12.09.2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For Her!

Here we are, just about two weeks away from Christmas. It's crunch time! Today I am sharing my ideas for gifts for women. Be it your mom, sister, bestie...or to drop a few hints for yourself! Many of these items would be lovely grouped together, depending on the amount you want to spend. The robe with the slippers, the gorgeous glass coffee mugs with the French Press, the planner with the pens, etc. Enjoy!

More Holiday 2015 Gift guides: Kids, Home, Men





This is a great lip brand with all natural ingredients and gorgeous colors.

Illume candles are a new fave, they smell amazing and come in beautiful packaging and containers.

A gorgeous watch is a practical and luxury gift to give.

The creme de la creme of lounge wear!

It's no secret L'Occitane is one of my favorite skin care brands. The products are so luxurious, and I have never used a product I didn't like. Their holiday sets are packaged in a gorgeous box so you don't even need to wrap them if you don't want. I like this set of winter skin care favorites.

This is what is on the top of my wish list this year.

Each holiday Sonia Kashuk puts out a new line of limited edition makeup brushes. The quality is great for the price and the designs are always so unique. A great gift for the beauty lover.

These glass coffee mugs are so beautiful! A great deal for a set of six.

For the coffee lover, a French Press is a must. This copper beauty is perfect for setting out on the table at weekend brunch.

I'm really into stone jewelry at the moment. I love the natural and delicate feel. A beautiful splurge for your boho beauty.

Who doesn't have 2016 planners on their mind at this time of the year? A great practical gift that will be sure to delight.

Add a set of pretty pens to go along with your planner gift. They go hand in hand!

This season it is all about the oversized gray scarf. (Check out my style post here). Get one for all your lady friends!



12.01.2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Kids

So did you all survive Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday? What a whirlwind! I have a lot of my shopping done, but do have more on my list to check off. I couldn't keep up with Cyber Monday yesterday. Things were selling out, websites were crashing, and I just ended up giving up! I hope you had better luck. Today I continue my Holiday Gift Guides with ideas for kids! Be sure to check out my guides for home, men and beauty too!




My seven year old is asking for Calico Critters for Christmas. She is obsessed with these fuzzy little animal families! I remember I was too when I was younger.

This is too cute and wood food holds up so well. We had our play food sets for at least five years and they were in perfect shape the entire time. Love this "vintage" take...that baguette!

I love to gift craft sets, it is usually what I get for birthday party gifts for my daughters' friends. You really can't go wrong.

Pretty enough for display!

Toys to get kids active is another favorite of mine. Scooters are so fun!

We love to play board games in our family, and the ones we all seem to agree on are Disney. We also love Disney Pictopia and Eye Found It!

You gotta throw in a few needs, and cold weather gear is always a welcome gift (for parents at least!)

Give me all the adorable PJs! Can't get enough.

Minecraft is still a major kid fave, and these Lego blocks get them out of the game and into real life!

I need more babies in my life, because I miss buying adorable baby clothes! 

I mean, who wouldn't want their own Cafe to chill at all afternoon? ;)

Star Wars mania is at epic proportions. How fun are these light saber ice pops!?

My kids always get a few books under the tree. This best-seller is a winner.

My other faves are the vintage reprints of Little Golden Books. Cost Plus has a variety of titles at a great price.

I image little ones would have a ton of fun dropping the letters in the slot, and then opening it up with the keys. Then repeating. Again and again and again. What is it with kids and keys? Haha.

My girls had this set when they were younger and they loved making personalized bracelets and necklaces for themselves and friends. I even got a few as gifts on Mother's Day, which they were always proud of (and I of course loved). The wooden beads were nice and easy for them to string on their own.

11.30.2015

Don't Miss: Nordstrom Cyber Monday Deals!

Today is the best day to stock up on little luxuries from Nordstrom! Complete your shopping for everyone in one stop! I will be updating my favorites throughout the day, but wanted to get a few up asap so you don't miss them!



11.25.2015

Best Black Friday Beauty Deals!

Black Friday is a great time to stock up on beauty essentials for yourself and they make the best gifts too! Sephora always has the best holiday sets at amazing prices, as well as some great discounts on cult favorites! Check out my top ten favorite deals below on some of my favorite beauty brands. Get them before they sell out!




People LOVE this brand, and these sets always sell out at the holidays.

Snatch up this cult fave at 50% while you can!

My favorite holiday sets are always from tarte. Such a great selection of products at an amazing price!

A gorgeous selection of Lancome favorites for the eyes: liner, mascara, primer and remover.

The best of the best in skin care. Try out lots and find your new fave!

This brand...everything they make is a home run.

A great little set of some of the best blushes around!

This is the gift to give to your teen sister, bff, or any makeup lover!

My all time favorite face wash. This stuff smells amazing!!

Comes in three color palettes, and each has a highlighter, bronzer and blush. Perfect for your on-the-go makeup kit!


11.23.2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Men

I kicked off holiday gift guide week with my one of my favorites: items for the home and today I am continuing with one of the more complicated (for me) subjects: men! Haha! I guess it can be easy if you have a guy who is into "stuff", but my husband is not! Luckily my brother is, so I do have fun shopping for him. Generally I look for things for my guys that are either something they have been needing (for my husband, it is wireless ear buds for running), clothing (because he hates shopping for himself), or things that just shout "I'm a man!" (like a survival toolkit). A few of the items I have picked for this gift guide are things my husband owns and loves, and I will let you know about them down below!




1.  'Ascot' Leather Slipper • UGG • $119.95
A really nice, high quality pair of slippers will really elevate your guys' everyday lounging situation.

2. PT Performance Short • Soffe • $16.99
Does your guy talk about "PT" (physical training) as much as mine? It may be an army/cop thing because my husband takes his PT seriously! That along with all the gear it entails; he is super picky about his workout clothes. He recently told me of this brand, Soffe, that makes military issue style PT clothing. These shorts are high on his list. Bonus: everything is super affordable!

3. Water Resistant UA Storm Hoodie • Under Armour • $59.99
I bought my husband a similar version last year (the year before? The years are starting to blur together) and he wears it all the time. It is one of his favorite items.

4. Chuck Taylor ® All Star ® 'Chuck II' High Top Sneaker  • Converse • $74.95
Another of my husband's favorite items are the new Chuck II's. He has always loved his Chucks, and when they came out with a new and improved version for the first time in their nearly 100 year history, he had to have them! The silhouette is relatively the same, but there is more cushioning and arch support inside thanks to Nike's Lunarlon technology. They come in various colors, but I like the classic black best, and love the new matte tone on tone eyelets!

5. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Duffel Bag • Herschel • $59
For the traveler/gym goer, a trendy Herschel weekender is a nice pick. Or try a backpack for your guy on the go.

6. 'No Days Off' Graphic T-Shirt • Nordstrom • $21.60
Before our summer vacation this year, we went to Walnut Creek to go shopping and stopped in Nordstrom. My husband is a tshirt guy through and through, and he fell in love with this brand. They are soft and well constructed. He bought this exact shirt and wears it all the time. I'm afraid Target tees just aren't going to cut it for him anymore.

7. Sol Republic Shadow Bluetooth Headphones - Grey • $99.99
These lightweight and fully flexible earbuds are great for workouts.

8. Tool Logic Survival Card with Fire Starter, Light and Knife • Target • $14.99
This would be a cool little stocking stuffer. A wallet size card that has a fire starter, light, tweezers, toothpick and small knife inside.

9. The Art of Manliness Collection (Paperback) • $23.99
This giftable cigar box contains two Art of Manliness books and six coasters.

10. Ted Baker Wooden Effect Pen • Asos • $33
Why should girls have all the fun with office supplies? This wood-effect ball point pen from Ted Baker comes in a very nice box perfect for gift giving.

11. Wood'd Wooden iPad Case • $58
Crafted in Italy with a hand sanded wood finish. Beautiful!

12. Bickley + Mitchell X UO Sherpa Beanie • $32
This looks so warm and cozy, I think I want one too! I'm always on the hunt for warm hats for my husband, who shaves his head. It makes me cold just looking at him in the winter!

13. Hamilton Lace-Up Boot • Sebago • $105–199
LOVE these boots; your guy can dress them up or down. Sure to get lots of compliments!

14. Skull Planter • $19.99
Filed under one of the more quirky requests from my husband: a skull planter for his desk! Plop a succulent in top and you are good to go!

15. Men's Society Handsome Hands Manicure Kit • $33
This kit is like a manicure set packaged up to appeal to a guy. Included are nail clippers, two nail files and a woodsy, citrus scented 100% natural hand cream. Another fun stocking stuffer idea!

16. G-Shock GA-110 Military Black • G-Shock • $130
If your guy needs a heavy duty watch that can withstand anything, a G-Shock is the way to go. I love the rugged design of these as well.

17. Buffalo checkered PJ pants • Gap • $29.95
I always buy new pajamas for the family each Christmas. For the guys it's a nice new pair of flannel pj pants!

18. The North Face ETip Glove • The North Face • $45
Touch screen compatible, although I think almost all gloves are these days! A great everyday glove without too much bulk.

19. Jack Black Travel Essentials Set • Jack Black • $24
A nice travel set of men's toiletries always ends up on my lists. Such a classic and useful gift.