I’m at the point in my life when I seem to be surrounded by a growing number of mothers each year–that is, more of my friends and relatives are having children. It’s such a joy to witness these women grow into their new roles as mothers.  Suffice it to say, I’m taking mental notes until I have a child of my own.

In the past, while putting together my Mothers’ Day gift ideas, I did so mostly with just my mom in mind. This year, I made especially sure to think of my girlfriends and cousins too!

x, Carina

  1. rose petal topped petite fours from Valerie’s in LA
  2. for those days when only ice cream can get her through the day
  3. gorgeous hydrangeas to spruce up her office
  4. the prettiest pale pink  leather tote
  5. this sweet hand woven bag that’s perfect for the beach
  6. a curated collection of family photos in a beautiful album
  7. a monthly subscription for all things beauty (my mom is subscribed and loves it!)
  8. i mean….
  9. a little luxury for the lips
  10. this statement piece for a gift with purpose

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: $100 and under

366623544Ipad Mini Sleeve | Kate Spade $65

Swiss-Dot Pajama Set | J.Crew $98

Crystal Rapunzel Bib Necklace | Baublebar $58

Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette | Bobbi Brown $80

Instax Mini 8 Camera | Fujifilm  $100

Agate Coaster Set | C.Wonder $98

Your Highness Vase | Lulu & Georgia $90

Best Brush Set | Sigma Beauty $97

Holiday Gift Ideas: For the Green Thumb Hostess


My family is abundant with garden gurus– they can literally spend hours and hours with their hands in the dirt,  nurturing their plots into beautiful creations. I definitely didn’t inherit the gene (Sorry Mom), not for the lack of desire though, I just don’t have the patience.  I admire those in my family for their patience and  nurturing hands.

We are spending Thanksgiving at my parents house this year.  After preparing for a family gathering, I’m sure my mom, or any other green thumb hostess would love to receive any of these gifts.

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Eu de Parfume |  Nordstrom $50

The Plant Recipe Book | Anthropologie $24.95

Garden Gloves | Terrain $58

Flower Print  by Lulie Wallace | Anthropologie $98

Watering Can | Terrain $38

Rustic Seedling Pots (& wooden crate) | William-Sonoma $49.95  $39.99

Holiday Gift Ideas: For the Chic Hostess

264283665Ideas of Christmas gifts always begin for me, around Halloween,  so much so that it’s usually when I start my Holiday shopping. I know it seems early, but hey Costco is selling wrapping paper and Christmas lights…it only makes sense, right? AND having lived the retail life for Yeeears, I boycott Black Friday!

Typically, I like to start with hostess gifts to get the ball rolling, also because they are my favorite gifts to give. Hostess gifts should be fun, cute little things that are thoughtful and make sense to the person receiving the gift. (I wouldn’t give a bottle of wine to someone who doesn’t drink.) The other thing, is that they don’t have to break the bank! They can be small in size and in price. Nothing too over the top. Just a little something that shows you were thinking about them, and that you’re grateful for the invite.

So, if you’re like me…and you want a head start, here are some  gift ideas for the Chicest of all hostesses. AND most of these are under $20!

2015 Beaute Desk Calendar | Rifle Paper Co.$16

Crescendo Dot Butter Knives | Anthropologie $16

Gold Playing Cards | Anthropologie  $18

Eduardo Garza Ring Holder | West Elm $39

Poppin Office Accessories | Crate & Barrel $6.95-$14.95

More gift ideas to come…this is just the beginning! Stay tuned! 

x, Carina

Alternative Wedding Gift Ideas

A friend is getting married next weekend and while she and her husband-to-be have a few gift registries, I was browsing the web for a  some alternative gift ideas. So, if you’re attending a wedding in the near future and want to give a gift a little out of the ordinary, but still just as special and definitely unique, here are a few ideas.


        A personalized wine box- 3 separate compartments for 3 bottles of wine.

       One bottle for each anniversary- 1st, 5th, and 10th |


Cooking Class for the New Mr.& Mrs. | Hipcooks, West LA

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Monogrammed leather passport holders for their Newly Wed adventures | Cuyana