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

I usually reserve sweatshirts for days I’m bumming around the house, running errands or heading to the stadium to support one of my favorite sports teams.  But this fall the average sweatshirt has been kicked up a few notches.  Now you can be comfy and stylish at the same time.  Wear it with jeans for a casual look or pair it with a black blazer for a night out.  Here are a few that I’ve got my eye on:

This Jeweled Chandelier sweatshirt from J. Crew is so popular that it’s on back order until late November.  Order now for Christmas.

sweatshirt j crewOld Navy has several options with a subtle amount of bling and at a great price point.

sweat old navy

I love this neutral look from Express .

sweat express

The Kensie embellished sweatshirt from Nordstroms mixes bling with a touch a faux leather for an edgy look.sweat nord1

Sales Scoop

Old Navy – 25% site wide (online only, code: ONTAKE25)

Ann Taylor – Extra 40% off sale items

J. Crew – 25% off orders over $150 (code: SHOPNOW)

LOFT – 50% off select full-price styles using code SHOPFALL; extra 50% off sale styles (no code needed) + free shipping on orders of $125 or more

Express – $25 off every $100 you spend using code 2880