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Steph’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Karrie and I have done Gift Guides at the Holly-days for as long as we’ve had this blog, I think. And we will say – they are SO FUN and we do get so much good feedback (“OMG I WAIT FOR THIS EVERY YEAR BEFORE I BUY ANYTHING FOR SO-AND-SO” // “WHEN IS THE GIFT GUIDE FOR GUYS COMING OUT? I’M LOST.”)  Our families are equally as reliant on the wishlists we do for ourselves… my Mom actually threatened to go rogue the other day if I didn’t cough this up. But we’d be lying if we said they aren’t a struggle to put together these days (cuz we’re hard-pressed to think of anything we really need), and also because we also feel a twinge silly doing them… cuz we’re old AF.

TRUTHFULLY, All I really want is:

For Gus to live forever

To hang out with my Grandparents (hey Bud! hey Ruthie! hey Nanny!)

To eat pasta with butter for every meal and never get fat

For Corepower to open a location in Crested Butte

For my entire family (and Chris’) to fly to Colorado so we can all post-up in a cabin in the woods with no wifi and play board games and sit around in PJ’s and watch movies and drink cocoa. But you know what Bud always said: “Honey, wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one comes true first.”

To stay in good health, because I’m now at the age where things starts to fall apart and it’s scary

To buy a house… trickier since I’m a 1099-er and like to live in places with an insane cost of living.

Oh I’m sorry… did you want a gift guide you could pull from and actually use?  K.. here are some goodies I rounded up – for yours truly but also pour tous-les-femmes:

1. Eberjey Gisele PJ Set in Ivory & Navy, size L, $120. #1 on my list for a reason: Because I’m 37 and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to traipse around my boyfriends’ parents’ house this Christmas season in my tattered (but so cozy!) men’s boxer briefs from college. It might be time to graduate to a for realz pair of PJ’s. 

2. Personalized Stationery.  This is the Agate Teal design from Minted and it’s real pretty.

 

3. Bodum Chambord 8-Cup French Press in Gold, $49: Because who doesn’t need a French Press the color of Trump’s toilet? Just kidding – we got a Nespresso a few years ago, and it works great and makes delicious coffee, but the Pods legit cost 1 ovary each. Plus, we kinda love a cup of good ol fashioned French Press coffee. I have one, but it’s only a 4-cup – since this one is an 8-cup, it means we can pour for everyone when we have overnight guests without having to boil like 19 rounds of water. Plus, it’s gold… *ting!*

4. Matteo Crochet Duvet Cover & Standard Shams, $234.50 (Queen duvet) + $144.50 (pair of standard Queen shams). 20% off this week on One Kings Lane. Matteo is the mac daddy of bedding and the bedding equivalent to your favorite pair of Levi’s you never want to take off. I’ve had this in my cart for a few years.

 

5. Oliver Peoples Marianela Sunnies in Washed Rose/Burgundy Gold, $326. I realize the price of these is ridiculous, which is why they’re on my eBay and Poshmark saved search lists… But I tried them on on a shopping day with Vani in Austin earlier this year and legit never wanted to take them off my face.

6. James Michelle Oval Ring, $68: Size 7.5, Gold. So simple and perfect for every day. Love. I have a necklace from James Michelle and it’s the one thing I never take off.

 

7. YogiToes Chakra Mat in Turquoise, Marked down to $43.50 for Black Friday (also available on Backcountry): when I moved to California 5 years ago, one of my high school teammates gifted me & my tattered little soul at the time a free month of yoga at Corepower so I could try out all their classes and figure out which one I liked (still the sweetest gesture – HOOMIE!). I immediately became hooked on HPF (Hot Power Fusion), which is a hot vinyasa class – 105 degrees and a little like Bikram, but 60 minutes instead of 90 and far less militant. Anyhow – still my favorite class (it is not only an a$$ kicking but healing and a savior for your joints), and after every other day in that class x 4 years, I should probably retire my tattered TJ Maxx mat and upgrade. Yogitoes is the tits when it comes to yoga mats.

8. Sko by Joe pottery. Anything by this artist out of SoCal is so beautiful, but I’m a huge sucker for the off-white guy with a crack in the back left… and the little cookies & cream fella in front of him. It’s a struggle to find anything design-wise that I need and think I would love forever, but his pottery fits the bill:

 

9. Delsey Chatelet Plus Hardside Spinner Luggage, $200 on sale at Macy’s for the carry-on size (regular: $500): Um, I got the coolest set of Calpak luggage last year (thanks Dad!), but I think I flew once a week for the entire year, and I quite literally blew a tire in my carry-on. So this is really a suggestion for you gals out there, cuz I already snapped one of these up (after reading a few reviews on the best carry on luggage). Also comes with a 10-year warranty.

10. The Wren Leopard Flat, size 10, $140: This smoking-loafer style flat is my favorite (most comfortable) shape, and omg – zoom in – they’re like UGGS on the inside. GYAH it’s like a mullet version of a shoe – yes please. Also, I had a lady I ran into in town the other day look down and go, “Oh honey, you have on your house shoes!” …cuz I walk around town in my Ugg mocs. Whoops.

11. Ugg Duffield II Double-Knit Robe, $130: Because the only thing better than nestling your crusty feet into a fuzzy pair of Uggs in the winter time is nestling your whole crusty self into this delicious Ugg robe. Oatmeal Heather, Size M.

12. Corepower Yoga Gift Certificate $100 in Gift Cards for $80: I’m actually good on these, but always a good gift for anyone. Best gift ever that someone once gave me, because it forever integrated the practice into my routine which made a huge impact on my well-being.

13. Bluetooth Speaker: for my office, cuz tunes just don’t sound the same coming out of your iPhone and thru the megaphone of a Solo cup… my favorite college trick.

14. St. Roche Sissy Sweater, $375: If you read my Fall post from last week, you know this one is on there. I’m all set on sweaters this year, but if you need a nice gift for a nice lady, this sweater is bananas. Wait check that – I wouldn’t be mad if anyone got this for me.

15. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, $400: There isn’t one girl I know that I haven’t heard say in passing that all she really wants is this thing for Christmas.

 

16. Vintage French champagne flutes, S/6, about $50: I put these on a gift guide about 6 years ago and they quickly sold, and I’ve been jonesing for them ever since. I went ahead and bought a set of 6 b/c there are only a few left, but these are a FAB GIFT for anyone who entertains. Also, a set of 12 never hurt…

 

17. Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Headphones in White, $269 – Bose noise canceling headphones are the Cadillac of headphones. And this white version is the Cadillac of the Cadillacs. Which means, they’re like the Ferrari of headphones. I never realized what a Godsend these are until I was on a plane with a toddler next to me who didn’t stop screaming for 2.5 hours and I honest to goodness thought my brain was going to explode. Sold out there on Amazon but here on QVC. I actually do really want these.

 

18. Wine Club Membership with Winc Gift Card: We got our friends one of these for their wedding gift, and I swear every time we’re at their house they crack a bottle of whatever they’ve gotten in the mail, and it’s ALWAYS SO GOOD. So to keep me from draining their entire stash, perhaps I should have one of my own.

19. BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron, 1-1/4″, $39.99: Because apparently this is the mac daddy of curling irons.

Happy Everything!!!  I can’t promise we’ll be able to crank all the usual suspects out this year but we’ll do our best!  Which ones would be most helpful for your shopping trials?

FOR NOW – here are the last few years’ worth of guys lists, cuz I feel like they’re always the toughest. I just looked back at these and they’re pretty legit: GUYS 2017 | GUYS 2016 | GUYS 2015 | GUYS 2014 | GUYS 2013GUYS 2012

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE #3: Karrie’s Wishlist

Knit Your Love Cardigan, $69.90: You guys. Go to the website and look at the pics of girls who’ve bought this sweater and how cute they look in it. Sweaters like this make it ok that winter is on its way!

Oaui Travel Kit, $35: Ouai hair products are the most amazing smelling products that make your hair feel soooooo healthy and soft. This handy little travel kit gives you a handful of their products to check out. Trust me on this: You’ll love ‘em.

 

“Years of Flowers” one-piece swimsuit, $23.99: How cute is this suit?! This past summer when one-pieces became in style, yours truly jumped on that bandwagon HARD CORE. And with this bathing suit, I totally feel like you can still look cute and sexy without showing the calamitous results of your 5-month-long winter binge…

 

 

“Edge” champagne glasses, $12.95 each: I first spotted these on a TV show – probably Real Housewives of Atlanta – and I loved how elegant they looked.

 

“Giselle” pajamas, $115: It just wouldn’t be Christmas without me asking for a pair of comfy, cozy pjs.

 

Julie Beanie with Raccoon Fur, $59: I’m well aware that pom pom hats are this season’s equivalent of black leggings and UGGs. Aka, the wardrobe of a basic b*tch. They’re everywhere. But they’re SO cute! So hand me my pumpkin spice latte and let’s go somewhere wintery so I can wear this adorbs hat.

 

KitchenAid Copper Stand Mixer, $479: Indeed this is more $ than anyone should ever spend on a mixer, but just look how pretty it is! A few weeks ago we had our kitchen photographed for a mag (!!!) and the stylist added this mixer to our kitchen. They had to pry that thing out of my cold fingers when they were leaving, I loved it so much.

Sole Society Finger Gore Bootie in Ombre Blue, $69.97: These are a great way to bring a tiny, subtle pop of color into your wardrobe, but they’re still neutral enough to wear with a LOT of things.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.99: File this under “Who dafuq you think you are, putting a $400 blowdryer on your wish list?” Guilty. But if wanting a blowdryer that dries my hair in 10 min while leaving it silky smooth is wrong, well, I don’t want to be right.

These two books, “Letterman: The Last Gentleman” and “A Gentleman in Moscow” have been on my list of books to read for a few months. Letterman is a TV god IMO (and hails from Indiana, sup), and I’ve heard from several people that A Gentleman in Moscow is an absolute must-read. Santy, be a doll and hook this girl up!

 

Rebecca Minkoff Love Chevron Quilt Leather Crossbody, $137:  The perfect crossbody purse, hands down.

Zara Long Blazer, $69.90: I literally stopped a girl last weekend wearing this blazer and made her tell me here she got it. It looked FIERCE on. With jeans and a white tee under? Done.

LumaBella Keratin Dual Touch Hair Straightener, $89: My hairdresser once told me I had 8 heads of hair on one head. Combine that with my super nappy naturally curly hair and I’m in desperate need of a good hair straightener, like this one!

UGG Ansley Water Resistant Slipper, $99.95: These look remarkably soft, plus, I love this part of the description on the website: “…is made from water-resistant suede so you can wear it on errands as well as around the house or around campus.”

Warm Your Heart Cable Knit Cardigan, $52.43: Show me a cardigan inspired by Grandma that I don’t love and I’ll give you a million dollars.