Holiday Gift Guide: My Favorites

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!

fossil estate framed duffle

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

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.


Smathers and Branson wallet

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

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

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.

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Neutral Beach House in the Hamptons

L and I visited her family this past weekend outside of Chicago. We flew in during the first snow fall of the season. Yes, several inches of snow in November. It was fun, but freezing.

The cold weather had me dreaming of warmer days by the beach. Like at this bright and simple 19th century Hamptons farmhouse…



hamptons2(this couch looks so comfy!)

hamptons4(similar stools here)



hamptons6(this will be such a cool kids room when they’re older!)

Design: Jenny Wolf

Location: The Hamptons, New York

see past dream beach houses here.

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Recently Read: Reunion


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 Leave You. Both are two of my favorite books.

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J. Crew New Winter Arrivals


There’s a lot to like in J. Crew’s holiday catalog this year: comfy staples, cozy classics and a dash of bold party wear. Here are my favorites:

J.Crew garment dyed t-shirt

garment-dyed t-shirt (made in the USA!) // $45

J.Crew slim quilted sweatpant

slim quilted sweatpant // $98

J.Crew fair isle mountain socks

fair isle mountain socks (made in the USA!) // $16.50

J.Crew lambswool fair isle sweater in forest

fair isle sweater // $98

J.Crew midweight flannel shirt in stewart plaid

midweight, plaid flannel shirt // $79.50

J.Crew bowery slim pant in black watch cotton

plaid dress pants // $88

J.Crew ludlow shawl-collar blazer in velvet

navy velvet blazer // $328

Get 25% off your purchase with promo code SHOPTOIT.

P.S. I’m putting together full holiday gift guides for everyone on your list,   so stay tuned…

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5 Key Fob Options

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:

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Which one is your favorite?

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Beach House Blues

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.

Cortney Bishop beach blue

Corntey Bishop beach blue 7

Cortney Bishop beach blue 9
Corntey Bishop beach blue 6

Cortney Bishop beach blue 2

Cortney Bishop beach blue 5

Corntey Bishop beach blue 8

Design: Cortney Bishop

Location: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

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