Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

Who else feels like Christmas is creeping up faster than you thought?! I can't believe we're officially less than two weeks away. I have so many holiday activities I want to do this year. I figured creating a list would be helpful for all of us!

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Breakfast at The Palace Hotel

With the holidays in full swing, I decided to spend the day in San Francisco yesterday. Before diving into the holiday attractions [here's my San Francisco Christmas guide!], we started the day with breakfast the Palace Hotel. This is an old tradition  - my mom and I used to every holiday season when I was in high school and college. 

The tradition faded away when Joe and I moved to New York. Now that we're back, we decided to take Joe!

The Palace Hotel has a fun breakfast buffet ($39/person) in their Garden Court. They've recently(ish) divided it up - there is a lounge in front and the restaurant in the back. The Christmas trees are in the middle to separate the two.

The decor is everything at the Palace! I love all the light fixtures and natural lighting pours in.

I also wanted to share my outfit. This will be my Christmas outfit this year! I picked up everything during Black Friday. 

If you're looking for a festive place to visit this holiday season, check out the Palace!



Friday, December 7, 2018

Best Gifts For Him 2018

Today is the last day of Gift Guide week (there may be a bonus guide tomorrow)! I wanted to end with a special one - Joe helped build this gift guide. We're sharing all our favorite gifts for the guys. Enjoy our picks!


HEADPHONES: Joe loves these headphones for gaming (and tuning out my video editing!)

PACKING CUBES: We both swear by these packing cubes. Any traveler will love them.

DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB: Joe has been using this for years. He even wrote a post a while back.

LIP BALM SET: Hydrating and smell amazing - Joe keeps one in the car. 

NIKE SNEAKERS: Joe just bought these and already loves them for his runs.

BACKPACK: Everyone needs a day pack for weekend getaways.

SHAVING KIT: High quality shaving essentials are a must.

CHROMECAST: We have two in our home - no need to pay for TV when you can stream almost anything. 

BOOTS: We picked these up for Joe's birthday. They really spruce up any outfit.


What would you add to this list?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Best Gifts For Her 2018

For today's gift guide, I'm sharing my picks for the ladies in your life. Perhaps this will be inspiration for your own wish list. Happy shopping!


WIRELESS HEADPHONES: One of my essentials.

PAJAMA SET: I wear these almost every night - they are half the price of most other brands and they come in tons of colors. 


BACKPACK: Perfect for the lady who loves travel.

BATHTUB CADDY: I got mine years ago and it's great for a pamper night!

POLAROID CAMERA: This camera comes in handy all the time - I used it at my bachelorette party and wedding then brought it to my best friend's bachelorette. It's so fun!

TOTE: The everyday bag.

EMERGENCY KIT: All your necessary beauty essentials for any situation.

ROSE QUARTZ ROLLER: This is so soothing and helps de-puff. I use it to apply my nighttime serum and to wake up my skin in the morning. 

SNEAKERS: These shoes are like walking on clouds. I love them!


What are your gift suggestions?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ultimate Home Gift Guide 2018

Over the past few years, I've gotten more into home goods. I've been slowly adding more gadgets to my Christmas list. I want to share a few good options - for a cozy night in or just something I personally use a lot. 


Instant Pot: This is such a great tool - you can pressure cook or slow cook. We have this mini version because we don't need anymore for a family of two.

Waffle Iron: Joe and I love making waffles on Sunday mornings. It's such a fun weekend tradition!

Tea Kettle: It's the time of year for tea.

Throw: So cozy!

Cheese Board: Perfect for entertaining or a night in.

Glass Mugs: I'll be honest, I love these mugs for the look - hot chocolate looks aesthetically pleasing out of these. 

USB Mug Warmer: I got this for my best friend last year for Christmas and I still think it's such a good (and affordable gift)! You plug it into your computer and keep your coffee/tea warm for hours.

YoungLiving Starter Kit: I don't share this much on social media (and I really should!) but I got into YoungLiving this past year. I diffuse tons of essential oils, use their Thieves products and enjoy the NingXia Red. 

Roomba: Apparently it's high on my list! I think this is such a great product for keeping your home clean.

Utensil Holder: Practical and cute.


What would you add to the list?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2018

Stocking stuffers are some of my favorite things to pick out. I love getting chocolates and little luxuries in my stocking every year. My mom likes getting soap in her stocking so I enjoy including some body care products in my list of picks. These are all great Secret Santa and friend gifts as well. 


FRESH LIP BALM: I picked this up last weekend and let me tell you: it smells amazing. It smells (and feels) like you slathered melted caramel onto your lips. It's so hydrating and the perfect item to pop in a stocking. 

FIRST AID BEAUTY SET: This is the best little set to keep your hands and lips moisturized throughout the winter months. 

AMC GIFT CARD: Joe's parents give their kids movie theater tickets every year in their stockings. It's a great idea and something everyone will use.

LIP MASK: Single use products, like this lip mask, are great additions to any stocking.

BUTTER SOCKS: I don't know when Nordstrom came out with these socks but for the past few years, they've been on my list. There is nothing cozier than fuzzy socks on Christmas. I highly recommend picking these up as a nice little gift.

NAIL POLISH: Grab a fun holiday color.

SLEEP MASK: Joe got me this one last year and I still use it every night!

STARBUCKS GIFT CARD: Always appreciated!

KEYCHAIN: Me in a keychain. Such a cute trinket.

COFFEE: Nice coffee is a fun container is always a good option.


What are your go-to stocking stuffers?

Monday, December 3, 2018

My Christmas Wish List 2018

Happy Holidays! We've arrived! This week is Gift Guide week on my blog. I'll be sharing a different gift guide every day through Friday. I figured I should start with my wish list. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your own Christmas list.


Apple Watch: I've drunk the Silicon Valley kool aid and I want an Apple watch. 

Becoming: Who doesn't want this book right now?!

Nurse Jamie Eye Tool: I've been wanting one of these for a while now. You can use it to apply your eye cream - it vibrates to sink into the skin and minimize wrinkles. 

Faux Fur Robe: Spolier alert: Joe already got me this! They had 20% off this weekend and he saw me eying it in the store. It won't be a surprise but I know I'll like it. 

Faux Fur Slippers: Spoiler alert part two: Joe suggested getting these to go along with the robe. He's the best!

Louis Vuitton Keepall: I know I'm not getting this anytime soon but it's high up on the wish list.

Air Fryer: Probably not practical but who doesn't want to make fries at home?!

Roomba: Joe doesn't get it but I've wanted one for years!

Wireless Mouse & Keyboard: When we get our new place, I want to start using a desktop and wireless mouse and keyboard in conjunction with my laptop. That is my setup at my day job and it works really well for me. I'm all about the dual screens!

Clear Makeup Bag: I have tons of fun colorful makeup bags but it would be nice to have a clear one for travel. 


What is on your wish list?

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