Gift Guide 2014: For the Beauty Obsessed

gift guide, this holiday, gifts under 75, gifts for the beauty lover, beauty gifts, beauty wish list A couple of weeks ago, I shared my beauty wish list and today I have several more beauty-related gift ideas. Many of these are also on my list (you know the nail polish addict in me is heart-eyed over that Formula X set) or items that I think would make good gifts for people in my life. I also love the idea of the Sephora Favorites sets that were released for the holidays because you get to sample a bunch of great brands at a fraction of the price.

Speaking of shopping, who’s gearing up for Black Friday? I don’t plan to go to any stores (it’s way too crazy out there for me), but I will be browsing the deals online and possibly sharing some of favorite deals on twitter. I’m hoping that I can order a few things and knock a couple of gifts of my Christmas shopping list.

To those who celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and good luck to all the Black Friday shoppers. I’ll see you guys back here next week!

01. Essie Holiday Mini Nail Color Kit 02. Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil Set 03. Lipstick Cosmetic Pouch 04. Lorac PRO Palette 05. Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland 06. Deluxe Manicure Set 07. Bite Beauty Mix N’ Mingle Lip Minis 08. Soap & Glory Hand Food Trio (this is one of my beauty favorites) 09. NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret 10. Bonjour Cosmetic Bag 11. MAC Keepsakes Red Lip Bag 12. Fresh Favorites Set 13. Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics 14. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Mini Rollerball Set (I had a hard time deciding between the black and white when I picked up my rollerball. With this set you don’t have to choose!) 15. Forumla X Paint the Town (hello, hello, hello) 16. Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her

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A Thanksgiving Day Outfit

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For the past six years, I’ve been going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for Thanksgiving and spending the day/weekend with her family. Since I moved to the East Coast, I haven’t been able to spend Thanksgiving with my family because it’s rather expensive to fly back to CA for such a short time. I’m really grateful to my friend’s family for taking me in and giving me a home away from home on Thanksgiving day.

For the past couple of weeks, my friend and I have been pinning recipe ideas. This year there will be a few of us friends staying at her family apartment. I usually head over on Wednesday night so we can finalize the recipes we plan to make and have a sleepover. Then on Thanksgiving day, we spend all day in the kitchen listening to Frank Sinatra (our fave) and cooking.

Here’s an outfit I would wear on Thanksgiving. It’s loose and comfortable because of course you have to leave room for all the delicious food you’ll be eating. I love this cozy cardigan and cranberry-colored shift dress. I think the gold heel on these sling-back flats is really pretty. I took a cue from that detail and paired this outfit with gold accessories, like this long pyramid chain necklace and these golden cluster earrings.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I’m really looking forward to it, along with the days off work. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another gift guide and then I’m going to take the rest of the week off to relax.

Tell me: For those who celebrate, what are your Thanksgiving plans?

Holiday Card Ideas

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In keeping with the theme of Wednesday’s post, I wanted to share a few holiday card ideas. I like to choose my holiday cards early so I have plenty of time to write and mail them out before Christmas. When I was younger, I always used to help my mom send out the family Christmas cards and now that I live on my own, I really enjoying sending out my own set of cards. I have a list of people that I want to send them to and I always like to have a few extras on hand in case I’ve forgotten anyone. Last year I went with custom holiday cards from Zazzle, but this year I think I’m going to purchase a set like one of the options above. If you want to participate in a holiday card exchange, Tracy and Jessica are organizing one and today is the last day to sign up!

01. Deck the Halls Paper Chains 02. Snow, Ivory 03. Merry Christmas Printable Card 04. Happy Holidays from New York 05. Snow, Snow, Snow 06. Joy to the Letterer 07. Mr. Boddington’s Studio Happy Holidays 08. Holly Wreath Evergreen 09. Peace on Earth Angel 10. Winter Bouquet 11. Ode to Joie- Gold 12. Pine Cones Banner 13. Gold Foil Peace Joy Love

Tell me: Do you send out holiday cards?

P. S. Minted also has tons of options if you’re looking to do custom cards and right now they’re doing 15% off all holiday cards with the code HAPPYHOL15.

Gift Guide 2014: For the Stationery Lover

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Today we’re starting with ideas for the stationery lover. I love all things paper and it’s a well-known fact that I can’t say no to a pretty notebook. If you have a friend who enjoys handwriting notes and stocking her office with pretty supplies, then I think you’ll find a few good ideas here.

I hope you enjoyed this first gift guide and let me know if there are any specific categories you want to see!

Tell me: Have you started your holiday shopping or is it too early for you to even think about it?

01. Gold Stripe File Folders 02. Lucent Brass Ruler 03. Washi Tape 04. Monogram Card Set 05. Wooden Greeting Stamp Set 06. Gold Luxe Planner 07. Idiom Pencils 08. Gold Polka Dot Notebook 09. Daily Jotter 10. On the Go Notepad 11. Silver Mini Binder 12. Passport Pocket Notebooks

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