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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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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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VV Holiday Guide

The Vineyard Vines Holiday line is always one of my favorites, I can never resist. I’m ready to jump right into my holiday wardrobe! My picks from this year’s holiday line:

1.Blackwatch Dress: a classic! Perfect for all your holiday parties. 2Q000069_002_ED_F.jpg

2. Fairisle Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater: I love the colors in this one and you can wear it all winter long on the ski slopes!2E1032_976_OF_F-1.jpg

3. Party Pocket Button Down: A classic preppy piece with a holiday twist. A fun casual button down to wear while holiday shopping or rolling up your sleeves and decorating the house.  2W2347_974_OF_F-1.jpg

4. Jolly Plaid Pants: I will be in plaid pants from now until further notice. 2P000012_002_OF_F.jpg

5. Ponte Flounce Nautical Skirt: Vineyard Vines did several pieces that are great for the holidays but can still be worn after them and I for one am loving it!2R0665_002_OF_F.jpg

6. Jolly Plaid Flannel Lounge Shirtdress: Nothing is cozier than flannel, and in adorable plaid too! 2L0299_107_OF_F.jpg

7. Jolly Plaid Wine Tote: Never show up to a party empty handed! A bottle of wine is the perfect hostess gift and putting it in an adorable holiday tote is even better! 5A000234_634_LD_F.jpg

I can’t wait for all the holiday outfits to come! I love Christmas, I have already started pulling out the Christmas decorations. Where are you getting your holiday wear this year?

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Bathroom Hacks

Trying to live more sustainably can be intimidating. Where do you start? I think one of the easiest swaps to make can be in your bathroom! The best thing is that you can stagger the swaps, as you run out of your current products replace them with a more sustainable option. This way your not dropping a ton of money all at once and can slowly transition to a sustainable bathroom!

1. Shampoo Bars

Recently I have been using Lush Naked shampoo! They have tons of different scents and shampoos for different hair types. Naked products just means that it doesn’t come in a bottle. I have long hair and used to go through probably 3 shampoo bottles every year. I know it seems small to eliminate three plastic bottles a year but if everyone made this change it would make a huge difference, next time you run out of shampoo opt for a bar instead of a bottle. Just work the bar up to a lather then run it through your hair! I love this scent from Lush, but you can find shampoo bars and conditioner bars at tons of places.

2. Bamboo Tooth Brush

Every year over a billion plastic tooth brushes end up in landfills in North America alone! I go through a lot of tooth brushes, every time I travel I forget my tooth brush and end up buying a new one. Anytime you get sick, especially with something like strep throat or the flu, you should get a new tooth brush. Its no wonder so many tooth brushes end up in landfills and the remain there indefinitely because they take hundreds of years to decompose. Getting a bamboo tooth brush is such an easy swap. I ordered this 4 Pack off amazon so I can have back ups for when I inevitably loose one at a hotel!

3. Tampons, Pads, and Condoms

I could do an entire post just on this one. Not only are most feminine care products and sexual health products terrible for the environment, most of them are really bad for you! Think about it, you are putting these items inside of you but most products are made from synthetic products filled with harmful chemicals. Do you really want to put that in one of the most absorbent parts of your body? Sustain Natural is a female owned company that create sustainable tampons, pads, condoms, and more! These products are better for you and the earth, and SUPER BONUS they give 10% of their profits to women’s healthcare organizations. I made the switch to Sustain Natural tampons and am really happy with them.

The bathroom is one of the easier rooms to make more sustainable, we use so many different products and it can really add up if you don’t pay attention. Making a few swaps can cut down on the amount of waste you create every year significantly. These are the three swaps I have made recently, have you made any sustainable swaps recently?