12 Gifts of Christmas

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Hello everyone, happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing a gift idea for the holidays!  B and I have a crazy Christmas weekend, with holiday plans and parties from the 22nd through Christmas Day, and I knew we wouldn’t have ample time to do a gift exchange, so instead I had an idea to give him a gift each day for the 12 leading up to that crazy weekend.

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I got my kraft paperbaker’s twine, Sugar Paper ribbon, festive tissue paper, and classic bows from Target, and rounded it off with some washi tape from Amazon.  Lindt Chocolate Truffle Bars, a ski ornament I found at the Christmas Tree Shop, a simple red bell, and a pine branch made the perfect toppers for these gifts!

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Lastly, if you want to go all out with the 12 gifts theme, these fun letters were the perfect finishing touch, whether you’re looking to control the order of the gifts, or just looking for a fun decoration!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

xo, C

Le Rogue et El Noir

Besides being one of my very favorite 19th century novels, red and black also make for a classic and fail-safe holiday combination.  I love incorporating them into my every day wardrobe during the month of December to keep the spirit alive- especially since any day has the possibility of turning into a festive celebration after work!  As someone who loves remixing and rewearing clothes, I’m not a huge advocate of buying a red sequined dress you’ll wear to one holiday party and then never again (at least for another twelve months).  Instead I opt for the classic combination of red and black, which flows seamlessly from work to happy hour and is seasonally appropriate with just a touch of gold accents (or a decadent amount of gold accents, if that’s your thing).  These are two of my favorite black and red outfits, with pieces I’ve worn plenty before and I know without hesitation I will wear again.

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Outfit Details – Jacket: Topshop (last seen here) | Blouse: White House Black Market | Skirt: J.Crew (similar here and here) (last seen here) | Tights: GAP | Mules: Express (last seen here) | Bag: H&M (old, similar here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (similar here) | Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Rings: LC Lauren Conrad

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Outfit Details – Blazer: Banana Republic Factory Store (last seen here) | Blouse: Express | Skirt: Banana Republic (similar here) (last seen here) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad | Clutch: Charming Charlie (old, similar here and here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (similar here) | Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Rings: LC Lauren Conrad

Thanks for reading! Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!

xo, C

 

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Every Man

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I always dedicate the month of November to Christmas shopping.  I always enjoy taking the time to find everyone on my list a thoughtful gift that I know they will love, instead of scrambling for something last minute.  Shopping early also helps me stay within my budget and shop around for the best price.  Once the Christmas shopping is done, I have the proper time and focus to appreciate the Christmas season without feeling like I lose all of my weekends to shopping at the mall with the masses.

Of course, no matter how hard you try to find a unique and personal gift, there will always be those people on your list who are just impossible to shop for.  For these people, we have the GAP family.  What I love most about GAP brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta), is you can shop at all of the brands using one shopping cart.  I love that you can hop back and forth between them so easily and only have to check out once!  Even better: they constantly have online deals running AND if you spend over $50 combined (or buy one item from Piperlime!) you get free shipping!  These awesome perks make it easy to shop for everyone you know in virtually one place, using one shopping cart!   Above are my top ten picks for those guys who are hard to shop for, there really is something for everyone.

Follow my Pinterest board to get more gift ideas throughout the entire holiday season!