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Holiday Gift Guide: For a Good Cause

Its easy to take an ordinary gift and give it some meaning when you decide to shop for presents that contribute something of their profits to a good cause or are helping to save the planet with the way they are made and produced. Beyond giving a donation to charity or cause in someone’s name, you can purchase stylish gifts from major designers that support causes like Breast Cancer Awareness and more. Check out some fabulous gifts you can wrap up this holiday season for friends and family, while helping others at the same time. After all, ’tis the season of giving!

Holiday Christmas Gift Guide for A Good Cause Jonathan Adler Water Bottle for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Gifts that Give, Stand Up to Cancer Necklace – Dogeared, Sunglasses – Warby Parker, Reusable Bags – Baggu, Tweezers for Breast Cancer Awareness – Tweezerman,  TShirts – Starbucks and Sophie Theallet, Canvas Tote Bag – FEED, Bamboo Bowl – Bambu, Create Jobs for USA Indivisible Bracelet – Starbucks       

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Posted: 7th December 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler

I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, and ever since, I’ve spent most of my free-time daydreaming about running off to far-away exotic locales at the drop of a hat. While my list of places to see in this world is still quite extensively long, and my travel dreams restricted to the boards of Pinterest, I plan to make my trip around the world happen someday. If you know someone that loves to travel, or simply has to do it on a regular basis, consider picking up one of these lovely gifts for them this holiday season.

Holiday Christmas Gift Guide for the Traveler, Jet Setter Style
Mini Face Brush – Clarisonic Mia, Refreshing Towlettes – L’Occitane, Pouches – Stephanie Johnson, Globe – Art on Globes, Apple Luggage Tag – Kikki K, Book of Maps – Paula Scher, Camera Case – Anya Hindmarch

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Posted: 6th December 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things | 4 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

I think I may buy more hostess gifts than anything else during the holiday season- what with all of the parties, dinner and cocktail soirees. But its also one of the easiest things to shop for – and so fun. There are a million and one little nifty gifties for the consummate hostess – from things for the kitchen and home to lovely soaps and candles. Saying thank you to your hostess with a small token of your appreciaton is easy – and necessary. Emily Post says so.

Hostess Holiday Gift Guide  Agate Coasters – Uncommon Goods, Feather Wreath – West Elm, Glitter Spoons – Leif Shop, Calendar – Jack and Lulu, Chalkboard Candle – Mine Design, Silver Cups and Spoons – Z Gallerie, Book – Design Sponge, Soap – Compagnie de Provence

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Posted: 5th December 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things | 1 Comment
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kids

Believe it or not, my absolute favorite people to shop for are the little ones in my life. Shopping for kids is so fun – perhaps because I am really just a big kid, but also because I love to pick things that I just know are going to make their adorable tiny faces light up like a Christmas tree. No joke, when I shop for my niece and nephew, I play with nearly every toy in nearly every aisle, and will even sit and read kid’s books for a good hour before I pick out a winner. With that in mind, some of my favorite picks for kid’s gifts this year…

Kids Holiday Gift Guide Christmas 2011

Rock Bouncy Balls – Paper Source, Shoes – Toms, Art Book – Amazon, Caterpillar Snack Container – Boon, Wooden Car – Smallable, Sheepskin Cuddle Bear – Elks and Angels, Shower Squids – Uncommon Goods, Wooden Giraffe Bank – Pearhead, Pink Wagon – Zulily

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Posted: 1st December 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things | 2 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

I don’t know about you, but most of the men in my life are some of the hardest people to shop for – literally, the most difficult of all time. Either they just want practical presents like socks and underwear (ugh) or have everything they want and can’t come up with anything. However, after a long and exhaustive search, I think I may have finally put together a gift guide that has some fantastic ideas for the toughest men on all of our lists!

Men's Holiday Christmas Gift Guide For Him Watch – Michael Kors, Bow Tie – Forage, Whiskey After Shave – Portland General Store, Laptop Sleeve – Kolo Bags, Whiskey Stones – Z Gallerie, Razor – Baxter of California, Duffel Bag – Filson, Bear Bottle Opener – Mod Cloth, “The Wave” Book – Barnes and Noble

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Posted: 30th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Glamorous Girly-Girl

For the glamorous ultra-girly girl on your holiday shopping list, consider presents that are done up with pretty packaging, designed for pampering, or come with plenty of frills, a high cute-factor and of course, never underestimate the power of pink. Trust me, this girl knows the glamorous girly-girl.

Girly Glamorous Holiday Gift Guide

Soap – Mor, Romper – Aubin and Wills, Snow Globe – Maison Martin Margiela by L’Atelier d’Exercises, Book – Vintage, Perfume – Miss Dior Cherie, Nail Polish – Deborah Lippmann in Bad Romance, Champagne Truffles – Chocolate Trading Co, Datebook – Barbara Wiggins, Stationary – Kate Spade

 

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Posted: 29th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
 

Twelve Days of Holiday Gift Guides: My Wishlist

With Thanksgiving behind us, its official: the holiday season is in full-swing.  I for one, couldn’t be more delighted – Christmas and the holidays are my favorite time of year. I love the hustle and bustle of it all, the Christmas carols, the lights on the houses and trees, the time spent with family, and yes, I even love shopping for that perfect gift for the loved ones in my life. I like to take my time to pick things for each person that truly fit them and their personalities and have some meaning for them personally.

In that spirit, I’ve planned twelve days of fabulous, inspirational gift guides to share with you right here on the blog over the next couple weeks. Hopefully they’ll give you some brilliant ideas – there is something for everyone. Today, I am kicking it off with my own personal gift guide – my dream (emphasis on the dream) wishlist for the holidays. Check back tomorrow for the next one!

Gift Guide Holiday and Christmas Wishlist

Necklace – Spike the Punch, Ring – Jamie Joseph, Underwear – Hanky Panky, Shoes – Christian Louboutin, Ipad – Apple, Train Case – Louis Vuitton, Watch – Nixon, Hair Ties – Cyndi Bands, Earrings – Alexis Bittar, Notebook – Smythson, Chair – Jonathan Adler, Purse – Chanel, Bracelet – Cartier, Votives – Glassybaby

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Posted: 28th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Sequin Shorts

Black and White, Sequin Shorts Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

It may be because the holidays are coming up and that always seems to mean shimmer, glimmer and glitter to me, but I have developed an obsession with sequin shorts. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ve loved anything sequined since I was about five years old and these shorts are no exception. They would make such a fun way to dress up for a night out on the town – with tights and heels. Or even to wear for a brunch with the girls with a blazer and denim button down shirt. Its girly, fashion forward and fun. What’s not to love?

Sequin Shorts Blue Eyes and Auburn Hair, Jenny Tea, The Glitter Guide, Sincerely Jules

I think I would go with a black pair, but gold would be fabulous as well. The first pair here, from Halston Heritage, are just about perfect, I think. Short, sassy and not shy about the amount of sequins. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I think I may have my New Year’s Eve outfit all picked out…

Sequin Shorts Halston Heritage, Tibi, Ella Moss

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Posted: 22nd November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment
 

Well Said: Walt Whitman

Well Said Walt Whitman

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Posted: 18th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment
 

Three Cheers For: Monograms

So, I have to admit, the classic, preppy-loving side of me is absolutely crazy for monograms. Anything monogrammed really – from sheets to jewelry, I secretly love having my initials on it. Especially if you are able to personalize something that is an every day, common object to make it more special or meaningful, or when you can take something that everyone else has and make it your own by putting your name or initials on it. Monogramming something can turn an ordinary object into a meaningful gift or a keepsake to be kept for a lifetime. Plus, its just pretty!

Monograms, Mongrammed Pillow – Luxury Monograms, Necklace – Sarah Chloe, Ring – Jennifer Zeuner, Cup – Williams Sonoma, Napkins – Houzz, iPhone Case – Whimsical Paper, Satchel – Cheap Chicas, Bracelet – Dannijo, Stationary – Kate Spade, Tote Bag – IoMoi, Candles – Archipelago, Tray – Fontaine Maury

Personalized jewelry (hello, Dannijo bracelet!) is my fave. What’s yours?

xoxo

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Posted: 15th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
 
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