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happy holi-daze gift guide: one for you, one for me...

i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it actually is the gift that counts. let's be honest, no one is interested in the thought behind a flavored ham of the month club. and if you think that i could use anything at all that is sold exclusively on television at three o'clock in the morning, please think again. the wrong gift can turn a perfectly functional family gathering into the following: twelve accounts payable, eleven assigned seats, ten crocodile tears, nine family feuds, eight sucker punches, seven binge eaters, six sibling rivalries, five intoxicated confessions, four kissing cousins, three surprise engagements, two new chefs [who made the potato salad?], and a raw turkey to eat. i've compiled a lovely list of gift ideas guaranteed to bring only peace, love, and joy. i am wishing you all so much bliss and many blessings this holiday season.

smith & cult:

row one: bitter buddhist | gay ponies dancing in the snow | kings & thieves | vegas post apocalyptic | stockholm syndrome | row two: shattered souls | honey hush | bridge and tunnel | row three: fauntleroy | tenderoni | ghost edit | feathers & flesh


shrug open wave | large knit cowl | arm warmers peek-a-boo elbow | infinity rays | woven shawl

the pairabirds:

flower crown silhouette art print (001) | flower crown silhouette art print (002) | flower natural hair silhouette art print (003)floral hair bun silhouette art print (004)


saco de papel in cork  | saco de papel in glacier | saco de papel in ice | saco de papel in froze |
saco de papel in off white

emm kuo:

baller cardholder | girlboss cardholder | hustler cardholder | swagger cardholder

jennet liaw:

stay humble/hustle hard print

malvi marshmallow confections:

raspberry hibiscus | vanilla salted caramel | spiked espresso | chocolate | peppermint chocolate

sucre shop:

holiday wishes scoops | holiday wishes spoons | woodsy forks | spread joy knives | christmas fair isle forks | christmas fair isle scoops


pentahedron coasters | geometric coasters | cube coasters

old tom foolery:

happy holidays h-62 | christmas cc-36 | christmas cc-35

karolin schnoor:

cactus | wall calendar 2015


be well | wake up | calm down | get happy | get it on

vice & velvet:

christmas tree soap – berry pudding | christmas tree soap – candy cane | christmas tree soap – punch

puma x solange – wild wonders:

puma x solange disc collection swirls | puma x solange disc collection triangles | puma x solange suede classic

erin robinson:

erin robinson's holiday greeting cards are sold in an assortment of twelve in her etsy shop.

photography + image credits: all photography and artwork provided courtesy of the respective brand, company, or artist. thank you – smith & cult | DeNada | the pairabirds x tabitha bianca brown | adaism | emm kuo | jennet liaw | malvi marshmallow confections | sucre shop | koromiko | old tom foolery | karolin schnoor | PLANT | vice & velvet | puma | erin robinson


best bites: hammond's candies.

gingerbread, birthday cake, bubble gum – the flavors of hammond's candies handcrafted candy canes are infused with the magic of childhood. if being the traditional candy of the season is stressful, hammond's makes anxiety taste so good. available in thirty different options and double the size of the average cane, how can you not fill every available stocking with this ticket to ride the sugar rush express?! all aboard!

flavors shown: cinnamon // peppermint // chocolate filled cherry // pomegranate // butterscotch // cranberry // chocolate // root beer

[photos: courtesy of hammond's candies]


[en]joy: lush cosmetics.

clever product names, the stay and play store atmosphere, and sleek packaging initiated my initial lush purchases of sexy peel and honey i washed the kids. seven years later and i am like a kid in a candy store every time a new product launches. however, keeping the holidays in mind, i'll call this a gift guide as opposed to a wish list. but please don't misunderstand me – i completely support the "one for you, one for me" philosophy of giving. scented for the season and gifts for any reason – check out my lush holiday favorites…

01. popcorn: a sweet and salty lip scrub that preps your pout for winter.

02. north pole: i like to assume that the york peppermint pattie is the inspiration for this peppermint and cocoa based soap.

03. lustre: a golden shimmer bronzer and jasmine scented fragrance – you glow girl!

04. melting snowman: sugar and spice, and he can't take a little heat? i'm not sure this adorable bath melt got the message. unfortunately [for him] he wasn't around long enough for me to fill him in.

05. sexy boy: a gentleman with definite staying power; this lime and chocolate massage bar transitions seamlessly into an everyday moisturizer.

06. bûche de noël: almonds, cranberries, and satsuma – oh my! an exfoliating facial cleanser gentle enough for my dry sensitive skin.

07. phoenix rising: soaking in bubbles of this cinnamon cider cleanse is one reason to come in from the cold.

08. yuzu and cocoa: macaroon shaped bubble bar. orange chocolate deliciousness – without the calories.

09. let the good times roll: a popcorn topping and cinnamon powder do wonders for the skin. who knew?

10. once a year: party for one [or two] massage bar, complete with brandy and a hint of sparkle.

[photos: courtesy of lush cosmetics]


dime playlist: a joyful noise.

cocoa wishes. childhood wonders. stolen moments. pure bliss. countless blessings.

a soundtrack to the season is all you need…

01. do you hear what i hear? [whitney houston]

02. the christmas song [nat king cole]

03. santa claus go straight to the ghetto [james brown]

04. the little boy that santa claus forgot [nat king cole]

05. please come home for christmas [charles brown]

06. twinkle twinkle little me [stevie wonder]

07. santa baby [eartha kitt]

08. this christmas [donny hathaway]

09. linus and lucy [vince guaraldi trio]

10. silent night [the temptations]

[graphic: joy r. lee for dimeink]