GIFT GUIDE 2017

Well, let’s get to it and let’s get shopping…

Check back for another guide on Black Friday

 

*These are all my true recommendations- not sponsored

HER

Parker Thatch Tote

Parker Thatch Tote

Allbirds Wool Runners

Allbirds Wool Runners

These are honestly THE MOST COMFORTABLE shoes ever! No need to even wear socks. I wear them daily.

Rebecca de Ravenel Earrings

Rebecca de Ravenel is known for her bon bon earrings, but I would say these Claudia La La Hoops make quite the statement.

Cuyana Jewelry Case

Cuyana Jewelry Case. These are beautifully made and can be monogrammed.

LAKE Pajamas

LAKE pajamas are insanely comfortable and wash beautifully.

Chloe Lauren tinsel Ballet Flat

I pretty much swear by Chloé flats, and I am lusting after these tinsel ones for my Christmas wish list. (hint, hint to those reading)

Slip Pillow Case

Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase. No wrinkles, no hair crease, no problems in the morning.

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KULE makes the perfect striped shirt. Washes beautifully. My go to for travel (and all occasions)

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I basically live in Outdoor Voices every afternoon into evening. The Tech Sweat Leggings are ideal for working out or running errands (and covers a multitude of sins).

Om Alone Lingua Franca Sweater

Lingua Franca collaborated with Goop to make some amazing cashmere sweaters. The stitching and phrases set them apart. If you are in Dallas be sure to check out Forty Five Ten  who has them in so many fun phrases.

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Bluesmart Laptop Bag

Bluesmart Laptop Bag. Track your bag, charge your phone, and enjoy the fact it is TSA friendly. This is the top notch laptop bag that is stylish and savvy.

Master Dynamic Headphones

Master Dynamic Headphones. Incredibly sleek and excellent quality. They come in different leather colors too.

Longchamp Garmet Bag

Longchamp Garment Bag. A more “suitable” way to carry your clothes.

Brackish Bowties

Brackish Bowties. These very unique feather bowties are handmade in Charleston.

Boy smell Candles

Boy Smell Candles. Yes, “boy smells” are a thing and they aren’t always bad smells. Would be a great gift for those in dorms or apartments (where real smells lurk).

Smathers&Branson Can Coolers

Smathers & Branson Can Coolers. Stitched in needlepoint, these make a great stocking stuffer.

Veja Men Black Sneaker

Veja Pierre Sneakers are incredibly stylish and chic.

LOVED BY ALL

JK Chocolate Microchip Cookies

THESE ARE SERIOUSLY THE BEST COOKIES EVER- JK Chocolate Microchip Cookies. They are the size of a penny (so zero guilt)  and packed with flavor. They are based in Dallas, but just now became available on Amazon. The best gift EVER and you can thank me later (preferably by sending me some).

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I include August Morgan cocktail napkins every year for a reason. They make the best gifts and are beautifully packaged, so wrapping isn’t even necessary!

Moore Ink Gift Tags

My friend Margaret at Moore Ink can make beautiful calligraphy gift tags that can make great gifts, or you can use to give gifts! Contact MargMooreInk@gmail.com

Twelve Nights of Wine

Twelve Nights of Wine by Vinebox

12 curated glasses from the best wine regions in the world

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Inslee handpaints the most gorgeous calendars that come on chic brass stands.

Cocktail Chameleon Book

This Cocktail Chameleon book would be a sophisticated present to bring to a holiday cocktail party (would look fabulous on a bar cart)

KIDS

Babar

The Story of Babar, because everyone should grow -up knowing elephants (and all animals) matter.

State Coloring Kit Bag State Coloring Kit

STATE makes amazing backpacks, but how great is this kids art folio. Crayons and paper included.

Little Nomad Playmat

The Little Nomad Foam Play Mat gives a new look to the “play room.” Super stylish, so no more primary colors to cramp your style.

Magnolia from Target Wooden Dollhouse

Hearth & Hand by Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse. May as well teach timeless style at a young age.

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Balloon Elephant Money Bank. Am I too old for one?

PETS

Shop Harx Leash

Shop Harx Dog Leashes are durable and chic for the most discerning pet (I mean owner…).

At Home with Dogs and Their Designers

At Home with Dogs and their Designers features the luxe life of your favorite designer’s dogs. Plus, you can see my five year goal, which I also featured HERE.

Bark Box

Bark Box. It used to be only I got packages, but now my Emmie Pug (that is not her pictured above) has gotten in on the action. These make great gifts for the pups (and make the owner’s life easier).

HOME

Mark and Graham Acryllic Serving Trays

Mark & Graham Acrylic serving trays make for a very nice and versatile gift. I love the round one.

Fellow Kettle

This Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle sure beats the standard ones you see at big retailers. It is sleek in style and is equipped with precise technology for your flow rate and to achieve the perfect temperature.

Gardenuity

Gardenuity allows you to send fresh herbs in chic bamboo planters.

Juliska cork Candlestick

Juliska Cork Candlestick Holder. For $39, a set of these would make a beautiful gift.

Scrapbooks by David Hicks

David Hicks Scrapbooks offers amazing insight into his world of design. See my review HERE.

Poerty-of-Place

Classic Architecture by Bobby McAlpine in his book Poetry of Place. Be sure to check out my review HERE

Leviating Bonsai

Levitating Bonsai Plant. It actually levitates, and I am not sure how…but this will surely get them talking.

Life At The Top

Life At The Top features the incredible apartment buildings throughout New York City.

Haute Bohemians

Haute Bohemians is an excellent book from famed photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna. See my review HERE.

TRAVEL

Away Suitcase

The Bigger Carry-On from Away. It has a charger built right in and ample space to pack. Very durable too. Mine (with my monogram ) is pictured above.

For those who always ask- the shoes are Christian Dior and I love them because “CD” are also my initials. They are pricey, but I will link them anyway…. Christian Dior Sneakers

Parker Thatch DuffleThis Parker Thatch Duffle is perfectly stylish. The brand does very intriguing monograms on fresh styles.

Bombas

I really believe that Bomba’s are the best socks. These socks would be great to travel into colder weather.

Cuyana Cape

Cuyana Alpaca Cape is totally yummy to travel in. Looking that chic deserves an upgrade.

Garrett Leight

I love the new Garrett Leight Store on Knox in Dallas, and I love their sunglasses even more. Pictured trying some on with my friend who may be slightly annoyed I posted this without asking…love ya, mean it.

TECH

The daily edited

I love the new shadow text on the iPhone cases by The Daily Edited.

Sonos with Alexa

Sonos Speaker with Alexa. These speakers produce truly phenomenal sound, and now they are capable to integrate Alexa. What more do you need for every room in the house?

Brass Earbuds

Master & Dynamic’s chic brass earphones

Jamie Clawson MacBook Python Cover

Jamie Clawson python leather MacBook Cover (other colors/textures also available)

Prynt Pocket Instant Printer

Prynt Instant iPhone Printer. I recently just got this for a friend and it was so fun to print pictures seconds after snapping them.

ART

Mary Gaspar Plant Cell via Minted

Mary Gaspar makes beautiful prints available on Minted. I couldn’t imagine a more lovely gift than a piece of art,

Donald The Book

I love Donald Robertson’s new book featuring his incredible drawings and work throughout.

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Dippin Dot Squared by Kristi Kohut. I love the colors and design of this so much. Nothing like abstract art mixed with antique pieces.

Midecom Milkboy Toy

The MilkBoy It Bear available on BAIT. How cool would this look on a bookshelf? It can double as a toy, but it is more art to me…

BEAUTY

Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil

I don’t leave the house without my Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil. All clean, and totally lovely.

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Mask

Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask leaves your skin looking like you just got a facial. It is my Sunday night go to.

Dyson Hairdryer

Dyson Hairdryer. Yes, It is worth it. I have had mine for a year and there is no going back to any other dryer. The most efficient blow dry.

Beauty Bioscience GloPRO. This is one of the hottest gifts right now. Microneedle your face to perfection.

 Vitners Daughter

Vitner’s Daughter  I can’t brag about this enough. It may be pricey, but I swear it is a skin game changer  (dry/oily/acne- it solves it al)

Olverum

My nightly routine isn’t complete without a bath. Olverum Bath Oil has been around for generations. It is all natural (truly) and smells divine.

Magnetic Eye Lash extentions

One Two Magnetic Eye Lashes. Eye lash boutiques are popping everywhere, but it is a long and pricey process. This beats the stick-on glue and provides an easy alternative for long lashes.

Top Tables

While I may be a Kappa Kappa Gamma legacy ( my great-great grandmother was national president), I chose to be a Chi Omega in my sorority college days. That said, I don’t think my family will ever quite let me live it down. While I wouldn’t ever change my choice, I do appreciate how the Kappas put on a top notch fundraiser about tablescapes. This year, I finally decided to take a glimpse at the beautiful tables designed by top Dallas designers, shopkeepers, and tastemakers.

The amount of talent that can be brought to the tabletop is awe-inspiring. It was incredible to see how each place setting was like a personal vignette of linens, place cards, flowers, and accessories. Who needs room for food when there is so much artistic expression to enjoy. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite tables from this year’s KKG Tablescapes event!

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Amy Berry Design

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Collins & Sweezey

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If I had to pick favorites…. Curated by Kristen Mullin

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Melissa Benge/Wild Grace

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Cathy Kincaid Interiors/Ellis Hill

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I missed who created this beautiful one- if you know, message me!

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Collins Coordination

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Mecox

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Peyton Riley Design & Leslie Purdy Glass

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Boudreaux Associates, LLC

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Hazen & Co. 

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The Garden Gate 

Second Bloom

I have had tablescapes on the mind lately. That always tends to happen right before Thanksgiving. Besides having great food, I think it very important to have an even better ambience. Candles, layers of necessary fabric, and decorative items that don’t distract, but engage. I have become even more inspired reading Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table by Alexis Clark. It is engaging in the way it sets up tables and flower arrangements by seasons. She offers incredible advice and unique ideas that you can implement at home. For example, using fresh herbs to make an arrangement more fragrant. She brings elements of wonder and intrigue to make dining more of an event than a task.

Here is a little peek of Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s  Art of the Table. 

You can purchase here

 

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Fall Tablescape

One slight drop in temperature here in Texas inspired me to get into the fall spirit. Since I am without little ones, I don’t really “halloween” things around the house. Instead, I prefer a more seasonal take on this autumn/thanksgiving season. I also don’t love using orange that much in my decor. In fact, i really don’t have much of anything with that color besides a punch or two of tangerine around. I like to infuse a bit of fall with white and green pumpkins, jewel tones, and chinoiserie blue & white pumpkins hand painted by some of my favorite artists.

I had the same approach with my fall tablescape this year. I wanted a dash of color, contrast, and functionality to add a punch of fall and festivity to my place settings. I hope you are inspired and feel free to “shop the look” in my links!

p.s. my soup spoon is incorrectly placed in some of these photos- I had to move it for space. Don’t be mad :)

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THE TABLE:

Pumpkin (like any flower arrangement- it ranges in price): 

The real winner of the table was my custom pumpkin centerpiece from Dr. Delphinium. I had jewel tones of  deep amethyst and boxwood green make a perfect contrast with the white pumpkin. LINK

Tablecloth ($168):

For my table, I chose a Poolside linen tablecloth from Sferra. It is one of the pricier items, but it is exceptional quality. There is nothing worse than a scratchy and cheap tablecloth!

Plates ($18, $22), Napkins ($15) and Water Glasses:

For my salad and dinner plates I went with Juliska’s melamine line that is dishwasher safe and unbreakable (always a good thing if you are cleaning up at the end of the night after a few glasses of wine). Also, a great way to use the “nice stuff” around kids or not so steady friends and relatives. The Forest Walk Napkins are of the highest quality and would go with any fall tabletop!

Chargers ($15) and Placemats ($14):

I added some texture and contrast with cork chargers and rich green snakeskin placemats from Caspari. I couldn’t find the Caspari chargers online anywhere, but Juliska makes similar ones that are a little more expensive!

Flatware ($79 for 20 piece set):

I love bamboo and I think gold glistens at the dinner table. For $79 you can get a 20 piece gold bamboo flatware set that serves four. It really added the right amount of chic and glam to the table! LINK

 

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PLACE CARDS:

All place cards created by Moore Ink. She works quickly and can do pretty much anything from envelopes to menus to gift tags and more! Can ship within the U.S. EMAIL: margmooreink@gmail.com LINK

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COCKTAILS AND APPETIZERS:

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I used Zephyr Gin to create an Apple Autumn cocktail! It was so delicious! Recipe: HERE 

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 3 My favorite food blog is Half Baked Harvest. Her recipes are always unique, easy to make, and delicious. This Apple Butternut Squash Burrata Pizza was a huge hit! Recipe: HERE

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 4How gorgeous is this Crispy Autumn Kale Salad? I have a couple of friends who are doing Whole 30 so I left the goat cheese out. It was almost too pretty to eat. Would be perfect at Christmas time! Recipe: HERE

To purchase that gorgeous blue & white chinoiserie pumpkin click: HERE

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FALL DECOR:

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I ordered these hand painted blue & white pumpkins from Karolyn at The Relished Roost years ago. They are some of my favorite fall items. I blend them in with my other blue and white pieces and ALWAYS get compliments on how fresh and chic they are!

See my blue and white pumpkin from Dana at Indigo Home Shop above, next to the the Crispy Kale Autumn Salad!

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Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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