Today in Northeast Ohio we have the most perfect spring rain falling. Big, heavy raindrops but warm enough to take a walk. Spring is the perfect time to purge your closets (a task on my list this week). One of my goals this year is to buy less stuff, and invest in quality lifetime pieces. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye today…
- Cath Kidston Royal Rose Umbrella – $34
- Light Brown River Island Jacket – $72.83
- Fossil Yellow Ladybug Clutch – $50
- Hunter Original Black Wellies – $125
(PS: I know this isn’t over the top luxury, but they are pieces I would certainly think twice about before purchasing.)
With the holidays nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about gift giving. My first gift guide of the season is inspired by the gorgeous mood and palette of this photo. Navy, slate, silver and chocolate are pretty universally accepted colors for anyone (man, woman, little ones, old, young, teens, etc.). I included a mix of deals and luxury gifts (and maybe some treats for yourself).
Photo by Lui H via Flickr.
- Silver Holiday Woman’s Classics from TOMS – $54
- Llama Love Sweater by Madewell – $88
- Large Slate Cheese Board from Williams-Sonoma – $42
- Williston Elastic Belt from Ruche – $12.99
- Canadian Wool Blanket from Old Faithful Shop – $210
- Takes the Cape from Modcloth – $159.99
- Butter Polish in Diamond Geezer from Need Supply Co. – $14
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Ugh. I am dying for at least one very cool industrial dining chair, though of course a whole set would be even better. I keep hoping one will pop up on a shopping trip, but no luck yet. I’ve never seen copper ones like these from Anthropologie (where else, right?) and I love how warm they are. That whole table setting is amazing.
Photos courtesy of Anthropologie.
I’ve been holding it together pretty well in spite or all the stuff going on. I’ve been working my butt off at my day job, taking care of business with setting up my dream career and doing OK with little things around the new house. Sales are up, views are up AND I finally started cooking again this week (ribs with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce are in the oven right now). I’m pretty proud of myself.
So I took a few minutes today and treated myself to a couple of things. First, this gorgeous handmade hook for the new house from New Duds. And second, a big, chunky, gorgeous white jasper ring from Beady Cats to wear this summer.
Have you treated yourself to anything special and possibly unnecessary lately?
Last year for Christmas, I wanted a pair of boots like Jared’s basic, utilitarian winter boots. He managed to track down another unused pair in his parents attic. Since then I have pretty much wonr them everyday there is even a hint of snow or ice. They are no-frills and perfectly practical. Unfortunately, I have almost worn them out. They weren’t wonderfully made and there is no cushion left. I don’t have the heart to give them up until I find a suitable replacement.
In a perfect world, these 10″ sherling-lined boots from L.L. Bean would be that replacement. They are probably what my boots were knocking off in style with the rubber base and leather upper portion. These boots have been tested and evolved over the past 100 years and are the proven leader when it comes to function and durability. Maybe next winter I’ll get a pair of these under the Christmas tree. Until then I will keep rocking my good old boots.
I figured it was a good day to share some items I have been pining over. I will admit, there are some dreamy, expensive splurge items in here, but as always I also included budget beautiful pieces as well. So sit back and enjoy a trip down this month’s wishlist.
Oregon Shore Rocks by Shutterbug35Hybrid – $18
A Tote with Geometric Suede Appliques by Made by Hank – $128
once i was afraid of heights by living feral – $15
EM GO Dress by Emerson Made – $198
In Flight Wings Necklace by Local Library – $36
Vintage Fossil Bookends from Little Byrd Vintage – $36
2011 Astrology Wall Calendar Prints by Prismatic Print Shop – $8
Soft Gray Drape T-Shirt by Habitat Clothing – $40
I’m a sucker for candles in winter. I think the flickering light really warms up a room and I love sweet and spicy scents in winter time. For the time being I am restricted to purchase inexpensive candles but I love looking at designer scents online, which brings me to this week’s fantasy shopping post.
I am in love with Sydney Hale Fine Home Fragrances. From the gorgeous type design and packaging to the exotic scent combinations and double wick, they seem to just do everything right. Fig and Vanilla, Fir and Blue Sage and Cocoa and Espresso would be my picks for the January chill. I think these candles would make a lovely housewarming gift or luxury hostess gift. They would even be a beautiful gift for your valentine! Their candles are also available on etsy for purchase.
Today we have a wonderful list from Erin of Gardens of Plenty, my gardening inspiration and one of my favorite daily reads! Erin has put together a list of holistic items for your organic gardener or really anyone you care about! She has also included a couple of DIY items for last minute thoughtful gifts. (And I can speak from experience on her first item, we have those sheets and I swear by them!)
Hi! My name is Erin and I blog about gardening, gratitude, and finding balance between work and play at gardensofplenty.com. My wish this year is for everyone to have a holistic holiday season. It seems like we all keep getting busier and busier. And with the chaos and stresses of daily life, it’s easy to lose sight of the simple joys and pleasures that make up the plenty. So my wish list includes some of my favorite organic and natural finds to share with you, along with a few fantastic splurge items. Here’s to wellness, slowing down, and relaxing! Here’s to celebrating, getting our hands dirty, and being mindful. And here’s to giving our family, friends, and selves the love and care we all deserve.
- Organic Sheets from Target $24.99-44.99 :Okay, okay… so maybe you can’t afford to run out and buy a new mattress (see #4). But you can give yourself or someone you love the gift of organic sheets! I swear by these sheets. They are soft, wash very well, and are free of pesticides. They go on sale at Target at least a few times a year, so you can always give a set now and then hold out for a sale to stock up. We have two sets for the master bedroom and two sets for the guest room.
- Vinegar & Baking Soda Basket – DIY : Could there be a more perfect pairing? The gift of vinegar and baking soda is a conversation-starting, budget-friendly, DIY gift for friends or family members who tend to rely heavily on toxic cleaners like Pine-Sol, Scrubbing Bubbles, bleach, etc. Use mason jars to display the vinegar and baking soda, toss them in a gift basket, cut up old t-shirts to make custom rags for cleaning, and tie everything up with a big bow. Wallah!
- The New Moosewood Cookbook from Barnes & Noble – $12.39 : Hands down, this is one of my most favorite cookbooks. Ever. The soups in here are incredible—especially the lentil soup and split-pea. I also highly recommend the stuffed zucchini! It’s all-veggie slow cooking at its finest, with some of the most delicious and hearty meals you can whip up. Plus I love the incredible hand lettering and illustrations. Cooking is art!
- Organic Mattress from Savvy Rest – Price Varies : Total, utter splurge. And I want. I have been reading a lot about how the off-gassing of toxic chemicals in pillows and mattresses can contribute to a multitude of illnesses and health issues. So I started researching and learned about Savvy Rest all-natural latex mattresses. Customers love this company, and their mattresses and certified organic wool or cotton casings come with a 20-year warranty. How much is good health and sleep worth? I start to wonder if this is less of a splurge and more of a smart investment.
- The Gift of Time – DIY : Whenever I ask my older sister what she wants for the holidays, her response is, “Time! I want more time! Time for myself! Time to go out! Time for my kids to spend with you!” She inspired me to create the gift of time gift certificate (designed by my wonderful husband, Craig). You can download this certificate to give—it’s free! Give your time to someone else today, whether it is time spent babysitting their kiddos, time helping with house chores or running errands, or even time just to hang out and catch up with them over coffee. When you give a loved one more time, they just might want to share more time with you!
- Ross Toscano Casina di Cornia Organic Red Wine from the Organic Wine Company - $14.99 : When in doubt, wine makes a thoughtful gift. Organic wine is even better because it’s made without pesticides and herbicides. And wines from Tuscany evoke scenes of sweeping vistas and lush vineyards. Or, purchase a bottle from a local winery to give. Ahhh… relax and enjoy.
- Nature’s Gate Organics In the Beginning Gentle Cleansing Lotion from Amazon – $25.50 : This cleanser makes an ideal stocking stuffer! I have searched high and low for an organic facial wash that works on combo skin (translation… skin that might just break out occasionally even if you are 33 years old!). My skin feels amazing when I use In the Beginning. And it smells so good—I want to eat it. It’s made with au naturale things like cucumber, yucca, rose geranium, safflower, aloe, jojoba, shea butter, and clary sage. Totally paraben-free.
- Organic Potato Blossom Festival (seed potatoes) from Wood Prarie Farm – $19.95 : This collection of six varieties of Maine double-certified organic seed potatoes (12 total) is an amazing gift for your favorite gardener or niece/nephew who is interested in gardening. I planted the 12 seed potatoes in my 4′ x 4′ round garden bed last spring and was delighted by the beautiful purple, pink, and white blossoms on the plants as they grew. And I am still enjoying the harvest—several pounds of adorable and delicious red, white, yellow, and purple potatoes. The best part about getting this kit in the mail? It comes with cool potato postcards, a planting diagram, and yummy recipes.
- Gardening Bamboo Compost Pail from Clean Air Gardening – $39.99 : I am of the opinion that you are more likely to start composting and keep at it if you reallllllly like your compost bin. And this cute pail for either the countertop or under the sink is made for collecting veggie scraps and more. It features an easy-to-remove plastic liner and dual charcoal filters to contain any odors. I would give this to one of my skeptical friends who claims it’s too hard to compost. No way. It couldn’t be easier!
- Copper Cap Raised Bed from Gardener’s Supply Company – $215 : Here’s a splurge for your favorite gardener! (Side note: everything I have ever bought from Gardener’s Supply Company is incredible. And their blog is top-notch. Browse their site for a ton of affordable gift ideas!) I bought this raised garden bed 4 years ago, and it still looks nice. As an organic gardener, I like beds made from cedar because the wood is durable, non-toxic, and rot-resistant. Two great things about this kit: it’s 10.5″ deep, so it’s perfect for growing deep-root crops like carrots and tomatoes. And the copper caps add a distinguished touch.
Thank you so much for sharing Erin! Be sure to visit Gardens of Plenty for more holistic goodness. One more list to go!
Janis here, from Pinecone Camp – a blog where I share my work as an interior and lifestyle photographer, design related stories, my baking hobby, some d.i.y., and my own personal work. The lovely Lindsey asked if I would take part in her “shopping lists for the holidays” feature, so I jumped at the chance. I adore Lost and Fawned and I knew this list would make me get my act in gear and, hopefully, get my shopping done earlier than usual. Thank you Lindsey!
My list, I think, has something for everyone. I have a wide variety of people to buy for, and this list reflects that. Hope you find something on it that works for you. Happy shopping!
- Locarno Footstool by Gallant and Jones – $85 (on sale) : I’ve shot this duo for a magazine – love their work. I have a couple of these stools and took them camping, and they were perfect for sitting on whilst roasting marshmallows. I think my sister could use one of these as well….along with some marshmallows.
- Glass Votives by Glassy Baby – $40 : I’ve been a big fan of GlassyBaby for a few years. I just may get one of these for one of my many sisters. The colours are beautiful! About $40 each. Fantastic and inspiring story behind this company as well. Check them out.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain – $30.80 : This was one cool guy. I’ve got to buy for my brother-in-law in Australia. This is definitely what he’s getting.
- Paper Mobile by Haru – $35 : These are simply adorable. I love paper, and so does a certain pal of mine. I think this would be sweet in a child’s room as well.
- Pendant Lamp by Timorous Beasties – 155 euros : Ok, this is a little bit more of a splurge, but I’d love to get this for my husband. It would be perfect in his “music room”.
- hippo by Tiny Warbler – $48 : Kate has been making these adorable stuffed guys for a few years. I love local, and hand created. I know a few new babies out there, so I’m thinking about this little hippo for one of them.
- Washi Masking Tape from Little Happy Things – $9.25 : I have heaps of this tape and I love it! It can be used for so many things. I’m thinking of getting this set of 3 for a friend of mine that loves all things Japanese and paper. Great little stocking stuffer. $9.25 for this particular set. I get my tapes from Little Happy Things – a fun etsy shop.
- Black Glitter Toms from Toms – $65 : Toms are sooo comfy. I need this sparkly, festive pair for our long flight to Australia for Christmas. Hmmm. Guess they’d be an early Christmas gift then. I love that for every pair they sell, they give a pair to a child in need. Toms are perfect for air travel, as they slip off easily so you can skip on to your pat down or full body screen. Your choice. ;)
- Birchwood Tray from LuPrints – $27 : I shot Ulla for a story in House and Home magazine. She’s a huge talent. I still can’t believe how reasonable her prices are. I have my eye on her trays at the moment, as a hostess gift.
- URBANEARS – 60 EUR : I have a pair in happy yellow, and I don’t want to share them with my husband on the next long haul flight. They cut out noise, beautifully, and they’re super comfortable as well. Bliss. My husband really needs his own.
Thank you so much Janis for sharing this gorgeous list with us! Be sure to stop by Pinecone Camp for more from Janis and her beautiful photography. Stay tuned for more lists this week!
I know the theme here tends to be beauty on a budget, but every so often a little luxury doesn’t kill you. And this is a mega sale, so it’s only cheating a little.
I just about died when I saw these gorgeous plates, mugs and bowls designed by Klaus Haapaniemi on Gilt tonight. They are porcelain and have the most beautiful painted scenes of fairytale landscapes and wildlife in a Finnish style. I had some credit on my Gilt account and after a little scolding from my husband (only out of love) I took a set of the white mugs home.
Everything is roughly 50% off the normal retail price (a set of 4 mugs are normally $88, with a Gilt price of $46) and could certainly be pieces to last you a lifetime. I know every time I use these mugs I will smile, and that’s totally worth the price for me.
The sale only lasts until December 1st, but there is a lot still left. Don’t have a Gilt account? Use this link for a personal invitation.