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Deck The Halls

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! (Or Hanukkah!) Every Christmas Eve, my dad's side of the family has a big party. On Christmas, we rotate between my house and my dad's two brothers' homes for our close-family celebration, where we exchange gifts and eat a feast (I kid you not, the amount of food we cook and eat on holidays is ridiculous- my grandmother is half Italian, so we eat the Italian way with more food than we know what to do with). I was traveling up in New Hampshire and Vermont without service, but here is what I wore for Christmas Eve!

Top: J. Crew (on sale, extra 40% with code STYLE2015) | Jeans: J. Crew (I am 5'6" and wear the Tall version) | Necklace: PBTeen |  Bracelet: Cape Cod Jewelers | Heels: Old Navy

And for your entertainment, here is Sadie's annual Santa hat photo!

What did you do for the holidays?

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Last Minute Gifts

Now, I hate to call this a "last minute" gift guide, because if you're like me, you would have knocked out your holiday list awhile ago, but only had the time to check off a few here and there. However, if you need ideas for something you can run out and get during that free half hour you find yourself with this weekend, here are some gifts that can be purchased in nearby stores!

Mug | Peppermint Bark (delicious) | Smart-Touch Gloves (40% off with code GIFTNOW) | Keurig | iPad Case/Tech accessories | Candle (these are the absolute best candles!) | Bluetooth Speaker System | Watch | All-In-One Makeup Palette | Perfume

Do you have anyone left on your list? 

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It's Gift Guide Season!

As some of you may have noticed, my lofty blogging plans did not exactly pan out, and this is my first post in a little while. Life happens- in my case, more-lack-of-time than I had originally estimated with my job and my elusive mystery stomach illness worsening. But, it gave me the motivation to get back into it, even with something as simple as gift guides.

The first gift guide I'll present to you is for the boys in your life. Boyfriends, dads, brothers, grandfathers, guy friends... gift ideas for them are a question I get asked often, so I thought this would be a good place to start! I know there are a plethora of gift guides out there, but at least from my experience of browsing my favorite blogs recently, their gift guides are either directly helpful or give me inspiration. I hope mine can do the same for you!

Orvis' timeless wallets have won over both my dad and boyfriend, so perhaps it's time to give its magical well-liked-ness to my brother this year.

Does he have a favorite sports team? Surprise him with tickets to a game. If going to an actual game isn't realistic, you could also get a team jersey or tshirt.

If sports aren't his thing, you could give him something related to whatever his interests are. Some examples would be ski lift passes, tickets to a comedy (Spamalot is a personal favorite), gift certificate to a racetrack, admission to see a cool exhibit, etc.

I had my grandfather in mind when choosing to include this glass, but it would be a great option for any guy who enjoys a nice bourbon on the rocks. Depending on your recipient's personality, you could go for something cheeky, like "bottoms up," or a classic initial with the personalization options. 

I got these for my boyfriend for Christmas last year, and he lives in them. He loves them to both work out in and lounge around, because they're not only super comfy but have the fun detailing on the sides.

As for Christmas this year, my boyfriend not-so-subtly brought his admiration of this pullover to my attention when he visited me after a shift at J. Crew... which was perfect because I was already considering this for him (Corbin, if you're reading this, act surprised).

Because we all know that guys love to carry around too many keys that they don't even know what all of them are for. So you might as well give them something to put them all on. With all the designs to choose from, it's easy to find something to suit your giftee.

What are you giving the guys in your life this year?

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