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: 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!

Meet Kaliada

Kaliada :: GWB Styled :: $48-92 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBstyled #GWB #kaliadaLabradorite Bracelet c/o $48 | Bar Druzy Necklace c/o $92

Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be upon us in just a few short days, and so the timing feels no less than perfect to introduce to you an incredible jewelry designer and breast cancer survivor, Kaliada. Surely many if not every one of you has been touched by this disease and I am no exception to that. My mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law have all fought or continue to fight this tough battle (and a BIG I love you to the two of those three women who will be reading this). And so what could make a better gift for the warrior or survivor in your life than something beautiful made by a woman who beat cancer and followed her dream to share her lovely designs with the world.

So, first I will tell you how I styled a few of Kally’s darling pieces, then you will get to read an exclusive Q&A with her. Finally, we will hook you up with an amazing shop code that will get GWB readers a free gift AND a chance to pay it forward.

STYLING: I recently ordered this faux fur scarf for fall from one of my favorite British stores, Joules and it is quite a steal on sale for $17. I layered it over a tried and true gray silk shirt (like this one, and this one). Together these two pull out the natural shades of the bar druzy necklace. And the Labradorite Bracelet made fast friends with Kate (similar) and Ann (now on super sale), two of my go-to arm buddies. I paired this stack with more easy neutrals: coach loafers (like these), khaki ankle pants (like these, or these) and a chevron top (like this one).

Q&A with Kally

Which of your pieces make the best go-to gifts? We see a high trend on our long chain Druzy and Agate necklaces.

What has inspired you in your fall 2015 designs? Fall is one of  my favorite seasons. I usually get inspired by women in general. Each of my designs have a story behind in which women get identified with. This fall 2015 is all about bringing the natural beauty of the country to the city for the woman who loves a boho chic look; long chain necklaces (to wear alone or in layers), precious gems  stretch bracelets in charming earth colors. I design for the confident, classy, grateful, free spirited woman, so this Fall collection is for that classy down to earth woman that wants to feel and look casually glamorous in jewelry that complements any look, be it in a cozy sweater, or  dressing in layers.

With so many worthy philanthropies to choose from, why does your company choose to support FLASE?  My first nephew, 18 yrs. now, is a Down Syndrome child who lives in New Jersey.  FLASE is the Parent-Teacher Organization for all Fair Lawn Schools in New Jersey. They address issues pertaining Special Ed Self-Contained Classes, Speech, Special Occupational, and Physical therapy. They work hard in raising money to help support their special needs classroom with resources much needed for a better and specialized education.  This cause, as well as the breast cancer one, is very personal.  However, KALIADA is more than happy to contribute to any other cause that means a lot to our customers.  If any of our customers is interested in designating a portion of their purchase to any of their charities all they have to do is send us an email at contact@kaliada.com and we will take it from there.

What is next for Kaliada? We see Kaliada as to the go to boutique for one of a kind handcrafted women accessories, from jewelry to handbags, and everything else  in between.  We are in the works to expand our collection to be able to offer in the future other types accessories, in addition to our jewelry designs. The same one of a kind materials we use with our jewelry, as well as our concept/essence (designs for the classy, confident, charming down to earth woman), will be reflected on all of the new lines of accessories that we’ll develop.  More importantly, is our commitment to the community in making a positive impact.  From a community engagement perspective, our mission,  as we grow,  is to contribute more in supporting breast cancer patients.  We are considering to establish a full breast cancer giving back program. It will include  support on many areas impacted in the life of a breast cancer patient, eg; food/nutrition and donation, which we currently do.

Can you offer a special message to any GWB readers affected by breast cancer? One of many messages I would like to share will be to view cancer as a blessing rather than as something bad or a life sentence. Why?  because we only learn to grow, appreciate life, and love ourselves when bad things happen to us.  If it wouldn’t be because of the cancer I would have never be able to get to know myself, love myself like I do now,  and would have never be able to do a full spiritual analysis on me, or discovered my passion for jewelry; but most importantly, I would have never be able to learn to  enjoy the little things that do matter in life and that we tend to take for granted.  I learned through that bad experience that only our current moments are what’s real.  We do not know if we will be around tomorrow, so today is what matters.  Let’s live each day as if it is the last day of our life.  Another very important message I would like to share with cancer patients is that our minds control our bodies, optimism and faith are the most important tools to fight the disease.  I believe in God, so to me believing with mind, heart and soul that God is in control was, and still is very important.  It is said that cancer is a disease of the mind. I would say positive thoughts and faith are the keys to victory.

Kaliada Styled by Gifts with Bows

MAJOR PERK: For all purchases made between now thru October 31, 2015 Kaliada will make a donation to Memorial Sloan Kettering patients. Just enter code GiftswithBows during checkout in the “How did you hear about us?” section. And it gets even better… when you do you will also receive a surprise gift for your support. So stock up ladies! Free Shipping on domestic orders $100+

I’d love to hear what you order! Leave a comment or use #GWBkaliada on Instagram so that I can see your picks, how you style them, and how you gift them.

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Red Earth Favorites

Red Earth :: Five Favorites :: $30-76 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #redearth

  1. Organic Link Bracelet $72 | 2. Rex Necklace $76 | 3. Square Studs $30 | 4.  Lite Link Bracelet $42 | 5. Thin Cuff $38

For a global traveler; someone who dreams in the colors of the continents.

She appreciates skilled craftsmanship, local artistry and handmade goodness.

She understands the power of hope and wishes to grow it where it is needed most.

NOTE: Red Earth was imagined and brought to life by Travis Gravette in 2010. He explains, “our name was inspired from the red dirt roads and footpaths of rural Uganda,” a place that became near and dear to his heart during college and thereafter. Over the course of several years working to empower local leaders in Uganda, Travis met a number of artisans whose excellent craftsmanship allowed them to support their families. Now five years strong this company assists artisans worldwide to grow their businesses and to create new job opportunities. Read more about Red Earth here.

PERK: Get 15% off when you join the mailing list & free shipping on orders $50+.

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Guest Gifter: Kateri Allard on Get Well Gifting

Okay ready? No really, are you? Because today I’m handing over my gift giving baton to the quick-witted and clever Kateri Allard. Kateri is currently working as an RN in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a large teaching hospital in the Manhattan area AND she writes an incredibly inspiring blog, According to Kateri. She has been published by Huffington Post several times, and you may just recognize her unique name from her viral article, Don’t Call Me Just a Nurse.

Today she is going to teach us a little something about giving get well gifts, because let’s face it, a stuffed bear with a crooked nose holding a miniature balloon will not suffice! Alright, lady– school us!

Get Well Gifting :: Guest Gifter Series :: Kateri Allard :: #giftswithbows #gwb #getwellsoon

 iTunes Gift Card from Apple | Bonzai by From You Flowers $59.99 | Carina Kimono Robe by Eberjay $106 | Balance Bar Bracelet by Dogeared $26 | Gardenia Bonzai by From You Flowers $59.99 | Summer Weight Moc by Acorn $34.98+

We all know the feeling, that anxiety you get when someone you love is experiencing an illness. No, it’s not the “will I catch it” mayhem we all experienced during Ebolagate last fall, it’s the how the heck do I let them know I am thinking of them without being insensitive or offensive.

As a former patient and current Nurse, I have seen the successes and failure of Get Well Gifting. So at the request of Gifts With Bows I have compiled a few never fail items that do more than fill your friends home with dying flowers!

When feeling under the weather, it hard to also feel comfortable, and even worse, presentable. Hospital gowns open in the back, and even home on the couch it can be hard to find the right balance of warm but not too warm pajamas. So this is where a perfect robe comes in. I love anything Anthropologie, and to be honest, just feel better wearing it! So this robe seems like the perfect gift to throw over pajamas while recovering from an illness or surgery! And it will be useful afterwards too! Go with a soft thin fabric so it isn’t scratchy or too warm!

And what goes better with a robe than slippers? Most people already own a pair, but you can put a lot of miles on a pair of slippers when you are suddenly wearing them 18 hours a day! I love this Acorn pair in the white and grey stripe! They go with anything, are warm as well as supportive, and come from an eco friendly company based in Maine!

If you’re looking from something more generic, but equally useful, you can truly never go wrong with an iTunes gift card. You get the pick the amount, and the recipient is sure to make use of it. A playlist that may have carried them for the last decade may suddenly seem very repetitive as it plays on a loop through ear buds, drowning out a roommate’s family or filling the time until the next dose of pain meds. Plus, they can use it for music, movies, TV shows… It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Another item I had to include is something that doesn’t say sorry you’re sick at all! Sometimes, its best to just take the opportunity to send a gift. I have been a friend of Dogeared for years, and find their bracelets and necklaces to be excellent Just Because gifts. This would be a sweet way to let someone know you are thinking of them wishing them the best.

Finally, if you still feel inclined to send flowers, choose something that will last. I suggest going with something potted and low maintenance. A flowering Bonsai Tree is beautiful, they aren’t finicky as far as light is concerned, and most importantly, they only need water when the soil is fully dry. So let’s hope your friend is fully recovered before the next watering! I always use From You Flowers for my flower delivery needs, they have great selection sourced from local florists, and fill my inbox with discounts and deals I make use of often!

When it comes to get well gifts keep away from anything edible! Especially for hospitalized loved ones, nurses and doctors love to change diets on a regular bases from low fat, to liquids, to absolutely nothing at all! So all of those sweet gift baskets you come across, full of tasty snacks that make your healthy mouth water, just say NO.

Most importantly, when in doubt, ask yourself, will this gift cause more work for the recipient?

If the answer is no, pick it up and send it along with a simple card complete with a personal and thoughtful note!


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30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part Two

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

Ready to Wear

Salt + Light Tee by Walk in Love $25 | Elea Ring by Gorjana $75 $49.90 | Diamond Pendant by Mark + Graham $178 | 16 Stone Bangle by Margaret Elizabeth $165 | Berry Bliss Bracelet Set by Market Colors $15 | Ripley Bracelet by Kendra Scott $95 | Jersey Dress by Joules $53 | 360 Monogrammed Earrings by Swell Caroline $44

Happy Home

Turkish Towel from Design Darling $45 | Brass Planter by School House Electric $50-65 | Monogram Pillow by PB Teen $28.99 | Wish Eau De Parfum by Lollia $44.50 | Marble Cleat Box by West Elm $26-35 | Hello Object by West Elm $29 | Spring’s Eden Soap from Anthropologie $8 | Ginger Jar from One Kings Lane $119 $89 |

Today I’m bring you part two of the 30 for 30 gift guide. See an explanation of the guides, how I feel about turning 30 and part one here! Happy gifting!

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30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part One

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

On the Go

The Cape Elizabeth by The ROPES Main $75 | Floral Travel Mug by Ashley Brooke Designs $24 | Cedar Street Stacy Bifold by Kate Spade $100 | The Pastoso Flat by M. Gemi $178 | Ormsby Sunnies by Warby Parker $95+ | Key Chain by Baggu $9 | Color Block Stripe Phone Case by Pencil Shavings Studio $28.50+ | Monterey Watch by Kate Spade $295

On the Desk

Pink Metal Pen by Poppin $14 | Corta Maison Candle in French Bourbon Vanille by Voluspa $25 | Personalized Note Cards by Sophie & Lili $21.50 | Personalized Tumbler by Caroline Randall Made $18 | Simplified Planner by Emily Ley $58 | Sullivan Double Frame by Kate Spade $75

I just celebrated a milestone birthday on July 16th. In celebration of turning 30 I’m welcoming this brand new decade with 30 gift ideas. Today is part one: “on the go” and “on the desk”. Tomorrow you’ll see a new post with part two: “ready to wear” and “happy home”, so make a note to check back.

For me, turning 30 really could not feel better. I have felt like a thirty something trapped in a 20 something’s body for several years now. I got married at 24, bought a home and started having kids right away which turned out to be a pretty solid recipe for making friends with a slightly older crowd (which I love).

30 brings on a new level of confidence that closely resembles becoming a parent. When I had Zoe I changed. I never felt like a “real” adult until I was a mom. That’s just me. I know people have those moments in a million different scenarios, but something about having this incredible responsibility for this sweet, tiny human made me feel more responsible in all facets of my life. It wasn’t my first job out of college, or even getting married. Maybe it should have been, but it wasn’t.

Some friends have asked if I “feel old” now. It’s a playful and curious and standard question and the answer is yeah- I do. I really do. But in a good way. Game on! Let’s do this! And while we’re at it, let’s enjoy some really beautiful things that bring big smiles to our faces. Dan and I have had a few conversations lately about quality. Stuff quality, clothing quality, furniture quality. Coming into my thirties has presented a great opportunity to edit our house, closets and offices. Dear Lord may I never fill a shopping cart at Target with absolutely no forethought.

The 30 for 30 gift guides are inspired by great quality and really honoring my aesthetics all while being mindful of blending in small businesses and companies that pay it forward. I hope you enjoy it and pick up an idea or two!

REMINDER: If you haven’t entered the GWB Vilah Bloom Giveaway head over to this post and take two minutes to get your chance! Event closes TONIGHT, so make moves!

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