Food for Thoughts

November 28, 2012

Because it’s already Wednesday – let’s power through the rest of this week!  I love thinking about limits and goals and this notion of pushing towards them felt particularly powerful today…  And that’s all I got… Oh, and did anyone else watch Million Dollar Decorators last night?  I’m shocked that Kathryn didn’t call me to get together for lunch while she was in Dallas all those months ago.  Shocked but not offended since she did look pretty busy with that install…  Kiss kiss! P.S. We are on the Verily Magazine blog today as a “style crush” feature– we hope you…

Because it’s already Wednesday – let’s power through the rest of this week!  I love thinking about limits and goals and this notion of pushing towards them felt particularly powerful today…  And that’s all I got… Oh, and did anyone else watch Million Dollar Decorators last night?  I’m shocked that Kathryn didn’t call me to get together for lunch while she was in Dallas all those months ago.  Shocked but not offended since she did look pretty busy with that install…  Kiss kiss!

P.S. We are on the Verily Magazine blog today as a “style crush” feature– we hope you will check out the Q+A.  Thanks so much for Janet for the fun interview!

(Images 1, 3 – 2 by APoT)

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Present Picks {BOSS}

November 27, 2012

Present picks for your boss or for the desk enthusiast.  Think something smaller, useful, yet still thoughtful.  The adorable travel adapter – so smart and so practical.  When in doubt, a pretty and unique candle is always a great gift for your boss.  Aside from desk accessories, a great coffee table book is something that any boss would love.  We love this New York Times version, but any book in relation to their personality or favorite things would make the perfect pick.  Really no words for the dachshund letter holder (you can always count on Anthro for unique little gifts)…who wouldn’t want…

Present picks for your boss or for the desk enthusiast.  Think something smaller, useful, yet still thoughtful.  The adorable travel adapter – so smart and so practical.  When in doubt, a pretty and unique candle is always a great gift for your boss.  Aside from desk accessories, a great coffee table book is something that any boss would love.  We love this New York Times version, but any book in relation to their personality or favorite things would make the perfect pick.  Really no words for the dachshund letter holder (you can always count on Anthro for unique little gifts)…who wouldn’t want that little guy perched on their desk?! Happy shopping!       

(1. Ruled Letter Opener // 2. USB Hubman // 3. Kate Spade Spiral Day Calendar // 4. Dachshund Letter Holder // 5. Tory Burch Desk Calendar with Stand // 6. Fossil Maddox Leather Paperweight // 7. Colossal Golden Wishbone // 8. Tom Ford Private Blend Candle // 9. Delfonics Ballpoint Pens // 10. Smythson ‘Profound Thoughts’ Notebook // 11. The New York Times Magazine: Photographs Book // 12. Tory Burch Travel Adapter // 13. Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock)

Other Present Picks for 2012: Best Friend

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Join Us + 7 For All Mankind!

November 26, 2012

We hope you all are free this Thursday, November 29th – because we are hosting an evening of holiday shopping with one of our favorites for denim (and so much more) – 7 For All Mankind!  This night is not one you will want to miss… And of course you are all invited to come!!  It’s going to fun time to shop all that 7 For All Mankind has to offer for those on your gift list while sipping on cocktails and enjoying mini makeovers and tips from Smashbox Cosmetics! Here are the details: .Place & Time: 7 For All Mankind store in Dallas’ Northpark…

We hope you all are free this Thursday, November 29th – because we are hosting an evening of holiday shopping with one of our favorites for denim (and so much more) – 7 For All Mankind!  This night is not one you will want to miss… And of course you are all invited to come!!  It’s going to fun time to shop all that 7 For All Mankind has to offer for those on your gift list while sipping on cocktails and enjoying mini makeovers and tips from Smashbox Cosmetics! Here are the details:

.Place & Time: 7 For All Mankind store in Dallas’ Northpark Mall, 6:00-8:00pm (come stop in any time you can!)

.Rewards: Spend $250 or more and recieve a VIP gift of an iPod Shuffle, Smashbox Cosmetics, and a subscription of VOGUE!

.Fun Stuff: Anyone who attends the event can enter to win an iPad Mini 🙂

.Shop & Enjoy: The 7 For All Mankind store is excited to show you all the merchandise they have in the store – denim, clothing, accessories, shoes, and more for both men and women!!

We are so looking forward to this fun event and hope that some of you will be able to come and join us… If you think you can make it, RSVP to 7FAM_Marketing@vfc.com.  Holiday shopping keeps getting more and more fun, doesn’t it?  Cheers to seeing some of you next week!

(Graphic c/o 7 For All Mankind)

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Toast Talk

November 26, 2012

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (and what a delicious time it was), holiday gift giving is at the forefront of my mind.  Some people are naturally skilled in the art of giving gifts… Our mama is the first person who comes to mind when I think about someone who is just awesome at picking out the perfect presents – whether it’s for someone’s birthday, Christmas, or just a simple hostess gift, she always nails it.  No gift cards or money… Just thoughtful and unique presents that always well used and adored.  Gift guides are taking over the blogsphere right…

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (and what a delicious time it was), holiday gift giving is at the forefront of my mind.  Some people are naturally skilled in the art of giving gifts… Our mama is the first person who comes to mind when I think about someone who is just awesome at picking out the perfect presents – whether it’s for someone’s birthday, Christmas, or just a simple hostess gift, she always nails it.  No gift cards or money… Just thoughtful and unique presents that always well used and adored.  Gift guides are taking over the blogsphere right now (and we are guilty for jumping on board and will posting one for you all each day this week) – but there are a few tips I’ve picked up from my mama when it comes to giving presents that go above and beyond…

Tip No. 1: Listen and take notes.  It sounds obvious to take note throughout the year on what would be good presents for certain people, but how many of us can say that we do it?  Most people don’t realize it, but they drop hints on a daily basis that give clues that can help you when you’re out shopping for them.  Simple statements like, “I have been dying for a subscription to Real Simple,” or, “I really need a new casual watch,” might seem like nothing when they say it but will provide you with a starting point for things they might want/need.  Nothing beats seeing a person’s face light up when they open something they have been wanting… They will be shocked and happy that you remembered  🙂

Tip No. 2: Observe and take notes.  If your friend/sister/significant other is quiet about sharing what they like on a daily basis you can still pick up on noticing subtle things…  If your boyfriend loves waffles and orders them ever time you go out for brunch, maybe a waffle maker and a box of delicious mix would be a great gift.  If you sister recently lost her favorite pair of stud earrings you could try to replace them for her.  Dad loves to grill?  Get him one of these cool hats that let him see what he’s doing even when it’s dark.  They will be surprised that you knew exactly what they needed/wanting without them having to tell you!  The trick is to write these genius ideas down before you forget them – I keep all my notes in an Archie notebook I always have with me.

Tip No. 3: Know the person and think about form vs. function.  This is my designery side coming into play… Form = think these measuring cups.  They are adorable and a fun thing to have if you love details, cooking, etc.  Function = think these measuring cups.  They are simple but classic and more about “getting the job done” than looking good while doing it.  The way I see it, some people appreciate the form, and some people appreciate the function – know your person and their taste to pick the items they’ll appreciate most.  If your bestie asks for a jewelry box, you need to know her taste to choose between this one or this one.  If your brother loves to read but uses a kindle you shouldn’t get him the deluxe printed collection of Harry Potter.  Again, it sounds like a no-brainer but we’ve all been there when opening a gift and thinking, “why this __ when they know I love that.”

Tip No. 4:  Need vs. want. This is different than form vs. function.  I need new running shoes but I don’t necessarily want to buy them for myself.  Which is why if I get running shoes on Christmas morning, I will be psyched.  If your best friend loves to cook but has been using hand-me-down knives from her parents, why not get her two brand new ones?  She will love that you got her something she needed (and probably) wanted and double bonus, she will think of you when she uses them!

Tip No. 5:  Sentimental and thoughtful touches.  Some of my favorite gifts aren’t favorites because of what they are, but because of what the represent or a memory they tie back to.  For example, if your dad and brother love to golf and dream of playing the best courses in the world, why not gift them both this book with a note, “until you make the trips, you can get to know the courses this way…”  It will be a cool way for them to display their passion for golf and be a continual conversation piece for the two of them.  One of my favorite gifts from my mama is the ring she gave me for graduation, and wrapped in her grandmother’s handkerchief.  It was special that she was trusting me with a family heirloom and one of my first nice pieces of jewelry.  Most parents and family members treasure family photos but never find time to print them – solve the problem by creating a priceless photobook with all the images from the past year. 

Tip No. 6:  Don’t think about yourself.  My biggest problem this time of year is forgetting about myself (and what I like) and focusing on finding the perfect gifts for others.  It’s not always easy to spend time, money, and effort on others when you’re bombarded by things that you want yourself.  I like to set budgets for each person on my list and begin my search with all my notes and clues in mind.  I keep a little list of options and finally decide on one or a few things that fit the budget for that one person.  When you put a cap on what you know you can spend, it can help you for “accidently” getting things for yourself while you’re shopping for the people on your list!

Tip No. 7:  Wrap it. Even if you are horrible at wrapping things yourself, getting a hand-wrapped gift is like getting a hand-written note – it just shows that you went the extra mile.  And as a courtesy, include a gift receipt… Just in case you bombed tips 1-5 they would rather have something else.

Only four weeks (right?) till crunch time… Let’s all get going on finding those perfect gifts!  

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Present Picks {BFF}

November 26, 2012

Today marks the very first day for APoT’s 2012 Holiday Present Picks and we couldn’t be more excited.  When it comes to gifting during the holidays, we like to pick the perfect gift for each person on our list.  Thought and time go into each and every present purchased so that the gift is meaningful and special.  We thought it only made sense to start the series off with Present Picks for your Best Friend.  When buying for our besties, we usually try to think of what we ourselves might like to receive from a friend.  Something small and special,…

Today marks the very first day for APoT’s 2012 Holiday Present Picks and we couldn’t be more excited.  When it comes to gifting during the holidays, we like to pick the perfect gift for each person on our list.  Thought and time go into each and every present purchased so that the gift is meaningful and special.  We thought it only made sense to start the series off with Present Picks for your Best Friend.  When buying for our besties, we usually try to think of what we ourselves might like to receive from a friend.  Something small and special, yet something we wouldn’t necessarily purchase for ourselves.  AKA things like a pretty little bralette.  Not the perfect present for your grandma, but an ideal gift for a BFF, no?  Geeettt ready for more present picks coming your way in the next few days.  Who doesn’t love the holiday season!?    

(01. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil // 02. Tory Burch Pop Snake Small Cosmetic Case // 03. Honeydew Polka-Dot Bralette // 04. Madewell Jackalope Knit Leggings // 05. Glass Bubblegum Paperweight // 06. Translucent Rubber Ring with Diamond // 07. Rubber Ring with Diamond // 08. MOR Rosebud Lip Macaron // 09. CC Skye Lucky Horn Rosary Bracelet // 10. Essie Cuticle Pen // 11. Essie Nail Corrector Pen // 12. Diptyque Baies Candle // 13. Kate Spade Icebox Jewels Coin Case // 14. Vintage Cocktails Book)

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