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