Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year's Eve! Tonight things will be rather low-key. The fam and I will be having a nice dinner out and, knowing myself, I will probably be tucked in bed before the ball drops. Boyfriend is still in Hawaii visiting his family but he will be back in 9 days!! I hope you all have a lovely end to a fabulous year and a fantastic beginning to what is sure to be an amazing 2010. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Greetings

Greetings to my blog readers! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I know I did. The family and I spent it in sunny South Florida. The picture above was taken at the annual post-Christmas party we attend every year at a family friend's house in Golden Beach. Looks like a Florida Christmas indeed! We had so much fun catching up with everyone. It was great to see all of my cousins once again and reminisce about our younger years, albeit embarrassing as those memories might be.

Since we headed to South Florida on Christmas Eve, we opened our presents from Santa the night before. While I loved everything I received, my two favorite gifts are my new Tory Burch Leopard Reva's (yeah, they are kid's size) and a super-cute sparkly bracelet (I was given the silver one and I think they are sold out) from Anthropologie.

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! What were your favorite gifts?

On a side note: I know there are more than just six of you who read my blog so sign up to follow me!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 2

The past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy so I apologize for the delay.  Here are my holiday gift ideas for this week! 

J.Crew Satin Jewelry Traveler
I have a little satin coin purse that I carry my jewelry in when I travel. The problem is, I am very indecisive and tend to choose how I want to accessorize based on my mood at the time. This can become a bit of a problem when my current jewelry carrier can hold no more than one bracelet, a long triple strand beaded necklace, and two pairs of earrings. I NEED MORE OPTIONS! This traveler would make that possible. 

These ladylike gloves are TC (too cute, courtesy of Leslie Clark). I wish I lived somewhere cold if only to wear these and add an extra dash of femininity to any ensemble. Alas, I live in a place where the high today was 84 degrees so I will have to settle for gifting them to my favorite northerners. 

Because everyone should light their candles in style, of course. 

$20 (Amazon, regular list price is $40!)
I believe there is a little Julia Child in us all. This is a great gift for both the epicurean  and the water-boiling challenged. 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Classic Christmas with Ralph Lauren

I am heading out for a day of shopping but, before I go, how lovely is this photo of Ralph Lauren's flagship store in New York all decked out for the holidays? It has certainly put me in the shopping mood.

* Photo via Design Dish

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Southern Style Christmas Miracle

A problem that has plagued me this Christmas season is the ever dreaded, "OUT OF STOCK". If I see another drop-down menu that only has one size, "OUT OF STOCK", I am afraid I might turn into a regular Scrooge. This morning it had looked like I found the perfect strand of pearls, Southern Proper's Proper Pearls. Just as I was about to add them to the top of my list, my eyes fell on the unfortunate and so not ideal words that I have been seeing all too often. Alas, I will wait on these Proper Pearls and hope that a Christmas miracle results in me finding them under the tree. How hard can harvesting pearls really be?  Let's do this Southern Proper. Please make my Christmas dreams come true!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas: Week 1

So, my hope is to have a new list of holiday gift ideas each week leading up to Christmas. That means there should be three more installments--the last one of which will be geared toward the procrastinating gift givers, obviously. 

Also, I would like to send a shout-out to my sister up in frigid Minnesota for sending this blog topic request. For any other readers who want me to try my hand at tackling their suggested topic, please let me know. I love suggestions! 

Tory Burch's Holiday Pajama Set
Everyone loves pajamas unless they don't wear them. In which case, I am sad for said individual because she is missing a very valuable opportunity to make a style statement. 

Swoozie's Vinyl Monogram Car Decal
I will monogram anything. That includes my car. It is beyond my comprehension why some might not agree. Therefore, I give many monogrammed gifts. 

Neiman Marcus Handbag Hanger
I for one NEVER put my bag on the floor. I don't care if I am at Chick-fil-A inhaling a #1 with no pickles or brunching at the country club. This is a super cute way to keep your bag out of harm's way and also, a great way to start a conversation. The minute you pull this out and hang your bag from the table, I guarantee every lady within eyeshot will want to know what it is and where she can get one. 

Fresh Soap 
I fell in love with this soap a few years ago when my mom bought me a bar as a stocking stuffer. They are so luxurious. They come in many scents but my favorite is Mangosteen. I also think these make great hostess gifts, especially around the holidays. 

Keihl's Ultimate Man Collection
I think this is a great choice for any guy on the list. It is a pretty safe bet that they wouldn't already own these products and, I have found, once I introduce my boyfriend to a little pampering (i.e. something as basic as conditioner) he can't remember how he lived without it.

Clothbound Penguin Classics from Anthropologie
I love a good book. As I have said before, some of my all-time favorite and most memorable gifts have been books. I think I am going to have to pick up a few of these for the bookworms on my list. If you decide to gift a book, don't forget to write a short inscription inside so this simple gift can tell more than one story.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Things I Love About Today!

*Photo courtesy of Sarah Hansford
1.  Today is the best boyfriend in the entire world's 23rd birthday! He makes me smile every day.

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2. It's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show night!! Yay for two hours of wishing I was taller, tanner, and more toned!

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3. Today is the first day of abc Family's 25 Days of Christmas. I love Christmas movies so much but I am not one of those people who can cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate in mid-July. So, that wonderful time of year is finally upon us and I intend to watch Christmas movies until I am blue in the face.