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Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Misters

Saying “misters” feels a little strange, but in order to be fair, I just had to create a gift guide for the guys in our lives. Brothers, friends with great taste, or, if you’re lucky, a boyfriend or husband. They deserve a little bit of high quality love too especially when it comes to things they may not even realize exist. Let’s face it, some of them aren’t known for their quality choices, right?

This guide is filled with some interesting, unique, and thoughtful gifts. I mean, who else is going to enjoy a chocolate salami or a meat subscription box service? What I’ve learned in life are boys are pretty complex, but there’s a few universal interests. I just really enjoyed the idea of a lyric print in the shape of a record and Taschen makes some of the best books on design, art, and tons of other subjects. I am obsessed with the Studio Yonoh Perpetuum Calendar which looks like an old scale slider and has great wood accents. There’s also joggers, sneakers, and a beanie because if they are going to dress casual, they might as well do it well. No ratty clothes around here.

SHOP: Chocolate Salami, Carnivore Club subscription box, Beats Studio3 headphones, Fossil Smartwatch, Studio Yanoh Perpetuum Calendar, Urban Ears Stammen speaker, J. Crew hoodie, J. Crew joggers, Adidas sneakers, Shake. Stir. Sip: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts book, Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries, Everlane wool-cashmere beanie, Personalized Lyric print, The Marvel Age of Comics: 1961-1978 by Taschen, Native Union phone case, Munchies: Late Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs cookbook

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Sisters

I was too young to fully understand what my parents were saying when they told me I was gonna be a big sister. I think once I figured it out the family photos of me looking less than impressed holding my new baby sister said it all. But really my sister and I were the only kids around growing up in my family for the most part so we got into a lot of trouble together. We may have had disagreements about who “borrowed” (stole) what from who and she may have been my guinea pig too many times (okay so it was real make up not play make up, mom. Sorry), but I always had her back. No one was ever going to tell her the truth about Santa or let her take the fall for breaking something she never even touched. That’s what makes sisters awesome sometimes.

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My Holiday Wish List

First, let me just welcome you to the very beginning of what I’m going to call Holiday Overload. When planning out blog posts I realized that nearly all of them over the next few weeks will be holiday themed. I was conflicted about it but then I realized it’s many people’s favorite time of year (myself included) so I figured why not. There’s going to be everything from specially crafted gift guides (as if you need more of those in your life right now) to my favorite recipes, movies, and other fun things. At the end of the month as usual I will share my favorite albums and songs of 2017 just in time to kiss this unusually hellish year goodbye!

But where do we begin? 5 minutes into my family Thanksgiving dinner it started. The constant questioning “so what do you want for Christmas?” has been happening ever since. As a kid our Christmas lists were made before we even sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, put into the mailbox, and mailed off to Santa in the blink of an eye. As an adult it’s a bit harder and a much less fun. There’s still plenty of things I know I want, but there’s no Toys R Us Big Book for adult life so remembering what those things are is a little difficult. Finally after the 7,000 text message I decided to give it a go and pick a bunch of stuff that has caught my eye or that I can truly use in my life. Whether you’re looking for something to get me or just a gift in general here it is: My Christmas List.

ONE: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman, Never Us Futura by Douglas Thomas, and Simple Fare by Karen Mordechai TWO: William’s Sonoma Copper Wine Opener THREE: Zara Parka FOUR: Saxelby Cheese Grilled Cheese Kit FIVE: EP-33 Bluetooth Record Player SIX: Lightwell Candle SEVEN: Wusthof Knife Set EIGHT: The Beatles Christmas Records Collection NINE: Zara Leather Mini Skirt TEN: Rifle Paper Co Los Angeles print ELEVEN: Crate & Barrel Copper Wine Rack

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So I Want to Buy…Ankle Boots

Ah, I have such a soft spot for a good pair of ankle boots. I love them so much. Just boots in general. I was always jealous of all the girls I would see around campus with their cute boots on while I was stuck wearing boring ballet flats because I just couldn’t find a pair I loved. What a shame right? Well for the last few years boots have been my shoe obsession. I will find any chance to wear them. Nights out..weddings…just running errands. There’s plenty of chances to wear them and I’m not really a high heel kinda girl.

Now that fall is (kinda) here finally, I think I really need a new pair of boots. There are tons of cute new styles and trendy colors. Burgundy is my jam right now, but white boots are super trendy. My favorite, of course, are simple and classic black boots. They go with everything and never really go out of style. Plus, unlike white or brown, if they get dirty it takes me way longer to notice. Anyway, I’ve found a bunch of, what I think, are really cool boots for the fall season.

SHOP: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN

The Fall Shop

I  think technically there’s only so many weeks of fall left making this post relatively useless, but I’m not really bothering to pay attention to that. Arizona really only has about two real seasons anyway. Since there are still plenty of fall time left, I put together somewhat of a fall shop. It’s filled with things I really love right now and things that just are great to have. It’s like Oprah’s Favorite Things only I’m not Oprah, and this isn’t a special segment on GMA.

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The List: Joggers

I love a good pair of joggers. Joggers are just really stylish sweatpants. They have a better fit and grab at the ankle. They are lazy and just lazy enough without screaming “I haven given up on life.” I wear mine a lot on Sundays because it is usually a day for lounging around and being comfortable. They pair really well with sneakers if you choose to wear them out and about. I think my favorite thing about them is I can feel dressed without really getting dressed all the way. Depending on the color choice, they can appear like regular pants. I saw a lot of different color and pattern choices when looking around at different sweatpants options. They are just your typical greys, blacks, and grey black combinations. No, some even appear to look like tailored trousers in special colors and even a pinstripe pattern. I’m not really sure I would go that far to remain comfortable while trying to appear appropriately dressed for any occasion.

Shop: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN

October Edit

I feel like its such a cliche girl thing to say “I can’t believe it’s already November!,” but I genuinely can’t believe it. It feels like literally just a couple of months ago it was New Years Day and I was eating those pancakes hungover in a diner feeling so hopeful about 2017. It’s such a bummer to realize maybe I should have set the expectation bar just a little lower so I wouldn’t be so shocked it’s November. Since October just ended about 5 minutes ago, I thought I would share some things that have been on my radar lately (or over the last month really). You know, same ol’ same ol*

LINKS: Bakery Style Butter Cookies Recipe, Faux Leather Sleeve Dress, Knit Dress, The IKEA Dictionary, Wit & Delight Travel Wallet, Wit & Delight Travel Bottles & Jars, Wit & Delight Weekender

*And laundry is really, really boring today