Gifts for the Girl who has Everything

There are less than 15 days until Christmas, and it's time to get serious about shopping. Some people are easy to shop for; they're the first ones you buy presents for... & then there are the others. Everything that you think to get them, they already have.

That's where this post comes in. I've been stuck on a few people on my own Christmas list and I think I finally have those hard to shop for people down. So if you're looking for gifts for the fashionista, hostess, puppy mama, boss lady, or zen master in your life, this post is for you!


(0 1)  T H E   F A S H I O N I S T A .

She rolls out of bed and looks more put together than you do after an hour of getting ready. She knows where to find the newest arrivals and greatest sales. Maybe she already has fabulous accessories or her taste is so specific you don't even know where to begin. 

PERFECT GIFT : Handbag Design Class + Kit With Rebecca Minkoff ($99.00) 


Instead of paying for a Rebecca Minkoff, pay for the real Rebecca Minkoff! In this class, the fashionista will learn all about finding design inspiration, identifing trends, sourcing material, and working with leather. She'll also be walked through making her own Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Leather Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff herself!


(0 2)  T H E   H O S T E S S .

You love getting invited to her house because she always makes the best food, puts together the best cheese plates, and serves the best wine. Her house naturally looks cleaner than yours does after it's been professionally cleaned. You don't want to give her anything that will bring clutter and disorder to her harmonious home, and she already has the coolest kitchen gadgets.

PERFECT GIFT : Food52 Marble Board ($45.00-$58.00)


Even if she already has marble countertops (lucky bitch), these boards are a perfect addition to her flawless kitchen. The white marble boards stay about 7º F below room temperature and are perfect for serving chilled food like cheeses, but they also retain heat for keeping foods warm. As a bonus, the matte finish on these boards makes them insta-friendly (no glares!). 


(0 3)  T H E   P U P P Y   M A M A . 

This girl loves her dog and her dog lives better than you do. It eats better food and sleeps on a better quality bed. You could get her pup toys or treats, but who knows if it would comply with the dog's grain-free, raw food, fancy fresh lifestyle. 

PERFECT GIFT : Belle or Gents Bow Tie Collar by CrewLaLa (starting at $46.00)


The pup already lives better than you, you might as well make sure it dresses better than you too.  All CrewLaLa collars and bows are handmade in Charleston, SC. They have tons of bow collars in plaid, polka dots, seersucker, striped, chevron, nautical, ikat, floral, gingham, geometric, and holiday-themed patterns. If you really want to up the pup's style, they also offer personalization and matching leashes! Miss Dixie is modeling the Patriot Belle Collar, but I'm OBSESSED with the Nightfall Plaid and Fuchsia on Mint Seersucker Belle Bow Dog Collar. 


(0 4)  T H E   B O S S   L A D Y .

She's always running around doing something important. Maybe she runs her own business, is a blogger, or is an important person at a big company. She has a lot to do and a lot to carry around. 

PERFECT GIFT : Mod Laptop 2 by THIS IS GROUND ($399.00)

what it holds. pictured above in congac.

what it holds. pictured above in congac.

The leather case offers a way to carry your laptop, tablet, power adapters, cords, cell phone, headphones, pens, pencils, stylus, notepads, hard drive, battery pack, glasses, business cards, ID, credit cards, and currency. All in one stylish folio! It also comes with a removable leather strap for easy toting on the go.


(0 5)  T H E   Z E N   M A S T E R .

This girl is coming back from the gym before you've gotten out of bed. She makes exercising look easy and claims that its fun. She already has a cute gym bag and an awesome yoga mat and lululemon accessories galore. 

PERFECT GIFT : Leggings from Yoga Rebel (starting around $60.00)

You can NEVER have enough leggings, even if you rarely hit the gym (but especially if you hit it on the reg). Yoga Rebel has the best collection of leggings and yoga/workout gear I've found. Their selection features items from awesome brands like Dharma Bums, Varley Sofia, Liquido, Spiritual Gangster, Onzie, Teeki, Zara Terez, and more! Exercising might actually be fun with clothes like these!


Hope this list helps you with your hard-to-shop-for darlings. Happy Christmas and make sure you buy a few things for yourself! 


Valentine's Day

The first month of 2015 just flew by! I had been planning to do a Valentine's Day post, but it really snuck up on me.

Now February is here, and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. No matter who your valentine is, you want to give them something special. But with time flying by, it can be stressful trying to find the perfect present.

I've rounded up gifts for homebodies, busy bees, jetsetters, foodies, and the homesick honey to help find the perfect gift for your valentine! 


For the Homebodies:


For the Busy Bees:


For the Jetsetters:


For the Foodies:


For the Homesick Honeys:

Happy Valentines Day Darlings! 

Gifts that Give Back

I can't believe the holidays are almost here! It's finally the season of hot chocolate, cookies, and of course giving.

This year, why not try giving gifts that give back? When I was searching for gifts, I only had 2 criteria:

  1. Does this product have a charitable purpose?

  2. Would I buy it if it didn't?

If the answer to both these questions were yes, it went on the list! 

Little did I know, there are some amazing companies out there doing really amazing things. I was hoping to find 15 gifts to share, but I got a little carried away and struggled to narrow down my list to 45!

Check out my first 15 products with a purpose that will make great gifts this holiday season- and be sure to check back later for Part II ($50-$100) and Part III ($100+). 

01. Pinot for Paws WOOF Gift Box ($49, ONEHOPE Wine); 02. Brown Houndstooth Bow Tie ($37, Dibi); 03. Personalized Vintage Map ($30, Fresh Words Market); 04. The Winston Set ($25, Harry’s); Travel Case ($38, United by Blue); 06. Viral Socks ($25, Cole + Parker); 07. Cherry Wood Bowerys with Mic ($49.99, LSTN Headphones); 08. Stay Humble by Tyler Thorney ($39, Help Ink); 09. Smiles Pack ($35, Smiles for the People); 10. Primo Spreads ($14, Butter Shades); 11. Gypsy ($35, Charlie Dog & Friends); 12. Candy Cane Bundle ($30, Yoobi); 13. iPad Mini Case ($29, Stone + Cloth);  14. Incan Studs ($32, Matterial Fix); 15. Bixbee "Sparkalicious" Glitter "Butterflyer" Backpack ($34.99, Bixbee).


01. Pinot for Paws WOOF Gift Box ($49, ONEHOPE Wine) - Half of the profits from this gift box are donated to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). If you aren't into dog treats with your wine, bring the California Brut Sparkling Wine ($18.99) to a party-also  in  a GLITTER edition ($59)- half of the profits from this wine is donated to World Food Program USA (WFP USA). 

02. Brown Houndstooth Bow Tie ($37, Dibi) - Dibi seeks to strengthen education worldwide by providing school supplies to rural communities throughout the world. They also seek to strengthen style worldwide with their core Dibi brand, Dibi USA, and now Dibi Italy!

03. Personalized Vintage Map ($30, Fresh Words Market) - For every print sold, Fresh Words Market donates 10% of its proceeds to women and children focused initiatives around the world. But this is only one way they do good. Fresh Worlds Market also hosts limited time events during which they donate 100% of the proceeds from a specific design to a partnering organization. Some of the organizations they've helped are Future FortifiedMelel Xojobal, and PEACE.

04. The Winston Set ($25, Harry’s) - Harry’s gives 1% of their sales and at least 1% of their time to organizations that prepare people for personal and professional success. Founded by one of the co-founders of Warby Parker, so you know you'll have great service and good quality supporting their passion for giving back.

05. Travel Case ($38, United by Blue) - United by Blue rejects the precedent that  monetarily-successful businesses and environmentally-friendly practices could not co-exist. More significantly, they believe that business has an opportunity to affect real and meaningful change.For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups

06. Viral Socks ($25, Cole + Parker) - Cole + Parker uses their sale proceeds to fund entrepreneurs in the developing world through their micro finance partner, Kiva. Once a loan is payed back, they use those funds to fund another entrepreneur! Which is how your 1 purchase could help many entrepreneurs. Ninety nine percent of all loans through Kiva are repaid and have helped sustain communities in a dignified way.

07. Cherry Wood Bowerys with Mic ($49.99, LSTN Headphones) - For every purchase, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation and spreads awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. So far, LSTN has been able to help over 17,000 people around the world.

08. Stay Humble by Tyler Thorney ($39, Help Ink) - Help Ink is a collaborative project, using the sale of premium and exclusive art to help charities in an exciting way. For every $5 you spend, Help Ink gives $1 to the charity of your choice. Right now, you can choose from Children's Hunger Fund, Plant With Purpose, Thirst Relief International, Books For Africa, and MedWish.

09. Smiles Pack ($35, Smiles for the People) - Maybe toothbrushes aren't the most exciting gift… but they make great stocking stuffers! Smiles for the People are passionate about dental care. They collaborate with Giving Partners who are working to provide dental care, increase access to care, train care providers, or teach dental prevention. By donating the equivalent of one toothbrush for every one sold, Smiles for People helps improve the oral health of people who can’t access or afford the dentist. 

10. Primo Spreads ($14, Butter Shades) - Butter Shades was born in Philadelphia out of a passion to create trendy and affordable sunglasses and and they are committed to give back to their community through partnerships with local nonprofits.

11. Gypsy ($35, Charlie Dog & Friends) - Gypsy is based on a real life Australlian Cattle Dog that was adopted form the Potsdam Humane Society at six months old. Typically, $5 of every “Gypsy” purchased is donated to Potsdam Humane Society in Potsdam, NY- but they recently donated the full price for a month to support a recent rescue crisis. Their core vision is to change how we see the American pet: the homeless shelter dog or cat, and the way we go about bringing our new family member home.

12. Candy Cane Bundle ($30, Yoobi) - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need. Yoobi recently partnered with the Starlight Foundation to help distribute Yoobi items to children in hospital schools. These schools and the teachers that support these programs are responsible for keeping children affected by chronic illness on track and feeling positive about their future during their hospital stay. If you purchase this bundle, Yoobi will donate 8 items. It's that easy.

13. iPad Mini Case ($29, Stone + Cloth) - Stone + Cloth works to provide scholarships for students in need through The Knock Foundation, which is based in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Globally, more than 130 million school-aged children do not have access to a basic education, and Stone + Cloth is committed to giving these children a hand up. 

14. Incan Studs ($32, Matterial Fix) - For each purchase of these earrings, Matterial Fix gives $3.20 to Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit organization that is working to end poverty and gender inequality in Peru by educating adolescent girls. Matterial Fix also works with Freedom Firm, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate child prostitution in India.

15. Bixbee "Sparkalicious" Glitter "Butterflyer" Backpack ($34.99, Bixbee) - I can't imagine a cuter backpack to take back to school after the new year! PLUS, Bixbee will donate one backpack filled with supplies to a child in need with every backpack purchased. They recently donated 2,000 schoolbags to children affected Typhoon Haiyan in Cebu, Philippines. By purchasing a backpack, you could be responsible for smiles like these!

Feel good about the gifts you give (even those for yourself- hello glitter wine!) Happy holidays darlings!