Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide {Under $100!}

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I know it seems like I’m always late to the party on these gift guides, but this week is when I do the majority of my Christmas shopping – and I know I’m not alone there. Major props to everyone who posted their roundups before Thanksgiving, but unfortunately my list wasn’t checked even once (let alone twice) by that point. So for all of you that have waited until the last minute yet again, I’m here to help with ideas under $100 that will arrive before Santa.

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  • Faux Fur Slippers ($35) – Faux fur anything always gets my stamp of approval, and these babies will keep you cozy all winter long.
  • Velvet Crossbody ($16) – This was one of my Cyber Monday purchies, and I get tons of compliments every time I carry it. It looks so luxe, yet is cheaper than your average Postmates order.
  • Mini Light Box ($30) – I can’t get enough of these ever since I saw Libby Living Colorfully‘s cheeky one here. Pick one up for the lady in your life who loves to express herself.
  • Oribe Texturizing Spray ($22-44) – This stuff is worth its weight in gold, but unfortunately costs about the same too. I can rarely justify buying myself pricy beauty products, which automatically makes this dry shampoo alternative the perfect gift.
  • Gold Bubble Earrings ($52) – BaubleBar makes the best dupe for the bubble earrings that you see on every blogger and her mama. But lucky for you, these won’t gobble up half your rent check.
  • Marble Phone Case ($13) – You can never go wrong with marble. Order this for the girl that’s basic at heart (me).
  • Striped Gloves ($20) – When in doubt, hop on over to Gap and pick up a few things to throw in a gift bag. Pair these with the fur slippers above for the coziest present possible!
  • Prosecco Rose Candle ($18) – Another gift idea to file under “things people don’t want to buy for themselves but really want.” This Voluspa candle smells incredible and comes in the prettiest tin.
  • Marquee Letter ($15) – Anything with initials or a monogram undoubtedly makes you look more thoughtful, even though it’s, like, the easiest thing ever. If your pal isn’t a monogram kind of gal, opt for B, A, and R to put over her bar cart. Chic!
  • Ceramic Mug ($16) – This is basically the new “world’s best mom” mug, but way cuter.

 

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  • Wireless Headphones ($85) – Now that Apple has ruined lives everywhere by taking away our headphone jacks, it’s time to finally bite the bullet on some nice wireless headphones. These are noise canceling and I just love the vintagey feel.
  • Herschel Supply Co. Travel Kit ($30) – If you notice the guy in your life throwing all his stuff in a plastic bag when he travels, it’s time to get him an upgrade. This comes in several different colors too!
  • Death Star Popcorn Maker ($50) – If you’re dating a huge nerd like I am (hi, Will!), he’s most likely still talking about how cool the new Star Wars movie was. Be an enabler with this Rogue One-inspired popcorn maker.
  • Topman Knit Hat ($20) – Beanies have a tendency to either make guys look like hipster douchebags or five year old children. Finally Topman comes to the rescue with this effortlessly cool cap.
  • Cocktail Kit ($30) – For the man who loves to play bartender. Wrap up this wood + stainless steel cocktail kit with his favorite bourbon and you’ve got the easiest and coolest gift under the tree.
  • Anthony Shave Cream ($19) – I’m a firm believer in buying dudes things to pamper themselves, since they never will for themselves. Even the burliest of boys deserve some fancy shave cream now and then.
  • Philips Hue Light Bulbs ($30) – Since Amazon’s Alexa was such a huge gift last year (or if you know someone is getting it for your guy this year), these light bulbs are a great addition. Verbally dimming the lights will be his new favorite party trick.
  • Flannel-Lined Slippers ($30) – Slippers will always make my roundup, lame or not. The slippers my sister and I got for our dad a couple years ago are still his favorites!
  • Crosley Record Player ($80) – Record players are an annoying amount of money, which puts them at the top of the great gift idea list. Pick up a couple of his favorite albums on vinyl and you basically win Christmas.

All of the gifts above are currently in stock and able to be delivered or picked up by Christmas, so be sure to get a jump on your shopping ASAP to ensure delivery by the 24th. Maybe next year we won’t procrastinate, guys? Just kidding, see you here next time.

For more gift inspo, check out last year’s guide here. Happy shopping!

Photo: The Smiths Do Love

A Date at the Biltmore Estate

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At the top of my Asheville list was something I’ve wanted to do forever: visit the gorgeous Biltmore Estate. In fact, I was so excited to go that it was the very first stop on our trip (even before checking in at the hotel)! It was even more incredible than I thought, and I can’t wait to share all my favorite parts below.

Poncho: Loft (now 50% off!) | Jeans: c/o DL1961 | Booties: Madewell (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bangles: c/o Moon & Lola | Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Eden’) | Nails: OPI Gel (‘Malaga Wine’)

When I saw the mansion for the first time, it seriously took my breath away! The different levels, winding hallways, and endless rooms could have kept me busy all day long. Although history was always my least favorite subject in school, for some reason that was not the case at the Biltmore. You have the option to listen to an audio guide as you tour the estate, and this gal could not get enough.

Can we talk about this chandelier/spiral staircase combo? There is not one square foot of this place that isn’t mesmerizingly intricate – I could have stared at the details for hours.

One of the reasons it took me so long to get to the Biltmore is because I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go during fall or at Christmastime. Both are my favorite things ever, and both times of year are equally stunning there. Lucky for me, the Biltmore starts decorating for Christmas even earlier than I do (and my holiday season begins the day after Halloween, ha!), so I ended up getting to experience a little bit of both.

After making our way through the mansion, we went out and explored the gardens. The Conservatory was by far my favorite part, mostly because of the cactus room. It is literally a room filled with hundreds of succulents and cacti, which I’m pretty sure is every blogger’s dream!

Is anyone else having major garden envy over this rainbow of mums? Currently my “garden” is a plant on the fire escape that I’m struggling to keep alive, so I was pretty into this situation.

Next it was off to Antler Hill Village & Winery, which was about a five minute drive through the Biltmore grounds. I could not believe how large the whole estate is! The wine tasting was right up my alley because they don’t limit how many you can try – and their wine list is not small. I loved being able to taste everything, from the Christmas blend (!) to the exclusive reserve wines.

When I asked my blogger bestie, Brittany of Southern Meets Chic, about her Biltmore highlights, one thing at the top of her list was The Barn. We both share an absurd love for animals, so she gave me the essential pro tip that this stop on the map was not to be missed. Or in Britt’s words, “they let you cuddle and love on the animals as much as you want!” Which, of course, is exactly what I did.

Thanks so much to the Biltmore for having us! It was an unforgettable experience, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before I’m back. Most likely at Christmas. ❤

A Hotel Indigo Holiday

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If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw my many snaps and stories from my autumn trip to Asheville. This mountain town had been on my list for years, so when it finally came time, I wanted to do it right. Everywhere I looked in my research, I kept hearing that Hotel Indigo was the place to stay. After my visit, I have to say I agree! Take a peek inside this gorgeous boutique hotel below.

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Immediately upon arrival, my initial favorite part was the location of the hotel. It’s right in the middle of everything, so you’re within easy walking distance to the incredible restaurants, breweries, and art galleries scattered around Downtown Asheville. It was SO convenient being able to walk to dinner, home from drinks & dessert, and then out for a quick donut run the next morning. But before any of that, having a glass of wine on the patio was #1 on my to-do list (true to form). Did I mention this place has it all?

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The next morning, I was able to really take in the beautiful suite. It was so cozy and chic, and I could not get enough of the view from my enormous windows. The mountains, the old downtown buildings, and the fall foliage made for a seriously sweet wake-up call!

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After grabbing a cup of local coffee and an omelette from oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen downstairs, it was back up to the room to take full advantage of the spa level shower. If you were following along on my insta story, you may recall that this walk-in shower was honestly bigger than my entire kitchen in back in DC. The cherry on top was that Hotel Indigo carries Aveda bath products, and their rosemary mint scent is one of my all-time favorites! You better bet that I went full Ross Geller and brought those bad boys home with me.

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When I was finished with my mini spa day, I crawled back in bed for a little R&R before a day of exploring the city. Sometimes you just need to kick back in a king-size bed, turn on Bravo, and eat half a dozen donuts, am I right?

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A huge thank you to Hotel Indigo for having me! Not only can I not wait for my next stay at this location, but also to explore the numerous others all over the world. Until next time!

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

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We all know you haven’t done your Father’s Day shopping yet, and that’s okay. Below is a (under $100!) gift guide to take care of all your last minute gift-giving needs.

  • Timex Watch ($60): This timepiece is an excellent dupe for the pricier Daniel Wellington watches that we all know and love, but will only set you back sixty bucks.
  • Red Clay Hot Sauce Three Pack ($20): I always love to throw in a local Charleston item, and I can never resist something spicy (I get it from my papa). Bring dad’s cooking to another level with this fiery three pack.
  • Beer Connoisseur Magazine Subscription ($25 for 2 years): I’ve been really into giving (and receiving) magazine subscriptions recently, and this holiday is no different. Whether your dad is more of a Field & Stream or a Men’s Fitness kind of guy, you can get him a mag subscription he’ll love for super cheap – and pretty much zero effort. (Love ya, Dad!)
  • Annie Grotophorst Painting (varies): You’ve seen me talk about Annie’s illustrations all over the blog, so I couldn’t not include one for Father’s Day. Get an illustration of your old man’s best friend (bonus points if it’s on his favorite armchair) or if he’s not a pet person, his favorite beer. For a small rush fee, Annie will email you a scanned copy of the painting so you can have it printed out and framed by tomorrow.
  • Lush Shaving Cream ($14-$27): Treat your dad like the prince he is with a little well-deserved pampering. Head to your local Lush to pick him up some fancy shaving cream that won’t break the bank.
  • Cooling Bandana ($13): Bandanas are totally in right now, so why not keep your #1 guy looking fly too? The best part: this bandana will keep your dad cool (both literally and figuratively) during yard work, fishing trips, and more.
  • Swell Water Bottle ($25): This is something I’ve actually bought my own father, and he absolutely loves it. Or so he says, anyway. Not only can it keep water cold, but it can also keep his coffee hot!
  • BBQ Multi-Tool ($40): Enhance his grilling skills with this 5-in-1 BBQ multi-tool. Not only will he be the handiest grillmaster in town, but he’ll look pretty badass doing it.
  • Wooden Coaster Set ($13): Make using a coaster seem cool with these rustic wooden coasters. Cheers to never leaving a ring again!

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!

 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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After seeing commercials for it all month, Mother’s Day is finally coming up THIS Sunday. As always, I have not gotten around to scooping up my mama’s gift but it’s not about when you get it, it’s what you get. Right? Take a look at my last minute gift guide for mom, all under $100!

  • petit pehr Pompom Pillow ($45): This is technically for babies, but whatevs. How perfect will this look in mom’s favorite chair?
  • Annie Grotophorst Pet Painting (varies): My talented friend, Annie, makes incredible custom illustrations of pets/houses/anything you want, and they make such a thoughtful gift for any holiday! Last year, the BF and I both got our moms custom illustrations of their fur babies (my mom’s, Jemima, is pictured above).
  • Charleston Rice Bead Bracelets ($35): These are literally featured in every single gift guide I’ve ever had, but now that Candy Shop Vintage has come out with a rose quartz and mint color, I couldn’t help but feature them yet again.
  • TONYMOLY Sheet Mask ($3 each): Pamper your favorite gal with a sheet mask or two. I love these fun ones from TONYMOLY!
  • Old Navy Espadrille Sandals ($25): Because you can never go wrong with shoes. These also come in brown!
  • World Market Measuring Spoons ($7): Y’all, how cute are these tropical fruit measuring spoons?! If your mama is a Beyoncé fan, grab her these lemon ones instead. #lemonade
  • Threshold Marble Wall Clock ($15): As a blogger, I’m genetically programmed to be drawn to all things marble. Swing by Target for a chic and easy gift with this wall clock from Threshold!
  • Merona Straw Tote Bag ($35): A great dupe for the Marysol ones we all know and love. Comes in three other colors!
  • It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow ($20): Love her or hate her, Gwyneth’s cookbook is probably the bomb. Bonus: you can be mom’s taste tester.

What are you getting for your #1 lady this Sunday? Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

Happy Galentine’s Day!

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According to my queen, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th, and is a day to celebrate your best pals. I don’t know about y’all but I’m a lot more into this than I am actual Valentine’s Day (sorry bf), and have started observing this holiday every year. In honor of Galentine’s Day tomorrow, I got together with my blogger besties, Brittany of Southern Meets Chic and Tara of Northern Lights – Southern Belles, to celebrate lady love and cupcakes.

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So ladies, leave the boys at home tomorrow and plan a playdate with your gal pals. And for all of you who just hate Valentine’s Day and its cheesiness and commercialism blah blah blah, now you have the world’s best alternative. Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!

Keep scrolling for details on my full outfit, as well as info on all of our looks.

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My Look:
Dress: See U Soon c/o StyleDwell | Jacket: JOA c/o StyleDwell | Shoes: Shoemint (sketchily closed down, similar here) | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Flower Crown c/o Kerry Ann Stokes

Tara’s Look:
Dress: Love Stitch c/o StyleDwell | Boots: Simmi Shoes | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Sunnies: Sunglass Spot | Bag: Ms. Little’s Bag

Brittany’s Look:
Dress: Tularosa c/o StyleDwell | Booties: Aldo | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Headband: Sara Gabriel | Coat c/o StyleDwell

A huge thank you StyleDwell for dressing me and my gals, Hermosa Jewelry for blinging us up, Kerry Ann Stokes for my gorgeous flower crown, Sugar Bakeshop for letting us crash their courtyard for the afternoon, and of course, my sweet galentines, Brittany, Tara, and my fabulous photographer, Jess, for bearing one of Charleston’s coldest days to celebrate the magic of girlfriends ❤

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Happy February, everyone! It’s officially the month of looooove, so it’s time to stop procrastinating and start thinking about what to get your person. So whether that’s your S.O., your bestie, or even a Galentine’s Day gift exchange (hey that sounds fun can I come?!), I’ve got you covered. Check out my picks below!

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  • ban.do Tumbler – Staying hydrated has never been so easy (or cute).
  • Hanky Panky Bralette – For those of you looking for a more “traditional” gift. How adorable is that bow?!
  • YSL Lipstick – The perfect pink for your Valentine’s date.
  • ban.do Tote Bag – Can’t go wrong with something covered in hearts!
  • Kate Spade Clutch – Lipstick: yes. Clutch: yes. Put them both together? All the heart eyes.
  • Diptique Candle – I don’t know about y’all, but me and bank account have gotten in major fights about these candles. Save me from the groveling and buy one for me?
  • Baublebar Studs – I have these and wear them all year long!
  • Chanel Nail Polish – Simple, pretty, classic. Insider tip: grab a couple more colors, a pretty piece of jewelry, and a bag of candy, then throw it all in the tumbler for a quick and easy gift she’ll love.
  • Sonix iPhone Case – Why have just one iPhone case when you can have five? This one is too much fun!
  • Dior Perfume – I usually write this off as a pretty boring present for other holidays, but I give perfume two thumbs up as a Valentine’s Day gift. It feels sort of romantic and old-fashioned. Or something.
  • Marysia Swim Bikini – Have a vacation with your sweetheart coming up? Win Valentine’s Day with this sweet suit.
  • Hunter Boots – If she doesn’t have Hunter Boots, she wants some. If she already has some, she wants another color. It’s like giving a mouse a cookie all over again, y’all.

If your beau keeps asking what you want, send him a link to this post for foolproof shopping that keeps the surprise factor alive. Thanks for reading! ❤

Photo: Catherine Ann Photography

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time again! If you need help finishing your Christmas shopping (or starting if you’re irresponsible/me), I’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find gift guides for both her and him, featuring a little bit of everything to cover all the folks on your nice list. You know I’m always down for some cheapies, but I made the price point all across the board here since you’ll probably be spending more on your boo than your office secret santa. Take a peek at my picks!

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  • J. Crew Pom-Pom Beanie – Keep your BFF cozy and chic in a faux fur pom hat. This neon pink one is sold out (but like belonged in my gift guide, sorrz), however there are similar/cheaper ones here and here.
  • Charleston Rice Bead Earrings – A Candy Shop Vintage creation made the list again, and I’m not mad about it. I didn’t want to include the studs last year since that’s what I was getting my sisters, but they are my absolute favorite!
  • Hanky Panky Thong – You won’t go wrong with one of these guys. The ladies in your life can never have enough, and if they’re anything like me, they rarely feel like shelling out $20+ to purchase a pair for themselves.
  • Cravings by Chrissy Teigen – *ALERT* this would be pre-order only (since it won’t be released until February), but you could wrap up the gift receiver’s favorite “craving” instead. Look how clever you are!
  • The Burlap Bag Candle – With scents like “Baked Bread,” “Cuddles,” and “La-La Land,” these creative candles are great if you need a silly stocking stuffer. They are also made with soy wax so you won’t be gifting toxic chemicals! Hooray!
  • GiGi New York Mini Zip Card Case – I don’t know about y’all, but I always think it’s a classy move when I ask for a business card and someone whips out a fancy little holder like this. This is also something that most people don’t think to buy themselves, making it the perfect present!
  • Nasty Gal Girl Boss Desk Plate – For the hustler in your life. Perhaps not ideal for cubicles at large companies, but to each her own.
  • Lip Kit by Kylie – Sooo tbh this gift guide was supposed to go live on Monday, meaning you would have known about the restock and could have actually bought this, but you could always buy it on eBay or wrap up an IOU. Friends don’t let friends buy their own Kardashian products!
  • Chiara Ferragni iPhone Case – Gold, glitter, and a wink? What’s not to love?
  • Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – I was shopping with my blogger babe Brittany of Southern Meets Chic the other day, and she always keeps me in the know about must-have products like this one. (Blake Shelton sold separately.)

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For more ideas, check out last year’s (still relevant) gift guides here!

A Fresh Weekend

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a sequence of pretty pics from Kiawah’s finest Freshfields Village a few weeks ago for their VIP blogger weekend. It was kind of hard to show off how wonderful it was with a few snapshots, so I thought I’d elaborate a little further!

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One of the first things that secured my RSVP to this weekend was the fact that we were to be hosted by the Andell Inn, the luxurious boutique hotel on Kiawah. When I walked in, I immediately never wanted to leave. The lobby is full of all gold everything, high ceilings, fur, antlers, and a stunning fireplace. We were even greeted with champagne, cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery (my fave!) waiting on our nightstands, and even a framed photo from our blogs. SO thoughtful! Oh, and did I mention that the headboards in the rooms are snakeskin? Yeah, that’s a thing.

After we got settled in, we were off to the Urban Nirvana for complimentary blowouts and make up touchups. I feel like I should note that the guy who did my blowout just did Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss’s hair for a show at NYFW. Am I famous, guys?

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After meeting up with our lovely hosts for the weekend (and eating way too much from the cheese tray), we began our walk through Freshfields. The first stop was The Resort Shop, which was basically a store full of everything I wanted – including macarons and champagne. From there, it was Lilly Pulitzer, where we got the sweetest little elephant pouches (currently using mine for makeup!), then J. McLaughlin to stock up on our classics. Then, don’t judge, Tara and I may or may not have run back to the hotel for a quick wardrobe change – hey, we didn’t have time to change after we checked in!

Next it was Roberta Roller Rabbit, which I was super excited about since I had never been. I was like a kid in a candy store looking through all of the gorgeous handmade prints, colorful jewelry, and fun fringe bags. After that came Holly & Brooks to get our shoe game strong. The ladies there were so sweet and accommodating! (And gave me more cheese – how to win my heart in one easy step.)

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The last stop was Vincent’s Drugstore & Soda Fountain, which made me feel like I stepped into a time machine and went back to the cutest 50s diner. Like true bloggers, we had to photograph every single thing before we ate it, which made for very melty (yet delicious) root beer floats and sundaes. Photo above courtesy of the talented Annie Reeves!

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After that we went back to the hotel, had a drink at the hotel bar, then went to sleep in the Andell Inn’s incredible king-size beds for the night. The next morning we woke up to a beautiful presentation of breakfast foods (which Tara and I promptly brought up to her room to eat in bed), and then it was back to Charleston! Thank you SO much to Freshfields Village for hosting all of us crazy gals, The Andell Inn for the best/prettiest night’s sleep, and all the fabulous shops for such a fun day. I can’t wait to come back!

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Check out some more highlights below:

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Photos by Karson Photography

Festive Flags

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Like I mentioned in my blog post last week, I’m kind of in love with Morgan Cole Art. Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, I decided to do a fun giveaway over on insta featuring Morgan’s adorable flag paintings. The giveaway was also a celebration of Morgan launching this new collection on her website, which is now LIVE! So even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can shop the entire flag collection here.

The fun news doesn’t stop there, y’all – you can get 10% off the whole collection with promo code TKPD10! This code is only valid for 24 hours, so you better hurry!

If you still haven’t entered the giveaway, there are still a couple hours left! Head to my Instagram here.