Holiday Gift Guide

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Halogen windowpane skirt, Baublebar earrings, Sole Society bag

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Rib-knit merino sweater | Skirt (old – Halogen) – similar ($$), similar in black, similar in black

tassel earrings | zippered satchel bag | black pumps

 

I wanted to put together a blog post specifically for holiday gifts, but also wanted to make it a little more personal in regards to recommending products I have owned or used so I know they are really worth it. I feel like Christmas is one of the hardest and best holidays. I love finding and giving unique gifts to friends and family, but I hate giving a gift to someone with the after thought of “the gift receipt is inside in case you don’t like it.” I know it happens – but love to avoid it! So below are some great items I’ve purchased myself in recent months that I love — and hopefully might give you some guidance for your own friends and family!

Skincare – Colleen Rothschild

Now that I’m in my mid-30’s, I’ve really started to take better care of my skin. For years I have used a cleanser + moisturizer in the morning, a face wipe at night, and called it a day!  I’ve since developed age or sun spots and have realized the importance of taking care of my skin now so I don’t regret it in 20 years. I’ve always had sensitive skin and have to be really careful with products otherwise my face turns red and swells, so I’m pretty picky with what brands and products I use.  Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! (if you don’t follow her – you should! She’s amazing!) introduced Colleen Rothschild on her blog awhile back and now I’m hooked! Colleen’s products are light, smell good, and have really improved the look and feel of my skin.  My mainstay products are a pH balanced gel cleanser, renewal cream, Vitamin C treatment, and also her lip balm. I linked a few products below that are carried at Neiman Marcus, but really recommend checking out her website (here) – everyday I’ve seen great deals! If you know someone looking for a better skincare treatment versus drugstore brands, I would really recommend giving Colleen a try – even just the cleanser & moisturizer!

 

For Him

Husbands are sometimes the hardest to buy for! Below are a few items that both my husband and I get a ton of use out of. First, the Apple Watch. Literally a gadget that I’m not sure I could function well without. Sad, huh? Between emails, texts, the weather, time, I use it for everything. I have the Apple Watch 2 (now there is version 3 released), and I wouldn’t recommend any older then the 2nd version. The reason being is the older watches do not allow GPS without carrying your phone along. I used to have the original Apple Watch before upgrading last year and I had to run with my phone every time to get accurate distance – it was incredibly annoying!  Now I can run phone-free, and that leads me to the earphones also – they sync your iTunes right to your watch!

I love the Beats earphones. They don’t hurt my ears like the original Apple Ear pods, and stay put while running. You can adjust volume, pause music, and skip songs all right on the earphone wires (or use your watch). I use the Nike Running Club app on my watch to train for races, and don’t have issues playing music and using the GPS in the Nike app at the same time.

Lastly, I purchased these UGG slippers for my husband’s birthday a few months ago and he wears them at home all the time. I think he literally runs and finds them the second he walks through the door and takes his shoes off. Mine are an old J.Crew Factory version, so I can’t account for the comfort level of his Uggs, but I’m pretty sure his obsession level with them means they are like little feet clouds. 🙂

Apple Watch | Beats Earphones | Ugg Slippers

 

For Her – Running Friends

Since taking up running again a few months ago, I’ve learned a ton about what’s good and bad for the runner – so many new gadgets out since I ran in my 20s!  I’m no expert, but I’ve certainly found out what works for me and can make a few recommendations.

I haven’t run hard until recently down in Florida and had no idea the intensity of the heat & humidity until I started adding on the miles this past summer (I’m from Indiana where you normally just freeze to death lol).  I learned a lot about the dew point and staying hydrated. For long runs, I have to either carry a water bottle or make sure I run near my house to stop for water/electrolyte breaks. It’s important to consume 5-12 oz of liquid every 20 minutes if you are running for more than an hour in the heat. There are so many water bottle options out there to choose from, but I really like this Nike water bottle that has an easy hand strap, pocket for your cell phone, and holds 22 ounces of liquid.

The next thing I’ve come to love and appreciate are socks. Something so simple, but can be really important. I’ve really come to love Feetures brand running sock. They have 3 levels of cushioning (I run in the Elite Light – middle level), and provide different levels of cushioning on different parts of your feet to prevent blisters from forming. They also have right and left socks for your feet with extra contouring and therefore extra protection.

Clothes are harder to buy as a gift, but my favorite running shorts are the Nike Crew and Old Navy Semi-Fitted running shorts.

Nike water bottle | Feetures running socks | Old Navy shorts | Nike shorts

 

For Her – Favorite Accessories

One of my favorite (& affordable) handbag brands is Sole Society.  They have a huge variety from clutches to crossbody bags to satchels and also duffel bags. Tons of colors and also trendy textures like velvet and embroidered bags. Most (if not all) of their bags are faux or vegan leather, and the quality is still really good. So you’re saving money and saving the world. 🙂

Saddlebag | Tassel Clutch | Satchel | Clutch | Satchel | Crossbody

 
Another favorite that should be no secret is BaubleBar! I’m pretty sure 75% of my jewelry is now from this brand. Their earrings are lightweight and always fun. You can find pieces in about every color under the rainbow and between their earrings and necklaces, they can make an otherwise boring outfit fun and cheery!
 
And lastly, if you need an under $20 gift for a co-worker and want to keep it simple, a fun coffee mug is a really easy gift that you can then customize with extra goodies from there! I figure if you don’t know if they drink coffee or not, they can always use it for soup or to drink any liquid really. We are doing a secret Santa at my workplace this year and I drew a co-worker who is new to our store and I know very little about. I noticed the other day she was wearing pretty stud earrings, so I purchased a pair of Kate Spade earrings and am going to fill a cute coffee mug with assorted holiday candy with the earrings on top. A cute and easy gift!
 
I hope these ideas help a little! The holidays can be stressful, but if you put thought into your gifts regardless of the price, they should always come out a hit. 🙂

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Cyber Monday Favorites

Well hello friends! I’ve been MIA this week due to a nasty bug of some sort, ugh! My husband and I ran a 5k race by the beach last Sunday.  They ran out of bottled water at the race and started serving Gatorade. It was deliciously cold and it was so hot outside, that I would have drank about anything. However, my husband thinks he overheard someone saying “We gotta get these cups filled faster.” and glanced back to see them scooping the gatorade (poured into a cooler) out by hand. Dirty hands = dirty bugs! UGH. Considering we were out by the beach in Florida, who knows if it was someone that actually had dirty hands, dirty ice, or perhaps food poisoning that got us down. Either way, it took me all of last week to recover! We finally felt more normal on Thanksgiving Day and were able to run out and pick up some items to cook a hot meal. And don’t forget the cookies!  We made sugar cookies with frosting and decorations, and yeah.. I definitely needed to get healthy again stat to start running and burning those off! 😆

I ran an easy couple of miles yesterday and feel oh so much better. Our next race is next Sunday – a trail race truly in the wilderness! Here is a video of the race preview below. Needless to say I’m intrigued, excited, and a little scared lol! No idea what to expect, but hoping it’s fun regardless!

So if I go MIA on the blog again for a week… I either got A) eaten B) lost or C) ….eaten.   😂

BaubleBar

So back to thee blog and good stuff!; I really missed a ton of Black Friday sales shopping this year. The only thing I ordered was one of the holiday sets of earrings from Baublebar shown below (I ordered the red Gabriela fringe earrings + black/yellow teardrop earrings set). Quite a few of the sets have been sold out, but they still have a great selection left, not to mention the rest of their website! And I feel like Baublebar new arrivals never go on sale and they are offering 35% off the entire site for Cyber Monday + you can choose a “Bonus Bauble” which is free with any $50 order.

BaubleBar – 35% off site wide

Holiday Sets:

BaubleBar, Cyber Monday Sales

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J.Crew Factory

So this is pretty exciting! — J.Crew Factory dropped a ton of new arrivals right before Black Friday hit! My favorites are below. I really have my eye on the tartan plaid ruffle top and plaid skirt. Both are staples that you can wear every holiday season. Not to mention the plaid vest and flannel button down. The tulle sleeve top is really cute also, and if you want something trendy I would definitely take a look!

J.Crew Factory – 60% off everything + free shipping! (promo code: CYBER)

cyber monday, J.crew factory

polka dot skirt | plaid flats | plaid skirt

flannel shirt | tulle striped top | plaid vest

tartan ruffle topfair isle sweater | polka dot shirt

LOFT

LOFT has a great sale also!  50% off everything + free shipping. Lots of fun holiday prints and pretty tops for styling an outfit for a work party. I really like that LOFT keeps the trendy part of tops to a minimum.  For example, the tie-cuff sleeves aren’t extremely exaggerated like some brands.

LOFT – 50% off everything + free shipping (promo code: click)

LOFT, Cyber Monday

cable sweater | plaid scarf | tie-cuff sweater

plaid tie-sleeve | plaid blouson top | cold-shoulder top

What sales are you guys shopping? The above are my favorites, but I listed other notable sales below also!

Banana Republic – 50% off everything

Express – 50% off everything + free shipping

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything + free shipping

J.Crew – 40% off + extra 10% off til noon on Monday!

 

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Favorite Fall Booties

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had Saturday off work, but spent the day preparing for our upcoming horse show season. I bought a new horse last winter and we are just getting ready to show her for the first time – let the nerves begin!  Sunday I had a work meeting, so had most of the day free, but you know how it is when you know you have to be somewhere at the end of the day – you worry about not forgetting to leave on time and getting ready when you’re supposed to!  Anyway – on to the fun part – booties!

My favorite part of fall fashion is all the pretty accessories. I love the booties, the scarves, and the vests.  I really don’t invest in knee-high boots too often (I only own one pair from last year) because of the warmer weather in Florida, but I certainly make up for it with ankle booties!

Below are my 3 newest pairs and I love all of them!  The top pair have the lowest heel, which makes them extremely comfortable and easy to walk in for everyday use. And helloooo cutest embroidery print! 😍 The bottom 2 pairs (here, here) have a higher heel, and while I can still walk comfortably in them, I would reserve them for date night, dinner, etc. Best part? All of these booties come in multiple colors!

What is your favorite part of fall fashion?  Or maybe you just nix the fashion, and divulge in everything pumpkin spice – or both! ☺️

Booties, Fall, Nordstrom, Lucky Brand

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embroidered booties (plain version here – multiple colors!) | block-heel booties | western-chic bootie