100 Gifts Under $100

Hello my friends! Today I’m picking up my turkey and doing the last of the grocery shopping. I’m also putting the final touches on my Thanksgiving table, making sure there are enough plates, napkins, glasses, etc. for the crowd of 12 that will be sitting around my table.

To jump start your holiday shopping, I pulled together a group of gift ideas. Everything here ranges from as low as $10 to no higher than $99. I’ve made it EASY to check the prices, simply hover over the items you’re interested in and the price is revealed. Sometimes shops or sites are having sales so clicking over may reveal further discounts.

For Him:

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For Entertainers, Teachers, Coworkers, etc.

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For Kids:

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8 Everyday Things + Weekend Reading

Weekend hellos! I’m in Thanksgiving prep and gift buying mode this week, the same as many of you! I’m making my grocery shopping list and setting my Thanksgiving table. I also have some gift ideas I’ll be sharing next week.

I wanted to kick it off with 8 things I use every.single.day and absolutely love, these make great gifts for you or someone close to you!

 

I don’t carry a regular wallet, I carry this iphone wallet and keep my bank and credit cards in it. It also has just enough room for a few punch cards or gift cards. The baggallini crossbody is my go to everyday bag with just enough pockets, for cellphone, makeup, etc. The Mira double walled water bottle stays by my side from morning workouts to afternoon carpool. (Also cheaper than Swell).

This fluted contrast mug I picked up in Copenhagen. I love its design and it feels good in my hand filled with my morning coffee. This coffee vac keeps beans fresh and has a clean modern design so it looks great on my counter. I found the best daily SPF 50 sunscreen, it’s soft and super moisturizing and I’ve used it everyday for over a year. Pricey but WORTH IT. Every other morning I use one of these Peel Pads, they keep my skin glowing all day. I can’t live without POREfessional I apply it several times a day for flawless looking skin.

Favorite links from the week:

 

The One Room Challenge is always amazing. I especially loved this cozy textured living room makeover.

Six things to remember to tell your house guests.

Furniture retailers who value market share over profits.

Slow cooker Thanksgiving sangria, yum!

Want creamy mashed potatoes? Read this.

I’m a recent convert to brussels sprouts. Here are 15 recipes to consider.

How to win the game of Monopoly, according to math experts.

Interesting: modern day nomads.

7 things to consider before traveling with someone new.

Best inventions of 2017.

Also remember: Arrow Fastener is giving away $1,000 in cash and 100 tools every week until December 17th. Details here!

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Hilltop Towns of France

I’ve been busy this week preparing for Thanksgiving, cleaning and organizing in anticipation of a house filled with guests. I started to daydream about my amazing trip to France in September and the enchanting hilltop towns.

My trip took me there in early autumn it was still warm. I stayed in Nice for a few days and from there adventured out on a few day trips, two of them being visits to hilltop towns that many of you recommended. Èze was my first stop (on the road to Monaco) and wow what an incredible view you’ll see on the road there. I was on a small group tour and we stopped here just to take it all in.

 

 

Èze as foretold by so many  was absolutely charming. It had a beautiful church and the most magnificent Mediterranean sea views from a botanical garden on top. Everywhere you turn there are vines growing on top of centuries old walls, it’s so charming. I couldn’t help but hum that song from Beauty and the Beast, “Little town, it’s a quiet village, every day, like the one before …”.

 

 

 

 

One of the benefits from traveling alone on this trip was that I could take my time as I walked the twisted streets, grabbing a coffee, popping into a shop, ducking down alleys, stopping along the way to take pictures or video.

In Èze, I loved the color of the church in the middle of the town, its hue just a hint more yellow than my house back home in California.

 

It was so fun meandering the crooked cobblestone streets, climbing up hills to the very top to witness the massive views all around.

St. Paul de Vence was similar in its winding cobblestone streets all protected inside walls on top of a hill. It was larger and took several hours to enjoy it all. The most enchanting part is these hilltop towns are like adult mazes, so fun to explore especially when you have no idea what to expect around every new turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a short video of my walks through these towns, meander the streets with me in these next 2 ½ minutes!

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Holiday Prep: Dinner Napkins

My go-to holiday table setting is a basic charger (silver or gold) combined with a white plate, then I like to layer a patterned napkin on top to keep it interesting.

This simple arrangement works every time and makes it easy to use basic plates I already have. Like this inspiration, I add a little greenery to the table along with some candles and call it done.

 

 

 

 

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There’s no need to spend money on themed plates and/or lines for your holiday party, ones you use only once a year. I like to invest in lines that are more versatile and not specific to one single holiday. Linens that can be repurposed in the future appeal to me more.

Last year I bought napkins made with this lumimarja material, a botanical with gold branches. I didn’t get to use the napkins last year so I plan to this year when I host Thanksgiving. Here are a dozen styles of dinner napkins that would look lovely on your holiday table, and equally nice on any other occasion.

 

 

imprint / dyed indigo / gold pine

mod triangle / spotted moyer / canaletto

eflorvescent / sunflower / audrey

pine bough / block print / adeline

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Weekend Reading

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours but I’ve loved every minute of it. Thursday I was whisked away spontaneously to a concert benefiting wildfire victims taking place in San Francisco. Someone had an extra ticket so I hopped on the ferry to the City and watched the sun set over the City skyline as I arrived at the concert venue, it was magical. Last night I got together with a group of some of my best friends for dinner and we went dancing, such fun! It’s been an enjoyable two days living in the moment surrounded by good music and great friends.

I feel blessed to be picking up more design projects too. When it rains it pours. 🙂 Tomorrow I’m meeting with another client and working together on a full home remodel. I’m excited for what’s shaping up for 2018 and the many spaces where I’m lending my expertise.

During the holidays I’m doing my best to say no to anything that complicates my life or isn’t meaningful. I plan on simple decorations and fresh greenery, and I’ll not be killing myself trying to do it all. I delight in rebelling against the pressure to make everything perfect. The past two days reminded me that the most important things are the connections formed with the people you love. I’m not hosting a holiday party but I have plans to gather in several small groups in people’s homes or at the local bistro, toasting in gratitude to the simple pleasures of life.

Favorite links:

Wow, this Minnesota spec home is stunning.

Of course I love this blue and white home tour.

Ideas on how to refresh your space without renovating.

I disagree with this “In” and “Out” trends list, do you?

How to host a crappy dinner party. Oui oui!

Thanks for the insider drywall tips Mandi.

Food items you shouldn’t order at chain restaurants.

 Never retire and other longevity tips.

How deeply Facebook knows who you’ve had contact with.

When your greatest romance is friendship. 🙂

Best ever used car commercial.

Also note this: Arrow Fastener is giving away $1,000 in cash and 100 tools every week until December 17th. Details here!

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