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{stocking stuffers}

Anyone else leave stocking stuffers for last?  Every.Single.Time!  Then run around like a chicken with its head chopped off looking for all the things….in all the picked over + over crowded stores?

Me too!!!

And we get zero credit for all the damn hustle.  You’re welcome, Santa!

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news…..you’ve officially got 6 days to make shit happen.  Runnn!

Step #1: stick a bottle of chardonnay in the fridge.

Step #2: order everything possible thing you can on Target.com for an in-store pick-up #lifesaver

Step #3: when all else fails….buy lots + lots of candy.  I’ve never heard a kid complain about sweets.

Step #4: drink that chardonnay and give yourself a pat on the back!

 

I’ve got you’re back boo!  Keep scrolling….I’ve rounded up some fun goodies to help a sister out.  Some items are re-runs from the {tween gift guide} but are totally perfect for a stocking stuffer too!

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Knit Stocking // F Bomb // Sheet Mask // String Lights // Glitter Polish // Lash Primer // Mascara // No-Show Socks // Velvet Pencil Case // Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed

 

Crafting the perfect stocking doesn’t have to be crazy expensive.  There is a science behind putting together a good one though.  The perfect amount of sweets!  #chocolate  Unique small trinkets.  Something to wear.  And an item off the kiddo’s wish list.

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{diy trader joes arrangement}

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Happy Tuesday friends!  If you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around like a wild women.  So, let’s keep it short and sweet.

Remember how I keep saying I’m craving minimal + simple decor?  Not a lot of color.  Natural.  Greenery.  Clean.

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Marble Top Coffee Table //  Sunday Suppers Book // Candle Wick Trimmer //  Candle: Sweet Citrus // Mercury Glass dish

I was playing around with some ornamental cabbage I picked up from Trader Joe’s last week.  By the way, it’s only $4.99!!  And I was in TJ’s yesterday and they’ve got enough for everyone.  I kept sticking the long stalks in a vase and just wasn’t loving it.  So I chopped the stems and stuck them in a salad bowl.  Grabbed some seeded eucalyptus that I had in a vase.  Popped it all around the base.

And it was magic.  I fell in love with it.  This simple arrangement meets my checklist of needs: clean + minimal + natural + green.

Not to mention it cost me $8.  Trader Joe’s has hands down, the BEST flower section I’ve ever seen.  And right now it’s better than ever.

You could always add some flowers.  Hydrangea would be beautiful.  Or even babies breath.

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Marble Top Coffee Table //  Sunday Suppers Book // Candle Wick Trimmer //  Candle: Sweet Citrus // Mercury Glass dish

Here’s what you do:

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{weekend notes}

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Cocoon Cardigan  // Vintage Tee // Denim // Flats // Leather Tote // Sunnies

 

One week left till Christmas.   Are you one of those freaks that’s all ready?  Haha…I used to be one of those freaks, till this year.  Or are you like me, and still searching for the perfect gift for the peeps on your list?  I’m getting there….slowly.  I’m hosting our girls Hand + Foot card night, which I came to realize was a blessing in disguise.  It really lit the fire under my ass.  I finally set our table.  Finished decorating for Christmas.  Hosting makes you do all the things you’ve been putting off.  So, I really have my card girls to thank for getting me a little more into the Holiday spirit.

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • get all my wrapping done
  • host hand + foot cards night
  • make a shaved brussels sprouts cesar salad
  • take Bay to see Mary Poppins
  • ornament exchange with girlfriends
  • get blonde AF
  • share a simple everyday centerpiece
  • stocking stuffer gift guide
  • drive around town to look at Christmas lights
  • slow the fuck down!

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday evening Bay + I got fresh mani’s.  Then got Bay ready for her first middle school formal.

And off she went.  With a full face of makeup…..Looking like a 15-year-old.

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While Bay was whoopin it up at the dance, I went home.  Got in my Pj’s.  Poured a big glass of wine.  And made my {asian turkey + green beans}

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I have been in a weird cooking frenzy.

Lori Carrion’s Spiced Nuts were made first thing Saturday morning.  This a great recipe for gifting.  Pour some in a cellophane bag and stick in an initial mug.  Or gift them on their own…so good.

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and breakfast sandwiches.  I picked up hash brown patties, like McDonald’s.  Yumm.  I baked them and they turned out so good.  Just a little carb loading before we headed to the city.

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There’s a million other things we should have been doing Saturday, but instead we ditched ALLLL responsibility and went to the city.  Best decision!

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I gave Bay the option of going or staying home….and I was so happy she chose to come with us.  I know one day we’re not going to be fun anymore, so I’m soaking up all these fun day trips.

It was a gorgeous day in the city too.  We got to mark everything off our list to do + see.

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lavender latte at Home Cafe  reminded me when Sara first introduced me to them in Ojai ♥ {ojai // travelogue part #2 }

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Bay had her first latte and went with the birthday cake!

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Then to the beach, always the beach.  The news called for huge storm waves, so naturally we wanted to check that shit out.

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Palace of Fine Arts, just because we stumbled on it as we were heading into the marina.

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Crazy beautiful architecture.

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I got some questions about my cocoon cardigan…it’s back in stock so get your hands on one before they sell out again!!

Woven Patterned Cocoon Cardigan – Universal Thread

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Cocoon Cardigan  // Vintage Tee // Denim // Flats // Leather Tote // Sunnies

Here are all the outfit details….you can click on the images to be directed to the retailer…..

  Woven Patterned Cocoon Cardigan – Universal Thread

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The Tipsy Pig

Cory and I have been stopping here from the beginning.  I can’t tell you how many strawberry fields we’ve consumed over the years…lol.

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So we took Bay to our old stomping grounds.  Back on our “kids free” weekends.  The outdoor area is so prefect.  If you’re planning on making a trip to SF, add this spot to your list.

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The Fairmont is our favorite.

Last February we stayed at the Fairmont for the weekend. {weekend notes} It’s fucking magical.  The best customer service.  The hotel is gorgeous.  And the flags, I just love all the flags at the entrance.

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My dream……

Bubbles for days!

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We make a Fairmont stop each Holiday season to take a peek at the giant life-size gingerbread house.  It’s a tradition.  And I was so happy that Bay was still totally down for it.

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You can walk though it.  And it legit smells like gingerbread.

Fairmont San Francisco’s talented culinary and engineering teams have joined forces to meticulously plan construction of this year’s enormous Gingerbread House, which will be even larger than last year’s stunning, two-story-high Victorian! Once complete, the impressive, edible abode will stand more than 25 feet high, 35 feet wide and 10.5 feet deep and will feature more than 6,000 house-made gingerbread bricks (largest bricks to date), 1,650 pounds of candy and 3,300 pounds of royal icing. The gingerbread house’s railroad track also delights guests of all ages, who happily gaze upon this favorite feature.

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The Top of the Mark

What you didn’t see in my stories, was that we waited in line for 30 minutes at the Mark Hopkin to get up to the 19th floor, Top of the Mark.

Worth it!  Bay and I have been, Cory had not.  The penthouse lounge provides 360 degree panoramic views of the city.  It’s hard to tell, but to the right of my wine glass is the Golden Gate Bridge.  Right outside the window from our table.  Perfect place for a happy hour drink + Shirley temple + snack.  They open at 4:30pm, so you get to watch the sunset!

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Bay taking in the view, while Cory + I #chardsohard

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Union Square or bust….

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{diy blanket ladder}

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knit stockings (on sale) // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

Anyone else living life without a fireplace?

Where in the H-E-double hockey sticks to you hang your stockings?

I’ve tried our armoire…but, let’s be real, I don’t want anything blocking Vanderpump Rules.  And moving the stockings each time I want to watch the tube…nahh!  I’m good.

How does Santa get into your house?  When Bay was about 4-ish years old we had to leave a key to our house tied around the door knob…on the outside.   Beaucse we didn’t have a chimeny back then either.  I’m telling you, the stuggle is real.

Last year I said fuck it, and didn’t hang stockings at all.  It was kinda sad, really.

Christmas morning I chucked Bay’s stocking across the living room floor next to the tree.  DONE!

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knit stockings // sting lights // mercury glass garland 

This year though, I vowed to hang the damn stockings.  I mean, let me be 100% honest….the ol man comes down the chimney (I mean front door…remember – NO fireplace lol) in 12 days and we still don’t have a single ornament on our tree.  I did tie a pretty bow on the top.  And strung about 2 grand lights.

I’ve got this weird minimal Christmas vibe that I can’t shake.  I want everything to be clean and simple.

But, I really, really wanted a place to stick our stockings.

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I went to Pinterest and searched “ways to hang stockings” and about 8,237 DIY blanket ladders popped up.  Some say $10 ladder.  Or you don’t need a man to make this.  Others said, just buy the damn ladder and call it a day.  I pinned about 25.  You can check them out here: DIY blanket ladder Pinterest

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I printed them all out.  Waited till Cory was in a really good mood….about 5 bud lights deep, then showed him my idea.  We was on the fence….haha.

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{tween gift guide}

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Caboodle // Beats headphones // Chromebook // Letter Board // Instax Camera // Hydro Flask // Lighted Makeup Mirror

 

Scratching your head for ideas on what the hell to get your tween?  If somehow the teenager in your life made their way to the top of the “nice list” and deserve some good stuff Christmas morning, I got you!  With the help of my very own 12 year old, we’ve rounded up some tween approved gift ideas that they will enjoy unwrapping.  Just as much as you will enjoy gifting them.  And let’s be real…the older they get, the trickier gift giving gets.

Here’s to happy smiles Christmas morning.  And gifts they’ll actually keep…Ha!

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 Santa Lettering Gift Wrap  // Gold Scissors // String lights

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{giveaway}

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* G I V E A W A Y *

BIG thank you for all the sweet comments on yesterday’s Tablescape in a Box. It was so fun to create. The holiday Tablescapes have found a home and I can’t wait to see how they look on their new table ❤️

And since this is the season of giving and I’m feeling crazy thankful + grateful for all my readers + followers…..I want to do a fun little giveaway!

Who wants one of my Garland Centerpieces?

Details: 8′ live cedar garland (treated to last through Christmas) with fresh eucalyptus + pine cones + string lights.

Which doesn’t necessarily have to be used on a table.  This garland can be draped over anything, really.  Even outdoors!

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Here’s how to enter……

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{tablescape in a box}

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You guys, I did it!  I made it happen.  Tablescape in a Box was born this week.  I say born, because I feel like I’ve given birth.  That’s actually kinda gross…Ha! This is my baby though.  Something I’ve thought long and hard about for a very long time.

I’m sure you all know by now that I live for a pretty table.  It’s inviting.  It sets the tone.  You know what I mean?  Changing around my table to fit the mood + season has become my jam.  You can check out all my past tablescapes here on my site: xoxostacyb table setting

 

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I went to every store in the area scouting table items that caught my eye.  I’m typically a very neutral + natural color tones kinda of gal.  Think white on white on white.  With lots of greenery.  But nothing says Christmas like a pop of red.  And reindeer.  I couldn’t help myself.

This is a tablescape I would proudly set on my table all December.  Hosting family + friends.  Weeknight dinners.  There is nothing more inviting than a festive set table.

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Here’s how it works……

  • I design a tablesetting.  Not just any tablesetting, but one that I truly love.
  • Snap photos of the tablesetting.
  • Box up ALL THE THINGS + photos.
  • Then you can purchase the whole set for your table.
  • I’ll even come and help you set your table, if you’d like ♥

 

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and without further ado, here is my very first born…Tablescape in a Box:

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{mug gift ideas}

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I’m all about the mug life.  It’s the perfect incognito beverage vessel.  Is it wine?  Or is it coffee?  You’ll never really know what I’m sippin on.

And these pretty initial mugs from Anthro are perfect for your instagram game too…Ha!

I’m sharing 3 fun + easy + inexpensive ways to gift a mug to your homegirl + kids teachers + hostess + hairdresser or anyone really.

If you keep scrolling, I’ve also added some of my top mug picks too.  Mugs are so damn cute these days, it was hard to just pick a couple so I shared a shit-ton.

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{friday 5}

Happy frickin Friday!  I haven’t been this excited about Friday…since last Friday!  Tomorrow is December 1st!  Which means 26 days till Christmas.  But, doesn’t it kinda feel like we’ve been Christmasing already for months?  I’m nowhere even close to ready though…Ha!

Weekend plans: Bay’s having some homies for a sleepover, which means pizza 🙂  Ha!  Who’s going to the Dicken’s In the Valley Home Tour?  I can’t wait to see all the homes, especially the three Karen of Serendipity Boutique decorated.  Got a little sneak peek last week, but can’t wait to see them with all the finishing touches.  Fingers crossed the rain holds off for a bit Saturday evening so we can check out the Winter’s Tractor Parade.  Other than that, relaxing and finishing up our Christmas decor.  I still have yet to put any ornaments on my tree….well talk more about that below.

 

5 things on my mind…..

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ONE – Naked Tree // Would it be bad if I left my tree naked?  So far I’ve got about 2,000 little white lights on our tree.  Every morning I come down the stairs and plug-in the lights. Sit back take it all in.  Having a tree in your home is crazy fucking magical.  I don’t care how old you are.  I’m struggling with the thought of over crowding the beauty of the simple tree with our 623 ornaments.  Ha!  To be completely honest, I just want to start all over with our Christmas decor (unfortunately that aint happening).  I’m craving a super minimal Christmas this year.  We’ll see how long I can put off ornaments.  I did buy new Pottery Barn Ornament Hooks, so many I’ll throw on a few?

 

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TWO – 1958 McCall’s Magazine // 129 Ways To Get A Husband.  This is 100% not any tips or advice I think anyone should follow.  Just absolutely historical to read.  To think, a women possible wrote this in the 50’s.  It straight up kills me….for example:

#9 “sit on a park bench and feed the pigeons”  – get shit on and hope some dude wants to talk to you?

#16 “volunteer for jury duty” – what in the actual fuck?  Maybe you can land a convict?

#58 “get a sunburn” – I guess it’s better than being pasty?  Really?  A Sunburn?  I guess you’ll be super “hot” then?

Click here: And read all 129 (perfectly not-normal) Ways to Get A Husband!

 

 

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Floral-Print Georgette Swing Blouse

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{cyber wednesday?}

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Top // Denim // Mules(similar)// Necklace  

Happy Hump Day/Cyber Wednesday.  Since when did Black Friday + Cyber Monday sales stretch through Wednesday?  NO complaining over here…that’s for sure.  Here’s to hoping this becomes a trend.  Because, I’m fully taking advantage of the 30-40% off at J.Crew right now.

Today I’m sharing this simple crisp white + denim number along with some super sale items that I’ve got my eye on right now.

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