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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, everyone! I didn’t send out any cards this year, but if I did, they might have looked something like this — because nothing says “Merry Christmas from Lisa” like an octopus bowl full of sparkly, scented pine cones and miniature, glittery balls…

Hello, Chicago.

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If you ever get the chance to visit Chicago, I say go for it. There’s lots to see and do — museums, architecture, shopping, and about a million restaurants and bars. Around Christmastime, Michigan Avenue seems like the laid back little cousin of NYC — chilly, festive, and lit up with the occasional flurry, but with wider sidewalks, less traffic, and much less risk of getting run down by a taxicab. Chicago seems a bit less expensive than most other big cities I’ve been to, and I’d be willing to bet there’s a ton of fun things to do there when the weather’s a bit warmer, too. The pizza’s excellent, and there’s not a bad steak within 60 miles. Oh, and that shiny bean sculpture at Millennium Park is pretty awesome, too. =)

I’ve been dying for a relaxing vacation, and while this wasn’t quite relaxing, it was certainly a fun, action-packed week full of some of my favorite things — hot coffee, taking pictures, long walks around the city, layers upon layers of plaid, cozy sweaters, sailors wearing those awesome white hats, and lots of shopping. The real reason for our trip was my brother’s Navy Boot Camp graduation, so congrats to Stephen, whose next stop is Pensacola for a year. Looks like I’ve got at least one excuse to get myself down to the Margaritaville Beach Hotel this spring..and I can finally squeeze in that relaxing vacation I’ve been waiting for. =)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – The Trendsetter

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The Trendsetter

One last gift guide to get you through the last two weeks of holiday shopping. Hope you find something perfect for fashion fanatics in your life. =)

1. Alexis Hudson Chris iPad Case, $98
2. Liz Law Divine Earrings, $88
3. Old Navy Waffle-Knit Sweater, $40
4. BaubleBar Blue Enamel Cuff, $30 (Unfortunately, I think this bracelet sold out before I got to posting this last gift guide…oops!)
5. Versace VE4211 Sunglasses, $210
6. BP. Mansion Flats, $60
7. Tory Burch Print Cosmetic Bag, $55
8. David & Young Geometric Print Scarf, $18
9. Modalu Mimosa Grab, $290
10. Stella & Dot Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace, $118

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – The Gadget Girl (or Guy)

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The Trendsetter

One last gift guide to get you through the last two weeks of holiday shopping. Hope you find something perfect for fashion fanatics in your life. =)

1. Alexis Hudson Chris iPad Case, $98
2. Liz Law Divine Earrings, $88
3. Old Navy Waffle-Knit Sweater, $40
4. BaubleBar Blue Enamel Cuff, $30 (Unfortunately, I think this bracelet sold out before I got to posting this last gift guide…oops!)
5. Versace VE4211 Sunglasses, $210
6. BP. Mansion Flats, $60
7. Tory Burch Print Cosmetic Bag, $55
8. David & Young Geometric Print Scarf, $18
9. Modalu Mimosa Grab, $290
10. Stella & Dot Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace, $118

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – The Classic & The Prep

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The Classic & The Prep

1. Max & Chloe West Avenue Jewelry Oval Lace Monogram Necklace, $180
2. Brahmin Anytime Mini Bag, $95
3. Charter Club Faux Fur Trimmed Leather Gloves, $50
4. Tory Burch Nancy Leather Loafers, $250
5. Laguiole Cheese Knives, $68
6. Charter Club Cashmere Blend Cable-Knit Knee Highs, $16 (on sale for $12 last time I checked this link)
7. Michael Kors Reversible Leopard/Black Skinny Belt, $45
8. Penguin Classics Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, $20 (on sale for $14 last time I checked this link)
9. Old Navy Frost Free Puffer Vest, $40 (on sale for $20 last time I checked this link)
10. Lord & Taylor Tartan Plaid Scarf, $50 (on sale for $25 last time I checked this link)