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Gift Guide For The Person Who’s Impossible to Shop For

We all have one. The person on your list that is IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. The key with hard-to-shop-for gift recipients is to find something unique, useful, and memorable. Here are some ideas.

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  • A Game of Thrones coloring book. I wonder if there will be as much gratuitous nudity in the coloring book. That could be awkward — but still amazing!
  • These wine glasses are unique and beautiful. I love the rose gold option the best.
  • These hashtag coasters are #awesome.
  • Everyone should have beautiful personalized notecards.
  • These notebooks are the cutest, and also super useful.
  • If there’s one thing UGG knows, it’s how to make something snuggly. Good thing they made these throw blankets. Could you imagine snuggling up with one of these on a cold winter’s day?
  • Speaking of snuggling. Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? This is a cute gifting option. I love the little mug scarf!

A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: This dress is basic — and by basic I mean basically amazing. It’s perfect for a New Year’s party. Paired with a jean jacket it is perfect for a casual holiday party, and with a blazer you could wear it to your work holiday party.

Friday Fab Four

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‘Tis the season for a new statement necklace. I firmly believe that jewelry can entirely revamp an outfit. Pair your favorite LBD with a chunky, sparkly, colorful necklace and it will give your old dress a whole new look.

I made this lasagna soup for dinner this week. It was extra yum, full of flavor, easy to make and also a unique dinner idea.

I am getting really excited to do Christmas with a baby. I have begun scoping out a stocking for Hannah. Pottery Barn does the most classic stockings, in my opinion. I love these fair isle ones!

Speaking of Christmas, I discovered THE GREATEST gifting website ever. Literally every unique gift you could ever want or dream of is sold at this little shop. Go ahead and cancel your Friday night plans. You have some shopping to do.

Your holiday gift guide (If you don't always want to give a bottle of booze. But a bottle of booze is always fine, too.)

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 5.53.56 PMIt’s that time again. Christmas time! Which means you gotta give people gifts. I have compiled a few unique and lovely gifts that are sure to please.

The pop culture enthusiast/movie buff

  • My coworker discovered this Wes Anderson coffee table book. It is the best. You should get this book even if you have only seen one of Wes’ movies because it is just that good. Also, if you’ve only seen one Wes Anderson movie, you should really watch more.
  • Since we’re talking about Wes, these prints are amazing. A perfect way to put posters on your wall without looking like you live in a college dorm.
  • And who doesn’t love a sassy tote?
  • Okay, and who doesn’t want to lounge around in a Glen Coco sweatshirt?

For the girl who likes cute art and fun things:

For the girl who is all about hosting the cutest party:

For the gal who can’t put her phone down:

For the recently wed:

For the new mom in your life:

What fun gifts did you score this year? Share them in the comments below!

A holiday explosion

casual holidayChristmas in NYC is grand — but let’s just say that Christmas exploded on The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va. Do you remember those cheesy Olan Mills portrait backgrounds from when we were kids? This background looks eerily similar to one of those. Except it is real and not a backdrop. And it is also really pretty in person.

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all enjoy the day. xo

casual holiday

casual holiday

Booties: J. Crew | Jeans: J. Brand | Skirt: J. Crew Factory (similar)

‘Tis this season to wear a giant red skirt

red skirtEvery year, we kick off the holiday season “officially” at our dear friends’ beautiful house in rural Virginia. I always like to wear something super festive to this event — so this year I wore this giant red skirt. The silhouette is beyond flattering, and I definitely plan to wear this even when it isn’t Christmas.

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holiday fashion

holiday look

christmas outfitShoes: Steve Madden | Skirt: Choies | Sweater: J. Crew Factory

Your Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival GuideThe holidays are basically here. Though, I am giving you a major side eye if you have a tree up in your living room right now. Really? Let Thanksgiving happen, people. Eat some turkey and don’t rush things.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk holiday essentials. Basically, the key to surviving the holiday season is to be nice, be well, and wear something memorable (in a good way). You would be shocked at how hard this can be to successfully execute. So I am here to help with one of my famous bulleted lists, y’all!

What you should buy (or dig out of your closet if you’re like me and refuse to buy something new — even though I’m a fashion blogger and buying new things is like the #1 main thing I am supposed to do. However, I would rather spend my money on $9 cups of soup from Hale and Hearty because NYC. So everyone needs to relax and pretend to be excited when I wear my critter sweaters over and over and over and over again.). Anyway:

  • One holiday dress or skirt (you can buy another NYE dress if you’re getting super fancy, but there is no reason to buy multiple dresses for multiple Christmas parties.)
  • Something sparkly. Shoes or jewels are best.
  • Tights.

What you should bring:

Don’t show up to your holiday parties empty handed. Stock up on champagne and put the bottles in these burlap bags. Let your host keep the bag — though you will 100% be tempted to sneak said burlap bag back into your purse when no one is looking so you can re-gift it. Don’t do that. It’s rude.

What you should say:

Here are some key phrases to remember during the holidays.

  • “Yes, I would like another glass of wine.”
  • “No, thank you, I have eaten enough.”
  • “Of course I want to watch Elf again!”
  • “Unfortunately, I can’t make your holiday bake-off this year because I have forgotten how to bake — and anyway, the tv won’t let me leave.”
  • “I would like exactly this item for Christmas (insert item — preferably with a link to buy).”
  • “Yes, please include a gift receipt.”
  • “I am not going to WalMart at 4am to buy that TV I don’t need.”
  • “Put more rum in the eggnog.”
  • “I will get dressed in something other than pajamas before I board my flight home for the holidays.”
  • “I actually don’t feel that guilty for watching 16 straight hours of Netflix on Christmas. Do you have any eye drops, by any chance?”
  • “Why yes, Whitney Houston’s heart stopping rendition of Do You Hear What I Hear? is on this Spotify Holiday playlist.”

Stay well:

The holidays are prime time to get sick. All the traveling, the little kids, and cold temps are recipe for a terrible cold. Don’t let sick happen to you.

  • Be sure to eat healthily when possible. It’s hard, but if there is a salad, eat that instead of the green bean casserole. Also, does anyone actually like green bean casserole (or any casserole, for that matter)? Please sound off in the comments section below and explain yourself and your tastebuds.
  • Take Airborne before you get on any form of public transport.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. That’s why I put tights on the bulleted list above. There are so many cute hosiery options out there, so no excuses. You should also wear a coat if you go outside. No matter how great your (one) holiday dress is.
  • Drink something. Alcohol kills germs.

Be a good guest

  • Help in the kitchen
  • Don’t arrive empty handed
  • Don’t start fights your family members — rude.
  • Don’t be awkward/anti-social/anti-spirited.

Anything else to add, lovelies??

A year in recession-proof clothes

Well, folks, another year has come and gone on this here blog! I am putting Clarabelle on a break until the New Year. It has been a great year, indeed! This blog has grown SO much in 2011, I am so proud and grateful to all my readers.

To close out the year, I wanted to quickly review all the outfits I wore in 2011. This post is  proof that, when I do go shopping, I shop almost exclusively at H&M — and I really like repeating outfits, haha.