Beauty · Decor · Fashion · Uncategorized

Holiday Gift Guide – for the #GirlBoss.

Well, it’s official – there are 12 days until Christmas. How and when did this happen?

So far we have covered the Holiday Gift Guide – For Him Edit, The best hostess gifts to give to make sure you’re always invited back, and the stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. That brings us to the next list – The Girl Boss gift guide. The hustle never stops for ladies who launch…ha! If you have a lady in your life who is rocking it as a girl boss, these gifts will make her life THAT much more successful!

Every #BossBabe knows in order to have a great day, it starts with your first cup of warm, caffeinated goodness. I love travel mugs!! They are perfect for those get up and go days and I actually do use them in the drive threw occasionally (admittedly, when I remember) so I can cut down on the waste I’m contributing to the planet. A very good friend of mine bought me this one for my birthday and I promise you, whoever you’re buying this for will love it as much as I do! Also, if she is a coffee girl, this one! Because, coffee is life!

A girl on the go always needs a charged phone! This portable charging key chain plugs easily into any iPhone and is under $45. I am so obsessed with this idea, it’s amazing! If you want to send me one, let me know and I’ll give you my address!!! But… actually!

I have never seen a cuter fitness tracker and watch duo! This little gem tracks all things fitness AND shows your notifications from your phone. Done. Sold. Thank goodness for Michael Kors!

Making deals? Need a power blazer. Snappy casual is my go-to look and this blazer will pull together any office outfit or even a jeans and tee look. She will have this in her closet for FOREVER, trust me.

De-clutter her life even further with this chic desk accessories from Kate Spade. This adorable and incredibly useful desk calendar would go perfectly with this calculator, stapler, pencil holder, and obviously this pen. She probably spends hours every day sitting at that desk so making it engaging and beautiful would make such a difference!

Chances are, your boss babe already has a work tote she loves, gift this classy houndstooth laptop case to complete her look!

I talked about these in my stocking stuffer post but, earrings. Need I say more? Currently I am obsessed with White Fox Collective and their designs. Every time I wear a pair of theirs, I get so many compliments! Do yourself a favor and order a few for each of the girls on your stocking stuffer or even gift list this year… and a pair for yourself while you’re at it!

I love this list because it is both utilitarian and fun! These items will make work more functional and cuter for the girl boss in your life! Am I missing anything? Let me know!

Don’t forget to subscribe to LiveLaughLearn.blog to stay up to date and follow on Instagram @LiveLaughLearn.blog

XOXO.

B.

Uncategorized

Stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.

We’re in full gift guide mode over here! Today I wanted to cover something just as important as any gift under your tree: STOCKINGS! I’m personally such a fan of stockings..they might be my favorite part of Christmas morning honestly. I love all the little things you can stick in and how you can get creative with them. They’re just fun right?!

This guide should be really helpful because I’m covering everyone on your list – from your boy to your best friend to your parents and your in-laws– and their stockings. I usually end up grabbing a few gift cards too since they make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer (especially for that person on your list that you forgot, oops!)

OK now to the list of stocking stuffers for everyone on that list!

The moms, mother-in laws, sisters and girlfriends.

I am a huge fan right now of Design Lab Lord & Taylor‘s sunglasses. They are really well made and usually hover around the $25.00 mark making them the perfect stocking stuffer for the trendy women in your life. I ordered the Faith 52mm on Cyber Monday for $15.00 and I can’t wait for them to arrive – the perfect sunglasses for our vacation in January.

Earrings. Need I say more? Currently I am obsessed with White Fox Collective and their designs. Every time I wear a pair of theirs, I get so many compliments! Do yourself a favor and order a few for each of the girls on your stocking stuffer or even gift list this year… and a pair for yourself while you’re at it!

Custom and initial necklaces are a huge love of mine right now. If anyone wanted to get me a B rose gold disc necklace, I’ll send you my address right now! There are some really beautiful ones you can find on Etsy right now or take a peak at Alex & Ani.

These were on my gift guide last year and again this year because they really are the best!! Reading socks. They are so comfy and an absolute must have! They are extremely soft and luxurious and honestly, if I could describe them in one sentence, wearing them makes me feel like I am still cocooned up in bed. Take about #AllTheFeels

When it comes to phone cases, I have been super committed to Ideal Of Sweden. I use their cases on my personal cell phone and my corporate cell phone. They have the most stunning designs, are incredibly sleek and best of all – they have a magnet built into the casing. This is great for me because I use a magnetic clip in my car to go hands free and I don’t need to apply a chunky adhesive to my phone back to do so.

The dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands.

If the man in our life is in need of a new wallet, this is the time! I love the sleek design of the Calvin Klein wallets and the price point is really reasonable as well!

Smart watches are all the rave lately and for good reason. Personally, I prefer the ones that can be switched for a smart watch face to a regular watch face look on a nice band. I get really annoyed at formal events when I see a man wearing a dapper suit and rocking a FitBit… it just kills the look for me. Fossil has a really nice one and so does Michael Kors. Armani has a hybrid smart watch that pairs with your iPhone or Android and all the data is available on their app only, which means the watch looks and acts like a regular analog watch at all times.

Socks remind me of vegetables – as a kid those two things were the worst but now, at 30 years old I will take as much of those two things as I can get! Men somehow always need more socks. These Nike no-show socks are super lightweight, have the perfect stretch and are surprisingly soft!

Reusable water bottles are always welcomed and needed by my man! It seems every few months they go missing at the gym, get lost in the dishwasher or work travels. Both Nike and Under Armour have great ones that are sturdy and under $15.00.

Over here in Canada, we easily associate the holiday season with snow storms which makes for the need to have a good pair of gloves. Columbia’s Birch Wood gloves are the perfect stocking stuffer!! Plus, they are fleece lined and touchscreen friendly. Now, he has no excuse to not shovel the driveway for you this winter. I’d consider this a win win gift for you both.

The beauty lover.

For those of us left who are not into lash extensions, Sephora has the perfect gift set and it’s only $34.00. Lashstash includes 5 deluxe mascaras selected from their bestsellers. The set also comes with a voucher you can bring into Sephora and redeem for a full size version of your favorite one! This kit is a limited edition so act quick because they sell out fast! There was a 10 pack I wanted to link but it has already sold out from when I saw it last week!

Another great find at Sephora right now is another limited edition Sweet Treats Agave Lip Care Set by Bite Beauty. A trio of agave treats for healthy and beautiful lips that comes in to shades and includes a balm. mask and scrub. This perfect little stocking stuffer is $15.00!! Again, if you want to get this for me just let me know and I’ll send you my address.

Face masks are a winter essential for all of us! Grab your girls the Cup O’ Coffee face and body mask From Lush and she won’t be disappointed! Since you’re already there, you may as well grab a few extra and take advantage of their black pot program – for every 5 empties you bring back, you’ll receive a free mask! Farmacy also has really great sheet masks if that is more her style.

Another winter essential for all beauty lover – lip scrubs! I use a lip scrub usually every other day just to keep my lips hydrated and feeling good. There are homemade scrubs you can make if you want to take the DIY route or MAC has a really great one, Lush‘s bubble gum is a favorite of mine (as with everything they do, amazing!) as well as Bite Beauty.

OK, I think that should cover all the stockings! Let me know if you need options for anyone else and I’m happy to give more ideas. What are you hoping makes an appearance in your stocking this year? Was there something in your stocking one year that really stands out? I would love to hear about it!

Don’t forget to subscribe to LiveLaughLearn.blog to stay up to date and follow on Instagram @LiveLaughLearn.blog

XOXO.

B.

Beauty · Fashion · Uncategorized

Holiday Gift Guide – For Him Edit.

Happy holidays!

First off, I want to apologize for the minor hiatus that was happening over here in my little corner of the internet. I have been trying to spend a bit more time on Instagram lately as a quicker and easier way of connecting with you and as a result I haven’t found a moment to sit down and pound away at the keyboard. But, here I am! Back at it and pretty excited!

When it comes to the holidays and shopping, I always struggle with my boyfriend the most. It also doesn’t help that his birthday is in December also so I get hit with a double whammy of pressure to find the perfect gifts that he will love.

If you are anything like me, gift shopping for your man can really be a struggle. They never want anything and anything that they may need, they’ve already run out and bought it themselves! I am big into “experience” gifts though like tickets to an event or a fun excursion on our vacations and I will use those as a fall back idea from time to time.

gift-wrapping.jpg

This year I thought maybe we could help each other out and put our heads together here and come up with a bomb list of ideas!! Let me know what you think in the comment section and what your gift plans are this holiday season. Also, what are you asking Santa for this year?

Backpack – Swap out that nasty old excuse of a backpack your man has likely had from either high school or university and get him a brand new one. My boyfriend loves his new backpack for the comfort and storage size and I love it because I am a sucker for the color. I was envious of his cool new backpack this summer and bought myself this one which is fairly similar and I love it even more.

Headphones, I am still a fan of the wired ones and to compensate with the lack of jacks in the new iPhones, I just use the adapter. However, Apple AirPods are super popular and make for a really great gift. I find them expensive but seems like they are here to stay and at least Apple has free shipping. Personally, I am a fan of these plugged in ones more than the wireless.

I am obsessing over these little gems of a find!! My boyfriend and I each have our own mugs we prefer and all hell breaks loose when I catch him sipping his Cup o’ Joe out of my Pug Life mug!! Is it so hard to just not do that? Does this happen at your house or am I just way to anal? I am adding these his and her mugs to my check out for sure this year! Plus, they are totally picture perfect material!

BBQ tools… every man wants them and lucky for us gift givers, they need them! I have taken the cheap route out before when it comes to BBQ tools and I’ll tell you this – you get what you pay for. For a great quality but still basic set I would recommend this set. And, a burger press makes a great stocking stuffer to go along with the theme as well as skewers and sauces. If he already has all his grill accessories, maybe signing him up for Grill Master Club is a better idea. Subscription boxes aren’t just for us women!

Are there men out there that moisturize their face and body anymore or have these ideas gone the way of unicorns? My boyfriend just hates creams and claims they all cause him to breakout. This obviously isn’t true because I know he dips into mine occasionally and thinks I can’t smell it on his face. I pick and choose my battles. That being said, I have heard really great things about the Clinique Maximum Hydrator which is specifically made for men. I may just leave this on the counter and see how long it take him to try it and tell me he was wrong.

Male or female, old or young, the most important thing you can have in the winter (especially here in Canada) is dry and warm feet! Winter boots are always a welcomed gift idea and these are both stylist and practical so it is a win win for everyone! If you are looking for a pair for yourself, I suggest these ones that I just got for my birthday and can’t wait to wear out in the snow!

That is about it for now, I am sure as we get closer and closer I will add to my list and if you keep an eye on my Instagram (@LiveLaughLearn.blog), I’ll notify you when I do add things. What do you have going on your list so far? I would love to hear and get some inspiration on things I may be missing! Also, have you put up your tree yet? We are doing ours this weekend and I’m having a few little elves help me with it, be sure to follow my IG stories on Saturday!!

Until next time, happy shopping!

XOXO.

B