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Gift Guide for Her

Hey Guys! I know buying for the women in your life can be intimidating. Try to be thoughtful, think of what will make her smile.

1) L.L. Bean Sweater

I love a fair isle sweater, Bean sweaters are a classic and make a perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

2) Vineyard Vines PJs

Give this gift to the lady in your life on Christmas Eve so she can wear them Christmas morning. PJs are the perfect cozy gift for your mom, sister or girlfriend. I got this Black watch flannel set and I am obsessed!

3) Riley Sheehey Phone case

If you’re not following her on Instagram you should be! Riley is an incredibly talented artist, in addition to her amazing art work on Etsy, her beautiful prints come to life on home goods and tech accessories. I recently purchased one of her phone cases, get the protective version, it’s well worth it!

4) Gus and Ruby Candle

Nothing makes me feel at home quite like my favorite candles. I discovered Gus and Ruby at a party earlier this year. I walked in and fell in love! The first thing I asked the host was what candle she was biting, and it is now my favorite candle Gus and Ruby Salt Air. They have tons of different scent for every girl in your life!

5) Spa Day

The holidays can be stressful, especially if you’re cooking and hosting! Every girl has her little pick me up. A place she loves to get her nails done, that facial she only treats herself to on a special occasion, etc. get her a gift certificate to her favorite place for a mini (or big) spa day. If you want to treat both of you to some relaxation get a gift certificate for a couples massage!

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Gift Guide for Him

I find shopping for the guys in my life extremely difficult! Every guy is different but here are my picks for gifts that can work for everyone and anyone, something cozy, techie, useful, a classic, and fun. Up first cozy!

1) L.L. Bean Slippers

I love my bean slippers. They are cozy, warm, and most importantly durable! Whether for your dad, brother, or significant other slippers are a gift everyone will enjoy and use.

2) Amazon Echo

I’ll be honest I haven’t felt the need to get one for myself but all the guys in my life who have one are obsessed with it. Perfect for the techie in your life!

3) RTIC Tumblr

Everyone has use for a good Tumblr. I love RTIC products, they are the same amazing quality of YETI with out the outrageous price tag. Keep your drinks warm or cold all day! A great quality, useful gift.

4) Brooks Brothers Cufflinks

A classic! You have the option to engrave them and make it a little extra special for him. Every guy needs a pair of cufflinks that can be used everyday and on a special occasion.

5) City Beer Tour

I think the best gift can be an experience that you share! Tastings or brewery tours can be really fun, I did a Boston City Beer Tour a couple months ago and it was a lot of fun, I discovered new places right in my own backyard. If the guy in your life isn’t into beer there are also distillery tours, winery tours, or whatever alcohol they favor!

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Holiday Pick Me Up

This week to kick off the holiday season I visited GLOW Salon in Watertown to try their brand new Red Light Therapy service. They are one of the only places around that offer a full body RLT service. I had never tried RLT and was super excited to check it out. RLT is a proven collagen stimulator and can help with acne, fine lines, cellulite, and overall healing of the skin. It also helps with muscle recovery, so if your planning to go hard at the gym this week to burn off all that turkey make yourself an appointment! When I got the the salon I was greeted by GLOW owner Jenna, she was super informative and friendly. The Red Light Therapy machine is super easy to use but Jenna took me through the whole thing to make sure I was comfortable operating it. The service is only 12 minutes so it’s the perfect little pick me up. The coolest part in my opinion was the vibrating plate you stood on. It has 4 different levels and the vibration actually burns calories! I only went up to level 2 but will definitely go higher next time. It felt warm and refreshing which is perfect as we head into the colder months! GLOW also offers a range of other services that I definitely would recommend checking out, the holidays can be stressful so I’m a big fan of self care this time of year!

Thank you so much to GLOW for having me, be sure to follow them on Instagram!

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Black Friday Deals

I am always excited to shop my favorite brands on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I love splurging on a few holiday pieces I have been eyeing.

1) Vineyard Vines 25% off + Free Shipping Splurge on a cashmere sweater! I am obsessed with this one with the tartan cuffs. If you’ve been eyeing any of the VV pjs I would definitely grab them this weekend. They sell out of some sizes by early December, so don’t wait!

2) J.Crew 40% off

In my opinion J.Crew is always the best deal. They’re doing 40% off with the code TOGETHER. It’s a great chance to stock up on some classics, like this tartan skirt, that you can wear year after year.

3) Duffield Lane 30% off I am in love with all the tweed pieces Duffield Lane did this season. This tweed vest is perfect way to add a little sparkle to your outfits this holiday season. I’m eyeing this Cheers Sweater this weekend.

4) Painted Brick Studio 15% off

Recently I worked with Painted Brick Studio to spruce up my bedroom. It is such a fun idea to either gift yourself or someone special in your life. Pick a room, a style, and answer a few short questions about your personal preferences and Painted Brick Studio will send you a gift box full of adorable decor. Now through December 2nd use the code: MERRY15 for 15% off!

5) Ralph Lauren 40% off on orders of $125+

I think it’s hard to go into Ralph Lauren and not spend at least $125. Ralph Lauren is normally my biggest splurge, I love all the classic sweaters!

I’m a sit at home and shop online type. I hate the mall crowds and you could not pay me to go to the outlets on Black Friday. But if you’re brave enough more power to you! In addition to the above deals be sure to check out your local shops and boutiques, Beacon Hill has so many cute shops I will be checking out the deals may not be as big or flashy but you know exactly where and who your money is going to. Don’t let the deal shopping make you crazy, remember thanksgiving is about being grateful for what you already have. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, I’ll be spending the day with my family eating lots of mashed potatoes.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Painted Brick Studio

Living in a small apartment I am often frustrated by how little I can do to spruce my place up. I don’t have an eye for interior design, I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at beautifully put together rooms but when it comes to execution I just don’t have it. Recently I have been feeling very blah about my space, it’s small and doesn’t get much sunlight. I wanted something to brighten the place up!

I was so excited to work with Hilary, owner of Painted Brick Studio to redecorate my bedroom. It’s such a cool concept that o haven’t seen before. Painted Brick sends you a box full of home decor. You select a room, style, price tier, and answer a few questions about your personal preferences. Then get surprised by all the fantastic pieces they send you. I asked Hilary if the items she sent me could be from eco and socially conscious brands and she did a great job of respecting my request!

I am in love with the prints that were in my Painted Brick Studio box, they even came already framed, by Lunch City Studio. I hung mine right over my bed. I am also loving the 4thingstote by The Shop Forward. My ‘4 things’ were Ack. Autumn. Bean Boots. Hydrangeas. it is a perfect on the go tote and they have so many different designs!

The west elm pillow and throw blanket that were in my box are so cozy and matched my room perfectly! But I have to say my favorite item is probably the Cat Studio Massachusetts embroider pillow! I had so much fun working with Hilary and I am so happy with how my room came out. Got a little face lift to cheer me up right as we get into the colder days! I think Painted Brick Studio I a great option if you recently moved, feel like you want to mix it up but don’t know how, or if you just never got around to making a space your own! With the Holidays right around the corner it makes the perfect gift! Use my code PAINTEDFALL15 for 15% off your purchase. What room would you redecorate?