Collection: Bows

As Christmas approaches why not wrap up the year with a collection of beautiful bows?  Wear them from head to toe {5}, or follow this bow-making tutorial from The Container Store so you and your gifts are looking your finest for the holidays.  Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

bows-collection{1} Sequin bow tee from J.Crew Factory (sold out)
{2} Striped bow rubber stamp from Besotted Brand ($15)
{3} Live colorfully eau de parfum from Kate Spade via Nordstrom in limited-edition gold ($95)
{4} Gold bow push pins from Kate Spade via Urbanic ($25.95)
{5} Kasha in adobe from Sole Society ($59.95)
{6} Metallic braided ribbon from studio carta ($16)
{7} Mini-bow ring from Madewell ($15)

23. December 2013 by susan
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Collection: Star of Wonder

Whether bright and glittery or dark and magical, stars are a knockout holiday motif.  Add some to your wintertime wardrobe or make them the theme of your holiday décor.  They can go playful or reverent, so the options are as numerous as the stars.

And a little early Christmas gift…Click through from our site to buy any TOMS this holiday season (stars or otherwise) and get $5 off any $25 purchase AND free shipping until 1/31/14 with code TOMSWINTER5.  Consider it a stocking stuffer from me to you.
stars-collection{1} Swaddling blanket from Aden & Anais via J.Crew ($22)
{2} Placemat from H&M ($4.95)
{3} Star straws in baby gray from Shop Sweet Lulu ($4)
{4} Morning stars infinity scarf from Anthropologie ($48)
{5} Envelope clutch from Kate Spade Saturday ($80)
{6} Navy stars vegan women’s classics from TOMS ($54)
{7} Warmspun intarsia star sweater from J. Crew Factory (sale: $35.00)

16. December 2013 by susan
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Fresh Picks: Boxwood

Boxwood is a year-round beauty, but I love it as a simple green wreath come holiday time.  Order one up {1} or use this tutorial from Under the Sycamore to create one for your home or give as a hostess gift.  It also makes a sweet motif for holiday packaging.  So get out your pruning shears and trim the tree!
boxwood-freshclockwise from top left: {1} Boxwood circlet wreath from terrain ($24)
{2} Wreath monogram stamp from Besotted Brand ($40) {3} image via Pinterest {4} Spring garland & beyond measure decal from Shanna Murray ($40)

11. December 2013 by susan
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Curated: Jana Lamberti

Forget everything you know about silk art.
Now meet Jana Lamberti: sweater designer-turned-abstract painter.  She has killer taste, a masterful way with textiles and color, and she’s putting it all on silk.  Once you procure an original, display it like any fine art piece with a mat & frame, stretched over a canvas, or with raw edges.  Then prepare to receive beaucoup compliments.  (And for those keeping track, she is the same Jana that brought you these stellar picks last fall.)
curated-jana-lamberticlockwise from top left:  {1} abstract i {2} seascape {3} strata iv {4} trees iii
{5} azure iv  {images via janalamberti.com}

09. December 2013 by susan
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Collection: Free as a Bird

After some technical issues and a longer-than-desired hiatus, we are happy to have Canal West out of weblog purgatory and free…as a bird!  So in celebration, here is a whole flock of ways to add a feathered friend to your look this season as our mood and inspiration are soaring again.

collection-birds-2{1} Blackbird tag set from Atelier Austin Press ($14)
{2} Ayton top from Anthropologie ($68)
{3} Sessùn origami pepkura pants from Madewell (sale: $169.99)
{4} Bird bingo from Chronicle Books ($29.95)
{5} Classic swallows slip-ons by TOMS via Nordstrom ($53.95)
{6} Intarsia jumper from Joules ($49)
{7} Silk tie-front dress in night sky from Lands End (sale: $59.99)

06. December 2013 by susan
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Bestowed: Student

It’s that most wonderful time of year when school supplies abound.  If you happen to have a grown up student (or teacher) in your life, why not kick off her semester with some fun-to-have supplies?  Tuck a few tools into a handy pouch, tote or backpack that she can use on and off campus.  For more ideas, check out last year’s collectiontoo.

bestowed-student{1} Colorblock pouch from Paper Source ($12.95)
{2} A to z linen tote from Chewing the Cud ($48)
{3} Loop and tassel key chains from Russel + Hazel ($22-$30)
{4} This belongs to labels from Sideshow Press ($15)
{5} Snap backpack from Everlane ($65)
{6} Bull dog clip set from Russel + Hazel ($12)
{7} Seven year pen from Paper Source ($8.95)

23. August 2013 by susan
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Fresh Picks: Milk

Fresh milk: it’s not just for kids.  Paired up with it’s best friend, the Cookie, this fresh beverage can make the party.  From midnight wedding snacks to kid birthdays or a baked gift for a friend, add vintage bottles and striped paper straws to make it a showstopper.  And go for the good stuff…it’s one product where quality (organic, local, etc.) makes a delicious difference!fresh-milkClockwise from top left: {1} image via Martha Stewart {2} Stripey straw milk bottles from Olive & Cocoa ($64) {3} image found via Pinterest {4} Forget the milk notepad from 1canoe2 ($7)

12. August 2013 by susan
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Bestowed: A Leather Gentleman

What’s more manly than leather? (Maybe steel?) Pebbled, knobbled, waxy or matte…Leather can be understated or dressy but is always practical, tough and classic.  So here are a few selections to please both the minimalist and the aficionado, and all more supple than if they were crafted in steel.

collection-leather-gentleman2{1} Bean bag from RH Baby & Child ($499)
{2} Mason credit card holder from Jack Spade ($55)
{3} Brody belt from J.Crew ($45)
{4} Catch-all from Pottery Barn ($29)
{5} Buckingham briefcase from Tusting (£465)
{6} Marion boot from HELM ($395)

{P.S. My faves from nordstrom}

24. July 2013 by susan
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Postscript: Seaworthy

It always happens.  The minute the post is published I see something that just had to be in that collection.  And I don’t want to deny you perfectly good products.  So from time to time I’m going to add a little “P.S.” from me to you, and here’s your first one:  Remember all those treasures from the sea?  P.S.  Here are a couple more.

postscript-seaworthy{1} LoLo cosmetic bag from South Moon Under (sale: $12.74)
{2} Anchors pillow from Caitlin Wilson Textiles ($60-$80)
{3} Pacifica dinnerware from Anthropologie (sale: $39.95)
{4} Five whales wall art from Land of Nod ($129)

22. July 2013 by susan
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Fresh Picks: Blueberries

Heat wave or no heat wave, it’s blueberry season and the pickin’ is easy!  This blueberry-mint smoothie is delicious and detoxifying, so blend it up with your fresh picks.  Then let the kiddos enjoy the fruits of their labor in these adorable chairs.  Ahhh, summer.

fresh-blueberriesfrom left to right: {1} image via Pinterest {2} Play chair in cobalt from Land of Nod (sale: $99)

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17. July 2013 by susan
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