Category Archives: Gift Guides 2013

Last Minute Gifts for Her Under $50!

Here’s our roundup of last minute gifts for the ladies in your life – all under $50!
And don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you procrastinated (after all, it happens to the best of us)!

MOM, GET ME THIS Holiday Wish List 0:-)

I’m back!  With bells on!  Literally, I have a sweater with bells on it…. I got it from UltimateUglyChristmas.com (we know them!)  We’re not over a good ol’ ugly Christmas sweater party, yet.  And we’re not over more cowbell.  More cowbell on sweaters.  This is a classic part of the holiday season now!  Get ugly, guys, you know you want to.

Ugly-Christmas-Sweater Don’t forget your pants. 

I’m a lucky duck because I get to return to The JCR Girls at THE MOST fun time of the year.  Here’s my list of things on my Christmas wishlist.  I hope that it will give you all some ideas for the weirdos in your life.

MAKEUP

MAC has created some absolutely beautiful holiday collection palletes this year.   You can check them out at any MAC location or get them online at maccosmetics.com.  That said, we’re BORED.  It’s way more fun to make your own, which (thanks, MAC!) you can do!  Custom palletes come in sets of 2, 4, 15, and 30.  YOU NEED THEM.

 Here’s some super awesome colors we recommend, listed in order left to right!

MAC-Makeup

Naked Lunch:  We just like the name.  We do!  But really, this minimalist shimmery pink is a great color for a “natural” first date type look with a plum (like sable) or burgundy (like sketch) crease or liner.  Also works as a fancy pants base color.

Shroom: Preeeeeeeeetty.  Shimmery Beige.  Beige is a great color because it generally works for most people.  I am the whitest (read: pink) girl ever and beige works.  Marty and Joce have more olive/yellow undertones and it works on them.  Hooray for beige!  It means I can steal borrow acquire things from them on nights out.

WoodwinkedBest.  Brown.  Ever.  (Referred to on the website as “warm antique gold”)

Steamy:  As the name would suggest, this color will make you look… um… steamy…  Another one that works on everyone, no matter the color of your eyes.  This is a blue-green with gold shimmer.  PERFECT for the season.  You love it, we love it, let’s all agree to agree and have chic perfect smokey eyes this year.

Carbon:  Matte black is everything I’ve ever wanted.  Sometimes, I just don’t want to look like a fairy vomited glitter all over my black smokey eye.  I don’t blame me.  Get this.

If you haven’t discovered pixiwoo.com yet and you need someone to teach you how to put stuff on your face and make it look good (or just want some ideas or to listen to their super cute British accents) PLZ CLICK THAT LINK.  They use a lot of different brands of cosmetics, including MAC and other high end and “high street” aka drugstore brands.  Also, Sam makes brushes, and they’re fab! I want these, too. 

CLOTHING
Next on the list!  Let’s face it. You need clothes.  Actually, it’s possible you have too many clothes if you’re reading our blog… but that’s okay.  Clothes are important.  Jesus thinks so.

GO OUT!
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I love this look.  Who says you can’t wear white in winter?  Olivia Pope wears white whenever she wants.  And we wish we were Olivia Pope, so we’re following her lead.  (If that went way over your head STOP what you’re doing and go watch Scandal on Netflix.)  We’ve included in this look a Cream Trapeze Coat.  The 60’s chic and cozy cream makes for a great Jackie Kennedy fashion moment.  This coat is beautiful and definitely not in my personal price point, but I thought it was a great centerpiece… please link any “affordable” look alikes in the comments to ANY of these pieces, by the way.  Though, a good staple piece (READ: expensive) never hurt anyone!

Coat: L.K. Bennett Jessamy Trapeze Coat,  $975 (£595),lkbennett.com

Cap: Topshop Faux Fur Cap Honey 0 $45 $32!!! nordstrom.com

Mittens: TOPSHOP Lux Fur Mitten $36 topshop.com

Shoes: J.Crew Strappy mirror metallic pumps $278 jcrew.com

Re: Shoes.  I got a pair of very similar pumps, with a black heel and only one strap, from Banana Republic.  I honestly think the ones I got from BR are way cuter, but I can’t find them online anymore 🙁  Also, got them on SALE!!!! and they were about $120 to start with.  Just keep an eye out if you stop in one of their stores!

WORK… OUT!

Workout-Clothes

It’s almost New Years Resolution Time!  My preferred method of exercise is Pilates (Gyrotonic! I’d tell you where I go in Connecticut but I won’t because I love her and I want to keep her for myself)  and Yoga.  Here’s some things on my workout wishlist (also on my wishlist: help affording this behavior.)

Towel:  Don’t be mean, guys… I sweat A LOT.  Even in normal yoga classes, so I normally need to cover my sticky mat (a.k.a. Slippery Devil Waffle Floor Covering) with a towel.  These Manduka Towels are great for those of us who go to yoga with butter on our hands.  (Lululemon also has great options.)  Manduka ‘eQua‘ Yoga Mat Towel Swoon One Size, $42, nordstrom.com (Also available on Zappos – free returns ya’ll!!)

Bag:  According to the internet, this features a drawcord closure, a removable shoulder strap, internal mesh pocket for essentials and durable straps at the base for a yoga mat.  Perfect! Essential Gym Bag, $82 (£50),sweatybetty.com

Roller:  Great to roll out all those kinks!  These are AMAZING.  Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller,  $40,  amazon.com

Sweater:  The best way to start a class and end a class is in a cozy sweater.  It’s crucial to warm up and cool down safely in yoga and pilates, and layers are my personal preference for accomplishing this.  Moving Comfort GOTTA LOVE IT Jumper, $82 $74 (£45) zalando.co.uk (Again, Also available on Zappos!)

Pants:  Your boyfriend likes these.  You’re welcome, Boyfriend.  Lucy lucy® Perfect Core Capri Leggings, $89, zappos.com

WORK… Really…
Wear-to-work-clothes

I always ask for work clothes for Christmas.  Because I usually spend my money on ridiculous pieces of clothing like sparkly dresses and leather leggings.  I don’t regret it.   But there’s nothing better than looking good at work.  Once, when Marty was visiting, she had a conference call and she did it in her jammies and a pair of really cute pumps!  There’s power in clothes, ladies and gents, even over the phone!

Pants: J.Crew Collection curator pant, $128 $108, jcrew.com

SweaterMoth Bedford Pullover, $138, anthropologie.com

Earrings: J.Crew Resin arrowhead earrings, $75 $65j crew.com

Notebook: FOLIO PROFESSIONAL NOTEBOOK, $65, moleskine.com

Shoes: J.Crew Collection Etta calf hair pumps, $350 $298, jcrew.com

Briefcase: (I KNOW.) CHANEL VINTAGE quilted briefcase, $5,155, farfetch.com

 

REALITY

I know I’m supposed to be funny (and I am.  Hilarious.) But, while this is the frilly-est, party-est, giftyest time of year, it’s also time of year to contemplate what we’re so thankful for:

I’m thankful for my JCR girls:

The-JCR-Girls-Blog

My Pretties

I’m thankful for new family! And the most J.Crew Wedding of all time. And the best photographer ever, JBM Photography!

wedding
 handsome brother!!!  and his beautiful bride!

*** (C) ALL PHOTOS ABOVE ARE PROPERTY OF MAGGIE & SEAN GAVIN AND JBM PHOTOGRAPHY***

…And the rest of the things I’m thankful for will come in another post – STAY TUNED!

XO,

Aislinn

P.S. Please also consider giving to a foundation or cause that you care about.  There are thousands of non-profit organizations, you can research one you’re interested in here: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/navigation/issues.

We all love stuff, but let’s remember to love EACHOTHER 🙂

The JCR Girls: Holiday 2013 Gift Guides

JCR-Holiday-Gift-Guides

Take the stress out of holiday gifting by staying inside and shopping online:

Stocking Stuffers

Sparkly Gifts

Gold Gifts

Tartan / Plaid for the Holidays

Gifts for Guys

Gadgets for Gals

And of course we can’t forget the glitz. Here are our favorite jewelry items:

Gadgets for Gals

Because let’s face it, sometimes those gift-givers in your life aren’t the greatest at picking up on your personal style but refuse to go the gift card route. Instead of risking something way to trendy (or heavens forbid – the polar opposite) direct these gifters to gadgets instead!

Gifts for Girls - Women's Electronics From L to R
JAMBOX Portable Wireless Speaker – Not only does it ROCK, it’s sleek lines and customizable colors mean it can double as decor! // Universal Charger – I mean…they don’t come any cuter than this! // Nest Learning Thermostat – Not even a homeowner yet, yet I’m obsessed! //  Chromecast – Have it, love it! It’s like AppleTV, but way less $$$ // FitBit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker – Thousands of people swear by it, just Google it. // SodaStream Soda Maker – So you can have sparkling water on the regular, no grocery shopping required! // Clarisonic Skincare Brush – Just read the beauty blogs, they will explain the magic of the Clarisonic Mia/Mia2. //  SteamFast Fabric Steamer – I had a handheld one and it broke. Now it’s time for the real deal. Turn your closet into a wrinkle-free J.Crew dressing room! {Is it sad that I kind of enjoy steaming my clothes?!}

Happy Holiday Shopping Season!

XO,

Marty