Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review

I seriously cannot believe that 2015 is over. This has been such a roller coaster of a year for me. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to reflect on everything, and that I'm able to be so excited for what the future has in store for me. Today, I wanted to take some time to look back and share some of my 2015 happenings!

Starting at the beginning of the year, I fell into a more comfortable stride with blogging. As I have mentioned before, I had no idea what to expect when I started this little space. And I sure as heck didn't have a vision of what it would look like after I did! I began writing posts that were more personal to me and had the opportunity to work with some lovely brands to do sponsored posts! I was able to shoot a sponsored outfit post and tried a few on my own. If you want to see some of my sponsored posts, you can check them out here

I have some exciting things lined up for 2016 so far and can't wait to share them with y'all. Now for me, blogging is more than just writing reviews in exchange for items. I truly love being able to express myself freely and have found my way into the best communities out there! I didn't realize how much finding the right group of blogging friends would impact my online experience. I feel supported and know that I have an awesome group of witty, kind, and helpful people at my fingertips whenever I need. That's an incredible feeling in my book! For those of you wondering, I've found these lovable bloggers through different groups. Primarily, I have found the most assistance within the Millennial Blogger Network, Show Your Blog Love, and Style Collective communities. I recognize that these are specific to me and my needs, but I highly encourage you to find where you feel supported within the blogging community. It's changed my experience drastically!

I also took a leap and invested in two courses to learn more about blogging: Quit Your Job to Blog and Instagram for Success. At this time, I don't intend to take my blogging past a hobby level- so I had serious hesitation in dropping some cash to learn more about blogging. But I cannot express how happy I am that I did! I'm still working my way through my first course and can honestly say that I've learned enough to up my blogging game already. I can't wait to get further into this course and begin my second one.

Although I still write anonymously- mainly due to the fact that I don't want my blog to pop up through internet search for professional purposes- I feel as though I've still been able to connect on deeper levels with y'all online. I hope to increase that next year and look forward to seeing my current relationships blossom. I've also decided to post more photos of myself and aim to be more open with y'all in the next year.

Lastly, I wanted to share a couple of personal happenings for 2015. (And thank you for sticking around if you're still reading! I know this is a long-winded post.) For those of you who had been reading for a while, you may have heard me talk about my long distance relationship that I was in for the past 5 years. And you may notice that I haven't mentioned it over the past 6 months. Over the summer, things ended. At first, this was so devastating for me that I had to take time away from many facets of my life, including blogging, to take care of myself. And to be honest- I wasn't sure that I would ever find the energy to continue blogging, but healing proved to be a gradual process for me. Thankfully I was able to slowly get back into the swing of things. I am sending my SINCEREST thanks to the sweet girls who noticed my absence online and thought to reach out. That really helped to inspire me to continue writing. Also, in the more recent months I've had a whole lot going on with work. I've taken on new responsibilities and been able to participate in a few programs that have helped me to be more successful at my job. It's kept me busy but has definitely been worth it!! Also on this topic, I have some exciting news to share with y'all, but it deserves a whole post to itself so stay tuned for that next week.

While this blog may not be viewed as successful by some in the community (in terms of social media followings and pageviews), I couldn't have dreamed up a more perfect space of the internet for me. Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, comment, pin, and/or tweet to interact with me! I wholeheartedly love y'all and look forward to growing together in 2016! See you in the new year!

What sticks out most to you about 2015? What are you excited for in 2016?

Monday, December 28, 2015

A 2015 Round Up- My Favorite Posts!

Happy Monday y'all! I hope you had an amazing Christmas and weekend following. Although mine was busy, it was fabulous! My holiday season is filled with tradition. On Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a family dinner before church. We go to an old, tiny Methodist church every year for their evening Christmas Eve service. I've never actually attended any other services at this church but I couldn't picture going anywhere else on the 24th! We have a traditional service that wraps up with candles and 'Silent Night'. That is the epitome of Christmas spirit to me. On Christmas day, we do brunch at my sister's house with my mom and open presents together. This year we made gluten-free cinnamon rolls from scratch. They were DIVINE. I've never made a bread or dough before and it seemed very time intensive. Absolutely worth it, though. After brunch, we cleaned up and head over to my dad's to open presents there. We spend a few hours just as the family, and then my step-mom's family comes over for dinner and the White Elephant gift game. It's always a hoot!

Saturday my sister and I hit up a few after-Christmas sales to spend some stocking cash. I got a new watch and a few Christmas decorations that I'm excited to use next year. More than anything, I enjoyed spending time with my sister and running into family friends. It's always nice to be home.
As 2015 draws to a close, I wanted to gather up some of my favorite posts from the year. I've had some awesome collaborations and put together some posts that I'm really proud of! I truly hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have, and I hope you enjoy them a second time if you've been with me all year.

How to Appear Confident (even when you don't feel it!)
7 Bible Verses to Ease Anxiety
How to Prioritize "Me" Time
My Fall Bucket List
5 Packing Tips for Business Trips
The Leather Jacket
4 things you should try alone
Why I Stopped Taking My Coffee to Go
Current Coffee Table Books
French Toast for One
What I've Learned from Living with Awful Roommates
My 7 Workday Essentials
The Perfect Fringe Cardigan 

I also did my first guest post over on Seashells and Sparkles! I love Rachel's blog, twitter, AND instagram, so I was thrilled to get to work with her. Check out my post here: 3 Tips to Nailing Your Next Interview. Thanks again Rachel!

Be sure to check back on Thursday for a special year-end post! I'm really excited to share a more personal year-end post with y'all. Have a fabulous Monday!

Friday, December 25, 2015

A (Different) Christmas Story

Earlier this week, I was one of the crazy people who ventured out to do some last minute shopping before Christmas. This is the EXACT opposite place I prefer to be in during that time of year! I'm a planner, to the extreme, and usually start shopping early so that I can be finished by the time I head home for the holidays. This just makes things easier and allows me to be with my family completely while at home.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, life has been hectic for this little peach as of late. Work is busy, my personal life is crazy, and my family has had a lot going on. The sheer amount of things bouncing around my head at any given point is scary, but my circumstances lately have put things into overdrive! Complaining out of the way, I was less than thrilled to finish up the large amount of shopping I had to do among the masses a mere 3 days before Christmas.

That's definitely another perk of shopping early- there's no mad rush in the stores!! I can't stand crowds and have a low tolerance for people who are rude. It seems like everyone turns into a shopping grinch around the holidays and I just prefer to stay at home away from it all. My final gift that I was purchasing happened to be a Starbucks giftcard and travel mug. Oh boy was I relieved to be finished shopping AND at the mecca of caffeine. It had been a long day of loud chatter, long lines, and complaints constantly swirling around me.

After waiting in the long line, I was grateful when my turn rolled around. I placed my complicated drink order and stepped to the bar to people watch as I waited for my bright red cup of joy to pop up. I'm so glad that I was watching my surroundings, because I saw the sweetest act of selflessness. I witnessed a man buy coffee for the frazzled young mom in front of him who was struggling to find her wallet in her large purse and balance a baby on her hip. It was so small, but seeing the unexpected happiness on her face reminded me what this season is truly about. It's not about buying the perfect gift. It's not about perfect wrapping, or the flawless picture for the card, or staging the perfect Instagram.

It's about giving. It's about showing love to everyone, even the lady delaying your turn to order a your caffeinated beverage in a long line. For me, it's about celebrating the birth of Jesus by mimicking his behavior. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas, and regardless of your beliefs, I hope you find the true meaning of the season and carry that with you even after the lights and trees come down.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In vs Out December!

I absolutely love linking up with Allison of Because I Said So for her In vs. Out link up! Head over to her site for more posts and be sure to link one of yours up as well! She is keeping it open all week thanks to the Christmas holiday!

Warm Weather
Last Minute Shopping
Playing Tourist in Your Own City- evidence
Holiday Reunions with Friends and Family
Wrapping Presents- Am I weird?! I totally love wrapping!

Sold Out Gifts

Thankfully, I haven't had a ton of "outs" for this month. I've been too busy! Maybe that's an out in itself. I'm going to be reeling things back over the next week-ish to be fully present with my family over the holidays. I'm always a fan of going totally unplugged for the holidays, but I'm not sure that is fully realistic for me this year. So if this is the last time I see you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


In case you've missed them, here are my favorite posts from December!
10 Ways to De-Stress this Holiday Season
My Coveted Leather Jacket
My Ultimate Christmas Playlist
My Favorite Fringe Cardigan

What's been 'in vs out' for you over the last month?

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Leather Jacket

It's no secret that I was on a serious hunt for a leather jacket earlier this fall. Thankfully, I found one and am excited to be featuring it in today's post! I honestly am not sure what I wore last fall, because I feel as though I've lived in this my whole life! I wear it all the time. Not only does it go with everything in my closet, it adds a nice edge to my typically feminine look.
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vegan leather, fall style, leather jacket
vegan leather, fall style, leather jacket
vegan leather, fall style, leather jacket
While shopping for my jacket, I made the decision to stick with faux (popularly termed vegan) leather. This was easier on my wallet and boasts just the right look I was going for. I found this jacket after WEEKS of searching at the Georgetown Zara store! Few words can describe my excitement over this find better than sheer joy. It really is perfect for what I had in mind!
vegan leather, fall style, leather jacket
vegan leather, fall style, leather jacket
Jacket // Tee // Necklace (similar) // Sunglasses // Jeans // Booties
In this look, I paired my jacket with a bright tee, my favorite long necklace, and my staple Jack Roger booties. If you run into me on the weekends, there's an 80% chance I'm wearing this outfit with a slight variation. Embarrassing, I know. But I can't help myself! It's just so comfortable for the fall. The jacket is roomy enough to wear with my chunky sweaters and keeps me just the right temperature for fall weather up in northern Virginia. And lately, our weather has been so warm I've gotten a few extra weeks out of this baby!

Do you have a favorite jacket? What's your go-to fall look?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

10 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Happy Wednesday everybody! I hope you're having a wonderful week. I'm officially on my Christmas vacation! Wahoo! Because I live away from my family, I like to save up my vacation and use it around the holidays to ensure that I have plenty of time to spend time with everyone! As much as I'd love to hit up the beach earlier in the year, I never regret having all of my vacation time around the holidays. Even though I'm on vacation, I feel the undue stress of the holiday season. Why do we do that to ourselves? I know that Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of celebration but I always seem to get caught up in the craziness of it all. I want to refocus, and thought y'all might too, so I wanted to share my favorite 10 ways to de-stress during the holiday season.
10 Ways to De-Stress this Holiday Season

1 Watch your favorite movie. Several popular TV channels do marathons leading up to Christmas and play some of the best holiday movies! I always make sure to watch Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Make an evening of it- pop some popcorn, make some hot cocoa, and snuggle in your favorite blanket to unwind.

2 Listen to festive music. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, cheery music is a quick and easy way to lift my mood. Earlier this week I posted my favorite Christmas songs in a playlist- that's a great place to get started!

3 Bake. If you're like me, taking time to try a new recipe is a great way to relax. I really love baking and have always found it to be a great stress reliever! There are all kinds of yummy holiday recipes out there to try or you could whip up a family favorite!

4 Visit a light display. Where I grew up, there were always neighborhoods who took their Christmas decor to another level as compared to mine. Everyone knew who they were and made a point to drive by to check the displays out every year! You could also check out one of the many drive-through light shows that pop up around the season!

5 Read a holiday devotional. My small group is working through one right now and I think it's the best way to refocus on what the season is about. There are tons of bible reading guides online surrounding the Christmas story or advent-style devotionals that you can find for free!

6 Visit a coffee shop. I find a stop by the coffee shop to be relaxing. You can settle into a comfortable chair with a hot drink and take a deep breath. Not only do I love to get a good cup of coffee, I love to people watch! I've always found this to be relaxing.

7 Find a way to give back. Last year I volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank close to the holidays, and am so thankful that I did! It was really rewarding to do something charitable in the middle of a time that has become so consumer- and self-focused. You can read all about my experience here. This year, I participated in Operation Christmas Child and it felt amazing. Giving back can mean donating time, or food, or money to those less fortunate that yourself.

8 Reflect. Simply take a moment and reflect on everything that you have to be thankful for this year. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, the best thing you can do to de-stress is to focus on the blessings in your life. It makes everything else feel small!

9 Call a relative or friend to catch up. It can be so rejuvenating to talk with someone you haven't spoken with in a while! I love to call my grandmother or some family friends when I'm feeling stressed. They're a breath of fresh air and help me relax for sure.

10 Take a soothing bath. This is my go-to all year round to de-stress and things are no different around the holidays! I love bath products and always put them to good use during the busy holiday season.

How do you de-stress during the holiday season? What do you do to keep it all together when you're busy?

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Ultimate Christmas Playlist

Hey y'all! I'm back with another Christmas post today. I've wrapped up my gift guides for the season (if you missed them; see here, here, here, and here) and I hope you've enjoyed them. They were fun to compile yet again this year, and I look forward to doing them again next Christmas. Personally, I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping and will be finishing up when I return home for the holidays! Until then, I'm doing everything I can to stay motivated to finish up my year strong at work. The end of the year is super slow, especially in comparison to the busy busy fall months we've just finished, and I am thankful for the break. I've been borderline insane the past few months. I'm happy to recharge and return to normal just in time to enjoy Christmas with my family! One of my favorite ways to unwind this time of year is by listening to Christmas music.
With that being said, I took some time to create my ultimate Christmas playlist to enjoy during my last week of work. These songs range from funny to religious to throwback and represent some of my absolute FAVORITE songs of the season. I love the variety of choices you have with respect to Christmas music. You can go the carol route, the hymnal route, the acoustic route, the pop route, and so many more! While I'm traditionally an indecisive person, I really enjoy all of the options! If you need something to get you through until your time off, or just want to spread some Christmas cheer, this playlist is for you. I hope you enjoy!

I'm not even kidding when I say that I struggle to pick just one favorite Christmas song. I have so many memories tied to so many different songs, it almost doesn't feel fair to pick just one! Thankfully, no one asked. So I won't have to. But if pressed, I would just have to send this whole playlist.

What is your favorite Christmas song? How do you embrace the holiday spirit?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gift Guide: For Work

Hey y'all! I'm back with my final gift guide for the 2015 holiday season. These have been so much fun for me to put together, and I hope y'all were inspired by them. Have no fear, I'm not done with holiday themed posts for the year- I just feel like this completes my set of gift guides. This guide is designed with the working gal in mind. All of these items are picked specifically to make life easier or prettier while on the job! I hope you enjoy my gift guide for work!

Gift Guide for Her: For Work

Business Card Holder. I actually asked for one of these beauties on my personal Christmas list. Not only is it absolutely adorable, but it's a classy way to carry around your business cards. I love it!

Planner. Rifle Paper Co. is definitely one of my favorite companies right now. They make absolutely beautiful prints and I want to own them all! This planner is gorgeous and would help keep even the busiest girl organized.

Trinket Tray. This is perfect as a catch-all for a chic desk! The black and gold combo is so fashionable this year, and I think a trinket tray is a must have for any functional desk!

Stylus. In the age of technology, this is practically an essential! I love my stylus, it helps keep my touchscreens free of fingerprints. This one comes with an adorable case to make sure that you don't lose it!

To Do List. I am a self-proclaimed list lover and this notepad makes me so happy. I love the design on the bottom! The rectangular shape leaves plenty of room for the lengthy list of any go-getter!

Back-up Charger. Having one of these is seriously the best idea in the world! There's no doubt that any busy working gal will be using her technology while on the go- and nothing is worse than that low battery notification! Not only is this adorable, but it's slim design makes it easy to carry around.

Umbrella. This is an obvious essential for the working gal (sound familiar? I talked about this before here). But make sure it's not drab! This has a gorgeous and colorful print that still maintains a professional look.

Mouse Pad Notebook. Personalized gifts are always thoughtful in my book. I particularly love this because it doubles as a notebook! How many times does a great idea pop into your head while you're at the computer? With this mouse pad, you can jot it down immediately. No more lost bright ideas.

Dry Erase Decal. I think this is a fabulous idea for an at-home or at-work office space! It provides a convenient dry erase surface without putting holes in the wall.

Stationary Set. You never know when you need to send a handwritten note when you're in the business world, so why not have adorable stationary at your fingertips to accomplish the task?! These cards are beautiful and would definitely help get your thoughtful messages across!

Desk Calendar. This is an absolutely beautiful calendar. I love having a desk calendar at my fingertips to help plan meetings and events, and this would be the perfect chic addition to any desk.

Desk Name Plate. Does a Girl Boss desk name plate even require a description? This is hilarious.

File Folders. These would make filing less monotonous for sure! I love the quirky quotes across each of them, and obviously I love pink!

I hope you've enjoyed these guides as much as I have! If you missed any of my earlier guides, check them out here, here, and here! Happiest of holidays, lovely readers!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Perfect Fringe Cardigan

Hey y'all! Happy hump day! The last 1.5 weeks have been a whirlwind for me. There's so much going on in my life right now and I can't wait to share more with y'all whenever things settle down. Today I'm back with my second outfit post and am super excited to be sharing this look. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it all together!

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fringe cardigan, clutch, chevron necklace
chevron necklace, fringe cardigan, fall style
fringe cardigan, fall look, fall style
fringe cardigan, ray ban, fall style
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 Cardigan // Tee // Jeans // Necklace (similar) // Clutch (similar) // Sunglasses

I've honestly been living in comfy clothes when I'm not working. I'd be happy bopping around in yoga pants and a tee, but it's even more amazing to look nice while being comfortable. This fringe cardigan is perfect for running around on the weekend, tailgating, or running to class. Not only is it cozy, but it goes with practically anything! Here I've paired it with a bright t-shirt, my favorite jeans, and staple black riding boots. I also wore it with a white top and yellow jeans to tailgate at the GT vs UGA game the weekend after Thanksgiving! The colors were perfect to support my alma mater and keep me warm.

The best thing about this cardigan has got to be the price! It's on sale right now, if you want it- you better get one before it's too late. If you couldn't tell, I had an absolute blast shooting this outfit! I'm hoping to incorporate more frequent outfit posts on the blog. What do y'all think? Is that something you'd like to see?

What is your favorite piece right now? Do you have a weekend wardrobe?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Traveler

Happy Monday my friends! I can't believe we are so close to Christmas. Not only am I excited, but I need to get my tail into gear to finish up my shopping! This might be the latest I've waited in YEARS to finish up everything. Major stress for me. Anywho, I'm back with another gift guide. This one is targeted for the traveler in your life and is sure to bring some joy! Whether your recipient is traveling for work or an avid traveler for fun, these are my favorite gifts for the frequent traveler.

Gift Guide: For the Traveler
Ornament. I am always looking for unique souvenirs when I travel, and this is a wonderful way to commemorate a trip! Especially if you took a trip with your friend to somewhere special.

Travel Jewelry Case. This seems like a life-saver. My jewelry always ends up tangled, no matter how hard I try to keep it separated. It's especially frustrating with my dainty necklaces! I love all of the compartments to keep everything organized. One of these has already made its way onto my Christmas list.

Passport Cover. Animal print passport cover. Need I say more?

Packable Rainboots. These seem so convenient. I hate packing bulky items, even if I know I'll need them on my trip. Foldable rainboots are the PERFECT remedy to rainy travel.

Laundry Bags. When I travel, I always struggle with how I'll store my dirty clothes. I want to keep them in my suitcase, but I don't want to soil my clean items. These laundry bags would alleviate my issue for sure!

Toiletry Kit. Kits like these are everywhere, but you can't get any more feminine or adorable than Lilly Pulitzer! I particularly love this print.

Travel Brushes. Packing makeup brushes can be another space killer in your bag. I love that this kit comes with magnetic brush tips that you just switch around with the base so they are still comfortable to use.

Eye Mask. I love these. Especially when I travel (I always have trouble sleeping away from home). You can use it on the plane, or when you're staying at your destination. They take a little getting used to, but make falling asleep so easy.

Duffel. This bag is SO adorable! I love the stripes. I think that it looks roomy, but would still make a nice carry on bag if you're taking a short trip. It's always nice to travel in style!

Travel Shawl. Can you say cozy? Not only does this look dreamy soft, it really is the perfect fix for airplane temperature woes. You can wear it onto the plane- so it doesn't take up room in your luggage- and looks absolutely perfect to cuddle up in to catch some ZZZs on your trip.

Luggage Tag. While I don't have one of these yet, I am always envious of the creative ones I see in the airport. This is a great way to personalize and identify your luggage quickly when it's on the conveyor belt with 15 other identical bags!

What are your gift ideas for the traveler in your life? 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Kitchen

Today, I'm back with the next installment of my holiday gift guides! Check out my previous post here. I've said it before, and I'll say it again- these guides are SO fun to put together! I had a blast rounding up some beautiful ideas for kitchen-related gifts. I'm sure you can think of someone who either loves spending their time in the kitchen, or could use more goodies to encourage them to be there! I think that I may add a few of these finds to my own wishlist! Without further ado, here's my gift guide for the kitchen!

Gift Guide: For the Kitchen

1 Cookbook. I LOVE a good cookbook. Not only is this a pretty book, but the recipes inside sound delicious! It would be gorgeous on display in any kitchen.

2 Candles. Voluspa candles are some of my favorite and this holiday sampler would be great to fake the ambiance of a freshly baked pie or sweet candies. The scents sound decadent and would be great to burn to keep the holiday spirit going!

3 Bottle Opener. This is great for anyone with a bar cart or area of their apartment! I love the long antler handle and think that it's festive for the holiday season but could be used year round. It's so rustic and adorable!

4 Apron. I absolutely adore my apron, and think that these make a fabulous gift! They are perfect for the cook in your life but really are awesome for anyone. No one likes to get messy when in the kitchen but you might as well look cute while you protect your pretty outfits!

5 Cocktail Syrups. These are another great gift for your friend with a bar cart! These syrups are a fun way to treat yourself and try something new. Plenty of drink recipes call for fancy syrups that you never have on hand- but now you can!

6 Marble Tray. Not only is marble a gorgeous trend, this is perfect for entertaining! I could see a great cheese spread on top of here or another great appetizer option. It is so bright and would be lovely for any hostess.

7 Monogrammed Mug. These are everywhere on Pinterest, but I couldn't resist adding it in! I'm a sucker for a nice coffee mug, and Anthropologie is one of my go-to shops for them. The gold is a beautiful and fun touch!

8 Oven Mitts. Festive oven mitts are such a homey touch for any kitchen. I really love the hand-drawn look of the designs on these. Little trees, and gingerbread houses, and snow- oh my!

9 Dish Towel. Yet another Anthro favorite! My favorite dishtowels were gifted from here and I'm not sure that I could love them more. This particular one is gorgeous- I'd never want to get it dirty! But it sure would look pretty hanging on display.

10 Popcorn Maker. I have always loved fresh, old-fashioned popcorn. It seriously tastes better than what you get in the bags! This wouldn't take up too much space and should produce wonderfully tasting popcorn! Having one of these would make movie night that much more special.

What are you gifting your kitchen-loving friends? What's on your kitchen wish list?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Guide: Relaxation

Hey y'all! Today is an exciting day: the first installment of my holiday gift guides! I really love doing these (you can check out last year's here). Not only is it fun to put together shopping guides to help you find the perfect gift, it helps me curate my OWN wishlist as well as find awesome gifts for my loved ones. This collection is especially great to me. These gifts are geared toward that lady (we all know at least one) who is always on the go and never treats herself to some relaxation time. Below, you can help inspire this lucky lady to treat herself and ultimately relax!

Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Relaxation

1 Spa Gift Card. I've never used Spawish before, but it sounds like an amazing service- especially if your gift recipient is in a different city or state than you are! Basically, you are able to get a gift card to any of the participating spas for any service! The gift of relaxation is hard to give, but a massage might just be the closest thing to giving relaxation in a box!

2 Bath Pillow. An extended soak in the tub can be the perfect remedy after a long day. Having a bath pillow makes the experience that much better! My mom has one similar to this- however hers isn't also a neck massager- and she loves it.

3 Matching Pajama Set. As I've mentioned many times before, I love a good pajama set! They just make you feel so cozy and relaxed. Whenever I get home for the night, I like to change into my pajamas so I can start relaxing immediately. A soft, adorable pajama set will definitely promote relaxation!

4 Tea Gift Set. A delicious cup of tea is another fabulous way to unwind! I love that this set comes with a brew mug (I've always wanted one of these!) as well as a bag of tea to get started. The brew mugs are so neat to me because you don't need a bag for your loose leaf tea. Very environmentally friendly in my opinion!

5 Slippers. These are the perfect addition to your adorable pajama set! They are great for the lady who has hard wood floors- no slipping hazard. A fuzzy pair like these would be amazing to relax in on those chilly winter evenings.

6 Robe. Keeping with my cozy, relaxation theme- this robe looks divine! It would definitely keep you warm, and inspire that cuddly and relaxed mindset we're after.

7 Bath Set. I love a nice, soothing hot bath after a stressful day. The Philosophy brand makes amazing bath products, and a set with a matching scent like this absolutely would inspire relaxation. I love that you can follow up your relaxing bath with lotion of the same scent.

8 Eye Mask. Although I've never tried this particular mask, I just love eye masks! They are great for travel, or just using when you need to force yourself to keep your eyes closed. This would be nice to use while soaking in the tub, or just when you're laying in bed to fall asleep!

9 At-Home Manicure Set. This is too cool. The set comes with absolutely everything you need to have a decadent manicure in the comfort of your own home! You can use it with any of your favorite nail polishes and would be perfect to use alone or at a girl's night! 

10 Candle Set. Burning candles is one of those simple touches that can transform your room or home into a relaxed environment. Especially those with soothing smells- such as lavender or vanilla! Multi-packs like this set are particularly nice because you can sample a few different scents to find your favorite before you commit to a full-sized candle.

11 Fuzzy Socks. I absolutely LOVE these Nap socks. They are so luxuriously soft and keep your feet warm. They are my go-to socks when I'm snuggled up in my pajamas after a busy day. They come in so many different colors, you'll be sure to find a great fit for your gift recipient!

That's it for my Relaxation Gift Guide for Her. More guides will be coming your way soon!

What's your favorite item that inspires relaxation? What will you be getting the girl-on-the-go in your life?

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