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.

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!

But First, Coffee: How to Make Coffee a Legit Gift

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A bag of coffee makes a decent gift in a pinch, but add a few more parts and you can give someone a full-on coffee experience. This is what you need:

1. Set of 2 Glass Double Wall Mugs $29.95 | Because you want to see this charming cup of coffee you’ve just crafted  (cheaper option). A set of two also makes your coffee gift set very couple-appropriate (think weddings!).

2. One-Cup Porcelain Pour Over Cone $8.99 | I like it because I don’t have a second cup, or if I do it’s at the office… so I only make a pot when we have company at the house. Plus I was never a barista and so this is how I get my kicks.

3. Sleek, Cordless Stainless Steel Electric Kettle $79.95 | You can totally wait for all eternity if you just can’t do without the shrill whistle of a stove top kettle, or you can press one button on this bad boy and have boiling water ready faster than you can switch your laundry… but still switch your laundry because coming home from work and realizing your clothes having been sitting in the washer all day will give you a serious sad face emoji (cheaper option).

4. 100 Ct. #2 Filters $6.92 | If you’re committed you can save and buy in bulk. But don’t forget to grab a pack of these because you cannot make the coffee without them. Don’t give new meaning to #nofilterfail

5. 12oz. Bag of Brazil Beans by Cafe Kubal $12 | A medium roast from the Mogiana region with peanut and milk chocolate notes = yes. And here’s a decaf option. Kubal is my favorite local coffee shop. If you’re in the greater Syracuse area, check it out. Otherwise, at least they sell online. Also, if you give whole beans, consider whether your giftee has a grinder at home. Often people buy ground coffee or use the grinder at the store, so it’s not a guaranteed appliance.

6. Madagascar Vanilla Powder Shaker $9.99 | You might remember seeing a reference to this several months ago. There is a reason I mentioned it yet again. It. Is. So. Good. (cinnamon option)

Now here are eleven more mug options to check out. Because the truth is that mugs really reflect upon a person and dare I say, tell a potentially revealing story about that person. So if a mug is given as a gift put a little thought into it:

  1. For the endless errand runner
  2. For the serial monogrammer
  3. GOLD ONLY (EVER)
  4. For your cheeky girlfriend
  5. For the so-right-now-ist
  6. For the classic neautralist
  7. For the urban minimalist
  8. For the mason jar-aholic gal (yes, that is a thing)
  9. For the mason jar-aholic guy (yes, also a thing)
  10. For the secret architect
  11. For the not so ordinary

Choose well, friends.

And if you haven’t entered the current GWB giveaway on Instagram, go check it out!

Kate Spade Secret Sale: Five Finds

Mikas Pond Lacey Wallet :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBJust spotted my wallet on the Kate Spade Secret Sale today and wanted to share with you guys because it’s one of my favorite things (a very special birthday gift) and it’s currently more than half off. Quite a steal. And the most gorgeous shade of pink you’ve ever seen. And if you’re feeling matchy you can grab the passport holder, too.

And while I’m at it I may as well post a few other things in the shop that have caught my eye for your gift-giving inspiration!

Drop Earrings :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBdrop earrings $68 29Southport Avenue Oden :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBsouthport avenue oden $448 179Bamboo Bangle :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBgold bamboo bangle $78 29Baby Bag :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBkennedy park honey baby bag $348 149

These drop earrings have holiday party written all over them (these ones, too if you like a little color).

I have a slightly larger southport bag and it’s my go-to black bag for work. It’s a beautiful pebbled leather– it holds its shape so well for that crisp professional look. This one would be a great holiday gift for a 9-5 gal. Or this one for a more casual feel.

This polished diaper bag would be a total show stopper at any baby shower. And making a new mama feel special is no small thing.

Let me know your favorites once you check it out!

Jet Set in Jet Black

Jet Set in Jet Black :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBEye Mask $27 7.99| Nixon Watch $250 | Cashmere Open Sweater $288 172.80 | UGG Slippers $84.95 59.90 | iPad Case $60 | Headphones $279 | Passport Holder $45 | PJs $140 | Water Bottle $21 | Travel Bag $13

After a two-part flight with kiddos earlier this month I am definitely thinking about how to make a trip a little easier to endure. So if you’re traveling far for the holidays make it a cozy and comfortable trip with a few special amenities for the long ride home. Travel gifts are also great for the people you love who regularly hop on a plane for business. Or, if you have an anniversary trip coming up these items are a perfect add to your wishlist along with those tickets to Paris!

This sweater is 30% off with code LAYERUP right now at J. Crew, but if it’s still too pricey try this one or this one for a little less. The water bottle, eye mask and Beats headphones are all on Amazon PRIME.

A Dozen Clutches for Fall

A Dozen Clutches for Fall :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBROW 1: Queenie Clutch $150 | Tassel Pouch $175 105 | Metallic Envelope $139.99

ROW 2: Straw Pouch $128 43.18+ | Justine Clutch $44.95 |Claire- Pane $199 130

ROW 3: Floral Clutch $128 76.80 | Colorblock Clutch $44.95 | Berry Clutch $68

ROW 4: Finn Clutch $195 | Owls Clutch $128 | Bedford Clutch $181.56 90.78

If you’re trying to think of something super special for a gal who loves a sharp, pulled together look, a clutch is a spot on gift. And don’t be afraid of a little color punch. Whether you want to spend $20 or $200 you can find something unique that will stand out in her closet and remind her of incredibly thoughtful friend/sister/mama/(you).

Here are some of my favorites for fall. Which one do I love the most? It’s got to be a tie between this one and this one. Which one do you have your eye on? Tell me in the comments below. Then go knock a name off your holiday list!

Update: I found a few more that I think you’ll love: this one from Anthro for half off, this one on sale at J. Crew, and this sassy Vince Camuto number. Have at it!

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.

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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+

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