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26 Nov

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!

swellbottle2Swell Bottle 17 oz, Shimmer Collection - S'Well
Your purchase supports WaterAid, an organization that provides sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation to the world's poorest communities.

tomsBlack Plaid Wool Classic - TOMS
With every pair purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One.
  tomglassesMaverick Polarized Sunglasses - TOMS
With every purchased, TOMS, will give sight to a person in need. One for One.

smile-squaredChild & Adult Toothbrushes - Smile Squared
With the purchase of each new, sustainable toothbrush, one is donated to an adult or child in need.

 fabdog puffer navyredDog Puffer, FabDog-Gifts that Give
With this reversible dog puffer from Fab Dog, $1 out of every $5 goes to any cause of your choice.
 figs bowtieClassic Wool Bow tie - FIGS
For every tie sold, FIGS gives an entire school uniform to a child in need of an education.
Threads for Threads.

one hopeOneHope Wine
50% of profits is donated to partner charities benefiting a variety of causes.

donnicharm together burgandy charcoalDonni Together Scarf - Donni Charm
A portion of every purchase is donated to one of 44 different philanthropies listed here.

Lush-Charity-Pot-MC-GiftsThatGiveBack-lgCharitable Cocoa Butter Cream - Lush
Every penny exclusing tax goes to fund and support grassroots charities all around the world.
 platewithpurposePlate With Purpose - Uncommon Goods
$25 from every purchase directly benefits City Harvest, supporting New York food collection for men, women and children.

keysClassic Pendant - The Giving Keys
Employing those transitioning out of homelessness, when you get this key, you are to give it away at some point to a person you feel needs the message. Love this!

fisheyeLomography Fish Eye 2 Camera - Gifts That Give
$1 out of every $5 goes to any cause of your choice.
 Geo Printed Cuff BlackGeo Printed Cuff, Columbia - Global Goods Partners
Provides women with fair trade markets and help them expand & improve their communities.

gapgive twiceGive Twice Gift Card - Gap
2% of your Gap Gift card purchase benefits CARE or Communities in Schools.

 hickoryfarmsParty Planner Gift Box - Hickory Farms
With every purchase, $5 is donated to provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education and long-term solutions for families in need. NoKidHungry.org

 guatemalapouchTassled Guatemalan Clutch - Proud Mary
Each purchase supports Fair Trade with global textile artisans.
  avedacandleWarmth Candle - Aveda
The limited edition gift sets are covered in hand-crafted lokta-bark paper from Nepal.

TBbraceletPatent Foundation Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet - Tory Burch
All profits from this purchase, benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, committed to providing economic opportunities to women and their families in the United States.
  mens silk tieHandmade Silk Tie, Cambodia - Global Goods Partners
Dedicated to alleviating poverty, Global Goods Partners provides women with fair trade markets for their products to help them expand and improve their communities.

Genographic-Project-Participation-and-DNA-Ancestry-KitGenographic Project Participation & DNA Ancestry Kit - National Geographic
A portion of the proceeds supports ongoing project research as indigenous cultural conservation through the Genographic Legacy Fund.

 friendship braceletsFabric Wraps - Same Sky
100% of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ HIV+ women in developing countries.
 made-with-love-book-xlMade With Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook
Each sale helps end senior hunger in America and support The Meals on Wheels organization.

catherinezadehCatherine M. Zadeh "Words to Live by" Collection - Restoration Hardware
A portion of the proceeds from these bracelets will be donated to the Kids Wish Network.

 feedFeed 1 Bag - Feed the Children of the World
Each Feed 1 Bag purchased will provide school meals for one child for one year.


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21 Nov
'Tis the season to be jolly!

A number of people have asked me to put together a HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE... and of course, with me bookmarking things I  heartPink everyday, I thought it was a great idea and wanted to share. There's something for most everybody!

So many fun things, so little time (especially Turkey Day already behind us?!?!)...so here are some goodies I discovered from under $25!

mapprintcustom city map prints {jenna sue map shop}

1canoe2calendar22013 letterpress calendar {1canoe2}

Custom Family GlasswareCustom Family Glassware {uncommon goods}

corkers creaturescorkers {animi causa}

headphones 2 originalribbon earphone holder {oh hello friend}

cat1640014cashmere mini hand warmers {restoration hardware}

sycamore-plattersycamore platter {crate&barrel}

 statetumblersstate tumblers {cat studio}

Spoitspot it! party game {barnes & noble}

lucky-september-2012-600lucky magazine subscription

dragon-tea-cups-set-of-fourdragon tea cups, set of 4 {cb2}  wings ringwings ring {mango}

kate wristletkate wristlet {scout}

mrboddingtonclassicmr. boddington's penguin classics {anthropologie}

smittenkitchenthe smitten kitchen cookbook {barnes & noble}

velvet pouchesmonogrammed velvet & floral pouches {west elm}


bandofoutsiders hats1band of outsiders "best friends" stocking hats {target.com}

Happy shopping!


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20 Nov


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.

I heartPink everything about this.


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19 Nov

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The combination of a cupcake and a mini macaron. Heaven. And Icing Designs did it to perfection! Love.


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Photo credit: Icing Designs

14 Nov


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.

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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!


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Photo credit: ONEHOPE


07 Nov


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.

I just flat out love these pans. (And so does Martha Stewart. Alisa was recently named a 2012 Craft Honoree for the American Made Awards.)


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...)


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Photo credit: FeLion Studios

05 Nov


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.

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Meg Le Plaid.1 large Pretty in Pink large

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 Sequin- -Pearl 1 large 
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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.)


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Photo credit: Ila Handbags



02 Nov


Happy Friday!

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.


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Photo credit: The Bocket Store via Etsy

30 Oct


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!).

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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!


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Photo credit: Allisa Jacobs via Etsy




29 Oct

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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.

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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.


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Photo credit: Equine by Lauren via Etsy


26 Oct

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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.


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Photo credit: Betsy Jarvis Urban Textiles via Etsy

25 Oct

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Heather Feather...so I have been called on more than one occasion.

And all of the simply gorgeous feather accents that are happening in wedding, fashion and home decor help me embrace that nickname more than ever!

Peacock and ostrich are too predictable - while nonetheless beautiful. However, I am particularly charmed by the use of pheasant, owl and hawk feathers for a natural, rustic vibe. Details so delicate, regal and native. A perfect example of where, at times... less may be more.

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Feathers, feathers everywhere. My favorite feather finds (now that's not east to say...) were hard to narrow down so I will make sure dedicate a Pinterest board to my fondess of feathers.


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24 Oct

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Red Cloud Boutique is an Etsy shop full of handmade wedding goodness!

Perfect for a rustic celebration, I absolutely adore these wood magnet favors that could also double for Save the Date reminders for your wedding or any event!

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And not only does Red Cloud Boutique create these charming magnets, you also get the custom stamp...even more goodness!


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Photo source: Red Cloud Boutique via Etsy

22 Oct


With my cake plate obsession, my friend turned me onto what I think might be on the most genius ideas?!?! Cake plate clings.


I love this patent-pending concept. Cheers to WH Hostess! A fresh take on the doillie. I love the ability to choose from bold patterns, sizes and shapes...and even add a monogram!

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Photo courtesy of WH Hostess



18 Oct

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With Bridal Fashion Week in New York last week, I am giddy with all the images from the runway as designers reveal their collections for Fall 2013.

While designers have shown some pretty crazy collections in the past, Vera Wang may have seemed to shock the most with the least shocking color of all...ivory. No black or crimson.

And lace was everywhere! The collection from Claire Pettibone may be one of the freshest to hit the runway and one of my favorites. The embroidery, ribbons and splash of color made for the most divine of details.

Trends rising to the top seem to include...

{lace overlays, sleeves, bold headpieces, hints of colors,

illusion necklines (my fave!) and allover sequins.}

Way hard to narrow down but here a few of my initial favorites down the runway...

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Overall, I get a sense of understated quality while still opulent and beautiful. heartNavy Lucky brides.


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Photos courtesy of Huffington Post, Brides Magazine UK, Vera Wang


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