Christmas For Couples: Materials

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share some items for your couple friends. Sometimes I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. I tend to do this for friends that have already checked the boxes for what they wanted for Christmas. If you can relate, but don’t want to gift a material item then go check out my Couples Guide for Experiences that was posted today as well!

Decanter Set: Amazon $26 / Pop Art Portrait: Etsy $88 / Google Home: Walmart $99Tequila Cantina Testing Set: Thoughtfully $80 / Custom Wine Stopper: Etsy $17 / Wine & Chocolate Tasting Kit: Uncommon Goods $50 / Fondue Set: Uncommon Goods $30 / What Do You Meme? Game: Target $30 / Code Names Game: Target $15 / The 5 Love Languages: Amazon $10 / Beer & Wine Shadow Box: Gifts.com $69

xx Alicia

Christmas For Couples: Experiences!

Today I am sharing some experiences for your couple friends! Depending on the couple, I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. If you can relate, this is the guide for you! In the case that you don’t want to gift an experience, then go check out my Couples Guide for Materials that was posted today as well- gotta love choices! I have included places in Charlotte to check out as well as places Dan and I have visited over the years. I know that does not apply to everyone, but it gives you an idea of the experience to possibly purchase for the couple in mind. 

Spa Date: A couple’s massage or facials can be a great gift for those that need some relaxation in their life! 

  • Nature’s Spa & Wellness 
  • Brows by Hilary 
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
  • Savvy Salon & Day Spa

Wine Tour: A wine tour offers a great fun and learning opportunity for the couple. Each winery is different and often come with complimentary glasses! 

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery 
  • Treehouse Vineyards
  • Cabo Winery 
  • Divine Llama Vineyards

Event Tickets: Whether it be concerts, sporting events, or comedy shows- a night out is always a nice thought for a couple who enjoys any of the performers or teams in town.

  • Cher Tour 
  • Justin Timberlake Tour 
  • Luke Combs Tour
  • Hornet Tickets 
  • Checkers Hockey Tickets 
  • Comedy Tickets: Comedy Zone Charlotte 

Subscriptions: Some of these aren’t necessarily subscriptions, but have that feel in which you would need to specify your purchase quantity/time when checking out. 

  • Hello Fresh Meal Subscription 
  • Birchbox: Beauty Box Subscription for Him & Her 
  • Pack Up & Go: A Surprise Travel Agency
  • The Date Crate Subscription 

Food Tour: Know a couple who loves trying to places to eat? A food tour is a solid choice for them then! You can even make one yourself and personalize it- just set the couple up with some giftcards for each place.

  • FEAST Food Tours 
  • Taste Carolina 
  • Tour De Food

Cooking Class: If you’re friends are true foodies and want to learn how to cook some favorites then check out this opportunity. From sushi to southern food, there are a ton of options! Another bonus is that it’s usually BYOB, so you can also gift wine or a 6-pack.

  • Sushi Class at Carolina Meat & Fish Co
  • Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen 
  • Cocoa Lab 
  • Sur La Table 

Skill or Craft Class: Have a couple that has started a new hobby or got a new place? Maybe they want to craft a few new decorations or learn something new pertaining to their hobby. Look into businesses that offers these classes. Whether you pick a class or buy them a gift card, this can be a highly personalized gift. 

  • Crowned Sparrow Co. 
  • Skillpop
  • Candle Bar 
  • Painting With A Twist
  • Nailed It

Honorable Mentions: Escape Rooms, Horseback Riding & Museum Passes! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Pup

Hi guys, welcome back. Today’s guide is for those of you that are wanting to spoil your pup as I do. I have a two year old Border Collie Retriever named Jäger and he is too smart for his own good! We got him as a puppy from a family that couldn’t care for him and throughout the years he has truly taught us a lot. When we have the chance to spoil him- we do! So here are a few items we have gotten him over the years as well as for this year’s Christmas. 

Wag! Giftcard for Dog WalkingThree Dog Bakery Treats| Kong Toys (Tire Rubber)| Treat/ Food Dispenser| Collar Slide Bowtie| Raised Feeding Station| Car Safe Zip-Line| ChuckIt! Ball Launcher| Treat Puzzle| Travel Collapsible Bowls| Insect Repellent Bandana | Bark Box Subscription: Here’s a review for you on the box!

My next guide will be on Wednesday for you guys! If you have not already, check out the giveaway I have open until the 12th of December on my “Christmas For Small Business Supporters”. I have really loved putting together these guides and I hope you are loving them, especially because I have six more for you! Any guesses on the next one? I’ll give you a hint, I had to enlist some help from Dan.

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Small Business Supporter

Another gift guide and this time with a giveaway! For this third Christmas guide I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses with you. I have had questions on why I love small business so much and my short answer is because I was fully engulfed in that community in college. I helped start a small business and worked with local small businesses in Potsdam, NY everyday! Small business truly means a lot to me and I want to share that with you guys! 

So here are some of my gift suggestions from small businesses that I have purchased from, experienced, and love. These are the small businesses that you can choose from for a chance at a $50 gift card. Check out my Instagram post to know how to enter: here!

VeztonGirl Tribe/ Simple & Sentimental/ Charlotte Candle Company/ Daniel’s Custom Gifts/ Teals Prairie & Co./ MikayLove/ Cotton & Clay Co./ 704/ Worthy Figures/ Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. / Skillpop/ Hadley Designs

These are just a handful of small businesses I love and I’m always trying to feature new ones I find. Remember to check out the giveaway on my Instagram page, it’ll be open until the 12th of December!

My next Christmas shopping guide will be on Monday so look out for that as well. Good luck for those of you that enter and I’ll see you next time! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For Her: The Make-Up Lover!

Welcome back! We are on guide number two of ten and I have to give you guys a big thank you on the support of the first one. You guys are awesome and I got so many awesome messages.  Get ready because today is packed FULL, I went big for you guys.

Today’s guide is all things make-up for a full face- start to finish. I have both drugstore and pricier items that check all the boxes for a full face. I wanted to ensure I provided options for you guys when it came to gift giving and everything within this guide I have tested and enjoy using! Whether you are buying one makeup item or making a cute gift basket full of items, this guide should make it easy for you. 

Wet n Wild Lip Scrub $3.99 / Jeffree Star Lip Scrub $12 / Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer $32 / Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 / Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser $5.30 / Too Faced Born This Way Foundation $39 / Milani 2 in 1 Foundation $7.19 / Tarte Shape Tape Concealer $27 / Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer $9.99 / Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer $7 / Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder $38 / Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder $5.69 / Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $14.95 / Benefit Hoola Bronzer $30 / NARS Blush $30 / Milani Baked Blush $7.99 / Milani Rose Powder Blush $8.99 / Morphe x Bretman Rock Highlighting Pallet $29 / Too Faced Love Light Highlighter $30 / Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter $7.94 / COL-LAB Pro Eyeshadow Pallet $14.99 / Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Pallett $38  Items not pictured, but recommended: NARS Climax Mascara $24 / L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara $9.99 / Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $32 / Kat Von D Liquid Lips $20 / L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lip $9.99

I’ve thrown a lot at ya, but I warned you! Those mentioned but not pictured are items I truly love and just couldn’t fit into the guide visually. I wanted to make sure for those looking to gift for the makeup lover, that you had options. Think I delivered? Let me know and look out for my third shopping guide on Saturday! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Host/Hostess!

It’s December, so naturally it is shopping guide time! I have ten guides coming your way and I wanted to start off with something for him or her. I will be hosting our annual Ugly Sweater party soon, so I felt very inspired.

If you know someone that likes to entertain, enjoys cocktails, or even a game night here there then this is for you! Each item is linked and some are on sale.

Decor

  • Bar Cart:  Who doesn’t love a good bar cart?! This one is definitely more feminine, but it’s so cute and on sale right now for $98.99! A bar cart is a great gift as the host or hostess can style and use it in many ways around their home. It also helps conserve some counter space for parties!
  • Tray: I truly believe trays are underrated. I use trays all over my home and on my bar as well. Trays are a great way to organize your bottles or even keep bar accessories together. This one is $19.99.
  • Wine Rack: I would be silly not including a wine rack, yes even for you men. A wine rack is a great addition for a host or hostess. It’s a great year-round decor item and this specific one is on sale for $47.49.  

Drink Ware & Accessories 

  • Coasters: Any coasters will do, but these are on sale right now for $18.68!
  • Liquor Decanter: This decanter is a great addition to any bar area. Decanters don’t take up too much space and can be utilized in many different spaces; this one is $49.50. 
  • Bottle Cap/ Wine Cork Collector: I love a gift that can be personalized and these accessories can do just that! These can be wall additions or counter additions. I have a few of these in my home and they’re a fun addition for guests to use as well as being very functional. This one is $19.99.

Entertainment / Games 

  • If you guys have a Xbox, I highly suggest checking out the Jackbox party games. It’s a fun interactive game pack that has games for up to 8 players. 
  • Card Games: We all know and love traditional card games, but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up with new card games such as this one or Cards Against Humanity. 
  • Competitive Games:  Does your host or hostess love playing group or pair games? Then Heads Up is a great gift option or anything like this! These games come in handy for smaller gatherings with friends and families. 
  • Board Games: If you’re anything like me, then you love a good board game that you can make into another competition somehow. Battleship is a favorite of mine and is a great addition to any host/hostess’ collection! 

xx Alicia

BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY: HOME GOODS

Happy hump day! You have made it to my last shopping guide for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today I am finishing off the series with my shopping guide for Home Goods. I’ll be focusing on two businesses that have great products and sales going on. I have included simple home additions to fun, statement pieces. 

I have used and continue to buy items from Wayfair and Overstock. Wayfair has items up to 80% off and Overstock has items up to 70% off. Some other great places with sales on home items are Hobby Lobby and At Home. Hobby Lobby is 40% off and At Home is 60%. So without further to do- here is my last roundup for you guys!

Items listed from left to right:

  • Overstock: Becky Cameron Premium Ultra Soft 2 Piece Printed Duvet Cover Set 
    • Starting at $14.99
  • Overstock: Silver Orchid Grant Glam Gold Consle Table
    • $139.99
  • Hobby Lobby: Transaparent Chair
    • $69.99
  • Hobby Lobby: Brown Shelf Unit with Fabric- Lined Baskets 
    • 48.99
  • Hobby Lobby: Marble Top Nesting Table Set 
    • $104.98
  • Wayfair: Carle Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool
    • $54.14
  • Wayfair: Wellington Bristle Dartboard Cabinet
    • $72.99
  • At Home: Set of 3 Flocked Trees w/ Burlap Bases
    • $29.99
  • At Home: 5 peice LED Candle Set 
    • $14.99

I hope you guys have an amazing Thanksgiving surrounded by the ones you love. I am so grateful to be able to have this blog and build this community with you guys. I appreciate you guys stopping by and I hope you liked this series. Look out for some content on my Holiday Decor haul and some gift guides. Let me know what else you guys would like to see in the comments! 

xx Alicia

BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY: Apparel

Back again for day three of my shopping guides to countdown to Thanksgiving. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner and there are some awesome sales going on when it comes to apparel. 

Naturally this had to be one of my shopping guides for you! I am including some of my favorite stores in this guide that have sales worth checking out. The Old Navy favorites are without the discounts, but everything else is the cost with the discount. So, what are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments! 

Old Navy

  • In-store & Online 11/21- 11/23: 50% off of your entire purchase
  • In-store only 11/23: $1 socks & for each pair purchased Old Navy will be donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Online only 11/24- 11/25: 40% off your entire purchase & 50% off all outwear, sweaters, & jeans 
  • Card Member Exclusive, Online only 11/25: Cyber pre-sale with 50% off your entire purchase with free shipping
  • Online only 11/26 -11/27: 50% off your entire purchase with a free pair of cozy socks

Target:

  • REDcard holders get early access to select Black Friday deals online only on 11/21
  • T-shirts are starting at $4, along with sweaters for men and women at $10- $15 in-store
  • Online starting now, all clothing and select shoes are on sale

Baublebar:

  • There are $10+ door busters on select jewelry
  • 30% off personalized jewelry
  • 65% off on select gift sets

Some other honorable mentions are: ModCloth, Macy’s, Kohls, and of course Amazon! Hope to see you tomorrow for my last shopping guide before the big shopping weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time! 

xx Alicia

BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY: MAKEUP & SKINCARE

Day two shopping guide coming at ya for this upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Today I’ll be talking all things makeup and skincare and the great deals that are out there, some starting today and continuing throughout the week. 

I will break down each brand and the deals they offer as well as some of my favorites that will be on sale. Let me know what you guys are looking forward to with these sales and make sure you come back tomorrow for another shopping guide! 

Target: Starting 11/22, there will be BOGO 50% select beauty kits. These kits range from $10 to $35 and consist of multiple brands to pick from including Pixi and Burt’s Bees. 

Sephora: Only by using the app do you get to see all of the previews. There are $15 and under selected items and bundles within the sale. Some included brands are Milk, Becca, CoverFx, Tarte, and more! 

Ulta: Starting 11/22 at 5pm CT online and 6pm in store, Ulta has major deals on bundles and individual items as well, including their own brand. You can find most of my favorites I have mentioned above within this sale! These items range from $8 to $250. A big range, but that’s for anything from a The Body Shop lotion to the Clarisonic bundle package. 

ELF: Starting now, with any purchase of $25+ until 11/27, you will receive a free prepackaged gift and free shipping. Between 11/22 and 11/26, you will get 50% off when you spend  $30. With how affordable the makeup is, this is a great deal to try new items, but also pick up some favorites. Like the bubble mask I mentioned in my past Skincare favorites! 

There are so many good deals this year! I hope you guys grab a few items you have had your eyes on while saving some money. Thanks for stopping by and come back tomorrow for my third shopping guide leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

xx Alicia

Local Spotlight: Brows by Hilary

Today I am sharing my experience with Hilary at Brows by Hilary! Hilary is the boss babe behind this small business that she started in 2017 after taking a leap of faith. Hilary is based in Charlotte and has a large list of services that she provides. I’m already eyeing a few for the upcoming holidays! I found her through Google and Charlotte Agenda and her reviews speak for themselves. I needed a serious self care day, so I booked an appointment for a facial and to have my eyebrows waxed and she definitely delivered! 

Walking into her space I immediately felt relaxed. We went over past experiences and what I wanted out of the appointment. I should tell you that the last time I got a facial, it was so painful and not enjoyable at all! That was in 2016 and I haven’t wanted to get one until now. I wanted to treat myself and refresh my skin now that I follow a skincare routine. I told her my worries and she was quick to address them and put me at ease. We also talked about my skincare routine and how skin only gets better through diet, water intake, and more. 

When I got time to just look around the space, you feel like you’re in your own spa. It is decorated so minimally, but in the most beautiful way with golds and whites. You walk into the room and the smell warms you. 

When the appointment began, she would explain the type of wax she was using and why while also asking what I liked and disliked about my brows so she knew what to do with them. I felt like I was in good hands right away. When it came time for the facial, I was already so relaxed that I was excited. Every step taken during my facial was so enjoyable and refreshing. From the oils to the hot towels, I was in heaven. Hilary has an air about her that was so relatable, but professional. We talked about our personal lives as well as business and each time she spoke, you could tell the pure love she has for this business. 

If I had to pick the one thing I loved most about this experience, it was Hilary herself. She takes pride in her work and making you feel good by the end of the appointment. She answers all your questions, ensures you’re comfortable, will provide suggestions, and is extremely personable. I would say my self care day was a success. I had great service and even better conversation! I couldn’t stop thanking her by the end of the appointment. 

All in all, I highly suggest you check out this small business. With the holidays coming up, this is a great place for a pick me up for yourself or even a gift for someone you love. I know I’m personally thinking about going back to prep for holiday pictures! This post only shares a small sneak peek into the services she provides, but you can bet that you’ll be happy with anything she offers. 

Have a business you want me to check out in Charlotte for my “Supporting Local” posts? Send me a message or leave me a comment. I have been loving this series and this Supporting Local post was a big win in my books and I can’t wait to continue finding businesses I fall in love with. The Facebook page for Brows by Hilary is linked to the picture above as well. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I’ll see you next time! 

xx Alicia