Thursday, December 12, 2013

where to find unique gifts

if you've exhausted your arsenal of go-to websites and aren't sure where to turn for that "perfect gift," don't worry! there's plenty of quirky little online shops that put a bunch of cool brands at your finger tips. check out four of my favorites below:

[storenvy]: hip for guys, cute for girls; 
a diverse array of clothing, home goods and knick knacks 
there's something for every occasion and a wide range of prices

[one kings lane]: luxurious home goods;
beautiful vintage and designer pieces, specially curated for you
prices are a little steep, but there are definitely some good deals to be had

[brickyard buffalo]: sassy and wallet-friendly 
girly clothes, accessories and paper goods
items are usually never more than $25, but they do sell out fast 

[scout mob]: shop small, shop local
art, food, clothes and home goods made by artisans in your area
fair prices for quality, handmade items

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

friends and family gift guide: $50 or less

so now that you've already picked something out for your sweetheart, it's time to scratch off everyone else on your list! here are eight gifts for friends and family, all $50 or less! and if you haven't seen the 30 rock "ludachristmas" episode, you should definitely pull it up on netflix for a few laughs with your family this year.

ilia is supposed to be THE best when it comes to lipstick, so treat your selfless mom to something nice
blossom lady lip conditioner, tenoversix $24

for your dad, the morning person, a trio of deluxe jams to sweeten his day
jamie oliver jams and marmalade, agfg shop $45 for 3

or, give them both a  door knocker of your family name for their house
monogrammed door knocker, anthropologie $30

if your brother's been looking for something to jazz up his apartment, 
this calendar also doubles a cook book
2014 beer/food calendar, etsy $24

take your sister's crafts to the next level with a knit kit from wool and the gang
zion lion easy knit kit, wool and the gang $35

for your friend from the west coast who loves being outdoors
national parks thermal flask, pendleton $38

give your best friend who lives five states a way a reason to be your pen pal
c is for calligraphy kit, design roots $28

treat your coworker to a peppermint mocha with a gift card in one of these 
honeycomb card case, poketo $18

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

his and hers gift guide: $50 or less

two weeks left until christmas eve! can you believe it? usually, i'm pretty good about getting my shopping done early, but this year with the move and the new job...well, it just hasn't happened yet. anyways, there's still plenty of time to make sure everything arrives by christmas--especially if you're using amazon prime, which now that i think about it would make a pretty good gift for someone itself. it's a little pricey, but definitely worth every penny. if you're on a budget though, here's 16 great gift ideas for your significant other, all for less than $50!

something bright and shiny she can wear on new year's
sparklecluster necklace, madewell $42

a gingham tie so he can look just as dapper as ted allen from chopped
gingham tie, j.crew factory $16.50

the prequel to The Shining for your kubrick-loving, horror-junkie boyfriend
dr. sleep by stephen king, amazon $15

your girlfriend's girl crush finally put out a book on life, love and sailor stripes
it by alexa chung,need supply co. $30

for the man who's outgrown the ironic, urban outfitters flask
neat flask, izola $27

something that reminds her of home, even when she's entertaining new friends
va state-shaped cutting board, etsy $48

art that would surely be ron swanson approved
#foodart pantone pairings, dschwen $15

subtle sparkle for the walls above her desk
illustrated gems box set, rocket-ink $18

smooth and sexy, this is guaranteed to be his new favorite album
am vinyl, arctic monkeys $18

unlike the kardashians, you will never get sick of her listening to the haim sisters
days are gone vinyl, amazon $25

so his toes won't freeze in the mornings on the new hardwood floors  
shearling-lined moccasins, j.crew $59.50 
(but there is usually some kind of coupon code!)

a PJ set that's as cute as zooey D herself to snuggle up and watch new girl in
the dreamer flannel pajama, victoria's secret $39.50

the perfect shave for all the cheek kisses you'll be giving at your parents' house
starter kit, the art of shaving $25

surprise her with a little indulgence she's never justified buying for herself
 nars the multiple, nordstrom $39

prove to him once and for all that wine is just as nuanced as craft beers
the essential scratch & sniff guide to becoming a wine expertbarnes & noble $20

a hip knitting book so her favorite hobby won't make her feel quite like such a grandma
knitting by design, amazon $18

Monday, December 9, 2013

weekend edition: the village of west greenville

guys, i feel like christmas may really be greenville's time to shine. downtown is all lit up, looking cute as can be, and some days it's 70 degrees so you can actually go out and enjoy the decorations without freezing your butt off. on saturday, andrea and i went to the indie craft parade holiday fair, which was held over on pendleton street in the village of west greenville. they did an awesome job and had a great turn out from a bunch of local vendors. i finally got to try the food trucks and i got to see the we took to the woods pop-up shop and i got to go to the LP vintage pop-up shop. plus, all the other restaurants, shops and art galleries were open. pendleton street is such a funky little corner of greenville--i can't wait to see it grow more. here's a peak at what i took home on my iphone, and you should definitely get down to the west village asap!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

thank you

one year ago today, i started this blog, and i just wanted to say thank you to everyone for reading, inspiring me and helping me grow this little project. whether you've only read once or you've helped me with posts, photography or photoshop, i just can't say thank you enough. i started out with the most generic layout blogger offered and posting about links my friends would send me during the day. luckily, since then, i've been able to pick up a few new skills to make things a little more interesting. sure, i've been tired and busy and sometimes just plain ol' forgotten to post, but something always brought me back to this blog. so, i just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stuck around with me while i've figured this whole blog thing out. it's been so great to have a place to learn and explore. i'm really looking forward to another year of creative adventures and growth, and i hope you all join me!