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Unique Gift Ideas

I often get asked about gifting giving – “What should I get my mom for her birthday?” “What should I get my girlfriend for her wedding?” “What’s the best thing to get a guy for Christmas?” Finding the perfect gift for someone can often be stressful right?! Not to worry! I’m sharing a few of my no-fail, great gift ideas that I’ve gotten loved ones over the years. Any of these gifts could be for a wedding, a housewarming, a birthday, or a holiday… Gifts For Him *I’ll never forget what a fail my first Christmas gift to my high school boyfriend was. I couldn’t figure out what to get him, so I got him a basket of random things I thought he’d like. They were all too practical, and well, just super lame LOL. I never grew up with brothers and was clueless what guys liked so I had to quickly catch up after that! Here are a few things I’ve given to the men in my life that they all loved and appreciated: -A bottle of Japanese whiskey –Old fashioned glasses -This iconic car coffee table book -A leather catchall for watches and jewelry -A classic leather Shinola watch (these are SO beautiful in person…and unisex as well) -A record player + records (We have this one and love it!) Gifts For Her -A Diptyque candle with a fancy gold wick trimmer and pretty matches. Trust me, don’t stray from this brand. Every woman just wants Diptyque at the end of the day haha!!! (These are a few of my other favorites, but I always come back to this one) –Pacific Natural coffee table book. This is from Jenni Kayne and full of incredible recipes, decor shots, and entertaining inspo galore –Chanel book set -This YSL eyeshadow palette in Saharienne. It’s been my favorite for years and is AMAZING to travel with since it’s so compact -A Cuyana monogram cosmetic case Gifts For The Dog Lover -A custom illustration of their dog from Arabella June (who did the CUTEST one of Charlie that I am now framing!) -A plaid dog scarf -A chic dog toy from St. Frank or a fun rope from Jenni Kayne for the dog lover who is also a decor aficionado -A fancy dog food + bowl stand (I just got this for Charlie and OMG it looks so much better than what we used to have!) -A black velvet bow tie – because why not? -A cozy cream lace up sweater or down snow jacket…I mean do you die? Gifts For The Foodie -My favorite Le Creuset pan which you can also put in the oven! -A Boos cutting board (this is what professional chefs use – it’s the best) –Marble cheese board –Beautiful teacups and tea –A silver cocktail shaker and bar tool set Gifts For The Decor Lover -This framed textile is a splurge, but will go in anyone’s home/with any decor. It’s one of my favorite pieces – and was styled here in my LA home -A beautiful Ralph Lauren silver frame with a sentimental photo -A stunning alpaca throw from Jenni Kayne (I have this on my bed!) Be sure to check out my past gift guides: Gifts For Him, Valentine’s Day Gifts, Best Last Minute Gifts, Gifts For Everyone, Best Candles, Best Coffee Table Books, and Beauty Gifts.
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How To Have A Cozy Night In

How To Have A Cozy Night In Thomas and I have been nesting like crazy this month, and it’s been SO fun staying home, relaxing, cooking, and listening to music in our living room. We recently upgraded our music game with this fun record player and I have to say, it makes all the difference. There’s just something about listening to vinyl records on an old school record player, curled up on the couch, that that can’t be beat. This record player comes in a ton of different colors and patterns, but I went with this classic tan linen one. It’s the perfect addition to any home, apartment, or office because it’s compact, light, and easy to travel with (when it’s closed it looks like a vintage briefcase!) It’s also really cute as a decorative addition to a bar cart, coffee table, console, or dresser. With the holidays coming up, a vinyl record player is THE perfect “gift for him” – your significant other, dad, brother, will love it! And of course it would make a fab “gift for her” – especially if you have a music junkie mom or girlfriend! It looks WAY more expensive than $50 doesn’t it? Yep it’s $50 and arrived in 2 days from Walmart!!! Walmart carries a ton of vinyl records – both old and new to go along with the record player. They have everyone from Lana del Rey to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. I LOVE Al Green so I couldn’t resist getting this vinyl record too! Shop more of my favorite vinyl records + record players below – and enjoy your weekend!
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Apple Cider Donuts for Fall

I want my apartment to permanently smell like these apple cider donuts that I made last week. I wish there was a scratch and sniff for this post because you would D-I-E! Cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and butter wafting through the air…heaven, truly. This was the easiesttttt recipe, and believe it or not – I am not even a donut person! Yeah, seriously! But these bad boys, are nothing like the store-bought donuts you’re used to. They’re moist, flavorful, and light – almost like an apple cinnamon muffin, but more fun. When I moved back to NYC, I left most of my cooking supplies and cute holiday decor behind. It was too much of a pain to bring every little thing, and I just figured I wouldn’t have enough space in my city kitchen for it all. Thankfully, I was able to replace a ton of items I left by ordering them at Walmart (their 2 day shipping option is THE BEST) and everything was soooo reasonably priced and sized. You really do have to think about the size of things in NYC, and this petite 6 donut pan is PERFECT for any kitchen. So is this baking rack! Affordable Items From Walmart It’s so fun to get in the fall/holiday spirit and I wanted to share a few easy, affordable things from Walmart that have made my place feel more cozy and fall-like this season! For fall/Halloween/October themed decor, I love these white pumpkins which can also be used on a Thanksgiving table. These black and white linen napkins are so classic and honestly great to use year round. These black and white straws make any drink more festive. And how fab is this big plaid blanket for picnics or snuggles on the couch? For baking, I love these Halloween sprinkles, this donut pan, baking rack, simple black spatula, hand mixer, and black “cauldrons” to put toppings in. Walmart literally has everything from decor, to baking items, and ingredients – like flour, sugar, vanilla, and candy corn or frosting! These are my favorite mixing bowls – I use them for everything from apps to baking, candy and more. Apple Cider Donuts Recipe Get the apple cider donut recipe here – and let me know how you like them! I can’t wait to make another batch this weekend (I already ate all of these in 2 days – after sharing a few of course ;0) Oh my goodness, I almost forgot – can we talk about Charlie’s costume?! It’s a Where’s Waldo? Halloween costume for dogs – and was under $20. He surprisingly likes it too (minus the glasses which he tore off in 5 seconds haha!) Do you have a pup? There are so many perfect dog costumes here!!! PS Walmart also has some really great adult costumes too! PPS you can shop this black henley here!
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Fall Game Day Entertaining

It’s football season which means it’s the perfect time to throw a little fall game day shindig at your place! Everyone is back from summer travels, so it’s always a great month to have people over. I personally love any excuse to throw a party, and wanted to share some of my tips + tricks for putting together an easy fall game day entertaining spread! Game Day SnacksFirst things first, let’s talk about the food! My personal fave part of entertaining is getting to snack on all of the yummy treats! You can’t throw a game day party without something salty and something sweet to nosh on. I picked up all of the essential snacks like; chips, salsa, pretzels, popcorn, M&Ms (peanut butter are the bestttt right?!), cheese cubes, and mixed nuts. I made the popcorn in 2 minutes without any butter or oil using this AMAZING hot air popper. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know popcorn is one of my go-to healthy snacks, so this small air popper is a GAMECHANGER for me!!! The popcorn turns out perfect – it doesn’t burn, AND you can easily season it with whatever your heart desires after it’s done. PLUS it’s only $31 and available for Next Day delivery at Walmart! Trust me, you’re going to want one. Game Day DrinksBesides the obvious game day drinks; water, club soda, and beer, I thought it would be fun to add a spiked lemonade to the roundup. Everyone loves lemonade, and it’s a refreshing beverage to go along with all of the snacks and food that you’ll be consuming throughout the day! I ordered this lemonade and added a few shots of vodka and lemon slices to this big glass pitcher. I love that the pitcher came with 5 glasses and holds plenty of liquid for everyone to help themselves to. The entire set just went on sale for under $13! Add a fun straw to the glass and you’ve got a super easy cocktail for your guests. Serving PlattersI picked up all of these simple, affordable platters and bowls at Walmart. This clear, break resistant chip + dip bowl was one of my favorite purchases because it’s so versatile and goes with any style of decor. It’s a great piece to have when you’re doing outdoor entertaining! This wood tray is so rustic and perfect for any fall sort of spread – and would even look gorgeous year round on a coffee or entry table. These classic white bowls and these clear bowls are ideal for using year round as well. Other Game Time Essentials Besides snacks, drinks, and serving platters, a game day party wouldn’t be complete without a few other quintessential items like a TV, grill, table + chairs, and games (I love this corn hole set!) And if you really want to go all out, then Walmart has a ton of cute football themed decor as well! Shop everything I bought below. Happy game day planning!
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