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I often get carried away shopping for the ones I love during the Holidays. I realize that isn’t what the season is all about, but because I’m blessed and able to do so, to me there is no greater feeling in the world than nailing the “perfect gift” for someone that holds a large piece of my heart.  

Just a fair warning: there are 9 shopping days (including today) remaining before Christmas. For all you last minute browsers [cough cough- Mom] here are a couple of great items for those special folks in your life.

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one: J.Crew red cable knit sweater (+ 30% off) // two: brushed gold + lucite ice bucket // three: Kenneth Jay Lane necklace // four: Herschel Supply Co. backpack // five: monogrammed cocktail napkins // six: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede cologne // seven: Burberry watch (currently 25% off) // eight: Verona bit loafers // nine: sugar lip polish // ten: vintage map (choose one with personal meaning- I was born in Richmond) // eleven: Charleston crafted Bittermilk cocktail mixers; Tom Collins, Whiskey Sour, Old Fashioned respectively // twelve: cashmere v-neck sweater (perfect for him or for her; 30% off) // thirteen: herringbone throw

Happy gifting! 

Friday things:

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1- As I mentioned yesterday, it was far past time for a hair update. And in true Elizabeth fashion, once I have my mind set on something, come hell or high water, I’m getting it accomplished. What do y’all think?

& just as a tease (pun intended) more big hair changes soon to come. eek!

(dress: Marc by Marc // boots: Rachel Roy (similar) // belt: J. Crew)

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2- I found (and obviously purchased) another perfect sweater (+ 25% off with code GOODCHEER). Looks fabulous with leggings and booties.

3- If you’re searching for a solid hostess gift for the Holidays, let me suggest this and a nice bottle of Bordeaux.

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4- And for those of you looking to jump on the Moscow Mule Mug trend, these are for you. Plus I can think of about a dozen other ways to use these little copper darlings. (+ save 25% with code MITTENS)

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5- I’ve fallen MADLY in love with the Gold & Gray jewelry line. Lily (owner & designer) uses natural stones and materials to create the most splendid pieces. The greatest part is they are uniquely beautiful on their own- or even more spectacular paired with another piece currently residing in your jewelry box.

I am just a slight bit obsessed with this shark tooth necklace. And when I say “slight bit” I mean a lot. A whole, whole lot.
(not a sponsored plug; just really dig their goods)

Happy Friday to you all! oxo

I’m quite the stickler for things to be my way. I like my eggs fried [but still runny], I like my coffee with a little cream and one scoop of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf sugar-free flavoring, I could eat a Cobb salad everyday for the rest of my life and be tee-totally happy. I like Dove soap, white linens, and hairspray. Lots of hairspray. 

And when I find a scent that I fancy— it’s a keeper forever. I’m quite picky about my perfumes too. I don’t like anything super girly and floral- just not my style. Suffice to say that I’m a difficult one to browse the fragrance isles for. 

Which is perfect since Banana Republic has just launched a new look for their iconic fragrance line. I’d say just in time for Valentine’s Day- but we all know how I feel about Cupid and his arrows. So instead- how about just a Tuesday afternoon treat! 

I have always adored the clean, light, citrus-y scent of the W fragrance from Banana. & with it’s sandalwood and white musk notes, I must admit M is W's perfect match. A dynamically scented duo, indeed!

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W // a sheer, refreshing fragrance for women // $48

M // a fresh, woodsy scent for men // $48

Now, hurry on over to Banana [MW are only available in-store] and pick up your main squeeze a Valentine [or a mid-week treat] that s/he will love. And while you’re at it might as well grab one for yourself.  One for you and one for me is definitely a gifting strategy I can get on board with! 

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Full disclosure: this is a sponsored post by Banana Republic but all thoughts and chatter above is original content of my own. 

on positive thinking [& living]

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Often I’ve been asked how I keep such a positive attitude. My response [more commonly than not] is to say that you have to think positively to act positively. I make a conscious CHOICE not to linger in the bad, sad, and irritating. I pick things out of my everyday to celebrate and embrace; things that I know I have been blessed to be the bearer of; things that not everyone is so lucky to encounter.

That’s not to say that I’m always happy. I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty unfair shit this year. But living in that- in a constant state of perpetual anger and frustration- will get me [you] nowhere. Even through the darkest days, you must make a decision to focus on the good. What comes is a happier perspective. Because things could always be worse. 

So the goodies that Momma P gave me (pictured above) on Monday— well, I couldn’t help but share them with you all.

the first is a Book of Gratitude. Much like Miss Brooke’s weekly gratitude, this little journal of sorts challenges you to pick three things out of your day that made you happy. In a way, it allows you to appreciate the small, the lovely instead of focusing on your never-ending “To Do” list or falling into the perpetually negative slippery slope that can be life. I’m using this as my journal; an unfiltered place that I can store all of my tiny pieces of happiness. 

the second is a dammit doll. Because sometimes, even a Book of Gratitude can’t solve a really shitty day & even the cheeriest of us needs something to take out a few frustrations on. 

I challenge you all to do this- pick a few things out of each and everyday that make you just a little bit happier. It can be even the tiniest things- a fantastic cup of coffee, a great laugh with an old friend, your favorite Christmas song. Soon, you’ll forget about dwelling in the negativity, the struggles, and the sadness and you’ll appreciate the little things you have in your life. 

I promise- it will be beyond worth your efforts. 

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Ps- If you haven’t entered the Social Dress Shop giveaway— well, what are you waiting for?! A free gift-card is CERTAINLY something that would make it’s way to my Gratitude journal! oxo

What’s that you say? It’s December 12th and you’ve still yet to find the perfect Christmas gift for your Aunt Maude? And on top of that- you still have to stand in line at the Post Office to beat the December 17th cutoff for shipping to the West Coast.
bless your heart
Well, fear not fellow procrastinators!!! Here’s a few of my favorite gifts [minus the Viver clutch, they’re all under $100!] that would be mighty fine to unwrap on Christmas morn ((which, if I haven’t mentioned, is in 12 short days. You best start your shopping engines now, peeps!)).
{1} Smitten Kitchen cookbook (have it, love it) // {2} marble pasty slab // {3} ceramic mortar and pestle // {4} seven layer cake kit // {5} Silpat baking mats // {6} wooden knife strip // {7} tea light votives // {8} molecular gastronomy: cusine kit // {9} kitchen art // {10} rockin’ whiskey glasses // {11} olive oil cruet // {12} hedgehog dryer buddies // {13} Kate Spade earmuffs // {14} salt cellar // {15} Kate Spade bow belt // {16} Lotus ceramic stool // {17} "Made with Love" cheese board // {18} effervescence stemless wine glass // {19} necklace // {20} Claire Vivier clutch // {21} elephant plate // {22} neon watch  

What’s that you say? It’s December 12th and you’ve still yet to find the perfect Christmas gift for your Aunt Maude? And on top of that- you still have to stand in line at the Post Office to beat the December 17th cutoff for shipping to the West Coast.

bless your heart

Well, fear not fellow procrastinators!!! Here’s a few of my favorite gifts [minus the Viver clutch, they’re all under $100!] that would be mighty fine to unwrap on Christmas morn ((which, if I haven’t mentioned, is in 12 short days. You best start your shopping engines now, peeps!)).

{1} Smitten Kitchen cookbook (have it, love it) // {2} marble pasty slab // {3} ceramic mortar and pestle // {4} seven layer cake kit // {5} Silpat baking mats // {6} wooden knife strip // {7} tea light votives // {8} molecular gastronomy: cusine kit // {9} kitchen art // {10} rockin’ whiskey glasses // {11} olive oil cruet // {12} hedgehog dryer buddies // {13} Kate Spade earmuffs // {14} salt cellar // {15} Kate Spade bow belt // {16} Lotus ceramic stool // {17} "Made with Love" cheese board // {18} effervescence stemless wine glass // {19} necklace // {20} Claire Vivier clutch // {21} elephant plate // {22} neon watch  

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