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Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

Week in Review // February 2017

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, or just trying to avoid the hype altogether, we’ve outlined some “sweet” ideas for treating yourself and others.

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Spending money on lavish dinners and giant bouquets of roses isn’t always money well spent. Instead, choose a little something that will make you happy for months to come (well, except those gummy bears, we all know those will be gone in a flash!).

If we had a little cash (or a Nordstrom Note to burn) we’d consider one of these pretties:
CHANEL Rouge Coco / Diptyque Scented CandleJo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne‘Naked2’ Palette / ‘Naked Smoky’ PaletteSugarfina Rose All Day Rose Infused Gummy Bears

Or pretty much anything Sugarfina, for that matter! I mean seriously, how cute are these?
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They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
[If you’re in MN, be sure to swing by the new (permanent!) Sugarfina shop at the Mall of America near the Radisson Blu.]

And then there’s our perennial favorite, Glossier!
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Try Glossier Haloscope,  Soothing Face Mist, Generation G, Priming Moisturizer Rich or Super Pure.

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Could pink nails be any more fitting for Feb? Didn’t think so! Essie has nearly every shade under the sun (and we love most all of them!).

Similarly, you may be seeking a pop of pink or rich red lip color. Here’s a sampling of our faves from The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain [Left x 3] and Clinique Chubby Sticks [right x 2].
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Have you seen the new Clinique Chubby Crayola  Lip Crayon Box Set? Never imagined this partnership, but we don’t hate it!

If you’re looking for something nude or dark + dramatic instead, check out these new beauties from Bite Beauty @ Sephora.
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*We shared more details on these products on Instagram. They were sent to us complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

And a few more wildcard picks for good measure…
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French Girl Organics  // Swarovski Crystalline Stardust Pens // Rose Bath Salts

P.S. We’re on the lookout for cute Valentine’s cards. Comment with suggestions, please!

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!