Happy Green Monday! Cyber Week may have come to a close but there's still plenty of deals to be had and shopping to be done. We've made our lists and checked them twice. Here's what we're giving and what we hope to hear rattling in the boxes when we shake them.
What I hope to find under the tree:
Hoping Santa slips this one under the tree for ME! The Python Purse Wallet from Lovard, a brand expertly crafted in New York by a mother-daughter team with decades of luxury goods experience. With the gold skull charm, please!
When Mom plays Santa:
Lush Rainbow Soap Bar: get one of these as a stocking stuffer for every kid you know! So much fun, they don’t even remember they are in the bath. This Play-Doh-esque soap will entertain the kiddos for minutes, ha!
For the ladies on my list I'm filling their stockings with Glow Oil Mini shimmering lip + cheek tint from Milk Makeup. It's super moisturizing and gives a subtle natural glow. A majorly grownup upgrade from the days of Lip Smackers stocking stuffers.
Studs Pavé Fringe Huge Earrings pair is the perfect gift for all the ladies in your life (including me, *wink wink* Santa). Dainty and feminine with that subtle touch of bling.
I love The Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices all day, every day. I'm in love with the vibrant Scarlet color and feel like it was meant for me. It's also easily accessorized for holiday fêtes and perfect for anyone else who likes to look cute while running to the grocery store.
My favorite gifts to give:
This book is the best thing ever and a great reminder that
It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work to do incredible work. A perfect gift for anyone but especially your friend who could use a fresh perspective on that whole 'work-life balance' concept.
Also while we are on the book subject, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is a great read which changed Melissa's life and certainly inspired mine. Another ideal gift for anyone you think would appreciate its message.
Giving people a place to unplug, be in the dark, motivate themselves and work it out is priceless! Give the gift of Soul!! Everyone deserves a sanctuary and safe place to call their own.
On my wish list:
Devin, one of the buyers at Jayson Home, attends our weekly meetings and this set of Daphnis and Chloe Greek Herbs is part of his capsule gift collection for the holidays. I could eat a Greek salad every day with this oregano!
What I'm gifting:
I have this subscription of monthly flower delivery from UrbanStems going to my mom and she loves it. It's the perfect gift for the person who doesn't need more stuff but likes to be delighted regularly.
If you are looking for a way to make a difference and gift in honor of someone to an organization that will really put the money to good use consider a donation to
Girls to Grandmasters! Nicole Maffeo and Karsten McVay, two inspiring women who are friends of mine, started this charity to empower girls to learn chess and gain confidence in all parts of their life because of knowing its tactics.
If I make the good list I'm hoping for:
These cozy-chic (has someone made #cozchic a thing yet? Can it replace athleisure?) ribbed sweater pants from Entireworld for my 6-hour Amtrak trip to Wisconsin and lazy days where I see how long I can survive on cookies.
The most over-the-top gift I’ve ever asked for? This Babaton faux fur coat from Aritzia. It’s fluffy and fun and feels very Lizzo-esque. I don’t know how I’ll ever take it off so I fully expect to be watching all 24 hours of A Christmas Story in it.
On my gifting list:
From sweet to savory cooking I very much adhere to the Elf school of thought that most everything is better with maple syrup. My go-to hostess gift this season is the Tree Juice Maple Syrup from Jayson Home. There's even a CANDY CANE flavor! Totally Elf-approved.