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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For the Gals

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For the Gals | Covet Living

Helllllo darlings! Happy frickin’ Friday. We so hope you’ve been feelin’ our Gift Guides every day this week. Today we’re gonna be wrapping it up with our Holiday Gift Guide For the GALS. Where would you be without your best friend? Your mom? Your cousin who’s like a sister to you (what up Cori aka Mildred!)? Probably in a ditch somewhere, or crying into a Danielle Steel novel and a glass of boxed wine. The women in our lives are tantamount to our sanity (sorry, men) and it’s time to show them some extra love this holiday season. So here goes:

1 – MAX WAGNER, COUNTY LINE, One Kings Lane, $189-289If Mom or Aunt Trudy can’t be close to the ocean, bring the ocean to them with this luscious print, one of several gorgeous and tranquil prints on Max Wanger’s site.

Max Wagner County Line

2 – DYLAN FEDORA, Yellow 108, $108This hat is longing to complete a summer sun dress outfit for lunch with the girls, or a cute trousers/white shirt combo. Either way we’re feeling the female Indiana Jones-vibe.


3 – SHIRT & PANT PAJAMA SET, Asos, $69Not sure if it’s the soft fabric or the masculine-sexiness of this pj set, but something tells us we’d never want to get out of these, like ever. If we owned these we might Hugh Hefner it up and wear it 24/7.

black and white pj's

4 – CORNFLOWER SHIBORI VELVET PILLOW, Furbish, $175.  Steep, we know… but tie dye on velvet?  So dreamy.

Shibori Velvet Tie Dye Pillow

5 – STRIPED ‘LEIGHTON’ TOTE, Sole/Society, $45.47This screams Mom. Why? Cause it’s not only adorable and uber versatile, but it’s the perfect size for her to store the beauty/hardware/art store that is her purse. I.e.: I’d bet $100 that my mom probably has a pair of scissors, reading glasses, Halls drops and a paintbrush in her purse at this very moment.


6 – CRAFTED Dreyfuss Glasses, Revolve, $100.  Um, we’re pretty sure these are the coolest sunnies we’ve ever seen.  A little retro, a little J.Crew vintage, a little coolest-kid-in-school.  And that ivory tortoise color is AMAZING.

Komono Glasses

7 – S’WELL LOVE WATER BOTTLE, Leif, $35Isn’t this just about the cutest bottle you ever did see? What’s even better is the bottle never sweats, and your drinks stay cold for a full day (!) or hot for 12 hours. The cutest accessory for the gym or office. We love.

Swell Bottle

8 – LIMITED EDITION GOLDEN MONOGRAMMED MUG, Anthro, $10Who wouldn’t love ingesting her morning cup of Joe in this limited edition mug.

Gold Monogram Mug

9 – CREEMESHEEN LIP GLASS IN ‘BOY BAIT’, MAC, $24.98Put simply, this is the greatest lip gloss that ever existed, and that special glamour puss in your life deserves it.

MAC Boy Bait

10 – HAND-SCULPTED CUFF, One Kings Lane, $269This one’s a bit of a splurge, but you know what else is a splurge? Raising your a@% for 18 years. Get this for your mom if she’s on the elegant side and would appreciate the showtopping-ness of this piece. Or better yet, get it for your bestie who you can steal it from for years to come.

Hand Sculpted Bangle

11 – “IN THE LOBBY” NAIL POLISH, Essie, $8.50Winter is now upon us, and this cinnamon-plum polish is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t shade for the gut wrenchingly-cold months ahead.

Essie in the Lobby

12 – PINK/RED JULIAN CLUTCH, One Kings Lane, $198The prettiest/sassiest accessory, made from “buttery Italian leather with an organic cotton lining”.  We love the unexpected design element of the wrap-around leather ties. Only two left.

Julian Clutch

13 – WISHBONE RING HOLDER, Domino, $45.99.  It’s like jewelry for your nightstand to hold your jewelry.  Totes adorbs.

wishbone ring holder

14 – TUBEROSE HAND CREAM, The Soap & Paper Company, $18.49Hmmm… what do we love more: the very pretty chinoiserie-meets-midcentury-modern print, or the deliciously-scented jasmine scent? Super rich and moisturizing, Mom or Mom-in-Law would love this.

tuberose lotion

15 – SET OF 4 LAYERED NECKLACES, Etsy, $98If, like us, you’ve been searching for that perfect mix of dainty necklaces to layer up over the years, look no more! This “pre-made” but interchangeable set comes in gold, rose gold, or silver and is basically perfect. We love how dainty all of them are and think your galfrayand would love it.

Layered Set

16 – ‘EVERY MOTHER COUNTS’ TOTE BAG, Clare V, $45. It’s safe to say this tote will get your gal major compliments for its cuteness, but we love that it was created in partnership with Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, and 100% of the proceeds from the purchase will go directly to supporting this cause. 

Maman Je T'aime

17 – GOLD-DIPPED DALMATIAN JASPER EARRINGS, Pigment, $28We’re slightly obsessed with these unique earrings and don’t know whether to get for a loved one or to snatch up for ourselves. Maybe we’ll do both. All we know is, these (relatively inexpensive) earrings are statement earrings, while being neutral/can-go-with-a-ton-of-stuff-type accessories.

Gold Dipped Dalmation Earrings

18 – VINTAGE BRASS BAR MONOGRAMMED BRACELET, Bixby & Ball, $34Pretty sure we’ve rapped about this bracelet in the past, but look at it: It’s so sweet and cute and a delicate little touch of pretty brass. One of us owns the ring and the other owns this bracelet and we wear them all.the.time.

Monogram Bracelet

19 – AUTOMATIC NUT MILK MAKER, Soyabella, $110As we’re getting older we’re noticing the not-so-great effects dairy is having on our bodies. Case in point: the hives one of us got the other day after eating mac and cheese on Thanksgiving – huh? So, finding substitutes is something we’re looking into, and this nut milk maker, recommended by our girl and autoimmune guru Megan McGrane, is simple to use and clean up. Your girls’ tummy will thank them.

Soyabella Automatic Nut Milk Maker

20 – TOCCA FLORENCE CANDLE, One Kings Lane, $20Ahhhh we love the sweet scents of Tocca candles and this one is infused with “elegant floral notes of centifolias rose and iris root”. Which Mom needs to translate, since she’s the one with the green thumb.

Candelina Florence

21 – A MASSAGE, priceless. Our guess is your mom, your sister, or your best friend could really, really, really use an hour of uninterrupted solitude as someone kneads away at their sore muscles. Whether overworked at the office or at home, the selfless women in your life are silently asking for this gift.


22 – NEON LIDDED FLOOR BASKET, Indego Africa, $149.99Having to choose a favorite basket from this company was like having to pick your fave child. Their baskets and handwoven goods are delightful! Oh, did we mention that ALL profits fund educational training programs for the women who handcraft their products?

neon floor basket

23 – BLACK ‘MERMAID’ SPLASH PROOF POUCH, Aloha Collection, $26. These were on the list last year and they’re back this year for good reason: they’re AMAZING. Say the folks at Yahoo: “Throw wet bathing suits, dirty flip flops, or sweaty clothes — basically whatever you want to keep away from your clean, dry stuff — in this 100 percent coated Tyvek waterproof pouch.”  We own a whole buncha Aloha Collection bags and goodies. These bags aren’t just cute – they’re practically indestructible! Mom: You cannot destroy this bag. I don’t care if you have your butterfly knife (true story: my mom has carried one since I was a kid) or your numerous shades of lipstick in there, they’re safe. FUN FACT: they donate 5% of their proceeds to Hawaii conservation.

Aloha Black

24 – ‘WEE HOURS’ PLANNER, Anthro, $34Organize your thoughts slash life in this pretty 17-month planner that’s small enough to fit in one’s purse but big enough to fit all of your thoughts and to-do’s.

Wee Hours Planner

25 – “WELL WHY THE HELL NOT” PRINT, Etsy, $14There’s something about this print that speaks to us. Maybe it’s ’cause one of us quit our job two years ago and moved across the country, or maybe it’s ’cause we both try to live by this every day (key word: try). So we’d love to gift this framed reminder to the women in our lives who could use this motto staring at ’em in the face every day (and we know a few who could!).

well why the hell not

26 – STADIUM-CLOTH COCOON COAT, J Crew, $350Yes, it’s $$$$, but how happy does this make you feel looking at it? The cold, grey, soul-breaking days of winter ain’t got nothing on this ditty. Now picture wearing it. Italian-made, it’s cozy and sleek, comfy but super stylish. It’ll also be around for years and years.

Pink Coat J.crew

27 – FUJIFILM INSTAX INSTANT CAMERA, Urban Outfitters, $100A UNIVERSALLY LOVED GIFT – we repeat: EVERYONE will be giddy upon receiving this. Take it from us (owners of one). Whipped out at parties, or on vacay, everyone will be transported to the good ol’ days of Polaroid. And will pose for hours.

Fujifilm Camera

28 – FLASH DRIVE VIBRATOR, Crave Luxury Toys, $349We’ll let the website do the talking: “Although it features 16GB of storage, a USB plug, and a sleek, discreet design, the Duet Lux is not your usual flash drive, by any means. Instead, it provides pleasure to the modern sophisticated ladies who aren’t afraid to try something innovative. Part flash drive, part vibrator, this waterproof, 24-karat gold-plated toy makes for an excellent travel companion for solo women on the road.”

Jump Driver Vibrator

Happy Shopping everyone! And if you haven’t seen the Gift Guides we curated all week long, be sure and peruse them, stat.

B*tches before snitches,

karrie and steph signature

Gift Guide #1: {Our} Wishlists

Happy Monday, Turkeys!  Hope you guys had a great weekend full of green bean casserole-induced food comas and a lot of tree trimming.  Now that the holidays are in full swing, we’re bringing a new GIFT GUIDE every day this week, and kicking off today with both of ours!  So Mom, Dad, Tim & Santa: these are a few of our faaaavorite things!  Readers: hope you love some of our picks, too!

Hey, it’s Steph!  I’ll go first….  Now.  That right there is the face of a child who is trying to either charm her way out of trouble, a child who just sharted, or a kid who is saying, “CHEEEESE SANTA!”  But for realz… I’m not saying I would turn down anything on my Christmas list if it magically appeared under my tree, but when it comes down to it, all I really want for Christmas is to get Gus home safely sans an international incident / TSA emergency…  to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve with my family…  to take naps on my Dad’s couch and have cocktail hour at the kitchen table promptly every afternoon at 4:59pm… and to slam some Pizza King. Nonetheless, here we go

1 – Gigi New York Uber Clutch in Black Embossed Python, $145.  I don’t know what I love more about this – the tassel, the embossed leather, or the size of this bad boy (13″ x 9″).  It’s beyond perfect, and it’s in the top slot for a reason. #numberonepick

2 – Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, $27.  Twenty seven dollars for lip balm is straight cray; I know.  Or rather, knew, until I dabbed by ring finger in the pot at Sephora and tried it on.  It is bliss – and incredibly flattering on. Otherwise, here’s my favorite budget-friendly lip gloss.  Either would be great stocking stuffers.

3 – Sole Society Deco Statement Necklace, $39.95 $27.97.  Heavens.  What a stunner.  The ballet slipper pink/emerald/seafoam color combo is great.  PS, fellas – dingdingdingdingding! – this is a good one for your lady.

4 – Everlane Slouchy Cashmere Tunic, $155.  This sweater makes me want to throw on comfy leggings, pop popcorn and curl up for movie night in.

5 – Fendi Blue Patchwork Sunglasses, 260 GPB.  Did I say I didn’t want anything on this list?  …I lied.  These are FAN-freakingtastic.  I stumbled across them on Helena’s blog a week or so ago and about fell over.

6 – Crème de la Crème tee, $38.  I’ve been eyeballing the Zoe Karssen $85 version of this forever, but I can never bring myself to spend $85 on a t-shirt, and it’s also almost always out of stock.  I know this bad boy’s been around the block for years, but je don’t care & je l’adore toujours.  (Can you tell I minored in French?  #fancy #franglaisorbust)

7 – Kate Spade 2015 17-month Large Agenda in Green Painterly Cheetah, $36. All the tech-y calendars and apps that keep me organized are great & all, but there’s just something charming about doing things the old fashioned way.  Plus, this would just make me happy to pull out of my bag every morning.  Note: I just saw this sell out on Kate Spade, but you can also find it here.

8 – JaxKelly Gold Dipped Turquoise Earrings from Pigment, $28.  I will ogle over flashy chandelier earrings all day long, but you know what I end up in every day?  Some version of denim, a white blouse and pearl stud earrings.  These little turquoise ditties punch up the pearls a notch or five.

9 – Lafco Pool House candle from Bixby & Ball, $60. Pool House is a the scent I make a point to take a long, luxurious sniff of whenever I’m at Bixby & Ball, but Betsy Bracken (one of the shop’s owners who – people of Muncie, holla! – is from our beloved hometown) introduced me to Kai’s Reed Diffuser ($78) earlier today, and I *might* have a new favorite.  Tuberose, Gardenia, Lily & Jasmine…  Betsy said it smells just like Hawaii…  I don’t know what it smells like, but it. is. wonderful. PS: Everything is 20% off today with code CYBERMON (!)

10 – Burning for You matches from Paper Luxe, $11.  Cheeky, adorable and a great pop of color for your coffee table!  I ran across them at Solo on Cedros today, but you can’t purchase from their website, so I pimped you out to Paper Luxe – who I wasn’t familiar with, but they have some great stuff, so do yourself a favor and snoop around.

11 – Vintage Brass Monogram Ring from Bixby & Ball, call for pricing.  Everything is 20% off today with code CYBERMON!  This one (on my ring finger) isn’t online, but you can call (858.436.7214) and order it, have it monogrammed and they’ll ship it to you easy peasy.  As with the bit about jeans & white tees & pearls, I lean towards classic, timeless, everyday pieces when it comes to jewelry, and this I love.  I first spied this on Kristin’s right hand (girlfriend has the best and most perfectly curated jewelry collection of anyone I know) ut hers has a “P” on it. For her hubby’s name. How sweet is that??

12 – Everyone’s a Dumb Whore cross stitch from Furbish, $48.  (Cyber Monday: 20% off of orders of $75 or more with code HOLLADAY).  I feel like I’m already getting a look of disapproval long-distance style from Jayne, but every time I read this I cackle out loud.  Karrie actually posted about Subversive Cross Stitch 3 years ago and has one of these in her bathroom that says “Home Sweet F*cking Home.” Bwhahahaha.  If you have time to DIY, pop over to Subversive’s site.

13 – Aloha Splash-Proof Pouches, $24-32. I need one of these splash-proof, Tyvek-coated pouches for beach days and yoga days…  cuz otherwise what am I gonna do with my sopping wet gym clothes or my wet bathing suit?  Not that the plastic Piggly Wiggly bag in the bottom of my other bag isn’t always a fun solution – or just letting ’em soak & stank up everything else they touch.  The small version would also make a great makeup bag.

14 – Charlotte Olympia Kitty Velvet Flats in Black, $495.  I should be smacked for putting $500 kitty cat flats on a gift list, but c’mon.  They’re seriously adorable. Image credit: Sincerely Jules

That’s all I got!  Wait I totally lied.  This peel is amazing.  Ok now I’m done…  Until Wednesday (Gift Guide #2 for Guys), Thursday (Gift Guide #3 for the Gourmand), and Friday (Gift Guide #4 for Gals)!



It’s hard to believe it’s been another year since last Christmas, it really is. And that it’s been approximately 30+ years since that photo was taken above. GAH. This year it took me a while to think about the things I’ve been lusting after for my Dear Santa list… and I think that’s cause, like Steph wrote last year, I don’t need anything, really. I’m truly grateful for all that I have, right now. But hey – I’m a bloggess – and what does a bloggess do around Xmastime?  She makes a freaking Santa List. Here goes – some of the things I’m asking St. Nick to deliver to me, thank YOU.

1. A buncha versatile, all-sorts-of-fun shoes (clockwise from top left): J Slides Slip On Sneakers – How cute are these?! I can see these with some black ripped – or boyfriend – jeans | Black Patent Leather Oxfords from Clark’s – so shiny, so versatile |  Steve Madden Caveat – F Boots are biker chic; love em | NikeWomen’s Free Flyknit 4.0 Running Shoes are lightweight and totally cute enough to wear with regular ol’ street clothes.

2. The Courtney Bib from BaubleBar: Repeat Offender Alert. Yup, this bib necklace was on my Dear Santa list from last year, but I must’ve been a bad gal, cause Santy neglected to drop it off in my stocking. So I’m asking for it again!

3. Ina Garten: Make It Ahead: The newest collection of recipes from my perennial homegirl, Ms. Ina Garten, which are curated to be made ahead of time. Because we’re all busy these days, and that includes Ina, who in my mind is hunkered down in her Hamptons home making roast chicken and a perfect martini for Jeffrey:

4. BaubleBar ear jackets: I am LOVING the latest trend of ear jackets. Super edgy yet classy at the same time – available here and here:

5. A couple inexpensive, cozy cardigans!: Left: Black Long Sleeve Front Zip Cardigan – Only $29! | Right: Graduated Colorblock Cardigan – Only $24!

6. Smartphone Photo Cube Printer: Am I the only one a little sad that Facebook and Insta have all but made printed out photos obsolete??? Ok, so enter this cute little gadget, which is compatible with all portable devices and prints out photos in three sizes.

7. These sets of pillows from Furbish: How downright droolworthy are these, available here and here:

8. Michael Kors Slim Runway watch: Sleek, masculine, and glam all at once.

9. Entertainment Weekly subscription – You guys. Do you love pop culture like I do? Movies and TV and books and celeb gossip and everything in between?  I am a bit of a pop culture whore, and for that reason, Entertainment Weekly is the best mag to read. It’s chalk full of juicy up to date morsels of pop culture goodness.

“We’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f—ing Kaye.” – Clark Griswold

Here’s to a wonderful holiday season, honeys!


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