Splurge Gift Guide 2016

Stella McCartney Handbags

I’ve been asked a few times by friends and clients which designer handbags I like and recommend. I thought this time of year would be a good time to share on this subject, just in case you want to ask for a “splurge” item for Christmas. I’m always honored when people ask my opinion because frankly, it’s a lot of money, and I know it means they really trust me. Well, as always, I’m happy to lend my two cents, especially when it’s a splurge item! I take buying a splurge item very seriously… maybe a little too seriously (in the end it’s just an item, right?). For me, a splurge has to be good quality, function well, and I want it to be on trend but not trendy. HA! Sounds complicated, right?  That’s why when Nordstrom asked me to share accessories with you guys, I said yes! I went through all the handbags and ONLY took pictures with the handbags I LOVED! If I wouldn’t carry it, I didn’t take a picture with it. I decided to divide them into small, medium and large categories.

Chloé Mini Faye Suede & Leather Wallet on a ChainSmall Bags: I mean, how cute are these little bags?!?! I’m not a small handbag person, but these make me want to try my sister’s bag strategy. She carries a small purse in her large tote and uses it as a wallet. Then, when she goes in somewhere and doesn’t want to bring her big tote, she just pulls out her small purse!  Kinda genius, right?  These purses make me want to try this strategy. I have loved Chloe bags for awhile, but I could never drop the hammer. However, this bite size one has me on the verge. I have a StellaMcCartney cross body bag and love it ( I wore it in this post)! This one is just so cute. You can’t go wrong! If you are a small bag purse, I envy you. I really do.

Stella McCartney 'Mini Falabella' Studded Faux Leather ToteMedium bags: How cute is this Stella McCartney studded handbag that is also a cross body?!?! Don’t like the studs? Not to worry, it comes without the studs in lots of different colors. I’ve always secretly wanted to be able to carry a handbag. This klutz needs both arms. How cute is this classic, medium sized Chloe bag. It is the epitome of a classic design. There’s not too much to it, it’s just a clean saddle bag with a lock. Love it! If grey is not your color, don’t worry, this one comes in lots of different colors, too.

Stella McCartney 'Large Falabella - Shaggy Deer' Faux Leather ToteNow these are my kind of bags- large and in charge. Ha! I don’t keep it a secret that I am not an extremely organized person, so big purses work really well for me. I have always loved the Stella McCartney over the shoulder bags (large pictured, smaller version here). They have the perfect shoulder strap drop for easy on and off. Plus, they are super soft. I love this messenger bag because it’s different and not like anything I’ve seen from Tory Burch before. It has an adjustable strap, so you can decide if you want to wear it as a shoulder bag or a cross body. I love this Rebecca Minkoff backpack. Backpacks are really appealing to me for my klutzy ways, but also because my bag can sometimes get so heavy that my shoulder hurts. I love the pebbled leather without a lot of hardware. Lets just say it’s super chic!

Dana Rebecca Designs 'Lauren Joy' Diamond Disc Pendant Necklace
How pretty are these necklaces?!?! I like nice jewelry that you can wear everyday and that you can sleep and shower in and never have to take off. That makes sense to me because if I spend money on something, I want to really wear it a lot. You can get that cost per wear down to next to nothing!

I was really surprised at what a good price the small necklace was for a splurge item! Oh, and…

Dana Rebecca Designs 'Lauren Joy' Diamond Disc Stud Earrings…I love the matching earrings, too!

I take my purchases and my client’s so seriously. Probably a little too seriously, which in the end is good for you! If you are looking for a “splurge” item, I hope you found this post helpful! The great thing about buying at Nordstrom is that they have free returns! If you don’t like it, just ship it back for free!


Women’s Gift Guide 2016

This is a different kind of gift guide. I decided to do a list of my favorite things (some fashion related, some not) that I use throughout the year. Once again, if you’re going to spend your money on gifts, you want them to be tried and true, and these items are.

Barefoot Dreams® Front Zip HoodieBarefoot Dreams hoodie and pants

Last year, I did an entire post solely on Barefoot Dreams items. If you’ve ever owned anything by Barefoot Dreams, then you know why. I have two Barefoot Dreams sweaters, which I like to call my “house sweaters”, that I wear nonstop, and I recently purchased this jumpsuit. I have also worn it nonstop, just ask my neighbors who stand out at the bus stop with me – ha! If there was one gift I could recommend that I know will be a winner, it’s anything by Barefoot Dreams.


What better to wear with your Barefoot Dreams than these comfy and unbelievably stylish slippers? Right now, my slippers are my old UGGS and truthfully, there’s nothing stylish about worn out UGG boots as slippers. I’m in major need of an upgrade, and these caught my eye immediately and are the perfect replacement.

diptyque Mini Candle Set (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Diptyque candle set

I didn’t realize this about myself, but I am a candle loving fool. There’s nothing that gets me going more, whether it’s doing the dishes or other mundane activities, than lighting a candle. It brings life into the room by adding scent, a little flicker, and ambiance. All that to say, if you have a candle lover in your life (like a mother-in-law or mom), how much would they love this Diptyque candle assortment? They could choose the scent depending on their mood, and what candle lover wouldn’t want to do that? My favorite Diptyque scent is Base and Figuere, but I’d love to choose from all of those scent options! My cousin recently gave her daughter’s teachers a Christmas candle, and I can’t think of a more perfect teacher gift. My favorite Christmas candles are the ones that smell like Christmas Trees, like my current favorite from Nest. A candle really is a perfect gift for anyone.



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Love Necklace/ Treasure and Bond Earrings

Jewelry’s always a fun Christmas gift to receive. This ‘Love necklace‘ is one of my favorites. It’s a secret code necklace, and when it’s spun, it spells out the word love. I’ve worn it a ton, and it always adds a fun little something to my outfit. Then I ran across these earrings, and I just love them. They’re different and pretty and an edgy take on the pave diamond earring look. They would be perfect for New Years.


Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

Kindle Paper White

Recently my original Kindle from 10 years ago broke. I knew there were new versions out, but I had become attached to my original Kindle and was worried that a backlit Kindle would keep me up at night. However, after going 1 day with a broken Kindle, I knew I couldn’t make it without one. So I read all the reviews and apprehensively ordered the Kindle Paper White, even though it was backlit. It promised to not have the blue light that effects your sleep, and it’s safe to say that it doesn’t keep me up at night- ha! There’s no glare, and it adjusts it’s lighting automatically based on your environment. So this serves as a reminder to ask for a Kindle, and if you’re tired of the book light, the Paper White is the way to go.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, print social media photos on 2x3 sticky-backed paper - white (X7N07A)

HP Sprocket

Can I just rename this device the mom printer? I am seriously about to go out and buy this for one of my son’s school projects that’s due on Thursday. You send pictures from your phone and it prints right then and there. How much more fun would projects, dinner parties (a picture would make a fun party favor), or play dates be with this fun printer. Heck, I might even change my family pictures in my house more than every 5 years- ha!

Marye Kelley coasters

Marye Kelley coasters

I have 4 of these coasters in my house. I keep buying more because every other coaster I buy doesn’t measure up to my Marye Kelley coasters. Heres why: they are big, therefore any size drink will fit. There are also perfect as a wine bottle coaster. If you have white marble counter tops, you know how important a coaster like this can be. They have a substantial lip, so there really is no sweating anywhere on your surface, and it makes it easy to put your drink back in the dark in the middle of the night. For me, it also stands as a catchall on my nightstand for my earrings and chapstick.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler with Silicone Refill, Silver

Shu Uemura eyelash curler

This is another great stocking stuffer or girlfriend gift. Recently, I’ve been giving my girlfriends this eyelash curler for their birthdays. It curls eyelashes like no other. I have had this eyelash curler since high school. They make the rubber strip out of strong silicon, so you don’t end up with the middle divet that cuts or pinches your eyelashes. Trust me on this one… just trust me.

Nike 'Performance' 3-Pack No-Show Socks

Nike Socks

Have you ever seen a more perfect stocking stuffer? These are my favorite footies that I wear with my booties, fashion sneaks, and flats. They are the first footies I’ve worn that actually stay on my feet, even after multiple wears. I had 6 pairs and now I only can find 2 pairs, which is why I will be asking for these for Christmas.

For splurge gifts for her/you, stay tuned for my final gift guide!

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