The Homebody’s Gift Guide

Gift Guide1. Nordstrom Faux Fur Throw | 2. ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Pillow | 3. Ceramic Mugs 4. Le Creuset Kettle | 5. Diptyque Candle Set | 6. ‘Champagne’ Tee| 7. ‘When I’m Famous’ Sleep Tee 8. Barefoot Dreams Robe | 9. Gray Ugg Slippers  | 10. Cream Ugg Slippers

This latest gift guide is for all the homebodies in your life; the ones that enjoy a cup of tea and a good book just as much as a night on the town.

From these Ugg Slippers, to the cute ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ pillow, these items can fit for almost anyone on your list. Whether you’re looking for a good gift for the in-laws, for your mother, or one of your best friends, all of us can appreciate a good, cozy gift, especially at Christmas.

The Fashionista’s Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

1. Nadri Safety Pin Brooch | 2. Kate Spade Black Studs |3. Madewell Glitter Earring |
4. Leah Alexandra Stone Earrings | 5. Madewell Striped Shirt | 6. Lush Skater Dress |
7. Free People Oversized Sweater | 8. Sam Edelman Heels Boots | 9. Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots | 10. Gucci Marmont Matelasse Bag | 11. Alexander Wang Mini Rockie

Okay, so this will likely be my all-time favorite gift guide. I am honestly obsessed with every single item on this list, and in a perfect world, I’d own them all.

This list is designed for the fashion lover in your life… and it’s okay if that person is you! Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly ideas, like the gorgeous Madewell earrings for $24, or you’re looking to splurge on something like the amazing Gucci Marmont bag, or the Stuart Weitzman Lowland over-the-knee boots, this list can fill the needs of every fashion lover on your list.

The Book Lover’s Gift Guide


Christmas Gift Guide

1. The Husband’s Secret | 2. The Fault in Our Stars | 3. Small Great Things | 4. Mr. Mercedes | 5. Invisible | 6. Angels & Demons | 7. What Alice Forgot |
8. Kindle Paperwhite

Leading up to Christmas next month, I’ll be posting a series of gift guides to help you get prepared for the season. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I truly love finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. So with these gift guides, I hope I can help you do the same.

I’m starting out with a book lover’s gift guide, as I’m actually a huge book reader. And I also happen to think books make wonderful gifts.

Books can make you see the world differently, and by gifting a book, you can pass that new perspective on to someone else. What Alice Forgot, for example, has a way of helping you learn to appreciate the things you have, by giving you a fresh set of eyes about the things that matter most.

Also, with the exception of Small Great Things, I’ve read every book on this list. I’ve loved each one of them, which is why they’re in this guide. In fact, the only reason I haven’t read Jodi Picoult’s latest hit is because it’s still on my own wishlist. Though I’ve read many others by her, and so I’m sure it’ll be just as powerful.

I’ve sectioned the list into three categories, because something you gift your mother or your best friend might be different than what you gift a boyfriend or a great guy in your life. My boyfriend, for example, was OBSESSED with Invisible by James Patterson. As was I.

I’ve also added a kindle at the end, because if the person you are gifting is anything like me, then they probably need a place to store their never-ending book collection. And a virtual space with lots of room is always a good way to start.


ShopBop Site-Wide Sale Picks


SHOPBOP sale picks

SHOPBOP is holding a BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale. And even though almost the entire site is included, I have searched out my top picks in case you need a starting point.

Ray-Ban Black Shades | Ray-ban Mirrored Shades | Gary Marble iPhone CaseWhite Marble iPhone Case | Heart Trinket Tray | Adina Reyter NecklaceAlexander Wang Rockie | Sam Edelman Black PumpsSam Edelman Lace Up HeelsSam Edelman Petty Booties |  Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots | Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots

Happy Shopping!

Travel Bag Essentials: Road-Trip Edition


Travel Essentials

Anyone who road-trips knows the importance of having a few essential within easy reach. After all, nobody wants to be the person on the side of the road digging through their suitcase for that one item they really need.

My boyfriend and I road-trip a lot, and I always make sure to have these items on hand before every trip.

  1. Laptop

    Whenever I’m going on a long trip, you will always find my laptop in my bag. This ensures its safety and keeps it close by in case I need it.

  2. Sunglasses

    Obviously, a no-brainer road-trip essential is a pair of good sunglasses. This is not the thing you want to forget on a long, sunny drive!

  3. Travel Wallet

    A wallet with your essential cards and a bit of cash is a basic necessity for road-trips. Whether it’s filling up gas, or feeding your caffeine addiction, it’s important to have some money on hand. My Prada WOC is my favorite for travelling because it works as a wallet in my bigger bags and a bag on its own while I’m on the trip. You can see it styled here & here.

  4. Touch-Up MakeUp Bag

    I don’t tend to wear much makeup while travelling, but it’s nice to have a few essentials to touch-up my makeup throughout the day. I use the pouch that came with my Saint Laurent tote for my makeup basics, which normally includes a compact, some lipgloss, and a good concealer.

  5. Lotions

    Travelling can be hard on your skin, so it’s important to have good skin products on hand, like my favorite L’Occitane lotion. [And Altoids to keep your breath fresh too!]

  6. Necessity Pouch

    A necessity pouch, filled with things like Advil, hand sanitizer, and tweezers, is a necessity for any bag I carry, so a travel bag is no exception. If you want to go the non-designer route, you can also buy a minimergency kit, which includes a lot of the things you might need in a tight spot.

  7. An Audiobook

    Obviously, a phone is always an essential, but on road-trips, I especially like to use my phone for audiobooks. I’m a subscriber to Audible (Amazon’s monthly audiobook subscription), which is basically a necessity if you are a reading addict like me.

    Sometimes there isn’t time in the day to pick up a physical book, and when that’s the case, an audiobook is a great alternative. Plus, if you sign up for Audible, you can get your first audiobook free. Since you can cancel at any time (including after your first book) who wouldn’t want to give it a try?

  8. Tech Charger

    On road-trips it’s always important to bring chargers (and car adapters) to keep all your tech juiced up and ready to go. Especially with the new audiobook you plan to listen to!

  9. A Good Book

    Even with an audiobook, it’s always nice to have a good book to keep busy throughout a road-trip… Or when you arrive at your destination. I’m currently reading Me Before You, so no spoilers, please!

  10. Travel Tote

    Finally, a good carry-all tote is really the main necessity when it comes to preparing for a road-trip. I love my Saint Laurent tote (see it worn here & here), but Tory Burch also makes a great one, and if you’re looking for a non-designer option, I also like this tote from Nordstrom.