Gift Guide: For the Homebody

ONE Cozy Cable Knit Sweater
TWO Striped Socks
THREE Navy Joggers
FOUR Cashmere Wrap
FIVE Ginger Bubble Bath
SIX Silk Sleep Eye Mask
SEVEN Lake Pajamas
EIGHT Oversized Mug
ELEVEN Cable Knit Throw
NINE Candle Set
TEN Funnelneck Sweatshirt
TWELVE Amazon Kindle
THIRTEEN Holiday Scented Diffuser

(You can click on the collage to see each product, too!)

As I’ve gotten older (I know, I’m not old), I’ve really started to appreciate the value of a cozy night in. Especially one where you have the apartment (or house!) to yourself to watch a movie, order in takeout and go to bed early. It’s funny the things that feel luxurious when you’re a full-time working adult, but I’ve been looking forward to those solo nights in more and more lately. They are just so dang relaxing.

I know I’m not alone in my love of a quiet night on the couch with a good movie. So I thought a gift guide for the “homebody,” or really, anyone who appreciates the cozy things in life, would be one that would check off several people on everyone’s to-give lists. What’s included? To name a few, soft outfits to wear while lounging around the house, like these pants with this sweatshirt, the best way to spend a night in, and how to make your place smell great while you’re hanging out. One thing I missed? These slippers. I’ve had my own pair for a long, long time, and they’re just as comfortable as the day I bought them. Especially in an apartment with spotty heating (like mine!), a good pair of slippers is so necessary!

And now I’m craving a quiet night in. Seriously, not to sound like a complete grandma, but they are the best!

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Sales to Shop on Black Friday

Everlane Beach Tee Dress, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, Superga Cotu Sneakers // Pearl Girl

It’s here!!! The biggest shopping day of the year. As I said in my last post, I’ve spent the past week in England and Scotland, and was surprised to see a fair number of “Black Friday” advertisements at stores on this side of the pond. I had no idea it was a thing in the U.K., too!

Rounding up a few of my favorite sales below. I’m not sure how much shopping I’m going to do myself — sadly, the sweater I was hoping to snag for 40% off at Ralph Lauren is sold out in the color I want! I’ll do some more serious browsing after I land back stateside.

The deals are plentiful, but here are a select few all in the same place — I personally find it help to have a big list (especially for things like a Barbour jacket, which is on sale at multiple locations) and I hope you will too!


Tons of deals throughout the site!

My pick? An Echo! Should I finally pull the trigger? The dot is only $30!


40% off everything with the code THANKU.

My pick? Velvet pants!!! In black or pink.


Extra 20% off sale items.

My pick? This Pendleton raincoat I’ve been living in this (rainy) week across the pond!


20% off everything and you can get up to 30% off if you spend more! (Hint: Go in with your friends!)

My pick? My favorite fall jacket, the Olive Barbour.


Up to 30% off with the code MORE17

My pick? This Self Portrait style dress at a fraction of the price. (Would be great for a wedding!)

Ralph Lauren

40% off orders over $125 with code THANKS40

My pick? This gorgeous cable-knit cashmere sweater.

Tory Burch

30% off orders over $250 with code THANKS.

My pick? The T Satchel, a really beautiful everyday bag.

Kate Spade

30% off with the code GIVEJOY.

My pick? This pretty blush/taupe-ish satchel.

Ann Taylor

50% off with the code THANKFUL.

My pick? Love this black sheer polka dot blouse.


50% everything with the code FRIYAY.

My pick? This goes-with-everything velvet halter.


Extra 20% off plus tons of other deals.

My pick? These rose gold slip-on sneakers.

Lord & Taylor

50% off tons of women’s apparel and 20% off full-priced items.

My pick? Again, a waxed Barbour Beadnell. These rarely go on sale so it’s a good time to buy!




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Gift Guide: What I Want

ONE Tan Coat
Diamond Stud Earrings
THREE Fleece Pullover
FOUR Leather Tote
FIVE Fir Candle
SIX Pink Pajama Set
SEVEN Hunter Boots
EIGHT Drybar Gift Set
NINE Velvet Blazer
TEN Blush Hobo Bag
ELEVEN Camera Lens


Happy Thanksgiving! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been in England and Scotland for the past few days on an incredible work trip. The trip fell over Thanksgiving, so for the first time, I’m spending the holiday away from my family. However, I couldn’t imagine anywhere else I’d want to be right now! I love the U.K. and I haven’t been to Scotland in four years, since I studied abroad in college. It is seriously the most naturally beautiful, magical place. If you haven’t visited, move it straight to the topic of your bucket list.

With Thanksgiving today, Black Friday starts tomorrow and you know what that means — lots and lots of sales and shopping. A few notable deals? J.Crew is 40% off everything, a great time to pick up staple pieces. (Last year I got a blazer.) Everything is on sale at Tuckernuck and L.L. Bean, too, and there are lots of deals at Nordstrom and Amazon. Like, if you’ve ever wanted an Echo, now is the time!

I’ve seen a few bloggers post about the gifts they’re hoping to receive this year, and loved the idea, so I thought I’d follow suit. Honestly, at this point in life, most things I want I can just buy on my own (or they’re so pricey I’d never ask someone else to buy them for me — think Gucci loafers or a Chanel bag!) However, I do always have a running list of items that have caught my eye, so that’s a collection of what’s here. Some, are, admittedly, a dream item I’ll likely end up checking off my to-buy list a few years in the future when I hit some sort of milestone, while others are just a replacement for a well-loved part of my closet.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, wherever in the world you’re celebrating!

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Gift Guide: For the Acquaintance

Gift Guide 2017: Gifts to Buy Acquaintances

Happy beginning of gift guide season! It may seem a little early, and I’ll admit, I haven’t done a ton of my own holiday shopping yet. (Just one present so far!) But with Thanksgiving just over a week away, Christmas will be here before we know it — meaning it’s just a good a time as any to share some gift guides!

I have quite a bit of travel coming up before Christmas — a two-week family vacation and a work trip, so while I’ll attempt to do one of these a week, it remains to be seen whether that’s an obtainable goal. I figured this one was a good one to start with: Gifts for people you don’t know that well. Meaning you’re not going get them something that’s super personal because you probably aren’t an expert on their interests. So instead, you get them gift that anyone would love — something like these twelve items! I feel like these sort of occasions do come up, and these could easily work as a hostess gift, too! And they can be gifts for people you know well, too — they’re gifts that would work for anyone.

ONE Sugarfina Champagne Bears // There’s a Sugarfina store in my office and I swear, it tempts me every day. (Thankfully it’s on another floor so the temptation isn’t quite as in your face.) Their candies are not only yummy, but unique — I mean, champagne flavored gummy bears? My absolute favorite are the champagne bubbles, but the bears are an almost-as-good option and available to order from Nordstrom.

TWO Acrylic Tray // I love getting gifts from Mark & Graham, not only because everything can be personalized, but the products are genuinely really cute. This tray instantly makes a coffee table look more put together and is a great place to stash knick knacks and remotes.

THREE Floral Planner // The nice thing about the holidays is that they come at the end of the year, so next year-themed gifts are always an easy fallback. Plus, this floral illustration is so pretty.

FOUR Gold Bubble Earrings // The bubble earrings trend isn’t going anywhere, and this gold pair is perfect for holiday parties.

FIVE Sonix Phone Case // With the new iPhone 8s and iPhone Xs out this fall, plenty of people (myself included) have new phones this Christmas. I love these multi-color stripes, but honestly, all their patterns are pretty cute!

SIX Pineapple Ornament // A classic holiday gift, and one that will be used for (literally) years to come. This pineapple is so cute!

SEVEN Monogram Mug // A staple in any kitchen, and an easy, personalized gift that makes the gift-getter feel like you really thought about them. (I mean, their initial is on it!)

EIGHT Card Case in Calf Hair // I used to use one of these as my everyday wallet, but have since upgraded to a bigger one. However, I love using these while traveling. You can carry just the essentials and leave the rest in your hotel room.

NINE Moscow Mule Mugs // Chances are, whoever you’re giving to doesn’t already have these in their cocktail wares collection, and this set is super affordable and super cute.

TEN Bunny Bottle Stopper // The wine never stops flowing during the holidays (and I love it.) This cute little bunny wine stopper is the perfect hostess gift — it’ll get immediate use!

ELEVEN The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // A good book always makes a great gift, and this is my favorite book I’ve read in a while! Be sure to pick a copy for yourself, too!

TWELVE Vanilla Candle // Okay, I’ll admit it: There is no gift more basic than a candle. But you know what, people like them! They smell nice! No matter who you’re buying for, chances are, they’ll appreciate something that smells good.

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‘Tis the Season in NYC: Places to Sip During the Holidays

It’s been so nice to be able to soak in the city at Christmastime over the past week. While there’s nothing like the holidays in Europe (the markets are unbelievable!) this is such a special time in New York.

Everyone knows about the big sights to see: The windows at Saks, the tree at Rockefeller Center. But part of the fun of the holidays is all the parties and festivities at the decked-out bars around the city.

Holiday Bars in New York City


Chances are, you’ve seen Rolf’s on your Instagram feed. I’ve always wanted to go, and finally made it over this past weekend. The line is always long, especially right before Christmas, but it’s well worth it. The decorations are over-the-top, but they’re so gorgeous. Honestly, even with all that tinsel and ornaments, it’s not tacky. Just festive! Yes, the drinks are overpriced, but they’re perfect for the holidays (I had the spiced apple cider!) Word of warning: Waiting in line just gets you into the bar. If you want to eat, you need to make a reservation months in advance. (However, I’ve heard the food is skippable.)

Miracle on 9th Street

In the East Village, this bar — year round, called Mace — is transformed into a holiday spot. There’s tons of Santa cups and holiday themed drinks! I didn’t have a chance to try it, but I have been to the next spot…

Holiday Bars in New York City

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack

Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack is a sister bar of Miracle on 9th Street, and it’s close by. It’s on 1st Avenue, and has the same sort of holiday vibes as Miracle (even some of the same cups), but it’s a tiki bar, too! I ordered the Holiday Lei, a champagne cocktail with gin, ginger and cranberry, and it was so good. Move quick, though! It’s only open until Christmas Day.

Eataly Birreria

This spot is open all year round, but gets a makeover come the holidays. This year, the style is a ski lodge in Aspen, complete with fur on the bar and holiday lights. The best part? You can get pasta beforehand and pizza afterwards.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream

The NYLO Hotel’s LOCL Bar got a revamp from students at Parsons School of Design and is serving up nine holiday cocktails. You can drink out of a Santa snowglobe (or a copper elf-shaped cup!) Best of all, $2 from each drink will be donated to Save the Children.

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