Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts She’ll Love Ranging from $10-$200.

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The J.Crew Gift Guide is out and the Ready to Party Sale is officially ON. Take 35% off “Dressed-Up” styles and 25% off everything else. Start putting your wishlist together, because something tells me there will be rotating promo codes from now through New Years.

Top picks for her in the $10-$200 range include:
Point Sur Fuzzy Cardigan Jacket
Sophie Open-Front Sweater Blazer
Crewneck Sweater in Vintage Fair Isle
Nordic Boots

Birdies-Slippers-Pom-PomHave you been bitten by the Birdies bug yet? These stylish slippers are quickly becoming a cult-fave thanks to trendsetters like Meghan Markle and Julia Engel. Choose from a selection of smoking slippers and slides with interior design inspired details. Prices range from $120-$165.

Top Birdies Slippers Picks:
The Phoebe in Red Bow
The Songbird in Ice Crystal
The Starling in Cheetah Satin

Framebridge-Blogger-ReviewThe words “affordable” and “custom framing” just don’t go together… at least until Framebridge arrived on scene. They marry high-quality frames with the art, photos, and memorable moments you love! The best part? Prices range from $39 to $199 and shipping is always free.

Shop Framebridge Affordable Custom Framing Services –Take 15% Off!

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Glossier fans rejoice! The Generation G Lipstick tube issues (those cheap cases that inevitably crack) have been addressed, and a brand new version is now available. In addition to the upgraded tube, the new lipsticks have extra moisturizing properties and they pack even more product in each tube. Shop Generation G Lipstick and/or any of the gift-ready Glossier Sets & Kits.

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Is you’re looking for an easy-peasy customized gift, the Greetabl Card + Gift combo is for you. Build your own Greetabl box in 3 simple steps:
1. Select a box design+ gift item(s)
2. Add photos + message
3. Just add the recipient’s address and it’s basically en route!

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Have you heard of Rothy’s recycled footwear? These Eco-minded flats are made of recycled fiber and (…wait for it…) are machine-washable! The hardest part is picking out just one pair. Ballet flats, loafers, or sneakers? Solid, spotted, or shimmer? Flats for girls are $65, and flats for women range from $125-$165.

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Serial over-packer? Struggle to stay organized, especially on-the-go? Away Travel packing cubes will be your saving grace. Simply zip your clothing items into a mesh cube with like items and pack neatly into your Away suitcase. Some may say it’s too easy. Packing cube sets are $45-$65 and come in a variety of colors.

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Kiehl’s launched 165 years ago in New York’s East Village as an old-world apothecary. Their products incorporate powerful skincare ingredients drawn from nature and science, including Calendula Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Amazonian White Clay, and Evening Primrose Oil. It’s no surprise these effective formulas have a cult-following. Take advantage of holiday gift set bundle deals to restock on your favorites or experience something new!

P.S. Kiehl’s is currently offering $20 off your $65+ purchase with code FESTIVE through 11/26.  I highly recommend the Midnight Recovery Concentrate!


Is it just me, or is everything made better when wrapped in a Rifle Paper Co. print? While their typical floral styles scream spring, a slew of new holiday-appropriate cards, candles, décor, and accessories are now available. P.S. Pre-orders for their brand new line of Rugs + Pillows is now live.

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In addition to Birdies and Rothy’s… you should also check out Allbirds, Greats, and M. Gemi. So many fantastic shoe styles this season!

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If you’re like us and have been wanting to try out Tata Harper and TULA skincare, there’s no better time than the present!

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Save big on TULA discovery kits and holiday gift bundles—while they last!

Drunk-Elephant-At-SephoraThe Drunk Elephant non-toxic skincare line is part of the Clean at Sephora™ category. Founder Tiffany Masterson identified 6 ingredients that she believed were at the root of her skincare issues and named them the “suspicious six.”

She launched the Drunk Elephant line without including any: 1. silicones, 2. chemical screens, 3. sensitizing colorants/perfumes, 4. sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) 5. essential oils, or 6. drying alcohols. This makes them appropriate for all skin types! Prices start at $25.

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Need we even explain? Treat yourself (or one of your favorite humans) to legendary French diptyque perfumes and luxury scented candles. You really can’t go wrong.

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Last but not least, Outdoor Voices has a bunch of highly-rated technical apparel that’s calling our name. Whether you’re in the market for tights, crop tops, hoodies, or joggers, OV has an excellent selection in not-so-standard color combos.

What’s on your holiday shopping list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gift Guide: A to Z Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

A is for Anthropologie & Agate.

B is for Burberry, Bombas Socks, Baublebar, Barefoot Dreams & Blanket Ladders.

C is for Candles, Corkscrews, Cheese Boards, Coffee Table Books, Cashmere Wraps, Cozy Scarves and… Carry on Cocktail Kits!

D is for Decanters, Diffusers, Diptyque Candles, Daniel Wellington & Drunk Elephant!

E is for Eberjey.

F is for Faux Fur Blankets, Fossil Zip Wallets, Framebridge & FabFitFun.

G is for Glossier, Gilded Glasses & Gray Malin.

H is for Holiday-Themed PumpsHimalayan Salt, & Hearth & Hand with Magnolia.

I is for Innovative Diffusers & iPhone Charging Bracelets.

J is for Jack Rogers.

K is for Kendra Scott & Kiehls.

L is for Lacquer Trays (with Monogram), Longchamp, Lilly Pulitzer & LUSH Soaps.

M is for Mugs, Minimergency Kits, Makeup Brush Sets, Monogrammed Things & the Make it Mine Collection by Kate Spade New York.

N is for Nike Running Shoes and Nordstrom Gift Cards (1% of all gift card sales donated to local nonprofits!)

O is for One Two Lash & Oribe Hair Products.

P is for P:rem Masks.

Q is for Quartz.

R is for Rose-scented Products, Rifle Paper Co., and Reed Diffusers.

S is for Silk Pajamas, Saint James Sailor Stripes, Sugarfina, Sink Sets & Subscription Boxes (see: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Winc).

T is for Trinket Trays, Turkish Towels, Thermal Mugs, Tassel Earrings & Thumbs Cookies!

U is for Umbrella and Urban Outfitters Vinyl.

V is for Voice-Activated Products and Vintage Designer Bags.

W is for Winky Lux, Woven Pear Socks, Waffle Bath Towels, Worker B, Wowder, & W&P Design.

X is for X-benches.

Y is for Yeti Coolers & Travel Mugs.

Z is for Zella Leggings and Z Gallerie Home Decor.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our Prepping for Cyber Week post OR Get to Know Glossier + Product Reviews post.

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Gift Guide: Holiday Shopping 2017 – Prepping for Cyber Week

Hi all! In prep for Cyber Week (can we admit we’re excited?) wanted to share some steals, deals, and items to consider for gifting this holiday season.

First up, luxury gift picks:

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From left to right:

Row 1: Saint Laurent Sac de Jour / Diptyque Paris Candles / Daniel Wellington Watches

Row 2: Cuyana Sunglass Case / Chanel Flap Bag / Gucci Women’s Belt

Row 3: Dior Holiday Multi-Use Eyes and Lips PaletteDyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer / Away Luggage

Other luxe considerations: Apple Watch Series 3 / Coravin Wine Preservation System / Yeti Coolers /  White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wraps.

Next, we’re poised to stock up on shirts, skirts, and sweaters. The following retailers typically have 30-50% off all items and we’re keeping our eyes peeled to post the official details as soon as they’re available:

When it comes to beauty, we’re all about the value gift sets. Here’s what’s catching our eye from Sephora:

And Neiman Marcus:

And if you’ve got Glossier on your wishlist (us, too!) here are our giftable recommendations:

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What I Learned from my Month With No Spending Challenge

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For those who tuned into my No Spend October: Month With No Spending Challenge, where I outlined 5 “simple” rules for not buying stuff for 31 days…thanks for keeping up! For those who didn’t, here’s the synopsis:

I decided to challenge myself with 31 days of no spending on clothing, accessories, beauty products, footwear, or home decor.

While the rules were relatively simple, I failed by Day 7 (accidentally), by ordering 2 packs of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. On one hand, they were 2/$10, and on the other, I needed to up my cart price to unlock free shipping. And, in my defense, I kind of forgot that face wipes qualified as a beauty product (and only because I listed it in my rules, knowing full well I snatch these up way too often). 

When the package from Walgreens showed up (ok, I admit it, I’m the lazy person who orders toilet paper and allergy meds for delivery), I realized I had not one but two (2!) packs of face wipes already stashed in my linen closet. So, I really had no reason to cheat, especially when I already had a very similar product on hand.

Upset that I cheated while I actually had virtually the same thing on hand, I knew I had to do something about it to prevent future unnecessary purchases. So, I inventoried every skincare / makeup / beauty product I own.

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I took every product out of my medicine cabinet, drawer, undersink stash, linen closet, storage drawer, and nook and cranny I could think of. And I put it all in one spot. Out in the open to see.

When I Googled this phenomenon (of wanting to inventory all of the things I have to remind myself to use them and that I don’t need to repurchase the exact same things I already have plenty of), I found many people use sophisticated Excel spreadsheets to track what they’ve got and what gaps they have in their makeup collection, for instance. I wasn’t feeling that ambitious, so instead I grouped like things and took photos. After all, this way I could easily search + see what I’ve got, vs. navigating to a specific section of a spreadsheet.

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The Bronzers

This exercise helped me discard items I no longer need / use. It helped me reorganize my medicine cabinet and place items I use / should use regularly within plain sight. In doing so, I felt really good about “all that I’ve got” and it significantly diminished my yearning to “buy more stuff just because.”

My inventory exercise highlighted the fact that I have a lot of stuff, and I really don’t need more until I use all of this up. For instance, my makeup / skincare / haircare collection includes…

48 lip products.

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14 serums. (BTW I really love Glossier Super Pure, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Kiehls Midnight Recovery and Caudalie Vinoperfect).

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15 masks.

8 full-size hair sprays. Eight?!

8 products containing SPF.

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8 body lotions.

14 face lotions / moisturizers. Some were samples, but still… I have a really hard time choosing just one fave, ok?

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23 makeup brushes / applicators. Sad thing is, I’m not sure what is used for what, and still feel like I’m missing some key brushes? Please advise.

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7 different mascaras.

1 reigning blush champ. You guessed it, NARS. At least I got that one figured out, right?

I wish there was an easier way, but physically corralling like items, counting and photographing them really helped drive the point home. This is similar to the Kon Mari exercise of pulling all items out (of a closet, or dresser) and going through each item one by one, to decide if it stays or if it goes. If it stays, it should be something you find beautiful and/or useful. Something that brings you joy. If not, it’s just taking up space, creating clutter, and you’d be better off without it.

Despite this exercise, over the course of the past few weeks some new-to-me products stood out . And in some cases, they screamed out. I really wanted to try them, but also wanted to fulfill my challenge to the best of my abilities (you know, outside of that early slip-up).

And then something else happened… Glossier (my biggest weakness, ugh) announced that their highly-sought-after perfume, Glossier You, was available for pre-order. How could I resist?

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To suppress the need to shop, I collected each item in a list to keep an eye on and if come November I still wanted them, well… I guess they’d be fair game.

Here’s the list of products that’ve caught my attention recently:

Have you tied any of these? Are they worth the hype?

Also, you’ll be proud to hear that during this time I not only rediscovered stuff I already had (for free, in my own closet / mini drug store), but I also corralled all my product samples into one spot so I had the ability to still enjoy those high-end luxuries (at least a little bit of ’em).

If you’re considering embarking on a month with no spending, I’d encourage you to do it! Create your own rules, and try to stick to them. When you’re feeling sad that you can’t add new things to cart, clean out some drawers, your closet, or medicine cabinet, and re-discover some items you already have.

If you’ve done a month (or more!) without spending on clothing, accessories, etc., comment below to let us know how it went / what you learned!

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