Spruce Lane Shops: 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Greetings from Spruce Lane! I sincerely apologize that it’s been so long since I’ve hopped on here to actually write a blog post! To make a long story short, life happened and I got busy, but with the holidays right around the corner I am ready to get back on my game and continue to build this (little) blog of mine!

Given all of the research and findings I’ve gathered visiting boutiques throughout the year, I figured compiling a “Locals Only” type of gift guide would be the perfect way to close out 2018. Check out my holiday picks from many of my favorite shops and brands based in the Philadelphia area! This list could have gone on for much longer, but I had to be strong and stop myself somewhere. It was not easy but hey, there’s always next year, right? Best of all, many of these products can be purchased online from the comfort of your home. While I’m a big proponent of brick and mortars and actually visiting these amazing boutiques, I understand how busy schedules can get during the holiday season. So, I’ve made it easy for you to shop local and buy your loved ones (or yourself) something special that you probably can’t find anywhere else! Without further ado, I present Spruce Lane’s first ever Gift Guide! Happy holidays and happy shopping!


Vestige

Woven Leather Pom Pom Bag - $248

This gorgeous bucket bag is your perfect warm-weather staple, whether that’s this spring or summer, or even sooner on your next tropical getaway. I love the contemporary silhouette, woven detail and charming tassels. I imagine this paired with a vibrant caftan or a crisp white linen top and the bluest of blue jeans. This beauty just makes me crave summer, if you couldn’t tell.

Stoneware Mini Vase - $38

These pieces evoke Vestige’s refined sense of bohemian elegance that I love so much. Each stoneware vase is one of a kind and hand-thrown by Brooklyn ceramist, Nedda Atassi. I love the neutral coloring and how they are styled with a few dried plants. This is a subtle but beautiful vase that I would definitely display in my home.

Image c/o Vestige; Pom Pom Bag

Image c/o Vestige; Pom Pom Bag

Image c/o Vestige; Stoneware Vases

Image c/o Vestige; Stoneware Vases

Kin Boutique

Keepsake The Label Jumpsuit - please contact Kin for pricing & availability

To me, this is holiday dressing done right. I’m also on a major jumpsuit kick after making the fatal mistake of wearing a slightly too-short cocktail dress to a recent work event. I really like this one in particular for its beautiful, rich navy coloring and elegant top embellishment. I feel that many of these are hit or miss, and this is definitely a hit. I’m telling you, Kin is the place to go to if you want to dress fashion-forward!

Botkier Kitten Heels + Citizens of Humanity Lace Up Denim - please contact Kin for pricing & availability

I always gravitate to Kin’s shoe selection because it’s just, how do I say this, really good. I’ve purchased mules and slides there that I’ve worn countless times, and these are next on my list. Hate it or love it, I wear a lot of black and this lace-up denim / kitten heel combination kills me (in a good way).

Image c/o Keepsake The Label

Image c/o Keepsake The Label

Image c/o Kin

Image c/o Kin

Trove General Store

Tortoise Cup Candles - please contact Trove for pricing & availability

PSA: I already own one of these and love it dearly. If you’re a tortoise junkie like me, get one of these! I know tortoise hoop earrings are really “in” right now, but have you seen tortoise candles like these? I hadn’t until I visited Trove. Aside from how chic they look, they come in a variety of natural scents that smell nothing short of great.

Woolrich Snap T Sweater - please contact Trove for pricing & availability

PSA: I already own this sweater as well and I also love it dearly. If you’re shopping Woolrich, you know you’re shopping quality, and that’s why I was compelled to buy this. It comes in navy or white. I preferred navy because my pastiness can’t handle light colors in the winter, but if you can rock a winter white, go for it! It’s made of wool so in full transparency, it’s a tad itchy but totally manageable and warm as HECK! I like to pair with black denim and black ankle booties.

Image c/o Trove

Image c/o Trove

Image c/o Woolrich

Image c/o Woolrich

The Geisha House

Spell Oasis Short Kimono - $160

Treat. Yo. Self. This kimono serves dual purposes in my mind. Yes, I would love to drape this over myself on a leisurely sunny morning as I get dolled up for the day and sip on my coffee. But I also could see this transitioning into an everyday piece as well, paired with denim and a white or black tee. I love the beautiful, detailed yet neutral print. And if you’re looking for a longer kimono or different color-scheme, The Geisha House has plenty more options like this one to offer. Love you, TGH!

Image c/o The Geisha House

Image c/o The Geisha House

Plume and Thread

Alexandra Knit Top - $124

As soon as P+T released this photo, I was in love! Reversible, you say? I must know more. This top comes in black and white and is made of 100% combed cotton. Yassss to cotton. If I’ve learned anything from shopping Plume and Thread, it’s that their products are comfy AF and made with the utmost care and quality. This is no fast fashion throw-away piece.

Taylor Leggings in Mineral Black - $65

I’ve really gotten into yoga over the past year, even though I still have yet to accomplish a successful “crow” pose. Sigh. I’d love to sport a pair of these at my next class though, and stand out amongst the swarms of Lululemon logos I see on the reg. I also am really drawn to P+T’s mineral black dye. I only own black leggings so this is an exciting opportunity to switch it up!

Image c/o Plume and Thread; Alexandra Knit Top

Image c/o Plume and Thread; Alexandra Knit Top

Image c/o Plume and Thread; Taylor Leggings

Image c/o Plume and Thread; Taylor Leggings

Voloshin & Printfresh

Mini Velvet Gratitude Journal - $18

A crushed velvet journal that’s strikingly beautiful both on the outside and inside! Printfresh offers a way for you to get a positive start to your day with their gratitude journal that inspires meditation and self reflection. I own something similar and it really is crazy how much of a difference it has made on my outlook. I can be pessimistic, so this thing really helps, especially in the dead of winter when the sun never comes out. See? Pessimism sucks! Buy this journal!

Productivity Large Noteblock - $24

Printfresh noteblocks are awesome and so chic to begin with, but this one is on a new level because it keeps you on task! Bring it to work and wow your coworkers, or keep it at home for personal projects. If you fill one sheet out once a day, you’re sure to accomplish some pretty amazing things. And this is is no ordinary notepad, it has a luxurious cork base and metallic edging. Pretty!

Keiko Linen Wrap Dress - $368

Voloshin has pretty much mastered the wrap dress at this point, producing it in some of the most beautiful prints I’ve ever seen! The Indigo Stratus Tie Dye coloring is perfect for winter and early spring. Designed in Philadelphia and handcrafted in India, this piece truly is a work of art and fine craftsmanship.

Image c/o Printfresh; Gratitude Journal

Image c/o Printfresh; Gratitude Journal

Image c/o Printfresh; Productivity Block

Image c/o Printfresh; Productivity Block

Image c/o Voloshin; Keiko Wrap Dress

Image c/o Voloshin; Keiko Wrap Dress

Moon + Arrow

Latchkey Avery Earrings - $102

2018 has been the year of the statement earring. No more boring studs for me! I love to peruse Moon + Arrow’s selection of handmade jewelry, particularly because they pretty much always will have bold pieces on display like these curved metallic and ceramic drop earrings made by California-based designer, Whitney Sharpe. I love the copper, blue and cream tones in these earrings. Shine on, friends.

Daughter of the Land Bath Soak - $33

I was at Target today and was blown away by how many bath bombs, fizzers, salts, you name it, are sold there. Some were fluorescent pink and cotton candy flavored, while some were teal and unicorn themed. Barf! Go to Moon + Arrow to buy real natural apothecary products that you can actually feel good about putting on your body. This one is organic and is made of “hand harvested French gray salt from the Guérande region of France. It is harvested in the 200 year old tradition of using only wooden tools. The salt is a beautiful grey color, derived from over 80+ trace minerals, including clay, that each crystal carries”. Any questions or uncertainties? Didn’t think so.

Image c/o Moon + Arrow; Avery Earrings

Image c/o Moon + Arrow; Avery Earrings

Image c/o Moon + Arrow; Bath Soak

Image c/o Moon + Arrow; Bath Soak

Threads

Kyi Kyi Purple Rainbow Pom Hat - $53

Alert! This pom hat is selling like crazy. Many of the classic hues are already sold out, so grab this adorable purple (or I’d say more of a lavender) multi-color version fast! I pretty much only own beat up Philadelphia sports beanies so it’d be nice to have something that actually looks chic and feminine for a change. This is a great gift to give to a friend or family member too; you just simply cannot go wrong with this classic look. Period. Thanks, Threads!

Image c/o Threads

Image c/o Threads

Givens Circle

Jessica Hans Set of 2 Pablo Cups - $70

I had an actual heyday in Givens the first time I discovered it. No joke, I went back 3 times over the course of 24 hours to scoop up everything I could afford, which was not as much as I make it sound like because I am a poor millennial. I got off track, apologies. These cups are pretty self-explanatory; gorgeous print, handmade in right here in Philadelphia, totally unique and artistic. What more could you ask for? Where else will you find these?

Young in the Mountains Arc Ring - $180

So my taste in rings is kind of opposite of my taste in earrings. Subtle, refined, elegant. That’s exactly what I see in this beautiful gold Arc ring. This is 14k gold, handmade in the Denver Mountains, which makes me like it even more.

Image c/o Givens; Pablo Cups

Image c/o Givens; Pablo Cups

Image c/o Givens; Arc Ring

Image c/o Givens; Arc Ring

Llani

Embellished Room Slide in Peche - $135

Llani is a PA-based shoe brand that specializes in making unique slippers, slides and flats, with its production headquartered in India. These flats are so special and scream holiday to me. Sparkle, sequins, gold and pink all rolled into one beautiful shoe that is sure to make a statement. Since these are so incredibly beautiful and therefore popular, they are currently on backorder but you can sign up to be notified when they come back in stock. Hopefully that’s sooner rather than later!

Image c/o Llani

Image c/o Llani

Pineapple on Main

Teardrop Beverage Dispenser - $89

The holidays are the season of entertaining. Work parties, family parties, friend parties, parties with your dog; there are just so many! If you have a special host or hostess in mind who deserves a housewarming gift, head over to Pineapple on Main to shop amazing homeware items. Shout out to my coworkers if any are reading, as they showed me this piece when we recently visited POM. This item is just so unique. POM displayed it with a bunch of bright red cranberries in water and it was absolutely eye catching and gorgeous.

Image c/o Pineapple on Main

Image c/o Pineapple on Main

Navona Handmade

Headlands Plate - $30

River Gorge Mug - $35

Coast Range Double Wick Candle - $50

These are all from the same collection so I am going to write a collective description for all. Navona is a PA-based artisan brand that sells a variety of products including handmade jewelry, ceramics and textiles. I am very fond of the ceramics in their recent Portland collection, inspired by the terrain and environment of Portland, Oregon. The crisp whites paired with soft hues of blue and green are a beautiful addition to anyone’s home. Each handmade piece is 100% unique and microwave/dishwasher safe. Thank god.

Image c/o Navona; Headlands Plate

Image c/o Navona; Headlands Plate

Image c/o Navona; River Gorge Mug

Image c/o Navona; River Gorge Mug

Image c/o Navona; Coast Range Candle

Image c/o Navona; Coast Range Candle

Ritual Shoppe

Moon Rivers Naturals Night Vibes Oil Elixir - $15

This is a crystal-infused oil elixir that is meant to help soothe you into a sweet, serene sleep. It has notes of lavender, sage and marjoram as well as a tiny amethyst crystal to evoke nothing but POSITIVE VIBES! I hate nightmares (who doesn’t?) and will do anything to improve my sleep quality so I think this is an A+ purchase. I can’t help but geek out over Ritual Shoppe every time I write about it, ugh! <3

Ritual Kit “LOVE” - $34

This special kit channels self-love and compassion. What a beautiful and sentimental gift to give! The kit includes Rose Quartz + Black Tourmaline, Aura/Allure essential oil, Palo Santo smudge, Abalone shell, Tea light candle, Matchbox and Ritual Guide. I’d be lying if I tried to act like I knew what all of that does or means, but there is a detailed description on Ritual’s website and it comes with a guide so I am going to trust them on this one and very much want to give this kit a try myself. All about that positivity, especially going into a new year! Namaste.

Image c/o Ritual Shoppe, Oil Elixir

Image c/o Ritual Shoppe, Oil Elixir

Image c/o Ritual Shoppe, LOVE Kit

Image c/o Ritual Shoppe, LOVE Kit

Cash and Clive

Clare V. Flat Clutch - $215

Red, white and blue baby! I love the pops of color in this leather clutch. The perfect cognac hue with vibrant, contrasting stripes. I don’t see this piece ever going out of style, like many things sold at Cash and Clive.

3X1 Relaxed Split Crop Jeans - $285

3x1 is a personal favorite denim brand because they are the “fun” denim brand, experimenting with new silhouettes and washes. I love this high-rise, relaxed fit and I love the light shade (would go great with the aforementioned Clare V. clutch). Most notably, I love the split detail at the hem because it makes them stand out. I last but not least love that you can buy these down in the Jersey Shore.

Image c/o Cash and Clive; Clare V Clutch

Image c/o Cash and Clive; Clare V Clutch

Image c/o Cash and Clive; 3x1 Jeans

Image c/o Cash and Clive; 3x1 Jeans

Omoi Zakka Shop

BAGGU Leather Mini Backpack - $320

This nubuck leather looks so buttery smooth and comes in the prettiest shade of taupe I ever did see. I love the mini backpack trend and appreciate carrying smaller, lighter weight bags so I can live more of a minimalist lifestyle. My current tote feels like it weighs ten pounds and that’s just not ok.

The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes - $60

Adulting means sometimes splurging your minimal disposable income on fancy coffee table books to make your home look pretty, and this is one that I would get because not only is the title intriguing, but I feel like I could actually learn some interesting things too. It touches on European architects, furniture makers, interior designers, gardeners and more, sprinkled with a bit of “hygge” here and there that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Image c/o Omoi Zakka Shop; Baggu Backpack

Image c/o Omoi Zakka Shop; Baggu Backpack

Image c/o Omoi Zakka Shop; Coffee Table Book

Image c/o Omoi Zakka Shop; Coffee Table Book

Wax + Wine

Select Label + Vintage Packages - $35-45

Cue the SNL Christmas Candle skit. Why not gift the experience of making a candle instead? Choose your vessel and choose a unique combination of scents to make YOUR ideal candle with the help of a Wax + Wine specialist. No need to guess if he or she will like a certain smell anymore. Let your friends choose for themselves, and best of all, bring a bottle of wine to sip on to make your DIY experience that much more enjoyable. Who’s coming to Wax + Wine with me?

Image c/o Spruce Lane

Image c/o Spruce Lane


Thank you for reading! Have any questions, thoughts, comments, suggestions? Shoot me a note at sprucelanecontact@gmail.com to chat!

Happy holidays!
Laura


SHOP INDEX

  1. Vestige | Fishtown, Philadelphia: 2041 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

  2. Kin Boutique | Washington Square West, Philadelphia: 1014 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

  3. Trove General Store | Paoli, Main Line: 19 Paoli Shopping Center, Paoli, PA 19301

  4. The Geisha House | Old City, Philadelphia: 149 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

  5. Plume and Thread | Kensington, Philadelphia: 2930 Jasper St #219, Philadelphia, PA 19134

  6. Printfresh / Voloshin | Kensington, Philadelphia: 2930 Jasper St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

  7. Moon + Arrow | Queen Village, Philadelphia: 754 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

  8. Threads | Manayunk, Philadelphia: 4353 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

  9. Givens Circle | Cape May, New Jersey: 418 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

  10. Llani | PA Suburbs

  11. Pineapple on Main | Manayunk, Philadelphia: 4347 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

  12. Navona Handmade | Philadelphia

  13. Ritual Shoppe | Rittenhouse, Philadelphia: 2003 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

  14. Cash and Clive | Cape May, New Jersey: 302 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204

  15. Omoi Zakka Shop | Old City, Philadelphia: 41 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

  16. Wax + Wine | Washington Square West, Philadelphia: 1034 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Spruce Lane Shops: Weekend

Weekend
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia
Vibe: Artistic, gallery-like, minimalism, community-based, refined
Good for: Home goods, gifts, accessories, artwork, plants

Spruce Lane is proud to break its first piece of news to the Philadelphia shopping community! We want to extend a very warm welcome to Weekend, a new home, gifts, and lifestyle shop that opened a few weeks ago in Philadelphia's Graduate Hospital neighborhood. You may however already be familiar with the store owner, Ethan Nguyen, because his sister shop, M Concept is conveniently located across the street. 

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Both M Concept and Weekend pride themselves on putting the spotlight on made local goods by independent designers and brands. The main difference though are the scopes. M Concept is Ethan's fashion-centric outlet, selling apparel, jewelry, and handbags made by emerging designers. Conversely, Weekend is a curated space for the home, offering beautiful pieces of artwork, candles, linens, coasters and more, exclusively made by Philadelphia-based artisans. 

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I was curious about how Nguyen goes about scouting new vendors to feature in his stores and he explained it really boils down to relationships and networking. He knows many of his designers on a personal level and often commissions special pieces to be made, adding to the exclusivity factor of his spaces. 

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I must say that the sense of community in Philadelphia is very apparent after having spent some time bouncing around many local businesses in the area, and especially after chatting with Nguyen. It makes me believe that there really is truth behind the age-old saying of Philadelphia being the City of Brotherly Love. I can't help but compare my experiences here to my time previously spent in New York City and can conclude that New York's sense of community and camaraderie gets lost in translation due to its grandiosity. The energy of New York City certainly is unparalleled, but there's something also to be said about slowing down and admiring things that are made or stores that are run on a smaller, more intimate level. 

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It felt incredibly refreshing stepping inside Weekend and observing the hard work that goes into not only curating such a beautiful store, but also on behalf of all of the local artisans who produce such wonderful products and designs. Some call-outs include beautiful embroidered linens by Alyssa Brieanne Design, sumptuous candles by Zuzuglow, amazingly intricate aerials by Stitch Prism, and handcrafted ceramics by Miki Palchik of Clay Studio Designs. I also enjoyed the gallery-feel the shop had, as each assortment was complimented by a small informational card that detailed the artisan and his or her line of work. 

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As we made our way out to continue on with the rest of our day, we chatted with Nguyen a bit more about the shop's immediate neighborhood, local bloggers, et cetera and true to his nature, he was an encyclopedia of Philly insider knowledge. He listed a few suggestions of accounts for me to follow, blogger groups to become involved with, and gave us a great nearby lunch recommendation (@milestable). This "pay it forward" mentality is something that I truly appreciate and believe Spruce Lane and Weekend have in common; a passion for promoting and supporting local talent.

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As we all know, Philly sometimes gets a bad rep with many outsiders calling us cold, mean and aggressive, but step inside Weekend and that all changes. Weekend shows that we're creative, artistic, hard working, and so much more. With that being said, enjoy the rest of your weekend and visit the shop located at 1533 South St. You can also stay up to date with all of M Concept and Weekend's latest developments by following @mconcept_and_weekend on Instagram. 

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Spruce Lane Loves: Top 4 Christmas Picks

This year, my family and I made it a priority to do the bulk of our Christmas shopping at local boutiques as opposed to larger chain stores. There is something to be said about receiving a special item from a unique place that cannot be found or duplicated anywhere else, which was a big part of why I wanted to start Spruce Lane.

Just because Christmas is over, doesn't mean the shopping has to end! If you were like me, you might've received one or two items that weren't quite right and need to be returned, creating the wonderful opportunity to find something new, just for you! With that being said, if you're still in search of something special, have a look below to see my top picks from this year's Christmas shopping.

1. Cash and Clive Script Alphabet Bracelet (Cape May, NJ)

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As I mentioned in my previous Cash and Clive post, my family rented a beach house in Cape May for the month of December, so we had a lot of time to peruse the shopping scene down the shore during the off (although still busy) season. My sister gifted me this beautiful gold initial bracelet from Cash and Clive for my birthday that I haven't taken off since. I am very particular when it comes to jewerly and rarely change up my routines. I prefer simple, classic silhouettes; no costume jewels here. I may rock the occasional statement earring during a special event, but that's it! So I was delighted to receive this delicate and personalized piece from Cash and Clive! It's so lightweight that you forget you're even wearing it, but it adds an elegant touch to any outfit. Shop the item here now! 

2. TROVE General Store Red Wing Clara Booties (Paoli, PA)

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These boots are made for walkin', and that's just what they'll do! Before I get into detail, I have to admit that these were partially a self-purchase from Trove and not entirely gifted to me. I was on the search for a good neutral heeled bootie for months (no exaggeration) and had no luck. I had ordered multiple pairs online, just to return them immediately due to some malfunction or deformity. When I came across these beauties in person at Trove, I couldn't pass them up. They are 100% leather and meant to last for many, many years. They pair perfectly with denim and come in a beautiful olive hue that can be worn year round. They cost a pretty penny, but definitely are a worthy investment piece in my eyes!

3. Beach Plum Farm Hand-painted Measuring Spoons (Cape May, NJ)

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These measuring spoons were gifted to me by my mother, and came from the beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Cape May, NJ. I was very surprised to receive them, as I hadn't really been looking for any cooking-related items this season, although I do love to bake and cook very much. As soon as I opened them, she told me they were special because they were hand-painted and only could be hand washed. I love them, not only because they're incredibly beautiful, but because there is sentiment behind them. I will hold on to these for as long as I can, and every time I cook or bake, I will think of my mother because she gave me this special gift. Those kinds of unique, unexpected gifts, are the best kinds of gifts. Beach Plum does not have an e-commerce shop, but visit their website here to learn more about the Farm and how you can plan your next visit. 

4. Waltzing Matilda Small Leather Portfolio (Wayne, PA)

Image courtesy of Waltzing Matilda USA

Image courtesy of Waltzing Matilda USA

I didn't actually receive this item, but it's on my list of things I would like to explore given that I have some "return funds" allotted for one more special item! Waltzing Matilda is a super cute local boutique situated in Wayne, PA that specializes in local, handmade leather goods. There is something about this piece that is simple, sophisticated, and warm. I would love to have a piece like this with me at work to brighten up my day. I would appreciate having something that reflects quality craftsmanship in my day-to-day routines (and it would sure beat my old Kate Spade notebook that is looking a bit worse for wear lately!) Also, that is why a leather notepad would be great, because over time it would break in as opposed to break down! Shop this item and plenty of more awesome leather goods on WM's site here.

Lastly, not a gift but always a great touch - roses! Beat the winter doldrums by keeping live flowers in your living space this season. My family gave these to me on my birthday, and they made me so happy! A pop of color can go a long way.

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Happy Shopping.