Today I’m taking a different spin on the gift guide— this is a gift guide of items I’ve actually purchased for myself recently to give you some ideas for your own wish list (save for two that were sent to me- but I’m obsessed and wouldn’t be sharing them otherwise).
Since we got a new house this year and we’re buying a lot of furniture, Kevin and I decided to take it easy with gifts this Christmas. However, there was one thing we did buy for ourselves and that’s a Roomba. We both really wanted one since our dark hardwood floors show every.single.speck of dirt. We wish we could go back in time and choose a lighter stain, but what’s done is done. Several friends recommended the Roomba to us and we couldn’t be happier with such a practical gift. Because having clean floors is good for your mental health and it’s the gift that keeps on giving…and cleaning.
robinson mini tote
I’m completely obsessed with this bag. To be honest, I didn’t always love red. I don’t have red clothes and was never attracted to the color. But in the past couple of years I’ve warmed up to it and it’s safe to say I love it now. This tote is the perfect size for when I don’t need to take a ton of stuff with me— wallet, cell phone, sunglasses and there’s still plenty of room for other stuff. I wear it crossbody but it also has the cutest handles. I just can’t rave enough about it and it also comes in pink! I think the shape and style of this bag is so chic and classic and its bright color makes it such a standout accessory.
I couldn’t resist the sweet pom accents on this sweater. I don’t own a turtleneck so I decided it was time and this cozy creamy sweater was just the ticket.
I saw this pouch while shopping and was totally smitten with the color/print. I love gingham and a pouch like this can be used for so many purposes. You can use it to hold makeup in your purse or to store coupons, receipts, etc. It’s a coated fabric so it will stay clean too! I loved it so much I also purchased one as a gift.
make up for ever ultra HD foundation
I’m planning a full review of this foundation soon because it really deserves its own post, but this is a game-changer. And by that, I mean that I have not used liquid foundation in over ten years. I was devoted to my MAC StudioFix powder and never strayed (though I have tried some foundations for review purposes, I always went back to my MAC powder). I never imagined I would ever use liquid foundation again but here I am and I can honestly say I have worn this foundation every.single.day I have worn makeup since the day I got it. Yup. My poor StudioFix is just sitting in my makeup drawer wondering where I’ve been (I’m sorry, it’s you, not me). This foundation was sent to me, but I can guarantee I’ll be repurchasing as soon as I’m out because it’s that good. It gives great coverage but also lets your skin show through (you can see my freckles). It is SO lightweight I can’t even feel it on my skin. It gives skin a beautiful finish and I’m so glad I tried it because I know that as skin ages liquid products tend to wear better. If you’re looking for a new foundation, I highly recommend this one— it totally converted me, and that’s saying a lot.
pointed tassel flat
I have the non-tassel version of these, but my goodness those tassels are cute. I wish they would have had these when I got mine! This flat is stylish and comfy and the tassel accent is just the cherry on top.
nude york tote
I didn’t mention this because we had so much going on at the time (new house, baby, etc) but I was promoted at work a week before I had Lincoln! I decided I would treat myself to something special to celebrate my promotion but then I had a baby and life got busy and I forgot all about it. So when Tory Burch had a sale recently, I decided to get the robinson tote and the york tote, which I plan to use for work. It’s the perfect size (can fit a Macbook) and the nude color is absolutely beautiful. It also has a zip pocket in the center and lots of storage pockets on the inside. I couldn’t be happier with this bag—and the price point is incredible for TB at just under $300. It also comes in a smaller version which is great if you’re petite or just prefer a bit of a smaller bag.
custom monogrammed pillow
I’ve been so impressed with the quality of the monogrammed pillows I’ve received from Caroline Randall Made. I have one for Lincoln, Harper and also in our master bedroom. They’re just the perfect finishing touch to any space and it’s a fun gift to buy for yourself (or for someone else). You can check out the pillows we have here, here and here! They’re gorgeous and you can choose from a wide variety of fabric colors and monogram styles.
I still wear my “rock salt” plaid shirt from J.Crew all the time so it was time to add another to my collection. I got this plaid perfect shirt because I love the holiday colors and because this is one of my favorite fits J.Crew offers (plus, it comes in tall!) I will say I ordered two sizes— a 4T and 6T and kept the larger size because I felt that the shirt fit smaller compared to my other perfect shirts. I have one in a 2T and that one fits me even through my early second trimester, so something is a little off on the sizing on this one, so keep that in mind when ordering!
I hope you enjoyed this “gift guide!” Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone you love, I hope you find some things you love as much as I do the items on this list!