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+

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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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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KO Sticks Foldable Star Sculptures

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

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!

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

KO Sticks :: Collapsible Star Review :: $24-170 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #kosticks

July 2015- Ari at the Park

July 2015- Zoe at the Park

July 2015- Friends at the Park

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.

Artist Credits: Featured above with the KO Sticks star, the lantern is Lauren Ritchie and the vase is Jen Gandee.

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Pineapple Everything!

Pineapple Everything :: Tropical Gifts :: #giftswithbows #gwb #pineapples

1. Bracelet by Alex and Ani $28 | 2. 10 oz. Candle by Modern Alchemy $20 $12 | 3. Earrings by Covet $22 | 4. iPhone Case by Kate Spade $45 | 5. Wreath Holder by Williams Sonoma $29.95 $12.99 | 6. Jar by Dot & Bo $31 $24.99 | 7. Necklace by Nasty Gal $18 | 8. Ice Tray Set by Sunnylife $22 | 9. Key Fob by Tory Burch $60 $42 | 10. Ceramic Jewelry Tray by JCrew Factory $19.50 $12.50

Give your next gift in true Florida form with a tropical delight that traditionally says, “Welcome!” and in more modern terms says, “Hey, girl!”. I can barely scroll Instagram for two minutes before I see a pineapple and you know what? I’m really okay with that. It’s fresh for summer and a sweet and citrus-y way to say congrats, happy birthday, or honey, I love you. Go forth and purchase your next punchy gift!

Trying to get your pineapple on for free? Okay I can help you there, too. Some ah-mazing bloggers and designers have made your pineappling adventures as easy as a quick download and print.

1. Oh So Lovely | 2. The Alison Show | 3. Glitter and Gloss | 4. Live Laugh Rowe

Pineapple Everything :: FREE Printables :: #giftswithbows #gwb #pineapples #ohsolovely #thealisonshow #glitterandgloss #livelaughrowe

Polished Medallion Clutch by Market Colors

GWB Review :: Market Colors :: Polished Medallion Clutch :: $36 :: #giftswithbows #gwb #marketcolors

Polished Medallion Clutch c/o Market Colors | $36 $28.80

(yup, you get 20% off the original price with code GIFTSWITHBOWS*)

You may remember GWB’s first introduction to Market Colors featuring their darling Mint Burst necklace this past winter. Well, after learning about the mission of this brilliant gem of a company I decided there was so much more to share about what it means to purchase something made by their partner artisans. I wanted to get a feel for the quality and see for myself the details and handiwork I had only admired through their online shop.

Before I tell you about the clutch itself, let me just take a moment to share the care and joy put into the packaging. I was delighted with their liberal use of darling washi tape, sweet hand written notes, and beautiful reminders of what this purchase means to the person who crafted it. Yes, you actually get to learn about WHO made each piece. These clutches in particular are made by women of Kenya. It all just felt so special and intimate.

I opened the clutch, neatly wrapped in tissue paper, and it immediately put a smile on my face. The fabric is a soft and vibrant cotton– mine is a bold shade of plum. It keeps its shape well, but doesn’t feel too stiff. It is lined and stays closed with a magnetic clasp closure. You can fit everything you need inside for a night out: keys, phone, wallet and gloss. It has great versatility to be dressed up for a wedding or down for a casual lunch with friends. Ultimately (and most importantly) I would definitely be proud to give this as a gift because it is simply lovely through and through– aesthetically and at its heart.

*Use code GIFTSWITHBOWS for 20% off all styles of the Polished Medallion Clutch. Mine is in plum, but you can also choose from slate, teal, navy, and tribal print. The code will be active until 8am on Friday, June 5th.

Be sure to use hashtag #marketcolors on Instagram to show this company how you style your clutch or any other accessories you pick up from their shop. Some of my favorites are: the mint burst necklace, the day at the sea necklace, and the flora stackable bracelet set.

To get connected with Market Colors (hint: they do giveaways on social media!) follow them on Instgram, Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter).

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Celebrate Earth Day with an Eco-Friendly Gift

Happy Earth Day :: Solmate Socks :: ~$20/pair :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Your greenest girlfriend will adore these playful, recycled-cotton socks.

But truly, anyone who likes bright colors and cozy toes will love a pair!

(comes in colors and sizes for guys, littles, and babies, too)

Buy here for ~$20/pair

Note: Solmate Socks are made of pure whimsy and cheer! Marianne Wakerlin, aka the Socklady, has spent about a decade and a half imagining the most darling mismatched socks. She holds a serious commitment to protecting the environment, which is why GWB is so thrilled so show off her knitted goods in celebration of Earth Day. “Like” this small town Vermont company on Facebook to keep her company in mind when you’re buying gifts for your most mindful friends.

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A Clean Car for Spring featuring GreenGoose

Green Goose :: Car Trash Bag :: $30 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For a friend or beau or with a new car and aspirations of retaining the glorious new car smell,

Or because you so generously share your car with your aloof teen, sticky-fingered toddler, and anyone else who needs a ride.

Buy here for $30

Note: Hang this handmade, 100% cotton twill (with optional oilcloth lining) on the gearshift and make your way into spring with a litter-free car following the longest, snowiest, saltiest winter yet! It comes in dozens of lovely patterns and colors, but I wanted to show the gray so that you can picture it in a guy’s car just as well as a lady’s. GreenGoose is comprised of a husband and wife team located in Columbia, Maryland. Stephanie and Kevin adore working together, and have proudly ensured quality and care to over 5,000 pieces sold.

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Vanilla by The Spice House

The Spice House :: Best Vanilla :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For the baker with a nose that knows: he or she will so appreciate the aromatic glory and deeply indulgent difference of Vanilla from The Spice House.

Also for your Starbucks or local grind junky who has an interminable weakness for Vanilla lattes.

16 oz. Madagascar “Bourban Islands” Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract $27.99

2.5oz Shaker of Madagascar Vanilla Powder $9.99

Note: I was introduced to the The Spice House by Chicago Food Planet Food Tours several years back, when I was living in the Windy City and my parents came to visit. The Vanilla they offer is miles away from what you can buy at a convenience grocery store. It is rich and layered and almost savory. Never in my life did I anticipate becoming a Vanilla snob, but I’ll freely and gladly take the title. When I found out The Spice House shipped its merchandise I immediately made a mental note to send a few jars to my Mom for Mother’s Day that year. It. Is. So. Good.

Either option works well for baking or coffee, but I’d recommend the liquid for the former and the powder for the latter.

If you’re ever in Chicago and you’re looking for something to do, treat yourself to a Food Tour by Chicago Food Planet. It’s brilliant fun, gets you walking, teaches you a great deal about a range of foods and restaurants, tells brick and mortar history, and comes with samples of the best tastes Chi-town has to offer. This company is so well loved that dozens upon dozens of food tour start-ups have mimicked them to find huge success in cities spanning the nation.

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