It was last night while prepping for gift wrapping that I went through the list: boxes, check! Paper, check! Ribbon, check! Gift tags cheee…gift tags… any tags… I’ve got nothing! So I did the first thing one does when in hot water: googled. DIYs popped up all over the map. Idea given, idea accepted, I came up with an easy solution: heart shaped magazine cutouts and thread to summarize my vision. Piece of
No outdoor photos today, because “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on my radio station:
On to the good stuff
Get a mag that was destined to the trash and re-purpose it by ripping of a page, or two, or more. Choose anything but a black page like I did (apparently one can’t photograph and think at the same time) and remember you’ve gotta actually write on it (from who to whom).
If you choose to free hand a little ticker like me, fold one of the tips and cut a tiny hole in the paper
You’re welcome to replace this with the material of your choise, but my restricted options offered dental floss or cotton thread. I figured cotton was less higienic but yet more appropriate. I got a big piece and folded it many times, making it a “thicker” tread and tying the ends.
Next, get your pre-wrapped gifts box, or back and tie the thread around it with another knot. Alternatively, you can also use scotch tape to hold the thread to the wrapping material
I knew it! You’re obsessing about my Christmas updo! Just kidding, I’m not that pretentious or obnoxious but I was secretly hoping someone would ask how to. It’s very easy and all you need is:
- a brush
- lots of bobby pins
- two clear elastic bands (they’re sitting on top of the bobby pins, I swear!)
- exceptionally good hairspray
- some kind of hair accessory
- hope (always)
Wearing: bebe dress, forever 21 jacket, topshop yellow and net tights, arezzo shoes, trevita necklace and bracelet, h&m clutch
With yesterday’s gift guide and this I guess it’s extra long-post week, huh? If you don’t mind, I don’t. You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? I was thinking of you when putting this one together: dressed up
tiny little black dress. Everyone has one of these in the closet, all you gotta do is be inventive with the accessories. Going all out (bold prints + wild textures) all at once is not exactly required, some may think it is a bit overdone (I wasn’t totally sold myself after the first mirror-check) but keep in mind it’s Christmas and you only get to dress up for this occasion once a year (duh!).
On Five Days of Holly Jolly radio station, ”Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Michael Bubble
During a little chit-chat with my sister-in-law last week she mentioned how I should do a Christmas gift guide for you all and I said no without hesitation. Nothing against gift guides, (as a matter of fact you’re about to scroll down to a very long one) but I’ve always thought and still do think that putting a gift list together is kind of silly, since everyone is so different and have all sorts of different wishes for Christmas. But she made a good argument, showing me that some people use (actually use and not just glance at) those for general ideas of what to gift, price peeking and I suddenly verbalized: What the heck! So I grabbed my satchel and left, documenting every little pink or glitzy thing that would make a good last-minute Christmas gift (in my girly opinion).
For the most part I tried to stop by stores that most of you have access to, except when I went nutty at Henri Bendel New York (first time at the Chigago brand new store, you get it) Before you dig-in, I might warn you: This list was put together based on things that I would wanna get for Christmas, aka Lulu pleaser list. If you happen to find something you wanna get someone special, yay! Go get it, procrastinator. If you think my list sucks (my husband does too) it’s probably because you and I are different people or you think I have stinky taste. Either option proves my initial point.
For your tech savvy special someone, This mustache iPhone 4 case is $38 at Nordstrom. Equally adorable, J.Crew has a special offer on an Ipad2 dotted case for 29.50 down from a higher number I cut off on the pic. Ooops!
Kate Spade is offering J.Crew some tough competition with this iPad case below for sale at Nordstrom $50
$25 for adorable heart ear buds and only $6 for a gummy looking istuck phone stand so so cool.
Not feeling so tech, Santa? How about an old fashioned paper made and very well illustrated “Pantone The 20th Century in Color” book. This is an awesome catalog of every color worth knowing by name from the past century’s palette (sold out online but still available at Urban Outfitters stores (hence the photo).
If you know someone who flips out at the sight of great fashion photos (Gee, I can’t think of anyone who’s like this), the Style Book is a must. Also sold out at the Urban Outfitters website but in stores.
Less than a week ago I tweeted against giving books (for the same reason you don’t borrow underwear) but now I take it back. I mean, the book part. Keep your panties on! A girl should be allowed to change her mind once in a while (or hourly. Catch me on PMS and you’ll see multiple personalities in a matter of minutes). Oh, the list! As I was saying, “Classy” is hilarious and absolutely necessary, and Parisian Chic is well…very chic. Both at a Barnes and Noble near you.
Holy molly! Have I died and gone telephone heaven? I refuse to believe you can buy the brightest pop phone at Forever 21 for $28.80 and bring someone back to the 80s, no dialing.
Also at Forever 21, you’ll find a delicate metal “love” cup ($6.80) that can be used to hold pretty much anything under the sun. Small, of course.
Anyone in their right mind would love these mini martini glasses which can also be used to serve dessert and appetizers (think chocolate mouse or scrimp cocktail)
Please, change a girl’s life by giving her this most adorable pickle-solver, birdcage jewelry organizers at Forever 21, $15.99.
It’s so hard to find perfectly fashionable lacquered wood coasters but I found it (and you can too) at Henri Bendel, $68 the set of 6.
Ooor you can get the Lady With a Dog limited edition snow globe for someone’s collection. $48
Maybe the best gift solution the millennium has seen: a $50 deluxe perfume sampler box with the most luscious scents in the market from Sephora. Hoh, wait! There’s more: it comes with a refillable fragrance atomizer (you know, for travel) aaaand…are you ready? An enclosed voucher that can be redeemed for a true size fragrance. You will get it right this time!
Not to scare anyone, but this Saks exclusive Bond # 9 set makes me giggle a little. Only because it’s my favorite perfume scent ever, for a fraction of the price (and the size, certainly) but ideal on the go.
For the essentials-giver, meet Sephora’s $20 Tweerzerman petite manicure power set
If you’re in full pleasing mode trust me, you must stop by J.Crew and check out either one or both this pink suede clutch ($118) or the Edie purse ($238), for those who were very good this year. Pick me, me!
Superskinny glitter belt from J.Crew is an excellent stock-filler. And since it’s all about the glitter, make someone’s eye’s and feet shine with these sequined Uggs from Nordstrom.
This retro looking iPod docking system from Urban Outfitters ($199) is it! But if you really wanna throw somebody back for a loop and a delicious trip back a few decades, the Holga 35mm camera ($48) will do the trick.
How useful are these cute set of travel pouches ($48)?
I don’t usually write a journal but with the Henri Bendel desk diary I could finish a five volume novel ($98). It’s so much easier to travel when your luggage is easily identifiable by attaching $28 stylish bag tags.
That concludes my ever-going, last-minute, lulu-pleaser, christmas gift guide. Happy shopping!
Watching other bloggers do their thing while posing for pics, I never thought it would be so hard to come up with thousands of good poses myself. Turns out, posing for pictures this often (at least twice a week to be exact) wears you out and exhausts all magazine pose ideas possible. That being said, I apologize for my stiffness and puppy pity-ish face (which I’ve developed in front of the mirror over many years of practice to get what I wish, like a glass of cold water, a neck massage, a new pair of shoes or bag and so on) It works every time. But’s that’s not why I called this post “Toto”. Any guesses?
And on my new Five Days of Holly Jolly playlist today’s single: Justin Bieber under the “Mistletoe”
I’m not really sure when this vintage crave started within the Robinson household, but both me and my husband are hooked. By now we’ve done it it all: thrifting, garage sale, and some old fashion vintage boutique shopping. My favorite of all? Garage sale (you can’t beat $2 for a Banana Republic belt) but it’s not often we can take the time to crash a garage sale. Next on the line comes vintage boutique-ing and Store B Vintage in Wicker Park has already entered my top 10 list (which right now is looking more like top 3, but give it time, I’ll get there)
I mean, how do you pick a best part between shopping for vintage houseware, hats, other accessories of all sorts, clothes, and all? You just don’t. I just don’t! The people running this boutique have a clinical eye, I’m telling you. You can find just about anything vintage you’ve been looking for but can’t find anywhere. And the prices aren’t so bad either. I left the store in possession of a pair of vintage earrings, heart shaped sunglasses, and guess who’s come to mama? Remember this little guy from the mad hatter post? It’s mine.
The verdict: If you’re looking for a vintage hat, for a really good price this is the place to be. Their house-ware section is also worth a look, as well as their vintage suits, scarfs and bags. By now, I’ve become a regular.
Where? 1472 N Milwaukee Ave(between Evergreen Ave & Honore St) Chicago, IL 60622
You know when it’s a cold rainy day and you stay in to snuggle underneath the covers while watching the rain fall outside? Yeah… my day is not looking like this at all. All I can think of is how I have zero time until Christmas and all the things that must get accomplished before then. Starting with Christmas shopping, oh Christmas shopping! You know, I used to love you (it’s shopping, hello?), but this year I’m not feeling so friendly. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore getting cute things for those who put up with me all year but this year I simply don’t have the time to help out, Santa! It’s all right, though. I suspect I was put on the naughty list back in February when I forgot aunt Celcy’s birthday.
On a side note, who else is loving my braid, uhm? I’m loving my braid!