For my first holiday gift guide, I thought I’d stick with what I know and love. These are items I own and really like. If you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or someone else, hopefully this list will help!
Leather weekender bag, $398 // This was a Christmas gift last year. I use it every trip – it’s the perfect size for weekend getaways. I also love how it opens up like a vintage doctor’s bag. The leather has gotten softer and it’s been a little dinged over time, but that just makes it better in my mind. Always get compliments when traveling with this.
Patagonia vest, $99 // I recently bought this vest and have already worn it a lot. It great for layering in the fall and early winter. Will last forever.
Needlepoint card wallet, $55 // I use this thin wallet every day. It holds about 7 cards and a few bills, which is perfect for me. The front has leather pockets for cards, the back is needlepoint and it pops open at the top to store cash.
KJP braided belt, $88 // I wore this pretty much all summer. Was surprised at how soft the leather was. Bonus: it’s made in the USA.
Warby Parker sunglasses, $95 // After testing out 5 for free at home, these were my favorite. The lenses are polarized and are great for driving on really sunny days.
I loved this book. The characters and story sucked me in right from the beginning. It was funny, honest and raw.
Kate, a thirty-something screenwriter facing marriage and debt problems, returns home to Atlanta after her estranged father commits suicide. She’s joined by her two siblings, who struggle with their own issues, and eventually, their multiple step-moms and half-siblings.
Experiencing this difficult life moment together triggers Kate and her two siblings to confront their situations and get their lives back in order. Set over a four-day weekend, comical, painful moments ensue.
Sound familiar? This dysfunctional family reunion reminded me (in a good way!) of This is Where I LeaveYou. Both are two of my favorite books.
Like most people, I carry my keys (+ my phone and wallet) pretty much every where I go. Which means, it’s a good idea to invest in a nice key fob. Here are my favorites, including some made in the USA options:
I love everything about being at the beach. Spending the days (which quickly blend together) laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean and sitting on the porch. Lots of bonding time with family – cooking dinner together, catching up on family news (i.e. gossip), and playing games at night. In my mind, the best beach houses exude these feelings and are bright, fun, and relaxed.
I thought it might be fun from time to time to feature beach houses I’d love to live in here on the blog, as well as maybe get some inspiration for my parent’s Sunset Beach, North Carolina home.