Giving Tuesday: Send Money

Sending postcards to encourage women to vote.

Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Most years my charitable contributions have been focused on arts organizations and the educational institutions that either I or my children attend(ed). This year I gave heavily to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and following her defeat I set up monthly donations to Planned Parenthood and have been sending bits of money here and there to other causes, including Emily’s List, and also to established print and online news sources.

We are embarking upon a new era; one that demands informed outspokenness, solid actions, and a plethora of funds. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, please consider contributing to a cause that is important to you and that can help solidify both our democracy and our planet . There are so many; here are nine. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments section.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Nonpartisan, non-profit organization defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country .

Anti-Defamation League New England
Fights anti-Semitism and all bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.

Emily’s List
Helps to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.

Everytown for Gun Safety
Fighting for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence.

Planned Parenthood
Provides reproductive health services including birth control and abortion.

Project Vote
A national, nonpartisan, nonprofit believing in an organized, diverse electorate, works toward Voter Participation, Election Administration, and Government Agency Voter Registration.

Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Southern Poverty Law Center
Combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.

Sierra Club
Preserving clean air, safe drinking water, wildlife.


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Deal Alert: Every Cyber Monday Sale You Need

rainbow-shopping-bagsSo today is the day you must shop. Seriously, if you need anything at all it’s on sale. Fancy handbag splurges, winter boot necessities, tween fleece, toddler pajamas, cookware, rugs, sofas, light fixtures, jeans, workout wear, books. holiday cards, holiday gifts, makeup essentials, running shoes, sweaters, and even brownies. Here’s a list of my favorite brands & stores with special Cyber Monday sales.

for Women, Men, and Kids
Abercrombie & Fitch
50% off everything plus free shipping

Amazon Fashion
30% off select clothing & accessories

American Eagle Outfitters
50% off sweaters, shoes and more

Ann Taylor
50% everything off + free shipping

20% off full-priced items

20% off with code RECHARGE

Banana Republic 
50% off everything – NO exclusions!

Bare Necessities 
30% off almost everything with code MONDAY30

Barneys New York
40% off sitewide

Barneys New York
40% off designers sitewide

25% extra off select items / 30% off select regular-price handbags
$25 off of every $200 you spend sitewide + up to 50% on select items

30% off + free shipping & returns over $49 with code 3Y8N

30% off sitewide with code CYBER2016

Club Monaco
25%-35% off $150-$400 + extra 30% off sale with code THANKSAGAIN

30% off full-price items with code THANKS2016 / Up to 50% off select styles

50% off everything – NO exclusions! with code CYBMON

50% off entire purchase + $25 off $100 + Free Shipping

Hanna Andersson
20% off everything + free shipping

Hollister Co.
50% off  everything with code CYBER50 + free shipping

40% off and free shipping with code MONDAY

J.Crew Factory 
50% & 60% off everything + extra 40% off clearance with code HAPPYSTYLE

Jack Wills
30% off everything

Kate Spade
30% off everything with code WIRED

Land’s End
45% off with code CYBER + PIN: 1000

20% off $50 purchase with code THANKS20

Loeffler Randall 
Up to 40% off fall boots, shoes, handbags

50% off everything _ free shipping with code CYBERMONDAY

Lou & Grey 
20% off $100 + free shipping with code SHARESALE

Lord & Taylor
Up to 75% off with 25% off savings pass and code CYBER + free shipping

Extra 20% off with code CYBER + free shipping with $25 purchase

25% off entire purchase with code CYBERMONDAY

Marc Jacobs
20% off sales styles with code CYBER

20% off all regular priced items with code CYBER20

North Face
Up to 30% off + free 3-day shipping

Old Navy 
50% off everything – NO exclusions!

Up to 70% off Cyber Monday deals + free shipping

Neiman Marcus 
Save $50-$750 with $250-$3000 purchase with code GC4YOU
Up to 40% off designers + free shipping  /  Up to 70% off clearance items

Extra 20% off select sale items

Rag & Bone 
25% off everything with code CYBER25

Rebecca Minkoff
25% off $100 purchase  /  Up to 75% off wear-now styles

Up to 75% off + 20% off final sales with code CYBER20

Earn up to $750 gift card with code CYBER16

15%-25% off with order of $200-$800 with code GOBIG16
(Same deal for men’s at East Dane)

Up to 50% designer men’s & women’s

Tory Burch 
30% off with code THANKS + free shipping

Cyber Monday sale includes Uggs, Toms, Sorel, Hunter, Nike & more

Bergdorf Goodman
$25-$200 off beauty when you spend $250-$1,000 with code BEAUTY

Blue Mercury
Spend $100 for free $20 gift card with code TWENTY / Spend $250 for free $50 bit card with code FIFTY / Free overnight shipping

Bobbi Brown
20% off everything + free samples + free shipping & returns

20% off everything + free shipping

Free overnight shipping or five additional samples

Sample-filled gold pouch with $225 beauty purchase with code CWBEAUTY

Shop spring launches today only

Amazon Books + Amazon Movies
Cyber Monday deals on books and movies
50% off sitewide

20% off black frames with code BLACK20

20% off everything with code CM2016

40% off custom cards; extra 15% off non-custom items with code EXTRACYBER

Saatchi Art
20% off framed prints with code CYBER / 15% off original artwork over $1,000 with code HOLIDAY / 10% off originals under $1,000 with code GIFT

Serena & Lily
25% off everything with code BESTEVER

Up to 50% off + extra 25% off with code CYBER25

20% off + free shipping until midnight

Amazon Home
Various Cyber Monday deals across home categories

Amazon Electronics 
Various Cyber Monday deals in Electronics

Burke Decor
25% off orders under $500 with code THECYBER25 / 30% off orders up to $2500 with code THECYBER30 / 35% off orders over $2500 with code THECYBER35

15% off full-price items with code SAVE15 + free shipping

Crate & Barrel 
15% off full-price items with code SAVE15 + free shipping

Cost Plus World Market
15% – 30% off purchases of $50+ + free shipping $50+ with code CYBERSAVE

Design Within Reach 
15% off Herman Miller + other deals + free shipping

Domino Magazine Gift Shop
30% off sitewide with d CYBER30

Furbish Studio
20% off + free shipping with code GIVECHEER

Furbish Studio
20% off everything with code HOLIDAY20

15% off top brands with code HOLIDAY16

Jonathan Adler
20% off everything with code MANICMONDAY

Land of Nod
20% off furniture, holiday decor & more + free shipping

Lulu & Georgia
15% go 25% off purchases of $250+ with code BLACKFRIYAY15,20,25

Save up to 70% on modern lighting, fans, furniture & more today only

Mitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams
20% off everything including custom upholstery

One Kings Lane
Extra 20% off furniture, rugs, mirrors, art, lighting & accents

Up to 70% off Cyber Monday deals + free shipping

Pier1 Imports
Save 30% on furnishings & holiday decor + free shipping with code FREESHIP

Pottery Barn
100s of deals sitewide, including PBKids, PBteen, PBBaby, PBDorm

Save 10%-25% with purchase of $250-$1500 + free shipping with code FREESHIP

Serena & Lily
25% off everything with code BESTEVER

Sur La Table
Extra 20% off clearance items with code SAVEBIG16 / Up to 75% off sitewide + free shipping over $59

The Shade Store
15% off all orders + free shipping

Up to 80% off

West Elm
Up to 50% off everything

Williams-Sonoma & Williams-Sonoma Home
10% to 25% off with purchase of $50 to $500 + free shipping with code SAVEMOORE

25% off everything with code OURFAMILY

Up to 50% off Cyber Monday flash sale

Dancing Deer
30% off sitewide with code 30CYBER

Dylan’s Candy Bar
25% off with code FANDF25 + free shipping over $75

20% off + free shipping with code GIVECHEER

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ARTmonday: Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale

The annual Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale is coming up a week from Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts.

This year 70 local ceramic artists will show work, including ceramic pottery, sculpture, tile, and jewelry. Here is a sampling of pieces, both decorative and utilitarian. They make excellent holiday gifts and the artists will appreciate the support. 


Ann Boyajian


Crystal Ribich


Gretchen Mamis


Vicki Heller


Hiroko Williamson


Judy Rosenstein


Kathi Tighe


Lansing Wagner


Marcia Halperin


Mary Kenny


Mary Verhage


Shelley Weinstein


Pamela Gorgone


Maxine Peck


Rosanna Bonnet

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Sunday Bouquet: Color Forecast in Flowers

Earlier this fall I received a surprise delivery from Winston Flowers, compliments of  Valspar Paint. So much better than a press release, Valspar worked with the impeccable Boston florist Winston Flowers to create an arrangement that reflects the paint color trends for 2017. 

Valspar created a collection of 12 paint colors meant to revitalize your home in the coming year. The paint color trends chips, a beautiful mix of dusky, but pretty cool and warm earth and sky/water tones is below. Perhaps Winston Flowers should offer this as a signature arrangement for fall?

Fall Floral Arrangement By Winston Flowers

Fall Floral Arrangement By Winston Flowers

Valspar Color Chart 2017 Paint Color Trends

Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

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Saturday Say It: Broken Gold

When Something Flawed Is Beautiful

Card by Emily McDowell Studio

Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (“golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

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