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Gift Guide: Holiday Wrappings

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Once all the gifts are picked out and purchased, it’s time to wrap them up all pretty. I am a huge fan (and sucker for) pretty packaging and that always applies to my holiday presents too. The past year or two, I have been really into the more “rustic” and “crafty” wrapping looks. Kraft paper, twine, and classic red and green accents. Whatever your packaging preferences, wrap it up with lots of love this holiday season!

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Posted: 17th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Her

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A few little trinkets and treats for her stocking this holiday season. My favorite picks? The ultra-luxe Rodin lip balm, J. Crew portable iPhone battery and the Wake Me at Noon eye mask. Happy Holidays!

xoxo

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Posted: 13th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | 3 Comments
 

Pantone Color of 2013: Emerald Green

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The gurus of color at Pantone announced the Color of 2013 this past week and the winner is emerald. Think: the grand make-believe city of Oz, Elizabeth Taylor’s gems, and all the shades of green in a deep forest and four leaf clovers. It’s lush, vivid, deep and said to be a balancing, harmonizing color.

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 The easiest way to incorporate emerald into your wardrobe is easy—with jewelry like earrings and rings. You could also try it out with the colored denim trend and get a pair of deep green jeans. Emerald is a great shade for when you need to dress up as well—silk blouses, gowns, and skirts all look luxurious in this rich hue. If you feel bold, try an emerald green eyeshadow or dyed emerald green fur. Coincidentally, its also a great shade to use to dress up for the holidays—just don’t do the whole red and green combo together. It’s a little too One-of-Santa’s-Elves.

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How are you going to rock emerald in 2013?

xoxo

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Posted: 11th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 2 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

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For all the beauty product addicts and junkies in your life, the holiday gift guide full of lotions and potions. I confess, I am a bit of a beauty product junkie. I belong to Birchbox so I can try new samples all the time, I can’t pass up a new nail polish, I die for Nars’ Orgasm blush, and I have a serious lip gloss fetish. Know someone like that? This gift guide may give you some ideas for prezzies!

1. Tom Ford Lipstick Set—This luxe lipstick set has a whole bevvy of luscious shades.

2. MAC Fabulousness Smoky Eye Palette—I love this whole new set. The packaging is to die for.

3. Kate Spade Mini Nail Polish Set—A couple glittery shades make this foursome complete and ideal for the holiday season.

4. Red Velvet Lip Scrub—To keep those lips kissably soft at all times.

5. NARS Andy Warhol ‘Edie’ Gift Set—Edie Sedgwick was a 1960′s fashion icon with her platinum blonde hair, blank eyeliner and nude lips. This set comes from the best line of cosmetics out there and will help you achieve that perfect “Factory Girl” look.

6. Stila Snow Angel Color Palette—Every eye shadow shade you could ever need. Plus some fab mascara to finisht the look!

7. Julep Winter Collection 2012—I love love love Julep nail parlors and their environmentally friendly nail polishes. So chic!

xoxo

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Posted: 10th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Hair & Beauty | 2 Comments
 

Gift Guide for Man’s Best Friend

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Yes, even the pets in your family would love to get gifts for Christmas. I know mine would like bags and bags full of treats. They are, after all, the little furry members of the family.

1. Jonathan Adler Knitted Dog Scarf—how cute and cozy would your pooch look in this scarf?

2. Reiko Kaneko Dog Bowl—I think the picture of the dog’s nose close up in the bottom of this bowl is hilarious and so clever!

3. Dura Doggie Nebo Toy—My dog has this toy and she goes absolutely crazy-pants insane for it when I hide treats inside of it.

4. Personalized Gif Bucket—Perfect for the person who may have gotten a new puppy or adopted a dog right before the holidays.

5. Harry Barker Country Treat Bags—These cute feed sacks are filled with all-natural dog treats. Perfect for the family pet’s stocking!

6. Rope Leash—I love the nautical twist on the typical dog leash here. Also, if someone wants to give me that French Bulldog, that would be okay too.

7. Denim Heart Dog Pillow—Stylish so that it fits in perfectly with your decor instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

xoxo

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Posted: 6th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | 2 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide: The Glamour Girl

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This may be my favorite Holiday Gift Guide yet. Probably because I am that glamour girl. A glamour girl always has to have a fabulous clutch, a fancy silk robe and a few dozen cocktail rings. Oh! And let’s not forget pearls!

1. Elsa Kimono Silk Robe—black lace and champagne silk from Myla. Nothing feels as amazing against your skin as silk!

2. Madame Mathilde Python Clutch—Stunning arm candy with a pretty little gem adorning it.

3. Frederic Malle on Perfume Making—with a foreword by Catherine Deneuve, secrets on the perfume making process and a cover with plenty of kisses, it’s the perfect coffee table book for any glam girl.

4. Triple Strand Pearl Necklace—No one does chic and classic baubles like Kate Spade.

5. Iris Lacquer Boxes—The marbled paper pattern is just gorgeous and the boxes are perfect for storing treasures.

6. “On the Rocks” Cocktail Rings—There is almost one for every outfit with the multitude of colors.

xoxo

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Posted: 4th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | 3 Comments
 

Gift Guide for Kids

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Shopping for the little kiddos in my life is one of my weaknesses—there are such cute little outfits to dress them up in and games and toys to play with them…herewith, the gift guide for the kids in your life this holiday season…

1. Castle and Things Angel Pillowcase—they have the cutest designs on their bedding.

2. Bird-o The Bird—this little family of animals can be zipped apart and mixed and matched.

3. Good Things for Boys Kit—a craft kit with juggling balls, a glider plane and for your creative little guy.

4.  Little Twig Travel Set—travel size soaps and shampoos for little ones that comes with a cute washcloth.

5. Manny and Simon Push Toy—I love these colorful, well-designed push toys for toddlers and babies.

6. Jonathan Adler Nightlight—how cute would this be in a nursery? Or in my room….

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Backpack—teen girls will go crazy for the bright colors and fun lipstick prints.

8. Shadow Theatre from Little Citizens Boutique—it goes beyond the typical talking fist in such a charming way.

9. Bilibo—this durable toy can be used a rocking chair, spinning top or anything else kids can come up with.

10. Zu Cloud Pillow—so sweet!

11. Animal and Monster Hand Tattoo Set—fun and creative.

12. Magnificent Baby Hat—because babies in fuzzy hats with ears are so irresistible.

xoxo

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Posted: 2nd December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

A Full Tulle Skirt

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Two weeks ago, I walked past the Anthropologie near my home and stopped dead in my tracks. There in the front window was the full, cream tulle skirt of my dreams. Immediately, I knew it had to be mine. In the flash of an instant, I had already imagined wearing it to holiday parties, New Year’s Eve and yes, even to the grocery store. Yes, I know it’s a little Carrie Bradshaw-Sex and the City, but truth be told, I’ve always had a weak spot for seriously girly fashions that may also be worn by a five-year-old. I can’t help it. Something about a tulle ballerina skirt makes my heart skip a beat. So, while I haven’t figured out yet what to pair with it for Christmas Eve, I have decided it doesn’t matter because just look at all the ways you can style a tulle skirt…

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What would you pair with a tulle skirt?

xoxo

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Posted: 30th November 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 2 Comments
 

Gift Guide for the Hostess

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A gift guide for the consummate hostess—you know, that friend that does perfect DIY projects, hosts dinner parties with home cooked gourmet food, sends you baskets of homemade muffins when you’re sick, pampers you when you’re staying in the guest room and channels Martha herself all day, everyday.

1. Noble Handcrafted Maple Syrup is matured in charred oak barrels for a distinctively sweet taste.

2. Laduree candles—the macarons are out of the this world, so I expect the candles will be as well.

3. Little Shirley Vases—come in a rainbow of colors and are perfect for just one little bud to brighten a room or your day.

4. Diptyque’s Holiday Candle—because they are the gold standard in candles and the glass is so gorgeously designed.

5. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook—for mixing the perfect cocktail with style and panache on just the right occasion.

6. Monogrammed Coasters—because everything is better with a monogram. Totes classy and preppy chic.

7. Tea Towels from Studiopatro—for their eye-catching minimalist designs.

8. Jouer Sparkle and Pop Holiday Poppers—because they are oh-so-pretty in pink and gold and come filled with surprises!

9. The Flavour Thesaurus—for genius flavor inspiration and pairings when cooking.

10. Gold Chevron and Confetti Paper Placemats—easy to use, easy to clean, lovely to look at.

11. Cococozy Lavender Sachets—to keep drawers sweet-smelling.

xoxo

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Posted: 27th November 2012 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

Holiday Cards from Minted

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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to kick my favorite season into high-gear! I love the holiday season—the snow, the hustle and bustle, choosing special gifts for those near and dear to my heart, Christmas cookies, parties, mistletoe, caroling, hot cider, family and friends…it’s such a special time of year. It’s also the time of year for holiday cards—I am making an effort to get a head start on these this year, since I always procrastinate. It’s so hard when there are so many adorable options to choose from.

One of the best sources, I think, for stylish and unique holiday cards is Minted.com. They have the best options! You can change the shape of the card, the color scheme, use your own photos, and there are font and design choices galore.

There are cute couple cards for the newlyweds or the married-without-kids-yet…(I love the jumping one!)

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And ones announcing the birth of a precious new bundle of joy…(Trading Silent Nights for a Bundle of Joy cracks me up!)

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And fun, playful picks for family cards…the bottom pick with the map and family photo is so clever…

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But my favorites are these family holiday cards that give a year-in-review with fun infographics. Super creative, totally cute, not something you see all the time, and it lets people see the highlights of your year at a glance.

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How do people ever pick just one design to send out for holiday cards from Minted? I love them all!

Have you sent your cards yet?

xoxo

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Posted: 26th November 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 
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