Gift Guide 2013: Under $75

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Finally, Thanksgiving is almost here! To all my American readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I’m heading over to my friend’s house in Brooklyn tomorrow to do lots and lots of cooking and eating. Then I’m planning take advantage of the Black Friday sales and check off a few gifts from my list. I’ll be taking the rest of the week off so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you here next week!

Tell me: Will you be doing any shopping on Black Friday?

Shop the Post

Izola Dopp Kit (I don’t really know why, but I love the word dapper. A present that’s functional and stylish!) // Topshop Stud Crossbody Bag // H&M Faux Fur Jacket // Kate Spade Champagne Bottle Coin Purse // J. Crew Factory Sequin Bow Cardigan (bows and sequins? this cardigan needs to stop with its cuteness!) //  Ted Baker Metallic Bow Tablet Case (so girly) // Biscuit Happy Hour Tray // Sole Society Jocelyn Pump

Weekly Wishes 06.

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I didn’t do too badly with last week’s goals. I did order my holiday cards last Tuesday and I think they might arrive this week! I made them online and I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like. I also brainstormed some ideas for gifts. Come this Friday, I’ll probably be shopping for these gifts from the comfort of my bed (no battling the crowds for me!). I also started The Circle, which I’m enjoying so far.

This week I want to…

– help my friend plan our Thanksgiving menu. For the past five years, I’ve been spending Thanksgiving with my good friend from college and her family. It’s too far for me to travel back home to CA during this short break, so I’m happy I’ve found a second home here. I spend a few nights at her home and we always spend all day Thursday cooking together. It’s fun and low-key and I can’t wait to stuff my face on turkey day.

– finish a little knitting project that I’m working on. That’s right, I’ve picked up my knitting needles again! I made one project earlier this year, but since then I haven’t knit anything, which is a shame. The project I’m working on is a test knit, so I won’t be able to share pictures, but I can say that it’s a cute little hat. I’m happy to be knitting again (the colder weather just makes me want to be snuggled on my couch with my knitting) and I might choose a project for myself to start soon.

– see the new Hunger Games movie! Has anyone seen it yet?

Tell me: What are your goals for this week?

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San Carlos, Mexico 03.

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On my birthday, I woke up at the early hour of 8:30 am. I’d slept a grand total of two hours that morning, but for some reason I naturally woke up early. We didn’t have any plans that day and had severals hours before we had to leave the hotel, so I decided the perfect activity for me right then was to take a nap on the beach.

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Ahhh, it was so very relaxing. The weather was perfect and the sound of the waves softly crashing on the beach lulled me into a dreamy, sleep-like state. There were a couple of vendors walking back and forth across the beach and one of them was selling coconuts. With a little salt and lime sprinkled on top, the coconut was a perfect little snack for the beach.

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After a few hours of lounging on the beach, the whole group decided to rally and walk to a restaurant at a nearby hotel. From the beach, we could see the hotel off in the distance and we slowly made our way towards it. Along the way, I saw this flock of birds hovering in the air. The interesting thing was that they were all in formation, but hovering together only a few feet off the ground. I’d never seen anything like it before!

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Lunch was a simple, but delicious meal of fish tacos. After lunch, it was time for my group to say our goodbyes to the rest of people who were staying and head back to the airport. Of course I was really sad to go, but we decided that we must go back for a longer visit someday in the near future.

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Thank you for following along with my Mexico trip! In case you missed it, here are parts 1 and 2 from last week.

San Carlos, Mexico 02.

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding On the day of the wedding, we girls woke up bright and early to start getting ready. My best friend and her sis had hair appointments that morning, but I’d opted to do my hair and makeup myself. Oh, and did I ever fill you guys in on my dress drama? When I got on the plane to head to the wedding, I didn’t have a dress to wear. Ok, that’s not quite true- I packed a little black cocktail dress as a backup, but the plan was to do a some shopping in San Diego once I landed.

My sister picked me up from the airport and after a quick pit stop at In-N-Out, we drove straight to the mall. After looking around for a few hours, I still hadn’t found a dress I liked. Then we decided to pop into JC Penney, a store I haven’t visited in ages. There, in the area that contained the Joe Fresh collection, I found this pretty pink dress for under $25. Scooore!

Although I don’t want to procrastinate like that again because I was having serious anxiety about what I would wear, I am really pleased with the dress I wore. The price was pretty perfect and I wanted to wear something light-colored like this. The printed design may look intricate, but the dress itself was comfortable and fuss-free (and it had pockets- swoon).

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san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

Best Friends

Now, back to the day of the wedding! As I was saying, we woke up early to get ready, but of course we were rushing to make it to the church on time. The first wedding ceremony took place in the loveliest little church- exactly what you might picture when you hear the words “wedding in Mexico.”

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

The wedding was so lovely. I can count the number of weddings I’ve attended on one hand, but that doesn’t mean I can’t call this one as my favorite wedding ever. It just felt so special since I’m close to their family. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous and the groom looked so dapper and happy.

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

After the church ceremony, there was a little break for pictures. Then we headed down to the beach for the civil ceremony in front of the judge. As it turns out, I ended up being one of the witnesses to sign their official marriage license- I felt so honored that I could play some small role in their special day.

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

The night ended with dinner, drinks, and dancing on the beach. The live band was fantastic and it was so much fun to cut loose on the dance floor. You could tell everyone was having a blast! Well, I shouldn’t really say the night ended because I stayed up into the wee hours of the next morning. I didn’t even realize it was after midnight until someone turned to me and said “Happy Birthday!

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

san carlos, mexico, wedding, vacation, destination wedding

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Come back next week for part 3 of my trip to Mexico and to find out how I spent my birthday!