Party Host/Hostess Holiday Gift Guide Under $30

Holiday Gift Guide

With holiday party season is practically next week, I’ve been searching for some great gifts for party hosts. You’ll notice a bit of a wine theme here (my social circle is high on the entertaining, eating and drinking scale), but I think a great wine tote is for everyone. Who says it has to contain champagne? See the full gift guide here.

west elm Glass Bottles With Wood Stoppers - Oil + Vinegar, $15 Target Soiree Wine Decanter $19.99 Williams-Sonoma The Original Peppermint Bark Anthropologie Tri-Tone Colored Pencils $18 Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99 Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99 kate spade Pop Fizz Clink Wine Tote, $28 kate spade Pop Fizz Clink Wine Tote, $28


Voluspa candles | home decor

Dear Kelsey,

A new favorite candle from Illume, who also makes my much-loved mason jar candles. This scent is called Fireside, and it smells very much how it sounds. It combines the best parts of a roaring wood fire with a dash of spices. When lit, it makes any room smell subtly of late fall. I never thought there was something comforting about the smell of a fire before, but lighting this candle makes any room feel cozy and inviting.

Voluspa candles | home decor

The other candles pictured are Voluspa’s Goji Tarocco Orange and Crane Flower. Goji Tarocco Orange is a good option for anyone who loves fresh, fruity scents. Crane Flower is more of what I would describe as a smoky floral.

Fireside is available at Anthropologie for $20. All of my candles were purchased at Anthropologie, but you can often find Voluspa at Nordstrom and

Halloween Weekend + Costume DIYs

Halloween Party Decor

Dear Laura,

I hope you had a fun Halloween! I attended a small party at Kim’s where I ate too much of everything and opened a bottle of wine with a house key and a knife. Seriously, don’t try that at home. The saber method would have been easier and less messy.

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers | Frida Kahlo DIY Halloween Costume

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers | Frida Kahlo DIY Halloween Costume

I DIYed a Frida Kahlo costume (but forgot to draw my eyebrows in)…

DIY Wednesday Addams Halloween Costume

…and also made an appearance as Wednesday Addams. For the past four years, all of my Halloween costumes have come straight out of my closet.

I’m not exactly sure if that’s a good thing. Zelda Fitzgerald was a particular favorite, though. Also, I walked around as Frida Kahlo all day on Friday. Flowers and all.

Tiki bar bokeh

Clearly, everyone should have a Halloween tiki bar.


In this post:

  • Anthropologie / Vanessa Virginia Mural Maxi dress [ spring 2013 ] [ Frida ]
  • old red pashmina [ Frida ]
  • DIY tissue paper flower hair pins [ Frida ]
  • Foxcroft blouse [ c/o ] [ fall 2013 ] [ Wednesday ]
  • H&M dress [ fall 2013 ] [ Wednesday ]
  • NARS Cosmetics Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil [ Frida + Wednesday ]
  • photos [ Nnenna ] [ Linda ]

Beach Weekend


Dear Mia,

I hope you’re having a fantastic summer! The past few days have been very hot, and today was exceptionally rainy. It’s been very nice lately, though, so I can’t complain.

Summer is supposed to be a time for a bit of relaxation, but it seems as if there’s always so much to do.  Run here, run there… I’m consciously trying to plan the next few months so that I’m not even more worn out by the end of September. I think I need the rest.

The next few photos are from a beach trip. And may or may not include a puppy.

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Letter J Chelsea | Father’s Day Gift Guide

Letter J Chelsea Menswear Boutique | New York City

Father’s Day is in less than two weeks, so I’ve begun gift shopping. I prefer not to leave it until the last minute! Letter J Chelsea is a menswear boutique that recently opened in Chelsea, and Jason Somerfeld (Letter J’s owner) graciously granted me an interview.

I am seated comfortably in a modern-styled chair in Letter J Chelsea. The afternoon sun is bright and light streams through floor-to-ceiling front windows. On my right is a streamlined bookshelf filled with all sorts of interesting publications. To my left is the store, a surprisingly large, airy space. I am listening to Jason tell me about his career and what brought him to where he is today.

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What’s In My Bag: Dream Beach Bag Edition

Summer is here, and that means frequent trips to escape the city heat! My beach bag is always filled with tech (to keep me occupied) and beauty  (sun protection!) products, and of course a great pair of summery sandals. Check out my beachy summer favorites below!

Delayed Missives #VZWBeachBag

Pottery Barn travel tote

Lip treatment

Set Your Location


Last-Minute Gifts | Holiday Gift Guide

last minute gift holiday gift guide ideas - warby parker, marc jacobs, urban zen holiday marketplace
Need a last-minute gift? Marc Jacobs is currently offering free overnight shipping on orders of $100 or more (plaid overnight bag, anyone?). If you have Amazon Prime and connect your account to you can receive free-two day shipping. And order by 10am EST on Monday for a complimentary shipping upgrade at Terrain.

For more great gift ideas, see also:

Warby Parker Holiday Gift Card Marc Jacobs World Tote Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish Urban Zen Holiday Marketplae