Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

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Happy November! I love this month, mostly because it’s the beginning of the Christmas season, and it’s my birthday this week!

Josh and I, like many others, already have many weekends packed with dinner parties. With all of these parties around the corner I rounded up some of my top picks for hostess gifts. I love to bring little things that are both useful and fun, particularly the wine and dinosaur planter – I’ve had a love of dinosaurs since I was five, broke my collar bone, had to stay in during recess while it was the dinosaur unit.

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Ready for the Holiday’s

christmas-party-outfit-2Sequin Leggings: H&M ( on sale for $20!) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory  | Plaid Button-down: J.Crew Factory | Heels: Sam Edelman | Purse: Kate Spade (marked down to less than $200, plus an extra 30% off until January 4, 2017 with the code SPRINKLES)

Happy Eve of Christmas Eve and happy Friday!! I am so dang excited for this weekend, for a number of reasons. 1) It’s almost Christmas 2) I’m going to watch Elf and drink wine with a girlfriend tonight 3) I get to see a lot of my friends and family 4) MORRIS IS HOME! – for those of you who don’t know who Morris is, he is our adorable yellow lab that we fostered for a year. He is now in training to be a Service Dog Guide, for people with physical disabilities, and this is very likely the last time he will be with us so we are soaking in every minute 5) Today is my last day working at Dog Guides (this one is bitter-sweet), I might have cried 6) I have all my sparkly holiday outfits laid out and I am looking forward to wearing all of them.

There are so many fun things going on over the next week and I am so thrilled that I have some time between leaving this role and beginning my new job next year. I am one of those people who loves to plan out my outfits for every occasion, and this bright red sweater from J.Crew Factory is perfect for this season. I am in love with this pairing of a bright punch of colour with some (semi) subtle sparkle. Although I was hesitant about the sequin legging trend at first, I totally get why it is so popular. Looking dressed up while feeling like you’re at home in your lululemons is a win in my books! I hope you all have an awesome Christmas! See you next week 🙂

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Ready for the Holiday's

christmas-party-outfit-2Sequin Leggings: H&M ( on sale for $20!) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory  | Plaid Button-down: J.Crew Factory | Heels: Sam Edelman | Purse: Kate Spade (marked down to less than $200, plus an extra 30% off until January 4, 2017 with the code SPRINKLES)

Happy Eve of Christmas Eve and happy Friday!! I am so dang excited for this weekend, for a number of reasons. 1) It’s almost Christmas 2) I’m going to watch Elf and drink wine with a girlfriend tonight 3) I get to see a lot of my friends and family 4) MORRIS IS HOME! – for those of you who don’t know who Morris is, he is our adorable yellow lab that we fostered for a year. He is now in training to be a Service Dog Guide, for people with physical disabilities, and this is very likely the last time he will be with us so we are soaking in every minute 5) Today is my last day working at Dog Guides (this one is bitter-sweet), I might have cried 6) I have all my sparkly holiday outfits laid out and I am looking forward to wearing all of them.

There are so many fun things going on over the next week and I am so thrilled that I have some time between leaving this role and beginning my new job next year. I am one of those people who loves to plan out my outfits for every occasion, and this bright red sweater from J.Crew Factory is perfect for this season. I am in love with this pairing of a bright punch of colour with some (semi) subtle sparkle. Although I was hesitant about the sequin legging trend at first, I totally get why it is so popular. Looking dressed up while feeling like you’re at home in your lululemons is a win in my books! I hope you all have an awesome Christmas! See you next week 🙂

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Stocking Stuffers – His & Hers

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Rose & Hibiscus Face Mist | XO Mittens | Red Pom-Pom Hat | Business Card Holder | Glitter Phone Case | Kate Spade Jewelry Box | Voluspa Candle | Initial Ring | S&P Shaker | Pink Clay Soap | Minimergency Kit | Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo | Texas Tea Hairspray

 

 

 

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Jack Black Lip Chap | Men’s Cable Knit Gloves | Team Cufflinks | Travelers Cocktail Kit | Phone Case | Campfire Sauce & Chocolate | Soy Candle | Anthony Moisturizing Set | Custom Flask | Origins Minis Kit | Cologne Set

 

 

 

Stocking Stuffers – His & Hers

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Rose & Hibiscus Face Mist | XO Mittens | Red Pom-Pom Hat | Business Card Holder | Glitter Phone Case | Kate Spade Jewelry Box | Voluspa Candle | Initial Ring | S&P Shaker | Pink Clay Soap | Minimergency Kit | Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo | Texas Tea Hairspray

 

 

 

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Jack Black Lip Chap | Men’s Cable Knit Gloves | Team Cufflinks | Travelers Cocktail Kit | Phone Case | Campfire Sauce & Chocolate | Soy Candle | Anthony Moisturizing Set | Custom Flask | Origins Minis Kit | Cologne Set

 

 

 

CCWishList

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Turtleneck Sweater: H&M | Blouse: J.Crew Factory | Denim: Pilcro via Anthropologie | Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren |  Lipstick: Quo in Fired Up (my latest favourite)

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. It seems like time is flying by and Christmas will be here before we know it. Today, I am so excited to share with you all that I am teaming up with Coffee Culture for their CCWishList campaign. This month, if you post a photo of your Coffee Culture cup and use the hashtag #CCWishList, your holiday wish could come true.

While you’re at Coffee Culture, be sure to try their holiday drink menu. I am not normally a huge fan of Peppermint Mochas, but theirs is SO good, the Salted Caramel Latte is also really dang good. Be sure to check them out this month and share your photo for a chance to win your wish! I could be coming to see you and make your wish come true!

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Gift Guide – Under $100

 

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This past weekend I wrapped up my Christmas shopping, less a stop off at the LCBO for a few more goodies. We have a lot planned this month with multiple birthday and Christmas parties on our calendar, so I wanted to get my shopping out of the way at the start of the month and I was really successful at the Toronto Premium Outlets, the J.Crew Factory store staff got very familiar with me after multiple stops in there to check off my list.

I know many people, including my hubby, are still looking for some further gift guide assistance, so I put together some of my favourite picks for this year, all under $100. I love finding a mix of smaller and larger gifts for my friends and family, carefully curating picks for each of them. I hope this guide brings you some inspiration for this Christmas!