Tag: besties

The Art of Gift Giving

Advice, DIY, Lifestyle August 26, 2016

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

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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.

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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!!!!


Attention to Detail:

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.


I heard she loved it!!! I would love to share the text she sent me, but I still have this weird thing called privacy I hold on to.  So just imagine all the wonderful stuff she said xoxo.

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Table Play

Food, Home, Lifestyle, Photography November 21, 2014

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Alright people.  Friendsgiving was so exciting and my life so exhausting that it took me almost a week to post this.  But I made it and just in time to show you some table ideas for the real deal, THANKSGIVING!!!  I love Friendsgiving and for multiple reasons of course friends and food are among them but it also serves as a dry run for fun decorative ideas. I mean I NEVER get to design my mom’s tables like this.

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Ok first things first.  Setting up the folding tables was all about understanding the space and the needs of our guests.  The space was my cousin’s gorgeous home with wood floors and glass walled, colored lit recording studio.  The guests were 50 super smart super chatty people that wanted to talk and eat.  So, rather than arranging out 4 folding tables in a long banquet style I made two square tables.  This was accomplished by aligning the tables side by side.  Everything was covered with white linen table clothes and a black and white printed runner (in other words old washed curtains).  Renew, reuse, recycle!

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Then I started layering my table.  First the gold chargers, napkin, gold paper plate, and silver disposable flatware.  Let’s be honest for a moment.  If you invited 10 people then you use real dished but if you are expecting 50, disposable is the only option.  Then I wanted to add some height with large glass vases, mason jar, wine bottle with candle, and mercury votive.  After that I started layering flowers.  First the hanging amaranthus, then a whole array of chrysanthemums in purple, dark purple, and white.  Finally, I placed candles and my little spiky balls from my last post.

 

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Here is a close up of the hanging amaranthus.

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And here is more I placed above the mantle.  Finding balance around the room is very important.  You don’t want uber cute tables and a drab space.

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Then we ate and were merry.

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The spinach balls were inspired.

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And look at how cute this little patio is…ummm adorbs.

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