Category: Holidays

Best Hostess Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

December 13th, 2017 by

It’s the little things, you know, especially this time of year. Whether it’s a carefully chosen hostess gift or a specially selected stocking stuffer, these thoughtful surprises are my favorite kind of gift to give, and to receive. Lola and I enjoy putting together several small items to create one larger gift, because nothing is […]

The 17 Best Beauty Gifts

December 6th, 2017 by

So will someone just do me a favor and go ahead and send this entire list directly to Santa for me? I want allll the beauty gifts! The lotions and potions, the palettes and perfumes, the scents and the soaps. But you don’t have to be beauty-obsessed like I am to enjoy a few new […]

The Best Gifts for Impossible Men

December 5th, 2017 by

I am already bored. I’ll admit it. I hate shopping for men. And I don’t mean to sound all negative or anything, but I stink at it. Or maybe, my husband stinks at gift-receiving because he is impossible. To shop for, I mean. Otherwise he’s cute and thoughtful and stuff. I love him, so I […]

Best Gifts for Women

December 4th, 2017 by

I don’t know about you, but I consider myself pretty easy to shop for. After all, I like allllll the things. I like clothes and shoes and jewelry and books and home stuff and yummy stuff and shoes and jewelry and bags and gift baskets and chocolate and shoes. Also, jewelry. Easy, right? It’s only […]

Best Gifts for Tween & Teen Girls

December 1st, 2017 by

The only person harder to shop for than my husband is my 11-year-old daughter. Besides a pair of salmon pink Converse hi-tops and a hamster, her list is filled with cryptic landmines like clothes, jewelry, and “that cup with the bath bombs.” And since I’ve stopped buying clothes and jewelry for her without her preapproval (there […]

What to Wear When the Invitation Says Black Tie

November 12th, 2017 by

I know I can come across as a know-it-all, sometimes, but I mean well. Think of me as your slightly-bossy-but-well-intentioned fashion friend. I only want what’s best for you. And that’s why I’m not going to mince words when it comes to my favorite dress code directive of all time: Black Tie. I have seen […]

Spring’s Best Dresses Under $100

March 27th, 2017 by

Spring is the season of the dress. Summer is all about bathing suits and shorts, and fall and winter are just made for cozy layers, but in springtime, dresses rule. I like to picture myself wearing these pretty dresses to weddings and garden parties, but more likely they will turn up at church and the occasional date nights. […]

Best Gifts for Women

December 18th, 2016 by

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go out and get yourself a present. Not that husbands and kids don’t buy awesome gifts. They do. Or at least they try. Pre-kids, my husband was a fabulous gift-giver. He mostly bought me jewelry, or outfits straight off the mannequin from my favorite boutique, or shoes, or bags. All the […]

Best Gifts for Tweens

December 15th, 2016 by

So, somehow, in the past year, when I wasn’t paying attention, a tween moved in. I don’t know if it was the arrival of the double-digit birthday or the realization that she was completely, positively over American Girl dolls, but my little Lola’s Christmas list started to look a lot like mine… Accessories, clothes, perfume, and, […]

Best Gifts for Men

December 13th, 2016 by

I’ve always considered myself a pretty good gift giver. And then I got married. I made all the rookie mistakes. Buying technology when I don’t know a gadget from a gizmo. Swiping trends straight from the runway and trying to sell my brand new husband on them. Taking a good idea a step too far (i.e. […]