Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Gift Guide for the Hostess

The week between Christmas and New Years Day typically involves shuffling between different family members' and friends' homes. This means that there are plenty of hostess gifts to buy for those that brave the holiday hosting duties. If you're struggling for what to get, I've got you covered! From holiday-themed gifts to items perfect for their home, it's all below.


1. Succulent - It's the easiest plant to take care of and looks great in anyone's home.
2. Place Card Holders - These reindeer holders are perfect for the winter season.
3. Pretty Hand Soap - Bath & Body Works always has the best scents.
4. Wine Charms - From holiday parties to girls' nights in, there's always wine.
5. Spreaders - Appetizer utensils have never looked cuter.
6. Tea Towels - Whether they have funny sayings or match their decor, tea towels are always a hit.
7. Napkin Rings - Snowflakes are great for this time of year.
8. Cheese Markers - In my family, my mom always creates the best charcuterie boards.
9. Candy Dish - Bring filled with their favorite candy for a personal touch.
10. Ornament - A home-inspired ornament for the friend who always hosts.
11. Cream & Sugar Set - Great for serving late-night coffee and tea.
12. Cookie Cutters - How cute are these cacti shapes!?

If you're still struggling with last-minute gift ideas, check out my 2019 gift guides!

Gift Guides from years past found here.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve all!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

One of my favorite traditions that we do as a family is stockings. Since we were little, my sister and I have always opened stockings from Santa first thing in the morning. They're waiting for us outside our bedroom doors, so when Bethany wakes up, she brings them into my room to open. Together, on my bed, we open everything up. Now that Bethany's engaged, we've brought her fiancé in on the fun, so it's a full house in my room Christmas morning. My mom always tells me she has the most fun picking things out for our stockings each year. When we come downstairs for breakfast, she can't wait to hear about all our favorites.

If your family does stockings, too, and you're looking for some last-minute inspiration, look no further. I've gathered some of my favorite gifts from over the years (and some on my wish list this year) below. Bonus: you can buy all items in store, so you don't have to worry about them getting to you in time for Christmas morning.


1. Gloves - I live in Chicago, so gloves are a must-have.
2. AirPod Case - Everyone in my family has slowly jumped on the AirPod train, so cases help us separate our own.
3. Scrunchies - I love that this trend has come back. Kaitlyn Bristowe has some adorable ones or you can find them at your local drugstore.
4. Personalized Ornament - We add to our family tree every year with the different ornaments my parents pick out specifically for each of us.
5. Hot Chocolate Mix - A Christmas afternoon staple in our house.
6. PJ Pants - We get these Christmas Eve each year, but how fun to include them in your stockings!?
7. Fun Game - This year, we're all bringing a different game to play Christmas night.
8. Pens - These gold pens are still some of my favorites!
9. Travel Mug - Early morning meetings call for lots of caffeine.
10. Chocolates - If you haven't had Lindor truffles, you're missing out.
11. Keychain - I still love Friends, so this keychain is perfect for me. Target is great for in-store options.
12. Travel Jewelry Case - Bethany and I love jewelry and are always traveling.
13. Tile - If you're constantly losing your keys, you need this!

Tell me in the comments what your favorite stocking stuffer is!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Gift Guide for the Blogger

Today's Gift Guide is for all my fellow bloggers! Nothing means more than the support from friends and family, so why not gift them something that shows you care? When creating our blogs, we spend a lot of time planning, taking photos, and working on our computers - below are 13 items that every blogger needs to help rock her slice of the internet.


1. Comfortable Leggings - There's nothing better than comfortable pants while blogging.
2. Notebooks - A cute journal to jot down post ideas.
3. 2020 Planner - Help her stay on top of her writing schedule and fun events. 
4. Phone Tripod - These days, we use our phones to take photos more than anything else.
5. Inspiring Mug - This "Get After It" mug is perfect.
6. Motivational Artwork - Daily motivation to hang by her desk.
7. Camera Timer - Taking blog photos alone has never been easier.
8. Light & Airy Presets - I use these to help keep my Instagram cohesive.
9. Blue Light Glasses - Staring at a computer for hours can be hard on the eyes, so these are perfect.
10. Idea Journal - A book filled to the brim with ideas.
11. Felt Letter Board - The perfect prop for cute flatlays.
12. Laptop Carrier - This backpack has pockets for her laptop and notebooks, plus it's super cute.
13. External Drive - Help back up her posts and photos to ensure she never loses anything.

2019 Gift Guides

Past Gift Guides found here.

What bloggers would love these gifts?

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Gift Guide for the Homebody

This gift guide was made for me. While I love going out and experiencing new things, there's nothing like being home. Now that I'm in my own own place, cozy nights in are some of my favorites. Comfy pants, a candle burning, working on my laptop - there's nothing better. Below, I've rounded up items for you to gift your favorite homebodies. I may need to gift some of them to myself this Christmas!


1. Puzzle - A simple activity to start and stop throughout the day.
2. Fleece Sweater - The coziest of sweaters to keep warm this winter.
3. Bath Salts & Bubble Bath - A soak in lavender will make all their worries disappear.
4. Cozy Pants - How cute are these wine-patterned ones!?
5. Kettle - A night in isn't complete without a hot cup of tea.
6. Slippers - Soft lining make them that much more comfortable (also, these slippers are name "Ansley!").
7. TV Show Print - Showcase their favorite TV show with a special watercolor print. (I have Monica's apartment hanging above my couch!)
8. Incense - Fill their home with a warm scent.
9. Lap Desk - I use mine to work on my laptop all the time.
10. Laptop Case - Dress up their laptop with a fun and creative case.
11. Wine Glasses - These are the perfect pink hue. 
12. Backrest Pillow - All the support and comfort they could need.

2019 Gift Guides

Past Gift Guides found here.

What items do you recommend for the homebody?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Gift Guide for the Beauty Queen

It's officially my favorite time of year on the blog - it's Gift Guide season! I absolutely love giving gifts. There's something so fun about picking something up that you just know the recipient is going to love. Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to help you find the ideal present for everyone on your list. From the homebodies to the dapper men, I've got your inspiration covered.

Today's gift guide is inspired by all things beauty. With the help of my sister (the beauty guru in my life), I've rounded up 13 gifts that are sure to dazzle the Beauty Queens in your life.


1. Eyeshadow Palette - I use the Naked3 palette almost daily and highly recommend it.
2. Wet Brush - Detangling hair has never been easier!
3. Kiss Pajamas - For the lipstick lover.
4. Mirrored Tray - Great for displaying nail polish or perfume.
5. Cleansing Oil - My sister swears by hers for removing makeup!
6. Makeup Bag - Storage and a little extra sparkle.
7. LED Mirror - For natural lighting indoors.
8. Exfoliator Brush - Healthy skin is always in.
9. Beauty Mug - An inspired mug for morning coffee.
10. Curling Wand - To get the perfect waves every time.
11. Makeup Sponge Holder - It's cute, plus helps your blender breathe, extending its use.
12. Nail Grooming Kit - At home manicures anyone?
13. Lipstick Sampler - Help her find her best shade with a mini lipstick kit.

My Favorite Stores to Shop All-Things Beauty?

(Shop past Gift Guides here.)

What ideas do you have for the Beauty Queen?

Monday, December 2, 2019

My Month in Photos - November

November was a whirlwind! Three trips, a holiday, and kicking off the Christmas season. This month was one of my favorites because I was able to see both my friends that moved away this summer. I saw Betty when I visited her new home in Austin and Dana came back for Thanksgiving - it was great. Below, you can catch up on this month's blog posts, as well as take a peek into how I spent my November.

Catching up on Lavender Elizabeth's November

My Month in Photos

NOVEMBER 1: FAVORITE PHOTO IN MY CALENDAR (& A PEEK INTO MY WORK DESK)

NOVEMBER 2: A NIGHT OUT AT LOTTIE'S PUB WITH FRIENDS

NOVEMBER 3: GUMBO NIGHT AT MY OLD PLACE

NOVEMBER 4: ARRIVING IN DALLAS

NOVEMBER 5: DAY 1 OF BLOOM BASH DALLAS WITH THE BLOOM WORKSHOP

NOVEMBER 6: DAY 2 OF BLOOM BASH (WITH A BEAUTIFUL STYLED SHOOT)

NOVEMBER 7: NEW STARBUCKS HOLIDAY CUPS

NOVEMBER 8: FIRST NIGHT IN AUSTIN AT THE LOST LEI

NOVEMBER 9: A WALK ALONG LADY BIRD LAKE

NOVEMBER 10: EXPLORING DOWNTOWN AUSTIN (& A STOP INTO KENDRA SCOTT)

NOVEMBER 11: A WORK-FROM-STARBUCKS KIND OF DAY

NOVEMBER 12: FLYING HOME TO CHICAGO

NOVEMBER 13: ILLINOIS WELCOMED ME HOME WITH SNOW

NOVEMBER 14: (NOT DRESSING PROPERLY) IN THE SNOW

NOVEMBER 15: A GORGEOUS SUNSET FROM MY BALCONY

NOVEMBER 16: SATURDAY KINCHIE CUDDLES

NOVEMBER 16: FORD VS. FERRARI MOVIE NIGHT (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)

NOVEMBER 17: CLEARING OUT MY SUBURBS DESK TO HEAD TO THE CITY

NOVEMBER 18: FIRST DAY AT THE DOWNTOWN OFFICE

NOVEMBER 19: DRIVING FROM NEW YORK TO CONNECTICUT

NOVEMBER 20: DAY 1 OF OUR OFFSITE HR MEETING (ON THE CONNECTICUT COAST)

NOVEMBER 21: A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO END OUR MEETING 

NOVEMBER 21: OFFICIALLY HOME (AND HIGHLY CAFFEINATED) 

NOVEMBER 22: DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE IN CHICAGO

NOVEMBER 23: SOME SATURDAY SHOPPING & GIRL TIME

NOVEMBER 24: KICKING-OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ICE SKATING AT THE BEAN

NOVEMBER 25: A LATE NIGHT AT THE OFFICE

NOVEMBER 26: GETTING READY TO DECORATE MY APARTMENT (CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU!)

NOVEMBER 27: 50% OFF AT EXPRESS MEANS FIVE NEW PAIRS OF JEANS AND A SWEATER

NOVEMBER 27: WEDNESDAY NIGHT OUT IN THE SUBURBS WITH FRIENDS

NOVEMBER 28: THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH MY PARENTS (AKA HOW CANADIANS DO AMERICAN THANKSGIVING)

NOVEMBER 29: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH MY MOM

NOVEMBER 30: HELPING MY PARENTS DECORATE THEIR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

What I'm Looking Forward to in December
Checking items off my "Christmas in Chicago" bucket list
My best friend's wedding in California
Having my sister home for the holidays

What are you excited for this month?

Monday, November 25, 2019

White Lace Tops Perfect for Winter

The colder months are just around the corner, which means winter fashion is on the horizon. One of my favorite choices this year is white lace. It's so feminine and can easily be dressed up for the holidays. My mom recently gave me one of her lace shirts and I've fallen in love with it. I've worn it to work with black slacks, as well as with jeans and booties for dinner with the girls. It's inspired me to add more lace to my wardrobe (que the Cyber Monday sales now). I've rounded up some of the cutest white lace tops from each of my go-to stores (all for under $100!), plus my favorite way to style my top below!

My Everyday Lace Look
Shirt: Similar below; Jeans: Express; Shoes: Fergalicious

The Best White Lace from my Favorite Shops (all under $100!)


Anthropologie: Carson Lace Top ($88)

Express: Pleated Lace Shoulder Top ($60)

Francesca's: Sabera Lace Sleeve Blouse ($38)

H&M: Lace Wedding Top ($70)

Lulus: Lace of Spades ($32)

ModCloth: Through the Bluebells ($49)

Nordstrom: Ruffle Neck Lace Top ($89)

Revolve: Olivia Lace Tee ($98)

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How will you style your winter lace?