Holiday Gift List and Friday Links 12.05.14

My fave giftables (foodie and otherwise!) for Holiday 2014 -- Links and descriptions at #holiday #giftguide #christmas #gifts

Hey guys! Hope everyone’s having a lovely Friday. With Christmas just around the bendarino, I thought I’d sneak in a quickie post today to highlight some of my fave giftables this season. Some of them are foodie; some of them are just things I want ever so badly (or currently use with great enthusiasm). Also, Chris is bro’ing out tonight, so I’m eating Oh!s for dinner and watching Nicholas Sparks movies and attempting to pass both of those things off as working by doing uh, this. I’m pretty much killing it dead.

My fave giftables (foodie and otherwise!) for Holiday 2014  -- Links and descriptions at #holiday #giftguide #christmas #gifts
ONE. Color block everything! I fell in love with a similar coat (on a woman’s body) when we were in Spain and didn’t have the guts (or the Catalan-Spanglish skills) to ask about it. // TWO. Super similar to a couple of vintage pieces I lucked out and inherited from my grandpa (via my mom). Love that heirloomy-looking wood handle. // THREE. We use these double-walled glasses on the daily to keep our fancy, home-brewed coffee drinks hotter ‘an hot. // FOUR. Everyday earrings with just enough dazzle — and they’re a steal! // FIVE. For literally everyone you know who even remotely likes to cook. // SIX. Because I’m, like, 4 years old. And because yes, that $10 bottle of wine totally counts as a hostess gift if it’s dressed for the occasion. // SEVEN. I mean, if the wine gets a scarf… (also: holiday plaid makes me happy!!) // EIGHT. Completely obsessed with all things winter-slash-pine-scented — and bonus: the cute fluted bowl can be reused for trinkets and jewelry. // NINE. Story of my life. P.S. How hip is the way I’m numbering this list? // TEN. You can take the girl out of Ohio…a.k.a. the best artisan ice cream you will ever eat, ever. // ELEVEN. I can’t resist a dude in a vest. This one is functional and fashiony and ever-so-slightly retro without being overly hip or furry or any of that silly stuff.

Friday links!

Since I’ve also used my solo evening to give the interwebs a good scour, now seems like a good a time to throw in a few Friday Links. Maybe I’ll even make a regular habit of it! But probably not. 😉


  • Painting doll faces to look more like Katniss. (This one took me waaaaay down the rabbit hole.)
  • Get the sitter ready, I know what I’m doing on June 12th!! (Yes, I’m posting it AGAIN.)
  • I shared Jayden’s post about why she lets her kids eat junk food on FB a while back with varied reactions. Your thoughts?
  • Not sure which I love more: Jimmy Fallon’s holiday take on pop songs, or the dress Rashida Jones is wearing to back him up.
  • Just a little obsessed with stalking Emily’s pregnancy style — and, likely, ripping off a budget version of it for myself down the road!


  • Not sure how I, The Ramen-Obsessed, missed this one, but MY GOD, TIEGHAN.  I’ll take all the bowls.
  • Alana is banging out 12 Days of (gorgeous) Cookies!!! So far, these peanutty bad boys have my vote.
  • This korean beef + rice + kimchi’d pickly things = all I want for Christmas.
  • I am obsessed with Steph and Steph is obsessed with grilled cheese (yay, roundup!) and all is right with the world.
  • I dare you to find something more holiday-hip than these ridiculously adorable gingerbread terrariums. <3
  • Fried oysters should probably be on every single salad.
  • Love this roundup of recipes to use up leftover cream. Oh haaaaaay, homemade ricotta.


p.s. — The header pic is San Sebastian being crazy beautiful in the fall. Yay, Spain!


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