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Creating New Christmas Traditions With Help From Nordstrom

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Hello friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And if you’re like my family then the holidays are a time to put on some soft clothes, get under cozy blankets on the couch, and watch all of the Christmas episodes of the Office together. As we get older the holiday season becomes so much more than just giving and receiving stuff. I wanted to share some ideas that will help you create awesome memories. I want you to relax, recharge, laugh, and enjoy some quality time with your family this year!

My sister, my brother-in-law, and myself all live in California and the rest of our family is still in Florida. This will be our first #ChristmasInCalifornia together and we want to celebrate with new traditions. I figured new coordinating cozy pajamas would be the first step!

Nordstrom has been my go-to for holiday shopping for YEARS. Their selection is incredible, the free shipping is amazing, they have incredible unique gifts at all different price points, and they have a great return policy if the recipient thinks the gift isn’t quite right. I even send my family my Nordstrom wish list when they ask what I want for Christmas.

Nordstrom is also known for their quality and premium brands so you know the gift you’re giving won’t disappoint. This is why I was ecstatic that Nordstrom wanted to partner with me on this post this holiday season!

The Nordstrom Gift Guides will help you find a gift for anyone. I knew “The Comfort Seeker: Prefers dressing for downtime-and dreamtime” was the place to start shopping for my family!

Christmas Pajamas

First we needed coordinating Christmas pajamas. I chose the Make + Model Flannel Girlfriend Pajamas in Burgundy Berry Annie Plaid because I thought the colors would compliment both of us.

Make + Mode Girlfriend Pajamas in Burgandy Berry Annie Plaid
Make + Mode Girlfriend Pajamas in Burgandy Berry Annie Plaid from Nordstrom

Plus the detail on the collar where they say “Night Night” umm how freaking cute is that!?!?

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Detail on the embroidered collar of the pajamas says “Night Night”

For my brother-in-law Josh I got the Polo Ralph Lauren Flannel Cotton Jogger Pajama Pants in Highland Plaid/Cruise Navy because I thought the colors of the two flannels coordinated well together. I also needed to pick something that wasn’t too cutesy so he wouldn’t rebel against the inevitable Instagram photo shoot lol.

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Polo Ralph Lauren Flannel Cotton Jogger Pajama Pants in Highland Plaid/Cruise Navy

You might notice that while these pajamas both give you a hint of a Christmas vibe, they’re not full on “These are my Christmas Pajamas.” I wanted something we could look cute in all year long and I think I found the perfect pieces!

A few other options that I considered were from PJ Salvage. Last year my boss got me a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas and I got the softest PJ set ever from PJ Salvage that I still wear and get compliments on! They’re like the best travel PJs- cozy, warm, not see through, makes you look like an adult that owns pajamas, etc.

PJ Salvage Thermal Pajama Pant in Natural
PJ Salvage Thermal Pajama Pant in Natural

This PJ Salvage Thermal Pajama Pant in Natural would be the perfect gift for the beauty lover whose collection is stocked already.

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover in Charcoal
Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover in Charcoal

This Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover looks SO comfy and like it could take you from the couch, to the grocery store (to re-stock snacks) and back to the couch again. Plus it’s on sale!

Christmas Slippers and Cozy Socks

UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper in Port
UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper in Port

I’ve purchased these UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slippers for my step mom for Christmas a few years ago and she loves them! They’re water resistant which makes them great for going to the driveway to get the Nordstrom package that just got delivered and then you guessed it, back to the couch.

UGG Classic Mini Boot in Black
UGG Classic Mini Boot in Black

My sister got my brother-in-law the UGG Classic Mini Boot in black for Christmas a few years ago and it’s his go-to for lounging and quick errands. He’s a surfer so they’re good on the beach on chilly days. You can see them in my Thanksgiving Just the Three of Us Vlog YouTube video.

My sister asked for UGG boots last year and I thought my little boot ornament I found and added to it was a pretty adorable touch!

Gifts I wrapped for Christmas last year including a boot ornament around my sister's UGG boots.
Gifts I wrapped for Christmas last year including a boot ornament around my sister’s UGG boots.

I had already felt the Nordstrom Butter Crew Socks in store, so I knew I needed a pair to complete my cozy Christmas outfit. These socks are insanely soft!! This is another great gift at a great price.

Nordstrom Butter Crew Socks in Black Marled
Nordstrom Butter Crew Socks in Black Marled

Christmas Cozy Accessories

Almost every gift guide I see always includes the Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw by Nordstrom at Home so I figured it was time I tried it out to see what all the hype was about! I chose the vanilla color to match with my pink and white winter wonderland holiday decor– plus it will work year round! The price really is great for gifting too. The quality and softness level did not disappoint!

Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw by Nordstrom at Home
Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw by Nordstrom at Home

I was also tempted to get the Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw by Nordstrom at Home which is also priced right at under $50. I love a faux fur moment.

Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw by Nordstrom at Home
Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw by Nordstrom at Home

Am I the only weirdo that likes to have a lip balm on hand while binge watching TV? I needed to stock up on my new favorite the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy. This stuff tastes amazing, it’s great on it’s own or over or under lipstick, and it actually sinks in and moisturizes your lips. I thought this Kopari Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe Set looked super cute and I wanted to see what this Coconut Lip Scrubby was all about!

Kopari Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe Set with full-sized Coconut Lip Scrubby and Coconut Lip Glossy
Kopari Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe Set with full-sized Coconut Lip Scrubby and Coconut Lip Glossy

Games and Puzzles

My family is full of competitive gamers so summers at the lake and holidays at home include lots of board and card games. These are awesome for creating great memories. My siblings still won’t let me forget how terribly I hummed the 007 theme song in a game of Cranium 8 years ago. We even went old school and played 20 Questions on a long car ride recently.

I love that Nordstrom sells one of my new favorites – Catan! If your family is all business and loves a good negotiation then this game is for you. I thought it was for nerds and I was right, but I was just in denial about how big of a nerd I am. I even downloaded this game on my phone after because I couldn’t get enough!

Catan Board Game
Catan Board Game

If your family is more active or a bunch of sports lovers this ‘Football’ Bean Bag Toss Game by Oniva aka Cornhole. This is such a great price too you get 2 boards, 6 bean bags, and a travel case for under $100!

Football Bean Bag Toss Game aka Cornhole by Oniva
Football Bean Bag Toss Game aka Cornhole by Oniva

If your family is the trivia type this I Should Have Known That Party Trivia Card Game would be a great stocking stuffer. I love games like this that are easy to travel with and bring to parties as well.

I Should Have Known That Party Trivia Card Game by Hygge Games
I Should Have Known That Party Trivia Card Game by Hygge Games

Another family favorite activity- a good old fashioned puzzle. This Women in Science Jigsaw Puzzle is so freaking cute!! I just got the corresponding book off my friend’s baby registry for her. Puzzle’s are awesome because they allow you to dip out of awkward political conversations with relatives or just give you something to do when all of the eating and sitting getting boring.

Women In Science Jigsaw Puzzle
Women In Science Jigsaw Puzzle

My sister went to a holiday party at a friend’s house last year where they did a puzzle competition and I thought that was such a fun idea!

Another favorite memory maker for get togethers- a karaoke machine! This one connects via bluetooth to any device. My karaoke faves? Will Smith “Miami” and more recently Dolly Parton “9 to 5.”

ISM1030BT Stand-Up Bluetooth Karaoke Machine

Last year I had my family play a game I found online. For it, you wrap a gift up as many times as possible with the paper overlapping. It’s a great way to use up wrapping paper scraps. You get in a circle with everyone playing and one person is given 2 dice to roll. The person to the right of them is given the present and they try to unwrap the present using oven mitts. When the person rolling the dice gets doubles, the person unwrapping the gift must hand over the oven mitts and pass the present. Whoever finishes opening the present gets to keep it. I used fireworks so that it would be fun for everyone!

Shows and Movies to Binge Watch

Once you’re in your soft clothes obviously it’s time to settle in with a good series! I’m loving The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime and 90 Day Fiance which I watch on the TLC Go app. Saturday Night Live and The Office are 2 shows my whole family is always down to watch.

For Thanksgiving we watched Crazy Rich Asians which was amazing and made me want to read the next 2 books. I also forced them to watch Troop Beverly Hills which is a hilarious campy movie from the 80s and the ultimate story of resilience, being yourself despite what others think, and bringing a little glam to everything you do.

For Christmas movies my favorites are National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationHome Alone, and Scrooged. Growing up we’d usually watch action movies (i.e. Batman) or Jaws on Christmas Eve, anyone else do that?! Is my life incomplete because I haven’t watched Die Hard on Christmas? I also watched and loved Planes, Trains and Automobiles last year if you’re looking for a good classic Christmas comedy.

My favorite terrible Christmas movies are 12 Dates of Christmas, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Christmas Cupid.

Cozy Christmas Couch Snacks

If you saw my Trader Joe’s Haul & Reviews Winter 2018 YouTube video then you know I think the ultimate store bought holiday treat is Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle.

I also love a salted caramel hot cocoa or peppermint hot cocoa. Are you team whipped cream or team mini marshmallows?

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments! @nordstrom#nordstrom

Christmas on a Budget Easy DIY Gifts People Will Love and Cherish

I’ve been having so much fun making YouTube videos lately! When I asked on Instagram what is the hardest part about adulting the #1 answer was money honey! Bills, loans, budgets, etc! So I thought we could start with some holiday money mindset chit chat.

Continue reading Christmas on a Budget Easy DIY Gifts People Will Love and Cherish

5 Gifts Your Fella Will Love

Shopping for your significant other is a rewarding experience. On one hand, the process itself is filled with love (from you!) and on the other, your fella is going to be gifted something he adores. He’ll probably love you more, too. But shopping for specific people isn’t always easy. We all have different tastes, affinities, wants, and needs, and finding the right gift can quickly become a burden. 

Rest assured that this list will provide you with some gifts your fella is sure to love. As you start to think about what to get him, perhaps make it timely, being that the winter season is upon us. 

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A Drone  Continue reading 5 Gifts Your Fella Will Love

Small Business Saturday 2017

Good morning everyone! Just in case anyone has money left over after Black Friday, I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite small businesses for Small Business Saturday! Most of these are run by ladies who are also my friends! I see how hard they work and I am just so proud of them, so I have to support them however I can!

ADDERALL AND COMPLIMENTS

Loving my #crystal kit from @annabelledesisto @adderall_and_compliments! The pink 💖 shaped one is #RoseQuartz and this is from the website 💖Rose Quartz-It is known as the ‘love stone’ as the message it emits is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. It has a powerful effect to aid your emotional healing & helps heal relationship problems.Rose Quartz is also a stone whose powerful love will resonate to the whole body and heal all chakras. Rose Quartz comforts and heals any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored. It dissolves the sorrows, worries, fears and resentments suppressing the heart’s ability to give and receive love, and replaces it with healing, comfort and inner nourishment.

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One of my best friends Annabelle (she was actually the one that got me to move to LA!) has a podcast and online store called Adderall and Compliments. At the shop Annabelle sells crystal kits for people new to crystals, healing kits, and manifestation kits, as well as crystal towers, kick ass kitten keychains, and kitten necklaces (her listeners are called kittens!) She runs this entire business out of her apartment from the ordering and inventory to the packaging and shipping and she has worked her butt off this year! Be sure to check her out especially since her whole site is on sale until Monday! Here’s a picture of me wearing one of the crystal dagger necklaces: Continue reading Small Business Saturday 2017

Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Nordstrom. In fact, I’ve already made a Black Friday purchase from there and it’s only Thursday… Be sure to check out my Black Friday 2017 post to see ALL the deals for ALL stores!!

Beauty Deals at Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

Nordstrom has the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit for 40% off! Now $24 (originally $40).

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit is also only $24! These colorful highlighter kits would be an amazing gift if you have a super glam girl in your life who gets adventurous with makeup. Continue reading Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

Black Friday 2017

Ok we all know that the shopping culture around the holidays is ever-expanding, so it should come as no surprise that there are already pre- Black Friday events happening now!

PS Be sure to join Ebates for free– you’ll get $10 just for joining then a cash back percentage just by shopping. I’ve made over $600 cash back since joining it’s so easy and there’s no strings!

Continue reading Black Friday 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 14th, 2017!! If you need a last minute Mother’s day gift ideas for a mom (or Grandma, or Mother-in-law, or step-mom or baby mama) in your life, I’ve got you covered! Being from Florida I know tons of moms who like to have fun in the sun whether they’re by the pool, at the beach, or on the boat which inspired these gift ideas! These Mother’s Day gifts are great on their own or would be even better as a themed gift in a nice big basket or bag to really wow her.

Most of these gifts are available at Nordstrom which always has free shipping over $50 and also has this amazing feature where you can order online and pick it up at your nearest store! If you’re in LA and want to pick it up at the Grove you just pull into the valet and they bring it to your car! I tried it recently and felt like I was doing an errand for a rich person haha, but I loved it so convenient!

Megaphone by Sunnylife ($24) When I saw this I immediately thought of my friend Annabelle’s mom Fancy Nancy DeSisto (be sure to listen to them on the Adderall and Compliments Podcast). She’s a super activist and would love to have this thing at a march or rally I’m sure! Plus what mom wouldn’t like this to just yell at their kids in the pool? It runs on 4 C batteries. Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Audible Book Recommendations 2016

I’m a HUGE audiobook fan I’m pretty sure I’d go insane driving in LA traffic if I didn’t have audiobooks and podcasts to listen to. I’ve been an Audible member since 7/8/2011! I pay about $15 a month and get 1 credit for a free audiobook monthly. The Audible app is great and super easy to use as well and keeps your bookmark in the place you left off even if you switch between devices. My favorite part about the Audible app is being able to adjust the speed of the speaker which I usually put at 1.25x. You can sign-up for Audible and get a 30 day free trial with 2 free audiobooks:

As you’re about to see, I read almost exclusively non-fiction and love biographies, science, and self-help type books. Here’s some recent books I’ve been enjoying from Audible: Continue reading Audible Book Recommendations 2016

Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed my Holiday Gifts Ideas for Her 2016 post with tons of ideas from Nordstrom! One of my hobbies is cooking and I have a lot of kitchen gadgets and tools that I have ordered from Amazon and love. So even though these aren’t beauty/dating/travel related I thought it might be helpful to see some items that could be good for a range of people on your shopping list. Also lots of these are Amazon Prime which means they have free 2-day shipping so these are great for last minute gifts too! Continue reading Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2016

I recently attended a Nordstrom Morning Beauty Event and they had TONS of awesome gift ideas I had to share! If you didn’t know, Nordstrom regularly holds great (free!) beauty events in store where you usually get some really great samples and freebies! They had tons of raffles at mine and I even won a Nest home diffuser! You can see if your store is having any Nordstrom events here. The Nordstrom at the Grove is even having Mr. Francois Nars in store on December 10th from 2-4pm for a book signing.

Also don’t forget to use Ebates because Nordstrom currently has 6% cash back.

My top pick for a gift is either of these: Continue reading Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2016