The number of holiday parties that take place over these next few months can be overwhelming! I always think it’s important to come prepared with a hostess gift whenever you’re attending a party at someone else’s house. A hostess gift doesn’t have to expensive and can certainly be personal! Today I’ve rounded up the best hostess gifts to shop this party season.
Visiting the flagship Ralph Lauren Mansion located on 72nd and Madison is one of my favorite past time activities to do on the weekends. Seriously, if you’ve never visited either the flagship men’s or woman’s stores, you must add it to your list the next time you visit New York!
Last weekend, Amy and I went to brunch at Flora Bar located in the Met Breuer Museum and then walked down to the mansions to take a peek at the holiday windows and decor. We first popped in the men’s mansion to take in all of the plaid trimmings. I love the dark cherry wood that’s incorporated throughout the 5 floors in addition to all of the black and white polo photos.
After we walked all of the floors over at the men’s mansion, we crossed the street to take in he holiday windows over at the women’s mansion! They were gorgeous and full of flocked white garlands and silver trimmings. The mannequins displayed in the windows and throughout the women’s mansion were wearing polo bear heads to celebrate the Polo Bear this holiday season.
What was truly spectacular about this year’s holiday decor is that Ralph incorporated white flocked trees on each level of the mansion so if you look out the window from the women’s mansion, you can see the white flocked tree over at the men’s mansion!
The best part about visiting the Ralph Lauren Mansion is seeing how the RL team decorated the home floor located on the 4th level. One trend I will be incorporating in my own decor this year is mixing blue and white ginger jars with the classic tartan plaid blankets and table clothes. I also need to get my hands on some traditional gold hurricanes. I found these Arlington Hurricane‘s at Pottery Barn which are a great affordable option.
Do you ever window shop to find inspiration for your own home?! Hope everyone is having a great week! Xo. Lauren
One of my favorite gift guides to create each and every year is the one dedicated to beauty and make up gift sets! Honestly, this is one of the best times to invest in skincare or make up brands you love as these value sets are truly phenomenal.
In case you’re just tuning in, we’re in the middle of my 2017 gift guide series! So far we’ve launched the top gifts for her, the top gifts for him as well as the top holiday plaid gifts to give this year. My fourth (and personal) favorite gift guide launching today is dedicated to skincare and make up. You can shop each and every gift guide by clicking on the black and white plus sign next to each product in the collage above. Or if that’s too hard, I’ve linked to every product featured below under “Shop The Post.”
After browsing a few of my favorite retailers for the best beauty and makeup gift sets, I’ve come to the conclusion that these below are just too good to pass up. Plus, the single products I’ve linked to (ones not included in a value set) I use in my daily skincare routine and hope you love just as much as I do. Let’s get to it, shall we?
My mom is going to go crazy for this huge lip kit from Sephora – can you believe how many lip glosses, balms and lipsticks are included in this set for $70 dollars? This would make such a good gift or stocking stuffer! I also thought this skin wonderland set that comes with Sephora’s best skincare sellers would be a great starter kit for anyone wanting to enhance their skincare routine. I will be stocking up on this L’occitane hand cream set – you cannot beat this $30 dollar price point. Last but not least, I’m dying to try the new Gucci sent, Bloom – you can shop a 3-piece gift set for $129!
Are you familiar with the clothing line Veronica Beard? I actually had never heard of this brand until this past Labor Day weekend when I was on Nantucket with Jess. I arrived a day or two after Jess so she was able to do some shopping on the island before I arrived. After checking in to our hotel, she showed me the cutest bomber jacket she picked up from one of the boutiques on the island and it was from Veronica Beard. I (of course) was like – what’s that?! Seriously, I love my girlfriends for keeping me in the know on the coolest and upcoming fashion lines!
Since our weekend on Nantucket, I’ve been seeing Veronica Beard everyyyyy-where. So many of my girlfriends both in New York and Chicago have been shopping the line! I have added so many pieces from this collection to my wish list for Christmas. Shopbop has a fab and unique selection from the line including this super cute (and preppy) red cashmere v-neck sweater, these hip slides, and this chic skirt.
Have you picked up anything Veronica Beard yet? Xo. Lauren
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P.s. Have you shopped my holiday gift guides yet?! Take a peek at the latest below.