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Gift Guide: Living the Good Life

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Living the good life. Do you want to? Well it isn’t always about having lots of money and buying expensive things. It’s mostly about making memories, especially during this time of the year.

But yes, there are those of us who love fine things, myself included.  And sometimes it’s more about good taste than a high price tag, right?  So whether your budget allows for expensive splurges this Holiday season or you just want to look like it does, here’s my mix of High and Low priced lovely things that will have you and your loved ones living the good life.

And since it’s Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, I bet you can get some deals on many of these fab finds today only. Good luck! (P.S. I have 2 more days of gift guides to help you finish your shopping before December has hardly started. So stay tuned for my last few favorites coming your way this week!)

Happy Shopping Darlings! xo,

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  1. Valentino “Rock Stud” Pumps–A splurge for sure, these gorgeous red studded pumps from Valentino will have you looking like the Bell of the Ball this holiday or maybe like a rather fancy Mrs. Claus. Are these the perfect gift for YOU this year? Then your honey needs to be sent a link to purchase these hot little numbers to put under the tree. I’ll vouch for you that you’ve been a good girl! Don’t love the Red? Well don’t worry. These babies come in many colors so you can pick the one you love most.
  2. Beaded Pillow–this “Ritzy”-looking Rizzy Home beaded pillow only looks expensive. Add a few of these to your sofa to jazz things up a bit. Or gift these to your friends with a new home or your stylish college student for her bedroom. You’ll have them all looking glamorous in no time!
  3. Aerin Match Striker–I have a thing for gorgeous Match Strikers. And boy did Aerin Lauder ever make a fabulous brass one! Yes, it’s pricey but I’m ordering this beautiful piece for myself today. Merry Christmas to me! It’s so pretty it doubles as an accessory so it’s my favorite sort of piece, beautiful and functional all at the same time. This makes a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and family who live the good life and seem to have everything already.
  4. Manolo Blahnik Book–So maybe splurging on a pair of Manolo’s isn’t in your budget right now, but putting his gorgeous book on your coffee table just may be. This is a  gift that all those “Carrie Bradshaw’s” in your life will appreciate. So if you are a fashionista or an interiors enthusiast or have some of them on your list, this will be the perfectly pretty and inspiring gift to decorate their homes.
  5. Kate Spade “Money” Phone Cover–It’s all about the Money, Money, Money. Ok, so maybe you don’t have as much cold, hard cash as you wish this holiday, but not to worry. This adorable “Money” phone cover won’t break the bank. Designed by the creatives at Kate Spade, this glam little item will have you feeling like a million buck while you Cyber-shop on your iPhone. It is perfectly sized for a stocking stuffer too. And at this great price, maybe you should buy 2!
  6. Marabou Vest–What could be more glamorous and chichi than a Marabou Vest? Well thank goodness for Betsey Johnson because she came to the rescue with this adorable one! This piece is great for layering and if you don’t want black, no worries. It comes also comes in blush and gray. I think this gift will get squeals from those Fancy peeps on your list.
  7. Pointy Toe Leather Bootie–This gorgeous and classic leather bootie by Sam Edleman exudes style and sophistication. And though it looks top of the line, the price tag isn’t too bad. Yes, still an investment but one that will go with anything and everything for seasons to come and it looks MUCH more expensive than it really is. I think this is the perfect gift for those shoe-lovers on your list. And if you’re wondering, I’m a size 8. (wink!)
  8. Oversized Leopard Clutch–Ok, another Splurge item but Oh My! This gorgeous leopard clutch is dreamy. Forget Sugar Plums, I have visions of Leopard in my head and this zip top clutch with gold hardware makes my dreams super sweet! Do you have anyone on your list who would love to be “seeing spots” with this cutie under the tree?
  9. Nest Holiday Candle–Nest brings the Glam to candles. And they have the BEST scents! Looking lovely and high style in it’s gold packaging, I think the Nest Holiday Candle (Birchwood Pine Scent) is the perfect Hostess Gift or Stocking Stuffer. I can hardly wait for the holidays to roll around each year so I can light one of these lovelies and make my whole house smell like Christmas!
  10. Osis “Dust it” Hair Powder–Want to look like you stepped out of a high-dollar salon all season long? Well this product will do the trick. I love Dust it Powder to give my hair control and long-lasting hold while still looking soft. It’s like dry shampoo but better. Drop one of these in the stocking of all the ladies in your life. I see some glamorous hair in their future!
  11. Celine Havana Sunglasses–Celine brings us these gorgeous and totally chic sunglasses to help you and yours look like a star. The bold black frames are detailed with red edges and a beige interior for some added appeal and Hollywood Style.
  12. Parisian Bar Cart–A Bar Cart definitely makes the list of my favorite things! Seriously, what’s more glamorous than serving drinks from this black and brass beauty to all your Holiday guests? And the top Shelf doubles as a removable tray to make serving that much easier. Oh Santa Baby, I’ll have a martini, please! And pair it with this stylish bar cart from Serena and Lily if you don’t mind.
  13. Gold Caviar Serving Set–Dahling, if you’re serving Caviar at your next soiree, this Gold Imperial Caviar 4-piece hostess set by Marchesa is a MUST have. For those on your list who have a sophisticated palette, this would make the perfect gift.
  14. Red Tory Burch Tote–The slender handles and gold logo hardware keep this handy Tory tote looking chic. It’s a perfect carry on for all those Jet-setting friends and family of yours. So put this under the tree and they will think of you as they travel the world in the year ahead.
  15. Black Leather Gloves with Bow–The darling bow detail and soft leather make these gloves dreamy. I love the feminine styling and it will help your girly-girls look lovely and stay warm all at once.

Tobi’s List of Last-Minute Gifts

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Yes, Christmas is just 3 days away, but there’s no need to panic! I have put together a quick list of goodies that you can get in a jiffy – just click through the link in each product’s name to find a retailer near you, or to order for express delivery! These gifts will work for just about anyone on your list, so relax. I’ve done all the hard work for you! For example, the Rablabs polished agate coasters above are gorgeously practical.

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If you plan to give the traditional bottle of wine, spice things up a bit with a festive and witty tag like this one from Nordstrom!

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This bag from Bauble Bar is perfect for the busy bee in your life, and can hold jewelry, pens, makeup, or other treasures.

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New year, new date book – like this gorgeous leather-bound pocket version from GiGi New York. It will sort out any crazy schedule!

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Little lucite vases are cute and practical gifts, all in one clever and colorful package designed by Jonathan Adler.

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For the guy on your list, gift him this Owen & Fred toiletry case and make him smile every time he uses it!

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Everyone can use a chic travel umbrella, and I love this graphic design from Kate Spade with the kelly green handle.

So there you have it! Did we miss anyone on your list? Just click here for more ideas on my pinboard. And I wish you and your family a merry and bright holiday week!

xo,

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Tobi’s Gifts for Chefs

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I love to cook and bake, particularly with my daughter at the holidays! It’s the perfect time to make something for friends and family to show you care! If you know someone who loves spending time in the kitchen, then I have a list of gifts that will make them smile (and maybe even cook for you!). The Escali Taso measuring bowl, above, is a great example of a gift that looks good and works smart. It gives you precise measurements and weights for those picky recipes! Clever, right?

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Speaking of clever, this Breville Tea Maker is an incredible leap forward for anyone who loves tea. The basket actually moves up and down as it brews, to perfectly steep the tea leaves!

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The Chantal Onyx line of cookware expertly combines steel and copper for pots and pans that work on any stove type, including induction, and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

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The 14-piece set from Kitchen Aid gives you every type of knife a cook could need, all in gorgeous matte stainless.

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Southern Living is known for fabulous cookbooks, and the Farmer’s Market version is no different. It’s full of delicious, and healthy, recipes that make the most of a garden’s bounty.

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Then consider this acacia wood holder to keep that cookbook on just the right page at all times! It’s also priced right since it’s from Target’s Threshold line!

I have even more clever gift ideas for the chef on your list! Just click here to see my pinboard and let’s cook up the perfect present for you to put under the tree!

xo,

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Gifts for Techies

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Tory Burch FitBit bracelet

It’s Cyber Monday- a BIG shopping day online, and a great day to talk about gifts for techies! I hope Santa is reading this blog post because the gift I’ve put on the very top of my list for this holiday season is the Tory Burch FitBit bracelet! It’s a chic and stylish way to hide your FitBit while you keep track of your fitness routine throughout the day. Much better than that rubber bracelet, right?

The tech world is offering a lot of fantastic ideas for gifts this year, and there are quite a few that I have my eye on! Check out my favorite picks for gadgets to give this holiday season:

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Bose SoundTrue headphones look stylish, and deliver fab sound

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The Beats speaker is sleek and small, but gives a lot of volume!

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This bluetooth-enabled Iwerkz foldable keyboard helps you type on smaller devices

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Mighty Purse recharges your phone in style!

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I first saw this Native Pop handset at the awesome 21c hotel! Makes talking and working easy and chic!

Aren’t these tech gifts fun and useful? I have even more ideas on my pinboard – just click here! I’ll bet you might find a few great gifts, and a few things for you!

‘Tis the season! Happy Cyber Monday!

xo,

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Gifts for Home Bodies

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Surya pillow in raspberry and orange

Not only is the home my business as an interior designer, but MY home is my favorite place to be! I love to be there with my daughter and husband – we have so much fun at our new house, and though it’s not quite finished and ready for cooking big dinners for family or entertaining our friends, it will be soon. For now just having a quiet night on our own together is one of our favorite ways to settle in. This weekend when we’re full of Thanksgiving Turkey, we’ll be enjoying a warm fire and admiring our freshly decorated Christmas Tree at home. I might even have a few gifts wrapped and tucked underneath the tree.

Speaking of gifts, some of the best gifts for me – and the ones that I love to give – are for the home, like this bright and bold Surya pillow above! Oh how I love a graphic trellis pattern. Here are more of my favorite things for the home this holiday season that just might be perfect for people on your list:

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Bright blue ramekins from Rachel Ray

There are about a million things I can think to cook in these beauties. Let’s see…individual Sweet Potato Casseroles sound delish! Yes, the recipe with the brown sugar praline topping. And cobalt is still my favorite color this year so it would be delicious on the inside and gorgeous on the outside.

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Greek key patterned vase from Three Hands

Bet you’re surprised I would select something embellished with Greek key…NOT! And this piece is especially great because it’s Greek Key AND blue! A pair of them might look handsome on my new mantle.

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Moscow Mule mug from Mikasa

When my friends come to Little Rock and stay out our fabulous Capital Hotel, they love drinking Moscow Mule’s in traditional copper mugs. Why not have some of these cooper beauties at home so you can have your favorite drink and not even leave the house? We might just have to ask the Capital to share their recipe.

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Juliska dessert plates from Saks

I love all things Juliska. We eat from their whiteware each day at the office. And when Juliska meets a Toile or Transferware look I want to be the first person in line. And if these charming dessert plates are good enough for Saks Fifth Avenue…enough said! 
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I have this VERY Jadeite cake plate in 3 sizes and I have given one like it to lots of people in my life who love to bake. But even if you hate baking and are using this pretty stand to make your favorite bakery cake look impressive, who can resist it’s minty green color. It’s the perfect piece to take your favorite cakes to a new height!

As you can see, I LOVE to select gifts for the home! I have even more ideas on my pinboard – just click here to view it! What are your favorite gifts for home bodies? Tell me in the comments below.

Happy shopping, ya’ll!

xo,

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