Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Things I Love: PART TWO

I am so glad that so many of you ordered things from Things I Love: Part One, and I really have no doubt you're gonna love them just as much as I do! With Holiday shopping a part of all of our lives right now, I thought I'd draw your attention to some of my favorite gift giving things.

Naturally, I do as much as I can to make a gift incredibly special, and appropriate to fit the person. But, WITHOUT FAIL, every year I get a gift from someone I didn't expect to get a gift from and I tend toward these go-to items for those moments, and for my friends who are chronically difficult to buy for.

1. House Beautiful's The Home Book. If you've never picked up a copy, I really suggest you do. Because it was printed a few years ago, it is insanely inexpensive, and it makes a wonderful gift for your friends who are constantly changing things in their home - or asking you for design advice. The book breaks down room after room, giving organization, paint color, and furniture layout tips. It even tackles lighting, drapery, fabric pairings, and more. All relevant today as much as it was when it was first printed. Definitely worth the $16!

2. Morrocan Straw Market Shoulder Tote. We all are trying to be more green, and conscious of the environment that we're living in, and that we are leaving for those who come after us. This is my GO TO bag for grocery shopping, and I can't tell you how many people ask me at Trader Joes where I got it. I should probably print out this blog and stick a few pages in the bag to hand out! Remarkably versatile, and beautiful, and big enough to hold a week's worth of my groceries. I've gifted several of these, tying a bit of fresh greens and berries to the handle with twine, and filling it with a couple of bottles of my friends' favorite wine. They love them too! 

3. Magazine Subscriptions. Nearly everyone I know loves a good interior design magazine. And when they come on time each month, it's like giving them a gift over and over and over again. When you order them through Amazon, they're SO CHEAP! Take a look at these favorites: 

4. Solid Brass Bamboo Pens. You might end up keeping these for yourself, so go ahead and order 2 or 3 sets! These are really beautiful pens, and they make perfect gifts. I like to tie these around personalized stationary, which you can also find on Amazon, with a little silk ribbon and a sprig of fresh greens. It's details that really count, and for the friends you think have everything - I bet they don't have this!

5. Tile Mate Key Finder. I love this, and you can not tell me you don't know someone (maybe it's you) that's losing their keys every time they turn around! I bought this for myself a few months ago, after having a day where I tore the house apart looking for keys that I had inadvertently left in the car! It works like a dream, and I highly recommend it ... maybe a stocking stuffer for yourself! I won't tell!

6. Wireless Shower Speaker. I stayed at an AirBNB in Philadelphia that had one of these in the shower and I ordered one for myself before I got home! Before I bought this little speaker I used to leave my phone on the bathroom sink, and strain to hear the music each morning while I showered. There's no doubt that music can be an uplifting way to start the day, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wishes they could bring the sound a little closer to the water! Well, with this powerful little guy you can! It even has suction cups, so you can adhere it right to the tile. Mine stays charged with one full charging for about 6 days, so charge it up on the weekend, and all week long you'll have a little groove going every morning when you step in for a scrub down.

This is a little off topic, but still a GREAT Christmas gift, the Pentatonix "That's Christmas to Me" album is definitely a must have for those Christmas gatherings. 

You can also listen to the whole thing if you're a member of Amazon Music Unlimited! Here's a link to a FREE 30-Day Trial: 

There you have it folks. A few of my favorite things which I rave about to all of my friends, and seemingly am constantly giving in person referrals for. All very inexpensive, both useful and beautiful! Hope this helps a bit with your personal shopping for all those on your list ... and maybe even a few gifts for yourself!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Things I Love

Now that I've finished the apartment (mostly), I've recently started focusing on my fitness and getting back in shape for summer. It isn't easy. I'm constantly reminded of the fact that beyond the necessity of muscles, the reason they're beautiful to look at it is probably because they're not fun or easy to gain.

Since I'm Type-A, and my focus is often target-oriented, you might find a few fitness related posts in the coming months. Just fair warning.

But today, I have some really awesome links for you to check out a few of my favorite things, now that Christmas is coming, and you're likely all hosting Thanksgiving or looking for hostess gifts.

1. My FAVORITE candle for this season: 

For the last few years I have not had a Christmas tree. There hasn't been a great place to set them up at the apartment, and before that I was focused on getting the tour trees done for the Lewiston Tour of Homes. This candle by Votivo is BETTER than a live Christmas tree in the house, and the smell is intoxicating. I promise you won't be disappointed, AND the box and limited edition mirrored candle cup make it wonderful for gifts. If you wanna buy me one, I'll send you my address! (hehehehe)

2. Oversized Linen Napkins

I've never found a better deal on these napkins, and they're beautiful. Pure linen with a beautiful hemstitch. These are oversized, and if you know me well, you know that I have a pet peeve about napkins that don't cover the lap. These do, and they set a gorgeous table, and are so much more beautiful than paper products (better for the environment, too!)

3. Linen Cocktail Napkins

Cocktail napkins in linen are also an inexpensive thing that can make any bar feel more welcoming and indulgent. If you're serving eggnog or cocktails at any of your holiday parties, I can guarantee that your guests will be impressed by these little ditties over paper products (also, better for the environment!) 

4. Silicone Tipped Chandelier Bulbs

If you're hosting dinner, or even a cocktail party, and you have a chandelier, you NEED these bulbs. They're particularly great if you don't have a dimmer installed, but they really add a touch of "candlelit" elegance to any chandelier and up the ambiance factor to 11! Check those out for sure! 

5. Fruits and Passions Coriander and Olive Tree Hand Soap

Don't forget that you're going to have lots of people in and out of your guest bathroom over the holidays. This amazing soap has a luxurious softness after the wash, and will leave your guests asking where you got it! I promise, all of mine do! They also sell the refill if you have your own soap dispenser, and you'll get a little more value for the buck: 

There you go! A few of my favorite things that I always have on hand and ready to go for dinners and other gatherings that my guests seem to really appreciate. What's wonderful about buying them on Amazon is that you have free shipping (with Prime) and you don't have to get mixed up in those crowds of people shopping for Tickle-Me-Elmo's ... is that still a thing?