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Treat Yo Self

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I know that I’ve said plenty of terrible things about it here on my blog. “For someone who sure dislikes it…you sure write a lot about it!!” – everyone probably. But, really this is a guide for treating the one person in your life that matters most: yourself.

Treat yo self day is the greatest television inspired holiday ever, and while apparently that’s some day in October, I think Valentine’s Day is a pretty fine substitute. As you can see from this guide, it’s everything a girl could need or want to make herself feel special when everything sucks. Well, except the box of chocolates, which every smart girl knows, you buy the day AFTER Valentine’s Day when it’s all on sale. Don’t mind if I do, discounted Godiva chocolates. Another great thing about the day after is not having to navigate the aisles of lost men and screaming children at Target. #blessed

Essie Ballet SlippersThe Graduate dvd*, H&M pjsGolden Heart ice cream bowlCrate & Barrel rose gold spoonAesop face maskLove Stories braleteSlip sleep mask

*Streaming on Netflix too! 

Gift Guide: Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next week, and I won’t even sit here and pretend love is super great. In fact, for the first time in my life I actually hate the word love and everything it encompasses. I am no longer the starry-eyed, hopeful girl I once was. The truth is even when you try your hardest and give everything you have to someone else, it doesn’t always work out. I’m not a Debbie Downer but it sucks to feel isolated, alone, and unimportant. So if you’re lucky in love, please do tell me your secrets. 

Enter the greatest (television event) Galentine’s Day. A day for celebrating the two best people who deserve gifts: my friends + myself. My friends are always there for me when I need them and listen to my ridiculous behavior and nonsensical thoughts. Plus we spend so much time together, it’s hard not to love them. I also love myself…sometimes. Galentine’s Day is the ultimate occasion to treat yo self. As they say, you can’t love someone else until you fully love yourself…or whatever that quote says. Even if you don’t have an S.O. to spend time with over the worst of greeting card holidays (only greeting card holiday?), you can always shower those closest to you with love.

Chinti and Parker sweaterSkinny Dip London headphonesBan.do water bottleKate Spade phone caseLouis Sherry chocolatesGalentine’s Day cardSex and the City latte mugBFF Pizza pinHot Dudes Reading Gourmand candleGummy Candies

Ugh, I Need a Gym Bag

I don’t consider myself a gym rat by any means. I go (nearly) every day, do my cardio, and peace out. I don’t explore, and I’ve never even used the locker room. Which is exactly how all of the storage compartments in my car have become holders for all my gym needs. Everything from spare headphones to antibacterial hand spray fill the random areas I can find so I have them when I need them.

Obviously this is terribly inefficient and messy. It’s time to get my sh*t together in 2017 so enter the real solution: a gym bag. A bag where I can keep all of my odds and ends, a change of clothes, or anything else I might need all in once place. It will free up my car storage for real things like candy (this is ill-advised). Surely I have a spare tote bag or old weekender I can use, but that takes away the fun of shopping for a stylish new gym bag, doesn’t it?

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The 2016 Super Sized Gift Guide

Consider this the Toys R Us big book of toys for gift giving this holiday season

We are just about a week away from Christmas and while I haven’t finished my shopping (still got a few more things to pick up) I have had the time to browse the internet for the coolest gifts for pretty much everyone from moms & dads to hostess gifts.

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Natural yoga mat | Love & Lemons cookbook | Champagne high ball glasses | Poetic License candle | Pineapple measuring cups | H&M dress | Miu Miu hair mist | Zara Studio earrings | Zara heels

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Carry On Cocktail kit | Hedgehog boot scraper | Ojai candle | Dapper planner | Horn bottle opener | Cocktail book | J. Crew sweater | Apple AirPods | Sneakers

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J. Crew sweater | Columbo The Complete Series | Bath and Body Works candle | LaVanila perfume | Roku Streaming Stick | Double Leaf earrings | Pottery Barn throw blanket | Madewell slippers | Saturdays coffee | Warby Parker sunglasses

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Lumberpup hands free leash | Martha Stewart sweater | Aesop animal wash | Parker Lounger | Cat Pod | Sushi catnip toys | Bow Tie | Polka Dot bowl | Apple Cinnamon bone | Dog collar

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Parallele 45 Rose | Mixology dice | Marble cheese knives | Himalayan Salt tequila glasses | A Proper Drink book | Long burning matches | Vintage coasters | Pineapple serving dish | Monogram bottle stopper | Dark chocolate truffles

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Coach Rexy charm | Chill Pill charger | Quirky candle | Best Friend leather jackets | Rebecca Minkoff best friend pouches | Art Print | S’Well galaxy water bottle | Kate Spade iPhone case | Camille wine glasses | Who What Wear heels | Lush Ice Cube gift set | Cat necklace | Spirit Dust | Calm bath salts

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Wish List 2016

People asking what I want for Christmas is the worst. Only because I never know what to say, I always feel so awful if I ever do remember anything I want, and it usually leaves me with a really high expectation of returning the favor with a gift. I am terrible at gifts. 

But one of the best things with Christmas is making a wish list. Mainly for myself which features tons of really cool stuff I would love to get as gifts. So you know if I love it, it would make a gift for someone else (in case you were stuck on what to buy a really cool girl in your life).

Zara striped sequin dress 2 Glossier Phase 1 set 3 AreaWare key ring 4 Jonathan Adler Pop Champagne candle 5 Elizabeth and James bag 6 Things Will Work Out print 7 H&M pjs 8 Hario copper coffee scoop 9 Threshold bottle opener 10 Zara masculine double breasted coat 11 Criterion Designs book 12 Copper Water Bottle

Kitchen Gadgets

Today is Thanksgiving in the grand land of overconsumption also known as America. I’m preparing to make one of the biggest meals of the year including a turkey which scares the bejesus out of me. So many expectations.

So, during my stressed out planning, I decided to browse for kitchen items that would make my life way easier. Okay, so maybe it was me spending a lot of time on Crate & Barrel’s website looking at everything they have that is made out of copper. This occurs partly because when I went to the store last week to pick up pie crust protectors, I saw a beautiful copper Christmas tree I need in my life, and because they didn’t actually have the pie dish I wanted so I “checked” online.

This probably isn’t so much kitchen items that make my life easier, but rather, what would make my meal prep so much more stylish.

Cupcake KitDigital ThermometerMushroom BrushDrop BowlsKitchenAid MixerMeasuring CupsMeasuring SpoonsCookie CuttersPie Dishes

Fall Overload

One of the best things about fall is spending valuable resources buying amazing smelling things at Bath and Body Works. Trust me on this one.

Of course the main reason is they send me so many coupons in the mail how can I just not use them? They stack so well and you can save a bunch if you shop just a few months of the year (or once a season like I do). So with the first day of fall having just come and gone, I took the opportunity to stock up for the coming three months like a squirrel collecting nuts. To be fair, wallflowers WERE only $2 that day.

There is a downside to Bath and Body Works products in the fall: everything pumpkin related smells way too sweet. Actually, everything they come out with for fall really smells sweet. Marshmallow lattes, pumpkin donuts, berry crumbles, and even the pumpkin spice itself has a relatively sweet smell. So everything I chose to buy on my last shopping trip was subtle and warm smelling. The lotion is a mixture of apples, berries, and a hint of woodsy scents. The wallflowers aren’t sweet with the exception of the pumpkin apple which is delicious, but not too sweet. I’m not sure what a harvest gathering smells like since I’m from the desert, but I’ll take Bath and Body Works word for it.

Shop: Pumpkin Cranberry Cider soapPumpkin Apple wallflowerLeaves wallflowerAutumn wallflowerHarvest Gathering wallflowerLeaves three wick candleOrchard Leaves + Blue Sky body lotion