Wish List Wednesday

Holiday parties are right around the corner.  While it’s not mandatory to bring a gift for the host, it is a nice way to thank them for inviting you.  I have a friend that has a knack for picking the perfect hostess gift.  We’ve attended many parties together and I’ve never seen her give the same gift twice. She makes it a priority to put time and thought into selecting something unique that fits the personality of the host.  My goal this holiday season is to ditch the tried and true bottle of wine (not that there is anything wrong with that!) and come bearing a gift that is a little more original.  Below are some gifts I “wish” to give and they’re all $30 and under.

bev tagsThe holiday beverage tags above from Ballard Designs are a fun way to label your libations.  I also love the non-holiday version that can be used all year round.ks notebookGive your hostess a Kate Spade spiral notebook that adds a touch of glam to her to do lists.


This beautiful set of 6 cloth cocktail napkins from Hen House Linens gives the host a formal option for serving beverages and they’re environmentally friendly.beauty lotionThe Philosophy Holiday Handbook set of hand creams from Beauty Brands allows the hostess to pamper herself after the partygoers clear out.wine charmNo more mixing up wine glasses with these chalkboard wine charms from Mark and Graham.

cheers coastersRegardless of the celebration or time of year, the bubbly “Cheers” coasters from Nieman Marcus add some sparkle to the party.

Sales scoop on some of the items above:

Ballard Designs – 10% off entire site and free shipping (ends 12/3)

Nordstrom – free shipping, free returns (all the time)

Hen House Linens – 15% off with code 15OFF (starts midnight on 11/29 and ends at midnight 12/2)

Beauty Brands – $10 cash card with every order, free shipping on orders over $50

Neiman Marcus – free shipping, free returns, free gift packaging

Follow my hostess gift Pinterest board for more ideas.

Wish List Wednesday

My weekends consist of spending hours upon hours at cheer competitions and sports games for my kiddos.  A small bag just doesn’t cut it for the amount of crap necessities I have to haul around. I’ve been looking for a hold everything bag that can do just that and still look stylish. Here are a few favorites that meet both criteria:

madewell transport toteTransport tote by Madewell $168Vince CamutoVince Camuto Leila in Deep Cobalt $198gap toteLarge leather tote by Gap – reg. $125 (40% off online with code GAPEARLY or 50% if you have a card with code BFCARD – ends 11/23)coachMadison North/South Tote in Chenille Ocelot from Coach – $298kate spadeJackson Square  – Sophie patent leather tote by Kate Spade New York (this baby is on sale at Nordstrom’s right now for $196)marc fisher toteMarc Fisher, It Girl Tote at Macy’s is a steal for $65

Sales Scoop:

  • ALDO: Up to 30% off select styles in stores & online (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders over $60
  • Ann Taylor: 30% off a full-price purchase & take an extra 50% off sale items using code ANNCHIC. Free shipping on orders of $150 or more
  • Banana Republic: 30% off full-price styles in stores & online using code BRDRESSED (ends 11/22) + free shipping on orders over $50
  • Express: $25 off every $100 you spend now thru Sunday using code 9438; B1G1 $19.90 all sweaters; B1G1 $29.90 all women’s bottoms; 30% off all outerwear (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders of over $125
  • Gap: 35% off your online purchase using code GAP24HR; earn $25 Gap cash for every $50 you spend now thru 11/22 ($125 max per purchase) + free shipping on orders over $50
  • J. Crew25% off select winter favorites thru 11/24 using code WINTER + free shipping on orders of $150 or more
  • J. Crew Factory: Extra 40% off everything (prices as marked; no code needed); buy 2 items & get 10% off, buy 3 or more & get 20% off using code EARLYBIRD. Free shipping on orders of $100
  • Kohl’s15% off your purchase using code RMN15OFF; extra 15% off dressy apparel & dress shoes for the family online only using code HOLIDAY (ends 11/21) + free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • LOFT: 50% off select full-price styles using code SHOP50; extra 50% off sale styles + free shipping on orders of $125 or more
  • Madewell Free shipping on all orders
  • MANGO: Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Nine West: Up to 50% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on all orders
  • Old Navy: 20% off your online purchase using code ONSAVENOW + free shipping on orders over $50
  • Steve Madden: Free shipping (no minimum) on all orders using code SMFREE
  • Victoria’s SecretUp to 40% off select sweaters (prices as marked); free slippers with one of their top PJ purchases using code SWEETDREAMS; free secret rewards card with every purchase now thru 12/4; free scarf with any sweater purchase using code WRAPUP; free blanket with $65 purchase that includes a PINK item using code BLANKIE; free shipping with UGG Australia footwear purchase using code SHIPUGG; free shipping on any order of $100 or more using code SHIP13