This holiday season finds me a bit stressed when it comes to gift giving. I’m in save-save-save mode because I’m in the market to buy a house (!!!) and every extra penny is going to that goal. That doesn’t mean I’m forgoing gifts altogether this year; rather I’m on the hunt for affordable yet stylish gifts that make a memorable statement. Admittedly, it’s been a few years since I last shopped at Old Navy. Mostly these days I’m into their affordable athletic wear, but with a list that’s nearly as long as my arm, Old Navy is a natural fit. They reached out to me to put together gift ideas for friends that are thoughtful, fun, and budget-friendly — so here goes!
It’s official. The holiday shopping season is here, which is why I’m soooooo excited to share a project I’m a part of. It’s called the Dream Shop Collective. We’re a group of blogger and makers banding together to host nine holiday giveaways from shops that are independently owned and run primarily by women. It’s all about shifting the focus away from the hyperstimulated e-commerce world to offer a place of calm, inspiration and beauty, where the hand-made, well-made and vintage takes center stage.
I’m honored to kick things off with an awesome giveaway from Meus. This is a wonderful online housewares/jewelry/accessories shop I’m kind of OBSESSED with right now. It’s all about celebrating the small moments and surrounding yourself with things that make everyday life feel more special. We’re partnering to give away a $100 gift card to shop Meus’ online store. So to be sure to enter below!
With giant statement jewelry so in vogue right now, it’s refreshing to come across a pair of delicate earrings like these black spinel gold studs. They’re dainty but completely captivating with a faceted rose cut that would complete any look. Never misplace these tiny treasures again — store them safely in these handmade ceramic dishes carved with graphic eye motifs.
Not only does Meus kill it with the accessory and home goods game, but it carries some awesome apparel pieces, like the Mama Bird T-Shirt. Is there a special mama bird on your Christmas list who could rock this screen-printed top?
I love their classy gift boxes, full of stuff you’d actually want (and use)! If a new couple or special friend is moving in to a new spot, I can’t think of anything nicer than the New Beginnings Gift Box. Stocked with a pair of alabaster and gold mugs, a washed waffle blanket, a mini bells and chimes garland, and a sweetgrass braid for cleansing your new space, this is sure to be a happy start to any home.
Seriously loving the vibe of their Bixa Necklace handmade in Portland, Oregon. With their signature Seaworthy shape and adorable tassel in either cream of tan, what’s not to love?
Enter below for nine chances to win! One winner will be chosen at random by Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5 am PST. Winner will receive a $100 gift card to shop Meus. Good luck!
P.S. Get a 10% discount with promo code “DREAMSHOPCOLLECTIVE” (valid Dec 1-17).
shop the post: Sacred Smudge Sticks, Ring Cone, Handwoven Pom Pom House Slippers, Open Palm Plates, Cup, Universe Dish, Herkimer Necklace, Leather Ring Bowls, Remy & Rose Rose Clay Soap, Black Spinel Gold Stud Earrings, Mama Bird T-Shirt, Spirit Eye Dish, New Beginnings Gift Box, Bixa Necklace and Hand Carved Wooden Comb.
images via meus.
While I adore the the matte pink of raw rose quartz and jagged black edges of tourmaline, incorporating crystals into my personal style has always been a challenge. There’s no denying that these gorgeous minerals are having a moment, but I’m just not the type to wear a chunky crystal pendant. Enter Third Eye Assembly.
The Lattice Series is inspired by the aesthetics of crystals and based on the science of mineralogy. Each piece is meant to emulate the beauty of mineral specimens, embracing the use of facets and texture to mirror the shape and lustre of various minerals. The result is a gorgeous line of thoughtfully made pieces that go with a sleek and modern look, while still referencing the jagged beauty of nature.
The organic metal forms are just so cool. Each taking shape from gold, silver, brass plus a combination of patinas and alloys for unique shades. The black metal is known as ‘stealth sterling’ and made using a jewelry patina to speed up the natural oxidation process of silver. Then there are some stunning cuffs made from Shibuichu, an ancient Japanese sword making alloy composed of sterling silver and copper.
What really takes the Lattice Series to another level is the option to inset pieces with carefully selected gem stones. There’s everything from pink tourmaline and smoky quartz to rubies, sapphires and even diamonds. All chosen by hand and inset for a flush, subtle sparkle that works perfectly for a unisex jewelry collection.
I love how the line explores different styles of adornment in interesting ways, from adding a clasp closure to a cuff bracelet design to making a chain from 108 hand-carved beads, the same as the traditional “Mala Chain” prayer bead count.
Each of the beads are handmade with brass and natural ebony wood, then uniquely arranged to aid in communicating thoughts with common sense and insight… and here at Jojotastic, we can use the much of that as we can get – especially when it comes in gorgeous, necklace form.
shop the post: lattice sterling silver ring, lamina sterling silver double ring, lattice brass ring, lattice stealth ring, axedron sterling silver pendant, lustre sterling silver hoops, hedron sterling silver studs, lattice brass cuff, lamina sterling silver ring and lattice brass ebony chain.
images via Third Eye Assembly
I’ll be honest, I’m pretty hopeless at accessorizing. Basically, I just reach for the same necklace and pair of earrings every day, so when winter comes around I’m beyond excited to mix things up with the coziest, easiest accessory of all: scarves!
When it comes to this autumnal accessory, the chunkier the better. I love the warm tones and big pattern of Free People’s killington oversized plaid scarf (pictured above). It’s one of those pieces I could wrap around any outfit and in and instant change the vibe to a cozy, chic look.
We can’t even begin to talk about chunky scarves with bringing up Anthropologie’s snow day scarf! The bright red color and oversized knit feels so modern. This scarf could take any outfit from zero to a hundred in second.
One of my least favorite parts of being a grown-up is getting out of bed, especially when it’s cold out and my duvet is so nice & warm! All I want to do is wear my comforter around all day, but the Shag Geo Blanket Scarf from Urban Outfiters might just make my morning’s more bearable. This shaggy, fringed scarf has a fantastic geometric pattern and a color scheme that goes with just about anything.
Speaking of cozy, the pieces chunky knit blanket scarf by ASOS is made from a creamy wool-mix blend that can warm you up on the chilliest days. I love the scale of this piece, one time around the neck and I’m snuggling in knit goodness up to my (often red & cold) nose. Plus is has something that everyone here at Jojotastic can’t get enough of… tassels!
For a break glass, outfit maker there’s always Argaman & Defiance’s short raw silk infinity scarf. Hand-dyed in gorgeous natural hues, this is a stunner. Super warm raw silk wraps you up in a cocoon with un-finished edges for the perfect drape.
With so much mass-produced statement jewelry out there, I can’t tell you what a breath of fresh air it is to come across a line of delicate handmade jewelry like Twinklebird. Christine Kallen-de Boer, the one-woman-force behind the beautiful jewelry line, calls the Netherlands home and draws inspiration from everywhere:
‘I love details, the beauty in tiny things around us, fine abstraction, and poetic images and art. To me, a piece of jewelry means more than just being an accessory. It’s about the feeling and thoughts along the things around us. To make those visible and wearable. It’s about telling who you are in a modest though intriguing way.’
The night sky shines through in the Ursa Major Necklace (pictured above) where she cast the constellation in solid sterling silver and plated it with 18k gold. The big dipper is still the first constellation that jumps out to me when I search a starry sky. Wearing this would feel like a comforting symbol of home.
I’m completely enamored with her ‘typographic scenery,’ a collection of rings inspired by typography and letter shapes. With textured finishes and gorgeous abstract shapes of letters on their sides, the typographic rings are just about the coolest way to spell things out with your jewelry I’ve seen.
How could you not love the OOAK Eye Necklace? This ‘One Of A Kind’ necklace is a solid 14k gold pendant of picturing an eye. Meant to be interpreted in relation to your own perspective and life situation, this symbol is truly one of a kind.
The planets ring is (pardon the pun) stellar! This handmade silver piece pictures Mercury, Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in a beautiful rough hewn finish. It’s the perfect little reminder to take a deep breath look up at the sky. The sterling silver constellation captured in the orion necklace is oxidized for a dark grey finish that’s as subtle as it is stunning.
For a special symbol of affection, nothing could be as perfect as Twinklebird’s heart ring. Available in silver, rose gold or 14k gold, this perfect little puffy heart is mounted on a light hammered band and has a soft brushed finish. What’s not to love?
I love a good hostess gift. Whether it’s for a big cocktail party, little get-together or long-weekend at a friend’s, walking in the door with a thoughtful gift sets the perfect tone for the rest of your visit.
When it comes to gifts like these, presentation is everything. My favorite thing to bring is a homemade baked good wrapped in a decorated square of fabric. So when I saw all the beautiful furoshiki (a traditional Japanese style wrapping cloth) from The Link Collective, I knew what all of my hosts and hostesses would be receiving this year.
I’m completely enamored by the concept of furoshiki. These large squares of lightweight fabric can become a scarf, wall hanging or elegantly wrapped present in a matter of moments. Link even has a simple illustrated guide for wrapping Japanese furoshiki.
Their designers are from all over the world, and have created some seriously stunning designs. These individually hand printed textiles are works of art. As if there’s not enough way to use your furoshiki, now you can easily hang it in your home with the hinoki furoshiki display pole. The cypress pole hanging system doesn’t damage the furoshiki and offers a minimal design aesthetic that fits with any style.
My favorite way for wrapping things up has to be for the classic hostess gift, a bottle of wine. It’s elegant, secure, and packs two gifts into one.
shop the post: folded Paper furoshiki in emerald, mountain blossom midnight blue furoshiki, mountain blossom furoshiki, hinoki furoshiki display pole, folded paper furoshiki in black and folded paper furoshiki in pin.
images via The Link Collective
I could live almost anywhere in the world as long as it was by the ocean. After bouncing from coast to coast and driving everywhere in between, I learned how important the crash of waves and endless horizon of sea is to my humble sanity. That’s why when I stumbled on Porcelain and Stone’s Etsy I was a goner for sure.
Her jewelry and porcelain wares are inspired by the ocean with simple and refined aesthetic that fits perfectly with any style. The collection includes delicate pieces like the porcelain pebble necklaces, finished to look like small marble river stones with a delicate stripe of 22k gold, and heftier pieces like the nautical bar bangle, a minimal kiln fired bracelet adorned with two small nautical stripes.
I mean, how could you not love this female-owned business dedicated to coastal life? She walks a fine line between the beauty of natural forms and gilded sophistication of urban style. The graphic quality and hand-made links in her harbor chain necklace do just that, and make for a gorgeous statement piece.
shop the post: small bb marbled porcelain pebble necklace, nautical bar bangle, porcelain pebble necklace, harbor chain necklace, gold bar earrings, small stone bb necklaces, mint turquoise sea urchin ring, brass coral cuff, ocean pebble bracelet and dipped crescent ceramic necklace.
images via Porcelain and Stone