Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Ten of 2014

Well, Spinsters, I know I said I wouldn't be back until the New Year, but here I am! You weren't planning on reading anything else, were you? Oh...well, you can read this, TOO, then.

Now, over the holidays, I was reminded that every year, my sister and her husband come up with a list of their top ten favorite things from the past 365 days. Of course I thought that would be an excellent way for me to reflect on what has been yet another year of Spinsterhood. Let's get started!

In no particular order:

10. Santa Monica
          This one was at the very beginning of 2014, but I thoroughly enjoyed Santa Monica, California. The sunsets were breathtaking, and though I'd been to California before, I think I'd like to Stay in Santa Monica every time I go back. It's beautiful, and the weather is the best.

          Though ASMR existed before this year, 2014 was the first time I'd heard about it. Crazy. Then, of course, I needed to make some videos. Just in case you needed some new relaxation, I made a new one that's sort of a combination of a haul video and an ASMR video. Well, not sort of, it is that. See below.

8. Celebrating Katie
          This year I travelled to my home town to celebrate my old theater teacher. I got to see a bunch of people I hadn't seen in a while, and it really did my heart good. I almost wish we could do this every year.

7. Buford Highway
          I may have had some adventures on Buford Highway before 2014, but this was the year I really made an effort to discover all its charms. Top on my list? Banh mi and foot massages. Both, I think, are a must.

6. Mexico
          Though I've travelled internationally alone a couple of times before (namely London and South Korea), my trip to Mexico was the first time I hadn't met someone on the other side. It was very relaxing not having to worry about anyone else's travel preferences. Next time, though, I'll choose lodgings that are a little closer to some walkable attractions.

5. Buying a car
          I can't believe I made it all the way to 29 years of age without ever having bought a car on my own. Check that off the list. With bluetooth audio and a usb port, I really feel like I'm now traveling to work in a space ship.

4. Free Art Friday:
          This year, I really started hanging out with my friend Sara, and she has introduced me to a bunch of really cool new things. The one that stands out the most, though, is Free Art Friday. I love participating in this on a weekly basis. Additionally, I got to go to the Free Art Friday Secret Santa Party this year, and it was so cool to meet some of the Instagrammers  and artists I follow in person. (that is, meeting them in person. I don't actually follow them in person. That would be weird)

3. 1989
          I know, Taylor Swift didn't make her new album just for me this year, but I sure did love it. For me, music is one of the things that most reminds me of a certain time in life. I wonder what kinds of feelings I'll have when I listen to "Blank Space," ten years from now.

2. The Spinster Song
          Perhaps one of my greatest achievements of 2014 (haha) was the creation of my very first music video. Of course I'll embed it below! I suppose I should note here as well that "Fancy" was quite the musical debut this year as well.

1. Miranda!
          This year, despite all my love for cats and kittens, I actually go ta little puppy from the Oconee Regional Humane Society, and she is the sweetest little baby I've ever met. As I write this, she's chewing on a little toy that looks like a raccoon. Sometimes she's bad, but she's always so cute. I'm afraid I should warn you to expect more photos of her in 2015.

Now that you know my top ten, what's yours? Think about that, and I'll see you next year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Post Christmas - See You Soon!

Well, I hope those of you who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a glorious day. I know I did. I ate too much, and I got more gifts than I had any right to receive. Miranda got some treats and surprises, and she tinkled on one of my favorite sweaters, but other than that she was the best puppy a spinster could want.

Above, you'll see a photo of the best Christmas ornament I saw this year. I was at my grandparents' house for a delicious pizza party, when I saw these brilliantly hand crafted vintage ice skates, complete with paper clips for their blades. Add this to your DIY list for next Christmas. Supplies needed: Felt, Yarn, stitching thread, paper clips, and the tiniest bit of poly fill.

Now that all 12 Days (and thus 12 Gifs) of Christmas are gone, I am going to take a little spinsterly break between now and New Year's day. I think we probably all need some down time.

However, I shall return to you in the new year with a little reflection and a few resolutions I'm pretty sure I can keep. Hint: they'll involve chocolate.

If you all need some helpful hints for appropriate New Year's Eve party conversation, check out this post from last year. If you just want to follow along with my spinsterly adventures until I return, you can find me on Instagram!

Have a happy post-Christmas week, and I'll see you all in 2015!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Twelve Hummers Humming

On the 12th day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....12 hummers humming, 11 gripers griping, ten helpings heaping, nine ladies prancing, eight felons bilking, seven trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, five chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you're doing something much more exciting today than just checking the final installment of the 12 gifs of christmas. However, if this is the most exciting thing you are doing, I thank you!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

11 Gripers Griping

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....eleven gripers griping, ten helpings heaping, nine ladies prancing, eight felons bilking, seven trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, fiiiiiive chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet.

Again, thank your lucky stars this is a gif and not a gift. Each of the gripers is saying something different. Ain't that always the way.

I hope you've gotten your Christmas Shopping done! If not, perhaps you should check through all the gift guides from November and Early December.

Check back tomorrow for the 12th day of Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ten Helpings Heaping

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....ten helpings heaping, nine ladies prancing, eight felons bilking, seven trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, fiiiiiive chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

So perhaps you wouldn't want all of these things in your stocking, but I'm thinking you'd probably eat them. I hope, though, you wouldn't eat them all at once. In today's gif, we have a slice of pizza, a cheese burger, two chocolate chip cookies, one croissant, one piece of cake, one piece of cherry pie, a cupcake, a doughnut, and a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. I think all these items are delicious. However, I don't think any of them need to be wrapped in a box with wrapping paper. Could you imagine opening a package and realizing it was a cheeseburger or a slice of pizza? I mean, it would be delicious, but also...sort of weird. If someone wants to bring me a box of cookies, cupcakes, or doughnuts, though, I'm not going to turn up my nose. Just saying.

Check back tomorrow (Christmas Eve!!!) for the eleventh day of Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Nine Ladies Prancing

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....Nine ladies prancing, eight felons bilking, seven trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, fiiiiiiive chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

I must give full disclosure and say that today's gif is one of my very favorite of this entire series. It's weird and wacky, and if you don't know the reference, allow me to embed the video. All I have to say is that if doing Prancercise makes you as slim as this lady, sign me up.

See below the glorious Prancercise video (in case you missed it that time it was on the news).

Now, wasn't that magnificent?

Stay tuned tomorrow for ten of something you may or may not want to get in your stocking.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Eight Felons Bilking

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....Eight felons bilking, seven trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, five chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

Unless you're into shady deals and happen to have a swiss bank account, I'd wager you don't want any of today's fellows as your eighth day Christmas gift. They all committed some pretty crazy crimes, but the one thing they have in common is that they bilked investors out of lots of their hard-earned money. In case you were wondering, no, there are not a lot of words that rhyme with "milking" (the eighth day of Christmas is traditionally maids-a-milking).

Now, I won't type up what all these guys did because I'd basically be plagiarizing someone else's articles, but I'll link you.

1. Tom Petters

2. Arthur L. Heffelfinger (Compared to the other guys, this is fairly small time, but his face is just priceless)

3. Lou Pearlman (yep, the one from Backstreet Boys and NSYNC.

4. Charles Ponzi (let's just call him the O.G. of the Ponzi Scheme)

5. Scott Rothstein

6. Allen Stanford

7. Terry Freeman (the "British Madoff")

8. Bernie Madoff

Now, thank your lucky stars you don't have to deal with any of these guys this holiday season. Check back tomorrow for one of the most excellent gifs yet! I must say, it is a triumph.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Seven Trees-a-Trimming

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to trees-a-trimming, six girls-a-lazing, fiiiiive golden wings! Four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

I must admit that this is one of my favorite gifs so far. After I finished it, I think I watched it at least six times. I was mesmerized.  As far as this particular installment goes, though, I'm sure your'e glad it's a gif and not a gift as I don't know too many people whose homes could house seven trees-a-trimming. Then again, I suppose it would be easier to house seven trees than seven swans-a-swimming.

Check back here tomorrow for what's next on the list!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Six Girls-a-lazing

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....six girls a lazing, fiiiiive chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

This is probably one of the most spinster-appropriate gifs in this whole series. It includes sofas, beds, sweatshirts, sweatpants, bathrobes, and loungewear in general. Then, of course, you have the fact that it's all about lounging and watching TV. Yo ho! It's a spinster's life for me.

Now, as far as receiving six girls-a-lazing as a Christmas gift, again I'd wager you'd rather have the geese. At least then you could use the eggs. With lazy girls, I'm afraid they'll just eat your food and fill your Netflix queue with TLC shows. Then, of course, there's that whole thing about receiving a human being as a gift....not quite so ethical. So, you'll just have to settle for the gif and not a gift, once again.

Gird your loins for tomorrow. It's one of my favorite gifs I've made yet! It may not be funny, but it is fun to watch.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Five Chicken Wings

On the fifth day of Christmas, the spinster gave to me....fiiiiive chicken wings, four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet.

By my estimation, this is the best gift yet...but not necessarily the best gif yet. You don't have to figure out where you'll house it or how you're going to feed it. In fact, it feeds you. I gotta tell you, though, as of my writing this post, I think I could probably eat more than five chicken wings. You might, then, have to resort to eating one of the puppies I gave you earlier. They are deliciously cute.

As usual, stay tuned tomorrow for what's next in the Christmas gif bonanza!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Four Famous Nerds

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Spinster Gave to me...four famous nerds, three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet.

The original version of the fourth day of Christmas is "four Colly birds," or "four calling birds," so today I thought I'd try to fit that verse as much as possible. The first thing that came to mind? Four famous nerds. Now, in case you aren't familiar with each of these four famous nerds, I'll give you a rundown below.

On the far left, we have Michael Cera, the lovably nerdy actor who first came to fame on Arrested Development. He was most certainly a college crush of mine. His nerdiness is endearing.

Next to Mr. Cera, we have one Mr. Mark Zuckerberg. I don't think I need to tell you who he is, but just in case you're reading this from a casket that was buried before 2004, he founded Facebook.

The other white guy in the background here is Bill Gates. Again, you should probably know who this guy is, but let's hedge our bets. He founded Microsoft. Before Zuckerberg was born, he was leveraging his nerd-dom to make bank.

Last but certainly not least, we have on of my favorite nerds ever, none other than Steve Urkel of Family Matters. He's a champ. Jaleel White smashed that role like it was his job...because it was his job. Now that I'm thinking about it, I am considering entering every party I attend by just asking really loudly, "you got any cheese?"

Stay tuned tomorrow for the fifth day of Christmas. Here's a hint: It's not going to be golden rings!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Three French Men

On the third day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me....Three french men, two chubby pugs, and a puppy playing with feet!

I cannot tell a lie. For today's Christmas Gif, I had to do a little research. There weren't too many people I was 100% sure were french. Of course, the first person who came to mind was Napoleon Bonaparte, pictured at the top. I love that he was both Emperor of the French and King of Italy. I can't get much better than that. The man had swagger. That's why he got the glitter beret.

On the left we have Serge Gainsbourg which, as a fashion designer, I'm really surprised I didn't think of sooner. The Gainsbourgs are always muses for some designer or other. Rarely pictured without his cigarette, I think it's fair to say he's an iconic frenchman.

Lastly we have Gerard Depardieu, a french Actor. You probably remember him from his role in Green Card with Andie MacDowell. They say people's noses never stop growing, and he is living proof.

So, stay tuned tomorrow for your next Christmas Gif!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Chubby Pugs

On the second day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me...Two Chubby Pugs and a puppy playing with feet.

I promise this whole series won't be about puppies, but "two chubby pugs" just replaced "two turtle doves" so well, I couldn't help myself. Look at those chubby little babies! They're so cute.

December has really crept up on me. Next week is the week of Christmas. So, if you haven't finished you'r Christmas shopping, you might want to get on that.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the third day of Christmas! What will it be!?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Puppy Playing with Feet

Today marks the beginning of some holiday fun: The 12 Gifs of Christmas! Today I decided to actually bring you two because I'm obsessed with my puppy, so you know...bear with me. So, I'll make it official:

On the first day of Christmas, the Spinster gave to me a puppy playing with feet.

That's way better than a partridge in a pear tree, right? At least, it's a lot more fun. It's definitely at least 100 times cuter.

For good measure I've added this second gif, which is also precious.

Stay tuned for the next twelve days to see what other gifs I plan to give you!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gift Guide: Comfy Cozy

Well, my dear spinsters, the day has come. This is the last of the Gift Guides, and whether you're excited about it or not, Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. (The goose, in this situation, is me). It's Saturday, and I thought it was only fitting that the last gift guide be loungewear. Today's guide has an assortment of robes, pajamas, and sundry comfy items  - from the absolutely glorious to the completely absurd. 

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, and Please feel free to buy it all for me (except #s 5 and 8). Now, let's link it up!

1. Natori Sherpa Micro Velour Robe: $79.99, 6pm
          Natori Robes are so delicious. Their bread and butter is these amazing printed satin robes, but they're super pricey, and I daresay not great to put on straight out of the shower. This, however, looks like heaven. It's soft on the outside an on the inside, and it's under $100. It's a deal.

          I'm currently trying very hard not to purchase this robe before Christmas. It's basically exactly what I want to throw on at 5 in the morning when I am taking Miranda out for her first walk of the day. It's like my long puffy coat, but it doesn't have that super long sipper that always gets stuck about three inches after I start zipping up my coat. Bonus: it's like wearing the comforter off of your bed. Who could ask for anything more?

          Firstly, I'd just like to say how much I love the name "cuddle puff." If I had a fat cat, I might need to name it cuddle puff. Secondly, Carter's makes something very similar to this for children, and I always want one. Voila! Here it is! It's not quite as puffy as the kids' one, but it'll do in a pinch. 

          To get the full feeling of how ridiculous this is, you need to watch the Forever Lazy Commercial. My favorite part is around minute 1 when they show people actually wearing these outside. Yep. I dare you.

5. Elf Suit Pajamas: $17.99, Target
          Please do not, under any circumstances, purchase this item for me. However, if you're totally fit, and you are really into being a little Christmas Elf, then knock yourself out.

          This is what I imagine myself wearing as I descend a set of curved stairs to greet my house guests when I become a recluse. This will all be taking place in the Biltmore Estate, which I will obviously own and inhabit by then. Every other day, though, I'll wear a semi-sheer robe over a fabulous opaque night dress. The sheer robe will have bits of metallic lace and will be trimmed with ostrich feathers at its bell sleeve. It will be beautiful.

7. Cozy Pod: $79.99, Pajamagram
          This is insanity. If you want to look like one of those hamsters from the Kia commercials while you eat pizza and watch netflix, this is the outfit for you. 

          I went to Carolina, so that's why I made this robe so tiny. The truth, though, is that the Carolina robe is not as cute as the Clemson one. Fans Edge, though, has all sorts of College and professional sports team gear, which is, of course, incredibly giftable. 

          This is potentially the most normal thing on this list. I had to make sure you knew I wasn't entirely crazy.

10. Aerie Cozy Robe Gift: $44.96, Aerie
          Personally, my hind quarters are a bit too large for short robes, but I know many a girl who prefers a shorter robe. So, this is the answer to #1 on the list, and it's also much more affordable! I believe it also comes nicely folded with a cute little bow. Excellent.

Now, I hope you all have a good idea of what you'll be wearing during your next Netflix marathon. Don't forget that tomorrow the brand new 12 Gifs of Christmas series begins!

Friday, December 12, 2014

#FAFATL Christmas Ornaments

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Hooray for Friday. I always wake up singing Rebecca Black on Friday Mornings. You know, you just gotta get down on Friday.

Of course since it's Friday, it's also time for #FAFATL, and today I've made some very special Free Art Friday Christmas Ornaments to leave around Atlanta. As always, if you live in the Atlanta area, and you want to check the progress of my drops, you can check my Instagram throughout the day.

Don't forget: tomorrow is the last Gift Guide of the season, and then I'll be starting in on a brand new series of the 12 Gifs of Christmas! This year they'll be much less literal. Get excited!

Now, I must go because a puppy is staring at me while I eat a pop tart. She needs to go on a walk.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Guide: Festive Fingers

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Well, spinsters, it's Thursday, and we've reached the second-to-last Gift Guide of the season. We've had a good run. Tomorrow will be a #FAFATL post, and after that is the last gift guide. So, I thought today's post should be something fun - something you might want to give yourself. I have, of course, written about my love of glitter polish before. But, since all those polishes are sold by now, I thought it couldn't hurt to show some new, home made ones from Etsy. Cheery fingers and/or toes are just the way to celebrate the season!

1. That Takes the Cake: $5.37, Echoes Polish on Etsy
          This nail polish looks like birthday cake with sprinkles. I can see this being a great nail color year-round. 

2. Pistol Packing Pink: $10, Sparkle Factor Lacquer on Etsy
          This polish is more of a multi than a pink, but it's a nice departure from the regular all-pink glitters. It looks like fun party confetti!

          I think this nail polish glows in the dark, only under a black light. But I love the neon pink color with little specks of other colors. Great for party fingers!

          This polish reminds me of Saved by the Bell. It's a topcoat, too, so you can wear it by itself, or paint it over another color for lots of different looks.

5. Laugh Myself Lily: $8.75, KB Shimmer on Etsy
          I just really like these two colors together, obviously. If The Spinsterhood Diaries web page had a nail polish, I guess this one would be it...since they match.

          This seems like a nice New Year's Eve nail polish. It's pretty literal with the stars, but there are lots of different ways you can wear it, as you can see in the other pictures of it on Etsy.

          This is a solid glitter choice. It's pink and white, so it's girly. It's not really a basic topcoat, thought, so it's something different. 

          I love rose gold, so this pink-and-gold combo is right up my alley. 

          Here we have another glow polish. I just think these are really cool.

10. Taffy: $8.50, Rainbow Polish on Etsy
          There have been so many articles this year about pastel outerwear, and I think this would be a great companion polish color to all those cotton candy coats. 

There are so many cool glitter polishes on Etsy, but if you're feeling creative, check the DIY Gift Guide for a tutorial on how to make your own!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gift Guide: The Leftovers

So, as I've been making all the gift guides, I've been storing all potential gifts on a secret Pinterest board. While I have, indeed, shown a bunch of gift ideas, some of them just didn't make it into the 10-item gift guides. That, my friends, is why today I've created a "leftovers" post. There were too many of these to make into an actual gift guide, so with the help of Boxagon, I've put together little pods of goodness.

Even on Boxagon, I wasn't able to add all the items that were on my secret board. There are some retailers they don't offer. However, I do think that my leftovers smorgasbord will be fun to peruse. So, - as my high school drama teacher used to say - without further adon't, I'll embed the first box.

(Remember, you can click on the boxes to see more items)

The Leftovers by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

My second box could well have been a gift guide, but I think it's more of a suggestion list based on some of the books I've listened to on Audible in the past few months. All except What We Eat When We Eat Alone are in my audible library. I saw that book in a gift shop, and it's really funny. Very giftable. I may have to purchase it and do a separate post. Until then, though, please enjoy this box!

giftable books by Sarah Jones on Boxagon.

Happy Shopping! The Gift Guides of 2014 will be drawing to a close very soon, and I will be putting together a brand new "12 Gifs of Christmas" series on the 14th. Get yo' self ready.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gift Guide: Drugstore Gifts

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After I posted yesterday's list of gift guides, one of my Glipho readers commented that he didn't know when he'd get any of his shopping done. Well, my guess is that there are a great many men - or people, really - who are thinking the same thing. While I highly recommend getting an Amazon Prime account and managing your christmas shopping that way (with all these gift guides, surely you've gotten a few ideas you can search on Amazon...), I acknowledge that there are some people who just cannot shop online and will also end up shopping at the last minute.

During my time in Astoria I, of course, became well acquainted with the virtues of shopping at the drugstore. There always seems to be one close by, and these days they are packed with things other than pharmaceuticals. So, dear readers, I bring you a guide to all sorts of things you can find at drugstores. I perused the websites of CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens to find some giftables for your consideration. CVS's photos were not as high-resolution as Walgreens' and Rite Aid's, so they only get one mention. However, the whole point of this guid is that you can buy all of these things in person at the drugstore, so perhaps none of that even matters.

Enough of my chitter chatter, though. Let's talk shopping!

1. Mr. Potato Head: $12.99 Rite Aid
          This item is great for kids and adults alike. Of course, unless you have some kind of special joke about Mr. Potato head with an adult friend, I suggest this item for boys and/or girls. It's a classic, and it promotes creativity.

          Just because you're shopping at the drugstore doesn't mean your gifts have to be cheap. This is a really nice cordless razor for the shaver on your list. If you need something a lot less expensive, I'll admit that I fresh pack of disposable razors in my Christmas stocking still delights me 

3. Hide-A-Key: $4.99, Walgreens
          I currently do not have a Hide-A-Key, and it makes me nervous. Though this rock isn't exactly realistic, if it's covered by shrubbery or pine straw, no one will be the wiser. 

         This is a great gift for your favorite elderly person or spinster. It's good for anyone who spends a lot of time sitting down, really. What's better than giving someone the gift of never searching for the remote again?

          Perfume is a classic drugstore gift. Of course Burberry Brit Sheer is one of my favorites. The thing about purchasing perfumes is that as long as it's the right kind, it's the same quality as it would be at the department store. Just don't go trying to get creative. Make sure you know what your loved one wears, likes, or wants. 

6. Luxury Foot Spa: $24.99, CVS
          My sister and I co-own one of these, and it's pretty great. I wish I had had it when I was walking everywhere in New York, but alas! I wouldn't have been able to fit it anywhere in my apartment.

          For the chef (or serial killer) on your list. I also like that this works on scissors. Nothing dulls the scissors like wrapping a bunch of gifts. 

8. The Clapper: $19.99, Walgreens
          This is is another tried-and-true gift. I'm going to go out on a limb here, though, and say that it's not just senior citizens who like the clapper. It's everyone. 

9. Bacon Wave: $9.99, Walgreens
          I mean....I don't really even know what this is, but I'm pretty sure it's a good gift. I think you can microwave perfect bacon with it?

          I mean...this is pretty great. If you're buying this for a kid, it's educational. Our first president had wooden teeth and leafy hair. If you're buying it for an adult, it's hilarious. 

So, hopefully when you do your last minute Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, all these items will still be available at Walgreens, CVS, and/or Rite Aid. Good luck!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift Guide: Guides from Other People

We're nearing the point in December, where if you don't order something soon, you'll need to shop in a real live store. Because of that, the gift guides will be ending soon. Before I stop making guides, though, I thought I'd share a few I found in my travels on Pinterest. These guides were so great, I had to share!

1. The Ultimate White Elephant Gift Guide from Brit + Co
          For clever, hilarious gift ideas. This blog is actually great for a lot of things. Check it out!

          Everyone needs affordable gift ideas. If you're a woman, you probably also need ideas for men because they're pretty difficult to shop for. 

          Esquire is a tastemaker in the world of men's fashion and consumer products. I trust their opinion on gift ideas.     

          This is one of a series of gift guides that I really liked. I chose this particular installment because I'm a blogger, of course! Feel free to cull some ideas for my Christmas gift. Thanks.

          InStyle is one of the magazines to which I subscribe. I like their shopping guides in general, but  gifts for under $25 is one I think everyone needs. 

          Lucky Magazine is all about the shopping. So, check out their top picks for your gifts!

          This gift guide is slick and full of different categorizations. Once you get through the intro, there's a world of great ideas. 

          The Atlantic is a hip magazine for intelligent people. If there's someone hip and intelligent on your list, then perhaps this is the place to look.

          Now, you know I love Go Fug Yourself. If you want to read some excellent commentary along with your giftables, this is the guide for you.

          This is full of great last minute ideas for your office party, especially if you work in one of those offices where there's one of these awkward events. If all else fails, go to the convenience store and buy some scratch off lottery cards. 

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gift Guide: Pearly Girl

Where I'm from, people are big into pearls. Even if you're not into pearls, though, I think they're a staple for everyone's jewelry wardrobe. For a few seasons now, though, they've been pretty trendy, thanks to one Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. So, today, I've chosen a few less traditional ways to wear pearls this Holiday Season. I love them all, but I think #s 4, 5, and 7 are my favorites. Which ones do you love?

1. Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Pearl Tassel Necklace: $150, Net-A-Porter
          The pearly necklace meets the tassel trend. Channel your inner flapper with this lavaliere.

2. Kate Spade Hinge Bangle: $88, Amazon
          This excellent bracelet comes in this pearl version, but it's also available with rhinestones!

3. ASOS Faux Pearl Ring: $22.74, ASOS
          For the dainty jewelry lover on your holiday gift list. This is sterling silver covered in Gold with faux pearls. Very sweet.

4. Pearl Bar Pendant: $32, BaubleBar
          This is also a dainty item, and I think it's really on trend right now. It's minimal and great for a low-v top.

5. Rebecca Minkoff Imitation Pearl Earrings: $38, Bloomingdales
          These earrings seem so fresh and modern. Add these to my personal holiday wish list.

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Pearly Collar Necklace: $150, Neiman Marcus
          This necklace is for the bold jewelaholic of the bunch. It's big and chunky, and it would look great with a jewel neck top or sheath dress.

7. Triple Pearl Earcuffs: $25, jeweliq
          These are an excellent alternative to the basic pearl stud. They're not too much, but they're more than just a little.

8. Pearl Hair Spirals: $14, River Island
          As I mentioned in the DIY post, I think pearl hair pins are really pretty. These are another option to adorn your hair with oyster fruit.

9. Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Choker: $50, Shopbop
          This is directly inspired by Chanel's Spring 2014 RTW Runway accessories.

10. Sam Edelman Pearly Punk Earrings: $26.95, 6PM
          For the pearly girl with little edge. These earrings feature spiky shaping, faux pearls, and rhinestones. Add a little bad girl to your classic style!

I named today's gift guide "Pearly Girl," and then all I could think of was the song "Carolina in the Morning." So, as a special treat, I've added a youtube video of the track. All of your former Palmetto Girls' State Delegates can thank me later.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gift Guide: For Your Friend With Naked Walls

For the first time since I've been a real adult, I have an apartment with some art on the walls. I've actually put holes in the walls and hung a few framed prints. While initially I didn't like the expense incurred for something that doesn't necessarily have a function, but it is impossible to ignore how much more the art on my walls makes my apartment feel like home. 

When you buy all your own art yourself, it can get expensive. However, art doesn't have to be expensive. There are lots of options from original artwork to prints to photography. Today, though, we're going to explore some options you may want to consider for your best naked-walled friend (or perhaps yourself)!

          I know I've shown this idea already in my gift guides, but with this one, all you have to do is order it! Not all states are available, but if yours is, then you're in luck!

          I love all of Lee Price's food paintings. They might just aptly describe how i feel about desserts. Check out the whole site. It's worth your while. 

          These are clearly items you'd want to hang in a girl or woman's room, not a man's...unless he's into women's clothing and soaps. I think this is great for a single lady's bedroom or bathroom. Or, if your closet is gigantic, maybe hang it in there!

          So you can't afford a Rothko. You can probably afford this, though. Very nice. 

          Great for your kitchen or, in my case, any room in your house and also in your car. 

6. Willy Nilly: $100, Great.Ly
          I really like this print. It looks like it's a bunch of fun and was a bunch of fun to make. 

          This would go great in my guest room. So...maybe I'm going to have to get it. 

          I particularly like this because I'm a fashion designer. If you happen to have just a regular "fashionista" (that word makes me die a thousand deaths now that I'm on the other end) on your list, though, perhaps this is also appropriate for her!

          This is a departure from Garance Dore's usual artwork, but I quite like it. Of course, I like the more figurative ones as well. 

          I want this. So, if you happen to have a picture of my dog, and you want to get me this, I will graciously accept it. Thank you. 

          Ok, yes. This is once more the shameless self promotion. My mom has this large sized print. You can also order this with a matte and frame, and it'll come all ready to hang on your wall!

          I want to be Britt Bass Turner when I grow up. She is an Atlanta artist who makes these really fun paintings, and she has her very own studio. This is her real life job. I want to do that. 

Now, go forth and dress your (or your friends') walls!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Two Miranda Gifs for Friday

It's Friday, and of course I'll be doing #FAFATL! My pieces aren't finished yet, though, so I thought I'd share little something else I hope you'll like.

As you may remember form my gift guide for dog people, I got a sweet little puppikins a few weeks ago, and it has been magnificent, even when she tinkles on the floor. So, to start your Friday out right, I thought you might need to witness for yourself just how completely edible she is. I have such cute aggression every time I watch this video.

Now, don't forget to check my instagram throughout the day to see where I've posted my Miranda Inspired Free Art! One last Miranda Gif, and I'm off to work. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gift Guide: For Your Favorite Unicorn

So far we've been covering all your family  members and close friends with all these gift guides. But what if you know someone who's a little different from everyone else on your list? What if you know...a unicorn? First of all, if you know a unicorn, bravo to you. I'm fairly sure they can grant wishes and stuff. If that's true, then I'd like to be introduced. I have lots of wishes that haven't been granted, one of which is that chocolate and pizza actually made you lose weight. I think we all wish that, though.

Perhaps you don't know an actual unicorn, but you do have a friend who's just quirky enough to fall into the "unicorn fanatic" category. Well, then, this gift guide is for her. Some of these items are cute even if you aren't sitting a rainbow (see especially #s 3, 8, and 5). Some are just a lot of fun and will make interesting gifts for the right recipient. So let's get linking, shall we?

1. Unicorn Head Wall Mount: $145: Nocik on Etsy
          On one hand this is a little creepy. On the other hand, it's kind of perfect for a little girl's room. Right?

          Most days I wish my hair looked like this. Whether your giftee uses this as a pony tail for her head or her hiney,  it's lovely. 

          You don't have to be a unicorn fanatic to find this print quite magical. I like the elongated proportions here as well as the peach and blue color story. 

          I actually own this shirt, and I slept in it last night. It was a gift, but I've absolutely loved it. Whatever the subject matter, tees from The Mountain are magnificent. They're a domestic product of the United States and are made from Organic Cotton. The more you wash and wear them, the softer they get. They are perfect for sleeping and also looking like a nerd.

          This lipstick comes in lots of colors. The only thing that really makes it "unicorn lipstick" is the tube. Still, though, it's nice. It even comes in colors like blue and green. 

          I got this image from the Harajuku Station. That website is worth perusing. There are lots of interesting things for the right person. 

7. Unicorn Head Mask: $11.98, Amazon
          I mean, I don't think I really need to say much about this. I think you just need it. 

          I have a friend in South Carolina who makes the most fabulous cookies. I'd love to see what she could do with some shaped like unicorns. Jessica? Are you ready for a challenge?

          Can these get any more perfect? 

          I love that Irregular Choice exists. They continue to amaze me. I follow them on Instagram and am constantly amazed by their creations. They post everything from tiger backpacks to kitty purses to garden gnome heels. Pretty cool.

So, remember: if you know a magical unicorn who grants wishes, I've got a pretty long list. Send that baby my way. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gift Guide: Tiny Travelers

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I don't know how long rollerballs and fragrance pens have existed in the world of perfumes, but I just discovered them about five years ago. While I do like to have a full-sized bottle of my favorite scent, I do like to change it up every now and then. These miniature bottles of goodness are great for traveling, trying a new smell, quick scent refreshment, and of course gifting. The best thing is that they're almost always much less expensive than a full sized bottle (see #9, but I guess Chanel might always be the exception). I highly recommend these as gifts, stocking stuffers, or just a nice little treat for oneself. 

Today I've got a roundup of some fragrance that I know are loved by myself and others. I've linked from a bunch of different sites, but most of these can be found at any Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, or other fragrance counter. So, if you're looking to do a little sniff testing, I say start with these!

1. Marc Jacobs Fragrance: $28, Sephora
          This was one of the first fragrances I ever wore and loved. It's fairly expensive when you buy the whole bottle, but in this small size, you can afford to try it!

          I love how this comes with two different fragrances. You don't have to smell the same all the time, but you also don't have to worry about carrying a bunch of different bottles. Problem Solved!

          I have a rollerball of this, and I quite like it. However, do not put it on too heavily. A little goes a long way!

          This is my current fragrance of choice. It's light and fresh, and I love it. The tube for this rollerball is also very slim. Somehow I find that incredibly aesthetically pleasing. 

          I got this fragrance as an insert in my Nordstrom holiday catalog, and I quite like it. It's a new fragrance, and this is the perfect way to try it without committing. 

          This came out when my sister was in high school, I believe. By now, I think we can call it a classic. Still good after all these years. 

          Perhaps you've heard of Philosophy's "Hope in a Jar." I think that's probably their most recognizable product. Apparently it works great. But this is a fragrance post, and I have to say that the Celebrate Grace perfume smells magnificent. It's a really fresh, clean scent, and it could be a nice departure from your regular fragrant fare. 

          This is one of the other fragrances I found in the Nordstrom catalog. It's Tory Burch's first fragrance, and it's good stuff. 

          This is my mom's fragrance of choice. It's a bit of a thicker container, and it's not a roller ball, but would you expect anything less than special-ness from Chanel? Bonus: this travel size is refillable. 

          My coworker and desk neighbor Elise loves this scent, and I have to say there's not much of Tocca I don't like. This fragrance can get pricey by the fill size bottle, so the rollerball is perfect for gifting!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift Guide: For Grandfathers


Well, spinsters, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, and that means the crunch is really on. So, as promised, today I've put together a gift guide for grandfathers. 

The items on this list are mostly based on things my grandfather does and/or likes, but hopefully there are some similarities between yours and mine! Here's hoping today's gift guide helps with your Holiday shopping!

1. Bean's Sherpa-Lined Jac Shirt, Plaid: $69, L.L. Bean
          L.L. Bean has several permutations of what they call the Jac Shirt. I think they're all pretty genius. They're cozier than a regular shirt but lighter than a real jacket. In my grandfather's case, these would be great for puttering around his workshop, fixing things. 

          I gave my grandfather some nice, thick, warm socks last Christmas, and my mom said he would try to wear them every day. By now he's probably needing another pair. 

          My grandfather is a huge fan of a clever gadget. This bottle opener works with one hand. I have a feeling he could put away some RC Cola with this handy dandy gift. 

4. Restaurant Gift Certificate (this one for Simply Southern Bistro): Any Dollar Amount a your grandfather's favorite restaurant. 
          Like anyone, your grandparents probably have a favorite restaurant. Now that my grandparents have moved from Charleston to Sumter, they have a few new favorites. One is a place called the Golden Chick, but today I've chosen to shoe Simply Southern Bistro because I think it'd be a little more of a date location for them. Whatever you choose, though, just think of it as taking your grandparents out to dinner. That's just nice.

5. UGG Olsen Slippers: $54.99, 6pm
          My coworker Teresa says she gets a new pair of UGG slippers every holiday season. She swears by them. I think my grandfather deserves to have luxurious foot comfort as well. 

          Every Christmas at my house, we pull out a giant, complex puzzle. I love the idea of having a 1,000 piece puzzle with a picture of my grandparents' first great grandchild or their cat, Little Bit on a puzzle. This idea is under serious consideration for my grandfather.

          Help your grandfather look dapper this Holiday Season with this nice, soft scarf. 

          When I was little, my grandfather used to always pop popcorn at his house before we watched TV in his corduroy recliner. There was a little towel on the headrest to protect the fabric from the pomade in his hair. Whenever I asked him what he had made to eat, he would say, "This is some Gourmet popcorn." I would always ask him what "gourmet" meant, and he would say "it means 'just for you.'" Now, whenever I see gourmet popcorn...or gourmet anything, I think it's just for me. 

9. Cheez-It: $2.88, Amazon
          My grandfather won't eat cheese because he thinks it's rotten, but he absolutely loves Cheez-Its. Go figure. Either way, every now and then I add a couple boxes of Cheez-Its to my gift rotation. They're easy to wrap, and you can get them pretty much anywhere groceries are sold.

          Grandfathers like to carry pocket knives. It's one of the things that makes them so helpful. Why not get your grandfather an extra snazzy one with his name or initials? 

Happy Shopping!