Archive for ‘Gifts’

December 17, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GOURMET

 

Happy Friday! Here is lovely “Holiday Gift Guide” for all the gourmets in your life. Don’t you just love that nautical apron? And how about that quirky mustache corkscrew? If you want something that is more personalized, that customizable lucite tray is a great option. I just love trays. They are so versatile and are a great way to organize and display things. The recipe box is just darling and the fuschia chop knife is amazing! Be sure to check out my other “Holiday Gift Guides”!

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Love,
K

December 13, 2010

Lovely Little bows

As you may have noticed, I’ve been working extra hard lately on my blog posts. I kinda of  felt bad that I slacked a little bit the week before. I have been planning on doing those “Holiday Gift Guides” ever since November, (here is the link to the “Glamour Girl“, “For Him“, and “$25 and under“). So I am working twice as hard this week to finish all my “Holiday Gift Guides”, so that I can share all my great gift ideas with you guys in time for the Holidays.

 

This post is not quite a “Holiday Gift Guide”, but it can definitely be used as one. It is just something that I really love, bows and I thought it deserved a posts of its own. I just adore things adorned with a bow and these are just some things that are too sweet and pretty not share with you guys. So I hope you like it! And if you love bows as much as I do, take a peek at my “Holiday Party Looks Part 2” that is inspired by a very pretty dress that may or may not have a bow on it.

 

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Found some items for your Christmas List? I thought so. Happy Monday!

Love,
K

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December 11, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: $25 and under

 

Happy Saturday! Did you know that it is 14 days until Christmas? That’s only two shopping weeks left. I hope you are all getting your Christmas shopping done early this year and not leaving it until the couple of weeks before, like me. But to be honest with you and it may not come as a surprise, but I LOVE shopping so I don’t mind taking it slow and finding the right gift as I come across it for the right person.

 

One thing that is very helpful with Christmas shopping is doing research prior online for gifts. It is easy to just go and pick it up in stores, but nowadays stores have so many great promotions going on online during the Holidays that you can usually find whatever you need for less online including free shipping. This is nice because it saves you the hassle of braving the cold and the crowd and I always love it when I receive a package at my door steps. Have I also mentioned money saving websites like Ebates or My Lucky Rewards and Shop At Home? Not only can you find useful coupons on these sites, but you can also get money back with each purchase you make online. All you have to do is set up a free account with either of these sites and before you make a purchase you go to either of these websites and search for the online store you are making your purchase from. If the store is listed, it will show what percentage of your purchase you get back. You then click on the link that leads to the online store and continue checking out like normal. That’s all you have to do. Sometimes its not much back, like 3% or something and other times it is 12%, so some stores are worth it more then others. I like Ebates the best because they offer the largest selection of stores, usually have the highest percentage back, and also mails out checks faster then the other sites. You can also set up your PayPal if you have one through Ebates and they will just deposit it into your PayPal account to use. It is so convenient! I still like using the other sites because they offer some stores that Ebates does not have and also a higher percentage cash back sometimes, especially with Shop At Home. This is just something I found earlier this year and I love using it. It saves me a little money here and there and all I have to do is to take an extra step and shop through these sites.

 

Well, here is a little Gift Guide with everything priced at $25 or less. I’m a little behind on these, so please forgive me. This is my favorite time of year and I have so much going on. This Gift Guide is perfect for friends, co-workers, as stocking stuffer, or white elephant gifts. These are a few of my favorite things and they are mainly for all the lovely women in your life. I think that each item is an amazing find, especially for $25 or less. Those Kate Spade Polka Dot Coasters in particular are fabulous and that Merona gold watch too. What a steal right? Isn’t it great that Jonathan Adler offers such wonderful chic gifts for such a great price? Love Love that umbrella. I also adore those Penguin Hardcover Classics Book. My favorite one is Pride & Prejudice of course! Mike got me several of them as our paper gift for our first year anniversary and I absolutely love them. I want every single book that they have, but I need to finish reading all the ones I have first. They are just very beautifully designed covers that are so sweet. I plan on having these forever and passing them on to my kids. Not only are these books classic stories that will be continued to read and loved by everyone for years to come, but they also have a special meaning for us. I am sure any friend would love to receive one of these book. Especially if you know what their favorite book is. Enjoy!

 

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I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Love,

K

 


December 1, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM

 

Happy December 1st! Can you believe it is already December? I don’t know about you, but December is my absolute favorite month and I couldn’t be more excited! I have already started listening to Christmas music early last week and am in the process of putting up our Christmas tree. I would’ve done it last weekend, but it was pretty hectic with our two Thanksgiving on Thursday and an extra one on Saturday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones last week. I had an great time seeing all of my relatives and enjoying all the delicious food. Every year I am responsible for making the desserts at my family’s Thanksgiving and this year I went all out and made the traditional pumpkin pie, an apple crisp and a french silk pie. I had my younger sister, along with my little cousin over my house the night before to help me bake. We had so much fun staying up late baking and waking up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

 

I was even adventurous enough this year to go shopping on Black Friday. My sisters and I, along with my sister-in-law went to the Mall of America from four in the morning until 8 AM. It was a mad house there, but it was so much fun to see everybody out. It was very crowded, but everyone was happy and not really pushy or anything.  We went to Old Navy first, then Urban Outfitters, H & M, Macy’s, Forever 21, Express, Nordstrom Rack and lastly Steve Madden. I got some sweaters, PJ bottoms, and jackets for my sisters, Mike and I at Old Navy. They had great deals on everything plus they were giving away a free Dance Central Kinect game with a $25 purchase, which was great. Urban Outfitters had an additional 50% off sale items and Express had a 40% everything before noon. I picked up a couple of shirts and pants for Mike at Express and also used a $50 off a $150 purchase, so I got everything for less then $100. I also picked up some clothes at H& M and Nordstrom Rack for Mike for Christmas. What I was really excited about was my “Iden” boots I got at Steve Madden. I’ve been trying to find some simple black wedge boots for awhile now. I purchased the Steve Madden “Intyce”, but returned them because I didn’t like how much they sagged around my ankle. I love the “Iden” because they hold their shape really well and are very comfy. I got a lot of things for Mike checked off my Christmas list, but have a lot more to go! Did you guys do any shopping on Black Friday? Find any good deals? How about Cyber Monday? There were a lot of good deals on Monday, but mostly everything I found was for myself, so I didn’t buy anything. I am trying to be good this month and not buy anything for myself. lol. We’ll see how that goes!

 

Well as you can see here is the “Holiday Gift Guide: For Him”. A lot of the things on this are things I’ve gotten for Mike and things I think he would like or any guy would like. I know it is a little disorganized, but here is the list of everything.


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Well, I hope you enjoyed this Gift guide for that special guy in your life. Look for more “Gift Guides” to come. Have a lovely Tuesday!

Love,

K

 

 


November 22, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GLAMOUR GIRL

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was quite an eventful weekend for me. We had our first snowfall of the year two weekends ago and it has only gotten colder from there. Mike and I were at a friends Birthday party on Saturday night when the roads froze over. While driving home you couldn’t go a mile without seeing a car either in a ditch or left on the side of the road. That was how bad it was! Luckily for us, we made it home in one piece.  Brrr…It definitely feels like Christmas is right around the corner and as promised I am doing a Holiday Gift Guide of my own picks for the perfect gifts for everyone in your life. Well maybe not everyone….

 

Over the following weeks leading up to Christmas I will be posting many other “Holiday Gift Guides” which will feature gifts grouped by subject, such as this one “Glamour Girl”. These items are all of my favorite picks for that girl in your life who is into fashion, beauty and just love glamorous things! I tried to include a range of items with different price points to make it easier to shop. Also be on the lookout for my  “Holiday Gift Guide:  $25 and under” featuring lots of products that I think you’re going to love! I hope you all enjoy this and check back soon for more “Holiday Gift Guides”.


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I won’t deny that several, if not all of these item are on my own Christmas wish list. I mean who wouldn’t love to have that fabulous sparkling clutch on their shoulders while out at a Holiday party or that lovely necklace shining around their decolletage paired with that perfect little black dress. Did I mention that the Juicy Couture cocktail ring doubles as solid perfume holder? Just dab a little bit on our neck and wrist and you will feel and smell glamorous, very couture couture indeed. Any girl would will feel so special to be able to wear the seasons hottest colors on their nails or that adorable bracelet on their wrist. I especially adore the Tocca perfume set. It includes two of my favorite scents, Stella and Florence. Have you smelled these fragrances yet? They are so lovely and light. Tocca has several different kinds and I want to own all of them!! And what glamour girl would be without a great essential makeup brush set, like this Bobbi Brown one. Just perfect for travel or to carry with you everyday. And I know you are definitely eyeing that Marc Jacobs wallet for yourself. It is one of the  chicest wallet I’ve ever seen. I am in love with the gold clasp and the embossed logo on the lambskin. Tres chic!

 

Have a lovely Monday!

 

Love,
K