Gift Guide For Your Dad

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Good Morning!! 

My goodness what a week it has been and it is not even Friday yet. Today  I am showing  probably one of your last gift guides! Are ya’ll over them? I know I am. But at the same time, I do have to say, building these guides have tremendously helped me with buying gifts this year. 

I mean think about it, I pretty much had to do a lot of research and go through each and every top site, to bring the best gifts to you all. Which in return, helped me buy all of my gifts! Especially gifts for the ones who didn’t put anything on there list. I’m talking to you Dad!

Any who, this is the first year (in like ever!) that I have pretty much finished all of my Christmas shopping a whole week before Christmas. Colton and I are notorious for Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. So I am really proud of myself this year. I have a few little last minute gifts to buy today, but then I’m done! Another thing that really helped me get all of my shopping done this year, was the fact that I bought everything online. Amazon Prime, you mah best friend. Not only was it just convenient to online shop, but it help me not make impulse purchases or over buy. In the past when Christmas shopping, I would go in with a list, then completely ignore it and over buy. 

Despite my Dad not having anything on his list (well besides a vacation 😉 ), I know everything above is something that any Dad would love. A Bonobos button down is always a solid choice. My Dad and Colton both LOVE Bonobos. They sell Bonobos at Nordstrom’s, but I prefer to buy them directly through their online store. The actual online site has way more sizes, colors and also offers slim or regular fit. 

These noise canceling earphones are perfect for the Dad that works on the go. This Burberry Wallet is absolutely beautiful (My sister and I split buying this for my Dad last year!), this battery charging cell phone case is perfect for the Dad who never charges his phone and this cologne smells so incredibly good! 

If your Dad is a big golfer like Colton and I’s Dads are, then he will love this Nikon Cool Shot. It’s a Golf Laser Rangefinder that is supposed to be really cool. Then I added these personalized golfballs to the list because someone got these for Colton’s Papo last year and he absolutely loved them! Except his has had face on them – lol! They were absolutely hysterical! Then these Ugg slippers are literally the most comfortable things in the world!

Any ways, like a I said, everything on this list is something your Dad will love! If you are like me and are planning on doing mostly online shopping this year, I wouldn’t do it any later than Monday! Most of the online stores says “Order by Monday to receive it on Christmas” but I for one, hate cutting it close, so I’ll probably put my last order in, Friday by the latest! 

Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides

xo,

Lauren

Christmas Gift Guide For Your Mom

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See, I told you all there would be a Gift Guide today – lol! 

I’m not sure about you guys, but I am really really close to my mom. I know I have told you guys this a million times before but she is definitely my best friend. I love buying gifts for her, because she rarely buys gifts for herself. So I love getting to spoil her a little bit. 

When putting this list together, I definitely had my mother in mind. So hopefully all of our mothers are a like – ha! First things first, I thought about what she likes and what she has. My mother loves to entertain & cook, she loves to read and she loves her baths. She only wears night shirts like #1, she is obsessed with her Daniel Wellington Watch (check out post here!) and one thing I have learned over the years is that I can never go wrong with Kendra Scott

So if our moms are anything alike, then she will love anything from this list above too! I bought this electric wine bottle opener for my mom on her Birthday and she loved it! These slippers are honestly the softest thing ever and are perfect if your mom has hardwood floors. A Fitbit is a perfect gift if your mom is trying to get a little healthier for 2017 and I think that bath caddy’s are the coolest things ever! I mean, it literally combines all of my moms favorite things in one – lol! 

Last years Christmas Gift Guide for my Mom was pretty solid too and are still great gifts!

You can check that post out here!

xo,

Lauren 

5 Christmas Gifts From The Heart That Cost Almost Nothing

img_0986-3-copyimg_1038-copyimg_1023-copyimg_1054img_0994-copyimg_1062-copyimg_1048-copyimg_1019-2-copyOutfit Details – Sweater: Good Night Macaroon | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Tights: Nordstrom | Burberry Jacket: Neiman Marcus | Steve Madden Booties: Nordstrom | Loeffler Randal Purse: Nordstrom (on sale!) | Lipstick: YSL Nordstrom


Good Morning & Happy Monday!

How was everyones weekend? Ours was really great and as busy as expected, but it all worked out perfectly. As Colton and I were driving to our friends Christmas party on Saturday, he told me that this was the first year in a long time, that it actually felt like Christmas to him and I couldn’t agree more. The past few years have just felt blah to me, but this year, things just feel different. Maybe it’s the cooler weather we’ve had in Texas or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve had my Christmas tree up since before Thanksgiving. Either way, there’s not a grinch in sight in our household.

With that being said though, I did want to take the time to share with you guys some gifts that aren’t as materialistic as my usual suggestions and definitely won’t break the bank. As much as I am in the Christmas spirit, I couldn’t help but feel kind of suffocated over the weekend with everyone telling me to buy, buy, buy. Whether it be at the mall, on TV, on Instagram or on Facebook, I admit, it all gotten kind of overwhelming. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably have another gift guide for you all in the morning – lol, but for today, I just wanted to take a break and let everyone breath. Just a little bit 🙂

Photo Album 

Have you and your family gone on a family trip recently? Try making a sweet photo album of all of all of the photos you took from the trip to help relive the memories. I know we all have Facebook, Drop Box & Google Share, but there is just something different about making a photo album and holding the photos in your hand. Flipping the pages of the book with your family as opposed to clicking next on the computer screen.

Sweets & Treats  

Every year, I make a few sweets and treats to give away to family members. For example, my sweet & spicy pecans. Colton’s Dad and Papo love them, so I always make a batch, put them in a nice Christmas container and give them to them on Christmas Eve. Want something a little more sweet? I also love this as an idea.

Pass down an Heirloom

Has your little sister or daughter been eyeing a piece of jewelry of yours for years? What about a jacket. Be clear, this is not to be mistaken for a down Hand me downs. Hand me downs are items that you pass down because you no longer want them. I am talking about precious items that mean a lot to you, but will mean the world to them. They are the perfect gift that your loved one will remember forever. 

DIY Something

Make something that your loved one could use or love. This list from Country Living really is great. From homemade soaps, to mugs to Mason Jar Lid Coasters, everything on this list, really is great. I especially love the Cutting Board Tablet Holder (#31).

Gift Baskets

I understand that Gift Baskets may seem boring but try making a basket for someone and really having it cater to them. Try making a spa basket and fill it with fun little items. Example, bath bombs, face masks & sugar scrubs. To really save, try picking these items up at a places like Marshall’s or TJ Max. They have a great bath/spa section that won’t kill your bank account.

If it’s for a guy, like your Dad or Grandpa, buy him his favorite candy that he never has and add it to his basket. Or add his favorite brand of coffee, some golf balls if he likes to golf or just little things you know he likes. These baskets do not have to be extravagant, but do put thought into them to make them as special as possible.


Do you guys have any suggestions to add to this list? If so, I would love to hear them! 

xo, 

Lauren

My Christmas List

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Tis ‘ the season of gift giving, and as you guys all know, I slowly but surely have been sharing my gift guide suggestions with you all for everyone in your life. A few of you guys have asked though, what’s on my list and specifically what I want. 

The truth is, I really don’t know what to ask for because I want things like, a wedding – lol. Maybe like a months rent paid for…..possibly a payment on my credit card statement? My car to finally be out of the shop? This is how I know I am transferring into adulthood -ha! But it’s so true. It’s kind of hard for me to ask for materialistic items, when I know I need things else where. Which is why this list below may be a little strange or at least not your average gift guide. These are all things that have either been on my wish list for years, that I need for work, or that I have to buy every month anyways and try to stock up on.

Really fast, before I get into my wish list, I want to talk about this outfit. I’m not sure why I do this, but every year, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I swear I only wear black. Well at least variations of black & white with a pop of red lips. Especially on days when it is a little bit overcast and super chilly! This is the look I wore on Colton and I’s anniversary, the day after Thanksgiving! This black wrap I am wearing is from Shein and my boots are the tie version of the Steve Madden OTK boots. Although I definitely recommend getting the zip up version over the tie. I have both and prefer the zip up! I love this outfit because it can be worn so many places. It’s there perfect outfit for Christmas shopping, grabbing dinner, or just grabbing a glass of wine with a friend

Okay, now onto my wish list!

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  1. J. Crew Black Coat: I have this coat in camel and it is honestly my favorite coat in the world. I don’t have a nice black peacoat or anything, so I have been meaning to invest in a black coat for some time 
  2. Make Up Brush Cleaning Pad: I have wanted one of these for so long! I’m not sure why I haven’t bought one, but it’s definitely on my list. It has to be a way more effective way of cleaning brushes as opposed to how I am now. 
  3. Dior Air Flash Foundation: The only foundation I will wear! I have to restock this stuff quite often so I would love to stock up on it. 
  4. White Slippers: I hate to ask for a new pair, but my goodness I need a new pair. I love my slippers, but they are definitely showing their age. 
  5. Kate Somerville: I really need to do a whole post on the Kate Somerville Skin Care Routine I have been doing, but in the mean time, I’ll just let ya’ll know that I am OBSESSED. I was talking to a friend of mine, and she told me that every year, the only thing her mom asks for, is a years worth of her beauty products and I thought it was genius! 
  6. Burberry Brit Perfume: My favorite perfume of all time. I usually put this on my list every year because I love my Burberry perfume and will usually last me about a year, 
  7. Monogramed Necklace: I know this may sound silly since I will be changing my last name soon, but I would really love a monogrammed necklace. Not only because this has been on my wish list for years (like why have I not bought it  for myself yet?), but also because I have been Lauren Smith for my whole life (clearly) and I want one last thing that has my name on it. 
  8. Tory Burch Beige Satchel: I love this purse because it kind of reminds me of a Chanel purse. This is on my list because I really just need any neutral satchel. The only kind of off white, cream purse I own is a really really old Calvin Klein one that I hate.We go to so many weddings and nice events that require a purse like this and I never have one. I keep on meaning to buy one but never pull the trigger.
  9. Manolo Blahnik Pumps: Serious WISH LIST – lol. I honestly just need a new pair of nude work heels and I have been dying for these for years. My current Kate Spade ones have just been worn to pieces so I am in desperate need of new ones for work.
  10. Shaken Not Stirred Framed Print: This has been in my shopping cart on One Kings Lane for 3 years. It’s a piece I have wanted to add to the house sometime for Colton. 
  11. Black Work Tote: Despite my pick from #8, I have really been trying to stray away from Tory Burch. I’ve been putting her in the same category as Kate Spade recently. The logos and purses just scream the brand a little too much for me. I currently don’t have a black work tote and I LOVE this one. I think it’s sleek, chic and screams #girlboss. 
  12. Lululemon Cropped Leggings: This is probably one of the most realistic and most needed items. They are my favorite leggings to work out in and I only have two pairs. Scratch that – one pair. Hannah J. stole my other one, so I am currently having to wash my one pair literally everyday lol. 

What are you guys asking for this Christmas?

xo,

Lauren