Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostest!

Okay, so mostest isn’t really a word. That doesn’t stop me from wracking my brain each year for gifts to thank a holiday hostess! This year, I decided to gather up a few of my favorites to share with you. I’ve linked each gift for easy shopping ❤

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A. Diptyque Baies Candle – There are plenty of smell-a-likes to this ever popular candle, but in my opinion there’s nothing like the real thing. This Diptyque candle has notes of blackcurrant and rose, and is sure to please any hostess!

B. Stainless Steel Bar Tool Set – While you definitely don’t need cocktails to have a good party, it never hurts. This gift is perfect for the aspiring mixologist among your girlfriends!

C. Antica Famacista Diffuser – Growing up I remember my mother always kept a diffuser on her vanity and the image has stuck with me ever since. This Prosecco diffuser has a crisp scent and includes white birch reeds.

D. Champagne Gummy Bears – When it comes to holiday candies, Sugarfina knows best! I’ve been munching on these gummies for years, and it’s time the share the wealth. This cute gift set includes a set of champagne flutes.

E. Bee Bottle Opener – Perfect for your polished pal, this bejeweled bottle opener by Joanna Buchanan features crystal and enamel embellishments. All sparkle, no sting!

F. Amethyst Bottle Stopper – Sometimes the cork just won’t cut it. This stunning bottle stopper featuring genuine Amethyst is sure to stand out among hostess gifts!

G. Ceramic Hostess Set – This dish says it all. This dish is ideal for crackers and soft cheese, while the Happy Everything sentiment truly fits any occasion.

H. Flowering Tea Set – Perhaps the most unique on this year’s list is a flowering tea set. This gorgeous glass pot allows complete visibility of the brewing tea, which blooms into a flower when fully steeped!

 

Champagne & Sorbet Float

Perfect for a warm fall night, this Champagne Float is one part night cap and one part palate cleanser. Best of all, it’s simple to make! Feel free to experiment with different flavors of sorbet – I like raspberry best, but it would be wonderful with lemon or peach as well!

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INGREDIENTS:

  1. Raspberry sorbet
  2. Chilled sparkling wine
  3. Garnish of your choice (optional)

RECIPE:

  1. Scoop a small helping of sorbet into a chilled glass. Take note that glassware fresh from the dishwasher may be too warm, and melt the sorbet prematurely!
  2. Add 2 teaspoons lavender simple syrup to glass
  3. Pour sparkling wine over the sorbet to the glass rim.
  4. Garnish if desired, and enjoy!

Gifting Made Simple with Succulents!

With Summer right around the corner, I’ve been mentally preparing for BBQs and pool parties galore. I hate showing up empty handed, so part of my prep has been keeping an eye out for easy table decor or thank you gifts I can contribute. I recently came across these adorable DIY succulent planters and thought I’d give them a try – I absolutely love the result!

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If you’re interested in taking a whack at this yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

 – brown paper bags
– spray paint
– paint pen
– succulents/plants
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Directions:
1. Gather materials (One trip to a craft store should have you covered on all fronts!)
2. Spray paint the brown paper bag and let it dry. This will become your planter, so make sure you get even coverage!
3. Measure out how far down you need to fold the bag. It will depend on the height of the pot your succulent came in! You’ll need to keep your plant in it’s original pot (usually the disposable plastic ones), and the bag will be your covering. To measure, unfold your bag and stand it up as if you’re going to pack a lunch. Place your succulent next to it, and mark the height of the pot on the bag with a pencil.
** If you don’t have time to wait for the paint to dry fully, reverse steps 2 and 3! You can measure the height of your pot, and then paint only to that line. It’s less drying time and easier to move onto steps 4 and 5 even if your paint is still SLIGHTLY wet in places. **
4. Pick a cute phrase (I chose a succulent pun) and write it out with a paint pen.
5. Fold/roll the top of your bag down to your measured line.
6. Place your plant in your “planter” – you should be able to see a bit of the edge of the original pot once it’s placed. Succulents are really easy to water by spray bottle, and if you leave too much paper above the lip of the pot you might end up watering your planter instead of your plant (and you definitely don’t want a wet paper planter!)
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VOILA!! You now have the means to create an entire garden’s worth of gifts that don’t succ 😉

CALM Bath Salts

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As you might have guessed from my blog name, I’ve always found comfort in water. Oceans, pools, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and, maybe not surprisingly…baths! I’ve been in the market for new spa accessories for awhile so when I came across these bath salts from HERBIVORE I knew I had to try them

HERBIVORE has long been a favorite brand of mine, so I check in every few months to see what products should be next on my test list. I own several of the clay soaps, so I thought it would be a good idea to branch out into a new product. After reading reviews for a few different products, I decided to try out the CALM Bath Salts.

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One of my favorite things about HERBIVORE is their packaging. The brand has a very streamlined aesthetic and let’s the product speak for itself. I loved that the gorgeous hue of the crystals are visible through the bottle and add color to my bathroom without clashing with my other products.

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After a particularly stressful day, I decided to give the bath salts a try. I didn’t expect to be so impressed, but I can honestly say you should run to buy these bath salts. The scent is absolutely incredible, and my skin felt so soft after I toweled off! I used about a quarter of the bottle, and spent about 25 minutes soaking. By the time I was ready to get out, all the crystals had dissolved and the room was filled with relaxing steam. What more can you ask for?

Do you have a favorite spa product you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!

Jasmine Aroma Diffuser

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For me, one of the best parts about visiting a spa is aromatherapy. Even if I don’t incorporate it into my treatment, there’s just something about the air in spas that instantly relaxes me. I’ve been trying to recreate that feeling in my own home and I think I’ve found the answer!

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Growing up, my mom was a big fan of reed diffusers and our house always smelled like oranges. I wanted to find something similar that could permeate my space but didn’t smell as strongly. I finally settled on an essential oil diffuser! After reading a few different reviews on Amazon, I decided to go with the Jasmine Aroma Diffuser. The diffuser can run for up to 24 hours, works well with larger rooms, and has a setting that lets you manage scent levels by automatically switching between on and off modes.

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When it comes to aromatherapy, I love the idea of using essential oils because you can avoid the chemicals found in other scented products (like candles and sprays). I’ve always liked eucalyptus, but after reading a few different reviews about the effects of different scents, I decided to start with lavender and peppermint. I use peppermint in the mornings to start my day and re-energize, and lavender at nights to unwind! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my ability to transition from my busy days into more restful nights and I really think the diffuser is to thank. If you struggle leaving work at the office, or winding down at the end of the day, I’d highly recommend trying the Jasmine Aroma Diffuser. The brand sells several different products to fit a variety of spaces, which makes it easy to find the perfect diffuser for your home!

Have you ever tried bringing aromatherapy into your home? I’d love to hear about your experience. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what should be next on my “to try” list!

Bumble and Bumble

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I’m all for hair of the dog, but not when it comes to the top of my head. After a month of summer sand and sun, I noticed my mane was looking a little worse for the wear. I’ve always loved Bumble and Bumble products so I decided to browse for a few pick me ups. I’m super picky when it comes to hair products so I never buy full sized until I’ve tested out the product first. That means first time use is restricted to generous friends and sample sizes! In this case, I went with the sample sizes.

I settled on a few products from the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s line (all invisible oil products). I chose the Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, the shampoo, and the conditioner. It seemed like a perfect trifecta!

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I started with the masque. When it comes to this product, a little goes a long way! You just need enough to fully coat the strands of hair. I squeezed out the suggested amount and warmed it in my palms before applying it to my dry hair (since dry hair absorbs more product than wet hair will). I’ve read reviews where people leave this product in their hair overnight, but I just left it in for about 30 mins.

Once the masque had had time to work it’s magic, I used the shampoo to wash out the product and the conditioner to seal the moisture. I’m not a huge fan of blow drying (especially not when I’m trying to reverse damage) so I towel dried my hair and waited for it to air dry. I have to say I was impressed! My hair felt SO soft, the way it does right after you leave the salon. I’ve already ordered the full size products, and can’t wait to make them part of my regular routine.

Why I Love My Jade Facial Roller

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Ok so I did it, I fell for the newest beauty craze, the jade roller. I know it looks like some weird alien instrument, but I’m going to tell you why I’m completely in love with it.

Have you ever been to a spa where they put the cucumber slices over your eyes? Lo and behold, there’s actually a reason for this—the coldness of the cucumbers is supposed to have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect. A jade roller is basically the non-edible equivalent of cucumber slices, for your whole face (and neck).

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Jade rolling has been practiced by Chinese royalty for centuries, in order to draw out negative chi, but has just recently gained widespread popularity.

Benefits include:

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Reduce redness & inflammation
  • Assist lymphatic drainage
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines

Jade is a naturally cold stone, but I heard that storing your jade roller in the fridge could amplify its effects. I tried out my jade roller for a few weeks without putting it in the fridge, then switched over to the fridge, and I definitely prefer it colder.

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