I love finding unique stocking stuffers for Christmas gifts and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite stocking stuffer picks for women. If you’re wondering what all of these items have in common well I’ll tell you…
Stocking Stuffer Check List
1) Something indulgent
2) Something practical
3) Something that pampers
4) $40 or less
5) Something I’d love to have myself
This Peppermint Foot Soak is the perfect way to unwind during after a long day of shopping or when you want to simply pamper yourself. Pair this with a cute pair of slipper socks to UpStyle the gift.
As a tea drinker, this Art Of Tea Tasting set would be pure indulgence on a cold morning or in the evening while winding down.
These Diamond Dust Earrings hare the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. And at $9.99 you might want to pick up a pair for yourself.
Anthropologie’s signature candle scent, Capri Blue smells so good you know the Capri Blue Hand Cream has to be wonderful.
Beanies are the ‘it’ fashion statement right now and I adore the orange and pink color combo in this Midtown Beanie.
I woke up yesterday morning and it was down right frigid outside. The warm weather trend is definitely over and the cool, crisp air of fall is here to stay. One of my go-to fashion accessories when the weather turns cool is a scarf. I am always cold and a scarf adds just the right layer of warmth around my neck and shoulders.
When I was cleaning out my closet in early spring, I tossed a few of my scarves that had seen better days. Now I’m in the market for a couple of new scarves that will work as transitional pieces from fall to winter.
Nordstrom always has a great selection of scarves and I always find what I’m looking for. A recent search of their website served up some great options, most of which are priced between $25.00 and $50.00. And here’s a great tip if you’re looking for fashion scarves on a budget–shop the Brass Plum department. Brass Plum is a shop aimed primarily for juniors but their accessory items are perfect for any fashionista, regardless of your age.
Let’s go scarf shopping shall we…
No. 1 — This Abstract Print Cashmere & Silk Scarf is the most expensive scarf ($99) in my group but I just love the blue and white marble swirl pattern. It’s the perfect scarf to wear with jeans and sweaters.
No. 2 — Navajo prints are a hot trend right now and the Atlas Scarfis a classic take on the design style. This will look great with a chunky sweater, slim jean and ankle boots.
No. 3 — TheFantasy Brushstroke Scarf is another abstract pattern that looks like a piece of artwork. I adore the pink and red color combo and would style this with a denim dress and tights.
No.5 — I love the grey, ivory and yellow in thisStripe Plaid Scarfand the $29 price makes it even more attractive.I’mdefinitely going pickingthis one up.
No.6 — I own this Reversible Scarf and love the two patterns because it like two scarves in one. The scarf is oversized and a little thicker than the others so it works as a great outer layer when a coat is too much.
No. 7 — Have you noticed all the navy clothing in stores for fall and winter? This navy and grey Colorblock Woven Scarf has a classic design and the lightweight fabric makes it really versatile for layering.
No. 8 — I’m all about scarves with all-over patterns and love thisVintage Garden Scarf. This is another one I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.
With an ever-growing scarf collection, I’m on the hunt for a new way to organize and store them while reducing wrinkles and keeping them visible. Here are a few ideas from Pinterest that I’m inspired by.
In a couple of months we’ll be setting sail on our 8th cruise to the Caribbean. This time around out ports of call will be Aruba, Bonaire, the Dominican Republic and Grand Turks. #soexcited
I’ve already started picking up a few new items for the trip, one of which was a new sun hat for me. A plain straw hat would have worked fine but I had to give my hat a little extra something-something.
DIY MONOGRAM STRAW HAT
Here’s how the project started…
I bought this basic wide brim hat from Wal-Mart for under $5.00 ($3.35 to be exact). You can see that it has a thin brown cord as a decorative touch but the brown wasn’t working for me. Neither was the plain brim.
So I replaced the cord with a black and white striped ribbon and added my monogram to the back of the brim. Instant style!
All it took to replace the cording was a few snips with the scissors and some fabric glue to attach the new ribbon.
To create my monogram, I purchased some white iron-on letters from Hobby Lobby. These are the same brand of letters I used to make my monogram napkins.
What I love about these letters is they allow you to create a true three-letter monogram.
The only downside is the letters only come in white so your design options are limited.
I came up with an easier solution and all it took was a Sharpie. To get the black letters I wanted, I used a Permanent Sharpie Marker and colored over each letter.
All that was left to do was to position my monogram onto the back of the hat and iron it in place.
(before ironing, cover the letters with a piece of fabric so you don’t get ink on your iron or burn your letters)
This was such an easy update and now my hat that looks like it was made for a Mediterrian cruise.
The hat is available in four other colors so take your pick and make your own chic summer sun hat.
I’ve been making jewelry ever since I was a kid. After I got the hang of it, I tried my hand at making a necklace using seed beads. #majorfail In fact if you were to look through my jewelry supply box today, you’d see an entire case of seed beads that I’ve collected over the years.
If you’re not familiar with seed beads, they are the tiny beads you see on those popular tassel earrings everyone is wearing, those beads on decorative pillows and the ones on those trendy summer tunic tops that are in all the stores.
via boston proper
Even though they are tiny, seed beads are great because of the intricate designs and beautiful color combinations they create.
During Spring New York Fashion week, I noticed seed bead jewelry as part of several designer runway shows and I’m glad to know that this jewelry style has become a hot trend. One day I may pull out my stash of seed beads and try making a necklace again but until then I think I’ll shop for some seed bead jewelry.
Etsy is another great source for handmade seed bead jewelry and Biulu Artisan Boutiquehas one of the best selections of intricate designs I’ve ever seen. The shop sells necklaces, bracelets, earrings along with complete jewelry sets. Each piece is handmade in western Mexico and the designs are inspired by many Native American groups including Iroquois, Cherokee, Aztec, Maya and Inca.
I also loved reading the story of how this shop started, how the business has grown and now supports many of the people in their community. You can read the Biulu storyhere.
So who else out there loves the look of seed bead jewelry?
I loving this beautiful weather we’re having. I trying to soak up every minute of these low humidity days because I know that in no time flat it will be hot, humid and sticky outside. A couple of weeks ago I purged my closet and organized it for the warmer months. I’ve also been doing the same with my decor. After all the organizing was done I made a shopping list for a few new things I needed wanted to help me usher in summer.
If you know me, you know I love colorful earrings, especially during the summer. I’ve got my eyes on these Baha Drop Earringswhich happen to have two of my favorite summer colors in them–turquoise and orange.
I’ve had this book,It’s Not How Good You Areon my reading list for a while now and just picked it up to take on the cruise we have planned later this summer. I always enjoy inspirational reads when we travel because my mind is more relaxed and I can really absorb the content.
My favorite candle scent of all times is gardenia and this Gardenia Scented Candleis what I’m burning right now in my office. I wish you could scratch your screen and enjoy this amazing scenes with me.
I’ve never met a handbag I didn’t like and this Boho Clutch is not only colorful and cute, it’s only $9.99! The perfect piece for a weekend or to throw in a larger summer tote like the one below.
Target has some really, really fabulous tote bags right now and this classicStraw Tote with Tasselis perfect of all my summer activities. Available in 4 colors.
I started wearing readers a few years ago and have been on the hunt for reader sunglasses. My favorite reading eyewear company, Peepers has a great selection of sunglasses and great prices and these tortoiseReader Sunglasses are my fave.
I already own 3 pair of Converse sneakers and just ordered these adorable Converse Crochet Sneakers. They’re also available in navy.
I rarely shop at Old Navy but popped in over the Memorial Day weekend because they were having a great sale. I bought these Stripped Linen Pants ($20) which just scream summer to me. Also available in a cropped length which would be really cute with your crocheted sneakers.
Wrap bracelets became popular a few years ago and since then they have gotten more and more stylish. I love the mix of gold and turquoise with black beads in this sleek Onyx Bracelet Quad. $48
Statement necklaces like this Rockefeller Tassel Bib Necklace are still popular and begin worn with everything from denim to evening gowns. The tassel on this necklace makes it even more perfect for day into evening in my book. $46
I, like most women have a thing for jewelry. My particular crush is on bold statement pieces that have lots of personality and wow.
During the cold winter months, statement necklaces are a great way to accessorize layered clothing and bulkier pieces like a sweater or blazer. A statement necklace can add instant impact to any outfit, causal or dressy.
Here’s a round-up of a few statement necklaces I just discovered and styling tips on how to wear them.
Good Morning everyone (or should I say afternoon)! I hope you all had a great weekend.
Today I wanted to share a little bit about the design workshop I conducted on Saturday. I’ve been partnering with a local retail store called Smith’s for several years now and have conducted seasonal design workshops for their customers. Smith’s is located in Duluth, GA on Main Street which has lots gift and decor stores, restaurants and art galleries.
Over the years my workshop topic centered around home decor since that was the primary product focus of the store. However, Smith’s recently made a change to their product mix and in addition to carrying decorative accessories and gifts, they now sell clothing, accessories and footwear. They have also co-branded their store as Smith’s and BoCo Girl which is the fashion side of the business.
So, what’s a designing girl like me to do when it’s time to come up with a workshop theme and it has to include fashion? Well, I tapped into my fashion experience and created a workshop that focused on how your fashion style can influence and define your home decor style.
I thought you’d enjoy the presentation here on the blog so here’s my cliff note version of the fashion and design tips I shared with the group.
♥ Fashion and home decor and directly related since many of the trends you see in home decor as spun from the colors, patterns, textures and materials you see in clothing.
♥ A great way to define your design style is to look in the closet and identify the colors and patterns you wear most. Use what you love in fashion to help build a design theme for your home.
♥ Sometime fashion only inspires and design trend and in some cases home decor patterns and colors are a direct interpretation of a fashion statement.
♥ Understanding your clothing style (loose and layered or streamline and structured) can relate to how you’d like to style your home and how each room needs to function for you.
♥ Fun patterns in clothing can add personality to your wardrobe just like patterns in your decor can help define the personality of your home.
♥ Your fashion style should play up your best physical assets and the way you decorate your home should highlight the best features of your home (tall ceilings, windows, trim etc)
♥ A favorite wardrobe piece like a classic denim jacket can be the inspiration for the decor in your home.
♥ And if you have a signature look when it comes to fashion like Diane Keaton, use that to determine your design formula.
So you see, #fashion and #design really are one in the same. You should dress in clothing that makes you feel good and the best version of yourself and the way you decorate your home should bring you that same joy.