Holiday Gift Guide | For Her | 2014

All of these gifts are under $60. Enjoy!

2014 Gift Guide

1. Tartan Heavy Blanket Scarf from Tara Lynn’s Boutique

Scarves are a very popular gift for Christmas, but what about over-sized blanket scarves? These accessories are available in 11 different color combinations and are certain to keep their wearer cozy. ($39)

2. Tarte’s Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set

Perfect for fun and festive holiday parties, this eight-piece set of lip tints and glosses is great for girls who adore color. Best of all, they’re formulated without parabens or phthalates. ($34)

3. Kate Spade’s Secret Garden Stud Earrings

Every girl needs a go-to pair of stud earring in their jewelry collection; Kate Spade has just the set. These navy stones are encircled with rhinestones that add an elegant sparkle to outfits. ($58)

4. Crowned Leaf Bakeware Rolling Pin from Anthropologie

Forget tired-looking wooden pins. Give this bright and cheerful handpainted rolling pin, which is made from handbone china, to the Martha Stewart prodigy in your life. ($18)

5. Personal Library Kit from Knock Knock

For the bookworm who is constantly running out of bookshelf space, this library kit provides a lot of nerdy, organizational fun. With this kit you’re able to sort who has borrowed what book. Plus, it comes with a date stamp that’s just plain fun to use. ($16)

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My Style: Chunky Stocking Hat

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The weather has officially taken a turn for the worst. Not only does it get dark before I leave work, but I am cold ALL THE TIME. My staple wardrobe has basically become cozy sweaters, skinny jeans and boots. And every once in awhile, I’ll pair it with my adorable chunky stocking hat. (Especially on days where I don’t have time to completely style my hair.)

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I took this outfit out to 715 Restaurant to enjoy happy hour. Because apparently enjoying TWO Thanksgiving dinners on the same day wasn’t enough food, I also had to stuff my face this weekend with pizza. I’m just keeping it real, guys.

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Sweater: Swap party; Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Chinese Laundry; Stocking hat: Target; Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad

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Once in a Sunday Brunch: John Brown’s Underground | Lawrence, KS

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One of my new favorite hangout spots in Lawrence, Kansas, is the brand new speakeasy John Brown’s Underground. It’s a small little spot right off Mass street that offers specialty cocktails as well as delicious food. The establishment is not marked by a sign. Instead, it shows off a black awning, sleek-looking door and red light that turns on when the bar is at capacity. I’ve enjoyed spending time at this Prohibition-era establishment during weekend afternoons with friends, weeknight evenings at book club and Friday date nights with the husband. I’ve even started going on Sunday mornings for brunch!

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On Saturday and Sunday mornings (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), John Brown’s Underground now offers a great brunch deal: For $20 you can eat one of their main courses, a side item AND enjoy bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys. If you don’t want an alcoholic beverage (which, quite frankly, why wouldn’t you?) the price drops to $15 (or $12…I can’t remember).

I ordered their Mac Stack Sandwich, which is a Texas toast sandwich packed with an egg, fried mac-and-cheese bites, your choice of meat (I chose ham) and your choice of cheese (I chose Gouda). As a side dish I ordered a bowl of fruit and yogurt. Both me and my friend Liz were torn between the savory sandwiches and sweet breakfast dessert French Toast in a Jar. (Liz ended up ordering a different breakfast sandwich.) As a “compromise” we ordered one for the whole table in addition to our sandwiches. We’re basically geniuses.

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If brunch isn’t your scene (in which case, what kind of person are you?), be sure to check out John Brown’s Underground for a night out with your friends anyway. They serve beer and wine as well as a menu’s worth of specialty cocktails. My favorite is the French 75, which is a blend of gin, cava, lemon and simple syrup.

For larger parties (for example, 15 book club members) call ahead to reserve one of their two back rooms. During the evenings they play silent black-and-white movies in the background, which truly adds to the 20s-era ambiance.

Have you ever been to John Brown’s Underground? What did you think of it?

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My Style: Proof I’m an Amazon

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This cold weather is really ruining my blogging mojo. By the time I come home from work it’s pitch black outside. Same thing on the weekends: By the time I’m ready for a night on the town, it’s too dark for good photos. But lighting problems aside, I was able to snap a picture of my outfit this weekend at The Westside Local in Kansas City, along with Laura from Laura Put Together.

So this photo is basically proof that I’m an Amazon. But despite my towering over Laura, I’m never giving up my weekend heels! This weekend, Laura and I were out to dinner celebrating our friend Kim’s birthday and we both found ourselves wearing leather leggings. Twinsies! I am clothed in black from head to toe, plus a little snakeskin. (Thanks for the shirt, Kim!) Because if you can’t dress head to toe in black in winter, when can you?

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Shirt: Swap party (The Limited); Leather leggings: Topshop; Shoes: Gianni Bini; Necklace: Icing; Bracelet: Charming Charlie; Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics’ Diva

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Five Friday Favorites

This week, I’m looking to the past at both the gang from The O.C. and awesome beaut products from my preteen days.

Five Friday Favorites

1. This article: The O.C. Rewatch Project. Join the ladies at Forever Young Adult every Wednesday as they recap their rewatch of the classic 2000s drama “The O.C.” Welcome to the O.C. bitch. This is how we do it in Orange County.

2. This list: “Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?” If only because I want to use every word on this stupid list now out of spite. I mean, I can’t even. So basic.

3. This pancake mix: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix. I used this over the weekend. The pancakes were de—wait for it—lightful. Delightful.

4. This song: “Turn Away” by Beck. Listening to this song transports me to a beautiful wintry setting, perfect for this ugly weather. It’s simply transcendent. I first heard it in the trailer for Reese Witherspoon’s new movie “Wild,” which…by the way…looks amahzing.

5. This blast from the past: “All the 90s beauty products we wish we could still stuff in our Caboodles.” Guys. GUYS! Do you remember Bottled Emotion Perfume? I had completely forgotten about them until I read this article from the girls at Hello Giggles. I had all of these! If I recall, Sassy was my favorite.

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