Valentine's Day Gifts for Her Ideas: 10 amazing options, via @sarahsarna.

Earlier in the week I shared Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him, followed by today’s Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her. I wrote that when it comes to gifts for guys, my approach is get him something that will make him feel pampered. My strategy with gifts for gals is essentially the same. Rather than worrying about the perfect gift, and whether it’s “right,” an focus on giving items to remind your friends and loved ones that they’re wonderful and to make them feel good.

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Christmas guest bedroom decorating ideas, via @sarahsarna.

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BEDROOM ESSENTIALS FOR OVERNIGHT HOLIDAY GUESTS

A guest bedroom that makes friends and family visiting for the holidays feel welcome, and comfortable, is a staple of every gracious hostess. As a new resident of a house in Northern Virginia, after 14 years of apartment living in NYC, I am so pleased to now have the space for a guest bedroom! I’ve given it some thought – we’ve now had guests stay with us twice!


Elegant, easy ideas for Outdoor Christmas Decorations, via @sarahsarna.

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CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY

This is the first Christmas season that I’ve experienced as an adult, in which I’m not in NYC. The holiday spirit lives just as large here in the suburbs of Washington DC, but the outdoor Christmas decorations in our neighborhood fly by so fast. Here we see everything through our car windows while driving by, and it’s just not the same as being able to stand on the pavement,


Gorgeous outdoor decorating with tartan, via @sarahsarna.

HELLO

Hello, it’s Sarah from 702 PARK PROJECT, sharing my last monthly yummy home inspiration with y’all. There’s just something about tartan at Christmas time that I just love! I used to think the tartan pattern was too informal or rustic for our home, but now I know that it can be dressed up or down to be as sophisticated as you like.

HISTORY

A little background…


Cinnamon and Red Wine Poached Pears by Alicia of The Lust List, via @sarahsarna.

Hello, it’s Alicia from THE LUSH LIST, here with this month’s recipe to share with you. This elegant dessert is heart-healthy and tastes like winter’s best in a bowl.

CINNAMON AND RED WINE POACHED PEARS

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

5 or 6 pears
1 bottle of red wine
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
6 cloves
1/4 c orange juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel pears,


25+ GIFTS FOR WOMEN

Whether you’re looking for something for a teenager, a co-worker, your Mom, or Grandma, I’ve got you covered. Above and below you’ll find 26 Christmas gifts for women, with so many more on my HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR WOMEN page.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

I made sure to include gifts for women of all ages, as well as items that would work for anyone and everyone, like THESETHESE,


Hi loves, It’s Jennifer from HOMETOWN HEROINE, here with my monthly beauty column. With Christmas just over two weeks away, I thought I’d share my makeup gift sets guide with you. Whether you want to spend $200 or $25, I’ve got your back. I compiled six easy to use, highly-rated, and widely flattering items. Without further ado, let’s get shopping.

Tom Ford – Lip Color Set

Tom Ford lipsticks are commonly viewed as the end all,


Aerin Lauder's Hampton's Dining Room, decorated for Christmas dinner, via @sarahsarna.

WE’RE HOSTING

My husband and I are looking forward to hosting Christmas this year. Last week we hosted 12 for Thanksgiving at our place in Virginia, and it was the most fun Thanksgiving I’ve ever had. On my 101 THINGS IN 1001 DAYS list, number 73 is “Host a dinner party in 2015,” and Thanksgiving was our second one, after HALLOWEEN. We’re starting to get the hang of it!

PLANNING THE MENU

What I’ve learned is that it’s important to start planning the party menu earlier than I think I should.


Depending on how you decorate it, the white Christmas tree can be modern, traditional, rustic, or zen, via @sarahsarna.

A WHITE CHRISTMAS TREE

At some point during all the time that I spend ON PINTEREST, much to my surprise, I became a white Christmas tree enthusiast. I love the color white and the flexibility of versatile decorative accessories, so the fact that depending on how you decorate it, a white Christmas tree can be modern, traditional, or contemporary is a win-win. To demonstrate just how wonderfully diverse I find a white tree to be, 


25+ CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Whether you’re looking for a secret santa gift, a teacher gift, stocking stuffers, or simply something under $25, I’ve got you covered. Above and below you’ll find 28 Christmas gift ideas, with over 50 total on my GIFTS UNDER $25 page.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

I made sure to include gifts for women, men, young girls and boys, boy and girl tweens, and items that will work for anyone and everyone,