…for the guys. See this post for more Land’s End gift ideas!
Land’s End is perfect for classic gifts with an all-American feel. These seven gifts normally total $179, but you could get them all for under $63 today… which is kind of amazing and would make a pretty incredible stocking for a very lucky lady. It’s also worth noting that today you can get 20% off $100 or 30% off $150, plus free shipping if you spend over $50. So stay tuned for more ideas for the rest of the family and this year you’ll be wrapping up high quality, darling gifts for literally a few dollars each.
Look out for #GWBChristmasCountdown on Instagram for more charming holiday gift ideas!
Hey listen, it is NOT too early. Don’t get too distracted by the Halloween section at Target when you have a serious countdown to think about! 83 days until Christmas and J. Crew has a 40% off sale items special going on today that is no less than perfect for getting the little girls in your life the sweetest, most adorable stocking gifts. All my picks are under $10 each and total under $33. Expect to see more Christmas Countdown posts over the next couple of months!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- Organic Link Bracelet $72 | 2. Rex Necklace $76 | 3. Square Studs $30 | 4. Lite Link Bracelet $42 | 5. Thin Cuff $38
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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
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!
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!
Six-Axis Star c/o KO Sticks
This foldable star sculpture may just be the most giftable item I’ve ever featured on Gifts with Bows. Why? Well it works for just about anyone on almost any occasion:
It’s office appropriate, making it suitable for work anniversaries and first days on the job.
It’s chic in the living room (gorgeous for newlyweds ready for sophisticated decor and entertaining for families with kiddos), making it a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.
And yes, even kids can make perfect recipients. Imagine hanging a few from the ceiling in their bedroom or playroom. Or keep them in reach… because these hand made works of art are intended to be explored by hand (see the evidence in the photo story below).
But it gets even better. Not only are KO Sticks Stars a widely practical gift, they come in several sizes and materials. That means you can buy one for $24-170 hitting whatever your appropriate price point happens to be.
Note: KO Sticks is comprised of two great artisans (and mathematicians), Jane and John Kostick. Married for just over 20 years, they met at a geometry lecture and now construct geometric objects side by side. Now isn’t that an equation you’d like to support? Give KO Sticks a follow on Facebook to give your newsfeed a welcomed pop of art.
The other day I took our stars off of the living room bookshelves where they are typically on display (see above). And brought them to the park so that our three year old, Zoe could show them to her friends. Ready to see a few thoughtful and curious faces? And park adventures, too of course!
Photos: The bookshelf and park photos are my own and the product photos are by Design Within Reach, a KO Sticks retailer. A special thanks to Zoe’s pals for making their darling debuts on GWB.
Hailing from Hunstville, Utah, Little Sapling Toys is less than 10 years old and it’s already the front runner in toy sales on Etsy. But what’s really cool about this shop is that it’s a family business focused on more than what they produce in their wood shop. Their concern for the health and vitality of the planet has inspired them to plant a tree for each toy sold. Having said that, they prioritize the quality of their materials and the developmental value of their toys for growing kiddos. Plus, they offer laser engraving so that you can personalize your gifts for an extra special touch.
I picked out some of my favorite toys and teethers in their shop, but there are literally dozens of adorable options and I insist you browse them all. There is a darling selection of teethers and rattles ready for your next baby shower, ride-on on toys and push cars for toddlers, and games for older kiddos.
Little Sapling Toys is offering Gifts with Bows readers a special 10% discount on an order from their Etsy shop until August 31, 2015. Use discount code GFTWBWS10 at checkout!
Oh and FYI: this is not a sponsored post, and as always, all opinions are my own.