Yesterday I went to the yummiest place on earth, Stickhouse in Santa Monica. I walked past it twice and could no longer abide their sweet confections not in my belly. So I went for a fine “sticked” Italian gelato.
There really is an art to giving a meaningful gift. I mean nobody’s balking at the ubiquitous gift card or cash, but a gift that really hits home gets remembered. What do you get for the friend that literally has everything, loves boho chic, and only uses vegan, animal safe, sanctified by God products? A bag full of stuff!!!
Contrary to popular belief I do believe in using equations (I’ll have to show you lovelies my fashion equation of day, let’s just say Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of a good equation too). But since we are talking about gifts let’s focus on how to give a proper gift. Ehem [clears throat…pushes up glasses] the equation is as follows:
Sentiment + Attention to Detail – Shopping for Yourself = An Amazing Gift
Remember a moment from childhood or when you first met your intended giftee. Integrate those elements into your gift. For example my besties and I would share W Magazines when were were younger. We would write our dreams and goals in the margins then pass the magazine along to the next lovely lady. So by giving her a W Mag I’m reminding her to always follow her heart to remember that she can rely on us. We also bough a bottle of wine from the city where she and her forever were married. Adding a libation is always a good reminder of fun days.
Don’t shop for yourself:
My bestie has a solid Christian faith, hence the gratitude journal with inspirational Bible verse. This purchase may not integrate into my own concept of spirituality but remember GIFTS AREN’T FOR YOU!!!!
Gifts are all about presentation. Yes of course who cares what the box looks like on the 7 karat diamond but isn’t it just that much better if it comes flying down from the heavens in the mouth of a pure white dove? So, with that being said find the perfect receptacle. We clearly didn’t find any doves large enough to carry our gift but we did find an H&M. Why go with a boring basket when you can provide your beach loving bestie with the perfect beach ready tote? Thank you H&M for all of your bounty.
Make sure you add stuffing so your gifts will stand tall. Yet again I will reinforce the importance of presentation. As humans we make appraisals within 10 milliseconds of seeing an individual. I haven’t seen any research on appraisals and gifts yet (I may just publish one), but I’m sure it isn’t much different. My little trick is paper balled up at the bottom to add that extra height. Then add that Easter basked grass on top. I don’t even know what that stuff is called. Tinsel?
The final touches were the fresh tulips and some pretty expensive facial serum from the Montage Laguna. Our favorite hotel. Our other bestie was wed there last year in a fabulous ocean view ceremony (link) and we’ve all been drawn there like moths to a flame ever since. It’s really become a special place for our friendship. So, we talked to her hubby and organized with hotel staff and she was presented with her gift after dinner.
Brunch is the fanciest of all meals. It’s for those of us too busy for breakfast but too hungry to wait for lunch. The staff of the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla California set up such an amazing spread for my friends and I, just 15 amazing blogger and influencers enjoying a fabulous weekend on the beach.
I worked against my own best interests by noshing on chocolate, bread, and assorted libations, but what’s brunch without a few bad decisions.
The beach has always been a place of balance and reflection in my life, a place where I could focus on getting back to basics. There is something about being in the presences of all four elements at one time that really serves to ground me. I could barely even focus on eating while taking in the view. Ok, seriousness over…
I even made a little beetle friend. Hey, antenna off my pitaya, my new favorite fruit. Don’t get me started on my favorite pitaya bowl at Leno Juice Bar, but that’s a convo for another post.
I realized that I like Eggs Benedict. Look at this little nugget of amazingness.
We even had a private presentation of a La Jolla fashion line Timmithea. That cute little lady in pink is the fabulous Timmithea Leeds.
I obsessed over that maxi skirt. So Audrey! Well C&C readers look forward to more posts of my transcendental weekend at the La Valencia Hotel. xoxoxo