21 December 2014

Gift Guides (Our Wishlists)

These final holiday gift guides are based on mine and my husband Brandon's personal favorites. Time for Christmas shopping is officially running out, but I hope these are still helpful for some of you as most of the vendors featured are still guaranteeing Christmas Eve delivery for a little while longer. If you're done for this year, (lucky you!) feel free to file these ones away for Christmases future or maybe take advantage of those post-holiday sales!

1. This Vegetable Spiralizer by Paderno ($34) has been on my wish list for months. In August, we switched to a mostly Paleo diet, and my good friend Cassie introduced me to this little gadget. Ever since I've been dreaming of zoodles and curly sweet potato fries! Available here on Amazon and here at Williams Sonoma

2. Classic Hot Chocolate ($22, $17) // So remember that Paleo diet I mentioned? This is officially the item I'm most willing to cheat for. (I do substitute almond milk!) Usually I walk past items in Williams Sonoma thinking to myself, "People seriously pay that much for hot chocolate?" But my in-laws gifted us a package of this stuff and I realized that I've been dead wrong. This stuff is worth-every-penny life-changing. I don't think I can ever go back to Swiss Miss.

3. Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Cover ($79) // I've been envisioning this pillow on our couch for longer than I'd care to admit. I love the texture and think these would be a great addition to just about any room!

4. Turtleneck Sweater (Also this one.) // I have been craving a cream chunky sweater and apparently so has everyone else. Seriously, every time I find one I like it's sold out when I go to order it! Sorry for the sold out link. I guess if you want a cream sweater, act fast?!

5. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($21) // In addition to the food we eat, we've also been trying to pay more careful attention to the products we use on our bodies and in our home. I personally love this line of natural beauty products and can't wait to try this highly rated eye cream!

6. Mason Pearson Hairbrush ($150) // This popular beauty splurge is a mainstay on my wish list. Do any of you have one? Is it worth the money and hype?

7. Leopard Print Slippers  ($68, $35) // I saw these at J.Crew the other day and thought they looked just as comfy and stylish as ones at much higher price points. And obviously I have a thing for leopard print...

8. Season 1 of Reign  ($60, $20) // After two people recommended it to me, this show has become my not-so-guilty pleasure in the last month. If you liked Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and are even remotely interested in Mary Queen of Scots, then I guarantee you will be addicted.

1. Star Wars iPhone Case ($35, $10) // My husband is a total Star Wars fanatic. I'm hoping that this Darth Vader iPhone case will be just what I need to convince him to finally upgrade from his 4G. (He's a practical man!)

2. COACH Leather Briefcase ($598) // I bought this briefcase for Brandon for our leather anniversary, after looking at about every possible option. In my opinion it's the highest quality, nicest looking briefcase under $1000. Seeing him carry it to work every day is definitely worth the splurge!

3. Bulldog Natural Skincare Face Wash ($10) // I've been looking for a natural men's skincare line to begin replacing Brandon's current products. I love the branding and the story behind this company. 

4. Selvedge Japanese Chambray Utility Shirt ($98, $69) // This is Brandon's favorite chambray shirt. He wears it all the time!

5. Timex for J.Crew 1600 Watch ($148, $104) // Brandon always points out this watch in the J.Crew catalogs. With a design inspired by JFK, this is one timeless timepiece.

6. English Silk Tie in Microdot ($78, $42) // Brandon owns a very similar tie and I would totally buy him this one!

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray ($40, $15) // This movie is a total flashback for any guy who grew up loving the Ninja Turtles. One viewing in the theater was enough for me, but I can imagine Brandon watching this one over and over again.

8. Red Wing Moc Toe Boot ($270) // Ironically, when Brandon is not at work he likes to dress in casual workwear-inspired outfits. These are his absolute favorite boots. I bought them for his birthday last year and with proper care, they should last him years!

9. Woolrich Buffalo Check Blanket ($90) // I just love this blanket and I know Brandon would too. He has a red and black buffalo check jacket that he wears all the time.

Well... this wraps up the season of gift guides! I hope you enjoyed mine this year and maybe even found them helpful! I'm working on putting together a Christmas house tour post that will be up on the blog next week. Other than that, I'm looking forward to winding down this next week, baking lots of Christmas cookies, and enjoying time with family and my very favorite Christmas gift, our new puppy! Hope you all find time to relax and treasure this holiday season!!

14 December 2014

Gifts for Her Under $25

In case you still have a few ladies to cross off your shopping list, here are some ideas that will keep you right within budget. I would be pretty pleased to discover any of these tucked in my stocking on Christmas morning! (I'm especially obsessing over the Citrus Zinger Water Bottle and the Female Monarchs Desk calendar!)

Happy holiday shopping!!

11 December 2014

Gifts For Him Under $25

For those of us shopping on a budget, I thought I'd round up some stylish picks under $25. Whether you're looking for a little add-on item for your husband, a few more stocking stuffers, or a last minute gift for a brother or friend, budget doesn't have to mean boring. I know my husband would be thrilled to find any of these items under our tree!

1. Cotton Gingham Pocket Square, $8 // 2. Bullet Space Pen, $25 // 3. The North Face beanie, $25 // 4. Ceramic "Blue Whale" Tray, $15 // 5. Red Buffalo Check Scarf, $20 // 6. Native Union USB Charging/Syncing Cable, $25 // 
7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Blu-ray, $9 // 8. J.Crew Slim broken-in pocket tee, $24 // 
9. Falcon Enamelware Mug, $12 // 10. Cedar Shoe Tree, $20 // 11. Baxter of California Large Comb, $18 // 
12. NPW Dominoes Set, $16 // 13. Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds, $11 // 14. Kiehl's 'Ultimate Man' Body Scrub Soap, $13

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Christmas (and Hanukkah) may be only two weeks away, but thankfully, for procrastinators like myself, there's still plenty of time for online shopping! Most stores are running special promotions and offering complimentary rush shipping.

A few of my favorites:
30% off your purchase and free shipping at J.Crew 
Free delivery by Christmas Eve at Nordstrom  
Free 3-Day Shipping and Amazon Prime Eligible at Shopbop and East Dane     

Happy holiday shopping!!

08 December 2014

Gifts for the Posh Pup

Where have I been lately? Just basking in the joy of new motherhood! For all you baby lovers out there, I'm sorry to disappoint. Our new addition is as fluffy as can be and spends 80% of his time napping, 10% exploring every crevice of the backyard, and 10% attempting to destroy my white couch. I'm referring to our brand new labradoodle puppy, Brinkley.

My absolute favorite type of blog posts to craft are gift guides and with Brinkley on the brain, and sleeping by my feet, I thought I'd start with one for the dogs (and dog lovers) in our lives. We've found ourselves buying a lot of stuff for our puppy lately, and I've been on an obsessive quest to find the perfect products that are not only stylish, but also durable and functional. Below you'll find some items we've already found helpful and some things on Brinkley's wish list.

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There's the little guy who's stolen our hearts! Hope all you dog lovers enjoyed this post, and for the rest of you, I promise there will come a day where not every photo on my Instagram feed is of Brinkley. And more gift guides are coming soon! I'm always taking suggestions-- anyone on your list who you could use a little inspiration for? Christmas is sneaking up!!

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