10 Gifts For Him 2018

As promised, I have compiled a list of gifts that any man would love to receive this holiday season. My husband helped come up with almost everything on here! We tried to add a wide variety of items so that you could be sure to find something for every man on your list!

1. Peter Millar Pullover

Peter Millar is one of my husband’s favorite brands! This wool and linen pullover is so simple yet so eye-catching. Pair it with a button up shirt underneath for a more dressy look!

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2. Leather Wool-Lined Gloves

These Ted Baker leather gloves are sure to keep his hands warm all winter with their soft wool lining. Don’t let their simplicity fool you, their quality and fine attention to detail make these a must have for any man on your list. They come in both black and chocolate leather.

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3. Engravable Tie Bar

This Brooks Brothers slim tie bar features an engine turn pattern and comes in either sterling silver or 14k plated sterling silver. Engraving can be added and comes presented in its own gift box. This personal touch is sure to make any man who is on the receiving end feel special.

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4. Paul Smith Socks

Paul Smith socks are known to be bold and eye-catching. Made in Italy and knit from a soft cotton blend, they are sure to aesthetically please anyone that wears them. They come in an endless amount of colors and patterns so you can find a pair that matches any and all personalities. FullSizeRender-7-1.jpeg

5. Cuisinart Grill Set

If he does not already have a grill accessory kit, this one from Cuisinart makes a great gift. It comes with 20 pieces, making it the ultimate took kit for the avid grill master in your life.

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6. Tumi Travel Kit

Tumi makes so many great products that my husband uses frequently but this piece is by far his favorite. This travel kit fits everything he needs, regardless if we are off for an extended vacation or a weekend getaway. With many different compartments and a hanger for easy access, it is definitely an essential for any man who travels.

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7. Harris Leather Belt

When it comes to belts, there are so many good options out there. If you are looking for a great option that isn’t crazy expensive, this is your best bet! My husband came across this brand while shopping in Barney’s a while back and it is his new favorite! Harris offers a wide variety of different colors and textures so you can be sure there is one out there for every man’s specific taste.

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8. Burberry Polo Shirt

When it comes to essential wardrobe pieces, this is definitely one of them! I’m pretty sure my husband has one in every color and wears them religiously all summer. My personal favorite is the white one! Pair it with some khaki shorts and some leather designer flops and he is sure to look and feel his best!

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9. UGG Slippers

These UGG slippers are perfect for any man on your list. They come in several different colors and sizes so you can be sure they will bring comfort and style to anyone who wears them!

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10. Sous Vide Precision Cooker

On the rare occasion that my husband cooks for me, this is his go to cooking method. It is guaranteed to cook your steaks, chicken, seafood, etc. perfectly every time. You just set your desired temperature, and your food never overcooks! Weather your husband is a seasoned chef, or just starting out, it is guaranteed to be the perfect foodie gift!

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15 Gifts For Her 2018

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for your girlfriend, wife, mom, sister, or any woman in your life, then look no further. I have compiled a list of items that are impossible to go wrong with this holiday season. There are all different price points ranging from $20 to $300 so you can be sure to find something for every budget. This weekend I will have up a men’s gift guide as well so make sure and check back!

1. Cashmere and Fox Fur Pom-Pom Slippers 

These splurge worthy slippers are from Saks and come in three different colors and sizes. This makes them the perfect fit for any woman who loves to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. The pom-pom element adds a quirky element to comfy slippers! 

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2. Gold Stud Earrings by Kendra Scott

It’s hard to go wrong with these Kendra Scott Earrings. They can easily be dressed up or down and come in three different colors.
*15% off your first purchase when you enter your e-mail, and everything is free shipping for the holidays!*

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3. Glimmer Jewelry Box

This sparkly jewelry box is jeweled inside and out. It also features a mirrored inside lid with two compartments for displaying or storing. This is on sale for only $20 at Z Gallerie right now! They are also giving everyone free shipping! After all, she will need a place to store those earrings you just bought her! (:

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4. West Elm’s Coziest Throw

This throw blanket is so irresistibly soft and comes in five different colors. After getting her this she will want one in every room! This throw is originally $40 and is on sale for $14.99!

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5. Tiffany Day Planner 2019  and Tiffany Executive Ballpoint Pen

If the woman in your life loves to be organized, then this is the perfect gift for her! While these everyday items may be a bit of a splurge, they are totally worth it! The Tiffany blue leather with the silver lined pages definitely make planning your day a bit more fun. It features page dividers, maps of the world, a contacts section, monthly and weekly views, travel reference guides, and much more! Don’t forget the matching pen!

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6. Ted Baker Leather Shopping Bag

While the Deanie bag by Ted Baker is cute, it is also very functional! Its textured leather and elegant bow make this simple bag stand out against the rest. It even comes with a removable internal compartment to keep your everyday essentials protected. This bag also comes in black and is under $200!

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7. Alpaca Scarf

This is one of my favorite items on this list! What makes this scarf unique is that it is made in Peru from the softest baby alpaca. The soft texture and the light fringe make it versatile yet feminine. It comes in four different colors making it perfect for any woman on your list.

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8. Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum

Buying a fragrance for someone can sometimes be difficult, so if you are going to go this route, it is important to know the woman well and know what she likes. I have tried so many different fragrances, and for me, they were all so strong and overpowering. This perfume is light, fresh, and exotic. Its hints of lavender, jasmine, and vanilla blend seamlessly together giving it a delicate finesse that is subtle yet pleasant.

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9. Cashmere Sweater

This sweater from Talbots is hard to beat! It comes in 6 different colors and also comes in  petites and plus sizes. It is so soft and comfortable! While is comes at a splurge worthy price tag of $189, its comfort and quality make it worth it!
*receive 30% your purchase if you use the code: HOLIDAY*

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10. Kate Spade Sherpa Hoodie

If cashmere isn’t her thing, you can’t go wrong with this cozy Sherpa Hoodie from Kate Spade. This hoodie is so soft and comfortable she will never want to take it off! It runs a bit large so I would suggest going down a size.

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11. Cashmere Gloves with Fur Cuffs

Not only are these gloves super cute, they are also very warm! They are touch screen capable and come in four different colors. They have a price tag of $175 but Sophia Cashmere uses the finest cashmere to ensure they last for years to come.
*If you spend $200 or more, you receive $50 off with promo code: DEC50*

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12. J-Crew Ribbed Beanie with Faux Fur Pom-Pom

This stylish yet cozy winter essential is sure to please any woman on your list. It is one of their best sellers and comes in 9 different colors. It is currently $39.50, but if you use the code SALELOVE, you get 40% off!

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13. Sam Edelman Knee High Boots 

When in doubt, buy a woman shoes. I have never met a female that did not enjoy a new pair of shoes. Over the knee boots are very popular right now and these are the perfect pair! Sam Edelman is one of may favorite shoe brands because they are consistent with their sizing and quality. These boots also come in black and red. They are normally $225 but are on sale at Nordstrom right now for only $150!

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14. Tory Burch Jelly Sandals

Another great shoe option would be Tory Burch sandals. While their classic Miller sandal is my absolute favorite, I found a new pair they have out that I couldn’t resist showing you! These Mini Miller jelly sandals are under $100 and also come in black and ivory.

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15. Norman Love Holiday Gift Box

If you have read through this list and still not found what you are looking for, then look no further. It would literally be impossible for any human not to love this gift. These are Norman Love Chocolates. If you have never heard of them, they are the best chocolates you will ever eat. They have all different types and sizes of gift boxes but the one I have listed here is the 25 piece holiday gift box. It includes 10 of their holiday collection chocolates ( Think Christmas flavors! hot coco, candy canes, rum, etc.), and 15 of their signature flavors ( some of my favorite are white chocolate raspberry, key lime, cookies and cream, and caramel macchiato). If you know she isn’t going to like some of the flavors, don’t worry, you can go and completely design your own box of chocolates. I would suggest ordering an extra box for yourself (:

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If you still can’t decide between the chocolate and the shoes, you can always opt for the Chocolate Shoe. This decadent dark chocolate shoe with a red bottom sole is perfect for the woman who has everything

Chocolate High Heel Shoe with Red Bottom Sole

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Christmas Table Settings

So today I felt the notion to start Christmas decorating! Yes, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving but I couldn’t help myself! I usually wait until after, but for some reason this year I wanted to start early. I’ll just blame it on pregnancy and call it “Christmas Nesting.” While I’m not ready to share everything with you quite yet, I do want to show you our holiday table settings for our dinette. I love this dinnerware because it is so versatile! It is our everyday china but with a little holiday sparkle added! (;

Below I will share with you where everything is from and how I styled it. I’ll let you know just how easy it is to take ordinary settings from everyday dining to glittery, shiny, festive, holiday ready perfection!

Casablanca Square Placemats: Crate and Barrel
White Ruffle Centerpiece Bowl: Crate and Barrel
Very Merry Ball Ornaments: Crate and Barrel
Kincaid Flatware: Crate and Barrel
White Pearl Dinnerware: Crate and Barrel
Riedel Wine Glasses: William Sonoma
Waterford Napkins: Bed Bath and Beyond
Pearl Spiral Napkin Rings: Bed Bath and Beyond
Red Glitter Bows: Wal Mart 

The key to this style is simplicity. I like to have simple neutral colors (in this case white) as my base and add pops of color and texture here and there. I could easily pull only two elements from this look and call it everyday dining. These two elements would be the decorative ornaments and the red glitter bows. The ornaments I picked up at Crate and Barrel last year around the holidays. While they did not really match my tree, I knew they had to go somewhere!  I feel like the various sizes and colors really pop in the white bowl and give this table an elegant yet fun holiday look! The napkin rings are actually from my spring settings but I used them here by adding miniature red glitter bows. Such an easy transition! They are literally 97 cents at Wal Mart for a package of 12! They come with a tiny wire on the back so they pretty much attach to anything you can think of! Around the holidays I use them all around the house. I add them to gifts, name tags, candles, and even as an embellishment on my dog’s collar! Other than those two additions, I just styled it as an everyday setting.

I have also started decorating the rest of the house this week so I will make sure and post pictures and details as soon as it is finished! I would love to hear your Christmas decor tips or ideas so please feel free to share them in the comments below!

XOXO,

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10 Tips for Planning Your Own Wedding

This past year, most of my thoughts have revolved around one thing. Our wedding. If it wasn’t the wedding itself, it was some scenario or topic that reminded me of the approaching day. We got engaged in September and planned for an early June wedding…leaving plenty of time to plan! Until you experience it yourself, I don’t think people understand all of the little details that go into planning a wedding. After personally going through the whole process and reflecting on the experience, I have come up with 10 tips that one may find useful for planning a wedding of their own.

1.  Buy a planner, make lists, cross things off, repeat. It’s so important to stay organized and focused. Writing things down is vital to success.

2. Know when to ask for help, and learn to delegate tasks. You are one person, and as much as you may want to do everything yourself, you will drive yourself insane. Trust your family and friends. They are there to help!

3.  Understand that feelings will be hurt. At some point in the process there is a good chance you will hurt someone’s feelings, and your feelings will probably end up being hurt as well. This is part of it, things will work out in the end. Just remember the issues are only as big of a deal as you make them. Try to keep an open mind.

4. Realize that your fiancé probably doesn’t care about how the bridesmaids wear their hair. While guys like to be involved, maybe some of the decisions can be made without them. Make sure you communicate often with your fiancé so you are both on the same page, but try not to bore them with tedious details that they may not be interested in.

5. If it is an outside wedding, pray to God everyday for cooperative weather…hey we came very close to a tornado but we pulled through! Make sure you have a backup plan if disaster strikes. Crossing your fingers will only get you so far!

6. Be prepared that not everything will go exactly as planned, learn to be flexible and accommodating. Things are only as important as you make them. Compromise is key.

7. Prioritize. While it might be more fun to do certain tasks more than others, it is so important that you get the most important details lined out first. Securing your vendors should probably be higher on your the list than your DIY table numbers.

8. Be realistic. I know first hand how deceiving Pinterest, wedding magazines, or Martha Stewart can be. Try to stay on track and know what is feasible for your specific day. Not everyone can have a grand flower entrance like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (a girl can dream right?). Make a plan and a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. What’s the point in a wedding if you don’t get to do a few (or 20) DIY projects during the process?

9. Learn to let go. So your little brother snuck off during family pictures to go drink in his car, or some over intoxicated guest stole a golf cart and drove it home, or maybe the cake didn’t look exactly like the picture you gave them,  whatever may come up, the day goes on! Little hiccups are bound to happen, don’t let them get to you. Learn to let go and enjoy your day. You will later look back on these incidents and laugh.

10. The day is about you. At the end of the day your married. Isn’t that the point?? You both woke up, you both walked down the aisle, and you both said “I do.” Hopefully when all of the planning is over and the big day comes, you can take in the moment to realize that the day is about you. Remember to relax! Trust yourself that everything you have worked for the past several months will fall into place.

XOXO,

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Welcome!

Before I begin, I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy evening of internet surfing to check out my blog. There are so many other things you could be doing (like creeping on your sister’s roommate’s second cousin?) with your internet time. My goal for this first post is that you  get to know me a little better and hopefully feel intrigued enough to keep coming back. On this blog I plan to discuss a wide variety of topics such as: travel, fashion, beauty, home design, motherhood, cooking and so much more.

My name is Hannah Gibson and I am a twenty something living in southern Illinois. If someone asked me to explain myself in three words I would say that I am meticulous, confident, and creative.I recently got married on June 2nd, 2018 to my husband, Nick. We had our dream wedding followed by the most memorable honeymoon through Europe. So memorable that we are actually expecting a sweet baby boy in just a few short months. Before I became pregnant, Nick and I traveled frequently. I often have people ask me about our travel and dining experiences so hopefully through this blog I will be able to convey more about them. On a given weekend, we would make an effort to go to a new place, eat crazy food and drink amazing wine. While these experiences might not get to occur as often anymore, the excitement will not be stopping. 

I am currently putting together our nursery and trying to get everything in our home ready for baby (I can’t wait to share more about this in a later post!). On this blog I will keep you up to date with pregnancy and eventually motherhood. As this is my first time, I would love to hear any advice or tips that you might have! Baby G is already loved so much and we can’t wait to share our journey with you. 

As I am looking ahead at becoming a mother, I realize how important it will be for me to take time for myself. One way I plan to do this is through fashion and beauty. I have always loved shopping and I’m pretty confident that this obsession will not be stopping anytime soon. I am constantly looking for new additions to my wardrobe so feel free to share any of your favorite pieces! This goes for beauty as well…I love trying and learning about new products. In the near future I plan to share with you some of my favorite products, brands, and trends. I would love to hear some of yours!

Hopefully I haven’t bored you yet and by now you have a better understanding of my purpose. Even though there are only certain topics named in this post, I plan to write about so much more…such as the joys that I find in everyday life.

Now that you know a little bit about me and my blog, I would love to hear from you. If you have an idea for a topic or any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for reading!

XOXO,
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