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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.

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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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Nordstrom Fall Sale 2018

I live for a Nordstrom sale. I can sit on a couch clicking through all 800 of the pages lol. I tried to make sure these items were available in most sizes, but if you’ve shopped a Nordstrom sale before you know things go FAST so if you’re even thinking of buying it, just grab it. If you don’t have time to search through every page or just want to see my top picks for the Nordstrom Fall Sale 2018 then here we go!

Shoes

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Tory Burch Brooke Knee High Boot $333.66 I love the placement of the little Tory Burch logo on these!! These boots are chic and classic you’d get YEARs of use out of them.

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Is Cuffing Season a Good Time to Meet Someone?

Tis the season… to get into a relationship? Cuffing season is here where single people (hand)”cuff” themselves to a partner so they don’t have to brave the winter (and holiday gatherings) all alone.

What is Cuffing Season?

“Cuffing Season” is the time of year beginning mid-Septemberish when summer has come to an end and single people start looking for relationships. Cuffing season happens because it’s dark and cold and single people don’t want to be the only one without a partner for Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas/New Years. People who normally are comfortable casually dating more than one person  at a time are too tired and cold to put in the effort. They want to find a partner they can stay cozy and warm together inside. They also don’t want to have the annual conversation with their parents about why they aren’t married yet.

When is Cuffing Season?

Cuffing season begins during the fall and really heats up near Halloween. Starting to date at Halloween is the perfect amount of time to be dating for it to not be awkward to spend the holidays together. Halloween also coincides with daylight savings time which is another incentive to cuff. Plus for girls who were dieting for Halloween this may be their peak body time and they’d really like to put on a sweater, get a boyfriend, and start eating again.

Is Cuffing Season a good time to meet someone?

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Fancy Nancy’s Holiday Gift Guide

If you listen to my BFF Annabelle’s podcast Adderall and Compliments, you have probably heard her mom Nancy aka Fancy Nancy as one of the guests. I’ve known Nancy for over 10 years now and let me tell you, she is definitely not a regular mom. The kittens (aka listeners of Adderall and Compliments) requested that Fancy Nancy put together a holiday gift guide and I immediately followed up because I thought it was such a fabulous idea! So here is Fancy Nancy’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2017!

Also- don’t forget to use Ebates for your holiday shopping!! I’m getting $64.96 cash back on my next big fat paycheck! It’s not scammy (promise). Ebates Coupons and Cash Back Ok now on to the shopping!

  1. Voluspa Mini Tin Candle Set ($24)
  2. Portrait Personalized Cookie Cutter ($49)
  3. Cable Knit Coffee Cozy ($5.40)
  4. BOSE SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker ($99)
  5. Leather Earbud Case ($9)
  6. Green Agate Coasters ($65)
  7. Fairy Lights ($16)
  8. Succulent Terrarium ($22)
  9. Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss’ Plush Throw ($40)
  10. Organic Bath Salts Sample Vials ($6)
  11. Canvas Prints ($10+)
  12. Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set for Back/Neck Pain Relief ($19.99) Fancy Nancy says kittens swear by this! I might pick one up for my step mom!
  13. F*ck Mug ($13.99)
  14. NEST Outdoor Security Camera ($229)

  1. Native Union USB-A to USB Cable ($40)
  2. Valentino Garavani Camo Rockrunner Sneaker ($795)
  3. WiFi Dash Cam ($35) RJ has literally written a letter to Santa (and emailed it to Annabelle) asking for a dash cam so he can live stream himself from his work truck.
  4. Native Union CLIC Card iPhone Case ($49.99)
  5. Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Messenger Bag ($82)
  6. Patagonia Better Sweater Zip Front Jacket ($139)
  7. Cuisinart Griddler ($44.99) – I will never forget the year RJ wanted a “Sandwich press” that’s not a panini maker.
  8. Polo Ralph Lauren Knit Pony Lounge Pants ($42)
  9. The Art of Shaving Cream ($21.25)
  10. Leather Earbud Case ($9)
  11. Funpaw Playbot Pet Camera and Pet Feeder ($139.99) Ok RJ did not have this on his list, but I would imagine he would be OBSESSED with it since he’s such a huge animal lover!
  12. UGG Ascot Leather Slipper ($119.95)

  1. Fringe Tassel Earrings ($24)
  2. Juliette Rose Gold Holographic Nail Polish ($10)
  3. Kick Ass Kitten Keychain ($16) Of course we have to rep that Adderall and Compliments Merch! But this keychain isn’t just cute, it can also be used as a self defense weapon! Plus it makes it way easier to find your keys in your purse. I’ve had mine for years and LOVE it. This is the best stocking stuffer.
  4. Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones ($199)
  5. Your Handwriting Bar Necklace ($69.20)
  6. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan ($116)
  7. SPANX Faux Leather Leggings ($98)
  8. Large Boho Earrings ($35)
  9. Tory Burch ‘Miller’ Flip Flop ($198)
  10. Kitten Mug ($9.99)
  11. Vans Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($59.95)
  12. Kate Spade Mini Small Square Stud Earrings ($32)
  13. Gaiam Dry Grip Yoga Mat (~$42) Nancy herself is a yoga teacher and practices daily!
  14. Sony A5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera ($448) AKA the “MAGIC” Camera because it has a beauty filter that smooths your skin, the auto color-correct is superb, the screen flips up for selfies, and you can transfer the images to your phone wirelessly even if you don’t have wifi!
  15. E is for Emmy Custom Initial Charm Necklace ($36)

(Not pictured) Tassell Charging Keychain ($8.95)

What do you think? Did Fancy Nancy nail it or what? She is fabulous!

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Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

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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