For The Girl Who Loves To Bake

I started baking as a way to cope with stress a few years back. It’s creative, it’s involved, and the finished results can be used to brighten someone else’s day. You know, providing everything works out and the end results are edible. All bakers have an off day or two. When giving baking inspired gifts, I like to follow one of two tracks. The first, I gift better versions of items I know the person already uses and loves. The second is find something that will make their bakes of choice easier – fun gadgets and the like.

  1. Silicone Pie Crust ShieldWilliam Sonoma
  2. Jubilee Loaf PanWilliam Sonoma
  3. Marble & Glass Cake ClocheTerrain
  4. Garden Measuring MugTerrain
  5. Petalpress Rolling PinAnthropologie
  6. Gilded Botany ApronAnthropologie
  7. The Hot That Count Oven MitMod Cloth
  8. KitchenAid MixerAmazon
  9. Harvest BakewareWalmart

If you’re still feeling confounded by the prospect of shopping for your baker, remember there are plenty of stores that have kitchen sections. A quirky oven mitt and a gift card are always the right size 😉


For The Girl Who Loves Boho Chic

This gift guide is dedicated to the girl who loves to stand at the edge of the sea while the sun sets and the wind blows her hair back. Who has a travel list a mile long. Who spends as much time barefoot as she possibly can. Or… for the girl who just wants to look like she enjoys those things 😉 The bohemian aesthetic has always been one I felt incredibly drawn to. It’s a modern way to feel like a princess from a fairytale in a far away exotic land. Plus, there is the environmental element that has infused itself into a lot more of the “hippy-ish” products. Finding an incredible beauty product is great; finding one that is also cruelty free and good for the environment? Even better. Here are a few boho inspired products that made my little heart go pitter patter.

  1. Among the Flowers Bath KitUrban Outfitters
  2. Fantasy EyelinerLush
  3. Leather Gold Foil Journal Sugarboo & Co
  4. Kalini Antique Brass SconceWorld Market
  5. Tiny Dancer StudsCatbird
  6. Frida Kahlo Flower CrownBloom Design Studio
  7. Beaded Boater Hat – Anthropologie
  8. Blue Diamond Slash Opal CuffFree People
  9. Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea TonicSephora

If nothing here catches your fancy, I highly recommend checking out Etsy. There are tons of incredible artisan gifts, and it’s always nice to support small businesses this time of year.


For The Girl Who Loves Cats

I’m a cat lover, and I’m friends with a lot of other cat lovers, and do you know what we enjoy getting? Cat stuff. Shocking, I know, but we really do. I can’t tell you have many people have given me ironic feline themed gifts hoping to illicit some sort of eye roll, but you know what? That stuff just makes me happy. T-shirts, pins, coffee mugs, stickers… bring. it. on.

 

  1. The Future Is FelineModcloth
  2. Day & Night Hugging Cat PinGlitter Punk Jewelry
  3. Fat Cat StatuePhenomeGnome
  4. Cat ToteUncommon Goods
  5. Cat’s Meow Stationary SetThink Geek
  6. Cat Salt & Pepper GrinderHot Topic
  7. Straw Cat Ear BowlerAmazon
  8. Shop Cats BookAnthropologie 

Now that being an unabashed fan of felines is downright trendy, there are hundreds of great gift ideas out there. If this list didn’t have anything that caught your fancy, just search “cat” on almost any website and you’ll likely to find something just right.


For The Girl Who Loves Sparkle

Welcome to the first full week of December! This year I wanted to try something new to me, holiday gift guides. In fact, I have almost a whole week of them, each with a different theme. Maybe a little narcissistic on my part, but each list is inspired by a idea or hobby that holds a special place in my heart. I had an absolute blast making these and I hope you enjoy perusing the selections. To kick things off, one of the great fashion loves of my life: Sparkle. Very few things make me happy the way a little shimmer or glitter can. Rough morning? Put on a pair of sparkle shoes. Want to feel a little fancy? Swipe on some eye shimmer. Giving someone like me sparkle is like giving them happiness in a box. It’s a pick-me-up just waiting to be deployed.

  1. Vetto BagAldo
  2. Champagne Drop EarringsBaubleBar
  3. Aquarium Glitter Makeup BrushesUrban Outfitters
  4. Wanderlust Liquid Eye ShadowStila
  5. Yabina SunglassesAmazon
  6. Odyssey Sequin Low Top SneakersFree People
  7. Lights Out  – I Love Nail Polish
  8. Iridescent Glitter Makeup BagForever 21
  9. Glow Waterfall CaseCASE.MATE

Now I know many people like sparkle, but hate how glitter can get EVERYWHERE, so I tried to pick items that would have minimal glitter fallout. I hope you enjoyed my first gift guide and stay tuned to see what I have in store for the rest of the week.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I wish you a day full of great food and good times with friends and family. While I have no doubt there will be a lot of this going around today, I just wanted to share with you 10 things I am thankful for this year.

  1. My sweet husband – as cheesey as it sounds, he makes this crazy journey called life infinitely more interesting and enjoyable.
  2. My family – we might make each other crazy sometimes, but I know they love me and have my back.
  3. My nieces & nephews – yes, they are “family”, but these little guys deserve their own special shout out. They remind me what it’s like to see the world through new eyes, to approach everything as a game, and to laugh at and learn from our mistakes.
  4. My friends – to me, friends have always been like the family we choose for ourselves, and new or old I am grateful for their laughter and support through thick or thin.
  5. My furbabies – I am without a doubt a crazy cat lady, and after losing two of our fluffy children last year and having a couple minor health scares this year, I am so happy to see those sweet sleepy faces every morning and give them goodnight kisses every evening before bed.
  6. My health – the last few years have been a roller coaster, but I have finally found a good rhythm. It’s so incredibly nice to have more good days than bad and to feel like I am finally getting back to being myself.
  7. Having the space and the resources to indulge my creativity.
  8. For you, my dear readers. For checking in and following along in my adventure, you guys keep me accountable and push me to keep exploring and trying new things.
  9. The healing power of books – something that started as a child and follows me to this day. Books are there when I need information, when I need distraction, and when I need reassurance. A lot of ills can be mended or soothed by some quite time with a good book.
  10. Personal growth – I’ve been trying to stretch myself emotionally and physically this year, and it’s nice to feel that effort pay off in little ways, while still keeping you humble enough to remember that there will always be more lessons to learn.

Did I make you roll your eyes or throw up a bit? It did get a bit mushy at parts, but ultimately I mean every word. What are you most thankful for this year?

*I also wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be taking the last week of this month off. After Andy and I are done with our holiday travel, my mom and I are going to take a mini road trip before getting back into the daily grind. You can follow along if you like on my Instagram page.

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