Sunday, November 26, 2017

Gift Guide: My Christmas and Birthday Wish List

Happy Sunday! I'll be spending the day driving back to Greenville after a restful Thanksgiving break. (keep your fingers crossed that I don't hit too much traffic). I am not quite ready for school to be back in session tomorrow, but for a bit of optimism here are only 17 school days until I'll come back home for Christmas break. I'm hoping to feel more in a routine and spend less time at school in the afternoons and be able to spend time working out and enjoying the holiday season for myself instead of staying at school super late. 

Since my Christmas and Birthday (which happens to be the day after Christmas) wish list is always due during Thanksgiving Break I figured departure day was cutting it as late as possible.  I had some ideas of items I wanted to ask for but for whatever reason I kept putting off coming up with a list. As per usual, this is a wish list meaning these are items I would love to receive but certainly don't expect to get as many of them are larger ticket items. That's one thing that is a bit sad about growing up, your list gets more practical and the items tend to get more expensive. Topping my list this year is this piece of luggage, a new Day Designer for the coming year, and other items that I've had on my wish list but haven't purchased for myself. I even included two items that I would LOVE to receive at the end of my list, but am not positive Santa would say I've been *that* good yet. 

It's my hope that anyone who may be shopping for me this year is able to utilize the awesome  Cyber Weekend Sales happening now when shopping around for me for the 25th and 26th. 
Since this is how my family shops for my Christmas and Birthday presents I've included more details than I usually would on a gift guide. I've included the item, a link to it, the color I'd like, size if applicable, as well as any deals currently happening regarding the product. While this is more information than most of you are interested in hopefully it won't distract from the items and ideas included on the list. 

1. City Coat // Camel // Size Four // Currently 40% Off with Code FRIYAY
I realized this year that the only regular coat I have is a black peacoat that I got sophomore year of high school. Shockingly it still fits, but as I get older I've seen a need for a classic coat that can match just about anything. I've loved the style of this J.Crew City Coat for years and think the camel color would be particularly versatile. 

2. Madewell Sunglasses // Demi Tort // Currently 25% Off with Code DON'TSTRESS
Sunglasses are something I struggle with since my face is so small. I purchased this exact pair in the "demi flash" color (blue reflective lenses) and have worn them non stop. They seem a bit summery to wear year round which is why I'm asking for the plain tortoise style for Christmas. If you happen to have a smaller face like me then definitely give these a try. Hopefully you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was. 

3. Viktor Rolfe Flowerbomb // .68 fl oz // Free Shipping
I received this perfume in the travel size last Christmas and love it so much that I would love it in a full size container. If you haven't smelled this take a pit stop next time you're in a department store and take a sniff. Perfume isn't something I would purchase for myself so Christmas seems like the perfect time to test my luck.

4. Terminal 1 Checked Monogram Suitcase // Navy // Monogram in Diamond Shape in White //  20% Off + Free Shipping & Gift Wrapping
I've come to realize that luggage aside from duffle bags is something that I do not have. In the past I've been able to walk into our attic at home and take my pick at whatever size suitcase I may need, but now that I'm living elsewhere I don't have that luxury. Instead, I kindly ask my roommates if I can borrow their suitcases if I have a trip that requires something. A suitcase seems like a practical gift, and this classic style one complete with a monogram still makes it a fun item to receive. Hopefully having a suitcase will also encourage more trips in the future but that may be a bit too far fetched. 

5. Day Designer // 2018 Full Size Daily Planner // Painterly Floral // Free Shipping
If you've read any of my organization posts you probably know just how much I love my Day Designer. I've used them the past three years and couldn't imagine having something else. I love that there are time slots for each day as well as a daily to-do list. Although I don't use it quite as much with teaching (read: I can make it through my daily schedule without having to reference it constantly) I can't imagine not having one for the coming year. If you're in the market for a planner definitely check out Day Designers and if you're not committed enough to pay the price know that Day Designer collaborates with Target to create a line for them. 

6. Frye Riding Boots // Redwood // 8.5 // Sale Price Listed
This is one of those items that I'm gulping as I put it on my list. I already own a pair of Frye Riding Boots that I adore however, over the years after being resoled a number of times they are showing a lot of wear. I need to get them re-soled again and think that I may get them done in rubber this go round to have them as a back up pair. Having a new pair seems worthwhile at this point but it just isn't as much fun to ask for something you already own. Fortunately I know that this is a gift that would be used all the time and I'd rather receive them as a gift as opposed to having to purchase them myself.
(also available  here )

7. Nars Blush and Bronzer Duo // Full Size // "Orgasm / Laguna" Radiant
Another one of those gifts that is a repurchase instead of a new find but worth it to have on hand. I tried a Nars cheek palette from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and constantly find myself using these two shades. Since I've used them up in that palette I was excited to see them offered in this duo. While I can't say this gift would be the most exciting to unwrap these are products I use daily causing it to be a super practical gift. My makeup brushes would also thank you since they aren't meant to be used to try to scrape up the few remnants remaining of these shades in that original palette.

8. Splits 59 Flared Tight // Navy // Size Extra Small // 30% Off with Code SAVE30
If you've never tried on a pair of Splits 59 Flared Tights you are missing out. These are the most comfortable and flattering workout pants I own. I have a black pair that I wear all too often (as in I'll willingly do laundry on a day other than Sunday in order to have these clean). So, when I saw these offered in Navy I thought they would be a nice change up. Whether you're working out in these , running errands, or lounging around I don't typically want to take them off. I'd love to have an additional pair to add into my rotation. 

9. BeautyCounter Counter Match Recovery Sleeping Cream
I have loved Beautycounter for a while now but recently fell in love with their Countermatch line. The adaptive lotion I have is amazing but I find myself wishing for something a bit more hydrating for at night. When I saw that they released this new sleeping cream I was eager to give it a try since my face gets dry in the winter. I'd love to open this up on Christmas morning to try it out and rehydrate my skin. 

10. Classic Style
I love a good coffee table book! There's something about pretty pictures, writing about things that interest me, and the ability to have bookshelves filled with things that interest me that I love. This book came out this summer and has been in the wishlist part of my Amazon cart ever since. I'd definitely consider my style pretty classic and would love to add this book to my collection. 

11. Suede Shearling Slippers // Ash // Size 8 // 40% Off with Code FRIYAY
My slippers have seen better days. I received a pair of slippers back in high school that have conquered many dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and cold floors. It's about time to replace them since they are falling apart so I was pleased to find this comfy looking pair of slippers on sale. Maybe these will make waking up on cold winter mornings slightly more bearable. 

12. Rhythm & Grace Devotional // 40% Off Site with Code BFCM40
One of the best discoveries I made toward the end of this year was  All Good Things Collective. I have been using their Naptime Diary Devotional for well over a month and am so excited for December to begin for me to start  their Advent devotional. I recently discovered another one of their devotionals that sounds like it would be perfect for the new year and I would love to have it as the new year approaches. If you're looking for something of this nature that allows you to not only read a message but also reflect and respond to it in the same place on your own time then the devotionals offered by  All Good Things Collective are a great pick.

And if Santa had no budget...

13. Michele Watch Band // Deco II Mid 16mm Bracelet Watchband
I adore my Michele Watch that I received as a graduation gift. I recently switched the classic silver band to a double wrap navy one and love that I can so easily change up the look of it. I wear it daily with my David Yurman bracelets and was recently given a beautiful gold bangle which brings out the gold in the David Yurman bracelets. Because of that, I'd love to eventually incorporate a silver and gold band into my jewelry box for even more versatility.

14. Barrington Bag St. Anne Tote
I have loved Barrington Gifts for years and truly believe in the quality of their products. The bag I have is definitely geared more toward spring and summer and because of that I've been lusting over this deer exterior bag for years. I would LOVE to eventually have this to use both as a tote to school and even on the weekends as a great accessory for so many outfits.

I'd love to know what items are at the top of your wish list since I find myself asking my friends constantly to get some ideas. Hopefully that will help any of you still struggling as well. And if not, be sure to check out yesterday's post featuring  gifts to ask for when you're not sure what you want and the post I did about  the best gifts I've received

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