Pretty Little Things: Cute Gifts & Things On My Wishlist

2016-12-02_12-04-13Hello Weekend!

I’m excited to share some fun things that I’ve found and have been loving – which coincidentally would be great gifts for someone on your list! When it comes to gifts, I typically don’t love to give clothing or specific makeup/beauty items unless I have a specific link and size that was given to me. I’d rather give something fun or quirky or something that shows that you spent a little more time looking for something special. Often, that ends up being home decor finds, notebooks, candles etc. but I took a look on Etsy and some of my other favorite non-mainstream stores (for the most part) and rounded up some cool finds! Most things are under $50, everything is under $100.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like!


These are generally more home, food and drink finds…

Oven Mitt Pot Holder Set Marble Print ($12) these are so fun! // Dried Flower Confetti Push Pop ($16) // Oyster Shell Dipping / Trinket Dish ($6) // Embroidered Napkins Pineapple ($15) // VW Vanagon Tray ($21) // “I Can Do This” Travel Mug ($15) // “Thirsty Camel” Cocktail Napkin Set ($38) perfect for a bar cart // Big Pink Stoneware To Go Mug ($34) adore this mug! // Kate Spade Blush Dot Drinkware Set ($24) // White Marble & Mango Wood Coasters ($22) // Pipe Taper Candle Holders ($24)


More home and decor finds…

Woven Wall Hanging ($41.98) these are generally one of a kind but there are so many wonderful finds on Etsy // Large Fire Apothecary Match Bottle ($30) // Marble Hexagon Wooden Coasters Set of Four ($25) // Pink Porcelain Bowl, Watercolour, Gold Lustre, Pink Ceramics ($13.06) // Wonderful Needlepoint Pillow ($42) // Bridesmaids “Help me I’m poor.” Cross Stitch ($15) another one of my favorite things – there are a bunch of different ones on Etsy // Marble Ring Dish ($21.25) // Mon Amour Matchbox ($7) // “Burnin’ For You” Extra Large Matchbox ($11) // Plumed Flamingo Ornament ($20) // Blue Marbleized Taper Vase ($30)


Gadgets, stuff for the pup & desk accessories…

Cinta Leather Dog Leash ($65) // DIY Letterboard iPhone 6/6s Case ($24) // Recover Agate iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus Case ($24) // Rose Marble Phone Case Personalized ($25) // Phone Case Toile Blue and White ($37) // Harry Barker Cheese Dog Treats – Tortoise Tin ($16) // Pencil cup and glasses holder ($16) // “Make Your Luck” Gold Key Tag ($9) // Minimalist Marble Notebook, Journal, Planner ($11.07)


Beauty and pamper gifts…

Vintage Edition Holly Golightly Sleep Mask ($28) // French Girl Lip Polish ($15) absolutely love this brand // Under Eye Oil ($18) // Crème Lumière ($24) // Jonathan Adler Bourbon Pop Candle ($42) // Sweet guava fairy crystals soap ($7.50) how beautiful are these soaps? There are so many other versions in this particular shop // Lumière Body Oil ($70) // Honey Wildflower Bath Bomb Fizzie ($4.17)


Movies, music & books…

You’ve Got Mail (Deluxe Edition) ($5.97) // The First Wives Club ($5.97) // Something’s Gotta Give ($14.99) // The Lumineers ($15.98) // Beauty at Home ($60) // Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors ($45) // India Hicks: Island Style ($45)

I love the idea of giving a few movies with a theme (obviously one that that person likes). For example, a collection of Nancy Meyers movies (rom-com love), Judd Apatow movies, anything with Reese Witherspoon – you get the idea. I’m also still a fan of CDs, especially to listen to in the car. If you are so inclined to make a mix CD, those are always fun! I’m a bit of a coffee table book hoarder as well. There are so many cool ones out there in all different categories and subjects. Right now, I’m really into interiors. I think it’s fun to browse around for books for people on your list — or just for yourself!

December 2016



…and just like that, it’s December! Why is Christmas, like, tomorrow already? Craziness! This holiday season is going to be different for me for a variety of reasons, but it’s still going to be super special. It’s my first Christmas as a married woman and although I will not be heading back east like I normally do, Chris and I will finally get to spend our Christmas together (yay)! We will be here celebrating with my California family – I’ve decided I’m not in love with the word “in-laws” – I like California family better! Then, on New Year’s Eve, Chris’ sister is getting married in Ojai and it’s going to a beautiful and fun, family affaire and the perfect way to ring in the new year!

I have a feeling this month is going to fly by even faster than last month (my friendsgiving did not end up coming to fruition), but these things are on my to-do list:

  1. See the Newport Boat Parade
  2. Take a walk around Balboa Island to see all the festive houses!
  3. Go to the Laguna Beach Sawdust Winter Festival
  4. Have my girlfriends over to Laguna for festive drinks (and/or) meet out somewhere for drinks – we’re all so busy!
  5. Have fires in our fireplace and perfect my mulled wine recipe (my first attempt this past weekend was just ehhh)
  6. I’m also going to make a lot more of THIS “christmas crack” recipe! I’ve tried several gluten free versions but using Mary’s Gone crackers are by far the best and were the biggest hit this Thanksgiving! Yum!

What’s on your list of things to do this month?

Visit my holiday Pinterest board & budget buys Instagram account for more festive inspo.!