Gift Guide: For Your Bestie

November 24, 2015

To all my besties out there — those fabulous ladies who have guided me through school, life, and many questionable choices! — this one’s for you.

Last week we covered gifts for the men in our lives, and today, we’re talking about gifts ideas for your BFFs. Fun, frivolous, pretty gifts that these special women will squeal over and immediately post to Instagram. Nothing but the best for our besties!

Everything in the collage below is from Shopbop, my go-to website these days. It’s one of those perfect one-stop-shop retailers where you can do lots of holiday shopping in one trip. Bonus: Shopbop’s “buy more, save more sale” is going on right now; save up to 25% with code GOBIG15 at checkout.

2015 Gift Guide: For Your Besties


1. Kate Spade Coasters | 2. Friend Mug | 3. Prisma Jewelry Stand | 4. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case | 5. Kate Spade Card Holder | 6. Yay! Flute Glass | 7. Adia Kibur Simone Earrings | 8. Dogeared Guacamole is Extra Pouch | 9. Madewell Circle Pave Ring | 10. Kate Spade Desktop Calendar | 11. Splendid Cozy PJ Set | 12. Oui Oui Oui Tray


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Gift Guide: For Him

November 20, 2015

With the promise of Thanksgiving turkey on the horizon, I’m suddenly feeling like the holidays snuck up behind me, tapped me on the shoulder, and then screamed in my face: WE’RE HERE!

Weren’t we celebrating Halloween, like yesterday? How can we be a week out from Black Friday?!

Since the holidays have loudly announced their arrival at my house, it’s officially time to start shopping for gifts. By the way, I’m partly blaming my last trip to Target for kicking things off — how could anyone resist these holiday decorative pillows?!

Since I like a shopping challenge, I decided to put together the hardest gift guide first: gift ideas for HIM. You know, those hard-to-shop-for men in lives — husbands, brothers, fathers, cousins, etc. Hopefully there’s something below that’ll be a hit with the dudes this holiday season!


2015 Gift Guide for HIM


1. CB2 Dop Kit | 2. Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge | 3. Pongo Portable Table Tennis Set | 4. Beer Cap Map | 5. Stelton Pure Utility Knife | 6. Nordstrom Moccasin Slipper | 7. Master & Dynamic Headphone Stand | 8. Timex Expedition Scout Watch | 9. MEAT: Everything You Need to Know | 10. BDG Sweatshirt | 11. Solar Travel Lights | 12. Bombas Socks




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Deer graphics via We Lived Happily Ever After

His & Hers Weekender Bags

November 18, 2015

His & Hers Weekender Bags | LeSportsac & Herschel

My husband and I have been doing a lot of jet-setting lately. Well, okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration — I’m only daydreaming about these top all-inclusive resorts — but we have taken a bunch of weekend trips to visit family and friends up and down the East Coast.

Richmond, Virgina is just as exotic as Punta Cana, right?…

All of these weekend trips means we’ve both mastered the art of packing everything we need in appropriately-named weekender bags.

His & hers weekender bags

Since I’m a total overpacker, switching to a soft tote has been a good move for me vs. of trying to cram my entire closet into a bulky suitcase. Also, there’s something about carrying a weekender that feels slightly more chic than rolling a loud suitcase around Penn Station.

Here are what we’re using — both would be great for Thanksgiving trips or as holiday gifts! Yes, I officially have Christmas shopping already on the brain. What gift guides would you all like to see?


Perfect weekender for him: Herschel Supply Co. Novel

The hubs uses the Herschel Supply Co. Novel bag — a birthday gift from yours truly. I stumbled across a YouTube review for this bag and decided it’d be perfect (YouTube is good for something other than cat videos, who knew!?). Turns out, this YouTubber lives in my area! What, so random.

Herschel Supply Co. Novel-shoes

Anyway, you can’t beat this bag. I think it has a super hip look to it, while also being super functional. Exhibit A: a separate compartment for your stinky shoes!

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle

It comes in a very durable fabric in huge range of colors, all with Herschel’s signature red & white striped lining, and ships free from Zappos.


LeSportsac Luggage Large Weekender

I use the LeSportsac Large Weekender mainly because I love a bag with a fun pattern. Why is luggage always so boring? I like mine with a little personality, please! This bag comes in a bunch of different prints, so there’s something for everyone.

LeSportsac Luggage Large Weekender

The shape is also awesome — very spacious with zippered pockets on all four sides for iPhone chargers, curling irons, etc. This nylon bag also comes with a matching makeup bag.

Happy travels!

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