December 12, 2017

GIFT GUIDE #2: What I am asking for!

Here she issss! Second most requested was a gift guide of what I'm asking for for Christmas.  Some of these things I already own, but think they're the perfect gift to receive (or to give!) because they're complete staples in my wardrobe or things I've recently purchased that I'm just beyond thrilled with.

1. I find all things travel to serve as amazing gifts.  Cute luggage and accessories are things you'd rather not waste your own money on but when everything matches, it makes traveling that much more fun.these cosmetic bags have been on my list for a few months.  Cuyana has incredible leather and while it's luxurious, it isn't ill-affordable.  I am asking for this set in the pearl grey color with a gold monogram.

2. This rose colored luggage stole my heart last February when I saw it on a buying trip.  A lot of the trade shows we attend also show handbags, travel & shoes  (none of which we sell) but it's fun because we can sometimes get a sneak peek at the upcoming seasons and plan accordingly ;).  My current luggage has seen better days and I am definitely ready for a femme upgrade. I actually bought this exact luggage for E in September for his birthday (in black, of course) and I was sooo impressed with the quality.  I asked for all three sizes- the carry on, the medium, & the large because I want the whole set to match.  Most weekend trips I'll just use the carry on & the medium, but I like having the option of the large for a longer trip (or maybe all three because sometimes I over pack).  If you're not super into blush- my mom is also asking for new luggage and asked for this marble set! which is so cool.  You can buy individually, in a set of two, or set of three! I love that it comes in dark marble and light marble.

3. This jewelry case has me organizationally smitten.  I loooove a place to put everything when I'm traveling.  I've shared these packing bags (great stocking stuffers!) on my site before.  They're the best because your luggage looks SO organized and when you unpack you know exactly where everything is. This jewelry case takes it to another level because I usually travel with my jewelry in a little felt bag and it ends up everywhere.  The specific place for earrings and rings just really makes me happy.  Also love that it will match my cosmetic bags and that it can be monogrammed

4. I'm a big robe girl.  I don't like to put an outfit on immediately out of the shower while I'm getting ready.  I like to wear a nice toasty robe in the winter while I do my hair and make up.  The Emily & Merritt collection for PBteen is something I've always been drawn towards.  It brings so much fun and pizazz to everyday things.  I love this heart robe and actually, at my parents house, have these matching sheets on my bed.

5. Pajamas are always a massive Christmas gift.  I think its because who really wants to spend money on pajamas when there are shoes to be had (am I right?) I'm a huuuuge pajama person because I hate to be dressed up at home.  The second I am home, I change into something comfy, but I also don't want to look like a hermit.  I added these floral joggers & matching sweatshirt to my Christmas list.  If you're looking for really really nice pair of jammies, these are a must.  I own them and they will forever be my go to pair of pajamas because they wear unbelievably well and are so soft.

6. Christmas is amazing time to update your hair products.  A good blow dryer, curler and straightener should never be underestimated because they can drastically effect the health of your hair.   I have this blow dryer and seriously adore how well it works (it comes in a smaller travel size as well that is great if you're constantly on the go!).  When I stay at my parents' house and use my old blow dryer, I cant believe the difference in my hair.  This one is so nice and has a really forceful blow while also not being too hot on my hair, which causes more damage.  I also use this barrel curling iron.  I prefer the barrel because you can also use it as a wand (although I almost always barrel curl my hair)  This brand also makes an amazing wand here.   Lastly, I use this straightener for the baby hairs that are close to my head.  Its great for finishing pieces and fly aways and never gets lost because of it's buttercup color!

7. I've chatted about my skincare struggles on JGB many times.  I had terrible acne in college, went on Acutane- the whole nine.  I take R E A L L Y good care of my skin. It is something thats unbelievably important to me because I struggled with it for so long.  A product that has completely that has absolutely changed my skin care are these pads.  I am kind of sensitive so I use the ultra gentle. They also come in regular strength & extra strength (which my mom uses & loves). I recently listened to a podcast with Dr. Dennis Gross and he spoke about how life changing this peel can be for your skin.   My mom also recently got me hooked on these that are great for a deep exfoliation and anti aging and let me say that THESE things are quite unbelievable. I felt a difference in my skin immediately and it lasted for days after using it just once.  ERIC even mentioned something about how good my skin look (I mean, that's saying something ladies).

----I know these are both pricey which is why I put them on this gift guide because it is definitely a splurge.  I use the alpha beta peel twice a week in the morning and the ferulic acid pad once a week in the evening before bed- so although they come in individual pads, the pack lasts much longer than you'd think. *Note: I don't use the alpha beta peel the morning after I've used the ferulic acid peel in the evening----

8. I got these slides last year for my birthday and have truly never loved another gift more.  They are so unbelievably comfortable and the quality is bar none.  I of course, went for the insanely girly embroidered rose pair, but you can also do something more classic like these and get the same vibe!  I wear them year round:  I love them with black skinnies a cute blouse and a pop of color on my lip or paired down in the spring with shredded denim shorts and a tee.  I'm also thinking about adding this blush color to my birthday list in February to add to my spring wardrobe.

9.  I bought these booties recently and wrote about them a few posts back, but I put them on here because of how unique they are and how much wear I get out of them.  I feel like every neutral brown colored boot is either too light of a suede that will very quickly get ruined, or the brown is a whiskey color.  This blushy tan leather is really hard to come by in a forward style.  I seriously can't say enough good things about them.

10.  A leather jacket is never going to go out of style and the older I get, the more I realize how much nicer it is to have quality over quantity when it comes to your wardrobe.  Christmas is an AMAZING time to ask for a real leather and these ones aren't outrageously priced either (many authentic leathers can be $1,500+). This is one of my favorites, it comes in a classic black and this killer maroon which is gorgeous.  I am also crushing hard on this lighter camel colored one because I can picture it paired with pink, blue and white going into the spring.

11.  This wine carrier is on my list because we live within walking distance of so many BYOB restaurants and always find ourselves walking into these restaurants with wine shoved into my purse.  Classy, right?!  Definitely really excited about having something to carry wine in.  I also think this is such a cute thing to bring to a friends house when you're bringing wine for the hostess because it keeps it chilled and ready to open at any moment. Also, you're able to monogram which is always a plus! Cheers!

12. Every time this blanket is on my instagram, I get an overwhelming amount of questions about it. I have this blushy color (it comes in a variety of colors) and I seriously never use any other blanket.  Between Eric, Roo & myself, we are constantly chuckling about who is going to be using 'THE blanket' when we watch a movie.  As far as blankets go, I know it is on the pricier side. But, its a great thing to have gifted to you because you might not want to spend this type of money on a throw for yourself.  I cannot express enough how well this blanket has lasted in our house.  Faux fur blankets are a toughy (in my opinion) because they usually don't wash well.  Once you wash them, the fur is fluffy and just not right.  This one KEEPS ALL OF THE FLUFFY.  Being that we always fight over who gets to use it, I asked for this grey fur color for Christmas so we can all win and have 'THE blanket' next time we snuggle up for movie night.

A few other things I've been coveting:


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