December 07, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

How many of you have gone to someone’s house for a dinner or housewarming party with the traditional bottle of wine, candle or a small houseplant?  I know that I'm totally guilty of doing this myself.  Giving a host or hostess a gift is a great way to show a little token of gratitude.  I’ve always been taught that you shouldn’t go to someone’s house empty handed.  Now I don’t bring a gift every time I visit a friends’ home, but I definitely try to follow Emily Posts etiquette rule during special occasions. These days, there are so many options for a hostess gift beside the traditional bottle of wine or a candle. Here are my top 10 ways to show the hostess with the mostest that you appreciate their hospitality.  Do you normally give the hostess a little something extra during a visit to their home?  Let me know in the comments and let me know if you have any additional suggestions for this gift guide.

1. Nostalgia Electrics - Ice Shaver…$20.00
2. Stonewall Kitchen - Our Blueberry Breakfast Gift…$39.95
3. Jonathan Adler - Zebra Coasters…$48.00
4. Total Wine - Veuve Clicquot Brut NV…$42.97
5. Apartment 38 - Bamboo Cheeseboard…$38.00
6. Sagaform - Happy Days Punchbowl w/ Ladle…$49.95
7. MarieBelle - Cacaotelle Hot Cocoa Collection…$50.00
8. Bath and Body Works - Aromatherapy Medium Gift Box…$30.00
9. Fresh - Oval Soap Trio Gift Set…$45.00
10.  Anthropologie - Chalkboard Spice Jar…$10.00 - $12.00
xoxo Moody Girl

December 06, 2012

Moody Style: Floral + Polka Dots

Have you mastered the art of pattern mixing?  I know that I haven’t yet.  I’m always worried that I’m going to mess up and look crazy in the end.  I’ve been able to pull off a few outfits here and there, but only after trying to replicate the same look from some of my fellow bloggers.

I know that some people have a hard time with this trend, so I came up with a couple quick tips that could be helpful avoid feeling silly when mixing patterns. From what I’ve seen so far, the key to mixing patterns it to mix different types of patterns together that vary in scale. For instance, wearing stripes with florals, plaids with stripes, and smaller polka dots with larger polka dots.  Another tip for successful pattern mixing is picking out some coordinating colors in the patterns or focusing on one base color in both patterns.  

And if mixing patterns is too much for you, you can also cheat a little bit like I did in today’s outfit.  When I saw the Beryl Skirt on the sale rack at Anthropologie, I knew I had to grab it because of the instant pattern mixing.   So go on and mix those patterns.  Let me know what you think about this trend in the comments.  Have you started incorporating pattern mixing into your wardrobe?

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft (old); Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (old); Skirt: Anthropologie Beryl Skirt;
Earrings: Poppy Flower Earrings; Necklace: Anthropologie Moon Leaves Necklace; Bracelet: Poppy Flower BraceletWatch: Coach Boyfriend Bracelet Watch; Shoes: Ralph Lauren Zabrina Heels

December 02, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide for the Secret Santa

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a little behind in my holiday shopping this year.  I’ve picked up a few things here and there throughout the year, but I’m nowhere close to being finished.  Yesterday morning I finally wrote out my Christmas list and I tried to come up with gift ideas for everyone. I had an idea for most of the people on my list, but there were a few that left me completely stumped.  So, I decided to put together another holiday gift guide in the attempt to come up with some ideas for myself and anyone else that may need it. 

For this edition of Fresh Picks to Follow, I picked out a few gifts that are affordable and shouldn’t break the budget.  And the best thing about this guide is that all of these picks are under $25.00.  I hope that this guide will be helpful for anybody that needs help figuring out what to buy for a Secret Santa gift exchange, for a friendly coworker or a last minute gift. Let me know if you have any additional suggestions for this gift guide.

1. Uncommon Goods – Corkcicle…$22.95
2. Anthropologie - Handpainted Folk Owl Mug…14.00
3. Williams Sonoma - Soiree Wine Aerator with Stand…$19.95
4. Red Envelope - Handmade Gray Sea Salted Caramels…$24.95
5. Anthropologie - Pretty Pansy Vase…$18.00
6. Pier 1 - Apothecary Jars…$19.95 - $24.95
7. Bed Bath and Beyond - The Original Whirley Pop™ Stovetop Popcorn Popper…$19.95
8. J.Crew – Glitter Notebook…$12.50
10. Bath and Body Works - Slatkin & Co. 3-Wick Candle Sleeve ($5.00) and 3-Wick Candle…$20.00
xoxo Moody Girl
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