Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

It's the first day of Hanukkah, and only 9 days until Christmas... this holiday gift guide is up a little late, but if you still need some ideas for people, then maybe this will help.  I think I'm officially DONE!  I've been mostly done for a few weeks, but had a few items left that I needed to go pick up.  I finished checking items off of that list today.

Rayne Necklace by Kendra Scott.  It retails for $80.  
They come in tons of colors, and gold or silver finishes.  
I happened to show you the two that I recently bought for myself (with the use of birthday gift cards)...  black and magenta.  I have only had them for a couple of weeks, but have found myself wearing them lots already.

This is the Tom's Desert Wedge Bootie in Taupe.  They retail for approximately $89.  

I am pretty confident that a pair awaits me under a tree somewhere :-)  I have been told that I'm going to love these shoes.  I also love the idea behind Tom's One for One program, and am happy that for each pair of their shoes that I buy, a pair is donated to a needy child somewhere.

Now, those were pretty spendy items, but here is a deal!  These two packs of infinity scarves are from Walmart and you get BOTH for $4.97!!  I have bought several of these sets this fall.  And if you take them out of that packaging, nobody knows there were so cheap! (I was actually wearing this printed one today)

I have had a Barefoot Dreams Bamboo Chic Drape front cardigan for 5 or 6 years now.  I LOVE IT!  I've been telling everyone who will listen that they have to have one.  I've been doing this for years, but not until another blogger (Pinterest Told Me To) started telling people they had to have one, did anyone listen to me!  It's an expensive item as well ($90), but anyone on your list will love it.  My original one is black, and I recently bought myself this plum one.  Wear it around the house.  Wear it out.  It is just THE BEST.

I just tried the Oprah Chai Tea that you can buy at Starbucks or Teavana.  It is good.  If you know a tea drinker, I think it would be a hit.

I had long been wanting one of the Cath Kidston Stanley mugs, and I finally bought myself one in London this summer.  It is my favorite mug ever.  It is a good size and a good weight.  They retail for $11 (though some patterns are on sale).  You can enter a shipping code to get $8 shipping from the UK.  This is the pattern that I have.
I think this is a cute one too...

But I love this new pattern!

Kiehl's always has great products.  I particularly like the Soy Milk & Honey fragrance...
I really love this body polish because I like a very gritty scrub that will get rid of your winter dry skin.  Right now Nordstrom appears to be price matching these Kiehl's products and you can save a little.

Bath & Body Works has revamped their scrub recently, and I think it is grittier than it used to be.  So that could be a good option too.

Anyone on your list that loves polish, would love these Butter London sets.

Is there a Bravo TV fan, or just a general lover of pop culture on your list?  If so, you HAVE GOT TO GET THEM THIS BOOK!  Sorry to yell, but I feel strongly about this book.  It is really great.  I laughed and laughed as I read it.

Is there a drinker on your list?  Maybe spring for a bottle of CasaMigos tequila.  It's the George Clooney & Randy Gerber tequila.  I haven't tried it, but it is suppose to be very good. 

This is a gift that our law firm gave to several people and groups of people this year, and it was a giant hit!  Nothing Bundt Cakes are always good, and they offer several sizes that can fit different needs.  You an get the dozen bundtinis for $18
Or you can do the bundtlets.  Give a single, or a tower.  

Those are my ideas for 2014!  I hope they give you some ideas if you are stuck!  Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas at the White House {sort of}

I'm a lot little bit obsessed with the White House at Christmas.  I religiously watch White House Christmas each and every year on HGTV.  In fact, visiting the White House during the holidays, is definitely on my bucket list.  When I read that there was a temporary exhibit at the George W. Bush Library which was displaying decorations used in the White House during the holiday display of 2002, I knew that I had to go.

My Mom's birthday was on Sunday, so we went to the library...

Each White House Christmas has been themed since Mrs. Kennedy started the tradition.  In 2002, it was "All Creatures Great and Small".  Paper-Mache animals were created for all the various White House pets over the years.  It is actually one of my favorite years because it combines two things I love:  Pets and Christmas!  

This was George Washington's horse...
Here you can see it as it was in 2002 at the White House...

This is a replica of President Harding's Laddie Boy, and Airedale.

These are some of the animals that President Coolidge had at the White House.  The dog is Prudence Prim, and these are Mrs. Coolidge's pet raccoons.  Her favorite was called Rebecca, and she often walked her on a leash.
The Raccoons in the White House display in 2002...
These are Caroline Kennedy's pets... Pushinka and Macaroni.

Of course Macaroni is the pony, and Pushinka is the dog.  Fun fact: Pushinka was a gift from the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.  Many were suspicious of the gift and feared it might be a Russian spy.  It was put through a battery of tests at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and after they determined it didn't have any hidden listening devices, microphones, germs, bombs, etc., she became a beloved Kennedy family pet.
These are Lyndon Johnson's famous Beagles... Him and Her
Of course Millie Bush!
The Bush family pets as of 2002... Spot, Willie, and Barney
As they were displayed at the WH in 2002...
Another decoration that they replicated in the exhibit, was the Blue Room's 18 foot tall tree.  This is decorated as it was in 2002 as well.  That year, the White House contacted governors of all 50 states and asked that they have artists in their states create ornaments representing birds that were indigenous to their states.
Here is a WH pic from 2002.  Mrs. Bush's dress that she was wearing in this pic was also on display in the library exhibit.

The library has a full size replica of the Oval Office.  I didn't expect it to be, but it was decorated for Christmas as well!  These decorations are a replica 2008's decorations...

As you leave the Oval Office, you come to one of my favorite parts of the museum...  the 3 D's:  dogs, dishes, and dresses!
I do love the Bush china.
Last time, I missed the book of autographed dinner menus.  I had to take a pic of this one...
Mom, Dad, 41 and 43.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Oahu, Hawaii {Day 4 & 5}

I had been mooching off of someone else's rental car the whole trip, but on Friday afternoon, I got my own rental to keep until I left on Sunday.  I decided that the trip wouldn't be complete without the ability to drive around the island in a convertible...

I woke up on Saturday morning, pulled my hair into a high bun, put on my swimsuit, cover-up, and sunscreen, and hit the road.
I drove the same roads I had already been on, but with the top down, you could see so much more and take in the smells (for example, I discovered that when you are driving next to coffee fields, you can actually smell the coffee).  Of course it enables me to have a much easier time being the nut who is shooting pics as I drive.

I had a plan to head toward the north shore again.  Which meant stopping at the Dole Plantation for a Dole Whip Float (#3) for breakfast.  I wanted to go lay on the beach where they had filmed some of Lost, but first, I went the other direction because I wanted to see if the waves had calmed enough for the sea turtles to come on shore (they hadn't).  

This is where you turn in for the Waimea Falls
Waimea Bay Beach

Then I drove back to Hale'iwa, where I hit some shops, and had lunch.

I had a sandwich and plantation punch (ice tea and pineapple juice...yum)...
I tried to go find that beach, but couldn't find anywhere to park to get to it, so I abandoned that plan and headed back to the Laie Beach, which I had stopped at for a few minutes a few days before.

It was perfect!   Not crowded...
the water was pretty warm...
a beautiful view...
and a great place to soak up the sun and read.
I stayed on the beach for a few hours, but I forgot to bring my sunscreen so I could reapply it.  Before I got fried, I decided to go back toward Waikiki.

I took the Pali Highway so I could stop at this lookout...

Remember I mentioned in a previous post that Kamehameha I had united the islands?

Well, this is where it happened.  The Battle of Nu'uanu...where he drove the enemy right off this cliff.

I didn't bring my leis home because they were getting pretty droopy, but they had made my room pretty, and made it smell awesome, for the whole trip.
These are some pics I took of Waikiki and Diamond Head from the plane...

I got home late on Sunday night.  When the plane landed, it was snowing.  Talk about a quick reality check!  I about froze getting to my car, and then the roads were very slick getting home.  Luckily, I slid across every bridge getting home, but I made it home without incident.

I was happy to be reunited with my sweet Lola, and she is a big fan of her Dole puppy pineapple!


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