforting to physically hold something I’ve made. My pieces are naive and often impractical but eating out of handmade bowl feels very wholesome.
I won’t announce my butter brand preferences publicly and risk future endorsement deals.
I don’t often take these necklaces off. I love them but I’m also very lazy and have little patience with a clasp. The necklace with the five dangly circles is from my grandmother. She designed it and gives one to every woman in my family. The golden chain was my great grandmothers.
The blue beaded one was bought at a road side yard sale in Northern California for 25c.
I love books. I oscillate between fiction and nonfiction, contemporary and classics. I try to read a book a week but it’s often thwarted by many things, mainly new Netflix and scrolling through TheRealReal. Sometimes I write book reviews on my instagram. It’s good motivation to read more and boosts the image of my literacy. We have precarious piles of books all over our house so one day I hope to have a library where no spines will fade and ill be able to find the book I intended to without knocking over a hazardous stack.
We got Pip last January from dachshunds and friends rescue and it’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. We wanted to call her Smutzik (yiddish for grubby) but she was too pretty for that. Sometimes her paws smell of pistachios and I will cancel plans so I can sloth around and sniff them.
We grapple with consumerism everyday – we are a store that sells stuff that hates waste and too much stuff. So you can imagine the collective cognitive dissonance brewing around the KB office. Our mission, for ourselves and for our store, is to dial back the urge to consume mindlessly and voraciously for no other purpose than to own lots of stuff. The opposite of a throw-away culture – a society that feels connected enough to what they own to keep it, keep it nice, and pass it on. More simply put, people save things when they feel connected to them. For our new series, Show and Tell, we’re taking a different approach to the classic Q&A and asking friends, family and followers to introduce us to some of their things, and through those things learning a lot about the person behind the piece.