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Holiday Shopping Guide!

UPDATED: 12/5/13!

I recently sent some friends an e-mail with things I bought (or will be buying) for my holiday gift list. Then Monica from Wired Momma asked if she could feature it on her blog. THEN I thought, “wait a minute…I have a blog, and back when I was actually writing stuff on it, I would have TOTALLY posted this list.”

Duh. So here we go. My personal list of suggestions for holiday shopping this year! I’ve also added some suggestions from friends (since of course, I asked for THEIR favorite resources too).

FIRST – a few bargains. While I don’t typically work on non-special needs deals for CertifiKid, I offered to help bring in a few for the holiday gift guide this year. I only approached a handful of designers/companies who made “pretty stuff” that I like – so I could get a good discount on something I already planned to buy. Here are the FOUR “personalized” gift options that I hand picked:

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2-Month Subscription for Appleseed Lane STEM (science/math) experiments and projects – this is currently running as a CertifiKid holiday gift guide deal: $28 (40% off). My kids LOVE this kind of thing and I was a terrible math and science student. With STEM jobs on the rise, those poor Hood children need all the help they can get. Thank you Appleseed Lane!

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1. Monogrammed clutches from Social Monograms – $26 (40% off). Lots of color and monogram style options (if I was getting married this would totally be on the list for possible bridesmaid gifts). THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but you can still order directly from Social Monograms at www.socialmonograms.com.

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I’m getting a few – including one for myself in either green or orange with a white block monogram:

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2. Matching monogrammed t-shirts for a girl and her 18″ doll – $28 (32% off). Eleanor is really into her American Girl Doll and I bought this for her birthday. THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but you can find another American Girl (18″) doll deal HERE.

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Sadly – this was before I brought in the deal, so no discount for me. There are only 100 available at this price and half of that has sold just today.

3.  50% off personalized kids’ stationery from Smilegram Paper (including LINED PAPER – which the little ones love). You can buy $10 vouchers for $5 (50% off) – up to $100 to apply to your order. I haven’t placed MY order yet…but here are some possibilities: THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – but the same one is running on CertifiKid’s Special Needs page since the lined stationery is great for kids who struggle with the fine motor skills required for handwriting. Get your Smilegram at 50% off HERE.

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4.  $25 (45% off) in personalized silhouettes from Le Papier Studio Both traditional (you know…heads-only) or unique figures – and lots of different styles. I LOVE the idea of sending in an “action” picture and having it made into an art print silhouette. Here is what I JUST ordered to feature some of our recent beach pictures of the kids (made into silhouettes): THIS DEAL HAS ENDED – You can order directly from Le Papier Studio at www.lepapierstudio.com.

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Here are two others that I love:

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Full disclosure – I will make a small commission on sales for the FOUR items above since I brought in the deals (so  if all goes well, I may be able to cover the cost of my own purchases – ha!) Alternatively, I get zippy for featuring the rest of the list below.

ANYWAY – If you want to see the other CertifiKid holiday gift guide deals you can find them HERE. Moving on – here are a few [more] of my favorite things…

1. Cozy cowels from Elizabeth Keohan of The Knotti Klinic.

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2. Gorgeous fair trade jewelry from Kiran Ferrandino of Simply Om. A portion of the proceeds from all Simply Om sales go toward training and empowering women in oppressed areas to develop a sustainable trade and help them overcome poverty. I own several Simply Om pieces including one of these bracelets from Ecuador (turquoise blue) that I wear daily:

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And here is Kiran wearing one of her new designs produced by artisans in India.

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3. My favorite new novel (just finished it and I’m buying it for some friends/family members), The Lunatic Parlor by Adrienne Cunninghame-Blank. I describe this book at Royal Tenenbaums meets Running with Scissors – I’m sad it’s over and still thinking about the characters…

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4. My favorite humor book on Motherhood (well…tied with the first one) from Scary Mommy. Buy one for every mother you know!

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5. Adorable wooden teethers and rattles from Little Alouette. I have a new nephew and this little guitar has his name on it!

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6. Beautiful prints, paper goods, etc. from one of my favorite artists, Anne Harwell of Annechovie. I have this print hanging in my house:

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This is one of my current favorites:

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7. Fabric clutch purses in fabulous textiles from Bee Gee Bags. If you have been following The Big Piece of Cake for any length of time, you will know how much I LOVE these bags! I think I first featured them in 2008 when I started the blog. I have several and the compliments flow every time I take one out. Here is one of mine that is currently available on the site:

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8. Some warmers and wax from my friend Tina O’Flynn who sells Scentsy. The fact that I like this product was a big surprise since I have an extreme aversion to all things Yankee Candle…I’m pretty sensitive to smells and Scentsy has a good selection of subtle scents that don’t make me feel like passing out. Also – the whole “wick-less” thing is huge for me since I’m terrified of matches (true story). Hey – a birdcage!

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FINALLY: Suggestions I received from friends include…

Kim loves jewelry from designer Heather Raabe. Her pieces range in price from $20 to over $800 – but I think my favorite was a simple hammered silver necklace for $40. Affordable and goes with everything:

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Check out her Etsy shop HERE.

Mickie highly recommends Thumb and Pinky for unique handmade kids clothes. My favorite on the site is this African Wax print sun dress:

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Not exactly seasonal for the East Coast…but I’d buy a size up for summer 2014! Visit the Etsy shop HERE.

Kristen reminded me of the Haitian Creations party she hosted earlier this year. I purchased a gorgeous long necklace that I prefer to wear in a 1920’s House of Eliott style. This is what the beads look like (in green – thought there are many color variations):

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And here is the process:


Haitian Creations is a non-profit organization rooted in empowering the women of Haiti through education & design. Check out the site HERE.

FINALLY, for my DC area friends – here are the local shops I’ll be visiting:

Zoe Boutique in Old Town Alexandria

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Covet in Arlington

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The Nest Egg in Fairfax

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How about you? Have any great finds you’d like to share? Tell me in comments or e-mail me, bigpieceofcake@gmail.com. I’ll add them!

Happy (almost) holidays!

Wish List for June 18, 2012

A little late in the day… But here is this week’s list!

I think I spent more time selecting my registry china than I did my wedding dress! So of course I am obsessed with these…

…discovered via one of my favorite sites, Creature Comforts. The online shop, Fine Little Day carries so many treasures – you should definitely check it out.

And, you know…

…OBVIOUSLY. I really want this Clare Vivier tote. Better for fall really…but I just saw it this week.

Then – this is kind of a surprise:

Because I’m not the huggy-kissy type. But I find something so appealing about this bracelet from Mujus*. In fact – I’m mesmerized by their entire jewelry page. I’ll have to blog about it later this week.

And last – but not least…

Paint chip place mats (!!) from Avril Loretti. I’m dying. You can also get napkins and table runners.

What is on your list this week?

*Discovered via sneakpeeq – I’m telling you, I find some great stuff there!

Wish List for June 11, 2012

Today’s list includes a true range of affordable to attainable to maybe when the kids are out of college-able. For ME, that is…as a ring that has four digits in the price (BEFORE the decimal point) isn’t a priority for our family right now.

ANYWAY. How fab are these?

First – a pretty top from Rickshaw Design:

I picked this particular style/fabric because of the picture (most are just a garment shot – no model). But I would also love the tuxedo kurta in tangerine or navy.

And how gorgeous is this ring from oli + me?

This image is from LA artist, Jeana Sohn’s beautiful website (a picture she took when the designer, Grace Lee came in for portraits). I love Jeana’s style and always find fantastic new-to-me designers on her blog.

Want to see a close up of the ring (in three different colors)?

Sigh.

And back to the realm of retail reality (again – for ME)… Here is a super cute bag from Charm Design:

I’ve had this shop in my Etsy favorites for a while. So many pretty fabrics and simple, elegant designs.

Finally – here is a print from Driftwood Interiors that combines two of my favorites things (art and textiles) in another of my favorite things (interiors in art):

I want a real life version of that ikat upholstered couch! The artist, Kerri Shipp also does beautiful paintings of Chinoiserie and sea coral.

Do you have anything new on your wish list this week?

Wish List for June 4, 2012

After a year without posts (and a brief attempt at a return), I’m bringing back my Wishing True blog!

Now a page on The Big Piece of Cake, I’ll use this space to write about all of the beautiful things I find online (and there are many). This will include everything from jewelry and fashion to textiles and art – but every Monday I’ll post a little “wish list.” (I know! An actual feature that requires consistency – I’m nuts.)

Today, I’m feeling inspired by Etsy… So I’ve pulled two “new to me” shops as well as a couple of old favorites.

First – a cheerful little gem from my friend Anne Harwell of Annechovie. I love her perfume bottle paintings with their bright background colors. And this one is an original!

Find full details on how to buy it HERE.

Then there is this oktak chevron print bag that caught my eye recently – it also comes in a lovely blue. But yellow is my favorite color…

Buy it HERE!

And speaking of yellow… This fluttery Holly Stalder number has LONG been a favorite of mine. Gorgeous canary yellow – perfect for summer.

More details HERE.

Finally – How great are these bracelets from Leather Wraps? I JUST found them a few minutes ago when I logged on to Etsy. They come in an array of colors and silver/gold options. Something for everyone!

And? They are a STEAL at $23 for a set of six.

So that’s the list for this week. Let’s see if I can keep it up with another list next Monday. And if you have any suggestions for items to add to future lists (something from your own shop?), drop me a line!

Needful Things: Tiffany Leather

Have you had a chance to peruse the new leather line at Tiffany & Co. yet? Since I don’t live in NYC, I’m limited to online views, but I’m in a full swoon over the loveliness.

Not a flashy logo in sight. No studs or millions of zippers. It’s sophisticated elegance all the way, thanks to the direction of Richard Lambertson and John Truex.

My favorites include these killer clutches (someday they’ll be heirlooms…that justifies the expense right?)…




…ladies who lunch purses…



…the slouchy hobo…


…and this reversible tote that practically brings tears to my eyes:


I wouldn’t kick the black suede/metallic leather version out of bed either:


You think I’m kidding?

While there aren’t any rainbow T&Co. patterns to be found, label whores will be gratified by the signature Tiffany blue lining and engraved clasps.

Since I tend to gravitate toward “pretty” as opposed to edgy, this line is right up my alley. So if any wealthy admirers out there would like to buy me a little prezzie…

I do love all things that sparkle, but if I was given free range of the flagship store today, my first stop would be leather.

SOLD!

Remember when I agonized over the Rennes metallic silver market bag vs. the powder blue bucket bag?

Then time passed and the blue bucket was snapped up by someone else.

THEN I did a more thorough Etsy search for a good tote and found several other options (including that original metallic silver market bag).

Then more time passed and I was still unable to commit.

THEN I got an e-mail from Rennes saying that they were having a 20-50% off sale.

So guess what I bought?

The Metallic Silver Market Bag (30% off!)

Lessons learned:
1. You almost always end up buying the first thing you like.
2. You are sometimes rewarded for laziness.
3. Rennes is having a great sale right now – check it out!

Now I just wonder if it will arrive in time for BlogHer…

Bagless in Northern Virginia…

Remember when I wrote this about trying to find a good neutral/metallic bag? Well – the powder blue bucket bag seems to have been purchased by someone else, so I’m no longer plagued by the decision to opt for that color rather than the silver/pewter I had in mind.

But I’m still bagless!

So I decided to do a more serious Etsy search last night to see if I could find something fabulous.

The bag that comes closest to what I had envisioned is this:


Yeah – that’s the SAME Rennes Chateau bag from the earlier post. So as far as the Etsy indies are concerned – that’s the only game in town. But I did find some others that are pretty super – even though they’re not exactly what I wanted:

The Opelle Lotus Bag
(It’s so pretty I actually want to lick it…)
Lenwood Leather’s Hobo Purse/Traveler Bag
(I think I might actually be able to fit one of my children in that…)
Feel Handmade Small Clutch
(Okay – totally impractical, but also very lickable…yum!)
(Probably a tad too unstructured for my needs, but I bet that lethah feels like buttah!)
Jenny N. Design Baby Ruche Bag
(The color is “pearl” which will probably closer to white than silver or pewter…but we may have a winner!)
Morelle Truffle Bag
(Red even! I must be drunk…)

So…what do you think? Should I take a chance on any of these beauties?