Rebecca Minkoff Pom Pom and Tassel Bracelet

_102065689There’s a lot of great stuff on sale at Nordstrom right now and I’m picking up one of these Women’s Rebecca Minkoff Double Strand Pompom Bracelet as a gift for a friend.  The pom-poms and tassels are very on-trend right now, and I like that the colors are neutral enough to go with everything.  It’s on sale for $28.98, reduced from $58, at Nordstrom, and shipping is, as always, free there.


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Last Minute Holiday Card Deals at Minted

If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards by now, you may be panicking.  But don’t worry, it’s not too late.  My go-to site for holiday cards over the past few years, our affiliate Minted, has got you covered.  Check out some of my favorite holiday cards at Minted, or, if you’re worried about running a bit late, how about sending a New Year’s themed holiday card instead? Here’s my pick:

“Collide” New Year’s Card (100 cards for $167 before any discounts)


If you order your Holiday Cards at Minted, you can choose either 15% off with code WINTER17 *OR* Free Fast Shipping (either expedited or rushed shipping so you’ll receive them by 12/22) with code SHIP17.   I’d especially recommend that you choose the latter…there is nothing better than having a guaranteed delivery date. No one will ever know you waited this long to order them…Shhhh.

Pssst!  If you’re also in a rush for some last-minute gifts, check out my gift ideas here and enjoy 15% off All Minted Gifts + upgraded shipping with code FAVORITEGIFTS.

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Gift Wrap for a Good Cause

il_570xN.868981496_jgyhIf you still need holiday gift wrap, I want to direct your attention to this great Etsy shop Tuckerboys Noveltees which was launched by 20-year-old brothers Eddie and Mike Tucker, who have autism. Their shop features wonderful wrapping paper, coffee mugs and T-shirts created using the hand-drawn designs of local artists with autism (including Eddie and Mike themselves, who also process and ship out orders). A portion of each sale is donated to local charities supporting people with autism. I just ordered the Hanukkah Wrap ($10) for my remaining Hanukkah gifts–I think it is so cute! Read more about the Tucker Boys on this CBS local news story and support their store on Etsy.

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The Best Kids’ Holiday Threads at Nordstrom

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The holidays are inching closer and closer, and if you haven’t nabbed new threads for your kids to wear to holiday gatherings this year, now’s the time to do so! Our affiliate Nordstrom has some standout options for whomever you’re shopping for (baby, toddler, little kid, or big kid) and whatever style you prefer (classic and prim to trendy and edgy).  Top designer brands include Andrew Marc, Ava & Yelly, Appaman and more.

Also, Nordstrom knows just how stressful holiday shopping can actually be, so they’ve added some terrific extra services like free shipping and returns, free personal stylists, on-site alterations and tailoring, handy online ordering/in-store pickup and even curbside delivery (you never have to get out of your car…they’ll bring your purchases right to you!).  All of this makes for a calmer and more successful shopping experience; at Nordstrom, “Yes. We Got You.”

Here are some of my favorite Special Occasion Clothing for Kids this holiday season at Nordstrom:

Toddler Girl’s Pippa & Julie Majorette Jacket & Tank Dress Set ($54, sizes 12-24 months). She’ll have everyone snapping to attention in this crisp gold-braided jacket paired with a floaty gold tulle skirt.



Infant Boy’s Little Me Train Bodysuit, Tie & Pants Set ($34, sizes 3mos-9mos). What’s cuter than a baby boy wearing a bowtie? This holiday set is made of comfy cotton and the onesie makes for easy diaper-changing.  Love the mini corduroy pants!



Mini Boden Velvet Party Dress ($66, sizes 3 years-6 years). I love the classic styling and details on this soft velvet dress–such as the peter pan collar, delicate gold ric-rac trim, and red-stitched white buttons.


Bardot Junior Basic Chino Pants & Suspenders ($62, sizes 6-16, more colors available). This is a classic holiday look with a twist and pop of color.  Pair them with a crisp white Jb Jr Textured Dress Shirt ($49.50, size 8 and up). The pants are available in several other colors, too.




Appaman Mod Velvet Suit ($161, sizes 4 and up, also available in dark red). My son has had several Appaman suits and they are excellent quality.  This one will last him through any snazzy dress-up events this year. Slim-fitting and stylish.


Oppo Lumberjack Two-Piece Suit With Tie ($64.99, sizes 4 and up). Oppo is a new brand to me–they make some pretty funky “ugly sweater” patterned suits, and this one is actually one of their more subdued looks!  Perfect for holiday pictures and the matching clip-on tie just pulls it all together.


Halabaloo Aloha Flower Applique Dress ($130, sizes 12mos-24mos).  The eye-catching appliques will turn your baby into a mini-fashionista this holiday season–and underneath is a comfy navy skater dress.

_101949678Like what you see so far?  There’s plenty more!  Check out the entire selection of  Special Occasion Clothing for Kids at Nordstrom.

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Cozy Clothes for the Holidays at Gymboree

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Growing up in NYC, my kids are used to cold, slushy days during the winter holidays (it used to snow more, but now….). So every winter I make sure I have the necessary winter boots and cold weather accessories for them.  But, at holiday time, we also like to indulge in new “cozy clothes”–items that are comfy, warm, or just plain fun to wear during winter vacation.  “Cozy clothes” can be anything from fluffy hoodies to warm one-piece pajamas to furry slippers. And they make great gifts when you’re done with fulfilling toy wish lists!

At our affiliate Gymboree, you can find lots of “cozy clothes” for your own family to enjoy this holiday season.  These clothes are both practical to wear throughout the winter and fun enough to be a novelty gift for the holidays. Note: all of the items below are on sale, for up to 80% off:


Girl’s Dessert Hooded Pajama 1-Piece




Girl’s Fuzzy Pullover





Boy’s Food Hooded Pajama 1-Piece 

Santa Slippers

The prices at Gymboree really can’t be beat right now (by the way, if you’re shopping for a baby gift these days, there are also a lot of cute clothes on sale).

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Need Quick Gift Ideas? Check out Your “Interesting Finds” at Amazon

I am newly fascinated by Amazon’s Interesting Finds, the “suggested” gift ideas that you’ll find at the top of your browser when you’re logged into your Amazon account. I don’t know why I didn’t check these out before.  Clearly, they are paying attention to your shopping history because their suggested items today (some of which I’ve shared below) were right up my alley; if you “heart”/favorite certain suggestions, they’ll fine-tune them even further to your tastes the following day.  It’s a gold mine of gift ideas, especially for yourself!  Check out yours at Amazon’s Interesting Finds.


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Minted’s Gift Event: Deals on Stationery, Holiday Cards & More

Today only, Minted is offering 20% off its popular Personalized Stationery and 15% off all other gifts with code GIFTEVENT17.  I have given Minted’s personalized stationery and other products as gifts before and they were always very well received. Here are three of my favorite picks:

Simple Agate Foil-Pressed Personalized Stationery

Sticky Note Children’s Personalized Stationery


But Coffee First Day Planner, Notebook, or Address Book

PLUS, enjoy 15% off holiday cards with code SNOW through 12/4.  There are cards for every style and budget, with many options for formats (flat or folded card, ornament cards, petite cards, postcards, etc.)  Plus, this year you can effortlessly  create your cards with Minted’s free Text Us Your Photo service.  You simply text your photo to 415-301-CARD and Minted will text you back your photo styled in 5 holiday card designs selected especially for and styled with your photo—for free.

Graphic Joy Holiday Photo Cards

Hollyhocks Holiday Photo Cards

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