There’s always something extra special about homemade gifts. Maybe it’s the thought that went into it, or that everyone loves food, but it can be a perfect gift for co-workers, aunts and uncles, or people who are crazy difficult to shop for (most of my Christmas list). So my sister came up with the idea to make “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies…Ever” and package them up all nicely for our co-workers (pretty packaging goes a long way, even if you mess up the cookies). We used a recipe from Cupcakes and Cashmere and made a test batch to try before we started giving them out to friends and family. They were perfectly salty and warm and delicious, and I would’ve eaten a hundred of them if she had let me. This weekend we’re making homemade hot sauce, and I’ll be sure to put up a post about it soon.
Picking out a gift for your significant other can be tough. What’s even tougher is when that person is a female, when she’s really into fashion, or when you’ve only been dating for a certain length of time. Gifts can say whatever you want them to say, like ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you,’ or ‘I’m madly in love with you,’ or ‘We kind of just started dating so I’m getting you the quintessential 3-month bottle of perfume, okay?” So if you’re completely stuck on what to get your girl, I bet she will love you even more if you pick something from this list. Happy gifting!
1. Minted Stationary
2. Gorjana Bracelet
3. Jo Malone Perfume
4. Michael Aram Picture Frame
5. Elizabeth and James Ring
6. Rebecca Minkoff Satchel
7. Saint Laurent Wallet
8. Christian Louboutin Pumps
9. Tiffany Engagement Ring
The arrival of December marks an onslaught of invitations to festive holiday parties, and with it a list of need-to-buy hostess gifts so you won’t arrive empty handed to the party. Thoughtful gifts don’t need to cost a lot, and I find it way helpful to stock up on great items early so you won’t be stressing out to buy anything at the last minute. With the help of my sister Liza, we’ve put together a bunch of items that we know we would love to receive at our house.
1. Sugar Paper Desktop Calendar
2. Sugar Paper Cheers Coasters
3. Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle
4. Kate Spade Jules Bottle Stopper
5. Nate Berkus for Target Chevron Photo Frame, 4×6
6. Kate Spade Gift Enclosures
7. Waiting on Martha Monogrammed Petite Plates
8. Jonathan Adler Banana Bud Vase
9. Waiting on Martha Lion Paw Shot Glass
10. Restoration Hardware Dining Table Tennis
Dress: Olivaceous / Clutch: F21 / Heels: Jeffrey Campbell / Sunnies: Karen Walker / Necklace: Bauble Bar
It’s officially December and I’m loving it. Even though it doesn’t get cold here, there’s still something so magical about the month of December. I plan to get into the holiday spirit by busting out by sequins, metallics and wine-hued dresses (like this Olivaceous dress I bought last week), buying and wrapping presents for all of the special people in my life, and drinking hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes any chance I get. Happy December!
Call me high maintenance but waiting in Black Friday lines and fighting crowds isn’t really for me. I prefer Cyber Monday (which actually takes place all through the long weekend and not just Monday) to save big on amazing, full-price items. This weekend I’ll be doing all of my holiday shopping, and maybe buy just a few things for myself too. Here are a few of the sales I’m most excited about this weekend…ready, set, shop!
Alice + Olivia: Take 25 percent off at all retail locations from 11/29 to 12/1 and 25 percent off the entire site from 11/27 to 12/2.
ASOS: Exciting sales will be going strong all week long, as well as a Facebook contest that will give one lucky winner free clothes for one year.
Bauble Bar: On 11/29 get 15 percent off two items with code FRIDAY15, take 25 percent off three items with the code FRIDAY25 and get 35 percent off four items or more with code FRIDAY35. Play the Cyber Savings Smash game on 12/2 and 12/3 to win prizes including 30 percent off sitewide and a $100 gift card.
BeachMint: A mint of savings! All sale merchandise from the Mint sites (JewelMint, StyleMint, ShoeMint and IntiMint) will be an extra 70 percent off from 11/27 to 12/2. From 11/29 to 12/2 all four Mints will offer 50 percent off sitewide.
Intermix: On 11/27 take 40 percent off sale items in store and online, on 11/28 get 20 percent off sitewide and on 12/2 take 20 percent off sitewide plus free shipping!
J. Crew: Grab your favorites at 30% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY through 12/1.
MAC: Snag MAC’s first matte lipstick in True Black online on 11/29. From 11/27 to 11/29 head to Macy’smakeup counters online and in-store for a preview of False Lash Colour Mascara in new colors.
Madewell: Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase: FEAST25. Plus get free shipping on all orders. These deals are good through 12/2.
Rag & Bone: Take 20% off select full price men’s and women’s winter items including outerwear, sweaters, cold weather accessories, jeans and boots through midnight Dec. 2 with code WINTER2013.
Rebecca Minkoff: Tiered savings time! From 11/28 to 12/2 spend $200, take 20 percent off, spend $400 get 25 percent off and spend $600 take 30 percent off. Get a special gift with purchase on Cyber Monday only!
Scoop NYC: 25% off in store and online. Free shipping online.
Shopbop and East Dane: Spend and save is the name of the game. Spend $250, save 15 percent, spend $500 save 20 percent and spend $1000, save 25 percent from 11/26 to 12/2.