Jewels of the Week

First Row:

1. Holiday hair accessories from The Beauty Department.

2. How to make the perfect latke. (Williams-Sonoma)

3. In the kitchen with model Kirsty Hume. (The Chalkboard Mag)

Second Row:

1. What L.A. fashion bloggers wear when it gets “cold”. (Refinery29)

2. The best fashion books to gift this season via Fashionista.

3. 15 gift subscriptions for the holidays. (Design Sponge)

Third Row:

1. Fantastic gift guide from Gala Darling.

2. Love these metallic eyeliners, does anyone know of a natural brand that makes a similar product? (Garance Doré)

3. How to pull of the J.Crew makeup look. (NY Mag)

Desk Diaries

Every week on Instagram I share a view of what is currently on my desk.
Here are a few of my top picks over the past few weeks:

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Apple cider vinegar, lemon & water | Thank you notes | Jewelry pliers | Inspirational quote

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Runa Tea | Business cards | Colored sharpies | Be Well vitamins

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Tea | Pretty post-it notes from Anthropologie | Golden fortune cookie | Revolve Clothing catalog

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Sugar-free hot chocolate | iPad | Notebook | Delicious smelling candle

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Warby Parker frames | Martha Stewart glitter | holiday gift from Dr. Lipman

Mid-Week Inspiration

Feeling inspired to get a faux fur rug and more plants in the apartment. (Tumblr).

Loving simple outfits with a great coat. (Tumblr).

Waking up and saying what I am thankful for every morning really puts things into perspective.

Over-the-knee socks and staying in bed with tea. (Tumblr)

Favorite Holiday Cards

It is not too late to send someone you love a card, here are my top picks for this holiday season.

Top Row:
1. Paper Source
2. IdleWild Co.
3. Wit and Whistle
4. Parrott Design Studio

Bottom Row:
1. Wit and Whistle
2. Rifle Paper Co.
3. Laura Hooper Calligraphy
4. Little Low

Jewels of the Week

1. A creative and thoughtful gift idea from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

2. 11 Creative Ways to Top Latkes (Bon Appetit).

3. The Artist Who Draws All Her Daughter’s Outfits via The Cut.

4. Free People dishes out yoga tips to get us through the holidays.

5. The new Freda Salvador Resort Collection is out and I am in love (and PF & FW styles are on sale)!

6. Pottery Barn discounts and top picks from my favorite interior designer, Amber Lewis.

7. As per the recommendation of my doctor I am looking to cut down on the grains and legumes in my diet. I just purchased this book for inspiration and can’t wait to experiment in the kitchen.

8. 8 Smart Things Super-Productive People Do Each Morning (inc.com).

Green Beauty Gift Sets

The holidays are the perfect time to give the gift of green beauty. I love gift sets because they allow you to try a variety of products and really get a feel for how the brand works for you and your skin. Here are my top picks for this holiday season. Any of these sets would make a wonderful present for someone special in your life.

1. One Love Organics Merry + Bright Facial Gift Set $85
2. Kahina Giving Beauty Travel Collection $85
3. RMS Beauty Glowing Gift Set $120
4. Kjaer Weis The Essential Trios $130
5. Tata Harper Very Naughty & Very Nice Lip & Cheek Tint Set $65
6. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Travel Kit $55
7. Laurel Whole Plant Organics Full Set $228
8. Josie Maran Discover Argan Luxury $48

Outfit Inspiration: Reformation

Last night, I was relaxing with a cup of tea and browsing the internet when I came across this picture on the Reformation website (one of my favorite brands as mentioned here). I instantly fell in love with the look and can’t wait to re-create it. High quality basics infused with personality always make my favorite outfits. Tie any scarf around your neck (check out this post for inspiration). Throw on a turtleneck, your favorite pair of jeans (high-waisted is preferable), sneakers, a long coat and you are ready to go. I currently have my eye on this coat from Reformation but ASOS offers a variety of designs at different price points as well.

Jewels of the Week

1. Can’t wait to try this trick from The Beauty Department with my natural make-up.

2. The facts about Vitamin D deficiency from Into the Gloss.

3. Inspiring loft tours (getting to see different apartments and decorating styles is so much fun) via Apartment Therapy.

4. Simple and effective DIY beauty treatments from Rue Magazine.

5. Love the idea of hosting an articles club (A Cup of Jo).

6. An article on simplicity by Garance Doré.

7. Green detox soup for winter via MindBodyGreen.

Gift Guide: For Her

I find gift-giving to be one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Whether handmade, store bought or even a handwritten note I get a lot of joy seeing the ones I love smile when I give them something special. It is officially holiday time (hard to believe!) and today I am sharing a few of my top gift choices at a variety of price points. This year I am planning early instead of waiting until the last minute to reduce stress during this holiday season. I hope these picks give you some inspiration for your gift buying. Stay tuned next week for my green beauty gift guide.

1. Aerie Cozy Robe $45
2. Free People Hand Painted Wooden Brush $38
3. Perpetual Shade Velvet Eye Mask $69
4. Catbird Star & Moon Stud Earrings $48
5. Porter Magazine Subscription $25
6. Wanderlust Globe #128
7. Simone Camille Cosmetic Case $98
8. Hard Maple Serving & Cutting Board $125
9. Madewell Ribbed Beanie $38
10. Soul Makes Crystal Collection-Strength Set $18
11. Voluspa Candle $26
12. Kindle $79

Mid-Week Inspiration

Mid-week inspiration is one of my favorite posts because I am constantly saving pictures, pinning and taking screen shots on my phone whenever I come across something that I love. This gives me a place to post what is top-of-mind for the week and hopefully give you a dose of inspiration as well. Here is what is currently catching my eye:

Fireplaces filled with candles. (Ruffles and Pleats)

Starting to gather wedding inspiration. (The Knot)

Maxi skirts and chunky sweaters for mindless dressing. (Miss Wallflower)

Making an effort to take pictures with my digital camera instead of just pulling out my iPhone. (Urban.Boho.Chic.Love)