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

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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 Fitness Enthusiast

Christmas Countdown :: Fitness Enthusiast :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB1. Zella Wrap $98 65.66 | At a third of it’s normal price, this little number is a steal. Wear it open or buttoned, but always with your thumbs in the thumby-holes!

2. Apple Watch Sport $439 | For the iPhone lover whose Fitbit/Jawbone/Etc. is ready for a serious upgrade.

3. Nike Legend 2.0 Poly Capri $60 | My all time favorite workout leggings. They’re flattering, comfortable, and they stay in place. Love them. More colors for half the price here.

4. Jump Rope $14.97 | If you can’t do anything else, you can do this. Also, good for warm ups.

5. Athleta Chi Tank $39 | I’ll just refer to the tagline, “UNSTINKABLE. Wear it more. Wash it less.”

6. Asics Running Shoes $89.99 | I’m an Asics girl ever since a professional fitting with Fleet Feet. Give them a shot and they’ll treat you right.

7. Gymboss Interval Timer $22.90 | Burpees for how long?

8. Lululemon Ear Warmer $26 | Because frost bite is real and the ears are the first to go!

9. Mark & Graham Monogrammed Yoga Mat $45

…and a couple more ideas to add to the pile:

Christmas Countdown: Favorites from Paisley + Sparrow

Christmas Countdown :: Paisley & Sparrow Favs :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWBI was very lucky this week to offer a giveaway with some pretty extraordinary companies. One of the owners gave me quite a welcomed education on how to gift well. Well in that the gift serves far beyond the recipient. Best part? She doesn’t even realize the impact her shop made on me. But by so carefully crafting her online shop and explaining every item’s PURPOSE, I got a very special reminder of the heart of giving. This one’s for you, Jen!

I’m so delighted to make this introduction, so let’s not waste another minute! Paisley + Sparrow’s shop has a PURPOSE because it has been handcrafted by a survivor of modern day slavery. Owner, Jen Biswas has diligently searched high and low to discover organizations that have “matched her heart for marginalized people,” thus finding the loveliest and most giftable items all curated for your ease and enjoyment. Here are some of my favorite things in her shop:

1. Chevron Gold Necklace $36 | This 22″ charmer would look great with a plain tee on a bold and extroverted gal. Get it for someone who will use it as a conversation piece. It is made by Purpose, whose “jewelry tells a story of hope, strength, and perseverance” in the face of the sex trafficking.

2. Arrow & Copper Wood Journal $22 | Inspire the singer-song writer (or otherwise creative darling) with this intricately carved wood and leather journal by Raven + Lily, who “employs over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them… a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families”.

3. Jivana Peony Necklace $40 | Another darling option from the Purpose brand that is work and special event ready! “The word Jivana means life in Hindi. This stunning necklace represents new life and a fresh start for young women rescued from modern day slavery.”

4. Acai Tassel Bracelet $26 | This bracelet was handmade by an artisan in Ecuador employed by Faire Collection, a company “founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America.” Give it to your favorite bracelet-stacking girlfriend, because c’mon, who doesn’t love a tassel?

5. Wild Flower & Fern Soap $9 | Hello, soap. Get in my stocking. Also, perfect for office colleagues and babysitters. This vegetable-based shea butter soap makes a lovely little promise: “For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to help save a child’s life, donate 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world, and save 50 square feet of rain forest.” Wow.

6. Assefa Scarf $48 | This cotton scarf from the fashionABLE Miriam Collection was handwoven in Ethiopia and named after a woman whose life has been changed because of your purchase. The colors in this scarf tell a story for every season making it perfectly wearable year round. From winter– bare tree branches speckled with new fallen snow, to summer– hunting for shells and rocks on sandy beaches. Nothing like a soft, neutral color palette to keep you cozy.

7. Ashoka Make Up Bag $22 | Another gem from Raven + Lily. This multi-use pouch is made of 100% organic cotton and detailed with the sweetest screen printed pattern. Fill it with favorite desk supplies, toiletries, or other P+S goodies and make this gift into a gift set.

Bonus: If you’re new to Paisley & Sparrow you can take 20% off your order just by signing up for their newsletter. Also, be sure to follow along with @paisleyandsparrow on Instagram for gorgeous photos and encouraging words.

Happy holiday shopping, loves!