The countdown is on! We are less than a week from Christmas (and three days from my flight to Texas) and I'm running around like a crazy person, consuming caffeine like it's water, working, packing, cleaning, and getting little Evie ready for our trip to Texas. My holiday shopping is nearly done but there is still so much left to do! Wish me luck getting it all done!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
From the bath towels to the veggies on the dinner table it's all locally sourced, grass-fed, or hand crafted. Not a smidge of BPA, MSG, or artificial sweeteners will be found in the home of an organic hostess. If you find yourself scratching your head while you decide if the extra $2 is worth it for organic apples, this Awkward Gift Guide is for you! You need not live the organic life to gift the perfect sustainable gift.
(Bonus gift ideas are in bold!)
S'Well Bottle ($25-45): These double walled, reusable stainless steel bottles come in sizes ranging from 9 oz-25 oz with the 25 oz bottle capable of holding an entire bottle of wine. These impressive bottles don't condensate, and can stay hot for 12 hours, and keep drinks cold for up to 24. They can easily stay hydrated without the endless waste of plastic bottles.
6" Succulent Kit ($39): Bring a little bit of nature indoors with this simple succulent kit. Arrange it for them and present it upon arrival or allow them to arrange it at their leisure bringing a little greenery indoors during these cool winter months.
Organic Bath Co. Mocha Madness Body Scrub ($27): Perfect for the environmentalist concerned about millions of tiny artificial particles polluting the oceans, this natural body scrub uses sugar and coffee to rinse away dead skin while moisturizing with essential oils. This delicious scrub is a sweet stocking stuffer for your best friend or your vegan coworker!
Eileen Fisher Undyed Cashmere Poncho ($298): Natural fibers are a girls best friend and this undyed cashmere poncho is no exception! Super soft and ultra chic she'll be sporting this luxe layering piece all over town with her favorite TOM's.
Warby Parker Banks Sunglasses ($95): Every pair of glasses purchased allows Warby Parker to source a pair and train locals to provide affordable eye wear in communities across the globe. Looking good and doing good? Anyone can get behind that. This stylish pair of sunglasses would be a chic treat for mom or your Vogue-obsessed little sister!
Portabella Mushroom Kit ($43): Mushrooms are flavorful, meaty, and with this kit, super easy to grow at home. It's the perfect gift for the amateur gardener or any one who enjoys clean eating. It's pretty much foolproof-- just add water.
Handmade Boot Cuffs ($22): Made with love in Salem, MA these adorable hand-knit boot cuffs make for a cozy gift or stocking stuffer. She'll appreciate you shopping local while adding a bit of style to her winter boots. Add a beanie and scarf for the cuddliest holiday gift!
Timbuk2 Recycled Messenger ($99): Made from recycled vintage mail bags this messenger bag is a thoughtful gift for the guy or girl who loves all things repurposed. Each messenger is made from postal service mail bags and is one of a kind! Cyclists and collegiates especially love these durable crossbody bags!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I love Fall as much as the next girl but there's one thing about it I just can't deal with; the lack of sunlight. These 4PM sunsets render me absolutely useless. I just don't want to do anything. I've been to yoga once and Simply Barre twice in the last month and I sort of feel like a broke down piece of junk. What is it about this time of year that makes living healthy next to impossible? With the lurking New Year also comes a sense of renewal. For some, it's like pushing a reset button on all of Decembers sins.
And reset I will. I would like to do more yoga in 2015. While I discovered my love for barre and a masochistic tolerance for spin this year, I'd like to get back to the fitness trend that got me interested in healthy living and really improve my practice. I've got the gear! Ame & Lulu recently sent over this adorable printed yoga bag to tote my mat to class in. We all know how motivated I get by funky prints and patterns on my workout gear!
Working at the mall during and coming home so late during these extended holiday hours has me reaching for a lot of junk food. I found myself eating a giant bag of tropical Starbursts and tortilla chips for dinner at 11:30pm last week. No bueno. I'm trying to have more fruit and healthy grab-and-go snacks like KIND Bars, Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, and GoGo Squeez packs on hand so make snacking at work a little healthier. Clementines (pictured below, also known as Cuties or Halo's) are my absolute favorite healthy snack. I could eat half a dozen and not bat an eye. Sneaking one or two into my purse definitely deters me from stopping for a bag of chips at CVS or pastry at Starbucks!
Speaking of Starbucks, I've found that my major weakness is drinks. I love Starbucks Orange Mango Banana Smoothie, E Bar's Vanilla Chai with Almond Milk, and Planet Smoothie's Lean Green Smoothies. And while not unhealthy, they ring in at anywhere from $4-$8 each. To stay within my budget I've been taking my own mug, requesting hot water and making green tea lattes with the mix pictured above from Trader Joe's. It's $4.99 and makes 8 servings and tastes very similar to the Starbucks version. I also just placed an order with Plated this week so I could attempt to stay healthy while skipping the trip to the grocery store this week before my trip to Texas. Will report back!
How are you staying healthy this holiday season? Are you finding it as challenging as I am?
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Christmas countdown is on! I finally got around to taking my holiday card photos, but it looks like they're going to be all digital this year since I waited a bit too long to send them out via snail mail! Of course, Evie will be making an appearance in them. I didn't have time to get Santa hats this year (I seriously procrastinated!) so I settled for a black colorblock tunic and wintry accessories.
Rider in the Sky Tunic c/o Kiki La Rue // Burberry Cashmere Scarf // Via Spiga Patent Mary Janes c/o Bloomingdale's Outlet & Wrentham Village Premium Outlets // Kate Spade Newbury Lane Crossbody via Kate Spade Outlet c/o Wrentham Village Premium Outlets // LOFT Gold Bar Earrings (sold out) // Alex & Ani Vintage 66 Bangles // J.Crew Leopard Cuff (old)
Last weekend I stopped by Wrentham Village Premium Outlets with a couple of my blogger babes and I picked up a new pair of shoes and an adorable Kate Spade crossbody bag. They were just what I needed to complete this chic holiday look! Don't you love a good outlet find? With so many brands to shop we hit a few of our favorites including Tory Burch, Vince, Saks Off Fifth, and Bloomingdales. J.Crew Men and Michael Kors just opened this week so if you're visiting the Premium Outlets in Wrentham this holiday season be sure to stop by!
Friday, December 12, 2014
Whether he's your brother, dad, or boyfriend, we all know that one guy who just can't seem to grow up. He owns one of those tuxedo-printed tee shirts, frequently cracks inappropriate jokes, and doesn't wake up until well after noon on the weekends. You can't change him, but you may be able to shape him up a bit with these sharp gifts for men in this edition of the Awkward Gift Guide!
(Bonus gift ideas are in bold!)
Kiehl's Ultimate Man Body Scub & Facial Fuel Moisturizer ($31 for gift set): He may not be one for skin care but these Kiehl's for Men products have no frills and no girlie scents. The Facial Fuel line is specially formulated for a closer, more comfortable shave-- when he actually decides to shave, that is.
Lucky Brand Collectibles Messenger Bag ($149): If he's anything like my guy, he's probably still carrying around the same back pack from high school. Upgrade him to this durable leather bottom and canvas messenger, and maybe grab him a new pair of dark denim jeans while you're at Lucky Brand.
Fossil Jasper Reversible Belt ($45): He probably doesn't own both brown and black dress shoes, but no matter what color his dress shoes he'll always have the right belt with this reversible black/brown leather belt from Fossil.
Owl's Brew Coco-Lada ($18): This unique tea brewed for cocktails makes a fun stocking stuffer for the guy who loves to imbibe. Just add to beer or cocktails for a different take on his favorite drink. These flavored teas from Vermont make a great hostess gift! Place a trio in a basket to upgrade from the classic bottle of wine.
Wurkin Silicon Travel Bag ($50): Durable, easy to clean, and easy to toss in any gym or travel bag this silicon dopp bag is perfect for the guy on the go. Feeling really generous? Fill it with some of the products suggested above!
Beer Foamer ($30): Any beer or craft beer enthusiast will love this little trinket; a battery operated beer foamer to help release the rich flavors and aromas of a fine draft beer. He'll be impressed you're taking an interest in beer, and you'll enjoy a more flavorful beer. Have friends who are beer enthusiasts? Gift this with a set of beer glasses for the perfect holiday gift.
Sherpa Lined Cotton Bomber ($75): A steal at under $100, this cozy GAP sherpa lined jacket is a definite upgrade over his dingy college hoodie. Paired with a new pair of jeans and those Vans slip ons, and he's holiday ready in a flash. There may be some separation anxiety between him and the college hoodie: gifter beware.
Aluminum 4 Piece Grinder ($110): Cause let's face it, you're probably going to catch him in the backyard smoking pot. A aluminum grinder like this keeps his habit slightly more discreet than his usual plastic baggie.
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