Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

One of my absolute favorite gifts to receive is a coffee table book.  I’ve got quite the collection going and nothing makes me happier than being able to add to it every so often!  The genres I’m drawn to are; fashion, decor, and cooking.  I love stacking fashion books on my vanity and in my closet/office area.  I place all of my decor books around my living room and then put my cookbooks on display in the kitchen. There’s nothing better than being able to sit out on my back patio with a cup of tea on a sunny day to flip through them – ahhh bliss!  I get so much inspiration and gather tons of ideas from each and every one!  I wanted to share stand outs from my collection that would make the perfect gift for someone special. Coffee Table Books Fashion Books Chanel three book setChristian LouboutinTom FordChanel: Collections and CreationsYves Saint Laurent Decor Books The BohemiansBeautiful: All American Decorating and Timeless StyleAllegra HicksThe Big Book of ChicSmall Space StyleVogue Living: Houses, Gardens, PeopleBeauty At Home: Aerin LauderMy Floral Affair: Rachel AshwellSurf Shack Cookbooks Nathan Turner’s I Love CaliforniaSweet Laurel BakeryMagnolia TableCook BeautifulIna Garten: Barefoot Contessa (all of her books are amazing)It’s All EasyMatcha book Miscellaneous Books Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren CollectionWhole BeautyIn the Spirit of St. BarthsHumans of New YorkThe New York Times: 36 Hours USA
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Venice, CA

Meaningful Gifts

When it comes to buying gifts, there are several factors I look for.  One factor that’s become increasingly important is if it’s meaningful.  I want a gift that is beautiful and unique – but that also has a special message behind it. I love that L’Occitane not only makes stunning products and gift sets, but that they also give back in a really big way. You may remember I had the opportunity to fly to Provence with the L’Occitane team two summers ago!   I was able to visit their factory, lavender fields, farms, shops, and even chat one on one with the founder; Olivier Baussan.  He is one of the most hard working, kind and down to earth entrepreneurs I’ve ever met, and he has built an absolutely incredible company that people all over the world adore.  Each L’Occitane product is sourced with the finest ingredients from local farms and they support the artisans – particularly female artisans. Meaningful GiftsIt’s become a tradition to give my mom something from L’Occitane’s lavender collection every year because she is obsessed with lavender!  This year we opened gifts early since she was visiting me in LA for Thanksgiving :)  This pretty lavender gift set could not have been more perfect because it has one of everything she loves; the bubble bath, lavender sachet, hand cream, hand wash, body soap, and body lotion.  It comes in a bright red, festive box and is insanely reasonable at under $75. My mom gave me the L’Occitane Blooming Rose Treasures giftbox which smells absolutely heavenly.  The body milk and little eau de toilette were my favorite pieces from the collection!  I love that there’s literally no wrapping required with these gift sets because the box is just so festive itself! Shop more of my favorite pieces from L’Occitane below – like the Immortelle Divine collection (one of my fave moisturizers), the Shea Butter trio, and the Almond cleanse and exfoliate duo.  And how perfect is this as a stocker stuffer?!
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Cyber Monday Sales // Gifts for Everyone

I did a little shopping over the weekend and wanted to share a few things I picked up and what caught my eye! This Tory Burch blue + white pitcher would be gorgeous for a mom, mother in law, or friend.  This L’Occitane mini ornament set is the perfect stocking stuffer.  How darling is this Ralph Lauren dog sweater?!  A ton of you have been asking about the sweatshirt I was wearing in my Stories…I stole it from Derek and it’s currently on sale here.  Great gift for the guy in your life!  A beautiful Ralph Lauren silver frame always has that “wow” factor.  This jumbo Diptyque candle is splurge worthy.  If you or your loved ones don’t already have an Instant Pot – get one!  They’re the best!  This is a stunning unisex scarf on sale.  Get a great bottle of wine with this crystal wine stopper for the ultimate hostess gift.  And you can never go wrong with a classic New York Times book or cozy slippers. In addition to the sales I listed for Black Friday (J.Crew, Madewell, Tory Burch, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Net-a-Porter to name a few), there are a few more I wanted to share. MissomaThey make my favorite gold necklaces and they’re offering 30% off everything. BloomingdalesI mentioned this one before, but you really can’t beat 25% off site wide.  I got these sunnies for Derek! MangoAlso mentioned this one before, but holy moly there are some AMAZING pieces.  I just got this coat, this sweater, and this bag. Williams SonomaGet all of your cooking and houseware items here – they have marked everything down! Pottery BarnTake 25% off site wide – get all of your holiday decor, bedding, and furniture here.  I also love their selection of cozy robes, frames, and throws! AmazonGet my juicer on sale, an Instant Pot, and a Vitamix! Banana RepublicTheir outerwear is ON POINT.  Stock up on stunning winter coats like this one. Be sure to catch my 2018 gift guide here and my gift guide for him here.
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Venice, CA

My Holiday Beauty Must Have

If I had to choose 1 thing to focus on beauty wise for the holiday season it would be white teeth.  Your smile gives off such a strong impression when you first meet someone or walk into a room of people.  I always want my teeth and smile to look good, but especially when I have a jam packed social calendar! Crest 3D WhitestripsI’ve been using Crest 3D Whitestrips for over a decade – since I was a junior in high school!  I first started when I got asked to prom, and noticed my teeth were looking less than pearly white 2 weeks prior.  I stole my mom’s Whitestrips and they worked like a charm.  Honestly, I felt confident and beautiful and had the best time (despite my date being a total dud…lol.)  I’ve been using Whitestrips regularly ever since (they’re my secret weapon for white teeth!!!!) For the holiday season, I always like to amp up my whitening regimen and I just finished a “14 Day Challenge” of sorts using the Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips.  They’re so easy to use – I literally put them on first thing in the morning before I brush my teeth, and wear them for 30 minutes.  Within 3 days you start seeing results which is exciting and by Day 14 your results are amazing – trust me – and last up to 6 months.   They don’t slip and you can wear them while you’re talking on the phone, doing your makeup, dashing out to a holiday party – and you can even drink water in them. The first set of pictures is from when I started and was heading to a meeting, and the second set of pictures were pre-date night with Derek.  My teeth feel sparkly white and holiday ready :)  Amazon is including the Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips in their Cyber Monday sale so it’s the perfect excuse to snap them up and start your own 14 Day Challenge.  You can shop them here!
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Meatpacking District, NY

Black Friday Sales

It’s Black Friday which means it’s the perfect day to stock up on holiday gifts.  Here’s a list of the best sales! Nordstrom I rounded up the ultimate holiday gift guide here! Bloomingdales Get up to 25% off your order – details here! Shopbop Get up to 25% off tons of gorgeous holiday party dresses here! Net-a-Porter Stunning dresses, accessories, shoes and more are up to 50% off here. Banana Republic Take 50% off site wide! J.Crew Take 40% off site wide! One Kings Lane Take 20% off site wide!  I always love their art, furniture and decor. Anthropologie Can I please have one of everything from their home section?! Mango Take 30% off site wide! Madewell Take 25% off site wide! Tory Burch Get up to 60% off select items – she always has the best gifts! Don’t forget to shop my gift guide for her here, gift guide for him here, kitchen essentials here, and everything you need to wear to a holiday party here!  And be sure to watch my Instastories – I’m doing a huge giveaway every single day for the next 23 days!
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