Stocking Stuffers for Him and for Her

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you were not brave enough to face the crowds and finish your Christmas gift shopping on Black Friday.

But no worries, I’ve put together a collection of stocking stuffers both for him and for her.

Instead of buying the typical candy and gift cards, (Okay, maybe gift cards are still okay. Who doesn’t love the extra shopping money?), here are a few unique and thoughtful gifts that are sure to be loved. (At least, I know I would certainly love them…)

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1. Bare Minereals Ready 4.0 – Eyeshadow Quad in “The Afterparty”. Perfect for the smokey eye she’ll be rocking to all the upcoming New Year’s parties. (Sephora, $30)

2. Catching Snowflakes Faux Fur Mittens – Cozy and stylish. (Ruche, $18.99)

3. Daybreak Bracelet in Black – with the perfect gold accent that is so in during the holiday season. (Francescas, $18)

4. Jukebox Lip Salve in Rose – packaged in a beautifully retro tin, this salve will keep her lips soft despite the harsh winter wind. (Anthropologie, $7)

5. Mini Voluspa Candle in Goji Berry – Looks so cute, and smells so good. Her favorite candle is now in a smaller size, yet still fills the whole room with the smell of cold-pressed tarocco orange blended with sun-dried goji berries. (Anthropologie, $10)

6. Plush Stole – So unique, warm and stylish. Definitely worthy of multiple compliments throughout the season. (Anthropologie, $48)

7. Gold Foil Pocket Notebooks – A set of two beautiful metallic notebooks, the perfect size to fit in her purse. (Rifle Paper Co., $10)

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1.  Blues II Beanie – Stylish enough for everyday wear, and warm enough for the slopes. (The North Face, $25)

2. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – A must read for every man. (Amazon, $11.35)

3.  Horned Beauty Bottle Opener – Cool enough for him, and loved enough by you to display in your kitchen. And a plus: Each one is unique. (Anthropologie, $28)

4.  Burton Touchscreen Liner Glove – Now he won’t have to remove his gloves to send you that sweet text. (Urban Outfitters, $24)

5. Urban Renewal German Leather Keychain – Rugged and practical – men’s two favorite things. (Urban Outfitters, $14)

Autumn Inspirations

I absolutely love fall.
You just need to know that about me. I just think its so wonderful. I love the trees changing colors. I love the weather. I love the clothes – scarves, boots, sweaters, all of it. And to top it off, my birthday is in October. It’s just great.
And since fall is quickly approaching, I have felt extra inspired lately and just thought I would share with you a couple of the things I’m hoping to make or acquire this season.

APPAREL I ADORE

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Buckled Felt Skirt – Anthropologie $98

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Dashes Knit Blazer – Anthropologie $98

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Printed Column Maxi Skirt – Anthropologie $118

HOME DECOR

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I want to create some kind of fall wreath

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DIY Burlap Bulletin Boards

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Ruffled Lamp Shade – either with burlap or linen

So there’s a couple of my craft ideas for the upcoming season! I’m hoping they’re more attainable than my last ideas
(UPDATE: I have begun on the chandelier, unfortunately its been slightly difficult. Don’t worry, I won’t give up! And I have the rug ready to paint, just waiting to get together with my lovely friend for a rug painting party. The pallet.. still trying to find one)

Also, there’s about one week left until the end of the GIVEAWAY!

Unfortunately, I’m not able to track who pinned or tweeted or liked on facebook. So as of now I will be choosing the winner from my current followers. If you want an extra entry, comment on this post telling me your favorite part of fall.
If you have not yet entered and would like to, subscribe by email to my blog and you will be entered.

As always, feel free to like, pin, or tweet if you like what you see!

And keep checking back, I will be adding a new fall collection of stationery soon!

How to Tie a Scarf: The Fancy Braid

If anyone has seen my closet, they know that I own a lot of scarves. I love them. And I love to experiment with different ways of tying them. My favorite lately has been the fancy braid.

It’s very nice.

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Please excuse the hair

And I have found that, without fail, every single time I wear it to work at Anthropologie, a customer asks me how I did it. So, on behalf of all the Anthropologie women out there, or otherwise, I have designed a handy little infographic to explain how to tie the fancy scarf!

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1. Drape the scarf around your neck like so.

2. Tie the scarf like you would when you begin tying your shoes. However big you make your loop now will be about the size of the final braided loop.

3. Take one side of the scarf and place it over the other side.

4. Now loop it under and through the neck hole.

5. Fold back over the other side.

6. Repeat with the other side of the scarf. Place it over the other side, and through the neck hole.

7. Keep repeating this process –  Over and through. Switch. Over and through – Switch. Until the scarf runs out!

8. When it is finished you will have a lovely braid! I then simply tie the ends in a knot and tuck them in wherever I can hide them. Or let them hang out for a messier look. Fluff it a little to make the braid look just how you want it, and you’re finished!

I hope this was helpful! If you want to know even more ways to tie a scarf, I recommend looking here. There are over 50 ways to tie a scarf, complete with very handy videos. This is the site I use when I want to adventure a little with my scarves.

So I encourage you to try it out! I promise you will receive multiple compliments on it – it’s very unique.

Let me know how it turns out for you by leaving a comment, or better yet, post a picture! I’d love to see what kind of outfits everyone pairs it with.

And keep checking back. I’m hoping to put up a tutorial soon on how to make the  blue burlap pleated pillow  that I showed you in this lovely post.