We all have to do it, so why not make the best of it, right? Each year I try to mix up the gift guide to give you a variety of options for not just the regular ole best friend gift, but for the downright impossible people to shop for (ie: the girl who travels nonstop? the girl who has everything?!). If you need more ideas, feel free to peruse last year’s guide as well. And if I have not provided you with any helpful gifting ideas, feel free to leave me a comment below with whom you are shopping for and I will do my best to cover it for ya! Happy Shopping!
Eclectic Girl: 1. Cowhide rug // 2. DIY Address plaque // 3. DIY chalkboard wood block // 4. iPhone case // 5. Pattern Box // 6. Gold flatware // 7. Polkadot box // 8. Chandelier // 9. Hustle sign // 10. Corkscrews
Girly Girl: 1. Love Shoes book // 2. Leopard stationary // 3. Drybar blow dryer // 4. Cheers tumbler // 5. Diptyque candle set // 6. Rodin perfume // 7. Gold stripe notebook // 8. Necklace // 9. Cake mug // 10. Sunglasses // 11. Clutch // 12. Bathina Body Oil
World Traveler: 1. New York print // 2. World Map corkboard // 3. Escape notebook // 4. Michael Kors watch // 5. Limoncello lip butter // 6. French Market cookbook // 7. Phillip Lim luggage // 8. Portable charger // 9. Narciso Rodriguez hair mist // 10. Palm crossbody bag // 11. Phone pouch // 12. Chunky boots
Girlfriend: 1. Totes Ridictionary // 2. Bra + Panties // 3. Chanel perfume purse // 4. Givenchy perfume // 5. Prada print // 6. Lipstick mug // 7. Heels // 8. Phillip Lim purse // 9. Charme Silkiner trifecta ring // 10. Au Lait body milk // 11. Polaroid camera
Boyfriend: 1. Plaid shirt // 2. Beard shampoo // 3. Eat Like A Man cookbook // 4. Hat // 5. Wool tie // 6. Pill carafe // 7. Holiday card // 8. Cocktail Collection books // 9. Argyle socks // 10. Flasks // 11. Cuff links // 12. Stone ice cubes // 13. Watch // 14. Tom Ford perfume // 15. Marmot 4-person tent
The holidays can be such a bittersweet time of the year. For me, I am used to an overflowing amount of family to visit with and gifts to shop for. It seems as though each year there are less people to celebrate with and more distance (literally) standing in the way of enjoying the holidays the way we used to. With half my family across the country I have had to find new ways to celebrate and new traditions to start. This year I kicked off my holiday spirit by teaming up with Banana Republic to share the joy of dressing. Because after all, what girl doesn’t secretly (or not so secretly) LOVE a festive dress?
In honor of those who love a good holiday dress, head over to Banana Republic and receive 50% off your dress of choice. Valid 12/2/13 through 12/12/13
Happy Holidays from Banana Republic + Sivan Ayla
Calling all my Valley girls! I’m hosting a jewelry trunk show with designer Charme Silkiner this weekend and would LOVE to see your pretty faces there. Her latest collection can be shopped at a discount and we will have some fun cocktails to sip while you’re at it. With the holidays approaching you will want to make it out to this relaxed and fun shopping environment instead of the mania at the mall. If you would like to attend, please comment or email me for all the details!
Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! This year I opted for a different look than my usual classic-chic meets modern tablescape. With a few simple additions to my collection (dessert plates, scotch glasses turned water glasses, and a basic runner), I am ready to try something new yet comfortable. Since my condo doesn’t have a proper dining room I need to supplement my lack of space with lots to look at. Rather than savor any space I do have, I have chosen to scatter my succulents, interesting alcohol bottles, and a bevy of glassware to create a cozy environment that welcomes drinking your drink of choice and not fretting over keeping my table “perfect.”
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday with their loved ones. However you celebrate, just remember to always be thankful for every last person in your life. And of course, I am always thankful to those who continue to read my blog and support my passion. I am eternally grateful.
These days I am spending a lot of time in front of the camera. I wasn’t born camera-ready, but with enough experience, I have become comfortable with the camera, which is key to successful picture taking. The tips above are pretty self explanatory and always work for me. While I could go one for days about all the issues I find in pictures as I scroll through Instagram daily, I’ll stick to the postives…the DO’s.
DO get creative.
DO pose with your eyes (even when covered by shades).
DO know your flattering angle(s).
DO fake it. Heels work wonders for us shrimps.
DO stand up straight.
DO have fun. It shows.
Last year I ranted and cried about not putting up a Christmas tree and this year I am preparing myself for again not having one. It really comes down to not having space and not particularly wanting to stock up on a bunch of ornaments when I’m sure my motif will change once we move into a house. Instead, I can provide some inspiration for those of you who are decorating their home this year and would like to mix it up. It’s a rather minimalistic style for the holidays but I really love the clean, white feel to everything. Another perk? A lot of my (and maybe your) everyday decor can be used to achieve this look, making it all that much more appealing to me (less work).