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Our 2020 Gift Guide Under $50

It’s gift guide season! From the coziest pajama set to my favorite cookbook ever, these gifts priced under $50 are poised to be favorites of your pals, too! Keep reading for all of our budget picks below… When you’re creating a holiday list of people to buy for, I think it’s really important to set a budget and not exceed it. The intention of the gift is to surprise and delight and let people know they were remembered. You don’t have to go into debt to do that. The gifts above begin at as little as $5 and none of …

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Our 2020 Gift Guide for Kids, Part 1

It’s gift guide season! From the most inspiring book series for littles to the gift that is bound to keep on giving, continue reading for our 2020 gift guide picks for the kids, part 1. (Part 2 coming soon!) I have to argue that shopping for small children who will lose their ever-loving minds over something like an acrylic mermaid necklace is about the only thing more fun than shopping for yourself. I’ve been planning these girls’ Christmas lists for a few months now and may have used it for a cheat sheet for this list. …

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Our 2020 Gift Guide for the Stylish Homebody

It’s gift guide season! From the ultimate slipper to the pendant necklace that your wardrobe is craving, keep reading for our 2020 gift guide picks for the stylish homebody. (Ahem, me!) Before we get started, let me just say that the gifting season is an all-year affair for me. As early as the spring I begin dropping ideas into a gmail draft for friends and family, making notes of sizes and asking questions that don’t give anything away when its only the fourth of July. Then, come November, I start making purchases. By the time my …

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Creativity, a Great Dinner Party, and the Coloring Book you Need in your Life with Iris Apfel

It was a short conversation, but in the spring of 2004 as I was chatting with an upperclassmen, I decided to transfer to the Fashion Merchandising program. I was ending my sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin. While a degree in fashion didn’t fit what I had thought I might do professionally up until this point, the idea of personal style, aesthetics and creative projects were becoming more and more all-consuming and as time went on I could think of less and less reason why I shouldn’t make them the focus of my …

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