Friday Things

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Happy Friday! I don’t have a ton for you today, as I had a busy/kind of draining week personally (I hate that I can’t share more now…being this vague is the worst, I know)–BUT Kristyn hosted her third annual Favorite Things party (pictured above), which is pretty much the best Monday of the year. It was basically a bunch of close blogger friends catching up over food, wine, a white elephant gift exchange, and some pretty great gift bags that K put together. Love these types of gatherings this time of year!

I’m seeing Jackie with Katie tonight, getting my hair cut tomorrow, and doing a little gift exchange with a couple friends on Sunday. Pretty plan-free, which is okay since I definitely need to slow down a bit right now. Posts below explain! Anyway, hope you have a great, festive weekend , too! :)

OF NOTE:

– Something to whip up this weekend: easy (and photogenic) Christmas cookie bars.

– Referencing the need to ‘slow down,’ Mackenzie’s post on lost luggage + perspective this week really resonated with me. I haven’t been feeling it to the extent she seems to be, but thoughtful essays like this are a reminder that we a) all need to take a minute b) are doing the best we can and c) need to slow down and embrace the moment.

– Sort of similarly, Victoria’s post on focus has me well…trying to remember the importance of “focus,” honestly. It’s crazy to already start thinking about setting the tone for next year, but it’s less than a month away so…eek. If you aren’t there yet, it’s a reminder we all need to put down our phones, close out (or delete) those apps, and live in the present.

– I love chia seed pudding and figs, so this recipe from Lauren is definitely getting added to the breakfast rotation.

– Essential for this time of year: how to properly open a bottle of champagne. Twisting the bottle was relatively new news to me!

The dreamiest winter wedding photos (but based on the couple, it’s not surprising!).

– On a light note, if you haven’t seen The Hater’s Guide to the William Sonoma Catalog, you’ve got to read it. It’s hysterical…literally LOL-ing.

THIS WEEK ON C&L:

Recapping the cookie decorating party I co-hosted this past weekend (and some tips on hosting your own!).

– Flannel is the best this time of year…styling my favorite one for work.

Gift guides (another one coming tomorrow!):

For men
– Under $25
– Hostess gifts
For the traveler
My tried + true favorites

Cookie Day Recap

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some posts from Sunday (actually, if you follow me on Snapchat you saw a lot of posts)–Libby and I hosted a little holiday cookie decorating party for some of our local blogger girls! Karson Butler Events was kind enough to lend us their gorgeous studio space, which we decked out with lots of gold, white, and sprinkles–with cookies and drinks, of course.

Gift Guide: Under $25

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Today’s gift guide is items under $25…a good inexpensive sweet spot for a little token of love, coworkers, a gift exchange, etc. Nearly all of these are for the girls and I had trouble narrowing things down so there are a few more new picks below! For the guys, I’d recommend a nice mug with coffee or sweet treats packed in, a coffee table book (like this or this, depending on their interest), or some high quality basics that they wouldn’t buy themselves (read: nice socks or a tee)!

SHOP THE POST:

ONE: Sugarfina Rosé Gummies TWO: Kate Spade Tape Dispenser THREE: NEST Candle FOUR: Waiting on Martha Pineapple Letter Opener FIVE: Flight 001 Red Eye Kit SIX: L.L. Bean Bean Boot Keychains SEVEN: Lilly Pulitzer Planner – EIGHT: L.L. Bean Small Tote NINE: Kate Spade Business Card Case – TEN: BP. Earrings – ELEVEN: Tuckernuck Custom Keyring – TWELVE: Design Darling Ginger Jar Print THIRTEEN: Design Darling Custom Notepad FOURTEEN: Waiting on Martha Salt + Pepper Shakers FIFTEEN: Waiting on Martha Soap Dish SIXTEEN: Old Navy Scarf

Shop other gift guides:

For the hostess
My tried + true favorites
For the traveler
For him