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Gifts for a cause

Gifts for a cause by Miss Renaissance

You know what’s more fun than shopping?!? Even more shopping Shopping for a cause, of course!! This roundup of gifts that give back doesn’t compromise on style & taste either – it’s a win – win. I mean, how beautiful are the hand-embroidered & dyed throw pillows by Elephant Landing (all made with love by a group of women in Southern India, to help them earn money to support their children.) Or did you know that major hottie Hugh Jackman is behind Laughing Man Coffee, which helps support communities & small farmers worldwide? Cool stuff! Move over, Toms, there’s a new crop of charitable gifts in town!

Happy (guilt free) Holiday shopping, Lovelies!


Get it all here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.


Color Story – Winter White & Gold

Color Story - Winter White & Gold


This week’s Color Story revolves around one of my favorite combos for Winter. White & Gold just feels so fresh and festive, doesn’t it? These are just a few things in this glam color scheme that I’m lusting after right now…they’d make great gifts for friends & fam!

Get em’ here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.



Etsy Love {Miniature Rhino}

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Happy Friday, Lovelies! I hope you’re ready for a fun Spring weekend ahead!

How adorable are these Custom Embroidery Kits by Miniature Rhino?! I can see a million ways to gift/display/use these. For the crafty ones among us, you can choose from a ton of different colors and directions on how to create your perfect little piece of art. If you’re more into leaving the crafting up to the experts, you can combine any letters/names/colors and your embroidery will arrive at your doorstep in about 2 weeks.

How awesome would these be as a personalized wedding gift or just to say “I Love You”? I also think displaying all of your family initials with several pieces would be a cool way to build a family tree…



Upping the Gifting Ante {Bindle}

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Gift sets/gift boxes are generally scary to me. They’re usually poorly curated & cheesy, don’t you agree? Well, those days are over – thanks to a genius new Australian (go figure!) company named Bindle.  I accidentally stumbled upon their site during a late-night browsing session and was so impressed that I had to share it with all of you!!

Bindle’s gifts are so incredibly well-curated, I love everything they put together. The sets – or Bindles – are composed by occasion/recipient. There’s a perfect Hostess Bindle, New Baby Bindle, even a Bindle just for the Men out there. The most inspiring thing about this company is that they keep things local. Bindle engages local artisans to produce Australian, hand-made, tailored gift packages. The products within the Bindles, the boxes that contain them, the hand that wrapped them, everything is local. It’s these special inter-relationships that make each Bindle unique.

How awesome is that!? Now, we just need a Bindle service in every city in the U.S.!


{All images via Bindle.com}


The World’s still here…time for a 2013 Calendar Roundup!


Calendar 2013 Roundup

{Words to live by via Emily McDowell.}

2013 Calendar Roundup by Miss Renaissance

{Humor & simplicity via Yumalum.}

2013 Calendar Roundup by Miss Renaissance

{Quirky & cute animals via Loopzart.}

2013 Calendar Roundup by Miss Renaissance

{Hand-painted maple wood pages via Spread the Love.}

2013 Calendar Roundup by Miss Renaissance

{Bright colors & retro lettering via Yumalum.}

2013 Calendar Roundup by Miss Renaissance

{Limited edition abstract shapes via Leah Duncan.}

2013 Calendar Roundup

{No Calendar Roundup would be complete without Amazon’s Top 2: the awkward pre-teen amazingness that is One Direction, and Photographer Seth Casteel’s adorable Underwater Dogs!}

In this age of iCalendars/Blackberries/iPad Schedules etc, traditional paper calendars seem so old-fashioned, right? RIGHT! And that’s exactly what I love about them. The old-fashioned paper. The beautifully printed ink. Today’s handcrafted calendar options are not only scheduling devices that keep us on track, they’re also room accents & works of art.

Above are a few of my very favorites for the New Year. What are your faves?


{Images via Etsy & Amazon.}