Canvas Shopping Bags—The New Black: Do Good

Canvas bags are popping up everywhere! People are finally getting into the groove of bringing their bags to the grocery store (if you’re having trouble remembering to bring your bags with you, check out these great tips from the Life Less Plastic blog. Stores are beginning to give incentives. At my local Trader Joe’s, customers […]

Try This: Inspiration Boards

Lori Pickert runs a blog dedicated to Inspiration Boards for your home office, sewing room, kitchen, workspace, or any place you call your own.The board above is by Meg Rooks and displays her love of children’s books and illustrations. So ask yourself—what inspires you? The boards are beautiful and easy to make, so they’re perfect […]

Really, Really Cheap Holiday Gifts: Sassy Luggage Tags

What: A set of six “Sweet and Sassy” luggage tags, for $10, with bright colors and emblazoned with phrases that will hopefully keep everyone else’s paws off the luggage. Who to Give it To: your favorite tired travelista, or anyone collecting ridiculous amounts of frequent flier miles Buy it: @ Uncommon Goods

Trend Alert: Faux Gems

What: Big faux-gem jewelry and embellishments on everything from handbags to footwear to skirts and tops. What the fashion heads say: This, from Ellen Tien on the New York Times Style page: “As the weather becomes duller, retailers are turning up the sparkle and shine. Thinking bigger than mere sequins or beads, designers are putting […]