Four Ways to Style Your Favorite Sweaters

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We asked fashion blogger Kristen Uekermann of The Boston Fashionista to share her tips on how to stay stylish during sweater weather.

With the arrival of the first few snowflakes and the holidays right around the corner, it’s clear that sweater weather is in full swing – and not leaving anytime soon. And while we all love cozy knits for their, well, coziness, let’s not forget that sweaters can comfortable and chic.

Lightweight, chunky, cashmere or cotton ­– who says you have to choose just one sweater style? Here are four ways to dress up your favorite sweaters:

  1. Preppy
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Cashmere Silk-Back Sweater

Pair a luxe and colorful cashmere and silk sweater with a checked shirt, your favorite jeans, and classic sneakers for a vintage touch. Perfect for a day out at the Nantucket Holiday Stroll or lounging at an après ski fire pit.

  1. Downtown
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Highlands Cable Sweater

Simplicity is elegant with a cable-knit sweater paired with cuffed boyfriend jeans, ankle boots, a bandana (the accessory for winter) and a roomy bag.

  1. Uptown
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Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Cape

Wrap up in a cashmere heather gray cape with leather trousers and oversized sunglasses. Tailor it with your hair soft and makeup neutral, or slick your hair back and go with a bold lipstick for a maximum-impact look.

  1. Business Casual
Fair-Isle

Forest Fair Isle Sweater

We all like a break from suits and blouses, but not at the expense of looking professional. A fair isle sweater is the perfect layering piece under a structured blazer. Add some equestrian boots and a sharp handbag for a little polish.

And don’t forget to make the style all your own. All of these versatile pieces can be interchanged – try the cranberry silk and cashmere sweater with leather trousers, for example, or pair the fair isle sweater with a sparkly sequin skirt for a holiday party!

How do you style your favorite sweater?
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Mittens Give Back on National Mitten Day

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Sharing Warmth and Joy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

20161206StJude-featureSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because of this incredible commitment, St. Jude is very close to our hearts.

In honor of National Mitten Day today, and to celebrate our St. Jude Merry Mittens Campaign, we were honored to lend our support to the cause and donate a collection of colorful mittens and hats to St. Jude for its winter-themed Mitten Party. The children and their families made gingerbread-house crafts, enjoyed treats of mitten-shaped pops, and picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

So today, on National Mitten Day, we’re asking for your help in supporting an incredible cause.

Through December 24, you can make a donation to St. Jude just by taking a picture outside bundled up in your coziest winter gear (and don’t forget your mittens!). Upload your mitten photo to Instagram, or here, with #stjudemerrymittens and we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude (up to $15,000).

Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude.

The photos from the event brought a lot of smiles to us here at the Garnet Hill offices, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing them too.

A young St. Jude patient, hard at work on his gingerbread house.

A young St. Jude patient, hard at work on his gingerbread house.

What a treat! Handmade mitten pops were provided for all to enjoy.

What a treat! Handmade mitten pops were provided for all to enjoy.

It was a lighthearted afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.

It was a lighthearted afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.

The patients and their siblings picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

The patients and their siblings picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

The Next Best Thing to Making a Gift Yourself

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At the holidays, the to-do list grows long and time is short.
Not all of us have the time (or the ability) to hand-make our gifts.
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Artisan finds are the next best thing.
Knowing who created the gift, how it was crafted, and what special touches went into it make it even more meaningful.
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Our top pick for a hand-crafted gift this season is Farmhouse Pottery. These artisans believe in old-world potter techniques, crafting pieces with simple tools while holding true to their beliefs in process and authenticity. Through their skills and traditional methods, Farmhouse Pottery creates distinctive pieces that become truly special gifts.

Join us for a peek into Farmhouse Pottery’s studio in Woodstock, Vermont.

The Gift of Coziness: Flannel Bedding

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Garnet Hill Flannel Bedding

How to Give the Gift of Coziness

Funny thing about winter. In other seasons, rough weather – floods, hurricanes, tornadoes – gets us out of the house in a hurry, to safety. But fierce cold and snow keep us home. Where, if we’re lucky, we can snuggle up under warm flannel sheets until the storm passes.

Given as a gift, a set of flannel sheets says I care about you, and want you to be comfortable when the temperature drops. Find flannel sheets that are all-cotton, and made the traditional way, with a denser weave. Selecting a quality product makes for an unforgettable gift for someone special.

Our Signature Flannel sheets are the perfect option. Part of this bedding’s charm is that it’s crafted in a fifth-generation family-owned mill that’s been operating in Germany since 1885 —indeed, two of its present employees are the 4th generation of their families to work there. That’s the experience level needed to master the napping, or brushing, process that makes the flannel exquisite to the touch.

The technique is as much art as science. During the flannel-napping process, skilled craftsmen apply just the right amount of pressure to the material to open up cotton fibers without overstressing them. Depending upon humidity, temperature, and other factors, these flannel sheets will be napped up to 12 times on both sides.

If you haven’t yet, check out these videos on our flannel process.

We should all nap on flannel so exquisitely napped.

Small Space, Big Inspiration with California Closets

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Garnet Hill Mobile Boutique
As you know, we recently designed and launched our mobile boutique, an artfully crafted shoppable boutique on wheels. We couldn’t have made this upcycled shipping container into a tiny home without some help from our esteemed partner, California Closets.

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California Closets used their organization savvy to transform our space, adding smart, customized storage solutions for both shopping and transit.

Read on to see how our friends designed innovative organizational and space-saving pieces for our mobile boutique.

Our Mittens Are on a Mission to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

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Mittens on a Mission. Help Us Reach our $15,000 Goal. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Finding Cures. Saving Children.Now through December 24, you can get cozy for a wonderful cause. We invite you to head outside and share a photo showing off your mittens and winter gear on Instagram using #StJudeMerryMittens or here.

Every photo is a winner! For every one shared, we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® (up to $15,000).

Snow Day Hat and Mittens. Mittens on a Mission. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Not ready to brave the cold?

pj-party-landing-donateSt. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Take a look at others who are showing off their mittens to support by browsing the #StJudeMerryMittens photo gallery.

Fall Photography in New Hampshire:

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10 Spectacular Images Captured by
Garnet Hill Employees

This has been one of the most glorious foliage seasons we can recall in New England – a fiery palette for the record books. While hiking, climbing and driving through it, we paused to take these photographs, and wanted to share.

Lover's Lane, Sugar Hill NH - Photo by Jason Tors

Lover’s Lane, Sugar Hill NH – Photo by Jason Tors

Whits End, Easton NH - Photo by Charles Pates

Whitsend, Easton NH – Photo by Charles Pates

Franconia, NH - Photo by Anne Sofie Dam

Franconia, NH – Photo by Anne Sofi Dam

Cannon Mountain, NH - Photo by Stephen Gatter

Cannon Mountain, NH – Photo by Stephen Gatter

Colebrook, NH - Photo by Jeff Sawyer

Colebrook, NH – Photo by Jeff Sawyer

Mt. Crawford, NH - Photo by Anne Sofie Dam

Mt. Crawford, NH – Photo by Anne Sofi Dam

Sugar Hill, NH - Photo by Bill Cobb

Sugar Hill, NH – Photo by Bill Cobb

Franconia, NH - Photo by Tiffany Hamilton

Franconia, NH – Photo by Tiffany Hamilton

Coffin Pond, Franconia NH - Photo by Dayna Flumerfelt

Coffin Pond, Franconia NH – Photo by Dayna Flumerfelt

Mountain View Grand, Whitefield, NH - Photo by Jeff Sawyer

Mountain View Grand, Whitefield, NH – Photo by Jeff Sawyer

5 Lunchbox Hacks for Busy Moms

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The official back-to-school season may be over, but making school lunches for the kids every morning isn’t. So we teamed up with two sources of help. Lauren from Heart of Deborah gives us some mommy hacks for the school year, and Stonewall Kitchen reinvents the classics with a little gourmet flair.

“As a busy mom I love finding easy cheats to make meal time faster and easier!”

–Lauren, Heart of Deborah

  1. Choose quality ingredients: Revamp the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with gourmet jam. Try Strawberry jam or Wild Maine Blueberry jam made with non-GMO ingredients – you’ll feel good about giving it to your kids, and they’ll love the fun flavor options.Packing Healthy School Lunches - Stonewall Kitchen Jams
  2. Add some crunch: Pretzels and snack mixes are the perfect addition for an on-the-go snack – especially Stonewall Kitchen’s Ultimate Snack Mix for the flavor and convenience. It’s a gourmet snack made easy.Packing Healthy School Lunches - Reusable Snack Bags and Stonewall Kitchen's Ultimate Snack Mix
  3. Use reusable baggies: Always running out of snack bags in your house? Consider using reusable snack bags instead of plastic ones. You will never run out, it’s better for the environment, and your child will love the fun, bright patterns.Packing Healthy School Lunches - Garnet Hill Lunch Pack, Stonewall Kitchen Seasoned Sea Salt Pretzels
  4. Add whole foods: Try to pack one or two whole foods to go with the sandwich and snacks. Apples, bananas and blueberries are easy fruit options while sliced cucumbers, carrots and red peppers are the perfect finger food vegetable.Packing Healthy School Lunches - Stonewall Kitchen Creamy Peanut Butter and Jam
  5. Plan ahead: Instead of waiting until the morning of school, pack your child’s lunch at night. Your morning will be less stressful, and you can involve your children in the lunch-making process. They may be more willing to eat it if they help you pack it!

Remodelista Reimagines the Eileen Fisher Bed

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It excites us when someone styles our bedding in a fresh, new way. Remodelista recently did just that (not once, but twice), using luxurious all-season layers from the exclusive Eileen Fisher Home Collection for a sponsored post featuring two seasonal beds. We’re so taken by the final looks, we want to share them with you.

For a little inspiration, please take a peek.
Remodelista + Garnet Hill

40 years after Garnet Hill was born,
people still judge a brand by its cover.

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Common sense and marketing consultants dictate that the most promising products in a catalog are sold on its cover.

But customers tell us that when our catalog arrives, they put their feet up and their phone down and indulge in a bit of quality time.

Which we encourage with covers that embody our mantra:

Beautiful, Naturally.™

On our 40th birthday, we went downstairs to the archives and retrieved a handful of past favorites.

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