{ Holiday Gift Guide }

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It’s that time of year again, the chill in the air, the smell of pine trees, the twinkling lights…the holiday gift guides! With so many products out there the thought of holiday shopping can be overwhelming. Below are a few of my favorites to get you started…

For the Adventurer:

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I LOVE this mug from Wild and Wolf I even bought one for myself this past week. It’s a great reminder, at home, that there is always another adventure to be had and they also make camping mugs!

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How awesome is this scratch off map from Urban Outfitters? It’s a great way to keep track of where you have been, where you want to go, and it is an instant conversation starter when people come over.

For Her:

Jcrew Leggins

These cozy leggings from JCrew are so cute that they don’t have to be confined to the house. They come in two colors and are a best bet for any good friend.

Clare V Clutch

This Clare Viver clutch is kind of a splurge but very much a dream holiday gift. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can monogram it with her initials.

For the Fashionista:

Doie Lounge Tabitha Robe

 

Ok yes, I am plugging my own product here, but what better way for a Fashionista to get ready for a big night out on the town, than in a glamorous super-soft Doie Lounge robe? Use the code: Sparkle for 20% off (cannot be combined with any other promotion)

Bite Lip Colors

I have been coveting this lipstick set by Bite Cosmetics, available at Sephora. This gift-ready collection contains four mini versions of BITE’s High Pigment Pencil in a purse-sized tin compact, perfect for travel. The collection includes Pomegranate and Rhubard, as well as the new limited-edition holiday shades Winterberry, a deep raspberry, and Sablé, a peachy nude. I will be purchasing this for myself and a few others in the very near future.

For the Kiddos:

Jet Air Camper Play TentOk, you clearly need a playroom or back yard for this one, but I love this jetaire camper play tent from Land of Nod.

wishbone-bike-recycled-edition-5This bike from Wishbone Design Studio, is great because not only is it made from recycled carpet, but it can expand as your child grows, and is really like three bikes in one. Not to mention, it’s the most stylish kid’s bike I’ve seen.

For Him:

EDC KitI feel like you kind of can’t go wrong with this tool kit from Kaufmann Mercantile Inc. It has things like a brass compass, a magnesium fire starter and a stainless steel pressurized pen. What guy doesn’t get himself into a situation where he needs a steel pressurized pen? Just kidding, I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important and every man needs one.

Leather CaseMen love leather, and they love their computers, so this seems like a can’t lose gift, a leather computer case from Stock and Barrel (note- not recommended for hard core vegans).

For Anyone:

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Where do I even start with Heath Ceramics? They are my go-to holiday gift– from gorgeous serving bowls to elegant vases, their understated collections are on everyone’s wish list these days. If you don’t live near one of their locations, you can always order online.

PlantsI don’t know anyone who doesn’t like plants, do you? I didn’t think so. A gift certificate to a local nursery is always a welcomed holiday gift. If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Flora Grubb, it’s a wonderland of gorgeous plants both indoor and out.

Most importantly, give the gift of quality time with those you love this holiday season.

xx

Sara

{ Eco-Friendly Weddings }

Though it has been said the Princess Di’s lavish and extravagant wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 launched the extremely prolific wedding industry that followed over the past few decades, the current culture of brides and grooms seem a bit more aware of their carbon footprint. While magazines and newspapers still dutifully cover every aspect of wedding planning and execution, many smaller zines and web sites are covering the eco-friendly weddings side. After all, at the end of the day it’s truly about the marriage, not the wedding, right? With that in mind, we want to look at how brides and grooms have consciously considered their impact while planning their nuptials.

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{Chalkboard instead of printed programs, photo Alyse French}

Weddings begin, of course, with sending invitations in the mail. While most guests are still alerted via snail mail, many esteemed graphic designers have created e-cards, save-the-dates, and invitations that rival the most beautifully letter-pressed cards out there. Yes, you lose the physical object to hold in your hand and pin up on your refrigerator, but off the bat you cut down costs dramatically by keeping the invitations electronic, while also reducing paper waste. Recently married San Francisco couple Robin and Clarke Dempsey chose a hybrid, using Paperless Post for their save-the-date, and foregoing the multiple inserts that usually come along with the wedding invitation.

Also a DIY-er hobbyist, Robin selected fabric for her table runners and sewed them herself: “we’re currently using the table runners in my house! We’ve also have gifted a few of them, and I’m planning to re-use some of the fabric to make bags/coasters and other stuff too.” This often-overlooked aspect of interior design for the wedding became extremely resourceful and meaningful with just a few personal touches. Robin and Clarke were also able to gift the orchids they used for each table, in lieu of cut flowers, to local guests. The trees used to flank the couple during the ceremony are also now living in their apartment.

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{Eco-Friendly Bridesmaid Robes by Doie Lounge, Photo: Weddings by Scott & Dana}

A few others ways keep your wedding green:

* Not having a wedding party? Skip the program; use a chalkboard at the entrance to the ceremony to identify key people/family members, readers

* If you are having a wedding party, go with eco-friendly bridesmaid gifts

* Work with what you’ve got! Use household items, furniture, and treasures for wedding décor and natural items – rocks, large thick leaves, sticks, dried flowers, or tree stumps in lieu of place cards or seating.

* Avoid paper items – use linens instead of cocktails napkins. Forget about disposable coasters, matchbooks, or paper napkins in the bathroom.

* Choose recycled gold for wedding bands, and either antique jewelry or conflict-free jewels.

Remember, less is often more. What matters is the pledge and promise being made between two people in front of family and close friends.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La (http://lalalaliz.com/). Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

{Napa Nuptials}

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{Photo: Weddings by Scott & Dana}

There are so many details that go into planning a wedding – it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. When thinking about how I wanted to thank my bridal party for standing up with me for such an important day in my life, I wanted something elegant, beautiful and high-quality. I searched long and hard for bridal party robes that were appropriate for this one special occasion but also with a quality and modern style that would make them a treasured item well beyond the wedding day. As soon as I came across Doie, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. The quality is truly wonderful – it exceeded my expectations. Not only does it photograph beautifully but it is really a gift that you and your bridal party will cherish. I love my robe and wear it nearly every day, and my bridesmaids kept thanking me for a gift they actually liked and could use.

Sara was just wonderful to work with – she made the whole process so easy which only made the joy of opening up my beautifully packaged Doie box that much sweeter. Thanks so much, Sara, for helping to make our wedding all the more pretty and polished! 

~ Rosanna V. married, 09.07.2014, Napa CA

{Excellent Choice}

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Brooke & Bridesmaid in Doie Lounge Robes

{Photo: Jeff Tisman, Makeup: Mack Stylist; Hair: Nuvo Beauty Lounge}

Andrew and I were married on 9.13.14 at Church of the Sacred Heart in Trenton, NJ. Our wedding reception was at Jasna Polana in Princeton.  One of the gifts that I had gotten my girls as part of their gift were the beautifully luxurious Doie Lounge robes. They were the perfect getting ready item (many of the girls were asking the day before what they should wear to get ready), as many of us were up late the night before enjoying the post rehearsal dinner festivities into the early hours of the morning. My wedding colors were gray and lavender, so the gray robes for the girls were an excellent choice. I loved my white robe so much, I even took it on my honeymoon! Sara was amazing to work with throughout the ordering process, and always readily available to answer any questions. I will definitely be recommending these robes to all my friends and future brides to be

~ Brooke P. married on 09.13.14, in Trenton NJ

{so much fun}

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{Photo: Bond and Leah Freyer of BLF Studios}

I was referred to Sara at Doie by my good friend Ashley, who got married in Ottawa a couple of years ago. She said that they were so soft and comfortable to wear, and that the quality was amazing. Well, Ash was right, and working with Sara was easy and effortless- she was so helpful with any questions about sizing or colours. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

These robes were absolutely the perfect gifts for my bridesmaids (and Mom)! I wanted to give them something unique that they could enjoy many times over, for years to come, not just for one day. All of the girls loved their bridesmaid robes! I felt so blessed that we were all together the morning of my wedding day. We had so much fun! We looked so cute and stylish while drinking our champagne, and getting our hair and makeup done in our bridesmaid robes. It’s a day I will never forget and everytime I wear my robe, it truly reminds me of one of the best days of my life!

~ Natalie S. married August 30, 2014, in Winnipeg, Canada

{Farm to Table Weddings}

A few years ago, you may have heard the term “farm to table” in the same sentence as “wedding” and assumed that such a pairing would only exist in certain rural, mountainous, or more down-home venues. You might have imagined a more laid-back bride and groom who probably didn’t work or live in a big city. These days, of course, it seems that both cooking and eating out is all about the farmer’s market, sourcing local ingredients, and most likely eating meat, dairy, and other organic products from a farm not too far away from where you’re sitting.

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Today, many caterers and vendors may use terms like “fresh and local” to describe their ingredients, products, and flowers, as more and more people are joining the movement of producing and consuming locally grown food and products. And many brides and grooms are shunning the traditional wedding reception dinner, for which guests are often given the option of meat or fish. Instead, some weddings feature tasting menus with wine pairings; as a guest, you may just be served a dish featuring a piece of beef, lamb, and fish, for example – all from local farms, of course.

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With farmer’s markets now abundant in most suburbs and cities, farm to table menus are accessible from almost anywhere. Let’s say a bride or groom chooses to create a farm-like setting in a suburban back yard or on the roof deck of a high rise in the city. In this case, the farm to table theme can be carried through as much by decor as by menu. Here are a few simple ways to incorporate the trend:

  • Seat your guests “family-style” at a few long “farm” tables instead of the typical eight or ten tops
  • Incorporate herbs and colorful vegetables into floral arrangements
  • Use vegetables names or types of animals to identify tables
  • Use or rent vintage crystal, china, or linen
  • When in doubt, use candles and lanterns – on the tables or hanging on the outskirts
  • Use small chalkboards or whimsical fonts
  • Instead of benches, use hay bales
  • Research local farms near your wedding venue to ensure you’re providing the freshest food available

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La (http://lalalaliz.com/). Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

{Doie Down Under}

When you own your own business getting away for a few weeks can be pretty difficult, but nothing recharges and inspires me like traveling to a new place.  Australia, although similar to California in a lot of ways, did not disappoint when it came to gorgeous landscapes, hip boutiques, and awesome art.

The blues and greens of the water were breathtaking.

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Most people head to Australia for the gorgeous beaches, but the cities had a lot to offer in the way of great art, cool cafes,  and trendy boutiques and gift shops.

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I wasn’t expecting such an awesome street art scene! Melbourne especially was teeming with art around almost every corner.

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{Byron Bay}

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Where have you been lately? What inspires you? Leave a comment below.

xx

Sara

{July Giveaways}

To celebrate “wedding season,” we are giving away robes all month long! If you missed our giveaway with Green Bride Guide and have yet to enter our contest with Style Me Pretty (going on until August 1st). Head on over the Emmaline Bride, for another change to win.

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