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Treat Yo’ Self for Valentine’s Day.

Heart Jammies Set | Shine Bright Mug | Ugg Luscious Robe
Roses Candle | Monogrammed Business Card Holder
Fresh Sugar Lip | Volupsa Amaranth + Jasmine | Donut You Love Me Jammies
XO Journal | Heart Dressy Sweatshirt | Philosophy Grace Set
Treat Yo’ Self Reusable Bag | Follow Your Heart Throw Pillow | Heart Dressy Sweatshirt (aff)

Growing up my parents would always give us a little something on holidays like Valentine’s Day. These gifts were never lavish; that wasn’t the point. It was just something special between us that made us feel loved and remembered. It was usually a card and maybe chocolate. It depended.

Except the one year where I accidentally was given Hunter’s Boots.

I was flipping through a random catalogue of things and saw these light pink rain boots. I thought they would be so cute for Valentine’s Day. My parents were divorced at that point and so I knew my dad may need some help when it came knowing what to get. So, from this catalogue, where I saw the price as $28.00, I pointed them out to him. I told him maybe he could get them for me for my birthday but in time for Valentine’s Day.

I did not know I pointed out kids boots.

I didn’t even know what Hunter’s were back then in High School.

(If I did know, I probably wouldn’t have chosen light pink.)


[Darling] Rainy Daze ☔️☔️☔️ #theeverygirl #theeverydayproject #chicagoblogger

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Not knowing any of this, on Valentine’s Day morning my dad gave me the boots. I was so excited to wear them. “You know,” he told me. “The ones you showed me in the catalogue were for little kids.”

I was shocked but also laughed at my mistake (I must have said: how dumb of me! I’m so sorry!). Remember…I had no idea what Hunter’s were or what they were priced. My dad just told me, “It’s been a tough year and so I went ahead and got them anyway but I want you to know those are really, really, really nice rain boots.”

Please insert the laughing, crying emoji here. Also an applause emoji for my dad. To this day, no matter if I have been dating someone or not in February, that Valentine’s Day present from my dad is the most lavish. It was one of the roughest years for our family so I’ll also never forget it.

(For the record, we are back to a simple card on Valentine’s Day from Dad. Ha!)

All that to say, Valentine’s Day is in the middle of the worst part of winter, when you’re dying for Spring without Christmas to look forward too. Snow has turned dingy. If you live in Chicago, you know you have a minimum of two months (but probably three or four) of gray, cold, winter. Maybe there is someone your life sending you flowers; maybe there isn’t. Who the heck cares? Treat yo’ self for Valentine’s Day. Or you know, here are some great gift ideas for people you love.

I picked things that I want to curl up with–whether it’s a mug or the cutest jams (or these or these) with a luxurious robe and a beautiful smelling candle (or this one) curled around a pillow.

There are practical things too, like the reusable bag. As for the business card holder, let me just tell you, it’s SO practical. When I switch purses, mine goes with me along with my keys and wallet so I am never without my cards…but mine is a couple year’s old and banged up a bit. Everyone needs a journal, in my opinion.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to spoil your body too. Your lips are seriously missing out if they have never tried Fresh’s Sugar Lip (there are a ton of colors including clear). I live for it. And this Philosophy Grace Set is an anniversary set and on sale. I love this chic sweatshirt because I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve…just on my entire torso (laughing so hard at my cheese factor there…).

Maybe you’ll buy a little something for yourself. Maybe you’ll subtly point something out to your significant other. I just want you to know that everything is adult sized and adult priced.




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How to Stuff them Stockings. (Gift Guide Part II)


Joining the link up with Cheers Y’all and Down with Dearmore’s…These all fit in a stocking…Promise! And here is the first gift guide…

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  1. Giraffe Trinket Dish//$16//Anthropologie//Why it’s on the list: I admit I bought this little baby for myself. I couldn’t help it.  Giraffes are almost as cool as elephants (but not quite). It’s perfect for your rings and bracelets and little trinkets. And it makes a statement in your room. Instead of just flinging things on a dresser (me), fling them on this dish and keep everything looking fab.
  2. Sugar Kisses Mini Trio//$28//Fresh//Why it’s on the list: If you don’t know about Fresh’s sugar lip treatment, you are missing out. Nothing keeps my lips smooth and perfect like these little ones do. What I love is that, yes, there is one without color, but these have color so you can basically be popping your lip balm, looking fly, with ruby red lips. This is a great stocking stuffer for any girlfriend (or yourself).
  3. Lavish Luxe 10 piece set//$29.99//Sonia Kashuk at Target//Why it’s on the list: I am always on the lookout for quality brush sets. The thing is, they are always so dang expensive. This one isn’t though. And I love the gold touch. This brand at Target tends to be high quality so I could safely assume these are great brushes for an incredible price.
  4. 2013 Red Cup Ornament//$4.95//Starbucks//Why it’s on the list: Everyone freaks out when the red cups come out. Including myself. One day, I ordered a venti and they started to write my name on a white cup. “Do you have the holiday cups?” I asked. They told me they were all out for venti. “In that case, I’ll have a grande,” I told them. For many of us, these cups mark the beginning of the holiday season. Why not hang it on your tree? Perfect for the stocking.
  5. Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights//$25//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: I love these tights! I love these tights! Or are they stockings? Anywhoo, put them stockings in my stocking!
  6. I just want to drink coffee create stuff and sleep T-shirt//$18//Why it’s on the list:  …………… …………… I really think this shirt speaks for itself.
  7. Kate 2014 Desk Calendar in Rasberry//$52//SugarpaperLA//Why it’s on the list: I love this brand. It’s a little pricy but it comes with the stand and next year you can replace just the cards. I can tell you that Sugarpaper is extremely high quality. And pretty. Growing up, we always got a calendar in our stocking.
  8. Bow USB//$50//Kate Spade//Why it’s on the list: This is a bit extravagant but how cute? Techie is the new chic, baby!
  9. Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker//$40//Why it’s on the list: Now you can jam in the shower to Beyonce all you want!
  10. Gold Lip Tease Mug//$25//Reiko Kaneko//Why it’s on the list: I love this mug. So creative and unusual. I love. I love. I love.
  11. Success is Not Easy iPhone Case 5 & 5s//$34//The Everygirl//Why it’s on the list: Again, here is a brand I love. Moreover, I love this iPhone case because it is a constant reminder of something important. (Right now, my iPhone case is a reminder of how much I love leopard print.) And of course, it’s gorgeous. Are you seeing a trend here?

Stuff those stockings!


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