Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Shopping Guide: Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

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The holiday season is a whirlwind between family, friends, work, shopping, gift-giving, parties, and obligations! Whew! I know I’ve been running around like crazy, trying to get everything done so I can settle in with my family for a quiet holiday at home.

If you’re like me, you still might need one or two more items to fill the stockings. So here are some great ideas for anyone one your list – including YOU! Happy Holidays!







  1. LAFCO’s ski house candle – This candle captures the joyful balance of fresh winter air with an added cozy fireside aroma.
  2. Fringe Studio 2016-2017 Planner– Start the New Year off right with this festive confetti 17-month organizer.
  3. Kate Spade iPhone Battery– Get active without being interrupted this holiday with a slim, portable battery bank, accented with two-tone checks.
  4. Moon and Lola Key Chain– Stand out with a personalized monogrammed keychain that comes in attractive bright colors.
  5. Prynt Inkless Mini Photo Printer– Preserve sweet holiday memories in a snap with this iPhone photo printer.
  6. Nordstrom Fur Eye Mask– This luxurious faux fur eye mask will swiftly boost you into deep snooze!
  7. Lumee iPhone light case– Perfect and brighten your next selfie with the vibrant LED lights that line this phone case.
  8. Kate Spade Emoji Earrings– These classic emoji faces bring a playful detail to your look.
  9. Tory Burch face brush– Make your face “glow on the go” with this compact powder/bronzer brush. Great for tossing in your purse in a hurry.
  10. Jonathan Adler Bel Air Cobalt Mini Scoop Vase– Give a funky twist to the usual bud vase with this Lucite cube.
  11. Tory Burch Logo Bead Hinge Cuff– This simple beaded bracelet is timeless and can be layered with all of your jewelry for a trendy look.
  12. Dior Vernis Gel Effect Nail Polish– Use this classic pop of red to make you stand out at any holiday party.
  13. Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection– Look like a pro with this set of classic makeup brushes. Good brushes really do make all the difference!
  14. GiGi New York Passport Case– No more searching for the right bag at the airport! Travel in style with a personalized passport cover or luggage tag.

Shopping Guide: Gifts for The Guys in Your Life

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Guys can sometimes be so difficult to buy for! If they’re like the men in my life, they already have what they need, and they sometimes have trouble telling you what they want. Well never fear – I’ve made a list of can’t-miss gifts that will give any guy on your shopping list a very happy holiday!

Happy Shopping!






1. Herschel Supply Co.’Novel’ Duffel Bag – A functional duffel bag from Herschel Supply is perfect for those weekend getaways, or for storing clothes for the gym.

2. Nordstrom’s Half-Zip Pullover – A cozy cashmere/cotton half-zip pullover will keep him warm and fashionable on those cold winter nights!

3. UGG Men’s Scuff Leather Slipper – Slippers are essential during the winter, and these super-soft leather scuffs will be his favorites for years to come.

4. The Jack Black ‘Jack Pack’ Set – This shaving set will make your guy look and feel dapper through the holidays and beyond!

5. Shinola Leather Wrapped iPhone Case – This isn’t just any iPhone case – it also holds credit cards, business cards, and more!

6. ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch – This health-inspired fitness watch from Fitbit will help your guy look stylish while he sticks to his fitness goals.

7. Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones – These leather over-ear headphones have a vintage look, but offer cutting-edge modern sounds!

8. Burberry Heritage Check Cashmere Scarf – This classic Burberry scarf will chase away the chill while wrapping your guy in style.

9. West Elm Leather Luggage Tag – A cleaver leather luggage tag will help his bags stand out from the crowd at any luggage carousel.

10. Swell Reflective Rose Gold 17-oz Bottle – This water bottle quenches his thirst for a handsome accessory at the gym.

11. Simon Pearce Crystal Cube Table Clock – This crystal cube clock will let your man know that time flies when he’s having fun with you!

12. Jonathan Adler Toulouse Dartboard Set – It’s all fun and games for any guy who gets this playful and colorful dart set.

13. Montblanc Urban Spirit Manhole Cuff Links – This handsome pair of onyx and stainless steel cufflinks make a sophisticated statement.

14. Horchow Faux-Fur Fox Christmas Stocking – Make him smile on Christmas morning with this personalized faux fur stocking.

15. Assouline Publishing’s Ferrari – Rev up any car lover’s engines with this coffee table book that pays homage to the classic Ferrari style.

Shopping Guide: Gifts for Her

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It’s that time of year – a time to give the perfect gifts to those we love! I spend a lot of time looking for the absolute right present for each person on my list, and every year at this time I try to help you with your lists, too. So on Wednesdays this month, I’ll give you a different gift guide for the people on your holiday shopping list!

This week, we’re focusing on the women in your life – your mom, your wife, your daughter, or even YOU! Everyone deserves a special something to make them feel pampered and appreciated, and these gifts would definitely do that! I even put a little mark by a couple of them for me – hopefully Santa reads my blog, too!

Happy Shopping!






  1. Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Convertible Shoulder Bag, Norwood– Her jaw will drop when you give her this gorgeous Tory Burch quilted lambskin shoulder bag in one of the season’s most covetable colors – and one of my favorites!
  2. ‘The Collins’ Leather Strap Watch– I love pairing navy and gold together for a classic look. The special woman in your life will love a simple leather strap watch from Tory Burch!
  3. Kendra Scott Isadora Earrings– Give her the gift of style this year with a pair of rose gold and agate statement earrings!
  4. ‘Original Short’ Gloss Rain Boot– My favorite Hunter rain boots are now available in a short style! A pair of bright coral short gloss rain boots will brighten even her darkest days all year long.
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Rouge Gift Set– The perfect combo gift with a timeless red lipstick, volumizing mascara, and waterproof black eyeliner is perfect for any fashionista in your life.
  6. ‘What A Gem’ Crystal Cocktail Ring– A beautiful gold-plated script band with a fabulous emerald colored cocktail ring will add sparkle and shine to her holidays!
  7. ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace– Simple and sweet, this initial pendant is a personal gift that can be worn every day.
  8. Leather Inlay iPhone Case– This shiny gold leather inlay iPhone case will protect her phone while keeping her chic sense of style intact.
  9. Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow– Nothing makes a space feel more personal than a monogram! Maybe she just moved into her new home, or is redecorating, so help her space feel more like her own with a personal letter pillow.
  10. Collette Check Fringe-Trim Cape– I love the classic Burberry plaid in this trendy fringe-trim cape! And the soft cashmere and wool blend will easily make it one of her favorite gifts this year.
  11. Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones– Maybe the special woman in your life is more tech savvy? Then she will love a pair of wireless on-ear headphones! They are flexible and foldable and offer optimal comfort and sound delivery in a variety of fun colors.
  12. Simply Sparkling Look for the Silver Lining Mug– Leave it to Kate Spade to turn even the dreariest day into something to look forward to! The coffee drinker in your life will appreciate this pick-me-up, especially on those dreaded Mondays.
  13. Bonnie Bunny Slippers– What do you get the girl who literally has everything? Super-chic bunny slippers so she can remember her fun friend at the end of a long day!
  14. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in White– Make her beauty routine easier with this awesome new hair dryer from Dyson! Its controlled, high-velocity airflow will quicken her drying time, and the temperature is controlled and checked every 20 seconds to protect hair from extreme heat damage.
  15. Catherine Wide-Brim Pinned Felt Hat, Mink– I love a chic hat! This wide-brim version with a fold and pin detail will make her fall in love with hats all over again and keep her stylish into the New Year!
  16. Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over the Knee Leather Boots– We all know that a great pair of boots is a fall/winter fashion staple. Surprise her this year with her dream boots!

Shopping Guide: Gifts for Kiddos

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I absolutely love holiday shopping for the kids on my gift list! It brings back the magic and excitement that I had as a little girl waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve! This year, there are some really colorful items on my list – which shouldn’t be a surprise since I’m all about the color, right?!

There are toys, games, and gorgeous clothes, all perfect for that little girl or boy that you might be shopping for! Hope Santa is good to you and yours!

Happy Shopping!






  1. Mudpuppy Enchanting Princess Puzzle Sticks– A fabulous puzzle for girls ages 3 and up featuring beautiful princesses on 24 double-sided puzzle sticks.
  2. Kate Spade New York Scout Girls’ Glittered Crossbody Bag– Let your little girl sparkle this Christmas with a gorgeous pink glitter crossbody bag.
  3. Cherry Tree Hall Four-Story Dollhouse– Let her imagination shine this year with a four-story dollhouse. Each room is decorated differently, so her inner designer can shine!
  4. Girls’ Polka Dot Christmas Tree Pajama Set– Nothing is better than new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.
  5. ‘Star Wars Holiday’ Organic Cotton Two-Piece Fitted Pajamas– Is your little Jedi obsessed with the force? The Star Wars holiday pajamas will get him (or her!) excited for presents and holiday treats!
  6. The Elf on the Shelf Book– Teach your little one all about their very own scout elf from the North Pole who works for Santa Claus himself!
  7. Burberry Girls’ Victoria Hooded Cape– Your fashionista needs the latest styles this holiday season, and that means the classic Burberry pattern in a fun fringe and hooded cape!
  8. ‘First Classic’ Glitter Rain Boot– Give her the gift of splashing and fun this year with a pair of classic rain boots in a military red finish!
  9. Lacoste Boys’ Hooded Puffer Vest– Keep the little man in your life warm in this dark green hooded puffer vest.
  10. ‘Future – Magbot’ Magnetic Wooden Blocks Play Set– Watch your little one’s creativity soar with this set of magnetic wooden blocks with pieces to create all of the robot characters he or she can think of!
  11. View-Master Deluxe Virtual Reality Viewer– This virtual reality viewer is compatible with several smartphones to allow your little one to literally step into the games!
  12. A Teepee to Call Your Own– Perfect for any of the children in your life – they can play pretend and have a secret hide-out inside this colorful teepee!
  13. Kids’ Musical Instrument Gift Set– Get ready to make some music this year! The music box includes a flute, metal triangle, xylophone, and other instruments to let your new favorite band sing carols to their heart’s desire.
  14. ‘Scoot-Around’ Riding Toy– Get the little one in your life scooting around on this fun foot-powered riding toy designed to develop muscle strength and balance!
  15. Zoo Pack Backpack– Your little one can be fun and practical with this cute monkey face backpack to carry all of the fun on-the-go toys!
  16. Striped Critter Nap Mat– Nap time just got so much cooler with a monster face navy and green striped nap mat and matching blanket!

4 Tips for Your Holiday Decorating

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I love this time of year! It’s all about family, friends, and fun – and adding a little sparkle to your decor! I have so many people ask me each year for my decorating tips for the holidays, so I thought I’d give you 4 of my best professional tips to get your home into the holiday spirit:


1. Let your decor dictate your holiday palette. No matter how gorgeous your holiday items are, if they are competing with your room instead of complementing it the effect will be lost. So go for colors that work for you, like pink and black, or turquoise and green. It will be colorful and festive!


2. Think fresh! Use fresh evergreen boughs, garlands, and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines, and oranges. That will give your home a beautiful natural look, and it smells heavenly!


3. Bring out those collections. The holidays are the perfect time to use your collections of china, nutcrackers, teapots, or figurines. Group them all together to create fun and festive vignettes. I love to use my collections of jadeite for holiday table settings! They’re a unique color, but they really take on a holiday spirit when paired with sparkling silver, china, and glass.


4. Be playful with your decor. I love to decorate a tree for my daughter each year, and it always includes small toys, trinkets, or costume jewelry to give it a whimsical touch that’s personalized for her.

Use these ideas to make your holiday decor both festive and unique to you! And let me know what you’re favorite ornaments and decor ideas are in the comments section below!

Happy holiday decorating!