The holidays are truly about giving and there's nothing better than giving something that gives twice!
I discovered some really great gifts that help charities, foundations and important causes while still very special and personal gifts. This may be my favorite collection!
A number of people have asked me to put together a HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE... and of course, with me bookmarking things I everyday, I thought it was a great idea and wanted to share. There's something for most everybody!
I was drawn in by the texture and color palette and then they had me at Hope. Believe. Carpe Diem.
I am loving the collaboration between New York jewelry designer, Catherine M. Zadeh (better known to be found in Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman) and Restoration Hardware. Of this comes the chic yet rugged "Words to Live By" collection of uber cool bracelets.
Even better, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kids Wish Network, an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories and improving the quality of life for children experiencing life-altering situations.
Drink wine. Give to charity.
ONEHOPE wine has been popping up at a number of celebrity weddings and events lately. And for what better reason than 50% of the profits are donated to charity. So awesome.
I love that what was started by eight friends as a personal mission to help a friend who was fighting cancer has turned into a thriving business based on a simple principle: giving back is good business.
Now one of the most recognizable cause brands, ONEHOPE has raised over $750,000 for a wide range of charities. An effortless way to make a difference...and more proof that passion is powerful.
This unique label is available in hotels, restaurants and in retail locations in select markets across the country. You can always visit ONEHOPE online and see if they ship to your state.
Let's give everyone hope and make a toast to ONEHOPE!
Photo credit: ONEHOPE
Oh, hello friend...I have found a new happy place!
The rubber stamp line is ridiculously adorable - and one of my favorites...
Always a blog on my list of Favorite Reads, Oh Hello Friend seems like an old friend...with an awesome shop! It is sure to be a place where I will put things on my wish list as well as get some goodies for those on my gift giving list!
Photo credit: Oh Hello Friend
Labor. Art. Ingenuity.
Inspired by the American Dream, Wisconsin artist, Alisa Toninato has created the coolest hand-crafted iron skillets on the planet.
With my strong Midwest roots, I am always partial to anyone who has had residency in Minnesota or Wisconsin, and Alisa and FeLion Studios is no exception.
I love her notion of utility art and her connection to DIY scene, hometown culture and American optimism. I love that she built her own small operation iron art foundry. I love that she uses old-school techniques of wood patterns and two-part sand moulds to pour her cast-iron skillets.
Okay, so I can't stop dreaming about these pans. Envision the ultimate Wisconsin grilled cheese made to perfection in one of these seasoned skillets.
Some of the original pans are for sale but I was excited to learn that she contracted with a Twin Cities foundry to manufacture the "Cook with Pride" Wisconsin skillet - with Minnesota and other states to soon follow!
Made in America. (Quite beautifully, I might add...)
Photo credit: FeLion Studios
Love at first sight.
That was truly how I felt when I first laid eyes on Ila Handbags. Nothing short of stunning.
The husband and wife duo that make up Ila Handbags share strong backgrounds in design and branding. Started in 2010 and based in Minneapolis, each of clutch is impeccably handcrafted and a testament to vintage + modern perfection.
Box. Kisslock. Framed. Envelope.
While I'm completely enamored with the chic ready-to-wear designs, my favorite option is the custom clutch. The suggestion of taking your mother's wedding dress, father's shirt or grandmother's sari and creating a truly heirloom piece is genius (and SO meaningful.)
Photo credit: Ila Handbags
And how happy are these hand-painted bowls. I am so excited about my discovery of The Bocket Store on Etsy! What a great way to end the week...
Sometimes there's nothing better than creating a modern, new look for a vintage piece. Each dot is hand painted with love, no doubt. So fresh and cool. I want one...or two!
Dot. Dot. Dot.
What's old is new again...beautifully.
Photo credit: The Bocket Store via Etsy
Another great clutch discovery over at Allisa Jacob's shop on Etsy! Love. Love. Love.
I am smitten with these petite cosmetic bags - and the hand embroidery is divine. All of the charming details -from the fabric to the structure to the impeccable stitching. Adorable.
Allisa Jacobs' shop features custom wedding collections with oodles of colors and variations to choose from...so cute that you are guaranteed a bridesmaid bear hug and a grateful shriek of joy (at least that's what I would do!).
I love that many of the bags are made of fabric that Allisa has designed herself! So cool. So happy to have found Allisa Jacobs on Etsy!
Photo credit: Allisa Jacobs via Etsy
Be still my heart.
A lover of horses and childhood collector of Breyer Horses myself...this is genius. So happy to have found you - Equine by Lauren on Etsy.
Not only are these bookends the perfect accessory for my office...but what wonderful accents to an equestrian-inspired reception!
Centerpieces. Guest Books. Dessert Table. Cocktail Bar. Different breeds, different colors. Endless possibilities. So cool.
Photo credit: Equine by Lauren via Etsy
I am a pillow fanatic, and when I saw this one from Betsy Jarvis Urban Textiles on Etsy, it reminded me of my favorite wedding gift I received nearly 19 years ago! It was a pillow from my sister very similar to this that said "Happily Ever After." Proof of longevity for a pillow with perfect words.
So happy to have found this...truly, madly, deeply.
Photo credit: Betsy Jarvis Urban Textiles via Etsy
The perfect mix of refined style + modern chic.
I fell in love and cannot resist these adorable embroidered statement necklaces by Zelma Rose.
With color combinations inspired by Martha Stewart's color palettes coupled with hand embroidery, these not only make THE cutest bridesmaid or mother-of-the-bride gifts but truly become an heirloom piece.
Zelma Rose's shop on Etsy also features equally cool lockets, geometric, constellation and cross-stitched statement necklaces. Don't forget the trending pocket squares and bow tie boutonnieres for the guys!
Photo source: Zelma Rose via Etsy
I first saw this rustic cake topper on a real wedding feature on Ruffled (a crazy cool vow renewal that you must see!) I was on a mission to track down this oh-so-perfect cake topper and it led me to AntoArts. Yahoo!
What a fantastic find on Etsy as her shop is loaded with goodies!
Phot credit: AntoArts via Etsy