Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gifts for the Host or Hostess

In addition to bringing wine to a holiday party, consider a companion gift for that bottle. I have had great experiences with Pottery Barn and especially love that many of their items ship for free. Below are my favorite picks for under $20. I will most likely be buying just bought the wine charms...I love the :p guy!

emoticon wine charms, stag bottle opener, reindeer cork drink coasters, holiday wine bottle accessories

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gift-Giving Idea: National Geographic Map Coasters

While browsing through the December 2011 edition of Lucky magazine last year, I found a great gift idea...personalized coasters. You provide National with an address, and they send it off to New England artisans who make a set of four topographic map coasters. The price you pay is only $49. You might be able to score free shipping if you wait for Cyber Monday like I did last year. It makes a great gift for parents and close family. Here is who we bought for and the sentimental addresses we chose:

     For my parents: their home in Oahu while my dad was in the Navy
     For my mother and father-in-law: their condo in Seattle
     For my brother and sister-in-law: their wedding location in Maui

I love that the Seattle map still shows the Kingdome (the former ballpark of the Seattle Mariners), which was where my in-laws went on their first date.

Warning: You are not sent a preview of the map. As you can tell from the Maui coasters above, they are much more zoomed out and less detailed than the Seattle set. Also, returns are not accepted unless the product is damaged or defective. It may seem risky, but I am so happy I took the chance on this product. In fact, I will be ordering a set for our home on Monday.

Hope you are having a great weekend!! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Outfit Featuring Michael Stars Sheer Jersey Dolman Drape Neck Top & Dr. Martens Triumph Boots

CLOTHES: Michael Stars top, J. Crew leggings
JEWELRY: Nadri skull necklace, bracelets from Dillard's
ACCESSORIES: Dr. Martens boots, sash from old skirt used as belt, Chanel purse

I love my new Dr. Martens boots! I am wearing a size 7 (usually a 7 or 7.5) and would recommend sizing down. I pair these with regular socks, but they could also accommodate something thicker and not feel too tight. They are a pain to take on and off, though. The first time I tried removing these was comical. It seemed impossible...I swear it took me close to five minutes of cussing and grunting. I am now down to about one minute to remove both boots.

After buying the boots, I was on a mission (and still am) to find tops that pair nicely with black leggings. Although labeled a top, the Michael Stars item wears more like a tunic on petites. For more images, see it on (get 10% off with code TULIP). Besides leggings, I think it will pair nicely with tights and jeans.

Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

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