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Loving and Coveting in January.

It’s winter in Chicago, people. Having spent most of my life living in such winters I’ve learned that certain comforts inside (and a few outside) the home are so helpful in the quest to stay cozy. Since I am transition (I just moved but I am sleeping in the Dining Room until the third roomie moves out) the things that are comforting and cozy to me are small and simple. Plus since I am living out of a suitcase, my wardrobe is limited which means it is more important than ever to have pieces I can cuddle up with. I know Christmas just passed so this isn’t a wish list but instead what I am loving and coveting in January to stay cozy and feel at home (also I’m sure we all have some giftcards burning a whole in our wallet).

I am not going to lie; I judged Ugg slippers. I thought: how in the world can one justify the price? Can they really be worth it? They can. They truly can. I sometimes keep mine on my bed because they are just that comfortable. As someone who struggles with chronic pain, they are a Godsend, no joke. But everyone I know who has them, says they are worth every penny. I am loving these more than ever during the move as I find the warm spots in the house.

My roommate, MK, came home with these ROAM candles and they smell amazing and have special meaning as well because each scent represents a city. MK spent a large chunk of her life in NY and I spent a chunk in SF so she got one of each. They also smell incredible. Little touches like lighting a candle, especially one like this make me feel warm and fuzzy amidst the chaos that is my current life.

A classic piece like this watch just makes a girl feel put together on days when she is anything but. You feel me?

Hand Cream like this is a luxury. And when you are living out of a suitcase you take your tiny luxuries where you can get them. This scent? It’s the same as my favorite candle so I am coveting this pretty badly.

I found this oversized leopard cardigan at Target on sale. I plan on living in it these next few weeks until I have a closet.

You know how I feel about a bright lip…Everything is gray around these parts, but my lips don’t have to be. I love this color on its own or to layer. But lipstick as I switch out items in my suitcase may be my saving grace.

If you have Hunter Boots and you live anywhere that gets remotely cold, do yourself a favor and get some Hunter inserts. They come in all sorts of styles (I have leopard…are you sensing a trend?) but your Hunter’s can double as snow boots and you don’t need another pair of shoes (like I have room for them anyway right now).

If you don’t have Hunters stay cozy with socks like this. I am not going to lie…I hate sleeping in long pants but when I am lounging I get cold. Here is the solution. Also what a great boot sock.

I am dying for a faux fur vest and I love this one. I would live in it. Definitely coveting.

Finally, these curtains. Again, this is a covet for me. But have you seen my vision for my room? As I write this in a room full of boxes that cannot be unpacked yet, I am dying to nest. Anthro, why do you do this to me?

Anything here strike your fancy? What is keeping you cozy in the new year?

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Not a Gift Guide: 5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People.

Let’s be honest, there are gift guides galore. You don’t want another one. Today I am showing you what I am actually giving people, as in I bought and paid for with my own money and wrapped all by myself. It’s not aspirational; it’s reality. The great thing is, the prices are great (and there is a lot on sale) because the fact is, between moving and other situations, I have to be very careful what I spend.5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People

I divided it up into five categories: Paper Goods, Beverage Related, Trinkets, Candles, Books. Come and see all the cool things. Here we go…5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People:

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1. Paper Goods

I love to get beautiful calendars for my friends. I happen to have a friend who loves everything Garance Doré does (it’s really beautiful work; you should check it out) who I found a Garance Doré desk calendar for her and another friend, who is receiving a coffee themed gift, is getting a  beautiful coffee and tea calendar. My friends and I seem to trade calendar gifts like these back and forth because once the month or year is over, you can easily frame your favorite or cut it out to send to someone (I plan on doing both with my 2015 calendars gifted to me).

The emoji stickers I just think are so much fun. Even though I am giving them away, I think they could make a great addition to my planner (or anyone’s) and are the right price for me.

2. Beverage Related

The city vignette mugs from Anthro have been making me do the heart eyes emoji all day every day. Yes, their options for monogramed mugs are also beautiful (gold ones here, classic black here, floral here…proving that Anthro doesn’t have to be out of your price range) but these mugs which depict cities I love, cities the people I love happen to love, are beautiful. Several people are getting these.

A bottle opener shaped in a state so you can remember where you came from? Done.

Finally, my dad was one of the hardest to shop for because I always try to spoil my parents and with my budget this year, I am not able to. So I was going to get him a Starbucks card (let’s not even get into how much Starbucks he drinks and how well they know him) and I still am but I am including this mug as well.

3. Trinkets

I love a good trinket and can prove it with the amount of bubble wrap and boxes packed full of them currently. These are some of my favorite. I love the animal planter (which has several animal options) where my friends or family can take care of an easy succulent.

Obviously, I love anything elephant related. The dish has my heart because it says “Forget me not” and as you know, an elephant never forgets. The ring holder is equally cute.

I love foxes. And I love that this has a lid. Also, if the person is particularly foxy, that is a bonus. It’s a super long story but one time, whenever I called a specific person, the song Foxy Lady played. I’ll take it.

Finally, the giraffe is one I own and adore myself. It’s practical to hold the jewelry I take off at night and also so very pretty.

4. Candles

You may think it odd that candles have their own category here but if you have been around long enough you know that the Capri Blue Volcano Candle (in any form) is my Oprah gift. As in, if I had my own show, it would be a part of my favorite things. I would also give them away as she did cars: You get a candle, You get a candle, and You, and You get a candle!

The regulation size Capri Blue Volcano Candle is a great gift for a hostess or anyone really. I have a relative who expects one every year and so this year, this is her present and it fits perfectly in my budget for her.

For my friends, who I wish I could spoil more, the Mini Capri Blue Volcano Candle is the perfect option and price. I am partial to the Rose Gold option and a lot of people are receiving that but I did go off book for a few people too when it came to the finish.

Also, you have to keep in mind that when the candle is gone (so sad) these containers can be placed in the freezer for a few hours and then the wax pops right out and a beautiful trinket container (or a container for anything) remains.

There are other great things that carry my favorite scent (diffuser, room and linen spray, soap, and more) but this year the hand cream is new and amazing. I wish I would have put it on my list to Santa. No, but seriously.

5. Books

Of course, if you know me at all, you know I am giving books as a presents.

This Jane Austen collection is to die for, personally. The set would be incredible but my friends will have to deal with getting one at a time from me because of my budget.

Last year, I gave my sister the Rifle Kid’s Classic, Little Women. This year, I am giving her A Little Princess. There are other options too (for instance, I was between A Little Princess and Heidi this year). While she isn’t old enough for these yet, they are beautifully made and someday, I hope she cherishes these stories as I did and do.

Coffee table books (in some cases literally) are always nice because I don’t think people buy them for themselves. I love Humans of New York as do most people I know so Humans of New York coffee table book was a great option as well as the Humans of New York Stories book. And the Barista Book fit right in with a theme I had going on with a present for friends.

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I am linking up for Five on Friday with April and Oh Hey Friday with Karli.

Look for an incredible story about Monday’s post (incredible, incredible) on Monday and have fab weekend, friends!

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Perfect Hostess Gifts with Lovely Wrapping.

hostessgiftpinI grew up with a mom who taught me to write thank you notes. In fact, my packing list always includes them if I am staying with someone. I like to write it while I am there and then leave them for people to find. She also taught me about hostess gifts. Up until recently, my age exempted me from the hostess gift in most cases. My friends didn’t really have homes and I wasn’t visiting them for housewarming parties or dinner parties. But we grow up, you know?

I have six go to hostess gifts. I also use these as little gifts when the occasion falls for it. The reason there is six is because they never fail, especially for the price. (Okay, I have never given the elephant planter but I could not resist including it).

Let me give away a secret. They are all from Anthropologie. I wish Anthropologie was sponsoring this but they are not. It’s just that for my price range (the mugs start at $8,) I can get a friend something truly lovely and let’s be honest, they usually think it is more than $8 because it is from Anthro. There, now my secret is out.

When I was at the Influence Conference, I wanted to get my roommates a little something. It wasn’t a straight up hostess gift because who is the hostess of the hotel room? But it was a Hey-I’m-Glad-We’re-Rooming-Together gift, a gesture of goodwill. I gave them these Anthro mugs because I am on a budget with a capital B.hostess1

Just to give you some reference, the initial mugs are only $8 which seems pretty reasonable to me for a thoughtful gift. The city mugs–which include some of the best cities in the world: SF, Rome, NYC, Paris, London, more–are just a few dollars more. None of these mugs ever miss.

The candle below is my go-to gift for pretty much everything (there are two sizes). You may have heard me call it my Oprah gift because if I could I would buy you all one and say, “You get a candle, and you get a candle, and you get a candle!!”

The scent is divine. It is the best smell in the entire world. And the jars…When the candle is done (so sad), you simply put the galvanized container in the freezer overnight so that you can pop the little wax out easily and it’s a beautiful place to keep things. The biggest one I’ve included here (there is an even bigger one but I’ve never bought it) is the perfect amount for my aunt, who loves the candle too. I get her one every year. There is also a baby version (closer to the mugs prices) that would be a great hostess gift that comes in a variety of iridescent shades and galvanized silver (I just saw they now come in beautiful emerald and red…how perfect for the holidays!).

I don’t feel bad giving a candle (you know how a candle can be kind of impersonal) because this is the candle. Once you try it, you can never go back.

And yes, I sure did include the elephant planter. There is a giraffe and a zebra too. Why bring flowers and a bottle of wine when you could bring this with a succulent? It’s new so I can’t vouch for it the way I can for the mugs and candles but I can say: it’s an elephant planter.

Also, just want to share that Anthro is doing free shipping right now. Click below and shop those items or others.

Part of giving a great gift, in my opinion, is presentation. It’s not a matter of the look of things and wanting to be seen in a certain way. It just shows you went the extra mile and took care with those $8 mugs (also I just thought of this: what a great stocking stuffer to stick a gift card in?). I live in a studio apartment as I have mentioned 1000 times so I don’t have a wrapping paper room. Shocker, I know. I’ve found that brown kraft paper is great because you turn it into anything. I love the look of it with twine. In this case, I mimicked the initial theme of the mugs and tried to pick colors I thought or knew the girls liked. It was a blogging conference so I chose flowered paper because…my blog title.hostess2

I knew I had to include something elephant related so I cut out tiny cards in the shape of the elephant from that same paper and wrote a short note to each of them and tied it with twine to the mug handle. Then I tied everything up with twine because I like how it looks.

(I see this look at stores and it’s so expensive. Go to Amazon and I think I got the twine at Etsy. Please. It’s brown kraft paper.)

By the way, ignore the wet part of the brown paper in the photos. It was modgepodge and dried clear. Finally, I must keep it real. I ran out of the brown paper while wrapping these! So I rationed it out and gave them all an equal amount and then I told them the truth and we all laughed. See, things don’t have to be perfect. You just have to care.

I am always searching for the perfect gift for people. If I find it in June, I will buy it for Christmas. Check out my pinterest board for some really awesome DIYs and products!

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Aren’t those prices reasonable? Like I said, they are my go to all year round but not going to lie, they will come in handy at Christmas. What is your go to?
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