Valentine’s Day Inspired

Hello, World.

It’s crazy that Valentine’s Day is next Saturday! If you’re like me, and kind of forgot, you may need to do some last minute shopping for your significant other or your friends who you want to show some love. I’ve compiled a little guide of things I think make great Valentine’s Day gifts, whether it is to the romantic someone or just a friend. I’m kind of a hopeless romantic, so I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day. If you want to get your special someone a gift, make sure you add a little something extra to the traditional roses and chocolates. Some of these gifts are a little larger, and are more appropriate for a relationship that’s pretty well established. Others, though are totally appropriate for a new relationship!
Valentine's Gift Ideasa pink retro record player for the girl who loves music // a Kate Spade pink handbag for the girl that’s constantly on the go // an infinity necklace for the girl whose company you love // a pale pink camera for the girl who documents everything // a sweet perfume for the girl who loves spring // a knot bracelet for the girl who makes you tongue tied // an xoxo notepad for the girl who makes too many lists // a pair of diamond studs who is classy and elegant // a pair of Tory Burch flats for the girl starting a new job // a hot pink watch for the girl that’s always late // a pair of cozy socks for the girl who loves to read // a pale pink nail polish for the feminine girl // a hot pink phone case for the social media guru // a “find the silver lining” iPad cover for the girl who needs a little reassurance right now // an overnight bag for the adventurer // a pair of tortoise sunnies for the beach bum

I absolutely adore anything pink, so I always get a little excited for Valentine’s Day because it’s the one day where you can just be totally decked out in pink and red and it isn’t necessarily weird. Do you have anything fun planned for Valentine’s Day? I’m planning to go to a movie and dinner, which is one of my favorite pastimes. I’m a big movie person. One thing I would recommend for gift giving, is add a little homemade touch to whatever you give. If you buy the gift, hand make the card. If you make the gift, buy flowers and chocolates and a little card.

Truly,
Callie leigh
 

Father’s Day (last minute) Gift Guide

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As you know, tomorrow is Father’s Day, a day to honor the wonderful fathers or father-figures in your life. I’ve compiled some gift ideas for y’all. I’m sure some people wait until the day before to run out and buy something special, so I tried to include things that are found at your local mall or boutiques! 

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socks, watch, loafers, shaving kit (similar), sunglasses, wallet, tie, button down, a good book (that fits whatever dad is interested in)! Happy shopping! 

Truly, 
Callie leigh 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2014

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With Mother’s Day next weekend, I thought it would be fun to share a Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I don’t know about your mom, but my mom is one of the most difficult people to shop for, but also one of my favorite. She hardly ever buys things for herself, so I love being able to buy her something I know she wants, but she’s also hard because if you try to get ideas about what to get, she says, “well, I don’t know. You’re not getting me a gift, are you? You don’t need to do that.” I love shopping for her, though, because we have pretty similar taste, and I know what she likes, so I usually get super ridiculously excited about what I get her. My sister and I are both terrible at keeping secrets, especially from our mother. We almost always end up giving our mom her gifts early, or as soon as we sit down for mother’s day brunch. Last year was my first year away from home, but I drove home to see my mom for the weekend of Mother’s Day because I really missed her, and I wanted to surprise her. This year will be the first year I don’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day. I’m super bummed about it, but I plan on sending my love in various ways (a phone call or text can go a long way). Anyway, I love my mom so much. She’s helped shape who I am today, and she is always there for me. Growing up, my mom always made sure that I had everything I needed, and inspired me to accomplish everything I wanted to in life. I’m so thankful everyday for the relationship I have with her, and I hope to show my appreciation this year with something awesome!
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1. Kate Spade bow bangle | This bracelet is super simple, but utterly adorable. My mom is a jewelry fan, and she usually loves gold anything, especially if it is dainty and feminine with a touch of hippie.

2. Kate Spade Earrings | A classic pair of earrings is a great option for mothers. Earrings are dainty, but polished, and show you care!

3. A bright, fun baseball cap like this one from Vineyard Vines | With summer coming up, you may want to get your mama a baseball cap or a sun hat of some kind. Spending time in the sun is great, but you also want to make sure you are protecting your mom’s skin from cancer! My mom has beautiful skin, and looks amazing for her age, but that doesn’t mean she ignores skincare. My mom always highlights the importance of taking care of your skin, so I guess she kind of made an impression about it on me!

4. A great hand cream | Speaking of skin, moisturizing skin is also super important, and in the summer it’s great to have a good hand cream so you can make sure your hands stay soft, and don’t crack from the heat. Where I am from, 110 degrees is a common figure in the summer, so I am constantly applying lotions to make sure my skin stays healthy.

5. A portable iPhone charger | Never want a low battery on your phone, especially if you’re away at school and want to make sure you can get ahold of your mom no matter what. By investing in a portable iPhone charger, you’ll ensure that her phone stays charged always!

6. A nice pair of pajamas | My mom is always complaining that she doesn’t have a great pair of pajamas that fit well, breathe, and also have maximum comfort. This pair of pajamas is nice and light, comfortable, and is a great pair for her to take to our cabin, where it gets a little chilly at night even in the summertime.

7. Marc Jacobs Honey Perfume | Smelling summery can make summer more enjoyable. Perfume is something easy to give moms, but that they will also love. This scent is so delicious, so you know your mom will love it.

8. Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palette | My mom is a makeup queen. I’m so lucky that she taught me how to do my makeup well when I was younger, and that she didn’t let me do anything too ridiculous. She’s more of a neutral eyeshadow person, so this palette would be perfect.

9. Picture collage of you [and your sibling] | My mom adores homemade gifts, and I know other moms do too. One year, my sister and I make a picture book of each of us through the years. My mom cried when she opened it, and thanked us for doing something so personal and time-consuming. If time allows, this is a great way to show how much you care, while also compiling memories.

10. A calm, but springy lip color | Like I said, my mom loves her makeup. I’ve spent many many hours in Sephora as my mom searches for the perfect makeup. Something she always struggles to find, though, is a lip color she likes. She usually likes what I pick, so finding a fun new color for summer is a great gift!

11. Initial necklaces | This necklace is such a great gift. I’m so tempted to buy one for my mom [shhhh, I don’t want her to know that]. These necklaces have the initials of all siblings with a little birthstone for them on top. I know my mom would love this.

12. A simple phone case | I love phone cases. They are such an easy way to give your phone a new look, and yourself a new vibe. I recently invested in a Kate Spade, bright yellow case, and I love it. My mom never really changes cases, but this navy and while polka dot case is so cute!

What do you plan to get your mom?

Best,
Callie Leigh

Gift Giving: Gifts for the Men in Our Lives

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To continue my gift giving guide, I thought I would give some gift ideas for boyfriends, husbands, or whomever. I don’t have a boyfriend, but I do have guy friends, and I love buying gifts for them! Anyway, here are nine ideas of gifts to give to the men in your lives:
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1) Cashmere plaid scarf, especially great this year since it’s been really cold lately! (Brooks Brothers)
2) Laptop bag (the Abingdon laptop bag from J.Crew)
3) A box set of your favorite TV show to watch together, or just his favorite show if you’re just friends! ($100)
4) Artisan Leather Phone Cases (Restoration Hardware)
5) Warm Sweaters (this one is navy with brown elbow patches from J. Crew)
6) Chemex 8-cup Coffee Maker (Peets)
7) A Vintage Print of his favorite city (San Francisco at FineAmericanArt.com)
8) Leather Gloves (Asos gloves)
9) The New York Times the US and Canada in 36 hours (from Anthropologie)

These are just some ideas, but I hope they help!

Truly,
Callie Leigh