Sunday Best: Outfits from Janie and Jack

Sunday Best | Two Looks from the Janie and Jack Sale | Gifts with Bows


Boys Outfit: 1. Vest | 2. Cap  | 3. Cords  | 4. Loafers | 5. Shirt  | 6. Bow Tie

Girls Outfit: 7. Sweater | 8. Hair Bow | 9. Coat | 10. Skirt | 11. Tights | 12. Mary Janes

So Janie and Jack is having a major sale I thought it would be entirely appropriate to put together a couple of navy-inspired matchy sibling outfits for Sunday mornings and other fancy outings. Yeah? AND sale is 20% off. Yay for cuteness!

I don’t shop here often for our kiddos, but I do love it for a classic dress-up look. If you have a wedding on the horizon, scheduled family portraits, or just need a few outfits for church, check this store out. After out the ultrasound where we found out we were having a boy, Dan and I scooped up a few things here to celebrate the news. We left with a button down, suede booties and a wool barn coat. I think I was inadvertently channeling Tom from Downton Abbey. Or maybe this is just entirely typical of me. I’m definitely a fan of British style. Anyways, I think I got everything in 3T imagining how sweet it would all look on a toddler. Now Ari is 18 months, so we’re only halfway to seeing his dapper little ensemble. I know…ridiculous. But one Sunday down the road I’ll be glad for our stop at Janie and Jack. Go give a look!

Extra Advice: There are over half a dozen bow ties for $6-10 with buttons downs around $8-12. Get him set for picture day next year and 2016 winter holidays!


Janie and Jack Sale on Now

Christmas Countdown: Five Fresh Start Books

Christmas Countdown :: Five Coffee Table Books  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWBThe New Year is fast approaching. Resolutions are not required, but a fresh perspective is always welcome. Here are five books that will offer new ideas and perhaps a bit of peace and motivation.

1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo $10.19 | For someone you know who would just love to break the cycle of decluttering and ahem, re-cluttering. I just started reading it a couple nights ago. Lord, may it stick.

2. Lesson from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott $13.68 | A breezy read that includes advice on creating a capsule closet, and generally supports a quality over quantity lifestyle.

3. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp $10.91 | ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? This is a real thing. A shared thing. Who doesn’t need a little encouragement in this area? What a lovely way to start 2016.

4. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling $15 | Kick off the new year with a few laughs and a reminder that even stars at the height of their careers share the same human struggles and fears– no one has it all figured out, but we’re trying!

5. Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book by Johanna Basford $9.57 | What better way to clear the slate than to clear your mind. There must be something to it because these adult coloring books are cropping up all over the place. Don’t forget the markers!

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Christmas Countdown: Five Coffee Table Boooks

Christmas Countdown :: Five Coffee Table Books  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

1. Absolutely Beautiful Things by Ann Spiro $18.87 | Pretty, preppy colors splashed all over this cheerful book of interior design inspiration. The cover alone could inspire a color palette for an entire home. Gorgeous.

2. Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time $54.07 | A look into the whimsical reality of old Hollywood royalty, European aristocracy, media moguls, and more. Ideal for your resident photographer or people watcher.

3. Great Houses of the South by Laurie Ossman $41.40 | Oh. My. Yes. Three centuries of distinctive, southern style homes beautifully photographed. Perfect symmetry, revival details, exceptionally tall white columns… wipe your chin. You’re already drooling.

4. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman $14.25 | Anyone familiar with Emily’s blog will immediately recognize this hardcover. It won’t just make a coffee table look charming, it will get picked up and poured over by every guest to sit in the living room.

5. Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson $12.18 | Pair with a themed tray and and homemade macarons for a lovely, and especially thoughtful Parisian gift set.

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Christmas Countdown: Five Books for the Doer

Christmas Countdown :: Five Books for the Do-er :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

You know who I’m talking about– the hands-on, creative, life-long learner. Whether she’s into cooking, painting or fixing things, here are five picks I know she’ll adore:

1. Oh, Joy!: 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy by Joy Cho $15.92 | For your craftiest pal. So many darling ideas with simple execution. Also sweet to give to a daughter (8+) with intention to craft together. Watch out, Zoe! This one is coming at ya in 2020!

2. Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair $17.08 | Painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and so on. This one is for your favorite Craigslister!

3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert $13.72 | For the creatives… writers, artists, musicians, crafters, etc. Especially one who has made her art into a career and would love a bit of expertly relayed encouragement. This one is good on the heart.

4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman $19.77 | I learned about Deb’s blog back in 2009 from a dear friend of mine and it has never once left my favorite bookmarks. I can tell you that the recipes I have attempted have become some of my very favorite dishes (Hint: Bring this seasonal side to your next holiday party– I have made it a dozen times and it’s no fail!).  Her writing, her photography, her creativity…and most importantly her keen taste are all impossibly elegant and reliable.

5. Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, and Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn $17.96 | Projects, prompts and exercises for someone who’d love to learn a practical and lovely skill this winter. Count me in! And make it a themed gift with a proper pad of paper and pen set.

Christmas Countdown: 8 Etsy Decor Gifts

Christmas Countdown :: 8 Etsy Decor Picks :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

Holiday decor makes great Christmas gifts, and it’s even better when handmade. Here are a few of my favorite picks from Etsy that would work for family members, hosts, teachers, and friends. Which one is your favorite?

1. Custom Calligraphy Ornament $15+ | Caroline of Papercase Design beautifully hand paints each glass orb. Can’t you already picture a collection of your children’s names on the tree? Also, a charming take on place cards for Christmas dinner.

2. Antler Lumbar Pillow Cover $46 | Janet Slagel creates hand-printed and sewn-in-house linens with eco-friendly inks. It also comes in gray for the white and neutral holiday decorators.  Join the Cotton Revival list to get $20 to shop.

3. Christmas Quilt $300 | You all know by know I’m a big fan of SewEMG, so if I’m going to write about Christmas decor to invest in, it’s going to be heirloom quality. I have gifted Erica’s handiwork and have the chance to see it up close– it’s gorgeous down to each detail.

4. Holly Tea Towel $19.34 | Emma Allard Smith sketches and paints patterns and then digitally prints them onto fabric to deliver brilliantly colored, functional artwork for your home. I’m liking the holly print, but check out the others, too!

5. Brass Tree Topper $94 | Megin Sherry of Me and She Studios makes a seriously stunning tree topper. She explains the inspiration, “originally himmeli mobiles were made from rye straw and hung over the dinner table to ensure a good harvest”. Use yours to ensure good tidings this holiday season. For 15% off use code SMALLBIZ.

6. Hanging Mistletoe $16.50 | This wool and satin appointed “kiss me” decor is completely darling. Check out the Fairyfolk shop for a number of perfectly felted, delightful ornaments.

7. Gold Glitter Garland $14 | Put it up for Christmas and then again for birthday parties. Neutral gold = all the festivities. Made by Glitter + Grain with felt and thread.

8. Personalized Cookie Cutter $15 | These genius gifts are from Jana Hayman’s Etsy shop, Home Print3D. And it comes with a little love story: Jana designs the products and her husband brings them to life with their 3D printer. Get one for the family or a few for each of the kiddos!


Christmas Countdown: Cyber Monday


If you prefer to do much of your holiday shopping online (I do!) and you’re just now catching your breath after Thanksgiving weekend (ahem!), grab a cup of tea and your coziest lounge wear and check out some of the fantastic offerings of this year’s Cyber Monday. I pulled together a few of my favorite links below. Enjoy!


For Her (You)

Ann Taylor | 50% off with code CELEBRATE (these have definitely caught my eye, and I picked these up last month and they’re just gorgeous)

Margaret Elizabeth | 25% off with code CYBERMONDAY (I adore this designer and some of my favorite pieces are from this shop, including this day-to-day staple).

Joules | Up to 50% off, no code needed (definitely recommend this scarf, it is unbelievably soft and makes an unexpected gift)

Kate Spade | 30% off with code SHINE

Nordstrom | Sales in total abundance at every glance, including my favorite Kendra Scott necklace for just $51.

LOFT | 50% off + free shipping with code CYBER50 (I grabbed this office to weekend staple)


For All

J. Crew | 30-50% off with code MONDAY

Boden | 30% off everything with code 7J47

Land’s End | 40-50% off with code CYBER30 and pin: 3101

Banana | 40% off with code BESTCYBER

Mark & Graham | 20% off with code FRIENDS


For Littles

Finn + Emma | 25% off with code TURKEY DAY

Tea Collection | 30% off and free shipping with code SHOPNOW

Primary | Free PJs with code GETPJS when you spend $50

Peppercorn Kids | 20% off with code GRATEFUL

Land of Nod | 20% off and free shipping, no code needed

My Sweet Muffin | 10% off with code HAPPYHOLIDAY


To Support Small Businesses & Artists

Ashlee Proffitt | Up to 50% off, no code needed (I ordered this and I am just thrilled to pieces to get it in the mail).

Emily Jeffords | 15% off with code PAINTTHEHALLS (I have my eye on this one, just pure magic).

Hattan Home | 20% off with code NEONFRIDAY

Paisley + Sparrow | 20% off with code GIFTSWITHPURPOSE



Christmas Countdown: For the Guys

Christmas Countdown :: Gifts for Guys :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

1. Cashmere Hoodie $218 | Cozy, yet presentable. Teach him how to treat it well and he’ll have it for decades. And let him break it in at Christmas dinner.

2. Daniel Wellington Watch $229 | Classic-classicness with a hint of modern design. It’s a work to weekend watch that is perfectly simple.

3. Crosley Record Player $79.95 | And throw in a few records while you’re at it. If he’s just starting a collection go for classics like the Who and Neil Young. Add a bag of doughnuts, a pour over coffee, and something to read and you’ve just discovered my husbands ideal Saturday morning.

4. Nespresso Evoluo Deluxe $249 173.96 | You are seeing that right. 40% off at Sur la Table. A 15-20 second heat up will get that cup of coffee ready super fast, so he’s not a minute late to work.

5. Legendary Golf Clubhouses $51.61 | The ultimate guys coffee table book. “Focusing on the most celebrated golf clubhouses built from the late-nineteenth century and into the 1930s, Legendary Golf Clubhouses of the U.S. and Great Britain showcases the true golden age of golf clubhouse architecture.”

6. Bose Bluetooth Speaker $119 | What, no wires? That means when  he’s grilling, beaching, moving from room to room or otherwise not stationary he can still hear all the tunes. Buy one or a set to get the whole house covered.

7. Wicked Good Slippers $79 | Best slippers ever. Dan and I both have a pair and we have plans to get a new set this Christmas. They last a good 4-5 years (maybe longer if you don’t live in them like we do), and are definitely worth a re-buy.

8. Trunk Club $0+ | What’s the Trunk Club claim? Expert style advice, no-hassle returns, and investment-level clothing. With no charge he will be assigned a stylist who will get a feel for his lifestyle, get a digital preview of items in his trunk and then receive a collection of wears pronto by mail only paying for the clothes he chooses to keep. You can get a gift card by post (or email if it’s last minute) to encourage him to keep the pieces he loves– because listen, these are premium clothes, shoes and accessories and he might need a little push to rip the tags off. The program pretty much solves the age-old issue of the shop-a-phob who has especially particular tastes. Ahem, husband of mine, sorry to call you out.

BONUS: Audible $14.95 | A monthly membership that gives access to his choice of over 180,000 audiobooks. Whether he has a long commute or plans to train for a marathon, he will finally be able to find time to “read” by multitasking.