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Holiday Gift Guides, Reading Picks // Pearl Girl

Y’all, life lately has been insane. Over Thanksgiving week, I spent an absolutely incredible six days in the Cotswolds in England and in Scotland for work. It was a seriously unforgettable trip filled with amazing moments — like visiting the Cheltenham Racecourse, pictured above.

I’ve had a week at home since then, which turned out to be an incredibly busy one due to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement!! I’m so excited for a royal wedding and a royal baby in the same year! Speaking of, I also started watching Suits and I’m really into it! It’s a good show and it’s cool to see Meghan in action. I also had a chance to check out the Downton Abbey exhibition in NYC. If you’re a fan of the show, you must see it! The attention to detail is really incredible. There’s intricate set replicas as well as tons of costumes and other tidbits from the show.

Today I’m off again, this time, on my biggest trip of the year: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, with my family. I’m so so so grateful for the opportunities to travel, and things just sort of worked out this way this year, but remind me not to do quite so many international vacations basically back-to-back next year. As amazing as it is, it gets exhausting! I have no idea how bloggers who are constantly on-the-go handle it.

I’ve somehow still managed to crank out a few blog posts while I’ve been away, including a few gift guides! I’ve done gifts for an acquaintance, gifts I’d like to receive and gifts for the homebody. I’m hoping to post a few more in the weeks before Christmas, which are quickly dwindling!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, and wish me luck as I embark on this 16-hour flight to Hong Kong (where I’m meeting up with my family, before we fly to Vietnam the next day!)

What I’m Reading

I’m a constant clothing reseller, so I enjoyed this article about the embarrassment of reselling your clothes. It is a little shameful to walk into a Crossroads with a bag of stuff and walk out with everything!

Love this: Single women are the fastest growing group of home buyers!

Jenna Lyons’s new home tour is just as envious as her last one!

As a fellow single lady myself, I adored Grace’s post on how to be single. Single or not, it’s a MUST read.

I adored reading about Mackenzie’s Nantucket wedding. It seemed like the perfect weekend!

I need to get better about sticking to a consistent workout schedule, so will be trying some of Julia’s tips in the new year!

Aspiring pet owners should read Jess’s post about adopting a pet. Great tips.

Loving Jess’s (another one!) capsule wardrobe remix series.

What I’m Shopping

Kicking myself for not getting this Fair Isle turtleneck over Black Friday and hoping it comes back in stock in my size!

I also hope this white sweater comes back in stock in my size too!

Call me crazy, but Abercrombie has some seriously cute sweaters.

So happy these blackwatch plaid pants are back! I love love love them!

I love this Burberry bag — and it’s on sale!

What I’m Writing

Gifts for the homebody.

How I spent a weekend with friends in London.

Gifts I want.

Gifts for the acquaintance.

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  • You’ve been on the go recently! I have loved following along on your adventures! I was so excited when Meghan and Harry got engaged – People did such a good job covering it!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal