Happy Friday friends! Can you believe we only have three days until Christmas?! We got all you last minute holiday shoppers covered. Last but not least, here are Mariah's favorite things!
Nissan Juke // So I leveled up in the adulthood game (#hi25) this Thanksgiving, and bought a car on my own for the first time. I went from a 2002 Kia Sorento that was handed down to me by my dear mother, to a 2011 Nissan Juke. It gets good gas mileage, is sporty and cute (Like me! Well the cute part. Not the sporty part..), and is reliable. So get your loved one a Nissan Juke for Christmas! Perfect stocking stuffer and/or Secret Santa gift.
Lush’s Helping Hands Hand Cream // Okay friends, real talk, my hands get dry af during the winter. I’m sure your precious hands do too. They crack and get ashy and gross like you have some kind of skin condition. And it hurts! Like it really burns! Nobody should have to live like this. Anyways, when I went to Vegas last summer I was drunk in one of their shopping malls and stumbled into a Lush for the very first time in my life. I discovered a miracle that day: Helping Hands Hand Cream by Lush is what God puts on his hands I swear. It makes my hands so soft for days. So say goodbye to gross ashy sickly hands and say hello to super soft Godly hands. *Sidebar*: If you use Lush’s shower sugar scrub before the Helping Hands Hand Cream you will feel like a new born baby with fresh new baby hands. I promise you you won’t regret it. Oh, and the best part is Lush is cruelty free and does not test on animals so take that one to the bank.
Bath and Body Works Fireside candle // They call it Baby It’s Cold Outside now which I think is stupid, but whatever, I’m not the CEO of Bath and Body Works. Anyways, I’m personally not fond of sweet smelling candles. I like more musky masculine (...?) candles. So this is the perfect holiday candle for me that doesn’t smell like sugar cookies and give me a headache. I always get compliments on how well my apartment smells and it is because of this candle. Catch BBW when they have their $10 candle sale. Grab a Fireside (I refuse to call it Baby It’s Cold Outside) candle for yourself and for a loved one. Or get two for yourself. Treat yo self.
Gold flatware from Target // So this is more like C+L’s favorite thing. We use it a lot in our shoots (go ahead and look through our photos and see for yourself). I finally just bought a set for myself/C+L. I do love it, and it will make any table setting boujee af (hence why we use it all the time). Plus, gold flatware is very on trend right now. However, I do also have my eyes on Target’s matte black flatware.
Google Assistant // I bought a Google Assistant on Black Friday for half price. I have a Samsung phone so I’m able to connect her to my cellular device which is neat and makes me feel high tech. She helps me stay organized, and I can listen to my podcasts/music through her. Plus she’s really cute and fits right in with my home decor. Also, she tells funny jokes which is the main reason you should by a Google Assistant really.
Eucalyptus // I live across the street from this health food store that always has fresh Eucalyptus on stock. I love buying a bundle and hanging it in my shower. It adds a nice spa like touch when I take hot showers, and it smells so good. Plus, there is nothing wrong with having a vase of eucalyptus for a simple and modern centerpiece. There are also some awesome DIY Eucalyptus wreaths if you are really feeling crafty for the holidays.
Matte Black Kitchen Aid Artisan Mini // This was my big Black Friday purchase last year and I love it. It is also on Alicia and Ariel’s list. The only difference is I have the smaller one. A lot of people ask me if I feel like it is big enough and to answer that question: Yes! The smaller size has never let me down. I use it at least once a week (I spent $200 on it so everything is getting blent idgaf.) I make homemade bread, cookies, mashed potatoes. I’ve shredded chicken in it for tacos followed by mixing guacamole in it. If you enjoy cooking you need a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. And unless you’re the Duggar family I’m sure the mini will do you just fine.
Heated Blanket // I can’t survive a Montana winter without a heated blanket. I find myself fighting my dog and cat over it, but having one corner of the blanket is better than nothing. Except I can’t sleep with it on all night because then I wake up drenched in sweat. Maybe you don’t have that problem. I don’t know your life.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs // Or anything by Burroughs really. But Running with Scissors is probably my all time favorite novel. AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE MOVIE. The movie is terrible. Read the book. I read this book at least once a year, and I enjoy it every time. Burroughs writes dark and twisted comedies, so if that’s not your jam than sucks to suck I guess. Also, if you’re a social worker I guarantee you will love and appreciate this novel.
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! By Rosetta Stone Illustrated by Michale Frith // I have my Godson, Luca, to thank for this one. Luca is also one of my favorite things but he’s not for sale because child trafficking is illegal and his parents would be very upset if someone bought him. Anyways, Luca owns this picture book, and it quickly became my favorite book to read to him. I even bought my own copy. I find it extremely charming. If you have a little human in your life buy them this book for Christmas. Because reading is important and we should teach kids to love to reading.
Domino Your Guide To A Stylish Home // I enjoy interior design and pretty homes. If you share this same interest you should buy this book. Makes a great coffee table book, and will inspire you to create the best possible home for yourself.
Pom pom garland from Target // I found this pom pom garland at Target, and I have it hanging from my cow skull above my bed. I think it’s going to live there all year. Also, I have had it up for about a week now and my demon cat Gravy hasn’t pulled it down yet (knock on wood) because Gravy has already ruined Christmas by terrorizing other holiday decorations in my apartment. Anyways, it’s just a cute simple way to jazz up your space for the holidays or year round!
Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt (Beyond Soft) from Athleta // Fun fact of the day: I have a part time job at Athleta. I only work like once a month, and I mainly do it for the discount because without said discount there would be no way in hell I could afford to shop at Athleta. Anyways, I love all of Athleta’s products, but I recently bought their Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt in black (because all black everything) and it is by far the softest thing my skin has ever had the pleasure of feeling. And after a couple washes now it still feels like you wearing a cloud. Plus it has thumb holes, and is longer in the back so it covers my butt. All pluses in my book.
Old Navy socks and leggings and PJ pants // I just need to be warm and cozy okay? And I truly believe that Old Navy has the best cheap leggings you can buy. If you are looking for a cheap black pair of leggings that are not see through go to Old Navy. They are a nice staple, and you won’t feel to bad when the inner thigh blows out on you because they’re only ten bucks. I also firmly believe that Old Navy has the best ankle socks, and they come in the most adorable patterns. The pair I’m wearing right now has llamas on them and they make me so happy. Lastly, it’s not Christmas unless you have your cozy flannel PJ pants on. So if you like staying warm and dressing like a scrub like me, than go to Old Navy your one stop shop and get your cozy on.
Sentry Calming Collar for dogs and Thunder Jacket // I’m just going to combine these two because they go hand in hand and it’s my blog post so I can do what I want. People who really know me know 1) I have an adorable rescue dog named Scottie whom I love dearly and 2) Scottie (much like his dear mama) has a severe case of anxiety. I have had Scotland for almost two years now, and after a ton of effort (and a doggy Prozac prescription…) We finally have Scottie’s anxiety somewhat under control. I swear by these two products when it comes to helping out stressed out pups. The collar smells like some scent that mama doggys create to comfort their babies. And the jacket swaddles them like a little angel baby and comforts them. Anyways, as long as my dog is happy I’m happy.
That's it folks! Just in case you missed it, here are Alicia + Ariel's favorite things.
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!