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Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire: The Gift Guide

In the life I dream of, where there’s a money tree in the back yard that produces enough cash for me to own a rustic lodge in the mountains where I can retreat on summer weekends and through the entire winter, I spend the holidays draped in flannel, tartan, and fair isle.

Well, I kind of do anyway, but it just isn’t the same without the open fire, the chesnuts, hot chocolate, and snow falling in big, clumpy flakes day in and day out. Instead I guess I’m just trying to keep DC classy. And this gift guide is all about comfort, class, and the rustic feel that the holidays can (and should) bring out in our lives. My favorite from this list? The fair isle throw blanket. I’m a throw horder.

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1. Ex-Boyfriend Flannel Shirt 2. Fair Isle Scarf in Verry Berry 3. Tartan sunglass case 4. Martin Fair Isle knit throw 5. Fair Isle crewneck sweater 6. Silly Cow Farms Chocolate Peppermint Cocoa 7. Tasseled tartan slippers 8. Clearly Tartan 5x7 picture frame 9. Ruffled Camp socks

Don’t miss this year’s other gift guides: Dreaming of a White Christmas and All That Glitters is Gold

All That Glitters is Gold: The Gift Guide

I think this is by far my favorite compilation of holiday gifts ever. I went through a very long anti-gold part of my life. All I wanted was silver, white gold, platinum…. you name it. I thought that gold meant old fashioned.

Well, gold’s making quite a comeback these days. Brass is even back in style (what!? I know…) so it’s become rather easy to find great gold details for your home, your closet, and your jewelry box of course. My favorite thing on this list? The minimergency kit. I keep thinking about buying one for myself and then I just don’t. Maybe Santa will put one in my stocking?

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1. Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug 2. Gold-Tone Glitter Stone Leverback Earrings 3. Bronze pumps 4. Noel sequin oblong pillow 5.Metro Grand Gold-Tone Glitter watch 6. Pop Fizz Clink idiom bracelet 7.Zip Around clutch 8. Pinch Minimergency Kit 9. Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

If you missed Monday’s Dreaming of a White Christmas gift guide, definitely check it out. Happy shopping!

A Holiday Gift Guide: For Me

Dear Santa……


1. Merde il Pleut Umbrella~ Raindrops (if you have to ask what it means, then you shouldn’t be buying it) 2. Fair Isle Ski Sweater~ J. Crew (it will go great with all of my Minnies) 3. Original Packable Tour~ Hunter (it folds up to pack in your luggage!!! omg!!!!) 4. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4~ Amazon (um. there is a reason this is front and center on my wish list. please and thank you) 5. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin~ Barnes & Noble (I’ve enjoyed The Happiness Project so much that I’m ready to delve into her other book) 6. Adopt a Three-Toed Sloth~ World Wildlife Fund (this little guy is only the beginning of my adoption kit…. & I’ll be sure to go visit my little sloth in Costa Rica asap like a good mom) 7. Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home~ Anthropologie (if you really knew me, you’d know that I hate cupcakes and love myself some macarons!) 8. German Goggles~ Restoration Hardware (totally trying to channel the Red Baron here… I’m obsessed with these things)

In all seriousness, I’d love any of these gifts. Especially that baby sloth. Oh, and the lens. Thank you for indulging me in a day’s post of pure selfishness. Now, please, do tell, what should Santa bring you this year?