Gift Guide: $75 and Under

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1. Pantone Espresso Set // 2. Gold and Yellow Wool Elephant (an adorable little elephant for an adorable little kid) // 3. Leather All Over Stud Gloves // 4. Suede Chainlink Envelope Purse (love this bright color!) // 5. Sumi Spoons Oblong Platter (isn’t this platter so lovely?) // 6. Hot Cocoa Cafe Coat (a lace coat? I’m in love!) // 7. Personalized Recipe Gift Set // 8. Horse Print Cardigan (so cute and there are other animal prints too!) // 9. Destination Hot Spot Backpack // 10. Cities, Set of Three Prints (great way to spruce up the home)

Tell me: Which one is your favorite?

To all my readers who celebrate- Happy Thanksgiving in advance! I’ll be busy cooking and eating and scouring the web for early Black Friday deals tomorrow, so I’ll see you back here later!

Asos Christmas Collection: Sponsored Video

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Have you guys seen the new Asos Christmas Collection? Their new campaign features two amazing artists who I am in love with (Ellie Goulding and Azealia Banks) and the model Charlotte Free. Each person created a video featuring items from Asos and the coolest part is that you can shop their looks directly from the video! If you hover over what they’re wearing, it will pull up a link to that item on Asos and you can then click to add it to your shopping cart. The holiday campaign alos features a fun little contest for viewers- if you pin looks from any of the videos with the hashtag #BestNightEver, you have a chance to win the looks that are featured in the video.

I love that the videos are interactive- it’s definitely a fun new way to shop! Also, how can I not love videos of two musicians that I love, performing songs that I love?! Ellie Goulding sings her song “Only You” (from the album Halcyon, which you have to listen to if you haven’t heard already!) in her video and wears a pair of faux leather shorts that I would totally wear. Azealia Banks (who I think is awesome) raps out a new song called “Fierce” in her video and wears a blue velvet dress that I’d love to add to my closet!

Take a look at these two videos below and let me know what you think of this interactive video/shopping approach!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Asos; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

Saturday Excursions

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Did you guys have a good weekend? I had a pretty relaxing weekend and on Saturday I had the opportunity to go to two pretty fun events.  First up, a coffee tasting for The Bloggers’ Collective organized by Craft Coffee!

I had never been to a coffee tasting before, so I was pretty excited to taste some delicious coffee and learn more about the company. Craft Coffee is a monthly subscription box for coffee lovers. They receive tons of samples from all over the world each month, but only select the best 3 to include in that month’s box. Many coffee drinkers (myself included) have particular favorites, but can’t tell you exactly why they like that brand or flavor of coffee. Craft Coffee includes an informational card with each box that tell you some interesting tidbits about each coffee they send, such as where it came from and tasting notes. They’ll be launching a new feature on their website soon where you can rate the coffees you taste and then as you continue to rate different coffees, the site will be able provide recommendations and facts about your coffee tastes based on the ones you’ve rated in the past. We also learned about the different ways that coffee is brewed and received a sample to take home with us.

It was good to see several TBC members at this event, but sadly Alex and I couldn’t stay too long because we had to head downtown for the Driscoll’s Berries Holiday Craft Brunch!

Driscoll’s Berries invited several bloggers down to the Open House Gallery in Soho for an afternoon of treats and crafting.  I’d never been to a crafting brunch before, but the idea just sounds awesome, no? When we arrived, I was handed this adorable little frame they created for me and then we picked a spot at the table where we would do our crafting. Of course, there were many delicious berry treats, including an extremely tasty cocktail and the most delightful little french toast with berry topping.

After eating to our heart’s content, it was time to get to crafting! There was a demonstration of how to craft our holiday trees and then we all got to work. Alex was a speed demon and I think she finished her tree before I was even halfway done. Our trees were made entirely out of strawberries, so it was hard to resist snacking on them while we were crafting (side note: I didn’t!)You could also embellish your tree with sprigs of mint leaves here and there, or edible glitter!  The last picture shows the final results- such a festive and fun holiday decoration!

I want to thank both Craft Coffee and Driscoll’s for such a delightful Saturday afternoon! It was very interesting to learn more about coffee and the crafting brunch definitely put me in the holiday mood! :)

Tell me: What did you do this weekend?

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

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Well guys, it’s that time of year again; my favorite time of year- the holiday season! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and every year around October I start itching to listen to my favorite Christmas tunes. Although I know it’s too early for that (I make myself wait until the day after Thanksgiving), it’s not too early to start shopping for gifts! This year, I’m putting together a series of gift guides for every budget- starting with the most expensive, $100 and under!

1. Composition Notebook iPad Folio // 2. Classic Stunner Dress in Horizon (perfect for the holiday season) // 3. Hand Cream Confections Bouquet (these smell so good and are very moisturizing!) // 4. Giant Bow Sweater // 5. Monogram Jewelry Box (other colors available) // 6. Fireside by Side Throw // 7. Simple Strap Watch // 8. Nameplate Necklace (customize up to a max of 10 letters) // 9. Bow Flats // 10. Metal Mesh Flat Clutch

Tell me: Have you started shopping for gifts yet?

Although I’ve kicked off this series on a Friday, the normal posting day will be Wednesday. Don’t forget to check back this coming Wednesday for my picks under $75!