Follain’s Skin Care Quiz

I recently took the Follain skin care quiz and can’t wait to try the products recommended for my skin type.

Osmia Black Clay Facial Soap
{Black Australian clay and Dead Sea mud meet coconut milk to nourish, condition and soften skin as it cleans.}

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden
{Concentrated jasmine extract mingles with witch hazel and a touch of soothing vanilla and cocoa for a day’s-worth of healing hydration.}

Alkaitais Organic Day Creme
{Potent botanicals counter signs of aging; plumping peptides and a hardworking vitamin combination achieve a healthy glow.}

 

Peep’s Paper Baby Book

My friend Lou’s baby book is finally here! Now available on Maisonette and The Tot, this is the perfect way to document all of your baby’s milestones. The journal is made of all natural materials – bound in Japanese asahi cloth and printed on Mohawk superfine paper – allowing it to last over 300 years and become a family heirloom. So excited to put mine to use in just a few weeks!

 

Loeffler Randall Friends & Family

I finally pulled out my Spring/ Summer sandals this weekend and it felt GOOD. I also realized it’s time for a refresh. Loeffler Randall is offering 20% site wide with code: LRFAMILY. These scalloped block heels are a classic and these pom pom sandals are super fun.

 

AERIN x Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma has launched their first home decor collaboration with the lifestyle brand, AERIN. The collection is inspired by the effortless yet elegant design of Aerin Lauder’s Palm Beach home. Just in time for the warm summer months ahead…check out the entire collection here.

Mintwood Home: Design Your Own Pillows

If only I had known about this site a few months ago while hunting for new couch pillows. Through Mintwood Home, you can create custom pillows in four simple steps (click here). An added bonus: you can have your custom pillows in just 14 days (industry standard is six-to-eight weeks!).

Little Luxuries

…from The Well Appointed House:
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45384{Haba Horse Baby Swing}

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14161{Hand Painted Vintage Toy Chest}

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{Outdoor Chaise Lounger}

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{Fiona Walker Sleepy Elephant}

Wiggy Kit Flash Sale

While we’re on the topic of resort wear (see here and here from this week)– I may as well add that the luxury resort wear line out of the UK, Wiggy Kit, is having a 50% flash sale through midnight in preparation for their new collection arriving soon. This sale only happens once a year so stock up on those classic sun dresses now! Use the code: Spring50 at checkout.

Matteau Swim

I’m attending a wedding in Mustique eight weeks after I give birth. Gulp. So, I’ve been on the hunt for a flattering and comfortable bathing suit (yes, I’m aware that nothing–not even a full body wetsuit– will be flattering eight weeks post baby). But, I think I found my match. Enter: Matteau Swim.

Matteau Swim was created to be the subtle swimsuit. The one you reach for to feel confident and at ease by the water. Simple, comfortable and uncomplicated, our styles are focused on fit and show to be flattering and firm.

Check out their classic bikini line here but I’ll most likely be sticking with this one piece featured on Moda Operandi.

 

 

India Amory

I am loving the new lifestyle and home goods company, India Amory. Julia Amory developed the concept for her business while searching for a printed fabric to use for the tables at her own wedding in Southampton. Unable to find the perfect print at an affordable cost, the solution was to design her own pattern using the Indian block print technique and produce the napkins and tablecloths herself. Truly beautiful designs. I have my eye on the Blue Fleur Provencal Tablecloth and Sage Spot Pareo for summer!

 

 

 

For the Easter Basket

A few Easter basket filler ideas below (trying to get ahead of the game before this baby makes her debut…)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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RH Baby Animal Hooded Towel

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Jellycat Bunny

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Roberta Roller Rabbit Bunny Pajamas

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Silly Putty Eggs

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Fiona Walker Bunny Stopper

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Monogrammed Bunny Lovee

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Organic Cotton Bunny Hat

Bunny Push Toy

The Runaway Bunny

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31azi-6v4jlBunny Pencil Case

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Dottie Doolittle Baby Essentials Sale

If you live in the Bay Area, Save the Date! From March 14th- 16th, San Francisco-based Dottie Doolittle is offering 30% off Kissy Kissy baby essentials. These super-soft 100% Pima cotton baby clothes are a classic (and are rarely on sale!).

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The Perfect Point Reyes Itinerary

Point Reyes…just far enough away from San Francisco to feel like a true getaway (great for people like me who want a vacation but can no longer fly!). We had a fun-filled two nights and highly recommend the itinerary below:

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{view from our walk to the Point Reyes Lighthouse}

Stay: The Coal & Feed

Do: Visit the Point Reyes Historic Lighthouse and the Point Reyes Shipwreck

Breakfast: Bovine Bakery

Lunch: Saltwater Oyster Depot

Cocktail Hour: Nick’s Cove

Dinner: Sir & Star

Click below to see more photos from our recent trip:

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OPI Fiji Collection

Of course I’m loving the new OPI Fiji Collection as I have a soft spot in my heart for this special place (our honeymoon destination). I can’t wait to try these new, fun colors for Spring and Summer:

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Living on the Bula-Vard!

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Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon

 

Home Decor Sites

Some fun home decor sites I’ve been perusing of late…

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Well Made Home

Bunny Williams Home

Jana Bek Design

Amy Berry

Chairish

Oomph

The Well Appointed House

Biscuit Home

Furbish Studio

Circa Who

Modish

New York Designer Fabric Outlet

Dash & Albert

Society Social 

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Natural Curiosities

Circa Lighting

John Derian

Blue Print Store

Birthday Supplies for the Kids (take two)

Last year, I published a post on Birthday Supplies for the Kids. I frequented this list of vendors while planning Hank’s 2nd birthday party and have a few more items to add to the list. Happy, happy!

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Glen Allsop- The Print Shop

Our favorite photographer, Glen Allsop, has launched his online print shop and I am swooning over all of the gorgeous black & white images (with options to frame!). I need this “Beach Walkers” print in my home…

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DIMENSIONS
22 x 17 inches

EDITION of 25

DESCRIPTION

Black & white giclée fine art print on thick, archival quality
308gsm subtly textured matte paper.
Printed and signed by the photographer.
Certificate of Authenticity included.

 

Spring Scarves

St. Frank just released the newest shades of their popular Baby Alpaca Throws. I am loving the sage and soft pink colors for Spring.

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Cuyana’s new striped silk scarves have arrived and I want one in every color!

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Bloom Nation

I’m late to the game on this one. A colleague recently introduced me to Bloom Nation, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and send unique bouquets handcrafted by local florists across the country. Just enter the zip code of your lucky recipient and you’ll see a curated list of florists in the area. I came across this florist in SF that I will most definitely order from soon (how beautiful are those blooms below?).

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ME Semi Annual Sale

Margaret Elizabeth is currently having their biggest sale of the season. With beautiful pieces up to 70% off—you won’t  want to miss these deals. Shop online (or if you are in the Bay Area, stop by their Chestnut or Palo Alto shops) through Monday. I have my eyes on these beauties below…a195b7e1994bcdd1da825a46d56ebfe9-er-4236_20aqua_2_large

Peep’s Paper Products x Goop

So proud of my dear friend Lou and her recent collaboration with Goop. The hand-illustrated Lover’s Card Set makes the perfect gift (even post Valentine’s Day!).

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Be sure to check out her custom options as well. Brides-to-be, take note…her custom playing cards would make the perfect addition to any welcome bag.

Stephanie Fishwick

While flipping through the March issue of House Beautiful, I came across custom crest creator, Stephanie Fishwick, and am dying for a custom crest rubber-and-wood stamp. So many amazing options to help spruce up your stationary collection. Brides-to-be: take note of her amazing wedding invitations (see below!).


“Stephanie Fishwick was my best-kept secret but her work is too good not to share. The invitation speaks to the tone of the evening and is the first detail of your wedding a guest will see. Stephanie can find a way to incorporate any unique and special images into a collage like invitation. I would imagine that this heraldic crest could follow a couple and find a way to embroider the pattern onto her bed linens or hand towels later in life.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo for Martha Stewart Weddings

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The Newport Master Table

Crisloid, famed for their backgammon boards, just released a new backgammon table that I will own one day;) It can fit in any room with their customizable options (see here). Transport me to that vineyard stat!

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La Ligne Sample Sale

NYC friends + readers: La Ligne is hosting their first-ever sample sale starting tomorrow through 2/11. Editors have called this brand, “the line to channel your inner French girl”. Run, don’t walk!

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Details:

Friday, 2/10 – Open to the public, 10am – 6pm

Saturday, 2/11 – Open to the public, 10am – 5pm

265 Canal Street, Suite 402

A Day at the Farm

Over MLK weekend, we finally visited the award-winning goat and sheep dairy farm, Tomales Farmstead Creamery. As we hiked up the pastures to visit the two-day old sheep (!), we were immediately transported by the gorgeous West Marin landscape. I highly recommend signing up for one of their guided tours on the first Sunday of each month. Tours include: a hike up to the pastures to learn about their organic pasture management system, a visit to their milking parlor, a visit with the animals in the barn and/ or in the pastures and of course, a cheese tasting!

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If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the list of restaurants, farmers market, markets and cheese shops so you can try their delicious cheese for yourself! Click here.

THIS. SALAD.

I was never a huge Brussels Sprouts fan until I tried Michael Chiarello’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Marcona Almonds and Pecorino this past weekend at Bottega in Napa. Mouth watering. Take my word and make this at home (serves 6):

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For Whole-Citrus Vinaigrette (Juicer Version):

2 lemons, preferably Meyer lemons

1/2 navel orange, or 1 small orange

1 shallot

1 1/2 cups pure olive oil (doesn’t have to be extra virgin)

1 teaspoon sea salt, preferably gray salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For the vinaigrette: Use a juice extractor to juice the lemons, orange, and shallot using the entire fruit with peel. Pour the juices into a small bowl and gradually whisk in the olive oil in a thin stream to form an emulsion. Season with the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Whisk again, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Makes about 2 cups.

For the salad:

6 to 12 large eggs, hard cooked (optional)

6 dozen (8 to 9 cups) Brussels sprouts

3 dozen (3/4 cup) Marcona almonds, finely chopped

1/4 cup grated Pecorino-Romano

To sieve the eggs: At Bottega, we push the hard-cooked egg whites through the sieve separately, then sieve the yolks and layer the two separately for each serving. If you want, sieve the whole eggs and forget about separating whites from yolks.

Using a mandolin (an inexpensive $30 version works fine), carefully shave each Brussels sprout holding the stem end. A finger guard with prongs is a good way to keep your knuckles away from the blade. You can also cut off the stem of each B. sprout and use the shredder blade of your food processor. You should have about 9 cups when all of the B. sprouts have been grated. In a large bowl, toss together the shaved Brussels sprouts, sieved eggs, and chopped almonds. Pour on about 3/4 cup of the vinaigrette and toss again. Spoon into chilled small bowls and top with the pecorino. Top with a little more of the vinaigrette.

ENJOY!

Baby Sales

I’ve got shopping for baby girl (sorry, Hank) on the brain and there are SO many sales not to miss right now:

Busy Bees– 50% off EVERYTHING with code: WINTER50

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bg3903q_front__45182-1478539187-1000-1000Neck & Neck– 60% off site wide

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Alex & Alexa– extra 10% off  all sale items

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

 

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{Embroidered Hearts Hooded Towels}

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{The Well Appointed House Silk Florals}

image_edb90993-4e3f-4611-a07a-44923a94dae3_grande{Nine Fair Custom Backgammon Board}

23020028030_19_1{Aerin Heart Frame}

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{Love You Forever Children’s Book}

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{Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash}

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{Alexa Pulitzer Kissing Alligator Notecards}

warm-sleep-sack-pink-strip-coral_1024x1024{De Buci Baby Pink and White Sleep Sack}

uma_body_oil_1024x1024{UMA Body Oil}

malle_candle_large_large{Frederic Malle Tubereuse Candle}

Happy Menocal x Paperless Post

Who doesn’t love to collect beautiful stationary? I’ve been a long time admirer of the artist, Happy Menocal and was so excited to see her collaboration with Paperless Post. I can’t wait for my Orleans Family Crest stationary to arrive! Almost makes you want to go write some Thank You notes…;)
78cad9978bce4e4a636c80b9b9f2d0db74b85af2_1476851634Check out her beautiful collection of stationary and digital/ print invites here.

Glass Blowing Austin

When my mom and sister were in Austin together over Thanksgiving, they saw the most beautiful votives at Perla’s and tracked down the vendor: Glass Blowing Austin. Lucky for me, Santa brought me one for Christmas. I am absolutely in love with the aqua glass votive– it gives off the most beautiful glow that is just mesmerizing. If you’re in Austin, be sure to check them out or visit them online here.

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Rice DK Storage Boxes

Getting organized is probably one of your New Year’s resolutions. On the top of my list: deal with the overflow of toys from Christmas. Luckily, my friend sent over these darling toy storage bins from Rice DK–handmade with love in Madagascar. I am currently eyeing the CircusAirport and Aquarium boxes below. Finally, storage boxes you’ll want to show off!
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Marye- Kelley

During my stay at home for the holidays, I’ve been picking up little knick knacks for my home in the cute little town of New Canaan, CT. At The Linen Shop, I came across the cutest wastebaskets, tissue box covers and mail holders by Marye- Kelley. Some favorites below:

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{Blue Waverly Tissue Box}

Neck & Neck

A friend recently introduced me to the chic European children’s line, Neck & Neck and I can’t get enough of this darling company. They’re currently having a 60% off sitewide sale. Perfect timing too since I just found out I’m having a GIRL in April! So many steals to be had…

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{I picked up this little Pink Knit Baby Girl Set}

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{A classic frilled collar bodysuit}

 

Fewer, Better

If you live in Chicago, NYC or SF it’s not too late to pick up one of my favorite gifts to give: the Cuyana leather travel case set. They offer live monogramming in-store (takes about 15 minutes). I’m a huge fan of the pebbled leather cases in stone, ecru, olive and blush.

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THE FEWER, BETTER EXPERIENCE

Each of our stores combines the service and instant gratification of a full store
with the intimacy and personalization of an atelier.

Early Closing For All Locations, 5PM:
Christmas Eve, 12/24
New Year’s Eve, 12/31

Holiday Closings For All Locations:
Christmas, 12/25

All- Natural Cowshed Products

Perhaps the most delightful part of staying at the Soho House New York is the bevy of Cowshed products in the shower and bathrrom. With over 20 products to choose from, I’m one happy fat cow camper. I’ve rounded up my favorites below just in time for any late Christmas shoppers out there!

Gorgeous Cow Blissful Shower Scrub

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Horny Cow Seductive Bath & Body Oil

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Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel

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Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm

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Chamomile Refreshing Toner

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The Expectant Edit

Like many, I am not a fan of maternity clothes. The longer I can avoid them, the better (except maternity jeans/ pants!!). However, there comes a time when you just have to bite the bullet. A few tried-and-true favorites below.

Zara Oversized Sweater

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HATCH Collection The Bateau Striped Cotton Top

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T by Alexander Wang shirt (they are long and will last through your pregnancy and after.)

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Kit and Ace Lilley Brushed Long Sleeve (my favorite right now)

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ASOS Crew Neck 2-Pack (size up)

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Ingrid and Isabel Active Legging

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James Jeans

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Paige Maternity Jeans

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48 Hours in LA

Feeling rejuvenated and inspired after a Creative Retreat to Los Angeles. Sharing our itinerary below if you ever find yourself needing recommendations on where to stay or what to do:

STAY:

Palihouse Santa Monica

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EAT:

Gjusta for brunch

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Grand Central Market for lunch

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Leona for dinner

LEONA, Nyesha Arrington

DRINK:

Ace Hotel Rooftop for Sunset Drinks

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Little Beach House Malibu

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DO: 

Bike Will Rogers State Beach to Venice

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Shop Brentwood Country Mart

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Hike Temescal Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point

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The Velvet Shoe

The Who What Wear shoes just dropped at Target and I’m loving the entire collection. And since I have issues and can’t spend $ on shoes (drives my friends bananas) I’m extra excited. Shop the collection here.

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Gift Guide: For Her

May Lindstrom ‘The Problem Solver’

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Veja Sneakers (I am asking for these)

emma-1924457-1475519059-640x0cMac Strobe Cream

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-2-27-05-pmSLIP silk eye mask

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Small Victories by Julia Turshen Cookbook

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Peep’s Paper Products Custom Animal Stationary 

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Brush Essentials

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nd-12525Ann Mashburn Sheila Beanie

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Maya Check Nightshirt

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Waterford Ring Holder

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Eve Lom Kiss Mix

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Kat Burki Micro Firming Wand

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Vince 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Crew (on sale)

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Le Monde Beryl Velvet Flats

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas WSJ Magazine Shoes BerylGHD Professional Hairdryer (“you can absolutely suck at blowdrying your own hair and it’ll still come out soft and manageable with it”- Into the Gloss). OR this new one by Dyson.

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Herban Essentials Eucalyptus Towelettes to beat those winter colds.

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Classic Kule Shirt

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Jasmine & Will Monogrammed Pajama Set

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-8-36-50-amTod’s Gosmmino Driving Loafers (or a less expensive version here

643860_e1_ppMisfit Fitness and Sleep Tracker in black and rose gold

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Hoxton Tote Bag

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D. Porthault Travel Trays

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Mark D. Sikes Beautiful Book

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5bfd6ee66fd0091ef8df7abbd9b741e4Amy Berry Gift Certificate for the dog lover (LOVE her dog beds)

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Gift Guide: For Him

Cotton Poplin Pajama Set

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Bean Boots, 8″ Thinsulate 

okc087-iBloody Good- Killer Bloody Mary Mix

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Buck and Ball The Upland Jacket

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-5-46-28-pmNative Union Night Cable

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Rhone running shorts

rhone-bullitt-shortsShinola Leather Wrapped iPhone Case

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Sid Mashburn Down Sport Vest

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-5-38-22-pmBob Dylan The Lyrics

9781451648768Sid Mashburn Spread Collar Sport Shirt

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-5-43-40-pmBalega Hidden Contour Running Socks

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Topo daypack

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Sabah Shoes

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Le Creuset Crepe Pan

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Sleepy Jones Socks

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3487311301-meringue-ea1e9d48Ghurka Travel Toiletry Kit

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