Gift Guide For The Nap Queen

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From now until Christmas, I’ll be posting gift guides to help with all things holiday shopping. If fact, you may notice I’ve updated my Navigation Bar to include a “2018 Holiday Shopping Guide” section. This is where I’ll be collecting all these posts so it’s super easy to find tailored shopping ideas and refer back to specific posts.

With that said, I’m so excited to put up my very first gift guide of the season! This one is dedicated to all the nap queens, myself included. Here are my top gift ideas for the nap queen in your life. Bonus – all the items included here are under $100.

ONE. COTTON PAJAMAS
A few years ago, I started getting matching pajamas as gifts for friends and family and they are always a HIT. You can’t go wrong with this classic set from J Crew. (Or flannel pajamas from LLBean, like this one.)

TWO: DIPTYQUE PARIS CANDLE
No gift guide is complete without an iconic diptyque Paris scented candle. I recommend the lavender scent since lavender has calming and soothing properties – perfect for falling asleep.

THREE. COZY CHIC CARDIGAN
Every nap queen needs a cozy cardigan for her wardrobe. This one is super soft and perfect to lounge around the house.

FOUR. FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER
I love lighting candles but I do sometimes worry about falling asleep with the wick burning. This fragrance diffuser is the perfect way to get an amazing fragrance throughout your house without any safety concerns. It’s a win-win!

FIVE. FLUFFY SLIPPERS
It’s hard to find this style of slippers that are quality AND cruelty-free (trust me, I’ve looked!), but this set checks both those boxes. Notable mention goes to these plaid Minnetonka moccasins.

SIX. POM POM THROW (FAUX FUR)
My favorite thing to do on cold nights is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies. This faux-fur throw is amazing because it’s not just super softy cozy, it also adds to the room decor.

SEVEN. CONTRAST PAJAMA SET
I’m seeing this style of pajamas all over the internet at the moment (see here for $55, here for $78, and here for $102!), and these Shein pajamas are by far the best bang for your buck. I own these in the XS and am so happy I chose this pair over the more expensive options out there. They are so comfy and fit like a dream.

EIGHT: SANTA EYE MASK
Okay, how cute is this Santa eye mask for the holidays? This gift is sure to make anyone smile.

NINE: YOGI BEDTIME TEA
When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts, so don’t feel like you need to break the bank for everyone in your life. Some bedtime tea makes a perfect stocking stuffer or addition to any small gift bag.

TEN: CALM SLEEP MIST PILLOW SPRAY  
This pillow mist spray also makes a perfect stocking stuffer or a small gift for a friend. It’s made from 100% pure essential oils – Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile and Clary Sage and contains no parabens, synthetic fragrances and colors, sulfates, and phthalates.

ELEVEN. LUX BATHROBE
This robe is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton using Aerocotton weaving technology. If you’re looking for a gift that can be enjoyed daily, this is the one. It’s exceptionally soft, absorbent and quick-drying so it works well for both bathing and lounging around the house.

TWELVE: NAP QUEEN MUG
Finally, what’s a nap queen without an official mug?

 

Let me know if there are any favorite “nap queen” items of yours that would be perfect for this list!

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My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.

If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.

I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂

Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

My Favorite Finds

Wine Stopper With Date Marker | Travel Mug Iced Coffee Maker | Geometric Desktop Planter Vase | Matching Human/Dog Hawaiian Shirts | The Chambong | Anywhere Travel Guide

Just For Fun

Wine Bottle Flasks & Cups | Dog Selfie Stick | Drinko Drinking Game | Sushi Making Kit | Sriracha2Go Keychain Bottle Pack |Hipster Reagan Print 

Notable Mentions:

Adidas Yoga Mat by Stella McCartney | Good Vibes Earrings | Guzzle BuddyFloral Hanging Cosmetic Bag | Donut Popsocket | Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

Shop all my favorites here

 

*electorate consisting of me and everyone I know.

The CUTEST Swimsuits For Under $50

The CUTEST Swimsuits For Under $50

Finally the weather is starting to warm up (hallelujah!) and I can’t help but think about summertime and the ocean. Increasingly, I’m finding myself wandering over to the swimsuit section. Every year, almost without fail, I have the same reaction:

$250 for a bathing suit? You have got to be kidding me!

Are they getting more expensive over the years or do I just suffer from some sort of seasonal pricing amnesia? Don’t get me wrong, I will splurge every now and then, but I can’t help but ask myself: “Why I am paying the same price as a dress for less fabric?” In terms of cost per square inch of coverage, the ratio of a bathing suit is outrageous. (Side note – can we talk about how it’s a straight up crime that most of the time we have to pay for the top AND bottom of a bikini set? Someone needs to be held accountable for this.)

So I decided to search the internet for cutest, most affordable swimsuits for under $50. Here’s what I found:

Bikinis 

One-Piece Swimsuits

If you have any suggestions or additions to this list, please let me know if the comments below!

Pick of the Week: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Pick of the Week: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This week’s Pick Of The Week is my hands down favorite bronzer of all time: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. I stumbled upon this product years ago (probably around 10 years ago!) when I was desperately looking for a matte bronzer that didn’t have any orange tint or shimmer. It sounds like a simple ask, but it is oddly quite difficult to find. When I finally found the matte chocolate soleil I think I jumped for joy.

Since then, I’ve dabbled with a few other bronzers when I’ve run out and had to buy something quickly, but the others have never compared. I always come back to this one. It blends well and because it is made with real cocoa powder (what!) it smells just like chocolate. After all these years, I’m so happy it’s still on the market and I’m even more happy that it just so happens to be cruelty free!

It’s available at Sephora and retails for $30.00.

What is your favorite bronzer or Too Faced product? Tell me in the comments below!

Pick of the Week: Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist

Pick of the Week: Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist

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For this week’s Pick Of The Week, I’m going with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist. I’m a big fan of the Tarte brand because: it has an insanely adorable mermaid theme (seriously, just look at the website!) and, of course, none of their products are ever tested on animals.

But don’t worry, to be the POTW it’s got to be more than pretty and cruelty-free. This setting mist is the holy grail of makeup. I’m in love with it because it works as a primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, AND skin refresher all in one. In the winter, it keeps my skin moisturized when the air gets dry; and in the summer, it helps my makeup stay on during those hot humid days. (Side note: I usually don’t like multipurpose products. Items like 2-1 shampoo & conditioner confuse and annoy me …how can it be as good as a product solely dedicated to shampooing and a product solely dedicated to conditioning, you know? I don’t trust it.) That said, this setting mist is changing. my. views. Plus it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested, which I’m all about.

It’s $25 but it’s worth it. It’s available online and at Sephora.

Do you use this product too? If not, what setting mist would you recommend?