2021 Gift Guide

I got some Gilbert jewelry last year, which I really liked, and this Smiley Necklace is also adorable. Would definitely put a smile on someone’s face! The entire Gilbert site is 20% off.

I haven’t seen a ballet wrap sweater outside of a dance studio since low rise jeans were popular. Now that high waist pants are in, I bet this Spiritual Gangster Ballet Rib Wrap Top would look sleek. And it’s reversible! Shopbop is currently up to 50% off (with 6% cash back from Rakuten!).

Love the modern take on a classic that is the Nisolo Emma d’Orsay Oxford. So smart, and they’d go with anything! The Nisolo site is currently 25% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

I asked my sister, who has tried pretty much every skincare product on the market and does all 10 steps of the 10-step Korean skincare routine on the daily, what was the one product she would recommend. And it was the Innisfree intensive hydrating serum. The entire Innisfree website is currently 25% off. She also highly recommended the Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, which is currently being sold alone and as part of this Super Volcanic Mask Set–an incredible deal! In addition, these purchases come with a bunch of free gifts!

I often put pajamas on my gift guides because I love them and live in them and sometimes go to brunch in them. But truly, nice pajamas are one of those things that people can really enjoy, but usually don’t buy for themselves (unless there are major Cyber Monday deals…!). The Eberjey Gisele PJ Set looks so comfy and cute, and the entire site is currently 25-40% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

I got this Rains Long Jacket for my mom’s birthday, and she’s worn it a bunch, despite the fact that North Carolina didn’t get much rain this year. The long length is chic, yet super practical. No discounts, since it’s a smaller Danish brand.

I’ve always been a fan of perfume and scents in general, even when I was a kid. Not too long ago, I was wearing Jo Malone Wild Bluebell when I walked past someone who said, “oh, that’s what perfume is supposed to smell like that.” And I think that sums up Jo Malone perfectly. I’m currently recommending Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a neutral, yet distinctly happy scent. Jo Malone is including free gifts with purchases (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

The Vegamour GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list. Relaxing, while also stimulating the scalp and boosting hair growth! The Vegamour site is currently 35% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

Personally, I am still undecided on The Nap Dress, but I do like the Hill House Bea Jacket very much. The Hill House Home site is currently 20% off.

I have not tried anything from Bala, but their marketing has got me intrigued. The Bala Bangles, which weigh 1-2 lb each, can supposedly be worn all day for a constant resistance. Maybe worth a shot if you’re like me and find normal workouts extremely inconvenient. The Bala site is currently up to 30% off.

Where to begin with my sunscreen journey… I’ve never been one to wear sunscreen daily, which literally everyone (family, doctors, the internet, etc.) recommends. It was even difficult to remember putting on sunscreen when I knew I’d be outside all day in the sun. I knew I was pushing my luck, riding the genetic wave of my mom’s side. Something about sunscreen just bothered me–I think it was a combination of the smell, the residue, and the fact that the big labels are cheap and scream “CARCINOGEN.” Then last year I was constantly getting sunburnt from working outside every day with my horses, so I bought this EltaMD sunscreen after reading about it on a blog. It was fine, though the biggest motivating factor for me to use it was likely the price tag… Sometimes this tactic works, but other times even that is not enough! A few months later, Glossier released a “sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen,” aka me. I loved that it was a clear gel that left zero residue–it didn’t feel like sunscreen at all! I was so sold on Glossier’s that I ignored the increasing number of friends and family who raved about Supergoop! I just assumed it was another crazy Gwyneth Paltrow product. Until I ran out of Glossier and needed to buy new sunscreen asap for a trip. I casually went into Sephora–a store I hadn’t been inside in roughly three years–to test Supergoop! sunscreens… And I was blown away. Seriously, the Unseen Sunscreen is wild. I cannot understand how it is invisible, yet matted, and lightweight, yet velvety. I actually enjoy wearing it! The entire Supergoop! website is currently 20% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!). I’m stocking up on Unseen Sunscreen, as well as this full on jug of the PLAY Everyday Lotion, which is also amazing. Highly recommend for everyone on your gift list!

Attention: I am finally coming out of my exclusively Madewell jeans cave! Trying the Everlane Japanese Denim Cheeky Jean, which people seem to love. (Japanese denim is so hot right now.) Everlane jeans are currently 25% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

I’ve pretty much lived in Jack Rogers and platform Tevas for the last decade (but especially this past year, since most of my other shoes are still in storage). I love the extra height on the Teva Flatform Universal Mesh Print, and the colors and strap design are very cool. Teva’s fall styles are up to 50% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

I listened to Bad on Paper’s interview with the founder of Brightland Co., when I learned that olive oil is one of the most fraudulently labeled foods! Makes sense when you think about it. I tried The Duo EVOOs (right after I gave it as a host gift ;-), and it’s the real deal. Closer to the freshly pressed olive oil I tasted in Mallorca this summer than even the most expensive bottle at the grocery store. Also these bottles would look gorgeous on a countertop or table. The Duo and other Brightland Co. gifts are currently 15% off.

I have not tried the Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil, but I want to! It has great reviews for its smooth texture and plumping effect. The Ilia site is currently 20% off. (And of course I ordered a new set of Fresh Sugar, as I do every year.)

Another incredible stocking stuffer would be this Cannoli Candle! Have you ever seen anything more precious? Imagine someone walking into your house for dinner, and this baby is burning on the table. The Catbird site is currently 15% off. If not the candle, at least the ornament!

My mom swears by humidifiers for combating dry skin in the winter. She got this Pure Enrichment humidifier for everyone in the family, and we all noticed a difference. I remember having a humidifier in my room when I was a kid, but it was bulky and loud. This one here is petit, but long-lasting and very quiet. Currently $5 off on Amazon.

I was joking with friends about how Goldbelly is just for rich people who want to eat Maine lobster rolls in LA or whatever. But then I saw that they sell the Raindrop Cake Kit, and never mind everything I said before! Based on what I remember about the Raindrop Cake when I tried it at Smorgasburg five years ago, this kit is definitely worth it, and actually very reasonably priced. The Raindrop Cake itself tastes refreshing and unique (obviously), but most importantly, it’s fun for the whole family! Goldbelly is currently 20% off The Vegamour GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list. Relaxing, while also stimulating the scalp and boosting hair growth! The Vegamour site is currently 35% off (with 3% cash back from Rakuten!).

I do not own anything from LOFT, but I am curious about these Velvet Skinny Pants. The LOFT site is currently up to 65% off (with 15% cash back from Rakuten!).

My best kept secret (except I tell everyone I can hehe) for the past few years is the amount of Abercrombie & Fitch I’ve been wearing. It’s honestly been very satisfying whenever someone compliments something I’m wearing and I get to say: “Thanks, it’s Abercrombie.” They’ve truly upped their game, and at this point I would wear pretty much anything in their store. I mean how cute is this Turtleneck Sweater Dress? So versatile! The A&F site is currently 30% off.

December 2020 Playlist

The holidays will look very different for most people this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show joy and love and cheer. Like last year, my December has been almost completely crushed by the stress of law school exams (on top of everything else going on in the world). But a tiny piece of Christmas spirit has been ingrained in me for decades. There’s a running joke among performers that Christmas starts in October, as singers, dancers, etc. start rehearsing for the biggest performance season of the year. I’ve literally given up years of my life to this holiday, so even if I’m stuck in my room studying, there’s still a part of my soul that is ready to celebrate. Seems like everyone these days could use some peace on earth, goodwill toward men. Here’s some music to provide just that. Listen below or on my Spotify page. For more holiday tunes, check out previous December playlists herehere and here.

December 2019 Playlist

It’s been a minute since I last posted a December playlist, so I’ve accumulated quite the collection of Christmas songs over the years, ready to be shared. Of all the music genres I enjoy, Christmas is one of my favorites. And discovering new, old, and very old (as in centuries-old) Christmas songs is a hobby of mine. These holiday gems that get less radio air time (if any) than our modern pop classics are significantly raising my spirits as I get through my first law school exams. Listen below or on my Spotify page. For more Christmas tunes, check out previous December playlists here and here.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Every year I have no plans to shop on Thanksgiving weekend, but I guess it’s inevitable. Some deals are just too good to pass up! Here are some material items that have piqued my interest in the last few hours, for myself or others. I realize that Cyber Monday has technically ended, but these deals will most likely stay awhile or at least come back around Christmas.

goods_404921_sub3I’ve been searching for a shorter down coat that won’t break the bank, and this JW Anderson for Uniqlo light down jacket fits the bill. It’s reversible–solid color on one side, tartan on the other–and I can’t decide which way I’d wear it more! 50% off and free shipping at the time of writing.

anf_192827_03_model1Still a big fan of Abercrombie sweaters, and I especially love the look of this one. Trendy, but not over-the-top. I still get compliments when I wear the A&F sweaters I bought last year. The entire site is 50% off with free shipping.

STEVEMADDEN-STEVEN_RAZZI_BURGUNDY-VELVETMule loafers are incredibly popular this year, and this Steve Madden pair appears sensible, yet luxurious. Very versatile. Entire site is 35% off with free shipping.

61ikAJnULvL._SL1000_I got the Amazon Echo Dot for my dad because he already has a nice sound system, but was interested in adding voice control. You could do the same if your friends or family members are in similar situations. 40% off.

H3481_WX0973_m.jpegAutomatically drawn to this top because it’s plaid, but that bow in the back… Game changer. Also, shoutout to this tartan shirt, the first version of which I bought exactly six years ago and J.Crew still sells and sells out of every year since. Entire site is 40% off with free shipping.

SE0017_NNY_BACK.jpgEverything on the Draper James website is insanely charming, but seriously, just look at these mittens! Adorable by nature, but then taken to the next level. Also eyeing these delightful loafers, a collaboration with Jack Rogers. Entire site is 25% off with free shipping.

P21722-PRODUCT_01--IMG_416--788172342Really into chic ponchos, since wearing my sister’s for a day in Mexico City. This reversible plaid version can be dressed up or down. Entire Tuckernuck site starts at 20% off with free shipping.

391331_600_ss_01.jpegPerfectly festive heels for holiday parties. I truly can’t resist little bows, and their placement on the back is slightly more unique than on the toe. These pumps are already marked down, and the whole site is 25% off on top of that.

71873.jpgThis Drunk Elephant exfoliating face mask has excellent ratings all over the internet. Not technically a Black Friday deal, but 15% off if you subscribe. (You can cancel anytime.)

5031400_663.jpegThis Kate Spade sleep shirt is so cute, I would definitely wear it in public over leggings (which I occasionally do with pajama tops anyway). Entire site is 30% off or an extra 40% off sale items.



2016 Holiday Gift Guide

I was too busy watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, followed by the entire Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series, to do any shopping on Black Friday. And I had no intention of participating in Cyber Monday, until I thought I’d take just a quick peek at the online offers… And now here I am at 4:30 a.m. on the night before returning to work after five days of vacation. Yes, that escalated quickly.

Anyway, as I’m making a wish list for my birthday and Christmas (and, to be honest, things I’ll “gift” to myself), I thought I’d share it here, for anyone who’s interested in today’s deals or would like ideas for holiday gift shopping.

j crew top.jpegThe summer version of this J.Crew top sold out before I could snag one for myself, and I’m determined not to let that happen again this season. The cut and fit are quite elegant, with the festive bow preventing the tank from seeming too formal. Also available un-patterned here.

bootie nordstrom.jpgThese Marc Fisher booties are almost half off at Nordstrom this weekend. Simultaneously classic and trendy, these can easily be dressed up or down. As an added bonus, the pointed toe gives the illusion of a longer leg. Other than attempting to choose from the many color options, these are a no-brainer!

abercrombie-sweaterEver since Abercrombie & Fitch completely overhauled its style last year, its look has become less self-proclaimed “preppy” and more boho-inspired trendy (which makes sense, as its Design and Creative teams now include big names from Lucky Brand, Lucky magazine, and Club Monaco. The entire A&F website is 50% off this weekend, and most of its sweaters, including this split-back pullover, look fashionable, yet equally comfy.

kate-spade-earringI’m a little late on the reversible earring trend, but my enthusiasm might make up for that. It’s actually a mild obsession. But who could resist these Kate Spade reversible earrings? The bow paired with the pearl is simply charming.

tory-burchMajor PSA: The Tory Burch Jolie riding boots have dropped to $207 for this weekend, which is the lowest I’ve ever seen (and I’ve considered getting these for the past five years). I’ve never been a huge fan of riding boots for everyday wear, but I’m not sure if I can pass on such an amazing deal.

amazon-echoIt’s been fun playing with a friend’s Amazon Echo this past year, but it’s probably time to get my own to boss around. (Another great present for someone who doesn’t already own one is a Kindle, which is only $50 this weekend! One of few gifts that keeps on giving.)

f9344_wq0066_mThere are few things I love more than a nice pajama set. I’d been looking for the ideal short-sleeved set for a while. But as soon as I spotted these Madewell flannel pajama shorts and top, I knew my search was over. (I also bought ten other things at Madewell… There is a ton of good stuff on sale right now, such as this top, this silk dress, and these insanely discounted jeans!)

sephora lip.jpgSally and I once split this Fresh Sugar Lip Seduction set, but as it turns out, we should’ve each gotten our own. This perfect tinted lip moisturizer, which I first blogged about three years ago, is still the only “beauty” product I use regularly.

free-peopleI would love to just dive right into this Free People turtleneck sweater. Alpaca wool is light, yet warm, and there are plenty of colors to choose from. The length is optimal, as well.

And finally, for the discerning reader, an unparalleled gift would be a monthly subscription to Persephone Books, a publisher that reprints neglected works by mid-20th century women writers. There is no Black Friday sale for this because Persephone Books is, in fact, British.