Christmas Party Inspiration

My absolute favorite aspect of Christmas time is the festivities. Spending extra time with friends and family over food and drinks, picking out cute outfits for all your holiday parties, wrapping your gifts for the ones you love, baking goodies, Christmas music...The list of fun things going on around the holidays goes on and on. My absolute favorite is the Christmas parties. There's something about gathering in the cozy comfort of a friend's home for a Christmas party that sets the tone for a wonderful night of laughs (and I mean the kind of laughing that leaves your cheeks sore) and tons of storytelling. It's always a good time when there's the Christmas ambiance in the house, yummy snacks and festive holiday drinks. 

This year I had the chance to hang out with some other Denver bloggers at a Christmas inspired networking event. I am always so grateful when I get the chance to make new friends in the blogging world. All of the Denver bloggers that I've met through the years have been wonderful, kind, and a ton of fun. I had met Hannah ( @littleleebook ) before, we first met at the blogger event I hosted last summer. It was so nice to see her again and get to catch up! That night was my first time meeting Bethan ( @sipswithstyle ) and Alex ( @FeelinHaute ). These amazing women are incredibly smart, outgoing, super fun to be around and of course have impecable style (see pictures below for holiday party outfit inspiration). 

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I hope these photos inspire you to plan your own Christmas get-together. Even if it's a small gathering, getting the people you love together and making new friends is the best part of the holiday season. If you get inspired to plan a Christmas event, make sure to tag me in your photos so I can see everyone's fun this Christmas!

Thank you Katie Hutt ( @Katieleighhutt ) for being the photographer on this fun night and for putting this networking event together!  Also, thank you to the brands who took part in the networking event. Here is their info below! 

Cheese & Provisions: @cheeseandprovisions • Pearl Street Lights: @pearlstreetlights • Revo Sunglasses: @revo • Whiskey Barrel Coffee: @Whiskeybarrelcoffee


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Valentines Day Gift Guide: What To Get That Special Man In Your Life

As some of you know, Nick (my husband) and I have been together for 11+ years. We got married in July of 2014, but we started dating when we were about 14, the summer before high school started. By now, after 11 years of holidays together, I better be pretty decent at buying him gifts, and I like to think I am. I remember always saying things like "men are so hard to buy for" or " I just don't know what to get Nick". I would seriously get so frustrated trying to figure out gift ideas for him. I have put together this Valentines Day gift guide for men to help YOU in your gift shopping this year! I broke it down into several different "types" of men, because at the end of the day, all men like different stuff. My goal is for this post to help give you ideas and inspiration to make your man feel very loved and special this Valentines Day. 


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Gift ideas for your "travel-lover man" :

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The shirt displayed here is amazing for travel because it WILL NOT WRINKLE!!! Nick has been dying to get a ton of these shirts. They are extremely professional, but without the hassle of ironing. This gift guide also has some amazing travel bag ideas, sunglasses for those beach trips and of course a manly passport case. 


 

Gift ideas for your "business man"

This section is extremely easy for me, because this is my husband to a T. Your business man, just like mine, needs to be looking sharp. A new dress shirt is one of Nick's all time favorite gifts to receive. He loves the brand English Laundry, it's a tad pricey, but the quality is worth it (we know from experience). Each item below will help improve your business man's wardrobe.

Something else that can improve your man's wardrobe, and is an excellent and thoughtful gift... a new watch. MVMT Watches was kind enough to reach out to me and send us a watch for Nick. I was a little hesitant because Nick is picky about his watches!! He currently wears a gold Michael Kors watch everyday and he loves it. When we checked out MVMT's website, we were pleasantly surprised to see they had multiple watches that were exactly Nick's style. He's Italian and loves gold lol. When we received the watch in the mail, we were so impressed with the high quality case it came in. We travel a ton and the hard case will be perfect for keeping the watch safe while traveling. The watch itself is amazing, and I'd use words like luxury and high quality to describe it. It has more weight to it than his Michael Kors watch!! We are genuinely very impressed with this MVMT watch and 110% recommend it. And know this, even if a company sends us product, we will always give a honest review. So you can count on my word and reviews for an honest opinion on a product. If we don't like something, you will know it. 

Here are some photos of my man rocking his new watch. Thank you MVMT!


Gift ideas for your "mountain man" :

If your man is an outdoors lover, who has a beard and loves to cut down trees (lol kidding), then this is the gift guide for you!


Gift ideas for the "athlete" :

If your man is athletic, here are some gift ideas he will love! Workout gear and casual wear that he will be thrilled to own.


Gift ideas for the "romantic" :

I personally think Valentines Day is such a great opportunity to make someone feel special. There are sooo many romantic things you can do to surprise your special man. Here are a few ideas that I think would be romantic, but get creative, and make it personal to YOUR relationship. 

  • Breakfast in bed- Make their favorite breakfast meal and wake them up to it. Maybe make the pancakes into heart shapes, get creative. I found heart straws at Target and they will be perfect to put in a breakfast smoothie. I also found heart cookie cutters that I plan on using to make food items into hearts. Make it special.
  • Dinner- Cook his favorite meal. Maybe surprise him with an expensive steak dinner, whatever your man loves. Get a bottle of wine and light a candle. Who says women can't be romantic too. 
  • Surprise Reservations- Call up his FAVORITE restaurant and make reservations. Surprise him. 
  • Lingerie- For the married couples of course. I know when I surprise Nick with lingerie it just makes him feel special and loved. Ladies, get out of your comfort zone to show your man you love him. 
  • Couples Spa Day- This is a gift for the both of you. Sweet and romantic. ONLY if your man likes this sort of stuff. Nick doesn't, so I would not be selfish and book it because I wanted a spa day lol, remember it's about making your spouse feel special. 
  • Boudoir Photo Book- Once again for the married couples. I made Nick one for our wedding day. He was shocked! It is something they will cherish forever. If you don't know what a boudoir photo is, Google it haha. 
  • Book an adventure- Travel and adventures create so many amazing memories. Book a day getaway, or a weekend getaway. Go out of state, out of country or stay a night in your local big city. 
  • Make Dessert- Bake for him. Make his favorite dessert, maybe something you know he loves but you have never made before. 
 

Thank you for reading, I hope this helps you in your Valentines Day gift giving this year. Comment below with your favorite gift ideas for Valentines Day! 

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Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide: Unisex Gifts For Him or Her+A GIVEAWAY

I personally find that stocking stuffers can be more difficult than actual presents. Sometimes I have trouble thinking of things that are SMALL enough to fit in the actual stocking, but also is something they will genuinely enjoy. Do any of you find that a bit difficult too?? I have spend some serious time thinking of stocking stuffers that most people would genuinely love, they will fit in most stockings, and are fairly affordable. I hope this gift guide stocking stuffers edition helps you this Christmas Season!! 

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY that is included in this post!! 

Michael Kors Travel Passport Wallet - $78.00 at Nordstrom- Comes in black, pink or brown. I personally think the black and brown and go for male or female gifts. You really can't go wrong with Michael Kors.

Go Travel Heated Coffee/Tea Mug - $16.99 on Wayfair.com . This mug plugs into your car to keep your drink warm. I have NEVER seen something like this!! Haha I think it's a must and will probably order my husband and myself one. It's not particularly "stylish", but heck... your coffee is warm!! 

Frosted Cranberry Mini Candle - $4.50 at Bath & Body Works- They have a ton of different scents, but these little candles are the perfect size for any stocking! 

Canned Wine - $15.00 from Infinite Monkey Theorem. Ok ok... I know some of you reading this might be skeptical but trust me, their wine is AMAZING!! When I was in college I toured their winery that is located in Downtown Denver. Back then they talked about how "someday" they wanted to sell wine in a can. I thought it sounded brilliant! And now they are doing it! Actually, Frontier flights have their wine for sale. It's delicious and will slide perfectly into a stocking for your adult loved one! 

Savannah Mee Majesty Gift Set - $12.99 at Target. This includes a body wash, lotion, lip balm and a darling travel bag. These are all travel size items which is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer. This gift is a tad girly, but I probably only think that because my husband hates lotion, body wash AND lip balm haha ! So HE personally would not enjoy this gift, but I know a lot of men and women who would. 

Raw Vitality Trail Mix - Price isn't listed on Wholefoods.com but you can purchase this at Whole Foods. I really just think any kind of trail mix will do. Get a kind you know your loved one likes. This can be really a bag of trail mix, nuts, dried fruit or anything else you have in mind. I think having a healthy snack in the stocking is refreshing because the holidays can be filled with SOOO much junk food and unhealthy snacks. Mix it up!

Eucalyptus Spearmint Travel Size Body Lotion - $5 at Bath & Body Works. This tiny bottle of "stress relief" lotion is perfect for any stocking!

Inside Out Movie - $22.99 at Target. You can pick any movie you'd like, but this movie is ADORABLE! It has such a positive message and although it is made for kids, I love this movie so much!! 

Godiva Hot Chocolate Gift Set - $20.00 on Godiva.com or in a Godiva Store. Godiva has some of the best chocolate of all time in my opinion! 

A few of the items in the stocking will go together perfect for a cozy Christmas night! You could drink some wine or hot coco while you snuggle up to watch a movie! Be sure to light your candle ;) . Perfect cozy Christmas night in my opinion!! 

Custom Phone Case or Laptop Skin - Price depends on what item you purchase at Caseapp.com . Case App was kind enough to send me a free IPhone 6s case. I got to custom design it, and being the travel lover that I am, I used a picture I took of the beach while I was in Ocean City Maryland. I put "take me to the beach" on it. It turned out more adorable than I thought it was going to!! I wanted it to be personal and meaningful. I keep seeing people make marble looking phone and laptop cases, which is cute, but I personally think your loved one would appreciate a more intimate, custom and personalized gift.

Case App was kind enough to give all of my readers 20% off their purchase!!! Code is: ACCORDINGTOD. Offer Valad until December 16th. 

Here are pics of the Iphone 6s case I made:

I hope that this stocking stuffers gift guide helps you in your Christmas shopping this season!!! Merry Christmas and don't forget to enter into the giveaway below!!! 

 

 

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