Monday, November 30, 2015

November Budget


$320.23 November Budget
(Starting budget $150 - $5.71 over in October + $175.94 blogging income)
-$307.63 in purchases
$11.60 remaining

This was definitely one of those months where I didn't think I had bought all that much until I went back to add it all up for this post. Well, that and Loft is my Achilles' heel. They have such cute stuff out right now and with the good sales, temptation got the best for me. I can't even say I feel (too) guilty about it.

Loft Striped Boyfriend Cardigan (see a sneak peek of it here)
I saw this sweater online and decided to try it on in store and fell in love with it. My obsession with stripes continues. It's thicker and definitely more of a fall/winter sweater. For reference I got it in a L.

Loft Printblock Shirt Dress (see how I wore it here)
I've been wanting to add a few easy dresses to my wardrobe and love that this dress looks cute belted or lose. For reference, I got this in a L, which was the largest size they had in store. Normally, I wear an XL, but this dress runs a little big, so sizing down wasn't a problem. The only issue was a little bit of gaping in the front buttons, but a small safety pin fixed it nicely.

Loft Polka Dot Sweater  
The weekend sales got me. I just can't resist polka dot anything, and I love the garnet color of this sweater with the gray polka dots. Seriously cute! I got it in an XL and found it runs a little smaller than usual for Loft, though the sales associate told me that it would stretch out a bit. We'll see. Right now it's perfectly fitted and sits right at the hip.

Target Jacquard Poncho
Ever since seeing this pin, I've been obsessed with finding a poncho to wear with my black maxi dress. I decided to give this one a try while it was 40% off last weekend. I love the color and pattern, but I worry that it might look a bit silly on me, like I'm wearing a tablecloth or something. I'm on the fence about keeping it, only because I'm worried it won't get much wear. There's also a plus version of this poncho if you're interested. For reference, I got this in a L/XL.

I got this cardigan to wear over my dress for a friend's wedding since her big day was unseasonably cool. It worked perfectly, but I'm sad we didn't get any decent photos to show you. I've also worn it with a tee and jeans, but the photos haven't yet made it on the blog. For reference, I got it in an XXL.

I love everything about this clutch -- the color, the size, the fact that it's real leather -- everything except the heavy chain that isn't detachable. Since I'm unlikely to wear it with the chain, I'm thinking about breaking the bottom links and removing. Or I may send it back and hope that something better comes along, though it is really very lovely. Decisions, decisions.

J. Crew Factory Wedges (see how I wore them here)
This was another wedding purchase since the ceremony was outdoors and pointy heels would have sunk in the grass. My dress needed heels or it would have looked frumpy, so I decided to try these wedges. You can read my full review on them here, I found they run true-to-size and are quite comfy!

Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace (see how I wore it here and here)
I got this necklace as part of my Rocksbox and loved it so much I kept it. I've already worn it almost non-stop since getting it, the pearl just seems to go with everything.

Loft Striped Tassel Scarf (see a sneak peek of it here)
I saw this scarf out of the corner of my eye on the sale rack when I went to try on the gray stripe cardigan and loved it. Yellow, stripes, tassels, how could you go wrong?

What Didn't Work:

Um, who desperately needs a room makeover and to use some Windex on their mirror and dust their bookshelves? This girl.  

J. Crew Factory Floral Lace Dress
Sadly, this pretty lace dress from J. Crew Factory just isn't working for me. (Forgive the terrible photos for reference). I originally ordered it as a possibility to wear to my friend's wedding and put it to a vote for to you to decide. This was the dress chosen, but at the time of the wedding, the fit was all wrong. I ordered a 16 (the largest size in stock) and dress was at least a size too tight and about three inches too short. Not a good look. However, when I took pictures last night before boxing it up to be returned, it surprisingly fit a whole lot better (hooray for some weight loss) but it's still too short for comfort. It's not showing up in the photo, but it hits about two inches above the knee, and my personal preference is knee length. I'm not going to lie, I'm torn about keeping it because I LOVE the color, the cut, the sleeves...it's such a pretty dress! If I lost a few more pounds it would look great. But I hate to hang on to something in the hopes that it'll fit one day and it still my be too short. What do you guys think? Spend it packing or hope it works out later?

Well, that's it for this month. I have a feeling December is going to be another spendy month. I caved and ordered the Vince Camuto Franell booties in mushroom and they're due to arrive Tuesday! Excited! (Though even on sale, they are pretty much a budget buster.) I'm also pretty sure I want to keep the Loren Hope cuff from my latest Rocksbox and I have an order from J. Crew Factory coming my way. However, I don't anticipate buying much else since I want to switch gears and concentrate on Christmas present shopping.

//  I'm linking up with Franish and all the Budgeting Bloggers!  // 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thoughts and Whatnots 11.29.15

Shades of garnet:  one   //  two  //  three

Blog Love:

On Teal and Polka Dots:

Favorite Sales:
  • 40% off at Loft with code BF40
  • 40% off Ann Taylor with code THANKS40
    • This black velvet blazer from Ann Taylor is super pretty and polished. Sadly it's sold out in the larger sizes, but the red is still available in all sizes!
    • Love the color, pattern and cute of this plum floral wrap dress and wishing there was room in my clothing budget to snag it!
    • This triple strand pearl necklace looks so lady-like yet bold at the same time.
  • 40% (no exclusions) at Banana Republic with code BESTCYBER

Personal: 
  • What I'm Watching: We scored Aladdin on blu ray for 25% last night, and I had to watch it immediately!
  • What I'm Reading: Sadly, nothing at the moment. We've been busy visiting family this week, and when I have had some downtime, I've been working on a knitted shawl. It's slow going and at this rate, I'll probably be done with it by next Christmas. 
  • What I'm crushing on: Um, I'm pretty sure I NEED this polka dot mercury glass vase. I also love the idea of this cream with gold sequin tree skirt, but it's too expensive and delicate to be family-friendly, so someone else should buy it and admire it for me!
  • What I'm Thankful for: That it's Christmas-time! I love Thanksgiving, but Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I'm so glad I get to spend this season with the people I love. :)
  • Coming on the blog: I'm posting my November budget tomorrow and be sure to check in Friday for the Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Though I'm not a big fan of Black Friday (I don't mind online shopping to avoid the crowds), in honor of the gift-giving season, I have come up with a Holiday Gift Guide for Him for $50 or less!

1 Neiman Marcus Square Cuff Links $22.50 (until Saturday, then $45)
Whether it's for your dad, brother or special guy in your life, you can't go wrong with a nice pair of cuff links. I especially like that this are polished and subtle. The cuffs are rhodium plated and feature a matte silvertone square design. 

2 Fossil Leather Wallet $45
When I first met my husband, he was carrying around an old black mesh wallet that looked like he'd had it since he was 16-years-old. That Christmas I got him a very similar leather Fossil wallet and it's held up extremely well for almost six years now. The leather gets better with age and looks perfectly distressed instead of just worn. This wallet has a nice contrast trim, flip-out ID window, interior ID windows, currency pouch, slip pocks and eight card slots.

3 J. Crew Factory Plaid Bow Tie $19.50
Perfect for the dapper guy in your life, J. Crew Factory has several fun bow tie options. I recently got the navy and white polka dot version for my husband to wear to a friend's wedding and was really pleased with it! There's also buffalo check and for a bit of whimsy red with tiny elephants. Bow ties are so retro and trendy right now. Love!

4 Gerber Bear Grylls Card Tool $20
My husband has this tool and swears by it. When I told him I was creating this list, the first thing he said was "make sure you put a credit card multi-tool on it!" It fits in your wallet and has a ton of cool features: a fine edge blade, fire striker, bottle opener, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, task light and ruler - all inside a 3.4" x 0.3" case!

5 Uncommon Goods Pick Punch $25
This pick punch is seriously cool. If you have a musician in you life, he'll love this. I got it for my husband a few Christmases ago and he still uses it all the time. There's something so satisfying about being able to punch something out of your old gift cards, credit cards, etc.

6 Man Crates Bacon Crate $49.50
Seriously, what guy doesn't love bacon? There's two flavors of bacon jerky, bacon popcorn, bacon salt, bacon brittle and bacon sunflower seeds. It all comes in a sealed wooden crate with a crowbar to open. I know my dad would get such a kick out of this! Man Crates have a ton of other cool crates featuring everything from food, retro video games, sports and grilling. They look like so much fun!

7 Dwell Studio Retro iPhone Dock $40
This iPhone dock is perfectly retro and would great on a bookcase or at the office. It is compatible with an iPhone (3, 3S, 4 and 4S) and iPod touch and would be a cool conversation starter as well as a great statement piece. Made of beech wood and brass, the dock utilizes your phone's built-in speakers and electronics. There's even space for a dock connector to be pulled through and allow your device to recharge.

8 How to Land and A330 Airbus by James May $13
If your guy is into the British Top Gear, or just loves cars in general, he's going to love this book by Top Gear star James May. Written tongue-in-cheek, May reckons there are nine vital things that a true man should be able to do including how to land an A330 airbus in an emergency, how to prepare and eat your best friend, how to deliver twins and how to defuse and unexploded World War II bomb. 

Modern Gents Rescue Kit $29
This may be advertised as a hangover cure, but I know several daddies who could use this kit after an all-nighter with a newborn or sick kiddo. Designed to care for male skin, this set contains Peruvian maca root to help protect and hydrate skin.The kit includes a maca root eye rescue serum and maca root energetic face protector.

10 Express Patterned Socks Gift Set $29.90
Ever year I ask my husband what he would like for Christmas and I get the same sarcastic response: socks and underwear...so why not get him some really cool socks he'll actually enjoy? Better than plan old white crew socks, Express has several fun versions that are playful without being cheesy. In additional to green/blue there's red, white and gray; and black, white and gray options.

11 Chemist's Cocktail Set $29.99
For the mad mixologist in your life, this cocktail set is quirky and perfect for the guy who likes science or just appreciates unique stuff. The barware set is made from steel and borosilicate glass. Think of all the fun (and tasty) concoctions he could make!

12 Uncommon Good Great Mustaches Mug $13
Whether this is for the well-mustachioed gent in your life, or just meant to be ironic, this mug is super fun and manly. Featuring fourteen iconic and historical lip warmers from push brooms to handlebars, you'll find the facial hair sported by some of the great men of poetry, art, science and philosophy. Not sure which stache is which? A numbered answer key is printed on the bottom of the mug. I'd package it with some bold roast coffee and maybe a mini Jim Bean or two.

13 Wooden Watch Case $38
A watch case would be the perfect way to keep all his watches nice and organized and the glass top keep them nicely on display. This wooden box opens with a hinged lid, with a faux-suede-lined interior and four watch compartments. I'm pretty sure I'm getting this for my husband this year!

14 ManCave Candles $30
Okay, I know not a single one of the guys in my life (dad, stepdad, brother, husband) would actually admit to liking candles, but I know everybody likes for things to smell good, and how can you be embarrassed to like such traditionally masculine scents like leather and mahogany? This set comes with three different four ounce candles and burns clean for 25-30 hours. They are handmade in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming candle wicks.
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I hope you enjoyed this list! Working within a budget and not sure what to get the ladies in your life? Check out the Holiday Gift Guide for Her and be on the lookout for the Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers coming next Friday!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Though sometimes easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday, I have a very blessed life. In honor of Thanksgiving, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the things I'm thankful for this year.

Family photo and daddy/daughter photo by Melanie Resch Photography.

 

My Husband & Daughter

My husband and baby are my two favorite people on this planet. I'm so proud of my husband for going to back to school this fall so he can find a career he loves and for working so hard to provide for our family. He takes such good care of me and our little girl, from helping with the cooking and cleaning, to being an amazing dad, to finding the right words of encouragement. Not to sound cheesy, but he's my rock, my sounding board and my consummate adventurer - always willing to go along with whatever crazy scheme I come up with next. Our little girl is hands down the best thing I've every done with my life. I've loved watching her grow from baby to toddler throughout the past year. She's always challenging me, making me laugh at her antics and making each day a little brighter. Love you both!


Left: My dad, baby, brother, stepmom, husband and me. Middle: My momma and me on my wedding day. Isn't she stunning?! (photo by Jubilee Photography) Right: My grandma, baby me and grandpa. 

 

My Family

I adore all my family and I'm so excited that I get to spend the holiday with so many of them! Today we're going to my mom and stepdad's for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner (my stepdad is seriously the best cook), tomorrow we're having second Thanksgiving with my in-laws and Saturday my dad, stepmom and brother are coming down with my grandparents for the week. Baby and great-grandparents time is always special. I'm especially appreciative all the help and support my stepmom and dad have given us this year. Not just monetary, but with words of encouragement and making sure that Matt and I get a little us time. They're amazing grandparents and I'm so excited that with my dad's retirement, they'll be visiting a lot more often!

Left: My best friend from college and Cambridge, England, co-explorer. Middle: Almost all my bridesmaids reunited for my baby shower last spring (which my sweet sister - second from the left - threw me). Right:My oldest friend and bestie on my wedding day. (Photo by Jubilee Photography)

My Friends

While my nearest and dearest friends all live far away, I'm so grateful for today's technology since they're only an email, phone call or Facebook post away. Also, I'm beyond grateful for all the blogger friends I've made in the last year. This is such a fantastic community and I love being a part of it. Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read this space. I appreciate all of your words of encouragement and sweet comments. THANK YOU! Seriously, if you ever make it down to Panama City/Destin, I'd love have a cup of coffee and meet you for real. :)

Left: I will have been at my current job for four years this January and I still can't get over the view. Picture me on the top floor on the left, that's my office! Middle: Only the best co-workers will go along with your plan to dress as fruit for Halloween. Right: My view walking to my car earlier this week.

My Job

I love my job. It's creative, often challenging, and I seriously work with the most amazing group of ladies. More than co-workers, they're genuine friends. I think I work in one of the best places possible while raising child, they're super flexible and supportive. In the past year I've had the creative freedom to execute some amazing projects. I'm a jack-of-all-trades - I design, write, photograph, do social media, event plan, get paid to craft -  and love all of it!

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These are just a few of the highlights: I'm also grateful for knee room in our new (spacious) car, joining a fun book club, a kiddo who now sleeps though the night (glorious), discovering the recipe for pumpkin gooey butter cake, visiting Gatlinburg this fall, and celebrating my husband's 40th and my little girl's first birthdays. So many good moments!

I hope everyone has an amazing day with those closest too you. I'm unplugging and taking a break from social media, blogging, etc. to focus on family. Then starting tomorrow, it's full-on Christmas at the Chaffin household. Let the decorating begin!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Hues


Confession: My stepmom bought me this shirt over a year ago, which I then promptly forgot all about and found hanging in my closet last week...with the tags still on it. The positive: it was like getting a whole new shirt without having the spend the money! The negative: I obviously need to go through my closet and figure out what I  have, what I need to get rid of and what holes I need to fill.

While I think it's good to have wardrobe staples, I'm getting tired of seeing my same black pants, leopard flats, watch and tassel necklace over and over and over again. If I'm tired of it, it's probably safe to assume that you are as well. The easy solution would be to buy new clothes. But I don't have an unlimited budget and, though I haven't talked a lot about it, my doctor recently told me I need to lose weight to address some health concerns. I don't want to buy a bunch of new stuff that may or may not fit in a few months. I'm down 12 pounds, and while I don't look all that different, I am noticing a difference in how my clothes fit. So instead of buying new stuff (though I've caved a time or two this month), for now I need to focus on how to remix what I have in new and interesting ways...Pinterest here I come!

So while several of the same key pieces may be on repeat, at least I found a fun new background! I love how fall-like this outfit looks next to an orange wall, which is actually the side of my husband's and my favorite lunchtime haunt. Delicious Mexican food and a great background for photos...a double win!

Shirt: Old Navy (similar, plus option)
Pants: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Madewell (similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
Watch: Fossil (very similar)
Earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Bag: Coach (current version)

// Today I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore. //

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cozy Cords


Looking at these photos, I realize I'm an unintentional billboard for Loft's fall 2014 catalog. Sweater, necklace and pants...I think I have a Loft addiction. But it all looks nice together, right?

There's something about cords that seems so warm and cozy! I picked up these cords last fall in black and garnet and they were on heavy rotation during the fall/winter. No doubt they will be again this year. Though this color is no longer available, you can get this year's version in several really pretty colors: deep teal, cream, plum, pink and mauve as well as the more traditional black, navy and grey. They have a ton of stretch and I'm wearing a 14 instead of my usual 16/18.

Only one work day left until Thanksgiving vacation begins. I'm looking forward to spending lots of time with family and eating ridiculous amounts of turkey and pumpkin pie. I'll probably skip the Black Friday sales. Yes, there's some great deals to be had, but all that crazy stresses me out. :)

Sweater: Loft (similar)
Pants: Loft (this year's version)
Shoes: Madewell (similar)
Necklace: Loft (very similar)
Earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Watch: Fossil (very similar)
Rings: Chloe & Isabel (exact)



Monday, November 23, 2015

Bright and Cheery


So today's outfit was a bit of a fail. Don't get me wrong, it turned out all right, but today was one of the few truly cold days we have in Florida. Lows in the 30s, highs in the 50s...definite cozy sweater, scarves and boots weather.

I had my outfit all planned out, and it was good. Chambray, long thick black and white patterned cardigan, garnet scarf...I was so excited to wear it. Then I went to iron my freshly washed shirt and noticed it had light brown spots all over the front. :( What the heck? They weren't there before I washed it and have no idea where they came from. So sad. So then I tried a couple of other shirts with the sweater, but it just wasn't what I envisioned.

In an outfit panic, I decided to start all over and threw on this light scarf and cardigan. And froze my tail off this morning while taking pictures. (Don't laugh, we Floridians are thin blooded. Anything below 70 is freezing!) In retrospect, I could have thrown a sweater and puffer vest over the chambray and no one would have ever seen the spots, but I wasn't thinking. I was in outfit panic mode. So, I feel like I wasted an opportunity to wear my warm layers. I know, a silly thing to get upset about. But at least my outfit is cheery and bright and tomorrow's supposed to still be on the cool side, so I get a do-over.


Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (very similar)
Shirt: Loft (similar)
Pants: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Madewell (similar)
Scarf: Old Navy (pretty alternative)
Earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Watch: Fossil (very similar)




Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thoughts and Whatnots 11.22.15

Bateau tee:  one  //  two  //  three

Blog Love: 
  • Since Fridays are jeans days for me, I'm always looking for ways to make them just a bit more dressy. Thankfully Audrey has 3 Tips to Dress Up Denim! I want to copy all the outfits...
  • Megan's dressy tailgate attire is fantastic. I want the dress and the jacket and now I'm pretty sure I need a pair of black booties as well. 
  • Another outfit I want to copy: Fran's "basic" look. I've got the scarf and top as well as similar pants and red shoes...it's so happening...


On Teal and Polka Dots:


Favorite Sales:
  • Extra 50% off the Gift Guide at J. Crew Factory with code YAYGIFTS
    • I'm lin ove with how cute and festive this v-neck red with gold polka dot sweater is. It also comes in ivory with silver polka dots! It's sitting my cart right now, begging me to pull the trigger...
    • I can't get enough of plaid lately, and love all the colors of this classic button down, but especially the pink. Always pink. 
    • THIS DRESS. Black with sliver embroidered polka dots...want, want, want! 
  • 30% off and Old Navy (40% off if you spend $100) with code EARLYBIRD
  • Buy one get one 50% off shoes, clothes and accessories at Target 
    • Super cute duck boots for only $49.99! I've been resisting the trend, but this deal is super tempting. I tried the brown and navy on in store, you can see what they look like here. They were pretty comfy, lined on the inside and have genuine leather uppers. I decided not to get them for now, I just can't decide if I'd get that much wear out of them, but they're cute for the price!
    • This black dress is gorgeous and definitely doesn't look like it came from Target. I love the razor back, the striped eyelet...it's the perfect party dress!
    • The face of this watch reminds me very, very much of Kate Spade's polka dot watches and comes in rose gold, silver and gold. I'm majorly crushing on the gold.

Personal: 
  • What I'm Watching: Every fall my husband and I re-watch all of the Harry Potters. So far we're only on the Prisoner of Azkaban. It's slow going this year...
  • What I'm Reading: I just started reading Shopaholic to the Rescue (hubs got it for me as a surprise) and I dying to read Janet Evonovich's Tricky Twenty-Two. Her Stephanie Plum series is so funny!  
  • What I'm crushing on: Cherry red dresses. They're everything holiday to me. I'm in love with this long-sleeve electric red dress, this ponte 3/4 sleeve shift dress and this flirty fit and flare dress, just to name a few...
  • What I'm Thankful for: My family. I can't believe my sweet baby girl is going to be 18-months-old at the end of this month. She and my husband are my two favorite people on this earth. Followed closely by the rest of my family of course! I can't wait to spend Thanksgiving with my mom and step-dad Thursday, second-Thanksgiving with my husband's family Friday and my dad, step-mom, brother and grandparents are coming in town on Saturday. So excited!
  • Come up on the blog: Not sure what to buy the men in your life? Friday I'm posting a Holiday Gift Guide for Him for $50 or less. In the mean time, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Her.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

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It's hard to believe the holidays are almost upon us! The stretch between Halloween and Christmas is my favorite time of the year  festive spirits, good food, spending time with friends and family — such wonderful times. Though I don't start putting Christmas decorations out until the day after Thanksgiving, I'm definitely thinking about holiday gifts! If you're like me and on a budget, it can be a challenge to find beautiful, thoughtful gifts that don't break the bank.While looking for gift inspiration, I found 15 gift ideas at $50 or less. I'm definitely buying some of these lovelies for my family and friends (and maybe a few for me as well)!

1. Margo Grey Watch $42 (ships 12/11)
With a simple, sleek classic design, this watch is refined without being boring. The grey band is subtle, but the large face makes it unique and timeless. This might turn into a case of  "one for you, one for me" because I would love to get this watch in my Christmas stocking!

2. MudPie Monogrammed Scarf $29.50 +$10 to monogram
Maybe it's the Southern in me, but I love just about anything monogrammed and these reversible scarves make a perfect cozy gift. The personalization takes the scarf to another level and shows that you really put some thought and effort into the gift.

Everything's better with glitter right? These earrings pack a visual punch and come a variety of colors: gold, gold, multi-glitter, opal, pink, silver and turquoise. I have the mult-glitter and love them! (see them here) They make a great statement piece without being too over the top.

I know these mugs have been all over the blogosphere lately, but they really are perfect for the lady who likes to put her stamp on everything! If you want a mug that's less of a blogger-cliche, World Market has some really lovely gold italic initial mugs for only $7 and Pier One has some with gold polka dots for $9.95. Package it with some yummy coffee or cocoa and some delicious biscotti.

This is an ideal gift for the busy lady in your life. I have (and use) this planner and it's great for keeping track of all the crazy with day-by-day pages as well as monthly calendars. And gold polka dots, you can't go wrong with polka dotted anything.
 
6. Anthropologie Pressed Frames $18-32 depending on size
This frames have a pretty, rustic design and come in gold, silver or copper. Include a picture of you and your loved one for a thoughtful gift that took minimal effort. The photographer who took my daughter's newborn, six-month and one-year photos turned me on to Mpix for affordable, professional looking prints. They also do photo books and holidays cards!

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and Johanna Basford truly makes some of the best. I own the regular edition of Secret Garden and love it! The designs are so beautiful that I've thought about ripping out the pages to frame. I love that the Artist's edition is in large-scale format and has 20 pull-out prints perfect for framing. You could even throw in a case of 12 Prismacolor Colored Pencils and still be under $50.

This candle is so pretty and she'll want to keep the jar long after you candle itself is spent. With 85-hours of burn time, these candles are hand poured into vintage glass vessels and this particular candle smells like tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes and exotic mountain greens. Other scents include coastal, fire and firewood, quince and cedar, gardenia and cinnamon toddy and come in a variety of pretty colored containers. This is another item on my personal wishlist. :)

This bracelet is a nod to the holiday season without being in-your-face Christmasy. The stretch elastic means it will fit any wrist size and ]makes for a delicious bit of arm candy. It's a steal at $17 and definitely looks more expensive than it really is!

These books are oh-so-pretty in real life. I own Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice and they are just as lovely to read as they look displayed on your bookshelf. I've even used them as prop displays and centerpieces for my daughter's first birthday. Pretty and functional, they're perfect for your avid reader.

This bag is really pretty in real life! It's a soft gold is and made from real leather. It's big enough for your keys and essentials, but not so large that you can't comfortably carry in the crook of your arm. The long chain also makes it easy to carry over your shoulder.

This gold-plated ampersand would make a great bookend, paperweight or decorative accent. At just under 8" tall, it makes a statement without being overwhelming.

13. Baublebar Jewelry Roll $48 (optional engraving for $5)
This jewelry roll is perfect for the lady who does a lot of traveling or just likes to be organized. It comes in a lovely pale blue and you can have an initial added to the top and bottom zipper pulls. Can I add this to my wishlist as well?

I got to try this necklace as part of my Rockbox set and it's an absolutely beautiful necklace! It comes in a variety of different hues and metals. You could match her birthstone or just pick her favorite color - either way, you can't go wrong!


For those who like to be caffeinated and stylish. It has an insulated top lid and can hold up to 16oz. Coffee or hot tea would definitely taste better in something this pretty. Kate Spade also offers really cute black and white stripe with a green lid and black with white polka dots options.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Be on the lookout for the Holiday Gift Guide for Him on Friday, November 17 and the Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers on Friday, December 4.