While we have been focused on gifting, I’m focused on packing for two weeks away from NYC! I have a few destinations while i’m gone but starting on Sunday, I’ll be in the sun for ten straight days. Do you believe it??? I am jealous of myself. It’s been a crazy couple of months so I am really looking forward to the R&R. I got so excited to start packing for this trip and I wanted to buy a few things to add to my resort-wear. The below were all my favorites.
Clockwise from top left: Joie A La Plage Sandals - $160 // Rag & Bone Distressed Twill Mila Shorts - $155 // Calypso Suna Bikini Top and Bottom - $95 / $95 //One by Pink Stitch Resort Maxi Dress (comes in 15 great colors and under $100) – $85 // Lolo Molly Pineapple Clutch – $42 // Ondademar Cover Up (I am obsessed with this and sad I didn’t buy it) – $218 // Tory Burch Canvas Espadrilles - $135 // Lilly Pulitzer Callahan Shorts – $64 // Persifor Surfside Scarf - $98 // Medina Antilles Canvas Tote – $98 // Calypso Revena Embroidered Dress (Stunning) – $375 // Mara Hoffman for Pendleton Towel – $77
This is the year of the baby for my friends (3 born, 3 more to go!). It’s been so much fun finding gifts for them that are adorable so I thought I’d share some some of my favorites. I love how patriotic boys stuff can be and those navy leggings with gold stars on them? That coat? Adorbs.
Boys: Smathers & Branson Boys Needlepoint Belt – $100 // Monogram rollneck sweater (my go to gift) – $68 // Lobster Jammies – $32 //Snowtime Snowballs – $30 // JCrew Baby Waffle Henley (it’s like a legit cool baby onesie) – $27 // Gap Sunglasses Hat - $14 // Brora Cashmere Mittens (in lots of colors too) – $70
Both: Kate Quinn Organic Onesie – $30 // Elephant Animal Slippers – $20 // Susan Lazer Unisex Faux Fur Cable Hoodie - $68 // Kissy Kissy Reindeer Fun Outfits for Girl and Boy – $60
Girls: JCrew Baby Heart Onesie - $27 // Egg by Susan Lazer Gold Star Leggings and Tunic - $25 / $60 // Janie and Jack Bow Felt Coat – $90 // Baby Bling Headband – $10 // Freshly Picked Moccasins (too cute) – $60 // Personalized Toms Slip Ons (jealous) – $53 // Light Pink Whale Sweater (boy version here) – $45
Every girl loves a beauty product. I don’t care how low maintenance you claim to be, no one wants wrinkles and no one wants to look at raggedy nails. There are so many great beauty sets out there this season (a lot have sold out online so check out your Nordstroms asap) and there are a lot of great one off products to get someone that will be appreciated. No one says “I don’t like” to a Chanel face.
Clockwise from top left: Creme de la Mer Cream (treat yo’self) – $160 // Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Trio (these tiny lipsticks have bows on them) – $39 // Deborah Lippman Set (perfect stocking stuffer) – $30 // Chanel Quadra Eyshadow Set (we love these and they come in lots of colors) – $61 // MAC Keepsakes Brush Set (MAC travel brushes are the best) – $53 // Nars Roman Holiday Set (lipstick, nailpolish and cheek stain) – $49 // Alexis Bittar for Sephora Liquid Gold Beauty Brush (or try the set; these brushes are works of art) – $58 // Christian Louboutin Nudes Nail Color - $50 (each) // Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Cracker (Lauren and my favorite MB scent) – $25 // Chanel Glossimer Trio – $90 // Laura Mercier Hand Cream Set (my fav hand cream) – $27 // Kiehl’s Bath and Shower Gel (it’s a great idea to get someone giant version of a product they love. In my case, grapefruit Kiehl’s body wash) – $25 // Molton Brown Bath & Body Treasures – $60 // Henri Bendel 4 Piece Cosmetics Case - $98 // Lauren Conrad Beauty Book – $10 // Aerin Beauty Rose Hand & Body Creme (such a pretty bottle!) – $36 /// Tata Harper Daily Essentials Set (great way to try this amaze brand) – $68 // Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Snowflake Bottle (my fav scent in a gorge bottle) – $120
Soooooo I am exhausted and cannot wait for this weekend. My Christmas cards have gone out (cough cough holiday cards), the lights are up on my balcony and the Kelly Clarkson Xmas album is pretty much on repeat these days. I love it. More gift guides to come but here’s what you can catch up reading while wrapping your gifts!
1. I’m starting this off with a very long article that is genuinely the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks. Drew Magary can do no wrong in my book and his analysis of the Williams Sonoma catalog is beyond funny.
2. This little guy’s meltdown after missing a putt is too cute. “You just gotta taaaaap it in.”
3. I love champagne and I love glitter so I am OBSESSED with this idea of these DIY glitter champagne bottles for your holiday parties.
4. Here’s another funny little munchkin to keep you entertained.
5. I am uber tempted to get these pastel blue espadrilles for my upcoming trip to Mexico…
6. I know you are all with me when I say it’s so refreshing when someone has perfect manners. Let’s all take note of these polite habits we can practice.
7. Not to be too sappy but it is the holidays and while we are always trying to get the perfect gift for our friends and families, it’s nice to try to give back too. My favorite charity during the holidays? Operation Santa. Literally you can answer someone’s letter and BE SANTA. It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and I’m so happy I’ve made it my own Christmas tradition.
Lots of different types of gifts on this one but all (except one that snuck in there) are under $50 and won’t break the bank. These are perfect items that keep your budgets on track but will all be appreciated!!
Clockwise from top left: Angora Fluff Mukluk Slippers – $50 // Mark and Graham Monogrammed Melamine Tray (comes in a ton of different colors and options) – $44 // Jonathan Adler Glitter Canister (so many fun things could go in here!) – $88 (woops) // JCrew plaid flannel sleep shorts – $36 // Gorjana Alphabet Necklace – $50 // Chuck Taylor Shoreline Sneakers - $45 // Anthropologie Faux Fur Cuff Gloves (if you want something more cozy) – $48 // CWonder Buffalo Check Cheese Knife Set – $38 // JCrew Gold Elephant Tee (you guys know my love of elephants) – $42 // Tom Ford Nailpolish - $32 // Rebecca Minkoff Sunglasses Case (this is perfect instead of one of those giant hard cases that take up half your purse) – $50 // JCrew Plaid Shearling Cuff Slippers – $45 // Deepa Gurnari Beaded Braid Headband – $38 // Happy Plugs Earbuds – $30 //Kate Spade “Fancy Another?” Tray – $50 // Topshop Polka Dot Gloves (so Princess Kate) – $48 //Ban.Do backup iphone charger (this isn’t exciting but it’s so useful it’s an awesome gift) – $30 // Kate Spade Sailor Knot Studs (Hi, I’m a classic earring that will be worn everyday in silver/gold/rose) – $36 // Deer Plush Blankets (in lots of colors) – $38 // Dreamer Henley Pajamas (in tons of colors) – $40. Two Henri Bendel gifts that didn’t make the collage: Henri Bendel Classic Medium Cosmetics Bag (it’s on here because I use mine everyday and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received) – $48 // Henri Bendel Louie Key Fob (my mom got me this and I love it. It’s substantial enough to find but not big enough for people to see it and be like, “woah what on earth do you keep your keys on?”) – $48
The toughest people on my gift list are always the men in my life. I know you can always go with the Bose headphones or some other electronic (the iPhone 6 is always tempting since it actually fits into a dude’s hands) but I tried to get a little bit creative and find some things that are practical. My dad was really pumped with his drone (truth) for his bday this year so really, you know them best. Inside scoop on PP for Wednesday – gifts under $50!
Clockwise from top left: 3-in-1 game set (I’m cold, I’d be pumped to play backgammon tonight) – $100 // Johnnie Walker Blue Bottle (that you can ENGRAVE!) – $230 // Rancourt Horsebit Loafer - $340 // Lacoste Henley Set – $209 // Hey Handsome Shaving Kit -$68 // Ray Ban Classic Wayfarers - $130 //Golf Courses: Fairways of the World Book – $109 // Cole Haan Howland Penny Loafers (I love these too) – $100 // American Flag Needlepoint Cufflinks (I usually am not a cuff link fan but I adore these) – $55 // Lands End Monogrammed Plaid Wool Scarf (I love all of the colors) – $30 // Barbour Liddesdale Jacket (men just look so handsome in this jacket) – $190 // Harry’s Truman Shave Set (I’ve heard only great things) – $25 // Breville Mini Toaster Oven (I realize this is a really random thing on this list but let me just say, my parents got me this and I am literally obsessed. IT IS AMAZING AND IT IS A TOASTER.) – $150 // Blue Claw Weekender Bag (in olive or navy) – $375 // Fish’s Eddy Mug – $17 // Philips Sonicaire DiamondClean Toothbrush (apparently this is the greatest toothbrush of all time so we all should get involved) – $190 // Vineyard Vines Jersey 1/4 Zip (a repeat from last year but every guy loves this) – $98.50
The first week back after a long weekend is always the worst so A+ to Friday. As to the photo above, this is JiffPom who is an absurd dog and now is a model for BaubleBar. Happy weekend.
1. Our Lauren is famous and she and Van talk about their favorite holiday places in Palm Beach. Love this and can’t wait!!
2. Rent The Runway is brilliant and now offers rentals for your ugly sweater parties!!
3. I have a colleague/friend who sends the funniest gifs (I asked him where I should go on vacation and he sent thisin response). Here are the best ones from 2014.
4. Umm there’s a Lifetime Whitney Houston movie. Dream. Come. True.
5. Thank you to another one of my favorite colleagues/friends (new term for people who I actually like to hang out with outside of work) for sending me this version of Chandelier that is hilarious.
6. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Christmas village decor but the idea ofmaking it all white and gold is so chic.
7. It’s National Cookie Day (big deal for those of us named Cookie). Here are some recipes if you want something different than the chocolate chips of the world.
All of us are headed to someone’s holiday cocktails this year so let’s bring a great gift. I tried to get a little creative this year and cross lots of different price thresholds. Every host/hostess is unique so try to find something that you think will fit into their home! No need to break the bank on some of these either!! More gift guides to come – for the gents, the munchkins, under $50, under $150 and for your moms. Any other requests?? Let us know!!
Clockwise from top left: Single Cleat Serving Boards (this is one of my fav gift shop in NYC. Obsessed) – $125 // Tory Burch Candle (I love the idea of melting this down and using it a a makeup brush holder!) – $60 // Kate Spade Vienna Lane Keepsake Box – $40 // The Andy Cohen Diaries ((I know I’ve posted this before but my bff Teri and I cannot stop laughing at this read) – $ 16 // JCrew Heart Bowls – $36 // C.Wonder Agate Coasters- $98 // C.Wonder Jingle Bell Wine Stopper - $28 // Artist Palette Cheese Tray – $68 // Moscow Mule Mugs (one of those things you’d never buy for yourself) – $38 // Elephant Salt & Pepper Shakers - $12 // Rachel George Mug (I truly think this Beyonce song is ridiculous so I love this mug) – $23 // Oscar De La Renta (that’s the book title. Just ODL. Dream Coffee Table) – $125// Williams Sonoma Assorted Winter Cookies - $25 // NewGate Covent Garden Alarm Clock – $30 // Antiquo Cheese Set - $27
As you are all aware, I love a holiday card. I love stationery in general but there’s nothing that makes me happier than when I sit down with Christmas music and champs and write out my holiday cards to my loved ones. Who doesn’t love a pretty piece of snail mail??? Here are some fun ones, cute for xmas, new years, hannukah, any holiday you wish you celebrate.
Top Row: Papyrus Present Christmas Cards (it’s literally a present that is a card – set of 10) – $25 // Ugly Sweater Cards (set of 10) – $13.50 // 9th Letter Press Red Foil Bow Card - $5 // Flamingos in Winter (I mean these are so adorable and PB perfect -set of 8) – $29
Bottom Row: Paper Source “Oy To The World” (set of 10) – $12.50 // Sugar Paper “Oh What Fun” (set of 6)- $28 // Wild Ink Vintage Ornaments (love these – set of 8) – $18 // Papyrus Glitter Knit Hat & Mittens (set of 12) – $15
My favorite time of year is officially here. I have had my Christmas music on repeat, put lights up on my balcony and am about to decorate the tree this week!! That also means it’s gift buying season and this is my fav part of writing a shopping blog. Holiday gift guides are coming your way (stay tuned because there are lots of subjects from hostesses to gents to tots and lots of different price ranges) and today marks the first one. Gifts under $100.
Clockwise from top left: Marble Cheese Board – $98 // Cashmere Fingerless Gloves – $88 //Kate Spade Glitter Sneakers (in more fun colors here)- $80 // Mark and Graham Rocha Ring – $80 // Pottery Barn Sherpa Robe (monogram this cozy number) – $75 // Kate Spade Camden Slippers – $85 // Sara Chloe Eva Engraved Pendant – $98 // Champagne Flutes - $80 // Cosabella 4 Piece Set – $80 // Pendleton Appetizer Plates - $62 // Henri Bendel Laundry Bags (one of my go-to gifts and now comes in a cute makeup bag)- $58 // JCrew Holiday Lights Pajamas (too too cute for xmas morning) – $87 // Iomoi Small Classic Monogrammed Tote (might be my fav thing on here) – $98 // Jonathan Adler Pig Ring Bowl – $88 // Warby Parkers (send a gift card, everyone loves these) – $95 // Hyannis Overnight Bag – $75 // Gerard Yosca Blue Drop Earrings – $100 // Pineapple Fruit Planter – $90 // Monogrammed Stainless Steel Wine Cooler – $98 // Nixon Time Teller Watch (in all classic colors) – $95