My Favorite Things | 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

 

 

I know I’m not the only one that loved watching Oprah’s Favorite Things segment on her talk show.  It was always thrilling to see which items made her list every year. And so fun to see the audience go crazy when they received one of everything.  To celebrate the season of gifting, I’ve created my own Favorite Things Gift Guide.  From fashion and function, to inspiration and little indulgences, my favorite things list is guaranteed to bring joy!

p.s.  today is Free Shipping Friday so it’s a great time to do a little shopping and get many of these items shipped for free.


1 // Ryobi Cordless Glue Gun–if you’ve ever used a hot glue gun you recognize the genius in this item.  No more cords to limit where  you can take your glue gun or what you can use it on.  This is a crafters dream!  $29.97 from Home Depot.

2 // These black and white Emalina Ball Drop Earrings from BaubleBar are too cute.  I can see these dressed down with jeans and a tee or worn with something a little more fancy.  $38.00!

3 //  I wear a lot of MAC cosmetics and this Eye Compact kit contains a nice assortment of colors and is a great value.  $29.50 from Nordstrom.

4 // I shared this book earlier this year and have to do it again because it really is one of my all time favorite books.  In The Company of Women is a must for women that wants amazing business and life inspiration at their fingertips. $35.00.

 

5 // Philosophy body care products are some of the best on the market. This Grace Gift Set makes such a nice gift and is a great price–$18.00.

6 // The Nest Holiday Candle is one of my favorite holiday candles and I’ve even been known to burn it at other times of the year too.  Votive–$16.00/ 8 oz jar $40.00.

7 // Blue and White Ceramic Ginger Jar Vase Set–If you know someone who loves blue and white this is the perfect gift for them. $24.99.

8 //  Malibu Beaded Necklace–I love how bold and dynamic this statement necklace is.  Its available in fuchsia or turquoise blue. $48.00.

9 //  I decorated my Christmas tree in my favorite colors of pink and red so it’s kinda hard for me to pass up my a fashion piece in these colors.  This Checked Infinity Scarf would definitely brighten up a cold winter day.  $48.00 from Anthropologie.

10 // Glass Jug Vase–I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at these vases from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand collection at Target.  The color is so rich and pretty and I so tempted to buy one for myself.  3 sizes–$16.99-$29.99.

11 // There are tons of great gifts at Steve McKenzie’s but one of my favorite items is the Blenko Water Bottles. Handmade and mouth-blown, Blenko water bottles are made in West Virginia and have been produced for over 75 years. They are available in a mini ($45) or larger size ($55) and come in a range of colors.  This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain. FYI–if you can’t make it to the Steve McKenzie store, you can order online and have it shipped.

12 //  I have several of these Monogram Mugs from Williams Sonoma and love them.  They are a great gift for men, women and kids and are currently on sale for $7.96.

13 //  Glamorous Wash in Katina–This laundry detergent is specifically made for fine washables and linens and smells amazing. I also use it when I’m washing out sleepwear. The DIVA scent is pretty fabulous too! $28.50 for a 32 oz bottle.

14 //  There’s nothing more luxurious than waking up on a cold morning and slipping into a cozy robe.  This Pottery Barn Faux Fur Robe with Chinchilla trim was made for cold mornings. $90.

15 // Monogram Address Labels make a great gift especially for that person that’s hard to buy for.  I love the selection of labels from Zazzle and recently ordered this classic blue and white design.  $3.30 for a sheet of 18 labels but you can save 25% with the code 25OFFSITEZAZ.

16 //  So I had to include a splurge gift on my favorite things lis and this Olive Leaf Band Ring from Tiffany is it.   This beautiful ring is designed by Paloma Picasso and crafted of sterling silver and is definitely meant for someone special.  $325.

MY FAVORITE THINGS 2017

Stop by the blog tomorrow where I’ll be sharing my holiday gift wrap and lots of gift wrap tips.

Holiday Gift Guide | For Decor Lovers

Happy Tuesday friends! It’s Holiday Gift Guide day here on the blog and today’s guide is extra special.  Not only have I rounded up decor gifts that will be perfect for the decorator on your Christmas list, but I’m sharing a few decorating tips for each item! There are 11 items in today’s gift guide and every single one is something I’d love to own (or do). And I’ve included price-points ranging from $12.99 all the way up to $159 but most of the items are under $50. Happy shopping!

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide--For Decor Lovers by ConfettiStyle

DECOR GIFTS UNDER $50

1 // Here’s proof that stylish home decor items don’t have to be expensive.  These Pierced Lanterns are just $12.99 for the set of 2. Plus they are perfect for decorating during the holidays or anytime of the year. design tip: transform a decorative lantern into a flower vase by simply dropping a clear glass vase inside the lantern to hold flowers.

2 // Animal Print Velvet Pillow — I’ve seen this pillow at my local TJMaxx and its gorgeous.  It’s lush and the 22″ X 22″ size ($39.99) is perfect as an accent pillow on a sofa or bed. It’s also available in a 14″ x 26″ size ($29.99).  design tip:  animal prints are a classic design element that will never go out of style.  

3 // After seeing this Etched Glass Globe in Dear Lillie’s home office, I had to have it.  It’s a unique decorative piece that will make a great gift for guys or gals.  And it’s on sale for $34.99.  design tip:  don’t relegate globes to the home office, they make a nice decorative statement as part of a tabletop vignette.

4 // I used these Acrylic Candle Holders on a client’s fireplace mantel and they are stunning.  The brass base and acrylic stem create the perfect mix of traditional and modern styling.  Two sizes–small $34.00 and large $41.00.  design tip: using candle holders in different sizes will add depth and dimension to a candle arrangement.  But if your pair of candle holders are the same height, use pillars or taper candles in different heights to create the same dimensional effect.

Holiday Gift Guide--For Decor Lovers by ConfettiStyle

CLASSIC DECOR GIFTS

5 //  Have you noticed how hard it is to find stylish bud vases?  Well, I’ve found the one!  This gorgeous Clear Mini Glass Vase is fluted and looks much more expensive than its $5.99 price.  design tip:  A grouping of single bud vases down the middle of dining table can have just a much impact as a large floral arrangement.  And bud vases are great at each individual place setting.

6 // I absolutely love this Rattan Ice Bucket. It’s casually chic and would look great on a bar cart or in a butler’s pantry.  $59.50  design tip:  ice buckets also make great flower vases!  Here’s a great example.

7 // There’s not much from Serena & Lily that I don’t love.  I’d use this Bedford Tray  as part of a coffee table arrangement.  $148.00  design tip:  if your tray has an open weave bottom, have a piece of clear acrylic cut to fit so the tray becomes functional for serving.

Holiday Gift Guide-- For Decor Lovers by ConfettiStyle

UNIQUE & CHIC DECOR GIFTS

8 //  I own this Faux Fur Soft Throw Blanket and can’t begin to tell you how soft it is.  It’s available in three colors but this grey is my favorite.  $59.99 d design tip:  when not in use, drape throw blankets over the backs of chairs or across a footstool as a decorative statement.

9 //  I just adore this blue and white Tassel Cachpot from Wayfair and hope Santa brings it my way for Christmas.  $159.99  design tip:  planters are not just for plants.  Oversized planters make great containers for magazine, blankets or towel storage in a bathroom.

10 // Magnifying glasses like the Zamora Magnifier Glass are a fun accessory to add to a coffee table or bookshelf vignette. And they are a good men’s gift too! $49.95  design tip:  group three or more  similar items together to create an instant collection.  Check out this grouping of magnifying glasses.

11 // How cute is this White Elephant Match Holder?   Pair this with your favorite candle and you’ve got an awesome gift anyone would love. $38.00 design tip:  whenever you’re shopping for decorative accessories, think about additional ways an item can be used.  This match holder could be used as a flower vase, ring holder or vanity accessory in the bathroom.

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That’s it for today!  I’ll be back tomorrow for the finale of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour so be sure to stop by.  I’ll be sharing the rest of my holiday decor with you.  Here’s a little sneak peek…

2017 ConfettiStyle Christmas Home Tour

Holiday Gift Guide | Books To Inspire

The countdown to Christmas continues! I’m back with another gift guide and it’s one of my favorites.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite books.  Books that have brought me joy inspired me and taught me a thing or two this year.

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Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child

Pizzazzerie–Entertain In Style–Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented with full tablescape details; decor tips; and recipes for each party.

In Style Parties–This book has been completely revised and updated since its original publication.  Page after page, you’ll find expert advice for hosting any type of party. This is a great resource book to own if you love to throw parties and entertain family and friends.

Veranda Entertaining–It’s the ultimate inspirational guide to throwing a sophisticated and stylish soirée. You’ll find ideas for choosing a centerpiece and selecting the right appetizers and cocktails to make your event stand out.

The Art of the Bar Cart–The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions.

Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“A home is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us up emotionally & spiritually.” –John Saladino                                                                                                                             

William Yeoward–Blue and White and other Stories–William Yeoward reveals his passion for color, his inspirations and the ‘stories’ behind his unique use of color on a journey through a dazzling array of beautiful homes.

An Eye For Beauty–This fabulous design book is written by one of my design idols, Beth Webb. Webb explores the fundamentals of creating a home in which every element enhances our ability to live well.

Style Secrets–House Beautiful Style Essentials: What Every Room Needs is an inspiring and hardworking handbook that will show you how to create the rooms of their dreams by revealing what “every room needs.

The House That Pinterest Built–When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. This book is a compelling account of Keaton’s journey in building her home, from idea to realization.

Holiday Gift Guide--Books To Inspire by ConfettiStyle

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

The Crossroads of Should and Must:  Find and Follow Your Passion–The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity & HappinessGIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman.

In The Company of Women–Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. The profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey–Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts For Him

I don’t know about the rest of you ladies but when it comes to buying Christmas gifts for men, I find myself stumped more often than not.

Take my husband for instance.  Whenever I ask him what he wants for Christmas, his typical response is “whatever you get me is great.” What’s a girl to do with that?  And just how many sweaters does one man need?

Then there’s my brother.  He is a ‘techie’ and loves electronics and computer stuff but if he wants something, he buys it for himself.  When Christmas rolls around, I’m left clueless as to what to get him.

So in honor of all the hard-to-buy-for-men out there, here are some great gift ideas I think will garner a big hug on Christmas morning.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Him by ConfettiStyle

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Him by ConfettiStyle

Gift Guide:  Gifts For Him

1 //  I love when a man wears a suit and takes the time to add a pocket square.  It’s such a simple detail that adds so much style.  This 5 pc. Hankerchief Set comes in a 20 different pattern and color sets and is just $12.99!

2 //  Another fashion staple I think every man should own in a set of cuff links.  This monogrammed pair of Brass Cuff Links is classic and timeless.  $40.00

3 //  I shared my husbands review of Harry’s shaving products earlier this year so this gift suggestion comes from the both of us.  Limited Edition Storm Gray Shave Set–$30.00

4 //  We received the Amazon Echo from my techie brother a couple of years ago and we love it.  There are so many cool features beyond playing music and getting a daily news update.  Snag is baby while it’s currently on sale at Amazon. $79.99 (affiliate link)

5 //  I bought my hubby this a few Christmas’ ago and this Breville Panini Press & Grill has become his favorite kitchen tool.  He loves to cook steaks on it or grill sandwiches on the weekend.  $129.95

6 // This just might be one of the coolest gifts your guy will ever receive.  And if he’s a football fan, he’ll love this Heated Stadium Seat.  It’s cordless, lightweight, and portable so he can take it anywhere. And the rechargeable heating system provides up to six hours of heat so he can stay comfy in the cold. $61.95  p.s.  this might be a one for him, one for you kind of gift if you’re a football fan too.

7 // When it comes to water bottles with a masculine look, the Swell Teakwood Water Bottle wins hands down.  And I love that you can have it personalized with a monogram too! $35.00 + $10 for monogram

8 // This is for the man who does a lot of traveling and hates to iron.  The Harvey Tie Roll holds several ties and keeps them wrinkle-free when traveling. $99 + $9.50 to monogram

9 //  This is the perfect watch for a summer vacation or for casual outfits.  The Ryder Nylon Watch is available in two colors. $99.00

10 //  My husband is obsessive about his shoes so this will make a great gift he can throw in his briefcase or keep in the car.  It’s also great for traveling.  Portable Shoe Shine Kit–$20.00

11//  Anything with retro styling is popular theses days.  If the men in your life love photography, the Fujifilm Digital Camera is a great compact camera they’ll love taking everywhere.  The FUJIFILM is the first X-Series camera with a touchscreen display that rotates 180 degrees.  $699.00.

So there you have it…my top picks for men’s gifts this Christmas.

If you have a hard-to-buy-for-guy in your life, leave me a comment and let me know what Santa is bringing him this year.

And if you want to add a little something DIY to his wrapped gift, check out my easy DIY Leather Gift Tag tutorial here.


Holiday Gift Guide | Hostess Gifts

 This time of year is super busy with holiday gatherings and parties, and chances are you’ve got a party or two to attend.  I don’t want you to show up empty handed so check out my Hostess Gift Guide.  I’ve searched high and low to round-up twelve awesome gifts to bring the hostess as a little thank you!

P.S. Some of these gifts are also perfect to wrap up and put under the tree for family or friends to open on Christmas morning. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Fashionista

 

 I love shopping and during the holidays I’m can spend hours online and in stores searching for the perfect gift.  And more times than not I’ll find a few things for myself too.  That’s the case with today’s Holiday Gift Guide which includes many items I’d love to find under my tree on Christmas morning.  But, it’s not about me so here’s my gift guide for the fashionista in your life with prices starting at just $12.  Happy shopping friends!

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

I’m always cold so I know I would get lots of use out of this Faux Fur Wrap.  It’s perfect for layering under a coat or wearing with a chunky sweater. And its long enough to drape around the shoulders and wear it like a stole.  This cutie is available in black, blush, dark navy (such a pretty color) and lt. brown. $69.95 

Zara is my go-to shopping source when I’m looking for a budget-friendly fashion handbags.  They have so many cute styles right now but the The City Bag with Faux Fur caught my attention.  Its perfect the for winter and when spring rolls around the faux fur liner can be removed making it a year-round bag. $55.90  

Cute earrings are my kryptonite especially when they’re under $20.  These 3-drop Fabric Lined Earrings are just $15.90 and would look just as great with jeans and a sweater or with a black party dress.  

 I love giving personalized gifts and this Flowering Monogram Pouch from Anthroplogie is definitely on my personal gift giving list.  It’s an ideal size to hold coins, credit cards or a few beauty essentials. $38.00

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

 

Pom Poms + slides…sounds like match made in heaven.  These adorable Pom Pom Slides are a fun party shoe and an easy way to add a pop of fun to an everyday outfit.  I think these are going to sell out pretty quick so don’t hesitate. $68.00

Along with earrings, stylish handbags always stop me in my tracks. I love the plush texture and patchwork design of this Fabric Tote which perfect for fall and winter. $59.90

Ok friends, this really is the Ultimate Tassel Earring Set!  What makes this set so amazing is that the tassels are interchangeable. You can mix and match the colors however you like to create over 100 color combinations.  $72.00 (orig. price $248)

You know these Fleece Lined Sock with Pom Pom  from UGG are going to be warm and cozy. They are available in 4 colors.  $49.50

Holiday Gift Guide For The Fashionista by ConfettiStyle

 

I use a lot of Clinique products and they have the best holiday gift sets. For just $12.00 this Party Pops Lipstick Set will make a great gift for a girlfriend, co-worker or as a stocking stuffer.

 Cozy and cute is how I’d describe these Faux Fur Earmuffs with Headphones.  Definitely a gift for the girl who has everything. Also Available in olive. $88.00

Tassel necklaces are one of my favorite jewelry trends and this Long Tassel Necklace is my new fave.  Perfect for causal and dressy wear. $44.00

 

Personalized Stationery–Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide by ConfettiStyle

Have you heard the news…Christmas is coming!

To usher in the holiday season, I’m kicking off my holiday gift guide series with an item that is on the top of my gift giving list–Personalized Stationery.

Stationery makes a great gift anytime of the year but it’s one of my favorite gifts to give at Christmas.

I’ve reached that age where I want to give gifts that have lasting value and personalized stationery fits that bill.  One of my favorite companies for personalized stationery is WH Hostess.  I’ve rounded up my top picks from their amazing selection to help you with your holiday gift giving.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide--Personalized Stationery by ConfettiStyle

2017 Holiday Gift Guide--Personalized Stationery by ConfettiStyle Notecard sets can be purchased in quantities of 20, 50 or 100 and come with coordinating envelopes.  For an added charge, you can also have a return address printed on the envelope flap in a coordinating color. Envelope liners in the coordinating pattern of the notecards, or a solid color, are also available.

Monogram Ginger Jar Flat Notecards //  Striped Letters Personalized Flat Notecards

Buffalo Check Personalized Flat Notecards // Bamboo Monogram Personalized Notecards

2017 Holiday Gift Guide--Personalized Stationery by ConfettiStyle

 Notepads are sold in three different sizes and each notepad has 100 sheets.  Many of the designs are available in multiple colors and can be personalized with a name, initial or a monogram.

Tassel Fretwork Personalized Notepad // Palmetto Palms Personalized Notepad // Bicycle Personalized Notepad

Monogrammed Elephant Personalized Notepad // Citrus Monogram Personalized Notepad // Ginger Jar Personalized Notepad

2017 Holiday Gift Guide--Personalized Stationery by ConfettiStyle

  Gift tags are perfect for tying onto birthday gifts, hostess gifts or a bottle of wine. All of the gift tags are printed only on one side and can be personalized to suit your needs. And many of the tags shown come in more than one color.  Gift Tags are available in quantities of 24 or 48.

Ginger Jar Monogram Gift Tags // Happiness Chinoiserie Personalized Gift Tags //Monogrammed Pagoda Personalized Gift Tags

Buffalo Check Monogram Personalized Gift Tags //Colorful Stripe Personalized Gift Tags //Floral Ikat Monogrammed Gift Tags


Don’t you just love all of these items? I sure do and have a couple of them on my own Christmas list. 

There are lots more items available from WH Hostess including party invitations, gift packing and holiday paper goods.  Head over to WH Hostess to shop their full collection of personalize products and party goods.

P.S. I’ll have another HolidayGift Guide to share with you next Tuesday and every Tuesday between now and Christmas! 


When Did Sweatshirts Get So Stylish?

How many of you have a stack of sweatshirts in your closet that you pull on in the evening or maybe wear when running errands on the weekend?  My stack consist of your typical crewneck style with long sleeves.  And I also have a few sweatshirts with my college logo on them just to remind of my wild and crazy college days.

The other day I was walking through Nordstrom and noticed lots of sweatshirts hanging on the racks.  These weren’t your typical athletic sweatshirts.  These sweatshirts had fun fashion details and came in pretty colors.  Every sweatshirt I picked up was cuter than the next and I found myself asking…when did sweatshirts become so stylish?

When athleisure started to grow in popularity, designers began making sweatshirts that had old-school comfort but more fashionable details to meet the trend.  Sweatshirts now have ruffles and bows, bell sleeves and are being made in street wear fabrics.

I for one am thrilled with the fashion sweatshirt trend and have already picked up a couple of styles to add to my weekend wardrobe.

Today I’m sharing 6 stylish sweatshirts perfect for the colder weather ahead.  

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

one // When your outfit calls for a more sporty look, the Original Funnel Neck Sweatshirt is what you want.  The relaxed turtleneck makes it feel like a mix between a sweatshirt and a sweater.  This is definitely weekend lounging material.

two // I’m all about embellishments when it comes to fashion so the Pleione Tie Back Sweatshirt was a must-have.  I love the tie detail in the back and the slightly billowy sleeve.  It’s adorable and comes in black, burgundy, ivory and navy.

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

three //  The ruffle craze has found its way to sweatshirts.  This Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt is super cute and I love the pale pink color.  And its 40% off right now which makes it a pretty good deal. Here’s a similar ruffle sleeve sweatshirt for only $16.99 which I snagged at a local store.

four // I love, love, love this Tie Front Sweatshirt. It’s a little dresser than the other styles so you could easily wear it with jeans and boots.  And I would hesitate to pair it with a pair of cropped black pants either.

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

five // In case you hadn’t noticed, velvet is a hot fashion trend for fall and winter.  This Velvet Panel Sweatshirt is so adorable and great when you need a more polished look.

six // If a full-blown sweatshirt is not your style, how about this cute sweatshirt bomber jacket?  The pintuck detail dresses it up a bit but it’s still a great piece to lounge around in.

 

I popped in to TJMaxx and Marshalls the other day and noticed lots of great sweatshirts styles on their racks.  And you can even find some cute styles at JC Penney and Target.  This embroidered sweatshirt at JC Penney is only $22 when you use their sale code (39forYou).

 

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