Gift Guide | G is for Giftwrap

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Even the smallest gifts can leave a big impression when presented properly. These beautiful gift wrapping options will add some pizzazz to your gift giving this year.

Check out the rest of my gift wrap picks, as well as the entire alphabet of consumerism over on my etsy treasuries or on my Gift Guide Pinterest Board. How are you presenting your gifts this holiday season?

Gift Guide | F is for Feline Fanatics



We all know at least one. She may not be a “crazy cat lady” but her undying love for her feline companion is something to behold. If you follow her instagram, there are dozens of videos and pics of her cat doing things all cats do, all of them filmed/snapped with all the enthusiasm of a jubilant new parent documenting their child’s first steps.. She has lint rollers stashed in her car, her purse and by the front door of her house since nothing may enter her abode without becoming completely coated in cat hair. She would never date a man her cat didn’t like or who didn’t like her cat. She bases a lot of her friendships on this rule as well.

In the event that you are familiar with such a lady, and are willing to give her something else for her cat to coat in it’s fuzz, I’ve put together a little gift guide for those obsessed with felines. Enjoy!

Check out more of my Feline Fanatic picks over on my Etsy and my Pinterest Gift Guide Board.

OOTD | baby! it’s cold outside

Oh, hey look! It’s me! I’m back! I finally purchased my new camera and it just arrived a few days ago. I am so entirely taken with this handsome piece of gadgetry. I scored this amazing Canon Rebel T3i kit with 3 lenses for about $900.  I also sprang for a 3 year service contract, because I am accident prone. And yes, I bought it off QVC, because I am a 70 year old woman at heart and cannot resist a good deal. I’m still learning my way around it, but so far I love the quality and I’m having so much fun discovering and playing around with all the cool upgrades from my old camera (video! live view mode! a flip panel view finder!). These are a few of the first real photos I’ve taken with him. Yes, it’s a him. I havn’t settled on a name yet, but I’ll keep you updated.
And now for the weather.
Temperatures in SF have been pretty low this week. I went to work the other day and found myself actively resenting every single person who opened the door, as it allowed gusts of icy wind to whip through the restaurant. I-in all my infinite wisdom, had not worn a sweater. It’s been so cold we actually turned the heater on in our apartment…which is something we do not do, because we live in SF and can barely afford our rent, let alone our gas bill. My toes are numb. Which isn’t really that weird, since I possess perpetually frozen feet, but still. It’s cold. I am whining. People who live places with actual nasty weather can start telling me to suck it up now.
In response to the aforementioned numbingly cold conditions, I bought this scarf from Urban Outfitters while wandering aimlessly downtown yesterday after work. This scarf is magical. It is essentially the equivalent of wearing  a blankie around my head and shoulders. And let me tell you something, with the current climate we are enduring, that is a whole mess of win. I find myself shivering violently on street corners and overhearing the same conversation, in which the participants recite the same dozen or so lines about how god forsaken cold out it is– accompanied with various expletives and exaggerated “Brrrrr!” noises–and I find myself thinking about how much nicer their lives would be if they only had a scarf as warm and toasty as mine. Believe me, invest in a cozy scarf. You will have no regrets. Except maybe that you had allowed your neck and chin region to go unclothed for so long. That is the only possible failing in this scenario.
In other news…
  • I am remodeling my room. Again. Because this is something I am compelled to do every few months. It has resulted in a mass expulsion of furniture and clothing and now I am in the market for a new desk and desk chair.
  • I’ve been on a bit of a movie-going kick the last few days. I went and saw Catching Fire with my dear friend Christine the other evening and it was fantastic, as expected. Then on Friday night I went and saw Blue Jasmine with my roommates. It was also very good but in a completely different way. It was cool to see the parts that were filmed in SF, but also kind of disappointing because it didn’t actually seem like there were that many. Excellent movie, anyways.
  • I’ve never been a lipstick person. I’m much more a Chapstick kind of girl, but my roommate rocks some interesting shades and I’ve decided I’m finally at the age where I’m going to make lipstick a thing for me. I snagged this awesome shade of red from Sephora the other day (before the scarf. I need supervision while downtown with money in my pockets) it’s called Live it Up from the Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie lipstick line. I’ve been using Bare Escentuals since high school and didn’t even know they made lipstick. This stuff is fab tho, rich, creamy and long lasting. I ate a breakfast burrito with this shiz on, and even though it got all over my burrito, I still had plenty of pigment on my lips after the massacre. I don’t have enough experience with lipstick to know if thats good or bad though.
  • I found this black velvet coat at Goodwill some time ago. I love it’s worn edges.
  • These black Steve Madden Tiaraa Booties have been on my feet pretty much non-stop since I got them in the fall. I wear em to work or just kick around the city in. Their showing the love, but that’s what shoes are for, right?
  • This sweater was a score at ross, and the red dress is a Converse for Target thift store score. I am also wearing both leggings and tights. Because it’s colder’n a ticket-taker’s smile at the Ivar Theater on a Saturday night (kudos if you get the reference.)
  • There are drunk people singing outside my window and I think I just remembered where my electric blanket is stashed and I am suddenly so excited.

Mixtape Monday | Lorde – Team Video

Do I even need to explain? Bow down.

Gift Guide | E is for Ear Candy

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Music is pretty universal. No matter who the person is, gifting them something to enjoy their favorite tunes through will make you a hit. I rounded up a few of the most attractive music listening devices I could find on the interwebz. Let’s rock.

  • Go retro and introduce some vinyl into someones life with the Crosley Keepsake Deluxe USB Turntable. Plus, the keepsakes cool USB outlet allows your albums to be recorded in digital format so you can enjoy your records on the go.
  • Or, for the more discerning audiophile, this beautiful, high quality and limited production turntable is called The Barky Turntable and it is lovingly custom built by the design geniuses over at Audiowood.
  • This cool Bluboom Blueooth Portable Speaker by Triple C Designs is made of beautiful, natural walnut and has a rechargeable lithium battery lifespan of up to 7 hours of stylish playtime.
  • This beautiful Upcycled Mid Century Modern Speaker has been retrofitted with bluetooth capabilities so you can still enjoy the joys of Rdio and Spotify without having to leave your phone sitting on top of the stereo.
  • Similarly, Tombox is a project by German design firm Diefabrik that restores discarded, quality speakers and adapts them for use with modern technology.
  • And in other recycled objects, these cute portable amps built into mint tins is absolutely adorable.
  • These LSTN Cherry Wood Troubadour Headphones are so pretty that I literally let out a little coo of contentment when I saw them for the first time. Each pair is individually handcrafted out of reclaimed cherry wood, and for ever pair sold, LSTN helps restore the hearing of a person in need through the Starky Hearing Foundation.

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  • These gorgeous I-MEGO Throne Headphones in Gold are so luxe, with gold detailing and plush leather, there’s memory foam in their ear-pads, for chrissake. The acoustic engineering on this particular set is geared toward the big bass of rock, R&B and hip hop. I imagine Biggie and Black Sabbath sound equally amazing through them.
  • For a subtler dose of opulence, The Monitor Headphones by legendary amp makers, Marshall, are made of black vinyle leather with brass accents, evoking the spirit of the companies rock and roll history, while providing high quality sound and comfort.
  • These quirky DVF♥HVN Cat Headphones were created as a collaboration between NYC DJ Harley Viera-Newton and stylish cat lover, Diane Von Furstenberg (the adorable cat on the ear piece is inspired by Ms. Von Furstenburg’s beloved kitty, Marmite). The set even comes with a matching mini-mp3 player that can hold up to 70 minutes of music.
  • This slick IDEA Card Speaker is so slick and glam, like a slim gold bar that sings to you.
  • Yeah, that pretty black headband she has on? Thats a set of headphones. The Molami Twine Headphones are made of a soft, flexible headpiece that wraps around your head, looking for all the world like a lovely silk head wrap. Molami also makes a bunch of other very chic headphones and their function meets fashion ideal has resulted in some gorgeous work.